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.

Britains Motorists-forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs – Easier (press release)

Britains Motorists

Britains Motorists motorists forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs Easier (press release) British motorists forked out hundreds of pounds last year repairing whining engines, wonky wheels and patching up scrapes and dents, according to a recent…

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Car Servicing has been put on the back burner by Britains Motorists?

So, in this good article. Hence, by the” countrywide independent garage scheme” . They carried out a straw poll of 100 UK motorists. Consequently they found that many of them had car repair bills of up to £500! In fact 64% of them, to be precise. Of course, this is no surprise to me . As I believe that many UK motorists have failed to have their cars serviced, in the past two years.

This neglect will lead to all kinds of problems affecting  their cars and the cars performance. We see the effects of this all the time, but I think that the most common problem is the brakes. If the cars brakes are checked on a service, then the usual things that need replacing are the pads, this together with a good brake cleaning is usually all that is required.The problem then is that if the car is not serviced, then the Brake pads wear even further down before getting down to the metal plate. This then affects the brakes especially the Disc Brakes.

New Brake Discs and Car Brake Pads fitted

 

then becomes metal on metal then the discs get damaged and they may need replacing. Other problems include the brake cylinders overheating and leaking and the problems can go on and on, always leading to a bigger repair bill for the UK motorists.

This is also a problem with the modern engines. The engines these days are controlled by a computer system in the car and if the filters and oil are not changed then the parts that are part of the engine management system can start to fail and the engine light will illuminate in the cars dashboard, often causing panic amongst the drivers who come into us garages to have the problem checked out. Sometimes the problem is a simple one and the car only requires an oil and filter change and other times it could be more complicated, but in the main most of the causes are due to the car not having a service and general neglect.

Although we are not members of the country wide garage scheme, we are a member of the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), but we all share the same thoughts and know what the problems are likely to be if the car is not serviced.

Mot will find any mechanical problems

 

Another slightly worrying trend amongst car drivers is the concept of using the annual MOT Test as a gauge for the condition of their car. The MOT test is not the same as having a regular service, and although the test is fairly strict it is not the same as having a good service say once a year. The UK motorists  can then keep an eye out on such things as your oil levels and tyre pressures and check your own light bulbs.

We all understand that money is tight but in my opinion the failure to service your car will lead to the UK motorists having bigger problems and bigger repair bills.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

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Peugeot 206 Estate Clutch

Clutch Vibration Problem-TOYOTA AURIS TD comes in with a Clutch Vibration Problem

Clutch Vibration Problem

TOYOTA AURIS TD comes in for a Clutch Vibration Problem

So, for some unknown reason.  Christmas time brings in a few cars that are having Clutch Vibration problems. Hence, these are the normal problems. So, such as the driver cannot get the gears. Or the gears grind. Thus, when trying to drive the car and so on.

The Toyota Auris was a slightly different problem. As a result, the car was sort of vibrating and rattling. Consequently, as it was been driven along. When speaking to the customer. Ryan Linton my workshop manager. Discovered that the car had only had a new clutch fitted about two years ago. So the customer found it highly unlikely. Hence, that the clutch could be causing the vibrations. Especially, when driving the car along.

Ryan explained that the only way to tell is to check the clutch for the Clutch Vibration , by stripping the housing off and taking a look. The customer agreed and he took one of our courtesy cars while we explored his car to see what the problem was.

The other clutches that were done this week were standard sort of jobs, taking two or three hours to do, but we always check with our Auto-data computer system, for the times it takes to do these jobs and this Toyota was shown to take seven hours, this included the Duel mass Flywheel having to be changed, but at this stage we did not exactly know what was wrong with the car.

Clutch Vibration Problem

Ryan  stripped down the Auris clutch housing and assembly. Only to find that the system was a Duel Mass Flywheel. To clarify, the car had only had the clutch fitted two years ago and nothing had been done to the Dual Mass Flywheel. This action had

Clutch Vibration
Old worn out clutch and Duel Mass Flywheel
Clutch Vibration
Old Clutch system still in place

caused the pressure plate and the Dual Mass Flywheel to wear prematurely. Causing the DMF to have more play in it. Therefore causing the Clutch Vibration.

We did not fit the first clutch. However the customer said that he would not go back there again. The cost was estimated at about the £1000.00 mark. Of course, customer gave us the go ahead to do the job. The time given by Auto-Data was pretty accurate and it took Ryan near enough six hours to complete the job. We always fit LUK clutches and DMFs because they were the company who originally developed the products along with BMW in Germany and to date we have never had any warranty problems with the LUK products in the past.

The Toyota Auris clutch and DMF was finished, tested and returned to a happy customer another job well done by my excellent staff.

Tyre Care for Lady drivers

Car Safety Tips-for Lady Garage Users – (Although Everyone can benefit from Car Safety Tips)

Car Safety Tips-for Lady Garage Users

While everyone can benefit from car safety tips. You will have to admit that women are more likely to need these tips. Of course, to help them out during unexpected and unfamiliar situations. While it would be great if  woman were well versed and equipped to handle wonky Disc Brakes or out of aligned tyres, that isn’t usually the case. Find below some great car safety tips to help you out and manage the unforeseen when you are driving.

When your car brakes fail

Car Safety Tips

Before all else, check if your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes or just regular ones. Knowing this important bit of information. Naturally, will help you determine how to manage when your brakes fail. To know this, when a light goes on with the logo ABS when you start your car. Then you have anti-lock brakes. If no light goes on, then you have regular brakes.  If your brakes fail, you need to downshift to a lower gear first. Next, pump your brakes three to four times to build up the brake fluid pressure.

If this does not work. So your next option would be to use the parking brake. Do this gradually, not abruptly, and be ready for the car to skid. With anti-lock brakes, practice your sudden stops at safe street situation. Of course, to get a feel of how they should perform.  When you press the brake all the way down, you should feel a strong vibration at the pedal, which will let you know the ABS system is working the way it should.

When car isn’t driving straight

If your car is veering to the left or right even when your steering wheel is straight. Chances are your wheels may need to be aligned. But before you head off to have them aligned, make sure to check off other possibilities that may cause your car to tend towards another direction when the steering wheel is straight.

Are you tyres properly inflated? Make sure they are inflated to the recommended  pressure, which you ought to find on the label attached to the driver’s side door. What about the wear pattern? Are you tyres round or are they out of shape? Are there missing pieces or lumps  along the side-wall? Also make sure that all your tyres are of the same type. Having several kinds  on one car can make for an unstable ride.

Once you have determined that there is nothing physically wrong with yours, you should bring in your vehicle for proper and professional wheel alignment to keep your vehicle running properly  and safely.

Unstable steering, clanking and banging sounds while driving, vibrations while driving

This could indicate a problem with your suspension. The suspension system of a vehicle takes the heaviest wear from the road and it is an important part in keeping your car stable while driving and ensures the driver and passenger’s safety.  If you go over a hump and the car continues to bounce up and down, chances are your shock absorbers are worn and may need

Car Safety Tips
Some garages employ female mechanics who are always willing to give Car Safety Tips

replacing. Clanking and banging sounds may indicate that your shocks are getting caught and not bouncing back. Vibrations while driving on smooth surfaces should clue you in to have your shocks and suspension checked because they are not supposed to occur on a smooth road.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It is better to maintain your car properly and routinely in order to avoid any major mishaps. Most Car Safety Tips are useful, but you need to make sure to take your vehicle to a reputable and  professional garage that will ensure outstanding results and keep your car humming for a long time.

We will help you keep your auto in excellent condition so it will always be road worthy and safe for anyone to drive- male or female. And as an accredited Independent Car Care Centre garage, you are assured that our standards are up to par with theirs.

             An open and honest approach with the customers

             A high standard of work and excellent value for money

            At least 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

             An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Car Repair Garages-This is the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

Car Repair Garages
Smart receptions in the car repair garages like this should be the norm in 2013

For the car repair garages to survive they must have modern facilities for their customers.Car Repair Garages

Of course, this is a point I have been making for the past twenty years at least. American tyre repair companies were the first to supply their customers with a reception. Including a decent waiting room. Firstly. this idea was replicated by Scottish entrepreneur Tom Farmer. When he visited American Auto centres. So, on his return home decided that this was the way forward. Implementing the new style reception areas into his early Kwik-fit empire.

Successfully, other Car Repair Garages and tyre centres all over the UK began to copy his style of operation. But many of the Auto Repair Services and car repair garages were too small . Subsequently, half of them were just back street dirty places. As a business model . These smaller operations would not have warranted money spending on them.

Generally though things began to improve

Altogether though it was a huge improvement and many tyre depots and Car Repair Garages where brought into the twentieth century and were fit for motorists to sit in while their car was been repaired, or their tyres were been fitted.

As time went on more and more ladies were taking up driving and the move to step up the facilities in the car repair garages was imminent. The customers wanted a better experience when visiting the garage or tyre depot for work doing on their cars. The main dealer garages started to introduce courtesy cars, to loan to their customers while work was been carried out on their cars, a good idea!

The courtesy car idea became a little tarnished when some of the garages started to charge for their use, or for insurance. I thought this was a negative affect and was not in the spirit of the idea. We at Pellon Tyres and Autocentre in Halifax UK provide courtesy cars for our customers, mainly because we are about two miles out of the town centre, and it allows our customers to go shopping or to work, while their car is been repaired.

Coffee machines and TV sets were added to receptions

Many of the switched on Car Service Garages offer their clients  a free coffee machine in their reception. As well as a TV and up-to-date magazines for their entertainment. While they are waiting for a Car Repairs or an MOT or a tyre fitting. In my opinion this is what today’s modern consumer wants, this coupled with the fact that as I have said earlier, many of our customers are now ladies and they do not want to turn up to a dirty old Car repair garages in their nice clean clothes.

So this standard is the way forward and any garage or tyre fitting station that does not have customer facilities will fall behind and eventually perish.  

car repair garages
A smart reception like this one will be important for the car repair garages survival in the future

Potholes Damage Tyres-every mile on Calderdale Roads – Halifax Evening Courier

Potholes Damage Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres

‘One pothole every mile’ on roads Halifax Evening Courier It added that UK councils had received 32,600 compensation claims in 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Potholes damage tyres

This is the sort of thing that we have been harping on about for years. Year after year we all complain about the potholes but nothing seems to get done.

Potholes Damage Tyres
Potholes Damage Tyres and cause Broken springs which are one of the many problems that can be caused by damaging potholes.

most of the potholes are due to poor road repairs by contractors, but i suppose that the locals councils should have guys to check the contractors workmanship along the way to check their workmanship.

I must admit that this year in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, we seem to be having road works coming out of our ears, indeed the main Bradley to Barnsley road was closed for total resurfacing because of the potholes, for at least two weeks, but they have repaired all the horrible potholes and the road is now a pleasure to drive on.

The effects of these potholes are that Potholes Damage Tyres,

Including, wheels and suspension. Especially the coil springs. There are many drivers now  Claiming for Potholes Damage compensation. Putting claims into the local councils for Potholes Damage Tyres . At one stage we were having to fail a large percentage of MOT tests .Because of the broken springs. due to potholes and speed bumps. here in the Halifax area.This excellent article tells of some of the figures and costs relating to these holes in the road.

We are now in the year of 2020! Potholes are still a problem all over the UK. Consequently, the government has thrown millions at the problem. However potholes are still a major problem. Including on our high speed motorways.

Cleaning your EGR Valve-How to clean Exhaust Gas Recircultion for a better performance from your car

Cleaning your EGR Valve

Cleaning your EGR Valve

Cleaning your EGR Valve

With the advent of modern technology. Hence, many drivers own their own vehicle. Thus, the emissions of these vehicles pose a threat of causing air pollution. Of course, there is nothing wrong with modern technology. Especially if it is beneficial to all of us. But if it causes air pollution. Because of the continuous increase in car emissions. Then this becomes a major,problem. Because of this problem, automotive engineers have figured out a solution.Consequently, that is to integrate EGR valves (Exhaust Gas Recircultion) on automobiles.

The main function of the exhaust or the egr gas recirculation valve. Hence is to reduce oxidation of nitrogen. Subsequently, through the reduction of combustion temperature. As a result, the combustion temperature will therefore be reduced. Of course, when the EGR valves send the exhaust gas through the intake manifold. Therefore and back into the cylinders.

With this important function that EGR valves do. Because of polluting gasses, it is really important that they come standard in vehicles.

There are two types of EGR valves that can are included in vehicles.

With an EGR valve on a vehicle. Of course, the combustion temperature can be regulated. So it will not become too hot.Thus preventing the nitrogen to react with other compounds. With this important function. As a result, that EGR valves does, it is really important that they come standard in vehicles. There are two types of basic EGR valves that can are included in vehicles.

With an EGR valve on a vehicle. So it will not become too hot. Thus, preventing the nitrogen to react with other compounds. In other words, through the use of the EGR valve, it is possible to lower the combustion temperature to lower the amount of nitrous oxide produced. This process prohibits the formation of smog that is a harmful threat to the environment.

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Nail in your Sidewall-We now can probably repair most car tyre by Hot-Vulcanising

Nail in your Sidewall

Nail in your Sidewall

Nail in your Sidewall

As the saying goes “What Comes Around Go’s Around” So this what has happened recently ! Consequently, one of the services that we used to offer our customers was a car tyre vulcanising service.

Discerning customers had to buy a new tyre. Because of the rules regarding tyre repairs at that particular time. So, the tyre with the nail in the shoulder or sidewall could not be repaired. The image to the left shows exactly what i am referring to.

Vulcanising machine purchased

Customers had to buy a new tyre if they had this type of damage to their tyre. Passionate about my business, I took the decision to buy a specialist tyre repairing machine. Enabling us to repair this type of tyre damage. So offering a more complete service to our tyre buying customers. Of course, the largest tyre sizes at that time were the new 16 inch tyres. Indeed these tyres were very expensive when they first came out. So, it was more economical to have your tyre repaired at a cost of say £29.90 that pay £80 for a new tyre.

Subsequently, the 16 inch tyres became cheaper ! So making the tyre vulcanising  less viable. Customers would opt for the new tyre. Rather than have a vulcanised repair. Eventually, it became less profitable and we stopped offering the service. However we did continue with the standard puncture repairs and of course still do today.

So this is where the “What Comes Around Go’s Around” applies to our business today. SUV cars and larger tyre sizes have now become common place. Resourceful customers with these large cars are now having to pay well over £100 for a new economy tyre. Significantly, tyre sizes go well over the 20 inch mark with high replacement costs.

Nail in your Sidewall
Repairing a large SUV tyre

Specialist tyre repairing is back on the agenda ?

So, because of the expense of these large tyres we have made a corporate decision. Of course. to buy a new tyre vulcanising machine. Enabling us to repair customers tyres (safely and legally) with say a nail or screw in the sidewall or shoulder area of the tyre. So, the machine will bring the repaired area of the tyre up to new tyre standard and also within the tyre laws.

A vulcanised repair will be half the cost of a new tyre and just as safe.

Shock Absorbers-How to tell if your car needs New Ones – The Globe and Mail

shock absorbers
This car needs more than Shock Absorbers? but you get the idea.

How to tell if your car needs new shocks 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

The car in the picture needs more than shock absorbers

Cheap Shock absorbers tend swing in and out of fashion? About twenty years it was all the rage to have your shocks checked out and replace, much the

same as wheel alignment is today. All the large equipment manufacturers were making machines to enable garages to check the shock on cars that were in for a menu car service.

shock absorbers
Monroe Shock Absorbers

he role of the cars shock absorber is to keep the car’s tyres in constant  contact with the road, giving the car optimum grip, when the car is cornering and braking. Shock absorbers are part of the cars springs  suspension, so if the shocks are worn, the vehicle’s ride and comfort is compromised, and you will get the feeling of drifting when cornering and general insecurity when driving.

I remember visiting a motor equipment show in London; I think it was in Earls Court. One of the companies exhibiting at the time was SUN Garage Equipment. SUN were a well-known Garage Equipment Suppliers, well established company and had on display a wonderful looking shock absorbers testing machine.

I asked for a demonstration and was very impressed with it.

shock absorbers,monroe shockers

The machine worked by the car driving onto plates and a shaker, driven by an electric motor shook one axle at a time. The machine then printed out a sort of impression of how the shock  absorbers performed, if the lines were close together and tight looking then the Car Shock Absorbers were alright, but if they were sort of wobbly and not consistent then the shocks would worn out and needed replacing Shock Absorber Replacement was a lucrative business for us the Sun machine was very accurate and popular amongst our customers. In those days we used a few different makes but we became impressed with a brand called Monroe Shock Absorbers and tended to stick to this brand, for the quality and also we had a good deal from the local factor, which helped in our decision to fit them.

I was most impressed with this machine as it gave a print out and a visual aid to the customer. It was only a matter of days when I ordered one and had it delivered and installed. What a great asset this proved to be. I believe that VOSA the UK MOT governing body are considering a similar thing, with vibrating plates to test the shock absorbers

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax+Three reasons why wheel alignment is in so much demand

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

With modern steering and braking, becoming more accurate. Then wheel alignment is becoming more and more crucial. Hence, for the correct handling of your car.

As a result, it takes only a small misalignment to create problems with your vehicle. Which is why proper four wheel alignment should be carried out on your car. Simply put, all of combined components of your steering mechanism that help your vehicle to keep in a straight line are only corrected by having a wheel alignment.

Why is Four wheel alignment Halifax important?

Improper wheel alignment can effect driving performance as well as cost you money. Total 4 wheel alignment sets all four wheels positioned straight ahead. Including your steering wheel. The steering wheel gives you the first sign of an out of aligned steering geometry. The first sign to the customer, is that the car pulls to the left or the right.

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

Whilst driving, your vehicles steering can also have a feeling of looseness or wandering. All of these signs can be corrected with a total alignment check. When corrected then your steering geometry will be corrected to the car manufacturers specifications. Of course, when the alignment is corrected then your will feel good again. Steering correctly and pulling to the left or right.

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

Another of the signs of wheel misalignment is uneven or excessive tyre wear. Therefore, if your vehicle is not aligned properly, your tyres can show premature wear. Usually on the inside or outside of your tyres tread area. This is because your car is not driving in a correct straight line. Hence, your tyres are sort of being dragged against their will. Thus, causing to wear off on the tread edges.

So, by having your vehicle aligned properly. It corrects any rolling resistance that affect your tyres. Another, fact worth looking at is that when your wheels are out of alignment.Then the tyres are causing a resistance between the car and the road. Because of the dragging affect. Believe it or not this means that your car engine is doing extra work to push the car along. This extra work then increases the amount of fuel that the car needs.

Having your cars wheel alignment correctly set up will help you drive more safely. Of course, you will not be consistently battling against your steering wheel to keep the car in a straight line.

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax

Four Wheel Alignment Halifax- recommended

 

Simply put, your front wheels “steer” or drive the vehicle while the rear wheels “direct” the vehicle. Four-wheel alignment solves handling problems by referencing all four wheels to a common center line. As a result of say an accident in the car then it is more likely or not that the cars alignment will need correcting. Also hitting one of our millions of potholes will knock out your alignment.

It takes only a small misalignment to create problems with your vehicle, which is why proper wheel alignment is important. Simply put, all of components that make your vehicle go straight are called alignment. As I have said a  sizable pothole can bump your suspension out. Subsequently, of the precisely calculated set of measurements. Required to that dictate proper wheel alignment.

When you have new tyres fitted then spend a little more to make sure that the alignment on your car is correct. This way you will enjoy trouble free driving. Without battling against your cars steering wheel.

Eric Roberts

Broken Spring Problem

Broken Spring Problem-Roadwork causing damage to many cars -Car Damage Big Problem in Halifax-

Broken Spring Problem

Broken Spring Problem
Broken Spring Problem caused by pot holes ?

Roadwork causing Broken Spring Problem to many cars including many broken springs

WAFF

Mechanics said you should have your car alignment checked every year, but if you drive through a roadwork zone often or hit a big pothole, you should have it checked as soon as possible.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Broken Springs a problem

As to damaging your car’s tyres. So potholes are notorious. Including, ruining the alignment of your wheels. Of course, as well as the suspension and undercarriage of the vehicle. Therefore,when the car’s alignment is affected. Perhaps most serious but often the most overlooked problem. Hence,is that your steering wheel wont be straight.

Importantly, this can cause your car to veer off to the side. naturally when you are driving. Thus, left untreated this can become a potentially damaging problem.

Potholes are bad news for motorists everywhere. Increasing the chances of hitting a pothole and having your tyres damaged. Hence is significantly high.

After the terrible winter we have just had. Then it is important that drivers are on the constant lookout. Especially for potentially dangerous potholes when out driving. As a result, some of the potholes. Are created by the disastrous winter conditions.

Literally tearing people’s car tyres to pieces when driving over them. Especially on those dark winter nights.

Broken Spring Problem caused by huge pothole

Potholes are impossible to see. It is estimated that in Britain the price of repairing all the potholes on the roads is in the region of ₤ 10 million and will take around ten years to repair every single one.

If you come across a particularly big pothole. That you believe is going to cause your car suspension including the springs and tyres some serious damage. Then the best course of action is to avoid them as best you can. If this is not an option drive over the potholes at a very slow speed, this should minimise the impact of hitting one.

There are some things though that people need to be made aware of when it comes to potholes. Including, the damage that they inflict upon a car’s tyres.  Are you aware that you are not liable for the pothole damage to your car? Drivers can claim for damages caused by a pothole. Just send them the proof from a photo or an image from your cellphone.

If you are planning on travelling around Great Britain. So and would like to check what the roads . Especially, in the areas you are going to be driving. Then there are many websites that have been set up to inform you. Many even have maps. Hence,to let you know where potholes are. Simply search for this kind of information on Google.

Because, you are bound to find a number of these websites.

Broken Spring Problem could be anywhere in the world

The problem of roadworks appears to be World wide. This article by WAFF is about the roads in the USA, but we have just the same problem here in

the UK. These roads with there ditches and potholes are not doing the cars suspension any good at all.

We seam to have half the roads in Yorkshire dug up at the moment ( probably getting ready for the Tour De France cycle race). The main problem for my garage at the moment is Broken Spring Problem and wheel alignment in Halifax being knocked out of position. These roads also have other premature steering problems such as worn out ball-joints.

Broken Spring Problem
This bent steering arm is due to a hole in the road.

The main problem to me. Is when the authorities repair a road they do not fill back the hole correctly. Of course, in a week or two, holes appear in the road. Thus, causing the surface to break up and later more pot holes spring up.

Most motorists do not know that they have a Broken Spring Problem

Of course, until their car has an MOT test, and it fails the test not knowing that if they knew where the hole in the road was, then they could have taken a photo and claimed for the damage caused from the local council.

I suppose I should not be complaining as long as we get some of the work in our garage ?

Moving forward to 2019, then things have not really improved ! So, the old problems of potholes and motorists buying part worn tyres have not gone away. Significantly, even our motorways appear to be affected by the dreaded pot holes. These days I do many miles delivering our battery products, all over the UK.

So, most motorways are affected by these holes which are mainly on the white lines areas where the carriageway is split. Some roads in Scotland are badly affected. So, I suppose these roads are extremely busy ! However its no excuse not to repair the holes to make driving much safer ?