Vehicle Troubleshooting


We can put it right!

If your car is making an unusual noise, don’t just turn the radio up! Ignoring early warnings can be costly and dangerous. So, as soon as you hear anything out of the ordinary, bring your car in to Whitkirk Motors. We’ll tell you what the problem is and how we can put it right.

My car makes a scraping sound

A scraping sound when applying the brakes generally means that your brake pads are worn and need replacing. Metal on metal is damaging to the rotors, so you should make sure that you do this as soon as possible. It also goes without saying that worn brake pads are not as effective at stopping within safe distances.

We offer very competitive rates on brake pads and shoes, often much cheaper than national fast-fit garages, so contact us today and stop the scraping in its tracks.

My car’s making a roaring sound

If your car is a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus or any other turbo-charged performance car, then there’s no need to panic. However, if you drive a hatchback, saloon, estate, van or 4X4, you need to get your exhaust checked.

That embarrassing sound every time you step on the accelerator is caused by a hole somewhere within the exhaust system. As exhausts comprise four parts (the manifold, the front downpipe, the centre section and the rear silencer box) you should only need to replace the affected section.

My car’s making a grinding sound

There are a number of reasons why your car might be making a grinding sound. This often indicates metal-on-metal, so it’s likely that your brake pads need replacing.

If the grinding sound occurs when you are turning around a corner, then the most likely culprit is that one of your coil springs is worn or fractured and needs replacing straight away. If you put off getting it seen to, it will quickly cut into your tyre wall and shred it.

Since replacing a coil spring involves stripping back, we often recommend replacing the corresponding coil on the other side at the same time.

My car’s making a hissing sound

If your car makes a hissing noise from the engine area it is a sign that it is overheating and/or leaking coolant. The sound is often accompanied by steam from the bonnet either whilst driving or when the engine has been switched off. If you look at your temperature gauge, you’ll probably find that the warning light is on.

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Loyalty Scheme

At Whitkirk Motors we believe in rewarding our loyal customers, that’s why we have a loyalty scheme in place that rewards YOU. For every £1 you spend in the garage we’ll reward you with points that you can redeem against the cost of any MOT, Service or labour charges in the future. There’re no strings attached, it really is as simple as it sounds!


Can't bring your car in? We offer a collection and delivery service

At Whitkirk Motors we’re always here to help, so if you live or work within 5 miles of our garage, we’ll happily collect your vehicle, Service it and deliver it back the same day