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Birmingham is the second-most popular city in the UK, located in the Midlands with a population of over 4.3million.
Originally a market town in the medieval period, Birmingham is now an international commercial centre and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub.
A centre for culture, Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Birmingham has also played its part in sporting history; home to Aston Villa FC and Birmingham City FC, it was Birmingham resident and Aston Villa director William McGregor who founded the Football League.
Birmingham will also be the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, expected to take place in July and August 2022.
Possibly due to the rise in industry and commerce, and its handy functionality in city traffic, the Mercedes A-Class is estimated to be the most popular car in Birmingham, according to data provided between 2012 to 2018 by ownership and postcode.
Close on its heels—and in order of popularity—are the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashqai and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
There are approximately 3 million licensed vehicles in the Birmingham area, with some of the most popular models including the Mini, Kia Sportage and the Ford Focus.
There are a total of 49 Fixter garages in the Birmingham area, all ready and waiting to provide you with a fantastic quote for your car service, MOT and a wide range of vehicle repairs.
Fixter garages service the following postcodes and more, in and around the Birmingham area:
The timing belt, or cambelt, is a vital engine component with a key role to play in keeping your motor running smoothly. It ensures the top and bottom halves of your engine rotate precisely in time with each other. Essentially, this ribbed rubber belt with teeth synchronises the crankshaft and camshaft’s rotation. It controls the sequencing and timing of the opening and closing of the valves on the cylinders in your engine to provide the right combustion. Camshafts, made up of the main journals, the lobes (or bulges) and the ends, control the valves in the cylinder head. A rocker head takes the spinning motion of an overhead camshaft and turns it into the movement that opens and closes the valves. Timing chains essentially perform the same function as cambelts but may be slightly noisier. The chains generally last as long as the vehicle (and generally require less frequent replacing), although the plastic guides they run over may not.
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach for how often to replace yours—a lot depends on your motor’s age and condition. There’s also huge variation between manufacturers and different engines. So you might need a new belt after 4 years, or 6, or after driving 40,000 or 100,000 miles. Consult your car’s manual—most manufacturers’ recommendations are based on time passed or miles driven, depending on which elapses first.
However, we’d always suggest treating these recommendations as a maximum, and erring on the side of caution.
The timing belt will not be examined at your car’s MOT, but the associated issues of running a car with a faulty timing belt can lead to severe engine damage, which can.
Like most car parts, your timing belt will wear out eventually due to cracking, snapping or tearing. Timing belts are also unpredictable, with few warning signs of damage. (Although starting issues and noise may offer clues.) Driving your car infrequently, oil leaks and temperature changes, among other factors, can all play their part.
If a grinding or squeaking noise is being emitted from your engine, it could be a malfunctioning timing belt.
If your timing belt has broken, this can cause problems with your engine that lead to the vehicle not starting.
I used fixter for the first time today it is a fantastic service my car was picked up on time and deliverd back to me well before the time slot I was very pleased with the service they provided for me and it was no hassle for me to go out and find a garage for my M O T I sat in my house did things ...
"I really can't rate this service high enough. Dan Johnson picked my car up at around 8.30am - he was pleasant and polite. Off it went to the garage, I got a text 20 minutes later to say it had arrived and around an hour later another text to say it was on it's way back - with a nice shiny ""Pass"...
Wow picked car up for mot half hour early and back 2 hours after excellent service and exceptionally good priced so pleased I accidently found this company and daniel the young man is courteous and polite thank you will be telling all my friends
A good company to work with, the only negative is invoice has to be done in a particular way! But they are rolling out automatic invoicing,So the negative feedback will become positive feedback.Good work guys.
Easy to book a MOT. Quick and efficient - great to have the car picked up and dropped off. Payment easily sorted online. Will recommend! Thanks
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