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Welcome to St Helens Motorcare your local Independent Garage.

St Helens Motorcare is our new brand replacing the old Century Autocare name. Please feel free to browse this website where you will find information about our business as well as useful motoring articles and factsheets.

Click here for details of our special customer offers.

To contact us please call 01744 753333

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After some considerable endeavour the refurbishment of our St Helens garage is now in the final stages. The exterior of the building has been repainted in red and the reception area and customer toilets are near completion. There is no doubt that red helps to make the building stand out and certainly helps motorists who might be driving along Merton Bank Road trying to find us.

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St Helens Motorcare – now in red

The reception makeover includes new seating and a freshly tiled floor so our customers have a clean and pleasant place to wait whilst they collect their vehicles.

New seating in reception at St Helens Motorcare

New seating arrives at Motorcare

We are still open for business during the refurbishment so please feel free to call in and pay us a visit. If you are calling for your free winter check there is normally no need for an appointment – just drive in!

If you are interested in learning a bit more about the free winter check then click here .

It’s always interesting to know how the customer views your efforts  so we were very pleased to hear that our customers had given us a 99% satisfaction rating on the Motorcodes website.

Customers scored us on such issues as customer satisfaction and quality of work and gave us some excellent feedback.

Perhaps most pleasing was that all the respondents would recommend us to friends and family.Thank you to all our customers who responded.

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This is a special offer for Motorhome owners who want a reliable garage to service their beloved vehicle at a sensible price.

It is a full chassis service from only £169 and includes

Change of Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel filter and Air filter.

And a thorough check of

  • Fluid levels
  • Lights
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Tyres and exhaust
  • Brakes checked and adjusted.

To enquire or to book your service please give us a call on 01744 753333.

 

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Some customers have asked what happens exactly when we carry out one of our Free Brake Checks. Ever happy to oblige we thought we might explain this special offer using a few photos to help.

Firstly we put the vehicle onto one of our hydraulic ramps and have a good look at the underside. Here we are trying to check for any damage or corrosion to brake pipes and hoses. In the picture below you can see that the Century Autocare mechanic is checking the pipes behind the front offside wheel.

The steering is on full lock so that we can get a good photo, even so it’s not that easy to access and it would be impossible for the average motorist to do this for themselves. Some brake pipes are routed through the car in so that inspection is virtually impossible even for ourselves. Obviously we can only check what we can see.

Checking the brake pipes at our St Helens garage

Checking the brake pipes at our St Helens garage

The next step is to remove all the wheels for a visual inspection of the calipers. The picture below shows the wheel removed and the mechanic holding the caliper. This is inspected to ensure that it has not seized and has free operation.

The brake pads are located in the caliper and these are then visually checked for wear.

A Century Autocare mechanic checks the brake calipers

A Century Autocare mechanic checks the brake calipers

These brakes are called disc brakes as the car is braked by the action of the caliper gripping on the disc. Sometimes the disc itself wears and needs replacing. The mechanic below can be seen visually inspecting the disc for signs of wear which might compromise braking.

Some older cars have drum brakes and the principle of braking is slightly different. With drum brakes the wheel and the drum itself have to be removed for a visual check of the braking components.

Checking the discs for wear

Checking the discs for wear

The next stage is to check the level and performance of the brake fluid. Many motorists think that brake fluid in the system will last forever with periodic top ups. Unfortunately this isn’t the case and brake fluid can absorb water over time which in turn can affect braking performance.

To check that your fluid is in good condition our mechanic will use this nifty little metre in the picture below. The terminals of the metre are put into the fluid in the brake reservoir. A green light tells us that the fluid is fine and has not significantly deteriorated.

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Brake fluid pass reading

Finally, the mechanic will check the operation of the servo and master cylinder which completes the brake check. If any defects are found we then discuss these with the customer.

Century Autocare is an independent garage based in St Helens Merseyside. Brake checks and inspections are carried out free of charge and any brake repairs are undertaken by fully skilled mechanics using approved parts. A brake check  takes about 15 minutes and can normally be conducted without appointment while you wait.

Telephone 01744 753333

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Open all hours?

At Century AutoCare our official opening hours are 8.30 to 5.30 during the week and 9.30 till 1 on Saturday, but it is rarely that straight forward. Quite often you will find our doors open and lights burning at our St Helens garage well into the weekday evening. It all boils down to customer service.

Sometimes we simply have to finish a vehicle for a customer that day and rather than disappoint we take a little longer to complete the job, which inevitably takes us past our 5.30 closing time. Also many of our customers will only finish work at 5.30 and may want to collect their car at the end of day, in which case we are happy to help them by waiting a while for them to arrive.

Other times people are driving home and hoping that a garage is open to perhaps fix a bulb or top up the antifreeze. If you are one of these motorists in need and find yourself driving along Merton Bank Road one evening then please feel free to call in and see if we can assist.

Open all hours? Not quite – but nearly!

Century Autocare is an independent garage based in St Helens Merseyside

Telephone 01744 753333

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At the St Helens workshop we get many customers calling in at this time of year concerned about the anti-freeze in their vehicles cooling system. Newcomers to our garage usually ask the same three questions.

  • How do I know what the strength of the anti-freeze is and what temperature it will protect down to?
  • What is the difference between red and blue anti-freeze?
  • Can I mix various types of anti-freeze?

We can answer the questions but it is usually a lot easier (and quicker) just to carry out the free Century AutoCare winter check. It only takes about 10 minutes and tells us the strength of the existing anti freeze and what action is needed to prepare your vehicle for winter.  If you feel that you must know about such things (despite our free offer where we do it all for you) then take a look at our lovingly prepared Anti-freeze fact sheet

When we say its quick and easy  – it is. The picture below shows our mechanic using a device called a hydrometer to carry out the check. This tells us how much antifreeze is actually in the coolant and at what temperature it will freeze. It’s that simple.

century autocare mechanic checks antifreeze strength.
Hydrometer shows this antifreeze will protect to about minus 31C

We don’t know what the coming winter has in store for us  but if it is anything like last year it will almost certainly be difficult one for us motorists. Most unusually for St Helens we had some extremely cold weather with temperatures in Merseyside and West Lancashire dropping to an incredible minus 17 degrees centigrade.

It was made worse by the first spell of cold weather coming in early December which is normally a relatively mild time. It caught many motorists out.

Winter in West Lancashire - no fun for motorists
Winter in West Lancashire – no fun for motorists

These sort of temperatures place huge demands on your anti-freeze so its well worth taking a few minutes out of your busy day to call in to our garage on Merton Bank Road for your free winter check. Unfortunately once an engine freezes it can be a very expensive repair, so this is definitely a case of prevention rather than cure.

Century Autocare is an independent garage  based in St Helens Merseyside. The free winter check is carried out without any obligation whatsoever. An appointment is not always necessary.

Telephone 01744 753333

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