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Drink-driving limit could be lowered in the UK

Monthly Archives: February 2016

Drink-driving limit could be lowered in the UK

drink drive

The UK Government has suggested that it may reduce the drink-driving limit in England and Wales, making it illegal to drive after only 1 glass of wine or 1 pint of beer.

Andrew Jones, the transport Minister has mentioned that England and Wales could follow the example of Scotland which lowered its drink-driving limit to 50mpg per 100ml in 2014. The previous limit was 80mpg per 100ml.

Scottish Police have advised that the numbers of drink-driving offences fell by 12.5% in the first 9 months since the law was changed. Andrew Jones advised that he would be meeting with representatives of his Scottish counter-parts to discuss it.

The current limit of 80mpg is one of the highest in Europe and in 2014 drink-driving led to 1080 serious injuries and 240 fatalities in England and Wales.

Although the new limits suggest that it would only take around 1 pint for you to be over the limit, in reality this would be impossible to determine because each persons metabolises alcohol at a differing rate.

With the limit lowered, motorists will also have to worry about their limits the morning after. Research by the AA has shown that almost 20% of motorists have driven the morning after believing that they may be over the limit.


Here at MKL Motors we offer our clients:

– Engine Replacements
– Gearbox Replacements
– Diagnostics
– Repairs
– Servicing
– Nationwide Vehicle Recovery

Please feel free to get in touch with us on 0208 133 6004 for a quote


Audi A4 2007 2.0 TDI Engine Replacement and Fitting

A client came to us with an Audi A4 which has the notorious 2.0 TDI 140bhp engine inside. This engine is notorious because it has a common problem with the balance shaft that causes the oil pump to fail between 60,000 – 100,000 miles which in turn causes the engine to fail.

Audi A4 2.0 tdi bre

Once the customers vehicle was on the ramp, we remove the front end. We always remove the front end on Audi A4’s to get the engine out.

Audi A4 2.0 tdi engine removed

Once we stripped the clients engine to examine it internally we found it was a fairly standard engine failure without any irreversible damage. Standard rebuilds are far more cost effective for our clients as ultimately they require less components and are not as labour intensive.

BRE complete cylinder block

While the engine was out we checked over the clients ancillaries and accessories to make sure there are no other areas that require attention. We noticed that his clutch was completely worn so we arranged for a replacement for him.

Audi A4 2.0 tdi clutch

We also found that his turbocharger actuator arm was sticking and not moving freely. Faulty turbochargers can significantly affect the performance of your engine as well potentially causing your engine to fail. Read our Turbocharger Faults post to help you identify the early warning signs of turbocharger failure.

After the reconditioned engine is built up, its time for installation

reconditioned bre engine

and add to that a reconditioned turbocharger

audi 2.0 tdi reconditioned turbocharger

The reconditioned engine is then dressed with the clients ancillaries and we reinstalled into the vehicle.

Audi A4 bre engine installation

Front end back on

audi A4 tdi front end installed

Once the installation was complete we tested it thoroughly with a diagnostic check, ran the vehicle up to temperature and took on several test runs before advising our client that his vehicle was ready.

If you would like a quote for an engine rebuild or just need some general advice please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 0208 133 6004

Free Tyre Pressure Checker Tool


KwikFit have launched a pretty handy tool that tells you what the tyre pressure should be for your front and rear tyres. All you simply have to do is enter your vehicle registration number in the link below:

Free Tyre Pressure Checker Tool – Click Here

For those confused about Tyre pressure terminology, here’s some useful definitions:

Pressure (PSI): is the Pound per square inch, or more accurately known as pound-force per square inch, is the pressure which results from a force of one-pound force applied to an area of one square inch.

Pressure (BAR): The BAR is simply the metric unit of pressure and isnt part of the international system of units (SI)

Halfords Engine Oil Checker Tool


Halfords have a launched a useful free tool which tells you the recommended oils to use for your vehicle. The tool is completely free of charge and gives you the information you need simply by entering your vehicle registration number.

Pretty useful tool for those of us who like to do our own maintenance or just want to ensure the engine oil levels are correctly topped up.

FREE Halfords Engine Oil Checker Tool – Click Here

3 Major Signs of Engine Trouble

engine failure

As engine replacement and rebuilding specialists we often get customers calling in who are unsure if they need a replacement engine on their vehicle or not. Most people go through life without ever having to worry about replacing an engine, but those unlucky ones that do, have little to no knowledge of what to look out for. So we’ve put together a list of 3 of the major signs of engine failure to give motorists a better understanding of whats going on under their bonnet.

1) Smoking: Smoke coming from your exhaust is probably one of the most well known signs that your engine is having problems. They come in 3 distinct colours and each of them gives us a good indication of whats going on in your engine.

– White Smoke: If you’re getting a lot of white smoke coming from your exhaust then theres a good chance that you’ve either blown a headgasket or have some damage to your cylinder head. The white smoke you are seeing is actually a result of the coolant and water entering the combustion chamber.

– Black Smoke: Black smoke is normally a sign that too much fuel is getting into the engine. Most common causes of black smoke are faulty injectors, a faulty injector pump, a faulty egr valve or a faulty air filter or even turbocharger failure. If the problem isnt addressed, it can eventually lead to engine failure. The good thing about black smoke is that its an early warning sign which if you address quickly, can save you on a costly engine replacement bill.

– Blue Smoke: Theres only one thing that can burn blue, and thats engine oil. Several things can cause this to happen but the basic reason is the same – engine oil is getting into areas where it can be burnt. Now this can be happening at the top of the engine in your cylinder head where oil is leaking past valve guide seals. If so, your cylinder head will need to be removed and rebuilt. Or, this can be happening inside your cylinder block due to worn piston rings. Piston rings go round the piston, and as the piston goes up and down in the cylinder, they form a sealing surface that allows just enough oil to keep the cylinder walls lubricated. If these rings are worn, too much oil gets past the sealing surfaces and mixes with the fuel then burning off producing the blue smoke. If the problem is with the piston rings, your engine will need a more extensive rebuild.

2) Loud Noises: If your engine started producing a loud knocking noise like someone is banging at something with a hammer, then there is a good chance that you have a problem with one of the bearings either on the crankshaft or connection rod which connects to the piston. Although ultimately this means you will need an engine rebuild, the worst thing you can do here is to continue to drive it. Identifying and addressing the issue early will mean you can have your engine rebuilt at a reasonable price because no irreparable damage has been done to your cylinder block, head or crankshaft. But if its continued to be drive in this state, you could end up with a great big hole in your engine leading to a massive repair bill.

Not all knocking noises are a sign of bottom end failure in your engine. It could be a sign of something in the top end like a worn camshaft, leaking or sticking hydraulic cam lifters. If thats the case, these can be resolved without stripping down your entire engine.

3) Running Rough and Loss in Power: Loss in power over long periods of time and covering thousands and thousands of miles is to be expected. But if your engine experiences a sudden loss in power then theres a good chance that a component has failed in your engine and needs to be addressed.

In conclusion, non of us want to ever experience engine troubles, but if you do experience any of the above symptoms then we always recommend that you address it quickly, as in most cases you will save yourself on you hefty repair bill.

If you are experiencing problems with your engine and need a repair cost estimate or just general advice, then please feel free to get in touch with our team on 0208 133 6004