Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

At Autotech Garage Services, we are continually pushing our technical abilities and investing in state of the art technologies, to ensure that we can offer the best service possible to our customers.
We are proud to announce that we have just purchased an ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) Sensor Alignment system.

What is ADAS?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is used to describe active safety systems on a vehicle that can identify safety-critical situations and take action, either automatically or by sending a warning to the driver.
ADAS systems have developed fast, thanks in part to sensing technology; cameras, radar and laser technology referred to as lidar. This technology is also helping the development of automated and driverless vehicles.

Why we have invested in it?

With more and more vehicles on the road being fitted with ADAS systems such as lane guidance and speed limit detection, we identified that not many garages had to fix these systems, should they have an issue. With GPS Speed Limit Detection being a legal requirement on all new cars sold after May 2022, more and more vehicles are going to have this technology and therefore we needed to ensure that we had the facilities to ensure our customers were safe in the knowledge that we could fix any issues that cropped up with their vehicles.

Wheel Alignment

We are pleased to announce that we have recently invested in state of the art Wheel Alignment technology from Absolute Alignment.

Absolute Alignments Wheel Alignment technology is groundbreaking technology, which is trusted throughout the industry and even in Motor Sport!

Ensuring your wheels are aligned correctly will ensure a safe drive and prolong the life of your tyres.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A TYRE ALIGNMENT?

There are a couple ways to tell if your car needs a tyre alignment. If you’ve noticed one or more of these indicators, you should have your alignment checked by us immediately.

  • Uneven tread wear
  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right
  • Your steering wheel is off centre when driving straight
  • Steering wheel vibration

CAMBER, TOE, & CASTER

When a mechanic checks your tyre alignment, he or she is mainly concerned with three things:

1. CAMBER

This is the inward or outward angle of the tyre when viewed from the front of the vehicle. Too much inward or outward tilt, also known as negative and positive camber, respectively, indicates improper alignment and will need to be adjusted. Worn bearings, ball joints, and other wheel-suspension parts may contribute to camber misalignment.

2. TOE

Distinct from camber alignment, toe alignment is the extent to which your tyres turn inward or outward when viewed from above. If that’s confusing, just stand up and look down at your feet. Angle them inward toward the centre of your body. When the tyres on your car are angled the same way (remember, we’re thinking in terms of birds-eye-view), we call this toe-in alignment. Angle your feet outward and you have toe-out alignment. Both require adjustment.

3. CASTER

Your caster angle helps balance steering, stability, and cornering. Specifically, it’s the angle of your steering axis when viewed from the side of your vehicle. If you have positive caster, the steering axis will tilt toward the driver. Negative caster, on the other hand, means the steering axis tilts toward the front of your vehicle.

WHY TYRE ALIGNMENT MATTERS

Improper wheel or tyre alignment can cause your tyres to wear unevenly and prematurely. Here are some specific types of undue tread wear attributable to misalignment:

FEATHERING

Tyres are “feathered” when the tread is smooth on one side and sharp on another. This is usually a sign of poor toe alignment.

CAMBER WEAR

This strain of tread wear means the inside or outside of the tread is significantly more worn than the centre of the tread. As its name implies, positive or negative camber causes this type of wear.

HEEL/TOE WEAR

This happens when one side of your tread blocks wears down more quickly than the other in a circumferential direction. When you run your hand over the tread, it will look and feel like saw teeth when viewed from the side. Heel/toe wear could be a sign of under inflation and/or lack of rotation.

If you’re experiencing any of these unusual wear patterns, you should have a mechanic check your alignment. While tyre wear prevention is a good reason to keep your wheel alignment in check, the consequences of misalignment can also play out in overall vehicle performance. A car that pulls to one side or steers erratically, for example, probably has an alignment problem.

TYRE BALANCING

Distinct from tyre alignment, tyre or wheel balancing refers to compensation for any weight imbalances in the tyre/wheel combination and is often performed in conjunction with wheel alignment. There are two basic types of tyre/wheel imbalance that need correction – static (single plane) and dynamic (dual plane).

Static balance addresses balance on only one plane – vertical movement which can cause vibration. A dynamic imbalance, on the other hand, addresses balance in two planes – vertical movement and lateral movement . Both types of imbalance require the use of a special balancing machine to help even things out.

To begin balancing your tyres, our mechanic will mount them on the correct rims and adjust the pressure to optimal inflation. Then each tyre goes on the centre bore of a balancing machine. The machine spins the tyre at a high speed to measure the wheel/tyre combination imbalance. It signals how much weight the tech should add to balance out the tyre and the areas where said weight is needed.

Tyre balancing is essential for correct tyre care for the same reason as wheel alignment: prevention of premature tread wear. Having tyres aligned and balanced every 5,000 miles can help maximize their lifespan and overall performance.

Absolute Alignment

About Autotech

Here at Autotech Garage Services, Garage in Great Yarmouth we have always endeavoured to provide the best service possible to our customers. This involves providing the best possible customer service, supplying and fitting OE (original equipment) equivalent parts at the best price possible. We don’t fit customer supplied parts as we can’t verify the quality or offer the guarantees that give our customers have come to expect . We are a cambelt specialist and have aligned ourselves with gates belts which allows us to offer a 2 year 24000 mile warranty on any cambelt we fit.  We have invested heavily in up to date technology that allows us to offer many different services, some of which are listed below

  • Car repairs in Great Yarmouth.
  • Air conditioning recharges on R134a and R1234f gases.
  • Air conditioning  fault diagnosis.
  • PICO scoping diagnosis.
  • 4 wheel laser alignment.
  • MOT testing in Great Yarmouth.
  • Tyre fitting and balancing.
  • Cambelt fitting.
  • Welding.
  • On car  injector & DPF cleaning  (Forté Power-Clean).
  • Mechanical and electrical diagnosis.

We offer fixed price car servicing in Great Yarmouth on all models up to 2.2 cc, terms and conditions do apply. Our full  service plan  comprises of a 50 point vehicle check, all brakes are cleaned and measured all fluids tested and  topped up where required, on our full service plan we change oil filter, vehicle specific  oil, air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, and pollen filter. Any advisories are logged and the customer called, we do not carry out any repairs without the customers consent.

Our interim service plan consist of a 27 point check with all fluids tested and topped up. We change the oil filter and vehicle specific oil. And the front brakes are cleaned and measured.

Our technicians together have a pool of experience to draw on of over 30 years, and you can be rest assured that we will look after your vehicle in the best possible way.      

We are investor in people and operate a apprentice scheme where we are training the technicians of tomorrow.

One of the services mentioned above is DPF cleaning, this is a growing area where we are able to clean your DPF filter on the car if it  has become blocked. The expensive replacement of DPF filters has led to many companies developing cleaning systems for DPF filters. We have partnered with forte and we now use their power clean system which allows us to clean DPF filters on the car which is less intrusive and more cost effective  to the customer. The system uses a chemical that cleans the DPF in a foam state, then this is flushed away  with a cleaner.

DPF Filter cleaning now available!!!

As part of our ongoing mission to offer the most comprehensive array of services for our customers, we have just invested in MORE new technology!

We are please to announce that Autotech Garage Services are now able to offer DPF filter cleaning in Great Yarmouth.

You can find out more about this service here: DPF filter cleaning in Great Yarmouth.

Bad weather closure

Due to the terrible weather at the moment, we have decided to close the garage until Monday 5th March, to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this, but our main concern is the safety of our staff and customers.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Don’t forget to check on elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours during this horrendous period.

Autotech Garage Services supports Jessica-Jane Applegate

As you may be aware, Autotech Garage Services proudly supports Paralympic superstar Jessica-Jane Applegate. Jessica-Jane has just put out a press release, which kindly thanks Autotech Garage Services for their support.

If you would like to help support Jessica-Jane Applegate, please visit her Just Giving page HERE.

In the January of 2016 Jessica-Jane became ill and her training and competition suffered to the point where she had to choose between ending her career or surgery. Even though she managed to claim 2 silvers and 1 bronze in Rio racing with a prolapsed disc in her back and only 9 weeks after surgery she didn’t manage to achieve a personal best time during that year therefore she lost the majority of her UK Sport funding. She didn’t give up though & with the help of the Community Sports foundation she set up a funding page. Nwes have also stepped in to help with her marketing, website and are also holding fundraising days on her behalf.

Most recently local family run garage Autotech Garage Services have offered their assistance too – Owners Gary and Melanie Harris quoted ‘We are a local family run business who are always keen to help local charities, good causes or local heroes such as Jessica-Jane Applegate. In the past we have helped a local lady purchase a mobility scooter, we give continued support the RSPCA along with helping a local youth football team with their kit. When we heard of Jessica-Jane’s funding reduction we felt so strongly that it was so unfair we agreed we would help as much as we could with her vehicle maintenance, servicing, tyres, and general repairs as her car is so important for her to enable her to travel not only to training but around the county to competitions & training camps’ Autotech Garage Services have just opened their very own in house brand new MOT station investing in top of the range equipment to allow any or all work to be carried out on the same premises. They have extremely competitive rates along with offering numerous other on site services including payment plans for those that cannot afford to pay in a lump sum. For any further information please contact Dawn or Mel on 01493 717878.

Jessica-Jane said ‘This is a huge relief for us, we rely on our car daily and cover around 30 thousand miles a year. Knowing that we will be able to have our car serviced, checked regular so it is road worthy at all times is incredible. Since Gary and Melanie stepped in I have already travelled to Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield along with daily training, competitions & appointments across Norfolk for my medical appointments in the follow up from Rio. I am really grateful for their support.’

Since then Jessica-Jane has broken several S14 British Records and has started to improve again since her surgery last year.

MOT Testing now available in-house!

We are please to announce that our in-house MOT is now open!

At Autotech Garage Services we wanted to ensure that we could offer the best service possible to our customers, so we felt that we needed to offer in-house MOT tests in Great Yarmouth. This will allow you to be reassured that your MOT will be conducted with the same level of care and attention you have come to expect from Autotech Garage Services.

Autotech Garage Services in Great Yarmouth offers MOT tests in Great Yarmouth, but there are many things you can check yourself before you present your vehicle for its MOT test.

Getting your car through its MOT test can be a stressful and expensive time. There are a lot of little things that anyone can do prior to their MOT to help their car pass it MOT and we have listed them below.

  1. Check all your lights are working correctly
  2. Make sure the headlight leveller is set to 0
  3. Test your horn
  4. Test your front washers and wipers (the rear washer / wiper is not tested)
  5. Make sure all the doors open and that the front doors open from the inside and outside.
  6. Make sure the oil level is correct (if the oil is too low a tester can refuse to test the vehicle)
  7. A big one is remove anything hanging from rear view mirror (this includes any air fresheners!)
  8. Check that the driver’s seat moves backward and forwards
  9. Check that all the seatbelts lock in place and are not damaged
  10. Check that the air bag or abs lights are not illuminated (the EML light on does not fail the MOT)
  11. Make sure the tyres are not illegal (1.6mm across 3/4 of the tread around the whole circumference of the tyre is the legal requirement)

If you have done all of the above, you have a good part of the MOT test out of the way.

If you are looking for a cheap MOT in Great Yarmouth and you are wondering which Garage in Great Yarmouth to use, why not give Autotech Garage Services a call or book your MOT online. We ensure that the MOT’s are carried out fairly and to the highest standard possible.

If you have any questions or queries with regards to your upcoming MOT test, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Aviva Staff Discount

Autotech Garage Services is pleased to announce that we’re offering all Aviva employees a 10% discount on parts and labour. Like Aviva, we put our customers first and will keep you updated on the progress of your repair. We can also offer a courtesy car while yours is being repaired! To redeem your discount, just produce your Aviva ID on dropping off your car and when you pay.

Terms and conditions apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. 10% discount does not apply to MOT’s, 4 Wheel Laser Alignment or repairs paid for using our payment assist payment scheme.

Winter Driving Checks

Great Britain, the country that has 4 seasons in one day and you can get snow and flash floods at the drop of a hat. With the weather being unpredictable, especially at the time of the year, it is always important to ensure before any journey that you and your car are prepared for any eventuality.

Below we have compiled a list of items which should be checked frequently, especially in the cold weather.

1. Tyres – You should check the condition, tread level and pressure of your tyres to ensure that they are performing to the best of their ability. Check the tyres to see if there are any splits or bulges.

You should also check to ensure that the tread level of your tyres is above the legal limit of 1.6mm. We would recommend that you change your tyres well before hitting this limit to ensure optimal grip in all weathers. You should also ensure that your tyre pressures are inflated to your car manufacturers recommended settings. Not only will this assist with the handling of your car, but it will help increase your cars MPG!

2. Coolant – You should ensure that your cars coolant level is between the minimum and maximum markers. Coolants include Anti-Freeze which is designed to stop your engine from freezing. Coolant is very cheap and can prevent a very hefty bill for repairing an engine which has become frozen.

3. Battery – In cold weather the oil in your battery becomes thicker, which means it requires more energy from the battery to create a chemical reaction to generate electricity. The older your battery gets, the more it will struggle, so it is advisable to have your battery tested to help reduce the chances of you being caught out with a dead battery.

4. Screen Wash – Ensure that you have enough screen wash in your screen wash reservoir and that it is at a concentration suitable for the cold weather. Failure to use the correct concentration can lead your washer pump freezing and other issues.

If you would like assistance in checking these and any other points in your car, please do not hesitate in contacting us to arrange an appointment for us to do this for you.

In addition to the aforementioned, we would recommend that you keep the following in your car if you’re planning on long journeys –

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Food and a warm drink in a thermos
  • Reflective warning sign
  • Emergency phone charger

Happy New Year from all at Autotech Garage Services, the family run Garage in Great Yarmouth you can trust.

100% Motor Codes AA inspection

We are very proud to have gained 100% from our unannounced Motor Codes AA inspection for our Garage in Great Yarmouth. This gives customers reassurance that we are reliable, honest and fair, with trained, competent and conscientious staff. We would like to thank all  of all the team who have worked hard to help us achieve this fabulous score .