All Car Repair Articles

All Car Repair Articles

of course car repairs are what we call a “bread and butter” job. Hence, i thought that i would show a video to demonstrate the things that our technicians have to do when repairing a car.
We often have our customers ringing us. Significantly, they ask the question, “how can i tell if my car needs repairing”. Therefore, I usually answer with the same explanation. You’ll know when the vehicle requires attention! So, when a car eventually arrives in the workshop. We treat it with extreme care and attention.

Daewoo Matiz Engine management light problem

Peugeot 406 Lights: flashing lights problem?

Peugeot 406 Lights

Peugeot 406 Lights
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Driver of the Peugeot 406 could not switch off the engine

Peugeot 406 Lights

Subsequently, the first time that we saw this particular car was when it was in for an MOT test. Gloomily, the owner said that the car would probably fail the test. Because some of the lights were not working as they should! However, the owner’s disappointment came to an end when the car passed the test.

Surprisingly, contrary to what we thought, all the lights were indeed fine. In good working condition. The weather at the beginning of the year. Indeed, it was warm and sunny. The customer picked up his car ! and we heard nothing from the customer or his Peugeot 406 (with the suspected lights problem).

Peugeot turns back up with a central locking problem- Peugeot 406 Lights

So, we did not see the car again until later in the year. Turning up again with an unrelated problem. Hence, the central locking was not working as it should ?  We checked out all the likely things and found nothing to miss. When the car was in our hands, the central locking was working fine. Subsequently, we could not find any problems.

The customer collected his Peugeot 406 back home, and sure enough, he returned with yet another problem ! The car’s side lights were in a permanent position. In other words, they were switched off but remained on (if you get what I mean) .So,once again, we checked all the likely culprits. Including the fuses and switches, and everything was just fine. Significantly, the car was having a number of “lights and other electrical problems” at differing times (very strange). When investigating, we found this clip from another Peugeot owner with similar problems in the forum of the Peugeot 406 web-site…

Then, with the car locked, the brake lights came on. Then went off, then glowed dimly then stayed on. At this point I pulled the fuses for the brake lights and nothing at all happened. The lights stayed on. Disconnected the battery and then reconnected. Lights stayed off until I tried the brakes with the ignition on.
“I removed the BSI (with the battery disconnected) and (with battery back on) turned on the ignition to find all the lights still lit up.
Must be the dash board. Out with the dash on with the soldering iron.

Every pin and connection to the dials.
Put back in; no joy. Brake lights are on with or without the dash board.
removed the brake light switch. (What a swine that is to remove!)—lights still on!
I looked for all the earth points around the car. I got to the drivers foot well and I could hear a buzzing noise. Could it be a relay?”…

Of course, this was a problem that we had not come across before. Surprisingly, the whole thing came to a head when the car engine would not switch off ! To stop the engine from running, we had to stall the car’s engine. Amazingly, we just could not find a problem.

Had to call in an a Citroen/Peugeot expert ! Peugeot 406 Lights

As a last resort, I had to call for help and enlisted the help of a mechanic friend called Richard. Richard had heard about this problem before and went straight to the foot well of the driver’s side.

The weather was terrible for a couple of weeks prior to the cars problems occurring ! Torrential rain and wide-spread flooding were a national problem ! Because of all the heavy rain here in the UK, the footwell had become flooded. Consequently, when we lifted the carpet at the driver’s side, we found a wet, soggy mess.

Peugeot 406 wiring was rotten with the wet ?

Specifically, the Peugeot 406 lighting and engine problems were found . Subsequently, the plugs that connected the wiring together were perished and rotten. Of course, causing all the short-outs and strange electrical things to happen. Firstly, we drilled a hole to release the water . Secondly, we  re-wired the damaged wires together. So, it was very time-consuming, but  a good job was done. We still do not know where the water is getting in, but I have added some advice from the Honest John website…

“Dry the interior out; remove all mats. Stay inside the car while a friend gently sprays a hose, one section at a time, for several minutes. Wait a few minutes, then inspect. Make sure you train the water on the sunroof, side windows, light clusters, rear hatch, doors, and main windscreen; these are the common areas that could leak.
After a thorough dowsing, gently bounce rear and front of car to dislodge any water that may be sitting somewhere inside. Also, covering the dry car interior carpets with newspaper will show the presence of water and possibly the direction of the leak if you have a dark trim”…

Water can cause many electrical problems in your car ? Peugeot 406 Lights

Thinking back the cars owner could relate the problems after we had had heavy rain fall. So, when the water leaked into the car then it shorted out some of the cars electrics . Of course if any water enters the car then much damage can occur. It even happened recently to a nearly new Ford transit delivery van that I bought from the local Ford dealer.

Apparently, unknown to me, the van had a new windscreen fitted before we bought the van. On a recent delivery to a customer in Lancashire, I experienced a very heavy period of rainfall. Surprisingly, the van came to a sudden stop ! Fortunately, I had just pulled off the M56 motorway. So, the engine was completely dead , refusing to start !

After a couple of hours of waiting, the RAC guy turned up and recommended that I be towed to our base in Halifax, UK. To our horror we found that the windscreen had been incorrectly fitted and water had entered the cab onto the ECU (Vans computer). So, after the shock and a couple of thousand pounds lighter, the van is now back on its delivery runs !

All caused by water entering the van’s cab ?

Exhausts Changed

Exhausts Changed: Emission Laws

Exhausts Changed

Exhausts Changed

 Exhausts systems also cost much more than 10 years ago

I can honestly say that I have lived during the most radical changes ever made to cars, due to the new rules about “global warming” and emissions from cars. Back in time, when we had Vauxhall Vivas Cavaliers, Chrysler Horizons, old type Minis, and Ford Cortinas, life in the garage was much easier and certainly more stable.

The exhaust systems on those cars would stay the same year after year. So much so that we could order hundreds of systems at a time and keep a large stock that we always sold. In fact, we could order exhaust systems by the container load, and they would all be sold, (happy days).

Then the computer came along .

Exhausts Changed

Car manufacturers could very quickly change car models, they became very flexible, changing parts on different models at will.

This included systems. We were finding that Exhausts.  Like other parts, they would be left on the shelf unsold. Hence, we were becoming very reluctant to keep exhaust systems on the shelves. Without, getting stuck with them. Consequently, at this time, exhaust wholesalers began to spring up. As a result, and in a short period of time,. We decided not to keep any exhaust stock at all. So, leave it to the wholesalers. In fact. The last stock that we kept was from Bosal Exhausts. Probably, (the best exhausts in the world, and that was in the late nineties.

The next thing to affect exhausts were vehicle emissions controls.

Exhausts Changed

The British government introduced these. Thus, cars had to be fitted with “catalytic converters,” as we know them. Therefore, they are fitted between the car’s engine and the exhaust pipe system. The gas from the engine is filtered through the catalytic converter. into a very fine filter system. made from ceramics to withstand the high temperature. The cat also has some precious metals to help filter out the particulates. (This is why cats are so expensive.)

Some car models have a direct engine fit. Thus, the engine sends out waste gases. that are filtered by the cat. As a result, the cleaner gases pass through the rest of the system. The exhaust change boxes are made of fibreglass material. Naturally, that has an extra filter effect but will also muffle the sound that the gases make when leaving the engine. We all know how noisy a car is when the exhaust breaks.

Exhausts systems are better made these days

Some cars have two or even three boxes, depending on the size of the engine and the car. Here in the UK, we do not change the exhaust until it actually breaks, and then we have it replaced, and in my opinion, this is the best thing to do. Even the worst-looking rusty old car exhausts can last for years, and it is no use changing your exhaust just because it looks rusty and old; replace it when it breaks, unless it fails the MOT test. The main part to fail on the test will be the cat; if it fails the test, the cat will need replacing.

Foreword: now to 2024.

catalytic converter thefts on the increase.

Exhausts Changed

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise in recent years, particularly in urban areas. The value of the precious metals found in catalytic converters, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, frequently serves as a driving force behind these thefts. The thefts have caused problems for car owners, as the cost to replace a stolen catalytic converter can be quite high. Some police departments and insurance companies have started to track catalytic converter thefts and are working to find ways to prevent them.

Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

Kia Clutch Failure: After examining the Kia needed a Duel-Mass Flywheel

Kia Clutch Failure

Kia Clutch Failure
Kia Clutch Failure

Kia Clutch Failure

Without a doubt, let’s delve into the reasons why Kia cars are incredibly popular, particularly in our area:

A large number of Kia automobiles have been seen cruising about Halifax recently. From the quiet country roads of Yorkshire to the lively city streets of Leeds, you may find them. Okay, so what’s the big deal with Kia? I don’t understand why these cars are popping up everywhere. It’s something we could talk about.

  1. Cost-Effectiveness
    Allow me to begin with the basics. At a time when everyone is trying to save money, Kia provides excellent value. Don’t assume for a second that the low price tag indicates low quality; the opposite is true. These vehicles are built to last, dependable, and equipped with features typically found in more costly versions.
  2. Fashionable and Practical
    Kia has this amazing ability to combine form and function. A Kia can accommodate any lifestyle, from the sporty Stinger that draws attention on Saturday nights to the roomy Sorento that handles the school run and weekly grocery shop with ease. A Kia is now as common at a high-end event as it is at the grocery store; the brand has successfully shed its “budget car” reputation.
  3. Remarkable Guarantee
    What makes Kia vehicles unique is their guarantee. Their automobiles come with a seven-year guarantee. It provides us Brits with that extra piece of mind and is a bold statement about their build quality. In Halifax, where the temperature fluctuates more frequently than our socks, it’s a relief to know that your vehicle is insured.
  4. Options That are Good for the Environment
    Despite the fact that everyone else is turning green, Kia has not lagged behind. Their selection of hybrids and electric vehicles is expanding, and consumers are raving about them in the same way they do about their gas-powered siblings. To give just one example, the Kia e-Niro is an excellent choice for anyone concerned about environmental impact who does not want to compromise on ride quality or acceleration.
  5. Popularity in the Neighbourhood
    The local attractiveness should also be considered. We Brits require vehicles that can manage the twists and turns of metropolitan streets, the broad highways of the countryside, and the unpredictable British weather. Cars from Kia are suitable since they are grippy enough to endure a Yorkshire winter, have a pleasant ride, and have good gas mileage.

To sum up

And with that, I leave you. Kia has been successful for a long time because they know what British consumers want in a car and provide them with good value and quality. A Kia can be the ideal travel partner for short trips to Halifax’s town core or longer excursions to the Dales.

6 Reasons your Kia clutch could be Failing: Kia Clutch Failure

  1. Wear and tear: Over time, the clutch can wear out and become less effective. This is especially true if the clutch has been subjected to heavy use or has not been properly maintained.
  2. Improper use: Riding the clutch or using it improperly can cause it to wear out more quickly.
  3. Lack of lubrication: If the clutch master cylinder is not properly topped up, it can cause the components to wear out more quickly.
  4. Poor maintenance: Neglecting to properly maintain the clutch, such as not replacing the clutch fluid or not checking the clutch for wear and tear, can cause it to fail.
  5. Damaged components: If any of the components of the clutch system are damaged, it can cause the clutch to fail. This can include the clutch pedal, the clutch cable, or the clutch plate.
  6. Faulty installation: If the clutch was not installed correctly, it can cause it to fail. This could be due to using the wrong parts, not properly aligning the components, or not torqueing the bolts to the correct specification.

These days a clutch is not that simple Kia Clutch Failure

During any normal working week. We may get price inquiries from customers. Especially with a Clutch Repair Estimates for their car. Some of our customers are just wanting a price from us so that they know

what to budget for. Hence, I and other people are shopping around for the best price.

As a business, we find it difficult to pitch the correct price. because a Kia clutch failure is not the same as, say, pricing a tyre. The prices can vary a great deal. between the different qualities that garages use. We know that we could get reconditioned clutches for most car models.

But we prefer to use the best-quality clutches available. Kia Clutch Failure

 because many of the original equipment clutches are LUK clutches . Therefore, we prefer to use them. As it happens, if we cannot get LUK, then we go for original equipment clutches. In the long run, we find that to be true. We never get any comebacks with better products. Therefore, we certainly do not want to have to do a clutch job twice. because of a faulty product. Life’s too hard as it is.

Additionally, we are discovering that many modern cars now have dual-mass flywheels, which LUK developed in Germany in collaboration with BMW because BMW wanted a smoother gear change and the diesel cars were very jumpy when changing gear.

Clutch Failure

So this system of different springs on a separate flywheel that fitted between the original flywheel and the clutch plate was invented. Many of the other leading car makers have now taken this option up, but it means much higher repair bills for consumers when their Kia clutch failure happens, because usually the duel-mass flywheel goes as well, but we don’t know until we have stripped the car down to the clutch.

A case in point is a job that we just did on a Kia. The total job cost well over a thousand pounds after seven hours, whereas an older conventional clutch would have cost around £280.

This is the reason why it is difficult to give an exact figure when pricing a clutch for a customer.

Please click on to the link bellow for more clutch information

Exhaust Systems Explained

Exhaust Systems Explained: What Does Your Car Exhaust System Do?

 Exhaust Systems Explained

catalytic converter
catalytic converter

Exhaust Systems Explained

To most of our customers, the exhaust system is just something that hangs underneath their car, and when it breaks, it makes a loud noise and costs a lot of money to replace. Well, the second part is true; they do now cost a lot of money to replace, especially if you include the catalytic converter in the price.

The first thing that your exhaust does is transfer the gases produced by your engine from the front of the car (the engine) to the rear of the car, expelling the gases into the atmosphere. Before the days of emission testing, gases were a major polluter, but thanks to new car technology, cars now emit far fewer toxic gases than they used to.

The exhaust system usually consists of three or four different parts, depending on the model and engine size of the car.

They start at the front of the car with the catalytic converter, which is connected via a normal piece of pipe to one or two silencer boxes and sometimes a piece of chrome pipe to add a finishing touch as the exhaust system leaves the underneath of your car. By filtering CO2 gases through microporous ceramic honeycomb structures, the catalytic converter lowers the amount of CO2 gases that exit the engine.

Lambda sensors

of course, which are screwed into the converter and send messages to the on-board computer that is a standard feature in all modern cars, as well as monitor the emissions.

The rest of the exhaust is pretty simple in comparison to the cat.

The exhaust system boxes are filled with a fibreglass-type material that quiets the sound made by the engine. In the USA, these are called “mufflers” because, simply put, they muffle or quieten the sound as it enters the box.

Exhaust systems are probably one of the few things that differ in quality. A cheap exhaust system will probably only last for about 18 months, but a much better system, say one that is made by a company called “Bosal” will last up to four times longer because of the superior quality of the metals used in the making of the parts.

What can go wrong with your exhaust system? 


well, starting at the front. So a big problem is the gasket that bolts your exhaust system to the engine. This gasket can become worn and deteriorate. because of the engine’s high temperature emissions. When this happens, the noise will be deafening! However, they are usually simple to repair. The next problem is just common old rust.

The complete car Exhaust system is attacked by rust.

Hence, from the day that the car hits the road, salt is also added. Especially in the UK, where we use a lot of it during the winter. Eventually, the rust will attack the most vulnerable parts of the exhaust, and a piece will fall off.

A stainless steel exhaust system is the only cure for this problem.

However, they cost two or three times the price of mild steel systems in the first place. So they are not always a viable alternative. For a free, no-obligation quote on a catalytic converter or exhaust system, check out our web site if you have catalytic converter problems.

Exhaust Systems Explained: A modern diesel exhaust system come s with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

3 Critical Car Maintenance Tasks You Cant Afford To Skip

3 Critical Car Maintenance Tasks-You Cant Afford To Skip

3 Critical Car Maintenance Tasks

3 Critical Car Maintenance Tasks
3 Critical Car Maintenance Tasks

3 Critical Car Maintenance Tasks

Number Plate Maintenance

Regular car maintenance is crucial for your vehicle’s longevity, safety, and optimal performance. Just as our bodies need routine check-ups, cars require regular attention to prevent minor issues from becoming major, costly problems down the line.

In this article, we’ll discuss three critical maintenance tasks that you can’t afford to skip, from regular oil changes that keep your engine running smoothly to tyre checks that ensure your safety on the road. Uniquely, we’ll touch on the often-overlooked topic of number plate maintenance, which is vital for legality and identification purposes. 

Number Plate Maintenance

Maintaining the visibility of your number plates is crucial for legal and identification purposes. Dirty or obscured plates can lead to fines or penalties in many jurisdictions, as they hinder recognition by traffic enforcement cameras and law enforcement officials. Regular cleaning should ensure that your plates remain visible and legible.

There are situations where you might need to get new number plates. These could be due to damage, wear, or if they’re lost or stolen. Sometimes, existing plates may fade due to exposure to harsh weather conditions, making them difficult to read. In such cases, you should promptly order replacement number plates.

Getting new number plates also comes into play if you want to personalise your car with a unique registration number, which can be an expression of your personality or a way to make your vehicle more distinctive. Regardless, remember to always comply with the specifications and requirements set by local laws when replacing your number plates.

Regular Oil Changes

Changing your car’s oil regularly is one of the most important things you can do for your engine’s durability and efficiency. The engine oil lubricates the moving parts, reducing friction and wear, thereby preventing overheating and potential engine damage.

Over time, the oil becomes dirty and less effective due to the accumulation of dust, dirt, and other contaminants. This degraded oil can’t adequately protect the engine, leading to reduced performance and potentially severe engine damage. 

Regular oil changes ensure your engine runs with clean, effective oil. This keeps the engine healthier and enhances fuel efficiency, resulting in smoother rides and fewer frequent visits to the gas station. Regular oil changes are a small investment that pays off in the form of a longer-lasting, better-performing engine.

Tyre Checks

Maintaining correct tyre pressure, regular rotation, and alignment are vital aspects of car maintenance, significantly affecting safety, fuel efficiency, and tyre lifespan.

Correct tyre pressure ensures optimal contact between the tyres and the road. This provides better grip, reduces tyre wear, and enhances fuel efficiency. Under-inflated tyres can overheat and cause blowouts, while over-inflation reduces grip, affecting braking and handling. 

Regular tyre rotation, typically every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, balances tyre wear, helping all tyres to wear evenly and prolong their life. Alignment checks are also crucial, as misaligned tyres can lead to uneven wear, poor handling, and decreased fuel efficiency.

Driving on worn tyres is hazardous as it diminishes traction, increases stopping distances, and can lead to tyre failure. Regularly inspect tyres for tread depth and any signs of damage to ensure safe driving. Proper tyre maintenance saves money by extending tyre life, improving fuel economy, and ensuring safer journeys.

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Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out-Tyre wear-Toe in and Toe out cause irregular tyre wear

Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out

Absolutely! For your UK readers, here's a straightforward piece about suspension arms with a touch of local flavour:

Getting to Know Suspension Arms: The Unsung Heroes of Car Comfort

Okay, gentlemen, let's get into some vehicle nitty-gritty today: suspension arms. Don't worry, I'm not going to boring you with technical terminology. Instead, let's talk about what these components do and why they're necessary, particularly on our lovely but occasionally bumpy British roads.

So, what exactly is a suspension arm? In layman's terms, it's an important component of your car's suspension system - the portion that maintains your ride smooth while cruising about Halifax or navigating the mountainous Yorkshire roads. Consider it a strong arm that binds your car's wheels to the frame. What is its role? To hold your wheels securely on the ground, providing a more comfortable ride and greater control. Consider it a reliable companion, holding your automobile steady as you navigate the potholes and speed bumps that we're all too familiar with.

Why should you be concerned about these suspension arms? Simple: comfort and security. You hardly notice them when they're in good condition. Your automobile avoids potholes and keeps your tea in its cup. But when they start to wear out, boy, will you feel it. The ride becomes harder, the car may pull to one side, and you may hear some strange clunks and groans. It's like driving a shaky old trolley with a crooked wheel - not ideal for a quick trip to the corner store.

Here's the thing: our Yorkshire roads can be difficult to navigate. They hurl everything at your automobile, including tight corners, steep hills, and potholes that will make your head spin. That is why it is critical to maintain your suspension arms in check. It's not only about a smooth ride; it's about keeping your automobile in good shape so you can stay safe on those winding roads.

Suspension arm problems are common at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax. It's a typical problem, especially with the regular wear and tear of driving. But don't worry, it's generally a simple repair. A quick trip to your local garage can fix it, and you'll be back on the road in no time.

To summarise, suspension arms may not be the most visually appealing portion of your vehicle, but they are vital. They keep your ride smooth and your handling crisp, and they help keep you safe on the road. Give them some love and care, especially if your travel is causing you more stress than delight. Remember that your local garage, such as Pellon Autocentre, is always there to assist you in keeping your engine operating smoothly.

Stay safe on the roads, and here's to safe driving in the future!

Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out

The “toe” in or out. Accordingly

It determines the way that the tyres will operate. As a result,  in relation to the centre line of the vehicle,. When the toe is not straight and is pointing in or out, it determines the way your tyre will wear. For example, if your wheels were “toeing out,” then your tyres would wear on the inside; if they were “toeing in, ”then your tyres would wear on the outside. As the car drives along the road, a rear wheel-drive car pushes the front tyres, and the fact that the toe is out causes resistance in the rearward movement of the suspension arms against the bearings.

Getting to Know Suspension Arms

The Unsung Heroes of Car Comfort

Okay, gentlemen, let’s get into some vehicle nitty-gritty today: suspension arms. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with technical terminology. Instead, let’s talk about what these components do and why they’re necessary, particularly on our lovely but occasionally bumpy British roads.

So, what exactly is a suspension arm?

In layman’s terms, it’s an important component of your car’s suspension system—the portion that keeps your ride smooth while cruising around Halifax or navigating the mountainous Yorkshire roads. Consider it a strong arm that binds your car’s wheels to the frame. What is its role? To hold your wheels securely on the ground, providing a more comfortable ride and greater control. Consider it a reliable companion, holding your automobile steady as you navigate the potholes and speed bumps that we’re all too familiar with.

Why should you be concerned about these suspension arms?

Simple: comfort and security. You hardly notice them when they’re in good condition. Your automobile avoids potholes and keeps your tea in its cup. But when they start to wear out, boy, will you feel it? The ride becomes harder, the car may pull to one side, and you may hear some strange clunks and groans. It’s like driving a shaky old trolley with a crooked wheel—not ideal for a quick trip to the corner store.

Here’s the thing: our Yorkshire roads can be difficult to navigate.

They hurl everything at your automobile, including tight corners, steep hills, and potholes that will make your head spin. That is why it is critical to keep your suspension arms in check. It’s not only about a smooth ride; it’s about keeping your automobile in good shape so you can stay safe on those winding roads.

Suspension arm problems are common at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax. It’s a typical problem, especially with the regular wear and tear of driving. But don’t worry; it’s generally a simple repair. A quick trip to your local garage can fix it, and you’ll be back on the road in no time.

To summarise

Suspension arms may not be the most visually appealing portion of your vehicle, but they are vital. They keep your ride smooth and your handling crisp, and they help keep you safe on the road. Give them some love and care, especially if your travel is causing you more stress than delight. Remember that your local garage, such as Pellon Autocentre, is always there to assist you in keeping your engine operating smoothly.

Stay safe on the roads, and here’s to safe driving in the future!

Front-wheel-drive cars pull the vehicle along- Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out

resulting in a forward movement of the suspension arm against the bearings; for rear wheel drive cars, a positive toe is used to correct the suspension movement; and for front wheel drive cars, a negative toe is used.

Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out can  alter the vehicle’s handling; increasing the toe-in will reduce oversteer and adjusting the cars Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out will reduce understeer; by doing this, it will cause adverse tyre wear, although the vehicle will have better steering and handling. It is always preferable to adjust the settings in accordance with the car manufacturer’s manual.

Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out– Wheel Alignment-Toeing Out

Before you adjust the toe outside of the manufacturer’s ” recommended specs” to give the vehicle better handling, beware that the toe settings affect the tyre wear. The toe out on our wheel alignment machine is measured on the turn plates.

The wheel alignment machines take the readings, which a laser beam reflects onto the display screen and measures. Our wheel alignment machine will give a reading for the inside and outside wheels; this reading is in degrees. When the wheels are straight ahead, the readings should be at zero. toe out in, toein and toeout,

The steering wheel should be in a straight position and locked into place before the wheel alignment adjustment is made.

The angle of the power steering registers toe-out angles, allowing the inside wheel to turn at a sharper angle than the outside wheel. Steering arms are part of the steering knuckle or the ball joints and are not adjustable. Problems with the toe are often due to a damaged steering arm and must be replaced. Of course, being out of alignment means that you will have premature tyre wear!

mot testing and car servicing

Garage Prices Stable-Average independent garage labour rates revealed

Garage Charges Stable

Garage Prices Stable
© Can Stock Photo / romarti

Garage Prices Stable


Every direction are enough to cause one’s mind to spin. However, there is some positive news for us automobile owners and garage-goers in the midst of this. Unbelievably, garage pricing has been performing exceptionally well recently.

I now understand precisely what you are thinking. “With everything else going up, how on earth are garage prices staying stable?” In all honesty, it is a bit of a breath of fresh air and a valid concern. Let us delve into the methods employed by local garages to maintain stability amidst the seemingly dire circumstances that are currently unfolding.

A Pinch of Traditional Yorkshire Resilience

To begin with, let us extend our sincere admiration for the tenacity that resembles Yorkshire pudding during a Sunday roast. A few occasions, our neighbourhood garages have been around the corner. They have experienced a considerable degree of adversity and are therefore somewhat knowledgeable about how to withstand a storm. They have developed the ability to adapt and alter without placing an undue burden on us, the customers, since this is not their initial experience.

Astute Sourcing and Effectiveness- Garage Prices Stable

Intelligent sourcing is a significant factor in this stability. Numerous dealerships in the United Kingdom, particularly in Halifax, have demonstrated a commendable eye for sourcing their supplies and components. They have established solid relationships with their suppliers and are occasionally able to negotiate better prices for components. Additionally, modern businesses are obsessed with efficacy. Efforts to accomplish more with fewer resources and similar concepts. The key is to exercise resourcefulness and ensure that not a single fastener or bolt is wasted.

Community Concentration

Another essential component? The focus is on the community. Local garages are not merely commercial establishments; they are integral components of the community. They recognise that the squeeze is being felt by all. Thus, they are contributing to the reduction of expenses for their regular clientele. Being there for each other is more important than simply making a fast buck. Doesn’t that embody the ethos that sustains our communities?

Technology Edge- Garage Prices Stable

Let us not overlook the significance of technology. Numerous garages have adopted more technologically advanced techniques for problem diagnosis and repair. This technology is not merely an advanced device for its own sake. It is about increasing precision and productivity, which contributes to cost savings. The use of intelligent technology to maintain the efficiency of our residences follows a similar principle.

An Allusion to History- Garage Prices Stable

Noting that this is not the first time garages have had to endure difficult circumstances is noteworthy. Consider past historical occurrences, such as the miners’ strikes, or even further in the past. The capacity to maintain composure amidst challenges is virtually an intrinsic quality of our neighbourhood garages. This contributes to their remarkable longevity within our communities.

Summing It Up- Garage Prices Stable

Thus, that concludes it. Amidst an environment that appears to be experiencing positive developments, it is reassuring to know that garage pricing is not an area of significant concern. This exemplifies the fortitude, sense of community, and astute administration exhibited by our neighbourhood garages.

Perhaps next time you stop by your local for a tune-up or a conversation, give them a salute for the steady hand that has kept them operating the vehicle. Given the current state of unrest, it is an asset that merits admiration.

Additionally, while we’re discussing maintaining proper functionality, don’t neglect to inspect the batteries! Consistent maintenance can have a significant impact.

Continue driving safely, and best wishes for calm journeys ahead!

I trust this article conveys the intended message and adheres to your writing style. Modify it as necessary to accommodate your voice and audience.

So, looking into the article, the independent garage prices have remained pretty stable. Importantly, one thing that has come to mind is the involvement of the menu servicing system. Menu servicing gives the car owner a set price for their vehicle’s service. According to which one the car servicing manual recommends.

MOT testing prices have also become very stable in recent years.

Mainly due to the competition, as it should be. Accordingly, the hourly rates have remained very stable. In my opinion, this is due to customer satisfaction with the particular garage that they use for their car repairs and servicing. Garages hitting the right formula will indeed be very busy.

Although service is still very important, price is something that our customers value. Especially these days when the majority of customers are female. Female customers are usually in charge of the “purse strings,” and price is very important to female drivers.

The cost of labour at UK independent garages is falling behind inflation and owners are seeing diminishing returns year on year, the Independent Garage Association has said after it published the findings of its latest

Source: Average independent garage labour rates revealed – Garagewire

Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

How a clutch works: Internals of transmission and clutch assembly

How a clutch works

How a clutch works
How a clutch works

How a clutch works

Okay, let’s talk about one of the automotive world’s unsung heroes: the vehicle clutch.

It’s a handy piece of equipment that plays an important part in your engine, especially if you drive a manual. Whether you’re zipping around Halifax, climbing the steep hills of the Pennines, or simply going to the local chippy, your clutch is hard at work. So, how does this ingenious device function? Let’s break it down in layman’s terms to avoid getting bogged down in technical jargon.

First and foremost, consider the definition of a clutch. How a clutch works

Consider it a sandwich, but instead of cheese and pickles, you have a flywheel, a clutch disc, and a pressure plate. The flywheel is linked to the engine, and the clutch disc sits between it and the pressure plate, which is linked to your gearbox.

Now, while driving, your engine is always spinning, but your wheels aren’t. This is when the clutch comes into play. When you depress the clutch pedal, you are effectively separating the sandwich. This means that the engine and wheels are no longer linked, which is why your automobile doesn’t stall when you come to a stop at a red light or shift gears.

Speaking of gear shifting, that’s another clutch party trick. How a clutch works

When changing gears, you must detach the engine from the gearbox in order to seamlessly transition into the next gear. By pressing the clutch pedal, you can change gears without grinding them to a halt.

When you let off the clutch pedal, the magic begins. The pressure plate squishes the clutch disc back against the flywheel when you lift your foot, linking the engine to the wheels. If you’ve ever been in a car with a beginner driver, you’ll be familiar with the judder and hop of a poorly handled clutch!

But it’s not just a matter of pausing and restarting. The clutch must also deal with the varying speeds of the engine and wheels. This is referred to as a slip.’ When you’re starting out, the clutch lets a little slip so the engine doesn’t stall and you can get running smoothly.

Your clutch is low-maintenance in terms of upkeep.

However, it, like anything else, can wear out over time, especially if you’re a bit heavy-handed with it. If you notice a difference in the pedal or hear strange noises when shifting gears, it’s time to have it checked out.

So there you have it—a quick rundown of how an automobile clutch works.

Next time you’re driving through Halifax’s picturesque streets or the open roads of the UK, remember the humble clutch, which works relentlessly to make your journey smooth and enjoyable. Remember that smooth gear changes and careful footwork can make all the difference—not only in terms of comfortable driving but also in terms of the longevity of your clutch. Drive carefully!

This is a video showing how a slave cylinder, clutch, and transmission work together to engage power from the engine and disengage power from the engine to the transmission. Filmed near Nagoya, Japan, at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. 

Clutches are what we call a “bread and butter” job.

Hence, I thought that I would show a video to demonstrate the things that our technicians have to do when replacing the clutch.
Customers frequently contact us. Consequently, they ask the question, “How can I tell if my clutch is going?”

Therefore, I usually answer with the same explanation. You’ll know when the clutch is gone. because the biting point will happen with less pedal push, and the clutch will slip when the drive is under heavy load.

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When my car eventually arrives in the shop, we start the car and dip the clutch pedal. The next step is to place the car in third gear. With the handbrake off, we then very slowly release the clutch.

A good clutch will stall the engine.
if you carry out the same procedure with a slipping clutch. The engine will then most likely judder and try to pull away before stalling.

Sometimes, you will hear a rattle when you release the clutch pedal.

This indicates that the clutch plate has been damaged and must be replaced.
Another sign that your clutch is on the way out is that there will be a terrible smell when the clutch pedal is released. This is a problem with deaf drivers.

Because they cannot hear very well, they do not know that their clutch is slipping. The tell-tale sign is the smell that the burning clutch plate gives off. We have one customer who goes through a clutch a year (good for business?).

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Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

Daewoo Matiz Engine management light problem
Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

Daewoo Matiz Engine Light problem

Daewoo Matiz Engine Management Light problem? Engine management light problems are a common feature of owning a busy Service centre, like the one here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK. I would not be lying if I said that we get two or three cars in a week for related engine management light problems.

I must say that it is one of those things that can scare our customers to death. They can drive their cars around with a bald tyre for months, but as soon as a warning light comes on, they are straight over to us for our opinion and possible corrective action.

Our latest light on problem

came from a lady who had a Daewoo Matiz Engine Management warning Light problem? The woman said that she did not think that her car was running properly and was a bit sluggish. Also, there was a picture of an engine lit up on her dashboard.

As most customers do (no matter what the car make or model), she panicked. Our customer  was waiting at the door, ready for when we opened up the garage doors.

This problem can indeed have anything to do with

the engine management system. From the expensive coil pack to a faulty fuel injector,.

Alex, one of my mechanical staff, plugged our engine management machine into the car and read the fault codes. The code came up as a cylinder misfire, which tied up with the ladies statement of the car not running correctly and sluggishly.

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem?

Like many of our customers think, she thought she was going to need a new engine and was probably on “tender hooks” waiting for us to call her back with our assessment of the damage and the price. We checked most likely cause, the spark plugs. Indeed, the plugs were in bad condition, and we suspected that this was the cause.

Everything else looked fine,

So we fitted a new set of plugs. The car ran much better, so we reset the engine warning light and road tested the car. Everything ended up right, and we informed the stressed lady customer, who was highly delighted with our low-priced repairs.

Why Your Engine Management Light Matters: Extra Information from Halifax

Hello, everyone! Let’s speak about the tiny light on your dashboard that may appear to be an annoyance at times but is actually a true friend when it comes to maintaining your engine—

yep, I’m talking about your engine management light (EML). If you’ve been driving about Halifax or anyplace in the UK, you’ve definitely noticed it and asked, “What’s this now?” So, grab a drink, and I’ll explain why this light isn’t just another light.

What is the Engine Management Light? Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

First and foremost, that small light isn’t just there to add some colour to your dash. It’s part of your car’s onboard diagnostics system, a sophisticated piece of technology that monitors engine performance. When it turns on, it’s your car’s way of screaming, “Oi, something’s up!” It could be something little or a scream for aid from your engine.

Why should you pay attention?

Ignoring your engine management light can be like ignoring a friend who is trying to tell you something vital. Consider this: you’re meandering around Calderdale’s picturesque pathways, admiring vistas of the moors, or perhaps heading down to The Piece Hall, when suddenly, that light turns on. It may be tempting to believe, “It’ll sort itself out,” but here’s why you should pay attention:

Catching a problem early can save you a lot of money. Consider it catching a small rip before your entire trouser leg tears. Small problems can quickly escalate into large, costly ones if not addressed immediately.

Keeping the Engine Sweet: Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

Your engine is the heart of your vehicle. The EML might be the first indication of a heart issue, ranging from a misfiring engine to something more catastrophic. It’s best to keep your heart healthy, right?

Petrol Efficiency:

Who doesn’t want to save money on petrol, especially with current prices? The engine management light can indicate that your engine is not functioning as efficiently as it could be. Getting it checked can lead to improved mileage and less money spent at the pump.

Emissions: Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem

We all want to do our part for the environment, and keeping your engine running smoothly results in fewer pollutants. Furthermore, with the proliferation of emission zones, particularly in metropolitan areas, it is more necessary than ever to ensure that your vehicle is as green as possible.

What Should You Do When It Illuminates?

If the light comes on while you’re driving around Halifax, don’t panic. Here is a step-by-step guide for what to do:

Check the essentials. Sometimes it’s as simple as a loose petrol cap. Check it out!
Visit your local garage;

we’re fortunate to have some excellent mechanics in Halifax. Swing by your preferred garage and let the specialists look under the hood.
Don’t delay

As I already stated, ignoring it will not make it go away. It’s preferable to deal with it right away rather than waiting for the car to wobble.

Local Love

Why not make a day of it? Drop your car and go for a walk through Shibden Park, or treat yourself to some shopping or a great supper in town. Your car is repaired, and you get a day out—a win-win!

Parting Thoughts

Your engine management light is like a friend watching out for you, making sure you’re driving safely. So the next time it lights up, don’t ignore it. Show your car some love, and it will take care of you for miles.

Keep travelling safely, everyone, and remember that your car is more than just wheels; it is a member of the family!

Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

Nissan Navara clutch replacement: duel mass flywheel replaced.

Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

Nissan Navara Clutch replacement
Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

Alright, mate! Today, let’s chat about something that’s been causing a bit of a stir in the motoring world, especially for us folks in the UK: the “Dual Mass Flywheel” (DMF) clutch system. Now, you might be wondering, “What’s this all about, then?” So, let’s dive in, but don’t worry, I’ll keep it simple and sprinkle in a bit of local charm!

First things first, the DMF is a clever bit of kit

This has been around since the second half of the 1980s. Although it is a flywheel, it is not the same flywheel that your grandfather used to use; rather, this flywheel is a little bit more sophisticated. The purpose of this is to lessen the vibrations and noise that are typically experienced while driving, particularly in diesel engines, which can make a sound similar to that of a tin of loose bolts at a jumble sale.

Consider that you are in the process of driving through the breathtaking landscape of Yorkshire, possibly in the direction of the famous Piece Hall in Halifax. If you are driving a vehicle that has a conventional flywheel, you will notice that whenever you shift gears, there is a slight judder. It is similar to the sensation of riding over the cobblestones in the historic town centre of Halifax. This is the problem that the DMF intends to solve. Those gear changes will be as smooth as a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale, thanks to the fact that it is composed of two components that are able to move independently of one another.

Nevertheless, there are some bumps in the road, or perhaps, I should say, driving.

The DMF has the potential to be a delicate flower. When it is functioning well, it is wonderful; however, if it suddenly wobbles, it can be a costly task to restore. According to some, it is just as erratic as the weather in the United Kingdom! This is the reason why those of us who own garages need to keep our wits about us. It is essential that we provide our consumers with advance notice regarding the potential fees that may be involved.

You might be wondering why they came up with this idea. Car makers were forced to research ways to make engines run more smoothly and quietly as a result of the increasing sophistication of automobiles and the tightening of regulations on emissions, particularly in the United Kingdom. In order to satisfy those Euro emissions criteria without having automobiles sound like a brass band on a Sunday morning, they came up with the DMF as their solution.

So, there you have it: Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

a concise explanation of the dual-mass flywheel’s operation. In a way, it is comparable to a delicious Yorkshire pudding: when it is prepared correctly, it is outstanding, but when it is not prepared properly, it might leave behind a little sour flavour. Do you agree that it is always beneficial to have a basic understanding of what is going on inside your vehicle, regardless of whether you are travelling through the breathtaking scenery of the Pennines or simply going to the store nearby?

And with that, I will conclude. It is important to keep in mind that if you are in need of a new battery or simply some friendly guidance, you should contact your neighbourhood garage in Halifax, and we will take care of you. Be careful behind the wheel and take in the exquisite views and sounds that our beloved Yorkshire has to offer. Greetings!

Nissan Navara clutch replacement: Nissan Navara Clutch replacement

One of the car problems that increases after the winter driving period is a noticeable rise in the number of clutches that we fit. The other day was no exception. One of our first jobs that we booked was a Nissan Navara Clutch replacement.

Clutches fall into two main categories:. These are cars that are fitted with manual gearboxes and also automatic gearboxes. In the UK, the most popular type of gearbox, by far, is the manual type of gearbox.

Other types do exist, but they are mainly on upmarket car models and motorsport cars.

As most of my readers probably know, the clutch fits between the engine and the manual gearbox, and this Nissan Navara clutch replacement was no different.

The clutch enables the driver to change gears in response to the car’s engine speed. This enables a smooth transfer of power from the engine to the gearbox.

The clutch plate is made from a similar material to your brake shoes and will eventually wear away. Like anything else, it depends on how the driver treats the clutch and how long it will last. The guy with the Nissan Navara could feel the clutch slipping when the truck was fully loaded. He also had problems engaging his gears on occasions.Nissan

He brought it to us here in Pellon, Halifax, UK, for us to check it out. Sure enough, the clutch was slipping and in need of a new fitting.

The Nissan Navara clutch replacement meant removing the gearbox from the engine. The Navara is an inline unit, which means that the engine and gearbox are lined from front to rear, driving the rear wheels.

Alex was assigned the job,

and he soon started to remove the holding nuts and bolts. The Navara is a big vehicle compared to the clutches that we normally fit, and Alex had to use hydraulic engine stands to take the weight of the extremely heavy gearbox when it was removed.

When we checked out the parts, the computer informed us that this model could be fitted with a duel mass flywheel (DMF). These were invented to take out many of the stresses and vibrations that were associated with diesel engine cars. In my opinion, some vehicles do not need it. This has become more obvious to me when certain clutch manufacturers make an alternative solid “Blue-Print” clutch to replace the DMF.

We contacted the customer and explained to him about the DMF and the solid clutch. He called back and gave us permission to fit the solid clutch. This was fitted, and the gearbox was built back up. The Nissan Navara clutch replacement was complete, and the customer collected his car, and away he went.