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BMW Fibre Optic system repairs and idrive faults

Lakeside garage carries out repairs and software updates to the fibre optic entertainment system on your BMW. These repairs are normally only carried out by the dealer. We can save you time and money. Common problems are bluetooth not working…
Total Oils Authorised agent

Manufacturer Approved Oils

When looking for a repairer to service your car, always ask what oils are being used within the estimate they have given. So why would you ask this? Well there are many oils out there on the open market, and a £3 per litre oil cannot be the…

Diagnostics de-mystified

When you go to a garage, are you paying for a Diagnostic assessment or merely a  fault code reading? There is a big difference! There appears to be some confusion around what a diagnostic check actually means from garage to garage. A proper…
MOT test centre Wraysbury, Staines

Let us manage your MOT reminder!

Have you ever forgotten to book your car in for its MOT on time? Are you aware that driving your car without an MOT is illegal? There are no ‘grace’ days once the MOT has expired.! Your insurance policy may have terms and conditions…
Garage Tech Spot

Baffled by Diagnostic prices?

Increasingly it has become apparent that there is quite a lot of confusion around what Auto Diagnosis entails and the price that one should pay for it. Most garages label fault code scans as diagnostics. This will give the technician a code…
MOT test centre Wraysbury, Staines

Why you should not leave getting your car MOT'd till the last minute!

This is just a gentle reminder to all our customers about the date your MOT is due by. You can get your MOT done up to 30 days before the date your MOT runs out. You do not lose any time for the next year but by booking the test early,…

What is a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)?

What is a DPF? Diesel Particulate Filter If you own a diesel car, you probably have a diesel particulate filter, however, you may not know exactly what this is or how to maintain it. Diesel particulate filters have been fitted to diesel-fuel…
Punctured Tyre

Why it is best not to continue to drive with a puncture!

Can you really afford to keep driving with a puncture?!! We thought we would share these photos as they show the real damage that can be caused not just to the tyre but also to the rim of the wheel if you continue to drive with a puncture. This…
Air Filter change

What do you know about the Air Filter in your Vehicle?

This is an image we have taken here at the garage to show the contrast between a dirty Air Filter  on the right and a new one. The Air Filter was supposedly changed only a year ago. It is possible that it was changed and that extensive…
Headlight bulb

This cold snap is having a field day with headlight bulbs :-((

  Have you checked your headlights recently? A few days ago I got into my car to go home in the dark and as I pulled away from a traffic light, my left dipped beam headlight bulb blew. To begin with it didn't occur to me that there would…
Engine tuning Surrey and Berkshire

Economy and Performance Engine Remapping

Take advantage of our Engine Remapping new pricing structure! Engine remaps now start from just £295 including VAT. The remaps are specifically designed for your vehicle in either performance or economy formats. See our remapping page to see…