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"My car had a Full service which was completed in good time and with communication throughout the full process. The cost was very competitive and the value is excellent having made a thorough search within the north east area. The only thing I would like to mention is that a few days later, I noticed that the new oil filter was leaking (faulty seal). This was replaced without any problems."
"Friendly and efficient at a reasonable price."
"Great service very friendly staff, quick service"
"Cost was good"
"Following an issue with power which I couldn't isolate as a battery, alternator or wiring fault, G C Autos was able to quickly locate the problem (fault in the battery) and fix the issue."
"Service was extremely efficient. Dropped car off at 8:30 and received a call by 9:30 to say it was finished"
"The staff at GC AUTOS were brilliant. Car went in at 9am. Picked up shortly after 12pm. All work carried out with no bother and was absolutely brilliant value for money. A small, independent garage that I will be using all the time for my services and anything else I need. Will be recommending to all family and friends."
"Always reliable and very helpful, can't fault the service provided!"
"Picked car up promptly, great value and friendly"
"So happy with the service provided"
Great value service
"Work carried out on a Saturday and finished by 1pm which is perfect when you work 9-5! Work was done to a great quality and car left clean, even given a quick wash. Excellent price for combined service and MOT compared to Kwik Fit and other chain garages. Advice given on what may be required in the future which is really helpful."
Coolant is a specially-formulated chemical liquid, commonly known as antifreeze, that circulates through a car’s engine. It removes excess heat from a car’s engine by passing it through the car’s radiator. Furthermore, the solution contains inhibitors that protect the metal, plastic and rubber in the cooling system from corrosion. And, as the name antifreeze suggests, it also doesn’t freeze up in bitterly cold conditions, so it plays an important role in a car all year long.
Coolant levels should be checked frequently, at least every 3-6 months. Low coolant can cause overheating, which would have serious implications for other components on the car. Even though coolant can leak and evaporate over time, in many cars it often looks as though the coolant never needs changing because its level seems to stay the same. However, draining and flushing the coolant system, including the radiator, at least once a year is important. Flushing pushes out all the old coolant, debris from corrosion and scale. If left in the engine, it may become clogged up, potentially causing extensive damage.
Before a mechanic drains the cooling system, he might add coolant cleaner to the coolant and then start the engine, depending on what the manufacturer specifies. After the car has run for a while, he would turn it off and drain it. He would then add water to flush it and drain it again, twice, before finally putting in the fresh coolant.
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