Braking bad

Sometimes we think people are happy in their ignorance, and sad to say, in these difficult times we see more cars with brakes in this sorry condition.             This car was presented for an MOT test and the customer was shocked when it did not meet the required standard for…

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Camper van heater is snug fit

All motorhome owners will be aware that space is important, especially if you own a micro camper.             A heater is vital if you use the camper in the winter. WMM directors David and Sue have a heater in their motorhome and go camping all year round. The customer who…

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Doomed Bongo

This sorry tale concerns a customer who bought a Mazda Bongo as a private sale. The customer paid a very good price, believing that the vendor was an honest seller.             Four months later, the vehicle developed a coolant leak and came to WMM for repair as we are renowned Bongo…

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Diesel dilemma

Many diesels have not been driven as they should be, especially through the pandemic.             When the diesel particulate filter (DPF) warning light illuminates and the car goes into limp mode, it needs some attention. Sometimes, the vehicle can have the system “regenerated” in the garage but some vehicles will…

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Valve at core of air con issue

This customer had the air conditioning in their car re-gassed at another garage.           A few days later the system stopped working and upon returning to the garage that filled the system, the customer was told that the warranty is only valid until the car leaves the premises. Apparently a stone…

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Gear oil in the pink

Worcester’s Mobile Mechanic recently had a customer with an older, but still impressive, automatic Mercedes SLK.           The problem was the gear change suddenly became very poor. The owner was worried that he might need a new gearbox and would have to take it to an automatic gearbox specialist in Birmingham.…

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6 caravan towing tips

Using a car for towing involves a range of requirements for UK drivers. We’ve rounded up some key points.           Is my car up to the task? You need to check your car’s towing capacity – the weight it is permitted to tow includes a fully loaded car and a fully…

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A* star support for kids

WMM supports two schools in The Gambia through its Gambia Building Project and the charity recently raised the funds required to send a container full of useful items to West Africa.         Director Dave Connellan visited Berkhamsted School in Buckinghamshire, who kindly donated at least four van loads of school equipment and…

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Be prepared for E10 fuel

Other countries have had E10 fuels for some time. In the USA gasoline has contained either 10% or 15% ethanol since 2012, with E10 arriving in France in 2009, then Germany and Finland in 2011.         The introduction of E10 petrol at UK forecourts this summer could cut transport CO2 emissions by…

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Exhaust-ing patience

Many years ago, WMM director David used an old bean tin with jubilee clips and some exhaust paste to repair an exhaust. It stopped the exhaust blowing for nearly a year!       We’ve seen some awful attempts at repairing vehicles but this has to be in the top ten. Somebody fitted a new exhaust…

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