Volkswagen Golf near death experience.



This new customer called us for an estimate as he had recently purchased a Volkswagen Golf and he didn’t know the timing belt history. We quoted him on a new timing belt kit and water pump (the water pump is driven by the timing belt) which he accepted and booked in with us.

When we stripped the timing belt covers off we were surprised by what we found. Firstly was the condition of the belt as it was heavily perished and also had rub marks on it. On further investigation we found the lower idler pulley had disintegrated and jammed forcing the timing belt to start wearing through the plastic and potentially leading to a disaster!

Luckily it was caught in time and with a new cam belt kit and water pump the Volkswagen Golf will now complete many more miles and Dave did advise the customer to buy a lottery ticket.

What Is A Timing Belt?

A timing belt is the ribbed belt that is placed in a specific configuration along one side of your engine to keep the crank and camshafts timed properly. Essentially, it keeps the top half of the engine (cylinder head, valves) in sync with the bottom half (crankcase, pistons).

Does My Car Have A Timing Belt?

Many car have timing belts and some have timing chains, give us a call with your registration and mileage and we will tell you what’s fitted and when its due replacement.

When Should I Change My Timing Belt?

Manufacturers employ various schedules and measures for timing belt replacement give us a call and we can tell you.

Is My Engine Safe If My Timing Belt Snaps?

There are two types of engine timing configurations: interference, and non-interference.

An interference type engine means that the valve’s stroke and piston’s stroke take up the same space in the cylinder, so the timing belt essentially keeps them from smashing into each other, since they do it at different times. If the timing belt snaps, they run into each other, causing bent valves (most common), cylinder head or camshaft damage, and possibly piston and cylinder wall damage. While it is possible that no damage could occur from a snapped belt on an interference engine, such a case is unlikely.

In a non-interference engine, the pistons and valves don’t occupy the same space, so if the timing belt snaps, no valve or cylinder damage occurs. You just pop a new belt on, and the engine should theoretically drive normally but these are very rare on modern engines.

Remember we do Gearbox repairs, Clutches, MOT’S, MOT repairs, Car Servicing, Van Servicing, Tracking, Tyres, Diagnostics and all things vehicle related at great prices, Give us a call today for a quote.

BMW 1 Series Brakes Grinding.

The customer of this BMW 1 series complained of a grinding noise from their car and rust appearing around the rear wheels and on their paint work.

We carried out a full brake check on the vehicle and were surprised at what we found, the rear brake pads had worn down to the metal back plate and then worn into the brake disc so far on the offside rear that it had nearly worn through to the vents of the discs.

As the nearside rear wasn’t as bad we did further investigation and we found that the offside rear calliper piston had seized causing the fault.

We called the customer with the estimate to replace the rear brake discs, brake pads and O/S/R brake calliper which they accepted.




The customer of this lovely Nissan GTR R35 gave us a call, as he wanted a more aggressive geometry setup on his vehicle.




We booked the Nissan GTR in and obtained some fast road / light track use settings, then Aaron got about setting the car up to these optimal settings.



The car had been to another reputable garage (which we cannot name) with a £10,000 Hunter Alignment Machine to be setup, the customer had already mentioned to us that since they had worked on his car the steering wheel was not central and the car didn’t feel right!

After a few simple checks and adjustments we managed to get the car handling as it should and with the steering wheel perfectly straight.

The customer called us the next day to say the Nissan GTR R35 handling was fantastic.



Remember we do Gearbox repairs, Clutches, MOT’S, MOT repairs, Car Servicing, Van Servicing, Tracking, Tyres, Diagnostics and all things vehicle related at great prices, Give us a call today for a quote.

Fiat 500 with cooling system leaks.


This Fiat 500 came into us for a service and during our inspection it soon became apparent it had issues with its cooling system, the coolant header tank was completely empty and there were signs of a leak coming from the front of the car.

As the cooling system keeps the engine cool when the vehicle is running it was imperative that it works correctly, we pressure tested the Fiat 500’s cooling system and it didn’t have just one leak it had two!

We quickly diagnosed the Fiat 500 radiator and thermostat housing we’re both leaking coolant, we contacted the customer with an estimate to complete the work to which they agreed.

To remove the Fiat 500 radiator you have to remove the front bumper and the crash bar which were both successfully removed without any issues and the new radiator was installed. We also replaced the leaking thermostat housing with a brand new updated part (Fiat know about this common fault) so the fault will not happen again.

We completed the repairs to the cooling system and finished the service leaving our customer happy knowing her Fiat 500 was back in tiptop condition.

Remember we do Gearbox repairs, Clutches, MOT’S, MOT repairs, Car Servicing, Van Servicing, Tracking, Tyres, Diagnostics and all things vehicle related at great prices, Give us a call today for a quote.


Renault Clio 197 knocking.


The owner of this Renault Clio 197 popped in last week on the off chance we could have a quick look at his car as it had a knock, the customer suspected the lower swivel joints were at fault.

Dave took The Renault Clio 197 on road test and it soon became apparent to him that it was more than a ball joint fault and returned it to the workshop for further investigation.

On opening the bonnet it was noticed that the driver’s side scuttle panel was sitting proud, on further investigation we found that the Renault Clio 197 top mount had failed letting the shock absorber shaft come through with only the scuttle panel and the bonnet stopping the suspension totally collapsing!

Unfortunately we could not source the part same day so we advised the customer to leave it with us due to the severity of the fault, which he did.

After giving the car a full suspension check we replaced the top mount and reset the tracking and after test driving to make sure the Renault Clio 197 suspension was in optimum condition we handed it back to a very happy customer.

Remember we do Gearbox repairs, Clutches, MOT’S, MOT repairs, Car Servicing, Van Servicing, Tracking, Tyres, Diagnostics and all things vehicle related at great prices, Give us a call today for a quote.




Our customer called us as there Nissan Micra boot lid kept deciding to open whilst driving but the outer handle was also not working which they couldn’t understand.






We took the Nissan Micra into the workshop and had to gain access to the inner workings of the Nissan Micra boot lid as it would not open even for ‘Aaron’s hand of God’. After some testing we found the outer boot switch was at fault and quickly sourced one from our parts supplier and replaced it.





After the Nissan Micra outer boot switch was replaced it worked as it should with no more uncontrollable urges to open whilst the customer was driving their car leaving another happy Aarons Autos LTD customer.


Remember we do Gearbox repairs, Clutches, MOT’S, MOT repairs, Car Servicing, Van Servicing, Tracking, Tyres, Diagnostics and all things vehicle related at great prices, Give us a call today for a quote.

Vauxhall Zafira 6 speed gearbox problem.


This week has seen another Vauxhall Zafira gearbox problem brought into us at Aarons Autos and it seems another troublesome Vauxhall Zafira 6 speed M32 gearbox has failed.

The customer complained of a ticking in third gear and also a whining noise when driving but as the gearbox is a sealed unit the only way to find the problem was to remove the gearbox from the car.


We removed the Vauxhall Zafira 6 speed gearbox and stripped it down to find that third gear had lost some teeth and all of the bearings inside the gearbox were completely worn out. We replaced the affected gears and all of the bearings to make sure the gearbox has no future issues.


While the gearbox was out we checked the Vauxhall Zafira clutch and dual mass flywheel and unfortunately both were worn outside of the manufacturer’s tolerances so they were replaced at the same time.




Whilst the Vauxhall Zafira 1.9 CDTI was in the customer requested we replace the cambelt kit and water pump as it hadn’t been changed and was close to the mileage due for replacement.



Once rebuilt and after a road test the car was given back to our happy customer knowing they will now enjoy many more miles in the car.

Remember we do Gearbox repairs, Clutches, MOT’S, MOT repairs, Car Servicing, Van Servicing, Tracking, Tyres, Diagnostics and all things vehicle related at great prices, Give us a call today for a quote.

Christmas 2016 Opening Hours.

Aarons Autos would like to wish all our customers, friends and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a very prosperous new year.

Our opening hours over the Festive period are –

  • Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve) Closed
  • Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day) Closed
  • Monday 26th December (Boxing Day) Closed
  • Tuesday 27th December (Bank Holiday) Closed
  • Wednesday 28th December 8.30 – 1.00
  • Thursday 29th December 8.30 – 1.00
  • Friday 30th December 8.30 – 1.00
  • Saturday 31st December Appointment Only
  • Sunday 1st January (New Years Day) Closed
  • Monday 2nd January (Bank Holiday) Closed

Normal hours will resume as of Tuesday 3rd January.

Top of ‘ThreeBestRated’ Car Garages In Derby.

‘Best Rated’ Handpicked The Top 3 Car Garages in Derby. We check customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and their general excellence. You deserve only the best in life!


Number One


Since 2004

Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Exhaust, Fleet Servicing, Oil Change, Car Alternators, Batteries, Tyres, Car Suspension Adjustment, Wheel Alignment, Diagnostics, 4 Wheel Tracking, Car Engine Tuning & Car Electrics Services

Offer a Free collection & delivery service

01332 205070
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Sunday Closed

I drove a 160 mile round trip to see Aaron Autos about a knocking sound I had with my Clio 197. They diagnosed it pretty accurately over the phone and gave me confidence that they would

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Boyer street, Derby DE22 3SH


Number Two


Since 1981

Diagnostics, MOT, Tyres, Exhausts, Brakes, Clutches, Wheel Alignment, Air Conditioning, Batteries, Wheel Alignment, Air Con Regas, Vehicle Servicing, Suspension & Servicing

Free MOT & Service Reminders

01332 342005 Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Sunday Closed

Compatitive pricing was good and the staff were professional and friendly. I recommend them.

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Alfreton Road , Derby DE21 4AP


Number Three


Since 1990

Batteries, Brakes, Cambelts, Clutch Repair and Replacements, Cooling Systems, Diagnostics, Exhausts, Flywheels, Gearbox Repairs and Replacements, MOT’s, Repairs, Servicing, Suspension & Vehicle Recovery

Free courtesy car whilst your vehicle is being repaired subject to availability

0133 236 7010
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Sunday Closed

Very good extremely helpful service would recommend to others. excellent price. clutch done on a Renault scenic not the easiest of jobs so I am told!

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51 – 59 Mount Street, Derby DE1 2HH

Why do we need Anti-freeze in our cooling system?

water-pump-aarons-autosWater is corrosive. You will shorten your engine’s life if you don’t add antifreeze. Antifreeze, on top of everything else it does, also acts as a rust inhibitor. Yes, you can run straight water, but your coolant boiling point will be lower AND you’ll corrode the inside of your engine and destroy your water pump.

anti-freeze-colourToday, with different types of antifreeze technology in a rainbow of colors, confusion abounds among automotive people and consumers alike as to what color antifreeze is best. The easy part is that most antifreeze manufacturers still make coolant with ethylene glycol (EG), a type of alcohol made from ethane. Manufacturers also make more environmentally friendly versions with less-toxic propylene glycol (PG), a similar compound made from propane.

As with anything automotive, proper maintenance is the key to longevity. More important than the type of antifreeze you use is toanti-freeze-testing maintain the cooling system properly by maintaining freeze point protection and proper coolant level. Almost all coolants work best at the ideal freeze point mixture, which for most parts of the country means a 50/50 antifreeze-to-water mixture. At this level, antifreeze protects to -34°F and boil-over protection to 257°F. In addition, maintaining proper freeze point protection ensures corrosion inhibitors are present at intended levels.

So, if your still not sure if your car has the correct amount of anti freeze in it, give us a call on 01332 205070 or just nip in to the garage for a FREE check, and don’t get caught out in the colder months.