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.

Dual Mass Flywheel-changed to Solid Flywheel on Peugeot 307

Dual Mass Flywheel

Peugeot 307 Dual Mass Flywheel change? Or was it

Dual Mass Flywheel

New Dual Mass Flywheel fitted in place

If you are the owner of a Peugeot 307. Then if you’re DMF( dual mass flywheel) starts to play up on you. Thus, you may like to know.That an alternative solid flywheel and clutch is available. Hence, as a cheaper replacement.

 

We at Pellonautocentre here in Halifax UK recently did just that. Consequently, one of our customers asked us to road test his car. Because he suspected that his clutch was on the way out. As a result, sure enough it had gone.Unfortunately, when we checked the clutch out. The car had a Dual Mass Flywheel clutch fitted.

He brought in the car and we split the gearbox to get to the clutch.Sure enough it was fitted with a Dual Mass Flywheel.It comes as a big shock to the hard up customers. Thus, that these expensive clutches are fitted to a regular type family saloon. For this reason, we knew that some of these Dual Mass Flywheel units could be replaced. By a standard solid flywheel and clutch. So, we made a few inquiries. Sure enough there was a normal replacement for this model. Peugeot 307 takes a normal solid flywheel and clutch. Consequently, not the- dual mass flywheel -originally fitted

Dual Mass Flywheel

We gave the customer the choice. However, I think the fact that it was going to cost him much less for the solid flywheel. Swung it in the solid flywheels favour. The standard one was fitted. Finally, the job was completed. Afterwards, the customer went away a bit better off and very happy.

After looking into this a little bit further. Mainly into Peugeot forums on the internet. I discovered that most forum contributors. Subsequently, say that it is all-right to carry out this conversion with only a couple saying to stick to the original Dual Mass Flywheel system, it is a case of “pay your money and take your chance”.

To show you how a Dual Mass Flywheel Failure works I have added a link to a good you-tube video please take a look…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfNjARZc5Wo

Dual Mass Flywheels were invented to smooth out gear changes on diesel cars, I think this was originally in Germany by BMW in association with LUK clutches.

Dual Mass Flywheel-Lady with RAV4 complained that her car would not pull very well

On the same day we had a lady motorist turn up complaining that her Toyota RAV4 would not pull very well and there was a rattling noise coming from underneath her car these were typical Dual Mass Flywheel Symptoms .

We put the car on a ramp (lift) and sure enough the car had a broken Dual Mass Flywheel. Because the car was not performing well with a suspected Dual Mass Flywheel Failure, the lady decided not to go for a cheaper replacement and we went on to fit a new LUK full DMF replacement. The car and the lady owner went away a happy customer knowing that we had cured her Toyota RAV4 Problems. This just shows two sides of the story, one guy wanted a cheaper job doing on his Peugeot 307 and the Lady wanted the correct replacement for her RAV4, it is always good to give the customer the choice.

Duel Mass Flywheel

Peugeot clutch

 

Article by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

 

Supermarket Fuel-Supermarket fuel comes under fire is it truly saving you money?

Supermarket Fuel

Supermarket Fuel

Supermarket Fuel

I must admit that I am not one of those drivers. Hence, who drive miles to fill their cars up at a supermarket. As a result, then I have only filled up in two supermarkets all my life.

In terms of consumer advice. Then I would like to take this opportunity to advise you. Thus, to shop around and look at all the incentives the different supermarkets are offering. Including their petrol offers. Taking advantage of these over the next few months.

Of course I will not be taking my own advice. Perhaps this is because I never do any of the family shopping. In fact we buy most things online. Including the supermarket shopping?

In general though,you should take into consideration not only fuel prices from the supermarkets. But your standard weekly shop price. So as to compare the savings you could potentially make.

I think that I have this thing about not buying from a supermarket. Because, I do not believe in “something for nothing”. This attached article sort of explains my theory. In fact with supermarkets continuously facing off with each other. Thus, lowering fuel prices. Then the consumer should feel the full benefit by receiving the best deal for them.

As a business man, I cannot help feeling that the fuel prices are added onto all the other shopping items. Although I admit that I have no proof of this. Of course it is just a suspicion from a suspicious business man. In any case the pumps are always queuing with drivers eager to get their bargain fuel?

After all we are a free country. So drivers should and will go where think there is a bargain?

Supermarket fuels could be a false economy for motorists, according to experts who claim cheap fuel could end up costing motorists an extra £100 a year. The UK fuel market is subject to strict legal standards,

Source: Supermarket fuel comes under fire – Garagewire

Servicing tips -How to beat the sexist mechanics: Simple tips for women to avoid being ripped

Servicing tips

ladies know how to look after the car and the purse strings

How to beat the sexist mechanics: Servicing tips for women to avoid being ripped …

Women who know little about car repairs can make sure they aren’t being ripped off by their mechanic by simply suggesting a price for the work.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

 Most women customers are very confident when buying anything including having their car repaired.We now even have more female

Servicing tips

Female customers are just as confident as men now when dealing with their garage of choice and Servicing tips

mechanics

Servicing tips

female mechanics are getting more common these days

So in general then I think that the garages who try to deceive female customers off. Of course, will be dishonest and also try to pull the wool over the eyes of all their customers ? men and women. “THESE GARAGES ARE A FOOL TO THEMSELVES”. So, our lady customers know when they are not been told the truth.

Hence, if the price looks and sounds wrong then it probably will be wrong. We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres, and have regular Servicing tips meetings and contacts with other garages.

It is our experience that our lady customers make up 60% of our total customer base. So, if a garage wants to keep this very important customer base then the ladies have to be treat in the correct manner.

Female customers look for a trustworthy garage

Believe me the ladies know what they are on about and would not go to the garage with their car that they did not trust. So, if they thought that they had been ripped off, they would not go back there a second time. Another addition to this story is that we now have an increasing number of female mechanics, with many Motor Mechanic Jobs going to females.

Incidentally, who are just as competent as male mechanics and are probably more sensible. A strange thing happened the other day? a lady customer who was in for an MOT test asked us the price of a service to go with the MOT test. The lady agreed to the price and we duly did the work;The lady was happy with the job and the price paid and went home, satisfied. About an hour later the ladies husband rang us up and told us in no uncertain words that we had RIPPED his wife off. WOW.

Eric Roberts

HERE IS A SECOND OPINION…

“You don’t ‘suggest’ a price to the garage looking to do the work, whether you know a bit or not. There is a price for the part/s and a price for the labour. The part/s you can research, but they may be privy to discounts etc you aren’t due to trade links, and the labour charge you either agree to or don’t – you could dispute the number of hours charged, but if you think it would take a shorter time, do it yourself. What a daft, American study from three probably biased and slightly bitter women who have fell foul, in their opinion of the motor trade”…

 

Pirelli Winter Tyres

WIPER BLADES-Could Be a Thing Of The Past? “Ultrasonic Transducer” could replace them?

WIPER BLADES

wiper blades

Check your wiper blades, clean windows are a must in winter.

Could this be the beginning of the end for Wiper Blades?

Of course, when you fit a new set of wipers. Definitely test out the wiper blades before using them in real rain situations. Therefore,you can go to a car wash or spray your car down with a water hose. Of course then click the wiper switch. Hence, you have successfully install your new set of windshield blades if all goes well.

Usually there is a locking mechanism that attaches the windshield wipers to the wiper arm. Of course, which is in turn, connected to the blade motor. Unlocking this portion will enable the old wiper to come loose. Consequently, all you have to do is snap the new one in place. Then lock the mechanism up again.Ensuring that the replacement wiper is secure.

Just like anything else, the very best windshield wiper blades can be very expensive. Since there is usually a rainy season, possibly in winter and autumn. Of course, one can buy winter wipers for that one time of the year. Then wait until the next year to buy new ones.

MODERN WIPER BLADES can be expensive?

It is no secret that some of our jet planes do not have Flat Wiper Blades fitted, but use another method of clearing the winter weather from their windscreen.

The windscreen is kept clean by an instrument called an “Ultrasonic Transducer” which sends ultrasonic sound waves across the windscreen surface that clears all screen from such things as snow and insects apart from the normal rain. Another added bonus to making the car lighter would be that the cars would not need a wiper motor and the cables and things that go with it.

This would be great for use on today’s cars as it would also increase the effect a more efficient air flow, as the car is driven along, making the car more aero- dynamic and also more fuel efficient due to slightly less drag, as the screen would be cleared instantly all the time and not just when the Flat Wiper Blades were applied.

I have a friend called Peter, who would not clear wiper bladesthe windscreen until the very last minute that he could not see the road in front of him. This system would keep his screen clear all the time, thus reducing the chance of an accident happening because of the lack of vision.

WIPER BLADES invented in the USA by a lady driver?

Just for the record the Window Wipers blades that we use today were invented by an American lady, she was called Mary Anderson and the idea came to her whilst she was on a trip to New York, when she noticed that the early car drivers were sticking their heads out of the door windows, so that they could see where they were going when it rained.

As a result, the first wiper blades were very simplistic. Just a metal arm device with a rubber blade. Operated manually by the driver. Thus, using a sort of lever inside the car. The invention was first thought of in 1903.By 1916 her invention became standard on all production cars in the USA. Only a year later in 1917 the first automatic wipers were invented by another lady in America called Charlotte Bridgewood, these were known as the   (Charlotte Bridgwood’s “Storm Windshield Cleaner”).

Charlotte invented this electric wiper system whilst she was the president of the” Bridge-wood Manufacturing company” in New York.

The Mclaren super car maker to end the wiper blade. 

Rumours are rife that the McLaren car maker are considering are to introduce this type of technology into their new models, it would be great to see if this idea works, but not if you are a wiper blade manufacturer.

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Hence, I worked for a couple of national tyre companies. Of course, before starting my first business. Selling tyres online using www.pellontyres.co.uk .

Local Auto Centre-“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Waterloo Record

Local Auto Centre

Local Auto Centre
Your Local Auto Centre will advise on timing belt change times

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Waterloo Record Some of the most important maintenance services to have regularly performed at Local Auto Centre on your car include tyre rotation, four wheel alignment, transmission service, differential service,…

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Car servicing

So. this is a great saying ! and of course it is correct”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Of course the moral of the story is all about having your car serviced at your Local Auto Centre. So, and by doing so you are taking a preventative measure finding future faults and possible failures. Importantly, things like rotating your tyres, wheel alignment, checking brakes and steering before a more major fault appears, all these things will be checked out at your local service centre.

Of course, you should also be advised. Especially, about the time that you should have your timing belt changed. Hence, this is very important . Because it could mean a massive bill . Of course, for a new engine fitting . Thus, should you fail to change your timing belt . Especially, at the correct time. Please make sure that you have a regular service carried out on your car at a Local Auto Centre, here in the UK i recommend that you go online to find a Unipart Car Care Centre in your local town or look out for a Point-S service centre.

Local Auto Centre Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

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 selling tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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.

See on www.therecord.com

Maintenance-Emissions-and Privacy: The OBD Story

Maintenance-Emissions

Maintenance-Emissions

Maintenance-Emissions

This all started before the 1950′. As a result,car engines and their faults were diagnosed and repaired by a few gauges and hand adjusted. Hence, by a mechanic. Most automotive systems were done like this.

I remember when I was an apprentice mechanic, in a small British leyland garage in Batley Yorkshire UK. Whenever there was a suspicious engine problem. Then our chief mechanic”Brian” would put a long screwdriver to his ear and the other end to the engine. Hence, listening for any sound that would give him a clue as to what the problem could be?

Naturally, as time went by then cars became more complex and problems became more complicated. Therefore, I remember the middle of the 1960’s . Engine problems became to rely more and more on using diagnostic equipment. Our boss “Tom”leased a massive machine with a video display. Thus, I think that it was made by Tecalamit, but I could be wrong?

Of course, the machine looked massive to me. Wires came out of it from all directions. Subsequently, I never got to learn how to use it, it was deemed as too complicated for an apprentice. The machine was a video display terminal and it was to help us with diagnosing engine problems. As far as i could remember the machine was able to check the engines temperature and vacuum also the oil pressure.

Maintenance-Emissions move on

Later in the 1960’s came the computerized systems. With the introduction of the fuel-injected models of Volkswagen Type 3 cars. Consequently, followed by the sporty 280Z made by Datsun . Following this,in the 1980’s General Motors put its computerized “Assembly Line Diagnostic Link ” into service. Hence, this was to examine error codes with the speed of 160 baud. However, this speed increased to 8192 baud by 1986 along with UART or “Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter” at half duplex. This type of diagnostics continued until the invention of complete on-board diagnostic packages. Of course that we see today.

The next part follows in this interesting article-

Source: Maintenance, Emissions, and Privacy: The OBD Story | Hackaday

Tyres-Tarmac Mix Help Make a New Road A90 and Quieter Driving

Tyres-Tarmac Mix

Tyres-Tarmac Mix;First UK road to use the scrap tyres mix a great step forward

Breedon Aggregates have successfully completed the relaying of the A90 road in Scotland. Hence, the most remarkable thing about this is that they used a mix of tarmac and shredded waste tyres.

Tyres-Tarmac Mix

Tyres-Tarmac Mix;Waste tyre dumps like this will soon be a thing of the past. There are now many different ways of sorting out scrap tyres. One of the latest is to strip the old tyres down and remove the steel wires to use again, turning the rest of the tyre into rubber crumbs. These crumbs ca be used for all sorts of things including mixing with tarmac to build roads with.Che trial of the new tyres based tarmac was ordered from Transport Scotland and the new road with the new Tyres-Tarmac Mix, will be monitored and tested by them over a period of time.

As a result, this is a massive step forward. Consequently,the new Tyres-Tarmac Mix  has a very promising future.Of course, the A90 road runs between Perth and Dundee. Moreover, the road is a duel-carriageway for most of its length. Of course, this particular stretch of road is one of the busiest in the country. Hence, is expected to be a great test for the Tyres-Tarmac Mix experiment. This road carries about 35,000 vehicles a day. So is also exposed to very inclement weather conditions.

As intended, the new material will be rigorously tested over the next few years. One of the most important tests is a skid resistance test. Signs so far are very promising. As a result,the surface has so far passed all the tests.

Tyres-Tarmac Mix from Denmark

New technology for the success of the new mix came from a Danish company,Genan. Enabling, the rubber particles from the shredded tyres to bind with a binding agent at low temperatures. Which also helps the environment because very little heat is required.

Most people know that since 2006, European Rules have banned the disposal of waste tyres to the landfill sites, leaving very large amounts of scrap tyres to find other uses in many various forms of recycling. According to the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association, nearly 500,000 tons of scrap tyres arose in the UK in 2009. Studies show that for every ton of scrap tyres used for rubber modification of bitumen and asphalt, 1.1 tons of CO2 emissions are saved compared with burning of the tyres for use in Cement kiln heating.

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Tyres-Tarmac Mix-One day they may buy our old tyres again?

This is a great step forward and we must thank Breedon Aggregates for their work in this field to turn a waste product such as old tyres into a wonderful new product that will benefit us all in the long run. Breedon are now going to market the new product and sell it under the brand name of Breedon Polymer R+, and the tarmac will be produced at all its English and Scottish plants, a great step forward and who knows that some day companies may once again buy the old tyres from us again ?.

Tyres-Tarmac Mix

using the new mix on the A90 in Scotland

 Please click the link bellow for more information from Breedon Aggregates.

http://www.breedonaggregates.com/news/2012/05/31/breedon-aggregates-gives-a90-a-novel-retread/

 

Car Suspension Noises-A look at why drivers should have regular Steering and Suspension checks?

Car Suspension Noises

Car Suspension Noises

The last car to come to us, with a noise problem was a VW GT TDi on a 2002 plate. Accordingly, the noise sounded like it was coming from all around the car. We road tested the car and indeed could hear the noise. He drove the car in the large car park of the local Co-op supermarket, with the window down. The car drove without the creaking noise.

Car Creaking noises-Cars are capable of producing many noises including “creaking”.Creaking is one of the noises, that really annoys the driver.Hence it is one of the most common “noise” problems that we are presented with here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.
Naturally, cars turn up with rattling, squeaking, banging and other sounds, that sometimes can not be explained by our customers. The last car to come to us, with a noise problem was a VW GT TDi on a 2002 plate. The car had done about 69000 miles. So the mileage was low for the year.
Thus, even when the car was driven down his drive. The problem was that the car was making an irritating creaking sound. Accordingly, the noise sounded like it was coming from all around the car.

Car Suspension Noises can drive you mad?

As a result,we decided to check the cars past history. Finding, that the car was fitted out with some new” anti roll bar bushes” about two months ago. Hence, we replaced the cars “drop links”.
We road tested the car and indeed could hear the noise. He drove the VW fast and slow. He drove the car in the large car park of the local Co-op supermarket, with the window down. Naturally, he could hear the creaking quite clearly with the window down. We have seen this sort of problem before and so we suspected the front suspension could be the problem.The wishbone bearings could also be the problem. We decided to check that the drop link bolts were tight?
They were re-tightened and this solved the problem. The car drove without the creaking noise. The customer was highly delighted and drove off into the traffic a happy man.

Nissan Qashqai-Diagnose with Noisy front Wheel Bearings Problem.

Nissan Qashqai

 Wheel bearings are a common thing to fail on modern cars, including the Nissan Qashqai, because of the pressure exerted on the wheel bearings?

Your front wheel bearings are located inside the front hubs . Thus, of your car coming in pairs, there is an inner bearing and an outer bearing . Of course, that are located inside your front hubs. Where the wheel fits onto. The wheel bearings need much lubrication . So are packed with special grease.

Nissan Qashqai,wheel beaqrings

Nissan Qashqai,Old wheel bearings hub before removal

The job of the bearings is to allow the cars wheels to turn freely. Of course, the Ball Bearings support a thrust load and a radial load. Consequently,the thrust load comes from the weight of the car . Also, the radial load comes from the forces that are applied to your when cornering. Bearings sometimes come separate .Having to be pushed out and the new ones pressed in by a hydraulic press. Subsequently,  many come as a complete hub unit with the bearings already assembled. Of course,as in the case of this Nissan Qashqai.

As a result, the usual complaint about noisy bearings . Is that the customer can hear a whirring noise from the front or back of the car. Naturally,the cause is usually because some dirt or grit has entered the bearing and mixed with the special grease that is supposed to protect the bearings in the first place. Ryan Linton took the car for a test drive and soon recognized the problem on the Nissan Qashqai to be the wheel bearings.

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The customer booked the car in for the wheel bearings to be changed.

The week later the customer left the car with us and Ryan changed the complete hub with the bearings included. Wheel bearings are a common thing to fail on modern cars, including the Nissan Qashqai, because of the pressure exerted on the wheel bearings due to the heavier cars and extra low profile tyres and wheels all adding extra pressure to the bearings, both front and rear. Apart from being noisy the bearings can have play in them which is also an MOT failure here in the UK.

Using new Nissan Parts the Nissan Qashqai was completed and road tested and the noise was cured for a happy customer.

Nissan Qashqai,wheel bearings

Brand new hub fitted to this Nissan Qashqai

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber-fitted to the Front Roll Link- Peugeot 407

Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber

Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber;  Designed to make the car more stable (and it worked)

Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber

Peugeot 407 SW new and old part showing clearly where the shocker fits

One of the reasons for this unusual front suspension design was to improve the handling a suspension to make the driving experience more dynamic. The design really worked , the front roll link has a type of bolt on the ball-joint, which holds the Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber on, as you can see more clearly on the picture, this assembly is known as the “double wishbone and a linked carrier hub”, this along with a modified rear suspension with the shock absorbers inclined to the rear of the 407, helps to optimise the width of the cars boot,and also gives the 407 much more improved handling and driver and passenger comfort. Indeed the New Peugeot 407 is now praised for its ride and handling. Personally I am not sure about the part been made out of an alloy type metal, as far as longevity goes, but only time will tell.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/shock-absorbers-2/Other car models in general usually have the roll-bar fixed to a bracket. The car in the picture failed the MOT test, because the part failed, but the new part was readily available from the main dealers and the Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber was on its way after a re-test.

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More reading…

“This specification consists of axles that make extensive use of lightweight aluminium alloy for enhanced performance:

Altogether a more stable car with its new suspension system the Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber.

Peugeot 407 Shock Absorber

Peugeot part after fitting

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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. Selling Dunlop tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com . Hence, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. As a result, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work . Leaving their car with us for work doing. Official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Of course, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.