Garages can supply and fit tyres to any make of car or light van.

We can supply all brand named tyres such as Michelin, Goodyear, Dunlop, Continental, Bridgestone, Firestone and Pirelli.
We have 1000s of tyres in stock ready to fit including run flat tyres.
Please click on the button links to the left to get a competitive price and if you wish you can book online and have the tyres fitted at your convenience.
If we do not have a particular tyre in stock or available via our online tyre quote system, we can in some cases get the tyre/s the same day or at worst the very next day.

Also we provide a range of budget tyres to suit everyones pocket.

 

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Garages – Shirley, Croydon.

John is a motorcycle technician – John is qualified to work on anything from a scooter or moto x to top-of-the-range sports bikes.

He offers a comprehensive range of motorcycle tyres to suit all types of bike – and all available to buy online at superb prices.

Our budget tyres present great value, while our branded and premium tyres Bridgestone, Michelin, Dunlop and Pirelli provide the strength and safety to keep you in complete control of your machine.

You can buy your motorcycle tyres online for fitment at Shirley. Use our motorcycle tyre search to find your motorcycle tyres and follow the simple process to complete your purchase.

Find out what other fantastic motorcycle services we offer – all of which are competitively priced!

Please click on the button above to go to our live online motorcycle MOT booking system.

MOT Checklist

Help your bike pass first time with our MOT Checklist:

Are your lights working properly?
Of the 20% or so of motorcycles that fail their MOTs, more than half do so due to defective lights. To increase your chances of passing first time, it is therefore sensible to check your lights before taking the test. To pass, your headlights and tail lights must be chip free, the headlight must work both on main and dip beam, the indicators must flash at a steady rate and the hazard lights must function correctly.
Are you steering into trouble?
After lights, faulty steering is the next most common reason for MOT failures. Before heading to the test centre, you should therefore ensure that the steering moves freely without drag and the handlebar does not hit the tank when the steering is fully turned lock to lock and the front wheel is off the ground. The handlebar must also be securely mounted, and the grips secure.
How quickly can you stop?
Brakes that work properly are important for obvious reasons.An MOT examiner will therefore check the hoses for fluid leaks, bulges and cracking. Check that the disc brakes are securely mounted and free from cracks and check that the pads/shoes are not too worn. If you have ABS warning lights, these will also need to be working properly.
How worn are your tyres?
Figures show that more than 25% of MOT test failures are due to worn tyres. For a first-time pass, you should therefore check that cast wheels are secure and free from cracks, and spoked wheels are not corroded, broken or bent. Other things to check include that the front and rear wheels are properly aligned and that the tyres have sufficient tread depth.
What is the suspension like?
A typical motorcycle MOT test will include checks on both the front and rear suspension. To pass, you will therefore require both to be in good order, with little play and no oil leaks.
How loud is your exhaust?
All motorcycle MOT tests will include an assessment of the decibel level omitted by your exhaust. Other problems testers look out for include insecure exhaust mountings and holes or leaks in the joints and boxes. If you have replaced the exhaust, it must also have the BSAU 193 stamp.
How safe are the other elements of the bike?
As well as checking the parts mentioned above, motorcycle MOT examiners will also check that the chain does not have excessive slack, the horn is of reasonable volume and a continuous single tone and the frame is not dangerously corroded.

MOT

An MOT test is an annual safety inspection of your vehicle which must be carried out once it is 3 years old. It is a legal requirement and without it you will be unable to legally use or tax your car and you may not be insured.
Vehicles made before 1960 no longer require an MOT – However for the relatively cheap price a MOT costs we can still we can do a pre MOT check on your vehicle and alert you of any issues that would normally fail on an MOT. We do not provide an MOT certificate for vehicles pre 1960.

It is worth remembering that you can MOT your vehicle up to 28 days in advance of its expiration date.

Should your vehicle fail its MOT, we offer a free re-test within 10 working days and are happy to carry out any repairs at competitive prices.

MOT Checklist

1. Lights

Nearly twenty percent of all MOT failures are due to a blown bulb. Use the checklist below to ensure you’ve checked all your bulbs.
Park up close to a wall or garage door if you don’t have anyone to help you check them.

Headlights    Main beam & dipped
Sidelights    Front & rear
Indicators    Front, rear and side repeaters
Brake lights
Number plate    Lights only on rear number plate
Reverse light    Not part of MOT but worth checking!
Rear fog light    Front fog light not checked
Hazards    Check circuit separately from indicators

Some indicator and brake light bulbs have a colour coating which starts to peel as they get old. When the colour flakes off, the bulb shines white and is cause enough for a test failure. Check the colours are correct at the same time as making sure they all work. All light fittings should be secure without cracks or damage.

2. Wheels & Tyres

All the tyres should be above the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across ¾ of the tyre’s width.  There should be no damage on the tyres. Check for splits in the tread, bulges or cuts to the sidewalls. Check the tyre sizes – the front tyres must be the same size and the rear tyres must be the same size. Make sure there are no missing wheels nuts or any heavy damage to the wheels themselves. A spare wheel is not a requirement for the MOT and is not checked unless it is being used as a road wheel at the time. A ‘space saver’ spare fitted as a road wheel will NOT pass the MOT.

3. Windscreen

Check the windscreen for chips and cracks. The car will fail the MOT for chips over 10mm in the driver’s line of sight (A) (use the width of the steering wheel as a guide) and over 40mm in the area swept by the wipers (B). Any scratching that limits the drivers vision will also be a reason for a failed test. Get small stone chips repaired as soon as possible to stop them spreading any further and costing you the price of a new windscreen.

4. Wipers

The wiper blades should be secure and clear the screen effectively for their entire length. Lift them up and check the rubber is not split or perished and that they are safely attached to the wiper arm.

 5. Washer jets

Top up your screen wash before taking the car for it’s MOT and test the jets to make sure they operate correctly.

Blocked nozzles can be easily cleared with a pin.

6. Steering

The steering system isn’t something you’ll be able to check easily apart from making sure the wheels can turn freely from lock to lock and the power steering is working correctly if you have it.

7. Fuel

The fuel cap needs to lock securely in place and the seal inside the cap shouldn’t be split or perished. Also, make sure you have enough fuel in the car to make it through the test!

8. Exhaust

The exhaust needs to be held on securely and not have any holes (apart from the obvious one at the end!). If your car exhaust is sounding louder than normal there’s a good chance it has a hole in it. You might be able to tell by getting your ear low to the ground on the driver’s side and listening carefully as you blip the accelerator (when the car is parked). If you go over a bump and the exhaust clunks on the underside of the car, the rubber mounts may be worn and in need of replacement.

9. Horn

The horn needs to work and be loud enough to attract the attention of pedestrians or other motorists. Musical air horns are a guaranteed fail!

10. Mirrors

The mirrors need to be in place and secure, i.e. not held to the car with sticky tape and string. The glass shouldn’t be cracked or smashed.

11. Body

The car’s bodywork must be free from heavy corrosion, not be badly damaged or have sharp edges sticking out. The front doors should work from inside and outside and the rear doors will need to work so other parts of the test can be completed such as seat belt checks. The boot and bonnet need to close securely.

12. Brakes

Most checks on the braking system require specialist knowledge but there are some easy things you can test. Make sure the rubber on all the pedals isn’t worn away and if your car has ABS, the warning light should go out after the car is started. The hand brake should hold the car on a hill.

 13. Number plates

Front and back plates need to be secured properly to the car and not cracked, faded or hidden by dirt.

The letters and numbers should be standard and evenly spaced.

14. Seat belts

All the seat belt buckles should latch and fasten securely and lock when you give them a sharp tug. The belts need to be in good condition, not cut or badly frayed. The seats must be firmly bolted down; grab the base of each seat and try rocking it.

15. Emissions

The best way to ensure your car passes the emissions test with ease is to have the car serviced prior to its MOT. On top of this, if your car hasn’t been run in a while or is mainly used for short town journeys, take it on a longer motorway type journey where a higher engine speed is sustained for a greater length of time. This helps to clean out sooty deposits from the engine prior to the emissions test.

Garages servicing price includes the replacement of ALL SERVICE ITEMS* plus an extensive inspection of your vehicle.
*Spark plugs, Oil, Air, Fuel, and Pollen Filters.

Where a service item is not required, (due to low mileage or long life parts**) the price will be clearly deducted from your final bill.

Servicing Information

Garages take pride in our work and in providing quality car servicing at sensible prices. Our full service schedule complies with and protects the manufacturers warranty without the associated Main Dealer prices.
Government legislation passed in 2003 relating to “Block Exemption” allows Garages to carry out work on new vehicles because they use parts of Original Equipment (OE) quality and in accordance with manufacturer requirements.

Regular servicing extends the life of your car, improves fuel economy, reduces the risk of avoidable repair bills and the inconvenience of mechanical breakdown.

Most manufacturers recommend that vehicles are serviced every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

The minimum road safety requirements of an MOT should not be confused as a substitute for servicing your vehicle.

As members of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) and the Trust My Garage scheme we are committed to the highest standards and outstanding customer service.trust-my-garage

No additional work should take place without your say so. We will price and prioritise all repair work and help you to plan ahead and spread the cost of repairs.

Garages offer both FULL servicing and INTERIM servicing for low mileage vehicles that don’t warrant such a thorough inspection each year.

Wherever possible we recommend combining a service with an MOT because there are elements of the MOT test that servicing does not cover e.g. brake performance readings, emissions testing and headlight aim.

 

 

** long life service parts such as platinum / iridium spark plugs and long life fuel filters are specifically designed to last for greater distances and periods. These parts may not need to be replaced with every service. Manufacturing schedules are always consulted to confirm replacement intervals.

We stock a wide of range of BOSCH batteries, all of which are available to buy online.
All of our batteries come with a 3 year guarantee as standard.

Your vehicles battery is the only source of power that starts your car. Batteries can deteriorate over time from lack of vehicle use – extreme hot and cold temperatures – over-charging or undercharging from a faulty alternator – Loose terminal connections or loose/bad earth connections.

We offer a FREE fitting service on all batteries purchased from Garages – We will also check your vehicles charging system to ensure the alternator is charging the battery at the correct voltage.

Bosch Batteries

The right power source for every application.

Todays vehicles have more power use consumables than ever. A high-performance, reliable power supply is becoming essential. Bosch batteries can fulfill that need for a wide range of vehicle models.

Diagnostics

Today’s vehicles are fitted with many electronic systems that are designed to warn a driver when their car needs attention. While some warning lights are self-explanatory and can be dealt with by the customer, some require specialist attention.

When strange warning lights appear on your dashboard it can be confusing and alarming to most motorists.

Garages we have the latest diagnostic equipment for the vast majority of cars.

By carrying out a diagnostic test with the appropriate equipment, we can identify the fault with your vehicle and carry out the necessary repairs. If we are unable to diagnose the fault we will not charge you for this service.

If you’re experiencing any warning light problems, or think you may have a diagnostic issues, book a diagnostics test.

Garages we carry out brake replacements at very competitive prices.
We also offer a free brake check to all our customers for safety and peace of mind.
Some vehicles rear braking systems use both a brake disc with brake pads and brake drums with shoes assembly – In these instances the brake shoes and drum are used for the handbrake only.
The inspection of vehicles with rear brake disc and drums may incur an additional charge. The reason for this is that the rear brake caliper and pads will need to be removed and the rear drum brake shoes may also need loosening off to enable us to remove the disc and drum assembly for inspection.

Do I need a brake repair/ replacement?

Brakes show signs of wear and tear just like other areas of your vehicle. Symptoms to look out for are:

A squealing or grinding noise indicates that brake pads/discs require replacement although some cars have warning sensors to tell the motorist when brake replacement is necessary.

A brake judder normally indicates a distortion/fault in the brake discs, while pulling under braking suggests a fault with the brake callipers or another hydraulic component.

Spongy brakes may indicate a brake fluid leak or that the brake fluid needs changing. Because brake fluid is hygroscopic and absorbs water most manufacturers recommend a brake fluid change every two years.

Did you know that over time brake discs can wear thin and become “lipped”. When this occurs new pads can not be fitted without new brake discs as braking performance and safety may be compromised.

If your brakes are experiencing any of the above symptoms get in touch and we’ll be happy to carry out a brake check free of charge. We can also carry out a test to measure the moisture content of the brake fluid in your hydraulic braking system.

Garages replace clutches to most makes and models of cars. All of our clutches are of the highest quality and are competitively priced.

How will I know if my clutch needs replacing?

Common symptoms of clutch wear include:

  • Difficulty in engaging gears,
  • Crunching noises,
  • Juddering,
  • Burning smells and loss of power – especially up hills

Clutch systems on many modern vehicles comprise clutch kits, concentric slave cylinders and dual mass-fly-wheels. I recommend replacing these inter-linked parts at the time of repair to avoid any future clutch problems.

Garages can also service or repair

  • Clutch cable adjustments or replace worn or stretched cables
  • Clutch hydraulic system fluid flush
  • All associated clutch components

If you cannot change gears whilst the engine is not running there may be a fault with the gear linkage or gearbox. Garages will then recommend the best course of action.

Exhausts And Catalytic Converters

On the majority of vehicles the exhaust system is made up of several sections.
These sections can include down pipes or headers, centre section, link pipes and back box. On some vehicles the catalytic converter can be an integral part of the down pipe or centre section.
Some V twin engines may have 2 catalytic converters. It is rare that the whole system will require replacement.
Our technicians will carry out a free exhaust and catalytic converter check with the promise that no unnecessary work will be undertaken.

Does my exhaust need replacing?

  • Loud roaring noises and rattles are a good indication that your exhaust system needs attention.
  • A healthy exhaust system diverts noxious fumes safely away from the engine and your passengers. It is therefore important to check that your exhaust is functioning correctly.
  • A healthy exhaust and catalytic convertor improves fuel economy and reduces harmful emissions.

Some catalytic converters are made up of honeycomb ceramic internals coated with expensive compounds that react with the exhaust gas to eliminate certain harmful emissions.
We have seen cases where the ceramic can break down either through vibration or even in severe cases of over fueling which can lead to the ceramic melting thus blocking the exhaust gases. This can lead to a very noticeable drop in your vehicles performance.

Air Conditioning Re-charge

  • Most manufacturers recommend that your air conditioning system is re-gassed every three to four years as the refrigerant used is slowly lost over time.
  • Did you know that an efficient air conditioning system can be used to demist your windscreen more quickly even in cold, wet weather by using warm, dry air?
  • A fully recharged air con system will also improve fuel economy by putting less strain on the engine.
  • If an air con recharge is unsuccessful on your vehicle (because the system has developed a leak or there is fault with the compressor or condenser,) then there will be no charge. Our staff will be happy to advise you as to the best course of action.

When carrying out an air con recharge our staff will perform the following tasks:

  • Check operation of air conditioning system – visual, temperature, leak checks
  • Recovery of refrigerant, evacuation of air and moisture from system
  • Inject fresh system lubricant
  • Recharge refrigerant to recommended levels
  • Add ultra-violet dye to aid with future leak detection
  • Provide A/C report and print out on request.

Air Conditioning Purification

In addition to your air con re-charge Garages offer an Air con Purification service. This will keep your vehicle fresh smelling by circulating a cleaning agent through the air-con system, vents and intakes of your car. This neutralises bacteria and removes unpleasant smells.

Make an appointment or to find out more about our air conditioning purification service.

Steering and suspension faults cause poor handling and knocking noises and increases wear and stress on other associated parts.
This can lead to a shorter vehicle parts life, less driving satisfaction and additional future repair costs.

Steering and suspension systems are made up of several different components. These include steering rack, shock absorbers, coil springs, ball joints, lower arms, anti-roll bars, CV joints, track rods and track control arms . Their gradual deterioration may be difficult to detect and can have a negative effect on road handling, tyre wear and braking performance.

If you hear a droning noise when driving it is usually a sign that a wheel bearing is worn and needs replacing.

The track rod ends are adjusted to ensure the wheels are perfectly aligned “Tracking” and that tyre wear is minimised. The track rod end is a common wear item.

A CV joint or constant velocity joint is part of a drive shaft where the shaft that attaches to a cars transmission or gearbox at one end and the wheel hub at the other.
CV joints are designed to be able to bend in any direction while continuing to turn the drive wheels at a constant velocity. CV joints are mainly used in the drive shafts of front wheel drive cars.

Due to bumps and uneven surfaces on our UK roads, a cars wheels move up and down continuously while driving on the road, as a result, drive shafts cannot be made up of a solid shaft. The CV joint is used in front wheel drive cars because of its ability to maintain a constant drive force to the wheels despite the many different kinds of movements in the front end of the car. The CV joint is often found in rear wheel drive and 4×4 vehicles too. CV joints should be checked regularly and may need replacing as a car ages.

If you hear any unusual noises and are unsure whether your steering or suspension needs to be repaired.  We offer Free Steering and Suspension Checks.

Cambelt replacement tends to be an exercise that appears to make little difference to how a car runs.
A timing belt, timing chain or cambelt is a part of the engine that synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft (bottom end) and the camshaft (top end) so that the engines valves open and close at the correct times during each cylinders intake and exhaust strokes. The timing belt or chain is also critical to preventing the piston from striking the valves. A timing belt or cam belt is a belt that usually features teeth on the inside surface, while a timing chain is a roller chain.

It is important that you know the change interval of your timing belt/cambelt as going over the manufacturers’ recommendation can lead to a slipped or snapped belt. In many cases this can require a new engine or engine build costing hundreds if not thousands of pounds.

Wheel Alignment

Many things can cause incorrect wheel alignment, for example; driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole or by worn suspension or steering components.
It’s worth keeping an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as feathering on the inside or outside of the tread edges.

Incorrect wheel alignment or tracking can result in premature and uneven tyre wear and can affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.

Tracking the wheel alignment back to the manufacturer settings can help to:

  • Limit excessive and uneven tyre wear
  • Correct a misaligned steering wheel
  • Improve handling and prevent pulling to one side
  • Improve fuel consumption

To get the most out of your tyres add either a Wheel Alignment for only £29.00 or FREE Wheel Alignment Check to your basket with any online order today.