Brake Servicing Halifax

Brake Servicing Halifax

Sometimes, when you replace new pads. Hence, it is possible to forget to open the brake bleed nipple. Thus when you push back the piston to remove the old pads. Because the bled nipple is closed, then the fluid is pushed back into the brake master cylinder. As a result of this, the fluid can reverse the seals in the master cylinder.
However, this would not be the case if a professional mechanic had fitted the pads, while having a Sometimes, when you replace new pads. Hence, it is possible to forget to open the brake bleed nipple. Thus when you push back the piston to remove the old pads. Because the bled nipple is closed, then the fluid is pushed back into the brake master cylinder. As a result of this, the fluid can reverse the seals in the master cylinder.

SQUEAKING BRAKES- What can cause rattling and noisy brake sounds?

SQUEAKING BRAKES

Most motorists have suffered from Squeaking brakes but what is it??

Some cars develop the SQUEAKING BRAKES problem. Thus, during normal motoring.Therefore, sometimes this is will occur when new brake pads have recently been fitted.

Squeaking brakes

Excellent new discs on this BMW cured the Squeaking brakes problem

The first thing we do at Pellon Autocentre. Is to remove all the wheels for close inspection. If the brakes have not been serviced recently we inspect each set of brakes.Hence, to look for any problems with the wear of the pads or shoes. We then check the other parts.Naturally, for incorrect fitting or for any damage that may have taken place. Sometimes the customer has had cheap ones fitted.Thus, causing dust to clog up the pads and become noisy or squeaky.

If nothing visible can be found, we would install new pads, only using the pads that are recommended for that model of car and the highest quality. Indeed because of the Squeaking Brakes Pads problem in the first instance we would use the original equipment pads from the main dealers. We at Pellon are a Unipart Service Centre and so use Unipart brake parts, and although these parts are of the highest quality, there are occasions then it is necessary to use the original equipment parts for excellent customer service this usually solves the problem especially for problem pads such as premature wear or indeed Squeaking brakes.

SQUEAKING BRAKES

If the problem persists, we may have to look at fitting pads with a higher carbon content although this is most unusual. Another issue could be the brake shims that fit between the pads and the callipers. The squeaky brakes problem can be cured by removing the shims and clean them thoroughly before giving them a coating of brake grease and then refitting them to the car; this job should be done at regular services so as not to cause future problems.

This will cure a noise often caused by the Car Brakes pads vibrating against the calliper during braking; this is usually heard by the driver as a squeak

We at Pellon consider you brakes as critical; any work carried out on the brakes should only be performed by professionals. We often find that when Disc Brakes are done by the DIY motorists things like brake squeaks often occur.

BMW brakes disc

you have any strange problems from parts provided, anywhere in the mainland Britain.

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Simple Car Brakes- How They Work and some of their associated problems?

A short explanation to learn about a simple car brakes system

In this small article. I will give a little incite into the workings of the average family Simple Car Brakes system.

The first component in Simple Car Brakes is the brake pedal. This is what you press to stop your vehicle. Brake pedals are made of very sturdy steel and work on the principle of a lever.Thus, when the car brake is Simple Car Brakespressed the pedal transmits the force from your foot.Therefore, pressing the pedal to a part called the” Master Cylinder”.The pedal also has an electric switch that operates the brake lights. Because when the car brake is pressed the brake light comes on at the rear of the car.

When you press the pedal this transfers force to the master cylinder.Thus via a push-rod, master cylinders are storage reservoirs for brake fluid and also contain a piston. These piston compressors the brake fluid to the rest of the car brakes system via the brake pipes.

Brake pressure is then transferred from the master cylinder to the brake callipers Also the wheel cylinders, located on each corner of the car. hence, where the wheel fits onto. In this day and age, most cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, but older cars with Simple Car Brakes have drum brakes on the rear wheels.

Simple Car Brakes

Disc brakes are more efficient than drum brakes. The pressure from the master cylinder is then transferred to a piston in the brake callipers. This pressure then applies force from the calliper.Then to the brake pads against the brake discs.Therefore, stopping the car.

Car brake pads are crucial and should be checked and changed if they are well worn at regular intervals. Pads are made to withstand lots of heat and pressure to cope with the speed and stopping distances of the modern car.

Brake pads are made of metal and an organic compound to deal with the heat and pressure. At one-time brake pads were made of asbestos, but this was banned for “health and safety” reasons.

Car brake drums and discs are usually made of high strength steel or cast iron, these too must be checked for wear at regular intervals, and can warp in time giving bad vibrations

Simple Car BrakesSimple Car Brakes; poorWorn out brakes Discs and pads ready to be replaced

reduce braking. It is always wise to ask your garage to check and change your discs and pads together.

To sum up brakes are better left to the professionals and should be checked out at every service interval.

 Your car brakes efficiency is checked at every MOT, but as yet the test does not include a visual inspection, it is wise that you have this done.

Many of our customers do not know that they have a brake problem. Until they hear a very loud grinding noise. By this time much damage will have been done.Therefore, it is always better as stated earlier to have your brakes checked at regular intervals. Making sure that the parts that are fitted are quality parts. At a reputable garage or service centre. You can have your brakes checked in the Halifax area by www.pellonautocentre.com and use Unipart car brake parts.

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes-How To Replace Drum Brake Shoes (Full) – EricTheCarGuy

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes

I admire the video work carried out by Eric. Because we have the same name, I am Eric from Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK. Brake shoes make me shudder?. Because of when I was an apprentice mechanic, many years ago. For some reason, I was given all the rotten jobs to do. Of course, fitting new brake shoes was one of those jobs.

I distinctly remember having a mental blockage when it came to refitting the fiddly little springs. These springs were holding the two shoes together. Consequently, they were shaped to fit around other small parts such as the brake cylinders. I eventually grasped the correct way to fit them. Eric makes it look easy on this video, so please watch and see what we do at Pellon Autocentre.

How To Replace Drum Brake Shoes (Full) – EricTheCarGuy

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Here is a full-length version of a video that I posted some time ago, this way you can watch the entire thing in one sitting instead of switching from one video to the next. If you watch this for the first time I’m aware that sandals are not the best thing to wear when doing auto repair. Also, there IS a jack stand just out of frame in the video I just leave the floor jack in place while I work where it is so that it’s quicker to let the car down when I’m done.

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes

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sticking brake caliper

Sticking Brake Caliper-How to Diagnose and Repair a Sticking Brake Caliper

Sticking Brake Caliper

Here at Pellon Autocentre, in Halifax, Yorkshire, a sticking brake caliper, is a common problem.Of course, not all cars will have the issue.Hence, the most times that the problem occurs is the lack of servicing.

Car maintenance will eliminate this issue. Callipers are usually checked when a service is carried out on the car. Brakes are an important part of a cars service.Consequently, the problem of a Sticking Brake Caliper, would not happen.

Most modern cars use a common braking system. Thus, using hydraulic principles to slow or stop your vehicle.Of course, many  modern vehicles also incorporate electronic technologies. Because of things such as ABS systems that work together with efficient hydraulics to obtain more efficient braking systems. Diagnosing brake problems

The customer will experience a more spongy brake pedal, or the car will pull to the left or the right. Of course, a sticking brake caliper, will overheat and can eventually cause your brakes to fail. Diagnosing brake problems requires a good knowledge of how the brake system operates.Naturally ,w ith experience in the field of car brakes.

This video looks at a Chevrolet Corvette that is pulling to the left. It had the brake pads and discs previously changed.So we dive into what is causing the car to pull.

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart-Unipart Automotive Service Centres “better for the motorists”.

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart; Eric Roberts of Pellon Auto Centre Halifax is pleased with the re- launch of the Unipart car care centres, to

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart

bring them update after 16 years’ presence in the garage marketplace.

Eric Roberts MD of Pellon-auto centre has recently attended a regional meeting of Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC). This was in a hotel in Wakefield West Yorkshire. New plans that mean that Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart was unveiled to upgrade their new image to the garage members.

UCCC Members will be offered complete new signage. Consequently, by using Unipart’s new updated logo. This logo is very similar to the present one. Because it appeared that only a slight modification to upgrade. Eric Roberts says “The new image looks very stylish. Although there is not lots of change, the new design will look very useful. Especially, when bonded together with all the other promotional effects that will be on offer to us.

Our garages images are in the Unipart style and colours.”
Unipart will still provide their garage network with their website design service to help its individual garages build their website. This service will be subsidised by Unipart, rolling on from the old system. This offer has been taken up by over 500 garages and has become a favourite feature to the garages in the scheme.
Motorcodes will still play a significant part in Unipart’s big changes; this will ensure an excellent standard of quality across the complete network. Therefore, is crucial when offering a nationwide warranty service to the networks customers.

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart

A brand new feature will be the introduction of Ben Collins, (the former “sting” from Top Gear motoring programme on TV). Ben will be helping promote the Car Care Centres at a national and local levels, holding regular events across the country.
Another new feature will be the introduction of more training facility. Garages participating will have the use of Uniparts technical helpline and training staff support. “This Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart service will be of great use to participating garages such as ourselves,” says Eric Roberts.
Unipart will be revamping the existing web site. This website will be fully optimised, and search engine friendly. Links to participating members websites. Furthermore, offering the partners a right online image with facilities to offer online service and MOT booking.

Furthermore, the new work-wear was also on display for the garage owners to browse over and the meeting concluded with a buffet. Unipart’s marketing director Wendy Williams conducted the meeting in a very professional manner, and it felt that all the participating centre members in attendance, were looking forward to the new changes with great anticipation.

“Find the tyres you need at discount prices using the Pellon Auto Centre

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network-put their trust for reliable work in the “Motorcodes network”

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Drivers Trust Motorcodes network

Each month, Motorcodes releases figures on a variety of customer satisfaction ratings.

We think this is important, to demonstrate transparency both to potential garage clients and to the authorities. As Motor Codes subscription has expanded, our Code Survey helps explain that this growth is about much more than putting a badge on the garage doors, with no regulation.
The good news, as you’ll see in the table below, is that January’s figures show that the high standards set for subscribing service and repair centres are being maintained. Amongst the numbers is a notable 95% customer recommendation rate – probably the most important statistic of all and one that bodes well for business within the network.

Motorcodes January satisfaction results

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Real customer satisfaction

Overall satisfaction
93%
Recommend to friends/family
95%
Booking process
95%
Quality of service or repair
95%
Quality of information provided
93%

Level of customer service in Motorcodes
95%

This is no doubt going to be one of the most successful consumer protection schemes that were brought out in the garage World. In the past, we only had the Trading Standards system to protect the motorist from been let’s say “taken for a ride”, by corrupt and dodgy garage owners. In the last few years various Government schemes had been tried out here in the UK, and to an extent, there have been some real systems. Most of these though were tied to buying car servicing products, which in my mind did not stop with the spirit of things.

We in the garage trade needed a transparent system to link up the garage with the customer, in a case of any disputes that may arrive during the service or repair of the client’s car. Motorcodes came along and in my mind was the ideal vehicle to sort out any differences that may have risen while the garage was in charge of repairing their car.

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Also, other things were in the Motorcodes good practice scheme. One of them is that each participating garage must have regular inspections. These include a fair pricing system that is transparent to the motorist. We at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, do not carry out any work to a customer’s car. This is unless the client is notified of the price and understands  about the work that we are carrying out, if they are any ad don’s that were not foreseen, then the customer will be contacted again, and we will explain the reason for the extra charge, this way there should be no surprises when the client receives their final invoice. 

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Another Motorcodes safeguard is that we must keep the old parts to show the customer what we have fitted for a 24 hr period before final disposal, this also includes any service parts

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

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That we may have changed, this makes the whole thing transparent and ensures tiny disputes or falling out with the customer, we are all aware that repairing cars can be a distressing time for customer when they leave their vehicle with you, so all this good code of practice, helps towards a better all round experience for the under pressure motorists all part of being a member of Motorcodes, in my opinion, the best garage standard organisation out there at the moment and we at Pellon are proud to be members.  

 

 

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and Tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a
couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first
business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and
Auto-centre
, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their
related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and
Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure- lady customers blue TT started creeping downhill?

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure; The Audi TT has in the past had many problems with the handbrake. There have been several reasons for this issue.

Last week a good customer of ours told us that his daughter had parked her car on a slight slope while she went into the bank. When she returned, the car had moved down the hill about ten feet. Luckily for her, the cat had come to rest against a very high pathway edge.

She was kind of scared and reflected in her mind what could have happened?

His daughter was in her late twenties and worked as an insurance broker in Halifax UK. The family brought all their cars into my garage for servicing and repairs; this Audi TT was no exception.

The father then phoned us and told us the story. The first thing that we asked was “whether she had put the handbrake on at all?” He said that this was the first

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

the thing that she had checked.

The car finally arrived at the garage, and the young lady left it with us for the day. I often look at the particular forums on the internet. The Audi forum did come up with a few different problems associated with Audi TT handbrake failure problems.

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

We put the Audi TT up onto a ramp and removed the wheels. Although the problem was with the rear handbrake, we always check all the cars brakes to be on the safe side. The car was registered in 2005 and was 1800 Turbo special edition. A 225BHP engine powered the car, giving a high performance.

Alex had the responsibility to repair this car. He set to work examining all the parts that make up the handbrake. Everything looked in good order and so Alex greased the moving parts and began to examine the discs and pads.

The brake discs looked in good condition, but Alex noticed that the pads had a shine on them. Shiny pads usually mean that they had “gone hard.”

We decided to fit a new set of pads as we suspected that this was the culprit. Alex completed the work and tested the handbrake on some of the steep hills that surround Halifax. He ran the car making sure the brakes were hot and checked the handbrake again.

Finally, another satisfied customer drove away into the sunset.

Car Fluid Levels-Must Get Checked-Before That Important Car Journey ?

CAR FLUID LEVELS

Just after the Christmas holidays, car fluid levels are the last thing on your mind?what is though is, own I know because I will be one of them. Sometimes you may want to visit a long lost relation, or even travel along way to see one of your married children who lives in a distant country.

No doubt that, when your mind is made up, and the plans start. Will the excitement begin to build up amongst the whole family?CAR FLUID LEVELS

One thing you must not forget is to ensure that your car is in tip-top condition and capable of that long road trip? I should not have to keep reminding drivers about this, but unfortunately, I have to keep on writing my blogs, to explain how important this is to your car and safety.

You should be in no doubt how important checking your car fluid levels is, so here are five essential fluids to check before you head out on your important holiday road trip.

Car Fluid Levels

  1. Your car Engine Oil

All your fluid levels are critical, but I think the engine oil is paramount indeed. If the vehicle is low on oil, then your engine could blow up costing thousands of pounds to replace. You will probably know where your oil dipstick is? So take it out and wipe it clean with a cloth. Put the dipstick back in the hole and pull it out again. You should be able to see the car fluid levels minimum mark and the maximum mark on the dipstick. Some vehicles have poorly marked dipsticks, so make sure that you are familiar with the markings on yours.

If the reading is good then is nothing to do. If you need oil, then top the engine up a little at a time from a can of the same oil as the car has in the engine. It is always a safe bet to keep a small can of the same oil as your engines. If you are going on a long trip, you should check your engine oil a few times on your journey, both there and back. Most modern cars have a car fluid levels oil warning light on the dash, but you do not want this to come on. It can cause stress and doubt in your mind as to if the engine is alright or not.

Car Fluid Levels

  1. Brake fluid

On a long journey, you will use your brakes.Hence, millions of times. Having the correct amount of brake fluid in is imperative to good brakes and the ability to stop your car in an emergency. Low brake fluid is unusual, but I have seen it on several occasions, where a car has had brake failure due to a low brake fluid level. The brake fluid master cylinder is located under the bonnet (hood) of the car and ‘s hard to miss. However a word of warning? Some braking systems are different and require different types of fluids? Make sure you know the right kind of your vehicle. Ask your local garage if you are not sure or check out your local Unipart Car care centre. In Halifax, it is Pellon Autocentre Ltd.

  1. Coolant

Coolant affects the cars ability to heat up and cool down. It is important that the car has the correct level of additives added to the water tank, which is once again located under your bonnet. The number of additives to add are determined by a simple tester. This can be bought from a motorist’s store, or once again you can have a check done at your local UCCC garage. It is another one of your car fluid levels that is important. If you get it wrong, then your engine could overheat or freeze?

Car Fluid Levels

Most cars have a large fluid bottle, but some older cars may require filling through the radiator, by removing the radiator cap and then topping the level up.  The top up the tank is connected to the radiator and has a minimum and a maximum setting the same as the brake top up the reservoir. This tank helps balance out the level of water in the engine by releasing the pressure from the radiator into the overflow reservoir. When you check the level make sure the engine is not hot or scalding from hot water could occur.

Consequently, the ones that I have written about are crucial in my point of view.Therefore, if you are mechanically minded. Then there are a couple of other things that you could check. Hence, in the UK automatic cars are relatively rare. So, you could forget about the transmission fluid. America is a different kettle of fish. Where most cars come with automatic transmission. If so then this requires checking. Another level that I think is a step too far is the Power steering reservoir levels. This seldom needs any checking. If the power steering has any leaks on the system. Then you would soon know by the oil marks where you park your car. This is also picked up on your UK annual  MOT test.

In general maintaining, your car is getting more and more difficult. I would highly recommend that you have a regular service carried out on your vehicle especially before a long road trip.

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Brake Pad Wear Indicators-Everything you need to know about brake pad wear sensors

Brake Pad Wear Indicators

Brake Pad Wear Indicators

Brake Pad Wear Indicators

Of course, brake wear indicators are pretty boring! So, many of our customers just want a good brake service. Appreciating, the necessity for having their brakes working at there best. Basically, the indicator is just a wire that is embedded into your cars brake pads. So, when the pad wears down to this wire then a warning light is triggered inside the vehicle cab.

Warning the driver to have the brakes of the car looked at as soon as possible. So, here at Pellon Autocentre we can offer a complete brake service.

Of course modern brakes are much more sophisticated and technical. Importantly, brakes have to be developed to cope with power and speed that the modern vehicles can generate. So, there are now many modern additions to the braking systems of modern cars.

ABS braking systems were an important breakthrough and still play a fundamental part in a vehicles braking capability.

Eric Roberts

.Eric Roberts

The brake pad wear sensor is a simple component that plays a critical role in vehicle safety, ELTA reports. According to ELTA, there are numerous factors that affect how quickly brake pads wear. Variables such as

Source: Everything you need to know about brake pad wear sensors – Garagewire

Car Servicing Tips

Car Brakes Problems-Common causes for troublesome brakes on your car?

car brakes problems

This car came to us with a terrible brake grinding noise, caused by Worn out brakes Discs and pads ready to be replaced

Having your car brake’s in tip top condition is probably the most important part of your car, to look after and protects you from car brakes problems.

Regular servicing will ensure that your car will have minimal Car Brakes Problems. However things can go wrong in between servicing. Mainly due to the weather conditions or dirt and grit from the roads.

In my opinion though, the main reason for Car Brakes Problems is neglect?

By neglect I simply mean that drivers miss servicing their cars.

  • Things to spot if you are having Car Brakes Problems are as follows. The one that we often spot before the customer does is a soft or spongy brake pedal. We often notice this problem. When we are driving the car on the ramp. On some cars the pedal almost touches the floor pan. The usual cause of this is that the car has a fluid leak. Coming from either a brake pipe or brake cylinder. On occasional instances, then we find that water could have formed in the pipes. This is  due to the fluid overheating and the resulting evaporation turns into water.
  • Other common Car Brakes Problems can start with a squealing sound coming from the car when braking occurs. This is when the brake pads are worn down to the metal backing and the sound is created with the metal of the worn out pads touching the metal brake discs. If your brakes make this or any other
    car brake probems,New discs and pads fitted onto a Mazda

    New discs and pads fitted onto a Mazda

    sound then it is best to have your brakes checked by a reputable garage.

  • Car Brakes Problems

  • Other  Brake Problems can be diagnosed. When the driver feels the car pulling to one side. This can be other problems such as a brake caliper that could be seized up or just that your wheel alignment may be out and need adjusting. Once again this can be remedied by your garage and corrected by having a brake service.
  • Many Car Brakes Problems can be detected by grinding noises and even a bumping feeling when you put pressure on the brake pedal. This can also be solved by fitting a new set of brake pads. The bumping feeling is very often linked to a warped brake disc. This could only be remedied by a new set of discs and pads.

These are the most common problems that we see in a normal week at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre, in Halifax Yorkshire. If you service your car at regular intervals then these problems would be picked up before they manifest themselves as faults.

Eric Roberts