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This Birthday We’re Giving You The Pressies!

Happy birthday to us!

I know it should be you sending us presents really but this year we thought we’d give you a gift with our great birthday offers!

Book a major service & get a FREE MoT worth £35

Book a full service & MoT & get a FREE air con service worth £40

Book a gold valet & get a free upgrade to our outstanding platinum service saving you at least £10

All offers must be booked by 14th August & redeemed by 30th September.

To book one of our great offers just call us on 0113 277 4712, drop us a Tweet, Facebook message or use our contact form to send us a message.


Brake – ing News!

When you’re driving along with the heaters turned up & the music on it’s easy to forget that you’re in a massive chunk of steel and glass hurtling through space at 60-plus miles per hour.

Brakes may not be the sexiest part of a car, but they’re certainly one of the most crucial. We can help you to identify the subtle warning signs that indicate a need for service. Of course, there are some obvious signs that your brakes need servicing, such as the brake light appearing on your car’s dashboard or the feeling that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. In either case, come see us for some expert advice.  But do you know what the other signs are that could indicate an ailing brake system?

If, after reading this post, you’re still not sure or if something just feels not quite right, call in & see us, our team will be happy to take a look.


Brake Pads

Over time the brake pads will begin to wear thin, which means they’ll become less effective at slowing and stopping your car.

Fortunately, checking the thickness of your brake pads – that squeeze down on the calipers – is a straightforward procedure. All you need to do is look between the spokes of your wheel to spot the metal brake pad inside or remove the wheel for a really good look! When you find it, look around the outer edge where you’ll see the metal caliper. Between the caliper and disc, you’ll see the pad. You’ll have to estimate, but generally, your pads should be at least one-quarter of an inch thick. If they’re any thinner than that, book in for new discs.

Strange Sounds

One of the warning signs that your brakes need servicing can come from a small indicator in your braking system that emits a high-pitched squeal when your pads need replacing. In addition to the squeal from the sensor, you’ll also want to listen for a harsh grinding sound. This means that you’ve gone completely through your brake pads and now, when you apply the brakes, the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your discs. Not only is this an ineffective way to stop your car, chances are good that you’ll also damage your disc, thus turning a relatively easy and inexpensive pad replacement into a more costly disc replacement.


Has your car ever felt like it wants to pull to one side?  If so, this could indicate a problem with the braking system. The cause of this pulling might be a stuck caliper. Because such a scenario would cause friction on one wheel and not the others, your car can pull to the side where the caliper is stuck.

Two other brake-related scenarios that could cause a car to pull would be a collapsed brake hose that would cause your calipers to move unevenly when applying the brakes, or uneven brake pads, which would also apply different amounts of pressure to different wheels.

Pulling, however, doesn’t always indicate a problem with the brakes. The cause could also come from unevenly inflated or worn tires, poor alignment or a problem with your vehicle’s suspension. This is why, if your car begins to pull, bring it in to us so we can check the problem out.


If you’ve ever had to do an emergency stop, then you’ll know the feeling of rapid brake-pedal pulsing that comes from the quick grabs the system applies to the discs to slow the car. However, if your brake pedal pulses in this way under normal braking circumstances, you could have a problem.

Generally, a vibrating brake pedal can indicate warped discs. Their uneven surfaces will thrum against the brake pads, and you’ll feel the feedback through the brake pedal.  Discs usually only warp when they’re under extreme stress for an extended period.  If you haven’t stressed your brakes recently, but you still feel vibration in the pedal, you may have misaligned wheels. In either case, come see us for a diagnosis.

In addition to thrumming, your brake pedal can give you other indications that your car’s braking system might need examining.

A mushy pedal, one that goes practically to the floor before engaging the brakes, could indicate worn pads or a problem with the hydraulic system.  The opposite of a mushy pedal is one that causes the brakes to grab immediately at the slightest touch. This could indicate an unevenly worn discs, dirty brake fluid or contamination of the fluid by moisture.

We hope this mini guide has helped but don’t forget if you’re unsure of anything or would just like us to look over your car for your own piece of mind call us on 0113 277 4712 to make an appointment or call in & see us.


Welcome to Paul Ward & Playfair Valeting

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Brr winter’s on the way, it’s far too cold to get your sponge out on a Sunday morning so let us take the hassle out of keeping your car looking pristine.

We are pleased to introduce our new valeting service – PLAYFAIR VALETING!  We have a range of options available depending on the condition of your car & price point & all our valeting services can be combined with our other garage services making us the only place you need visit for your motoring needs.

Are standard packages are below but we can tailor all our deals to meet your needs:

Quick Wash – Shampoo & rinse £5.00

Bronze Valet – Shampoo, rinse & vacuum £10.00

Silver Valet

Wash & shampoo exterior & wheels

Clean & dress dashboard & interior

Dress tyres & external vinyls

Glass clean

Vacuum interior inc. boot

Clean doors & struts

Small car from £20.00        Medium car from £25.00         Large car from £30

Gold Valet As above PLUS leather dry exterior, shampoo interior inc seat & carpets

From £30.00

Platinum Valet

Do you want to bring your car back to showroom condition?  This is the valet for you!  It includes everything above PLUS  full hand polish of exterior, clean & treatment of leather interiors

From £40.00

Any of the above offers can be combined with your service, repair or MoT making us the only place you need to visit for your motoring needs. 


We also offer a comprehensive service for commercial vehicles, please contact us for prices


Spring Has Sprung


We all get our cars ready for the winter but how many of us get them ready for spring?

After a long winter of wear and tear from snow, salt and potholes, your car needs attention.  Preparing for the spring and making checks now can save you a lot of money in the long run.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) recommends the following 7 easy steps that will protect your car & make it more efficient:

Give your car a spring clean

Salt is corrosive and will cause rusting if left on the bodywork. Give your car a good clean including underneath to get rid of every trace.

Its pollen season

The UK pollen season can be pretty miserable for hay fever sufferers, so replacing your car’s pollen filter annually is a vital investment. Keeping your air-conditioning well maintained will help as well.

Servicing your air-con will also help your car smell better

If it smells stale when you turn the heating on, it could well be a sign that mould is building up in your condenser.

Flies will soon be out in force

Be sure to refill your washer fluid. Habitually washing the windscreen and headlamps when you stop for fuel is also important as windscreen wipers won’t get rid of all the fly debris.

Change your wiper blades

Old wiper blades are not only noisy; they can leave marks on the windscreen, so remember to replace them regularly. Clean them regularly to avoid damaging your windscreen.

Tyres & wheel alignment

After a pot-holed winter, check your wheel and tyre alignment. Misaligned tyres wear out more quickly.

Top up your anti-freeze

Anti-freeze contains corrosion inhibitors so you should keep your car topped up all year round – going without could lead to expensive engine damage.


Don’t forget

Deal with minor problems and repairs as they happen – they can become very expensive if left to build up over time.