March 17, 2015


Phil fitted four new Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 265 70  R17,112/109R to his JK, having read an online review. The review gave these a very good overall rating for on road  and off road performance and a better than average noise performance. 


Well 3000...

March 16, 2015


This workhorse arrived at our workshop direct from the showroom. It's the owners daily driver; he has a particular requirement for a vehicle that possesses good on road manners but must also handle off road use. If that sounds a little like a cliche then I should ment...

September 14, 2014

The nights are closing in and there's a chill in the air, and the guys are working late. Busy fixing Ashley's XJ, which was leaking coolant.

After an inspection, and a rev up of the engine, drips could be seen coming from the radiator hose on the near side. OK then, a n...

August 21, 2014

A customer has brought in his XJ for some remedial work, namely attention to a tell tale clonking that can be heard on power take up. This was traced to the front offside, and on disassembly the universal joint proved to have a little too much slack in it for Phil's li...

July 14, 2014

Phil is back from France, having attended the European Jeepers convention. 

The event went very well, Phil took his newest acquisition, the red J K and a couple of buddies for company; its surprising how much room there is in a Jeep, for people and their stuff. In a bid...

July 2, 2014

Phil is heading off to Belgium to take part in the annual European Jeepers Jamboree.  Having done this for a few years now, he's certainly looking forward to some off roading in a foreign clime, meeting new friends and possibly getting into some deep mud with them.



June 27, 2014

Chug chug chug chug!


The satisfying, regular, rythmic deep chug of a Diesel, in this case a 2.0 Diesel turbo. Its one of the pleasures of driving a turbo car, when you plant the accelerator, and in return you are rewarded with a  gentle push in the small of your back,...

June 21, 2014

Brian's ZJ Cherokee: fed up with the standard Jeep battery connectors, the ones that are on the main red and black wires, he replaced them. These standard cables have connectors made from lead, which over time tend to develop cracks. The situation is no doubt made wors...

June 19, 2014

A regular customer brought in his XJ for an MoT this week.


It's his pride and joy. He's added quite a bit to it over his years of ownership, as you can see from the picture. I think it looks pretty good in silver, you don't see too many in silver, that gives it a kind...

May 6, 2014

A regular customer brought his 1995 YJ Sahara, with the 4.0 engine and Motorola FI,  in for a suspension rebuild and whilst we were at it fix a couple of other niggles. 


The customer uses his Jeep for both on road and off road applications and with this in mind Ph...

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With this blog I hope to share some of the cars and people that make up Hargreaves Garage. The garage repesents the to-date zenith of my career, having started as an apprentice and worked for many of the main dealerships, I started my own business. Along the way I hope ot offer some tips and advice from my 20 odd years experience. Please enjoy, Phil.

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