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.

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 manywidnesautoelectricalservices Logo 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.

Ford Transit Connect

This vehicle came to us with a problem with the gauges. With accurate wiring diagrams we confirmed the wiring was good.

A second hand set of gauges were sourced, fitted and with the correct tools the keys, milage and immobiliser were coded in

Ford Transit locking fault

This vehicle came to us with locking issues. It had previously had a new interior fitted due to fire. A quick look at fault codes revealed antenna fault. On stripping interior to examine wiring it was found to have been repaired to a very low standard,

It was also found that the antenna was missing. A new antenna and loom was sourced and the wiring repaired to a safe standard. The locking worked without any programming necessary.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta in for the radio not powering up. It had been to a ‘specialist’ that had tested radio and said it was a wiring fault.

These radios come in 3 separate pieces, the display, the audio unit and the keypad. With accurate wiring diagrams we were able to test feeds and grounds to the audio unit and also the communication lines know as Canbus, all proved good. So even though a radio expert had said it was wiring we have proved the wiring is OK.

We didn’t suspect the display as it would still have sound. The audio unit was checked for current draw and a thermal camera used to see if it was getting warm. This isn’t 100% test but an indication it’s working. There is no way of testing keypad, only substitute for another which we had available.

This proved to be the problem as it came on and worked perfectly.

Another job successfully completed without any guess work or unnecessary parts fitted.

2007 Focus ST gauges

Ford Focus with cutting out and losing power issues, diagnosed by us using reliable and presise test plans. Enable us to diagnose problems quickly and accurately. In this case the gauges were the problem and we are able to repair these saving the customer hundreds against new.