2009 Transit Connect non runner

Into our workshop came this connect that after being left for a couple of weeks wouldn’t start. A new battery had already been tried but problem remained. A code read revealed ecu processor internal faults so the ecu was accessed and removed

The ecu was opened to check the pcb

Once apart the fault was obvious

This is unrepairable and a new one expensive. So a 2nd hand unit was sourced and fitted. With the correct equipment this was done quickly.

The Ford immobliser system known as PATS has to be matched in the ecu and instrument cluster. To do this you need to access security in the cluster for which you need a code.

The vehicle gives you an outcode and this equipment gives you the incode response. When entered diagnostic equipment then matches ecu to cluster and vehicle started straight away.

We suspected damage was done due to jump starting and putting the leads on the wrong way. Luckily for the customer no other damage was done.

How often do you check your motor for faults and problems?

Most people think they need to check their car or motor vehicle in the winter or when its MOT or service is due. However, throughout the year, its important that you take care of your motor vehicle to ensure it remains in good working.  This way your motor will remain safe, reliable and at is most fuel efficient on the road

Having said that, many car owners neglect their vehicle, and this can result in poor running performance and accidents. Fortunately, there are basic checks and maintenance tasks you can carry out to keep your motor vehicle at is best.

Tyres

It is important that your car is running on a good set of tyres and this will make sure that the car is driving safely.
Every 2 to 4 weeks it’s a good idea to check tyre pressure and your tread. This will ensure you stay safe and inside the legal limits for driving.

Engine Oil

Every month or so, you should check your engine oil as vehicles its not uncommon for cars to use up to a litre of oil every 1,000 miles. Do not wait until the warning light comes on as damage may have already occurred by then so check that you are always in between the minimum and maximum amount (overfilling can also cause damage).

Water & Coolant

Experts recommend that you check your water and coolant every couple of weeks ensuring your coolant is between the minimum and maximum amount. You should always do this when the engine is cool. If you think its unusually low this could be a sign of a leak. Take it to your nearest garage
Lights
It’s worth checking your lights are in good working order at least every week or 2. You will usually find if you are driving a modern vehicle then you will just need to check your onboard computer. A warning light will normally appear. If not, check manually by cleaning any dirt of and make sure they are bright and clear on the road.

Windscreen

This is one of the simplest things to do. Simply keep an eye out for any damage such as cracks or chips. There have been numerous occasions in the past were people have simply not bothered to repair them and the chip has led to the windscreen smashing and causing accidents. Often your insurance will fix these for you without you losing any no claims either!

Windscreen Wipers

The wipers should always be cleaned whenever you clean your car to prevent smearing. Many motorists like to replace their wipers once a year and this is a good practice as they are cheap and easy to replace.
Screen wash

With the warm summer weather on the way, it becomes breeding season for the bugs and flies that love to hit your windscreen on those country roads. Before you know you will run out of screen wash from constantly clearing away the bugs.

As such, check and top up your screenwash on a weekly basis as it is required by law to work properly. It is particularly important to check on a regular basis if you drive in muddy conditions or if you are about to set off for a long drive.

Emergency Kit

Once a year you should take a look at the toolkit/emergency kit that you have to make sure that you have everything you need. Ideally this should include a spare wheel, locking wheel nut, a jack, water, food, warm clothing, a blanket etc.

Car Electrics or Auto Electrics

Check that all of the electric work in the car on a weekly basis. This can be easy enough to do whilst you are driving or simply when you are parked – any problems should be fixed as soon as possible. Bring it in to Widnes Auto Electrical if you have any concerns

Light Faults Widnes

Light Faults Widnes

Here at Widnes Auto Electrical we’re fully aware of all of the problems/issues that can be encountered whilst dealing with the various different types of lighting on the inside and outside of your auto-mobiles. From headlights, to tail-lights to inside car lighting. We’re the best in the Widnes area at dealing with all of the kinds of Lighting Faults that you may encounter just by being a regular day-to-day driver. We however do offer an initial go-to piece of advice on how to deal with the menial lighting problems, as long as you’re fairly savvy when it comes to electrical equipment.

However, we understand that not all people are, and not all people have the time to spare to deal with issues like this. That’s why we do offer a service, and you can come in and we’ll help solve your problem through pure mettle, rather than the sweat off your back. So, if you are having any problems with the lighting with your car, then contact us, as soon as you possibly can, we don’t want to keep you off the road, and if you’re living in the Widnes area, then you should know that we’re the best around. Or if you would like to see what other Car Electrical services we provide then please click here

Below are a list of the most common car light faults according to the RAC

Here are the most important warning lights you should watch out for:
Brake system / brake fluid warning light

Your vehicle’s brakes are arguably the most important feature on your car, so if there’s a warning light flashing on your dash highlighting there’s something wrong with the braking system, it’s best to get it checked out right away.

ECU / engine warning light

If your engine warning light is illuminated, often it’ll be accompanied by some unusual symptoms – these could include a lack of power, as the car has gone into ‘safe’ mode to protect itself; an intermittent stuttering as you press the accelerator, caused by a misfire; or another fault which could alter the normal response from the engine.

Sometimes this can be down to something as small as a faulty electrical sensor, although sometimes it can be a larger mechanical issue. If your car’s engine warning light is showing, get a professional mechanic to look over it straight away, as driving around any longer could cause further, and potentially irreparable damage.

Airbag warning light

The invention of the airbag was a major step forward in vehicle occupant safety, so if your car’s isn’t working properly, get it seen to.

A faulty airbag potentially won’t go off in a crash, meaning you and your passengers won’t be as well protected from any potential injuries. The other possibility is that your vehicle’s airbag could deploy when you least expect it, giving you a nasty shock – or even actually causing­ an injury – and an expensive fix to put right.

Power steering / EPAS warning light

If your car’s power steering warning light – often known as the EPAS light – is illuminated, it means there could be something wrong with the steering system.

If the system fails, the steering could go heavy, meaning more effort will be needed to make the car change direction. This can be an annoyance at low speed when you’re trying to manoeuvre, but a real risk at higher motorway speeds if you need to make a sudden lane change to avoid an obstacle.

DPF / Diesel particulate filter warning light

Most modern diesel vehicles are fitted with a diesel particulate filter, which removes harmful soot from the exhaust gases to reduce emissions.

If this is faulty it’ll trigger a warning light and could not only mean you’re releasing a toxic cloud of black smoke every time you press the accelerator, but that you could be causing damage to your engine. Get this checked out straight away as DPFs can become blocked and can be expensive to replace.

Coolant warning light

Without any coolant, your car’s engine would get so hot it’d effectively ‘weld’ itself together. If you see the coolant light show up on your dashboard, it could mean coolant levels are running low, so check the gauge on the side of the coolant tank under the bonnet and top up if necessary.

In conjunction with a temperature gauge reading well into the red, it could mean your engine is overheating. This is either the sign of a larger problem – like a head gasket failure – or symptomatic of something less major, like a leak in the system somewhere, meaning you’re engine has run low on coolant and got too hot. Get it seen to as soon as possible to avoid a potentially expensive repair bill.

Oil warning light

Just like your car’s water or coolant warning light, you might see an oil warning light flash up if oil temperature gets too high, the level is low or oil pressure too low. It’s the latter two you want to avoid at all costs.

Oil is what lubricates your engine, with the oil pump used to spray the fluid to all corners of your engine. If temperatures get too high, or even worse, level is low or oil pressure drops, the effectiveness of the lubrication can be reduced or lost all together.

The result? Expensive engine damage, so if you see this warning sign, stop and phone a professional right away.

Tyre pressure monitor warning light

Once the preserve of high-end, super-expensive luxury saloons, many more cars are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems today.

These systems can sense a deviation away from normal tyre pressures, signifying a puncture. Generally, the device will flash a warning light on the dashboard, highlighting you should take a look at your car’s rubber.

Battery charge warning light

You should see your battery charge warning light when you first turn your car on, but if it doesn’t go out a few seconds after the engine starts, there could be a problem with your car’s electrical system.

This could be to do with a faulty alternator, faulty battery, a bad connection or damaged cabling somewhere in the engine bay. If your car isn’t charging its battery when moving (the job of the alternator), then you could eventually run out of electrical power and grind to a halt.

At worst, the light could be on due to an alternator drive belt braking. Other systems also use this belt – such as the engine coolant pump, or power steering – so the affects of a failure here could be compounded.

Warning light woes

It’s not a game of connect four or warning light bingo – if your car’s dashboard is lit up like a Christmas tree, or even if there’s one, small blinking light on there, it’s important to get it checked out.

It could be something as minor as a faulty sensor or a broken wire, but it could be something more serious that, if left unchecked, will cause lasting and expensive damage to your vehicle.

Regular servicing and maintenance can help protect your vehicle from firing off a fault, so keep a close eye on your car and its warning lights to save you money and avoid those expensive garage bills.

Have you got a warning light illuminated, or have you previously had a problem with your car signified by a telltale sign on the dashboard? How did you go about fixing it and what advice would you give to other motorists with a dash full of LED warnings?

What to consider when purchasing your new car?

Are you buying a new car this summer?

Buying a new car is a very exciting time. Lots of things to consider.  Do you buy new?  Do you save a little money and buy one a few years old?  Are you looking for a bargain with thousands and thousands of miles on the clock?   We will usually spend time looking at a number of different cars thinking about how we will feel and look in our new motor.  Whilst this a fun part of the process, it is also the part we can also get carried away with and focus to much on.   Instead, we really ought to focus on the electrical and mechanical issues that surround and used vehicle purchase.  As a result of this lack of focus many buyers may end up with a car that has these very issues that they simply are not aware of.

So what are your best steps to take to ensure you buy the right vehicle?

Get a mechanical check done.

It’s really important to check in advance whether or not your car is roadworthy and worth the price.   It’s always a good idea to have a mechanic look over the vehicle to see if there are any obvious faults that will cost you down the line.  Even if a car is sold with a warranty, it’s still a pain down the line to have to send your car away when it could have been fixed in advance of your purchase.

Check the car electrics.

Going beyond looking at whether your lights work or not is a really important thing to do.  With many cars having more and more electrical components and sophisticated on board computers controlling the vehicle, as quick trip to your local auto electrician could save you a lot of money in the long run.  Checking the car electrics with the latest diagnostic equipment can either reveal a multitude of problems, or put your mind at rest that you are buying the right car at the right price.  It’s always good to check as it will definitely save you money in the long run.

Take the car for a test drive.

Testing driving the car is not just about how you will look and feel driving the motor. Driving round the block is the perfect time to listen out for any rattles and creaks and see how it generally handles on the road.  If all goes will and you have made the necessary electrical and mechanical checks from your local garage or professional mechanic, then you’re good to go.

Remember, taking time to make these checks really will save you money and time in the long run.  If in doubt feel free to give we call here at Widnes Auto Electrical and we will be happy to guide you

 

Here’s a simple top ten list to consider:

1. Determine a range of cost.

2. Always test drive the car.

3. Research the vehicle.

4. Consider the Cars Best Suited for You.

5. Review the Vehicle History Report.

6. Request a Pre-purchase Inspection. 

7. Take a Look at Some of the Reviews.

8. Do Not Hesitate To Negotiate.

9. Validate Ownership.

10. Complete the Transaction.

Plugin Diagnostics Widnes

Plugin Diagnostics Widnes

 

Plugin Diagnostics Widnes – What we do

When you bring your vehicle to us at Widnes Auto Electrical, to check electrical faults we will inspect your cars on-board computer by plugging in our diagnostics tool. This will allow us to check the vehicles electronic control unit. This will enable us to identify any electrical faults that your car or vehicle has so that we can carry out the necessary repairs, our Plugin Diagnostics Widnes service is second to none and if you need us to carry out a Plugin Diagnostics Widnes, you can be sure that your vehicle is in the best hands, as our engineers have the experience, training and the know-how to get any electrical issue in a vehicle functioning properly again, as if it was brand new again!

 

Typical types of work that we carry out for Electrical Plugin Diagnostics Widnes checking for your vehicle

 

  • Battery, starter motor and associated wiring
  • Battery charging rate, current draw and alternator
  • Distributor assembly, cap, rotor arm and ignition timing variation
  • Ignition module operation & coil dwell function
  • Coil output together with spark duration
  • Spark plug and plug lead performance
  • Carburettor / injection duration
  • Exhaust gas measurements
  • Cylinder condition & relative compression testing
  • Fuel injection variation
  • Diesel engine Diagnostics
  • Battery, starter motor and associated wiring
  • Battery charge rate, current draw and alternator
  • Heater glow plug current draw, pre-glow timer check
  • Heater glow plug, post-glow timer check
  • Fuel injection pump operation
  • Fuel injection pump timing (where marks are available)

 

For your electrical Diagnostics, all of this is compiled to form a comprehensive A4 printout for you. This records the entire test, as carried out on your vehicle. If you are interested in our Plugin Diagnostics Widnes service, or if you need some more information on the other services that we provide, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.

Volvo V60

Volvo came in for the tow electrics to be wired up. We may not be the cheapest but our work is 2nd to none. Not a butt connector in sight all connections soldered and water proofed. Do it right do it once

Top tips for car safety

There is always a general basic safety procedure to follow if you want to make sure your car problems are kept to a minimum.  Not only will it help you hold the long term value of your vehicle but it will also help you stay safe whilst on any long or short journeys

Here’s some of the things you should do to stay safe on the roads.

Check your tyres

The minimum legal limit on your tyres is 1.5mm.  This is the point at which your tyres become illegal.  That said, it’s really important that you check them sooner.  The last thing you want it is to find you are over this point.  It could prove costly getting your car to the garage since it is illegal to drive at this point.  If there is rain, ice, snow etc. then below 2.0mm could see your tyres losing grip and become dangerous to drive.

The pressure in your tyre is equally as important.  Tyre manufactures typically have different pressure guidelines.  It’s important to check your manual to ensure you keep them to the optimum given.  If your tyre pressure is not right, you could lose grip or worse still have a blowout whilst driving. This is both costly and dangerous. Make sure you always check your tyre pressure and your tread depth.

Window wipers and mirrors – Check they work for you when you get in!

If you share a car with someone else, it’s likely that your mirrors, will have been adjusted.  The last thing you want whilst driving along is to fiddle around trying to adjust them.  This could lead to a crash.  Same with the window wipers.  If you are driving in heavy rain and they are not working, or the blades are broken you may struggle to see where you are going.  The last thing you want is an accident that could have been avoided

Check your car electrics. 

Don’t take the car electrics for granted.  With modern cars becoming more and more controlled by sophisticated on board computers, it’s becoming more important to watch out for electrical faults.  From your windows, to your starter motor, there are now very few parts of your car unaffected by this move towards the electric first approach to driving a car.  If you see any warning lights on, it’s important that you head to your local auto mechanic to ensure there is nothing seriously wrong with your car.  The last thing you want is for you to be stranded in the middle of nowhere because your car will not start.

These are just a few safety tips that we have highlighted. If you are concerned about how to ensure you stay safe on the roads, feel free to give us a call.  The team at Widnes Auto Electrical are always happy to help.

 

Top 10 Road Safety Tips to take away:

  1. Don’t use your mobile phone whilst driving

    Making or receiving a call, even using a ‘hands free’ phone,  is illegal.  The fixed penalty for being caught using a handheld phone in the car is a £200 fine and six points on your licence since 1 March.28 Feb 2017.  Moeverover it can distract your attention from driving and could lead to an accident.

  2. Belt up in the back

    In a collision, an un-belted rear passenger can kill or seriously injure the driver or a front seat passenger.    Make sure everyone is wearing their seatbelt

  3. Don’t drink and drive

    You may get:

    • 3 months’ imprisonment
    • up to £2,500 fine
    • a possible driving ban
    • Any alcohol, even a small amount, can impair your driving so be a safe driver don’t drink and drive.
  4. Slow down

    At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill a pedestrian as at 30mph.   The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points added to your licence.  You could be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years.

  5. Children

    Children often act impulsively, take extra care outside schools, near buses and ice cream vans when they might be around.  Make sure you guide them safely into and out of your vehicle at all times.

  6. Take a break

    Tiredness is thought to be a major factor in more than 10% of road accidents. Plan to stop often and for long enough to help you feel more alert

  7. Walk safely

    Be aware of the roads around you.  Vehicles may not always see you in built up areas.  Don’t just step out onto the road.  Check and use safe crossings at at all times

  8. Anticipate

    Observe and anticipate other road users and use your mirrors regularly.

  9. Use car seats

    Child and baby seats should be fitted properly and checked every trip.

  10. Keep your distance

    Keep the right distance.  If you don’t know what this is then revisit your highway code and checking your stopping distance.

 

 

 

 

BMW 7Series non runner

This vehicle came to us as a non runner, 3 other technicians had already been out to the vehicle to try and fix the trouble without success.

Reading the vehicle with a diagnostic device showed various communication errors between modules. Knowing BMW cars we knew voltage could be the reason so many modules were having issues. The battery was tested and replaced .

Then with the correct tools we are able to repair the coding errors

With the coding complete the vehicle started and ran perfectly.

Car Electrical Repairs in Widnes with Widnes Auto Electrical Services

 

Here at Widnes Auto Electrical Services we specialise in repairing electrical faults in vehicles of all shapes and sizes. We have many years of experience and are the best at what we do in the Widnes area. If you have an electrical fault of any size, then bring in your vehicle into our garage today and let our specialists have a look at it. We can repair anything from: Starter Motors | Diesel Components | Air Con | Alternators | Ignition Components | Electrical Motors | Wiring Fault Finding/Repairs | Vehicle Radio Decoding | Light Faults | Engine Misfires | Plug in Diagnostics

10 most common car problems:

1. Gearbox

2. Electrical

3. Clutch

4. Turbo

5. Brakes

6. Alternator

7. Cylinder head gasket

8. Air-con condenser

9. EGR valve

10. Window motor/regulator

 

Below are what a few people have said about us when we have repaired their vehicle due to one of the faults listed above:

 

Jack Thompson, Cronton, Widnes: My car had a weird smell coming from it whenever I had the air con on, obviously I didn’t want to cope with the awful smell or the heat with the air con off, so I had a look online and it looked like I needed to get it repaired. I found Widnes Auto’s phone number when surfing the web for a garage in my area. The price they quoted me was great so I brought in my car and left it with them. I picked it up after work and it was brilliant! I didn’t need the window open when on faster roads, I could just have my air con on instead again! Now I don’t have to cope with the annoying noise of wind getting in and the awful smell coming from the air con itself.

Laura Hitchcock, Farnworth, Widnes: My car wouldn’t turn on its headlights for some reason. The indicator on the dash said they were on, but none of them were working. My work shifts are night shifts and due to the roads being dark and headlights being a legal requirement, I couldn’t go to work until it was sorted. I gave Widnes Auto a call after getting their number from a friend. They booked my car in the same day and it was done the same day too!! I can finally get back to work and it’s got my boss off my back, thanks so much guys!

If you are interested in what we can do for you, or you would just like some more information, or even just a free quote, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.

Corsa Airbag fault

In for airbag faults

Wiring for the system was checked and found to be OK upto the seat. So the seat was removed and stripped to gain access to wiring inside

On examining the loom you can see where the loom has been trapped and cut through

A simple repair was made and the seat refitted, codes cleared and tested.