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Significantly, and according to information I have had. So, scanners/cameras are placed across and along the full length and width of every motorway lane. As a result a radar picks you up as stopped in a motorway lane.

Naturally, the authorities are supposed to be on hand immediately to attend your broken down vehicle. So, and move you off the motorway. So, You legally sit there in your broken down vehicle. Whatever lane you are in and nobody is likely to run into the rear of your vehicle and kill you because of two reasons.

Peugeot 206 Misfiring-Including pulling problem-Fuel Injector problems?

Peugeot 206 Misfiring

Peugeot 206 with engine problem

So, when you own a garage in the same town as a main dealer. You are more likely to get second and third hand cars in with problems. Of course, rather than the customer taking their car back to the usually more expensive main dealer. And why not! In most cases we have just as good equipment and knowledgeable staff, as the main dealers anyway. If we get stuck with a technical problem. Importantly, we have also got a network of people who specialise in the make of car. So from where the problem has arose. So, we can always rely on their help if such an occurrence arises.

Peugeot 206 Misfiring

Scanner showing the injector fault

The problems that can happen are usually electrical and although we have an array of scanners and computers, they don’t always get down to the problem and we have to seek help from friend who is a specialist in that field. This however did not apply to one of the jobs that a customer left with us the other week.

Peugeot 206 started OK but did not pull on hills.

The car was a Peugeot 206 2001 model and had started up on a morning, with no problems. At first the car drove along OK, but after about ½ an hour, the car started to lose power. The Peugeot 206 was still drive-able but he did notice a lack of power?

The car was also able to accelerate away when required, but his foot was down to the floor. He said that he thought that the car was asking for more fuel and had to keep it into a lower gear, say third instead of fourth. He said that a few years ago the 206 had a catalytic converter failure and the symptoms felt very similar.

The guy left the Peugeot 206 with us and Ryan decided the best plan was to plug the car into our scanner and see if anything showed up there. We often get similar problems with these

Peugeot 206 Misfiring

Peugeot 206 new injector to be fitted

Sometimes the owner says that the engine feels like it is misfiring

Such as a guy who recently called in with his 206 Gt. This one ended up having an injector problem and we fixed it accordingly.

The scanner we used was a Solus Pro from Sun equipment. Subsequently, came up with a fault code R0270 Injector cylinder 4 circuit. This was a very clear indication what the problem was .

Peugeot 206 Misfiring

Peugeot 206 with faulty broken injector

So, we contacted the customer with a price so that we could go ahead with the job. One important thing to remember about these injectors. Significantly, is that on French cars such as the Peugeot 206 they are changed as follows. Firstly, the number 1 injector is at the gearbox end. Secondly, the number 4 is at the driver’s side. Importantly, it is easy to replace the wrong one.

It has been known that the wrong injector has been changed? Say number 2 could be mixed up with number 3. This would mean that you may have changed the injector, but would still end up with the same engine problem and this has probably happened hundreds of times, by DIY car repairers.

After we were given the go ahead by our customer, Ryan ordered the new part and fitted it on its arrival. The code error then cleared and the Peugeot 206 was back to normal and collected by its happy owner.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

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Shock Absorbers- Nissan Micra – MOT Test-Failure if they are Worn and Leaking

Shock Absorbers

Leaking shock absorbers are an MOT test fail

The most frustrating thing about shock absorbers and struts, (which are basically the same thing) is that they are sealed units and although they are classed as maintenance free, they will

Shock Absorbers

A Nissa McPherson strut unit, the shock absorber part (strut) is fitted inside the spring .

very often start to leak. In some countries shock absorbers are known as dampers, because that is exactly what they do they damp down and level out the bumps that your car is picking

shock absorbers

Nissan Micra in for a new shock absorber

up as it drives along the road.

Depending what the model of your car is, then the shock absorbers should be changed at certain mileage intervals,

If you are not sure what this is then you can perform a simple bounce test. All you have to do is to press the corner of your car a few times with your body weight and then stop the bouncing. Once you stop then your car should settle back down straight away, if it bounces again more than twice then the shockers require changing. You do this procedure on each corner, bouncing the car and then releasing it.

In my opinion this is not a very satisfactory way of checking your shock absorbers, but at the moment I have not seen a satisfactory machine that will do the job. The best machine that I ever saw and consequently bought was a tester that was sold by SUN equipment. You drove the car onto vibration plates, which shook the cars suspension very violently and then suddenly stopped. The action of the shock absorbers was then recorded on to paper printouts via an ink needle, similar to the ones used in hospital heart machines. If the pattern was tight then the shocks were good, if they were wide, then the shocks needed replacing.

This was a great machine because it produced a print out so that the customer could see the state that his shocks were in. ironically the machine was scrapped by Kwik-Fit after I sold them the business and I don’t think that they are made any more.

How do Shock Absorbers work?

Some cars never have their shocks replaced, but with age the ride of your car will get bouncier and the cars steering will be all over the place when cornering, although this is sometimes

Shock Absorbers

Micra McPherson strut sowing the oil leak (dark part)

blamed on the cars tyres it is more often than not the shocks that need changing.

As I have said earlier, the most common problem is the fact that they leak oil. If this is the case then they will need changing. Any kind of shock absorber works on the same basis. There is a piston rod that enters a chamber that is filled with oil. The piston has oil seals to prevent leakage. As the piston is compressed by the weight then it takes the force of the road surface and the car. Your shocks take all the up and down pressure (bumps) and the cars chassis remains level, or as level as possible whilst driving along.

When the shocks are worn or broken then you will get an uneven ride in your car. I think that the worse culprits of this are on cars that are used as Taxis. You can often feel the older cars bouncing up and down as you drive along, and apart from alcohol, I am convinced that this is one of the reasons that people are sick in the back of a Taxi.

Struts are normally fitted at the front of cars and are fitted inside a coil spring unit.

These are known as McPherson struts and just like the shock absorbers, they can leak oil. These struts along with the springs that they are inserted into can very often break, and the symptoms  are rattling and banging noises coming from the car when going over bumps in the road, This is another problem that the potholes can cause. “Broken springs

An old perennial that keeps cropping up is that when a shocker has to be replaced then should they be replaced in pairs. In my opinion this is a grey area, the manufacturers always recommend that you fit two, and I think that this is the perfect scenario, but in practice the customer wants to get away with having to spend as little as possible and in general only has the one fitted. The rule to this is simple, if your car is relatively new, then just change the one, the one on the other side should still be good, but if the car is an older model then you should change the shocks on each side of the same axle, backs or fronts. This will give you an even ride and more stable cornering.

Normal shocks are fairly easy to change for the home mechanic

But the struts are more difficult and require some special tools, such as spring compressors and so I would take your car to a local garage, for the work doing.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

Eric Roberts

 

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Starter Motor on my Jeep made a loud Clunking Noise

Starter Motor

Suspected starter motor

A few week ago now, a guy came into my garage and asked us to fit him a new battery. We always test the old battery, unless the customer tells us the old one is completely dead. This guy Starter Motorhad a Jeep and we said that the battery had been slow to start the car for about a month now and he thought that it was going to let him down completely. He worked in Manchester about 30 mile away from Halifax here in Yorkshire and so did not want to risk expensive breakdown chargers. We fitted a new battery and the guy went away happy. After about a month the guy turned back up again.

He said that the problem appeared to be cured after the new car battery was fitted, but recently he had started to hear a low level clunking noise coming from the engine when he started the car. He said that it was the old problem that was occurring and could the battery be faulty?

This also happens with a faulty alternator.

The first thing that the customer does is to buy a new battery, then a few weeks later , the car still has starting problems because the alternator has been under-charging or over-charging. Eventually the car has to have a replacement alternator. It is the same with the starter motor, although the starter is not as common a fault as the alternator, at least not here in Halifax.

Our top mechanic Ryan went out to check the car out and found the clunk was indeed coming from the starter motor when starting the car. There are a few things that you need to know

about diagnosing this problem. The main one is when you try to start the car, (and this applies to all cars and vans, in fact any vehicle that is fitted with a starter motor, will have similar symptoms) you turn the key to turn the engine over, but nothing happens, the engine will turn over. This is what would have eventually happened to the Jeep.

Also when you try to turn over the engine you hear a loud click.

In this case the car’s engine will still not turn over. This scenario is also the same as a dead flat battery, but I am presuming that the cars have had a new one fitted, prior to the starter clicking again. This can go on for a little while and sometimes the car will eventually start. The starter engages with the vehicles flywheel and turns over the engine until the car starts, and sometimes it is the starters gear teeth that are broken. But if you are lucky enough the hit the starter key at the right time, then the car may just start.

Back in the olden days cars with inline engines would have a cranking handle. So that you could turn over the engine, by hand (if you were strong enough). However cars started to come out with front wheel drive engines and the cranking handle became obsolete.

Our Jeep needed a new starter motor

Ryan very quickly diagnosed that the starter motor needed replacing, and after giving the gut a price for the job, Ryan began the difficult job of removing the old motor. Years ago the starters were easy to find and replace, but the advent of the computer designed cars, the manufacturers can squeeze parts onto an engine where

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New and old Jeep starters side by side

they previously could not. This Jeep was no exception and the starter was tucked away in nowhere land and very difficult to remove, right up the back of the engine, certainly not a job for the DIY car repairer, on his back on the drive at home.

The new part arrived and was fitted back in the engine by Ryan. The problem was that the teeth on the old motor were worn away, and were not connecting with the flywheel. Sometimes we find that there is an electrical fault, but not in this case. The old starter was sent back to the supplier and then returned to the company that will recondition the starter to repeat the cycle again when the next Jeep start motor goes wrong.

We normally carry out the following tests to ascertain whether or not a new starter motor  is required.

A- We always test the battery first. This is by using a simple multi-meter test.

B- We will check that the starter motor is getting 12 Volts on to its Battery Circuit.

C- We always check that the starter motor is receiving the electrical current from the ignition switch.

D- We carry out a voltage drop test on the starter battery and ground Circuits. We do this using a 12 volt battery and a connecting wire to test whether or not the starter is engaging or not. We test this in a vice on the bench.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Eric Roberts

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VW Polo Performance Problem-Calls in with bad Performance Problems?

A VW Polo day?

So, after the school summer holidays have finished. Fortunately, then we start to get busier in the garage repair side of the business. Happily, the tyre side starts to pick up nearer November, with the approach winter.

VW Polo with clutch and engine problems

VW Polo with clutch and engine problems

Like many other garages we try to plan our work schedules. Booking the various car repair jobs in accordingly.

One particular day last week when we were fully booked up and very busy. Subsequently, a breakdown truck turned up on the forecourt with a black VW Passat on the back. Firstly, the car looked to have had a small front end shunt. Because, the front wheel was sticking out at an angle. The VW Passat was a 2009 TDi and the car had been bumped when parked up in the local supermarket.

We pulled the VW off the trailer and pushed it onto a ramp. We soon discovered that the front wheel had been hit and had completely bent the steering arm. This had totally disabled the car from being driven. The remedy was easy; a new steering arm was fitted and the car was given a Laser Wheel Alignment to correct and re-set the steering. The owner picked up his car and went home happy.

Next car with a engine problem

We were not so lucky with the next car that was booked in for the engine shuddering and banging. The car was a VW Polo 1.4 TDi 2002. It belonged to a friend of the family’s son, who had just passed his driving test.

The VW Polo had been left with us and we took the car out for a road test to try find out what the problem was. The first thing that we noticed was that the clutch had gone, but there was other things going on at the same time, it was a mix-match of problems. We were well trusted by the customer and so decided that we had to fix the clutch first. We removed the clutch housing and found that the clutch had indeed gone.

After replacing the clutch the VW Polo did go a little better, but the engine was definitely not right, it was shuddering and juddering.

VW Polo, Passat with its bent steering arm

VW Passat with its bent steering arm

VW Polo Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) had to be checked out.

The MAF sensor is the instrument that checks the temperature and the weight of the air that is entering the VW Polo engine. This information is then sent to the on-board computer, which calculates the correct amount of fuel that the engine requires to operate at.

The sensor works by measuring the current that is required to check the temperature while the air blows past. The MAF will start to clog up with dirt and other particles over time and this blockage is the thing that can cause your engine to have problems. The symptoms are exactly what was related to this problem. Poor starting, the engine would not run properly and would not accelerate, especially up hills.

Clean MAF sensor

Some people say that if you can clean the MAF sensor at regular periods then these problems would not arise, but we have always found that we have had to replace the part. Importantly, we also fitted a new air filter and the VW Polo was a different car. It was road tested and the change of the MAF sensor revitalised the car, back to normal engine functions.

We also noticed that the steering had got a knocking noise and a vibration and on inspection found that the car also needed a Front Arm rear bush. We fitted this new bush and adjusted the wheel alignment. Here at Pellonautocentre we can repair all makes and types of cars.

It was an expensive day for the customer, but you would be surprised how many of our customers drive their car until it drops to pieces, nothing new there?

VW Polo,VW Passat with the steering arm how it should be

VW Passat with the steering arm how it should be

Just a few problems that we can get: in a busy garage.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer VW Polo and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. So giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Pirelli Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com . Of course, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Finally,who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peugeot 206 Estate Clutch

Ford Focus Clutch- Diesel TDi 2004-with Clutch Problems.

Ford Focus Clutch

So, in recent weeks we seem to have had a run of cars with clutch problems. Consequently,that have been brought into my garage Pellon-Autocentre, here in Halifax UK. I think that most garages will have these runs of cars with different problems. Sometimes it may be brake problems or sometimes we have a run of exhaust pipes dropping of. This particular time it has been clutch problems.

Yesterday was no exception? Sure enough first thing in the morning an AA transporter turned up on the forecourt. So, with a silver car strapped to the back. Happily, the car was accompanied by an old customer of ours. When his Focus was unloaded. He came into the reception to explain what had happened.

He told us that he had recently been working away down in the south of England. While he was away he had started to have problems with his clutch. He told us that one morning he was driving to work from his accommodation and called in for some diesel. When he arrived back at the car, the biting point of the clutch was very close to the car floor. Also, the rest of the pedal was very sloppy and loose.

He managed to drive the car to his job

Subsequently, he is a builder for an housing association. Who own properties all over the UK, the head office is here in Halifax .He sometimes has to work away to help sort problems out. Although he was having great difficulty selecting his gears. When he first bought the  Focus about 18 months earlier he was told that the car had recently been fitted with a new clutch ! Of course, this was one of the reasons that he had bought the car. Visibly, it appeared to be in good condition.

He called out a local garage that topped up the slave cylinder. Also telling him that the clutch pedals on these Fords have a black plastic hinge type thing attached to it. Importantly, which is what pushes the master cylinder in. This hinge is attached to the  pedal by a metal rod. The hinge is held in by a clip and it is this clip that can come off. So causing the cars clutch problem. This was sorted out by the garage and for a few days all appeared to be well with the  Focus.

Ford Focus driver could smell clutch fluid?

He noticed a slight smell coming from the cars cab, but he did not know what it was, it was apparently clutch fluid that had leaked from his previous problem. The guy told us that after the

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Focus Master cylinder bearing showing the broken bush

garage reportedly had sorted the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi problem out then the car gear change was still a bit lumpy. After the job was complete the guy decided to risk it and drive the car back home to the North via the M1.

He decided to call in at the services for something to eat and a rest. On his return to the car, he found that once again the clutch pedal was down to the floor pan of the car, but unlike before there was no bite at all on the clutch. His company had provided their staff with AA breakdown cover, for their employees who travelled away to work, and so the guy promptly called the AA out to the services.

Inspected by the AA

The AA man inspected the cars clutch cylinder to check the level, but soon noticed that the cylinder was empty of fluid. He said that the Ford  was susceptible to these type of  problems and diagnosed a broken master cylinder. There was nothing that he could do as far as road side assistance, and so he proceeded to load the car onto the back of his transporter in order to take the car to the garage of his choice, which was our garage in Halifax.

When proceeded to put the car on lift, and found that clutch fluid was seeping out at the bottom of the clutch housing through one of the vent holes that are there to alloy dust and dirt to evacuate the housing. We diagnosed the problem as a master cylinder failure and reported back to the customer, who by this time had borrowed one of our courtesy cars and gone back to work somewhere here in Yorkshire.

We removed the Ford Focus gearbox and clutch housing to reveal yet more problems?

The engine was dropped and the gearbox . Removed and then the Ford Clutch housing was separated. Revealing the clutch assembly. We found that the hydraulic cylinder bearing had in fact got a broken seal and needed replacing. Then we found that although the  Focus diesel should have been fitted with a duel mass flywheel. Subsequently, this car had been converted to a solid single flywheel,

Ford Focus clutch

Ford  showing old worn out clutch assembly

Including a normal type clutch plate and to make matters worse ! Incidentally, both were damaged. The flywheel was broken and the clutch plate was worn out, and also needed replacing.

We phoned the customer on his mobile! Of course, he was not very pleased to say the least. Having, expected the clutch to last him more than the 18 months that it had lasted since he bought the car. The old parts were saved for the customer to look at as we always do. Another small problem also occurred? We had some difficulty matching a new single clutch plate with a new solid flywheel, as the old one was a cheap clutch plate and had no part numbers on to match a new one.

With the help of the motor factors we were able find the correct parts and rebuilt the whole assembly. The car works fine now and the customer went away highly delighted, after his initial shock.

The diesel Ford Focus can be converted to a solid single clutch system

When the customer had left I looked at some Ford forums about the conversion to a single clutch assembly and the general consensus is that it is fine to do it. In fact Ford transits can be converted by using genuine Ford parts. That is made especially for these conversions. Also I have heard that many taxi companies convert their taxis to the single clutch system.

For more Ford Focus clutch problems…

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Economy Car tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

Rover Street Wise- with a Timing Belt Problem.

I must admit that when I heard about a Rover Street Wise car in to us with an engine problem,

Strangely, I could not remember what one looked like? So, the car is a beefed up version of the Rover 25. But in my opinion the car is far better looking and I think that it made the car more appealing to younger drivers. Consequently, The owner of this car is only in his mid- twenties, so I may be right.

When the car arrived it was 1.4 petrol driven 2003 model. Unfortunately, and the engine appeared to be locked out. The Rover Street Wise differed from the Rover 25. Because the car some additional body panels fitted and a raised height. Unfortunately, the car was said at the time to look a little outdated ! But to the trade’s surprise, the car took off and sold well. Of course, to some people the car was a tough little car and it looked the part too.

The Street Wise was built from 2003 to 2005

Sadly, the last one rolled off the assembly line at the “Longridge Plant“. Since production stopped so many of the cars, known faults have reared there ugly heads. Including a faulty Security Control Unit (SCU). This fault comes in all sorts of forms from. Including, the horn not working or another small electrical item such as the electric windows not working. Significantly, to bigger problems, with the central locking, alarm and immobilizers knocked the car out of commission. If you had such a problem then you were not able to drive the car at all.

rover street wise

Timing belt just visible

Dealers were rubbing their hands ! Charging anything from £700 to £1000 for a new SCU fitting. However the car that we had in was another problem. The owner of the car had lent it to his friend for the day. The friend went shopping and when he got back to the and tried to start it, he heard a loud bang and the engine acted as though it was dead, in fact the engine had locked.

Engine had locked?

This can happen when a car runs out of engine oil, but with this car this was not the case. The AA brought the car to my garage here in Halifax in the UK and Ryan took a look, to see what he could find wrong with the car. The car owner was not one of our regular customers and it turned out that he had previously had a timing belt fitted at the garage where he normally goes.

Suspecting that this might be the seat of the problem we started to take a look at the timing belt area. There was the problem, the engine had locked because the timing tension-er had come loose and the timing belt had jumped three cogs. This had caused the valves on the engine to close. The exhaust valve closed and so would not release the gases or the pressure and so the engine would not turn and was locked.

Owners fortunate not to damage the engine !

The Rover Street Wise owner was very lucky that the valves did not cause any damage to the cylinder head itself as is the usual scenario when a timing belt slips or breaks, it normally makes a mess of the engine and can be very costly, that is why you must replace the timing belt at the times designated by the car manufacturers, and if possible with Rover Street Wise genuine Parts. The guy was very lucky indeed.

The Rover Street Wise owner gave us permission to carry out any work that was required, and he would try to claim off the garage that did the original job, a couple of weeks before.

 Rover Street Wise

Timing markings done in tip-ex marker to align the cogs teeth on the Rover Street Wise

Ryan began the work by removing the other two auxiliary belts (fan belts) and then supported the engine before removing the engine mounting.

He removed the timing belt cover and then marked the sprockets with white tip-ex

So, to mark where the original setting was. Of course, to assess how far one of the cams was out of alignment. Due to the timing belt previously skipping some cogs. He then consulted the auto-data computer program. Significantly, to find he correct settings for this type of engine. Ryan them proceeded to mark-up the correct setting  using a ruler to make sure that the cogs were straight. Then, marking the cogs in the correct position.

Ryan then built the parts back up and the engine then run fine. This is what I enjoy most about owning a garage, the fact that we just do not know what we might get in next. The owner picked up his and his friend was very relieved because he thought that he had blown up his friend’s engine.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Rover Cars Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists. Hence, who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Wheel Alignment Problems

VW Polo Suspension-Wishbone Rear Rubber Bushes are a Common Problem?

VW Polo Suspension

One of the most common MOT failure problems here in Halifax is the failure of the VW Polo Suspension bushes VW produced cars, such as the Skoda and Seat cars.

The reason for this in my opinion is twofold; the first reason is that we have a Volkswagen main agent in our local area.Also, we have more than our fair share of customers who own Volkswagen cars.

VW Polo

vw golf bushes in place not yet removed

Albeit some of them are older models. Thus, the second point is that our roads here in Halifax are peppered with pot-holes. Plus, the local council have an obsession with placing speed bumps all over the place.

This twin affect seems to play havoc with the suspension bushes.Thus, on many a model of cars.But is more common on the Volkswagen models .As I have said earlier,this is a common MOT failure or advisory. In fact this week we will be replacing the rear bushes on a Golf and a Skoda.

VW brakes were fine it was a rear bushes problem?

The last rear bushes job was not in fact a test failure. Subsequently, the Golf owner was convinced that he had a noisy brakes problem? After removing the wheels and examining the brakes. We in fact found a few issues with the Polo’s brakes. But not enough to causes rattling and banging noises coming from the rear.

After further inspection. Ryan Linton our service manager. Decided to check out the rear suspension. Sure enough he found that the  Volkswagen’s rear suspension bushes were perished. Of course, and needed replacing. Ryan informed the customer. We were given his permission to carry out the repairs.

Because this was a common problem Ryan had devised a method of replacing the bushes in situ, and not having to remove the wishbone. He uses a threaded bar and some nuts and

VW Polo

VW Polo rear rubber suspension bushes removed

washers, to remove the rubber bushes, although you can buy a kit, a picture of this can be seen on … http://www.vwaudiforum.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?87809-Rear-Wishbone-Bush-replacement-Polo-2003

VW Polo Suspension

You can use a 36 mm socket, insert the threaded bar with the nuts and washers. When it is all in place you can tighten the nuts and it pulls the rubber bush through the back and out. The new bush can be fitted the same and is a relatively easy task for a mechanic or an enthusiastic amateur, the job takes about 30 minutes a side. The homemade toll example can be seen on one of my images, but you can replace the square plates with nuts and large washers if required.

The next one we have for the same problem is a Skoda and job will be exactly the same as the VW Polo.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Tyres to fit VW Cars online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector

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Home made tool for removing VW type rear suspension bushes

 

 

FORD KUGA-Malfunction Light is a common problem, but was Solved.

FORD KUGA

FORD KUGA Malfunction Light

Another busy day at Pellonautocentre here in Halifax. Hence, started with another car problem to solve. Albeit not appearing to be that difficult. So the car in question was a black 2009 2ltr TDC1 Ford Kuga.

ford kuga malfunction light

The dreaded Ford Kuga Engine malfunction warning light

Of course, a model that was conceived from a little known, Losis X concept car. As a result, it was a Martin Smith the Ford design chief . Consequently, who is attributed to the shape features . Thus, of an aggressive and sharp styling of this new model. The original concept was for the car to be classed as a crossover. A trend that most of the other leading car companies followed. But nowadays they all seem to blend in with the smaller 4X4 ‘s such as the Freelander’s and the Honda CR-v’s.

The car that we were attending to has a Peugeot 2litre Diesel engine fitted. Which nowadays is a popular thing to do amongst the car manufacturers. Hence,to share technology and even engines. So it seems? As a result, this car is available in two or four wheel drive.Our customers car was a two wheel drive version. In my opinion the car was not particularly made for four wheel driving. Therefore, more suitable for the school run. Including drivers who like to be a little higher up than a normal car.

One thing we have noticed about the Ford Kuga . Frequently, is the lack of power when pulling away . Feeling a little nervous at some roundabouts. Apparently, this is common on some of these crossover cars. As a result,our customer has had this car back to Ford . For all sorts of problems . Even when the car was still under warranty. Including a faulty gearbox. Now preferring to bring their car in to us for servicing and repairs. Hence the visit today.

Why does the Ford Kuga malfunction light come on?

The Ford Kuga Had being driving locally about Halifax. When the “Engine malfunction light” came on . Making the car go into “Limp mode”. Of course,this can happen. Especially, when the engine management system thinks that the engine oil has been DE-graded . For some  Reasons the “Malfunction Indicator Light” comes on. As a result, the customer then limped into us . Hence, to have the car looked at. After a bit of investigating our

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Black Ford Kuga with engine malfunction problem

chief mechanics Ryan Linton discovered that this was a fairly common fault. Consequently, an oil and filter change was what was needed.

We changed the oil and filter and reset the engine .With our engine management tool, to reset the light and take it out of safe mode. Looking at some of the Used Ford Kuga on Ford Cars forums this is a common fault, but my advice is if this happens to you, take the car to an independent garage and ask for a price for doing the job. We charged this customer £50 for all the work doing but I cannot help feeling that Ford may charge for the malfunction light re-setting and the oil and filter change.

If you own a Ford Kuga and this happens to you and the car only lets you do 30 mph, then limp into your favorite garage and get an oil and filter change before resetting the warning light. If this does not work then the Ford garage may be the next port of call?

Eric Roberts

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Here is a recent reply from an unhappy FORD KUGA customer with electrical problems-

Hi I’ve had electrical problems with my 09! kuga it was the electrical control box with the fuses in under the glove box it pulls down to access it . Garage opened it up and it was wet and corroded . I purchased a new box and had it programmed on a computer and it was all good again . Now six weeks later it’s happened again . Took it back to garage and it’s wet and corroded again .

The mechanic rang ford and they said we should have bought a new loom with it even though they never advised us of this when we purchased the new control box . Evidently ford know about this problem yet refuse to acknowledge the faulty loom etc . This also happens on the fiesta focus and now even the new ford vans . My auto electrician told me that now they shrink wrap the loom where it enters the box so ford obviously are aware of this problem yet refuse to help customers .

They said if they had done the work they would have continued to find the fault but as they only supplied the box it wasn’t down to them . I see loads of people on the net with all sorts of electrical problems and I’m sure if you all check your control box it will be wet and corroded it always effects the wipers . But the car goes bonkers all sorts of faults like alarm going off heater fan coming on etc etc . They need to put their hands up to this as now they expect me to buy another box and a new loom which they say is enviable !!! Even though I just paid £9000 for the car . It’s shameful we need to threaten them with trading standards and watch dog . Which is what I will be doing now . Please share

Martin perrett  Janeandmartinlimelight@blueyonder.co.uk 

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Peugeot 107-Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

Lady driver with a Peugeot 107 Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

So, this little car from Peugeot is a favorite little about town car. Incidentally, and is the same car as the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo. The particular model of the 107 that we had brought into us  with many problems.

Peugeot 107,fan belt

Old damaged water pump that caused the fan belt to break

Had a 1.0 liter three cylinder engine fitted. With a brake horse power of 68! Which is really enough for about town driving. But when I have road tested them in hilly Halifax! Subsequently, then they are lacking in power.  Having to change right down to second gear. To negotiate a fairly moderate hill. Generally though, the little car is nippy around town and is a favorite with lady drivers. In fact our customer with the problems was a lady driver.

She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107. So, and loves the way that the car handles. Especially, when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle. She did however think that the car does bang and rattle a little. Significantly, when driving over bumpy roads, the suspension is a little hard and some of our other customers have had suspension problems, but like the rest of the country we have been plagued with numerous potholes here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire.

But in general this does not deter the customers from buying these charming little She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle cars, that as I say are more suitable for driving about town, I suppose it is similar to the a modern version of the old Peugeot 106, which had similar characteristics in a bygone driving era.

However; back to the lady with the broken fan belt.

The lady presented us with Peugeot 107 Petrol engine 2007 model, which she thought that she had a broken fan belt. When we examined the car we found that fan belt had indeed come off, but this had been caused by the water pump having a seized up bearing and was also leaking water.

To correct the problem the with her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle had to have a new water pump and fan belt. This type of water pump comes complete with its own bearings and is a relatively easy job to replace. The

Peugeot 107,water pump and fan belt

New water pump complete with a new fan belt

whole job took about one hour from start to finish and the lady was able to have a coffee and relax in our reception watching the Commonwealth Games on the receptions TV.

Peugeot 107,water pump

New water pump fitted in place

In my opinion this one of the big advantages of owning an independent garage, we are able to repair cars with such problems, while the customers can wait in the pleasant surroundings of a well-equipped reception area.

This of course stems back to the days when we were more commonly known as kwick-fit centres, fitting things like brakes , exhaust systems and tyres while the customer waited for the job doing.

We of course still do this but cars have become much more sophisticated and the repair times have become much longer, so on some jobs the traditional booking in the car system has to be used, because of the time it may take to carry out the work.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Suzuki Servicing neglected-Owner Misses out on Servicing causes a Bigger Problem

No Suzuki Servicing could end up costing you a fortune?

This is not just one of my rants about car servicing but I think that it is important to give a few sad cases of what can happen, when the car owner neglects to have their Suzuki Servicing.

Suzuki Servicing,engine oil dip stick

Dip-stick showing the oil level

carried out at regular intervals.

We all should be having our Engine Oil checked at regular intervals, if your car’s engine is in good condition and operating correctly, then you should not have to use any oil to top up the engine. In my opinion there are a few variations to this theory and one of them is if you are traveling long distances at high speed. Then it would be possible that your car may need to have an oil check when you arrive at your destination.

Modern cars will have an Oil Level Warning Light but older cars may not, so it is best to check the level just to be on the safe side. In fact I had an experience myself on a recent trip to France. I drove my two year old Peugeot Partner van 700 miles to a Rufec in the Charente area of South West France. The following morning I went to the local supermarket for some odds and ends, when my oil level warning light came on, much to my horror.

I know that my staff had serviced the van before my journey and I too checked the level before I set off on my journey. I stopped the van and turned off the engine so that the oil level is allowed to settle down, to get a correct oil level reading. Some dip-sticks are impossible to see, but mine was just below the minimum mark on the dip-stick. I was still in the supermarket Suzuki Servicing,suzuki swiftcar park and so I bought a two litre can of 10w-40 diesel oil (this is what the van used).

As I topped the engine up I kept checking the level, but found that the engine did not need much oil at all. I think some of the oil sensors are very sensitive, but your engine oil level is

Suzuki Servicing,suzuki new and old engine together

Lack of Suzuki servicing was probably to blame for the engine failure?new and old engine together

very important, just as the young guy with the Suzuki Swift was about to find out. Another important piece of advice is, when you are topping the engine oil up again, then put the oil in a small amount at a time,it is just as important not to Overfill the engine with too much oil, this could cause too much pressure building up in the engine, causing all sorts of expensive repair work.

The Suzuki did not have any servicing for two years at least.

The only warning that he had, was when the car engine started to make very loud noises on the M62 motorway, doing 70mph in the third lane. This was followed by a cloud of black smoke, followed by a complete loss of power. The guy managed to manoeuvre the Suzuki across the carriageway and onto the hard shoulder.

He suspected the worse and called for recovery from a roadside assistance phone on the motorway. The guy was either lucky or a very skilful driver as I am convinced that this sudden loss of power is the cause of many motorway accidents.

The recovery truck brought the car into our garage in Halifax, Yorkshire and we started the postmortem on the lifeless Suzuki. We checked on the history of the car on our computer system and found that although the car had a few MOT tests over the past few years, we did not have any record of Servicing a Car. We asked the guy if he took the car to any other garage for his Suzuki Servicing and he told us that we were the only place that the car had come to?.

The previous owner also brought the car into us to be looked after it was at the Suzuki Dealers and indeed the last service had been three years ago. The car was a Suzuki Swift 1.6 petrol 2007 model and looked in

Suzuki Servicing,suzuki engine

Suzuki engine

good condition, apart from the engine. It became obvious to Ryan Linton that the engine was completely gone caused by a lack of engine oil starving the Big End Bearings due to lack of Suzuki Servicing and also damaging the crank and much more.

The owner of the car was a 26 year old man who led a busy life and did not have time for his car, a thing that is most common these days. As for the car we found that it would be more economical to fit a re-conditioned engine, with the whole job costing around £2500 to the customer.

The lesson to be learned is to have your car servicing carried out at some sort of regular intervals, this guy is not the first and will not be the last, but look at the price that he had to pay in the end?.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer Suzuki Servicing and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.