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.

Mitsubishi Shogun with smell problems? Brakes blamed but were not the Culprit?

Mitsubishi Shogun with smell problems

The smell problem that came into my garage was on a 1997 Mitsubishi Shogun 3500 petrol model. The owner said that he could smell odours that he thought were coming from the outside. We went out on a test run but typically we could not smell anything that was until the end of the test drive. We could smell a burning brake pad sort of smell.

mitsubishi shogun, brakes

Leaking fuel pipe

This vehicle is made in Japan and is classed as a full sized SUV. The Shogun comes in all sorts of names depending on which country you are from, in our case the British version is known as the Mitsubishi Shogun. In other countries it is known as the Pajero or Montero. In fact the Pajero is now a common import into the UK market. The Mitsubishi Shogun began life back in 1982, when it was produced in a shorter version, with the full sized version coming out in 1999.

This car is a very robust and trustworthy vehicle and can be used on or off road and is a popular vehicle here in the UK for towing the larger caravans, because of its power and strength. The Mitsubishi Shogun can be prone to some problems that are well listed on the internet, but these are not the case on the vehicle that we are looking at today.

Mitsubishi Shogun with smell problems, first the brakes.

The first thing we did was to have a sniff in the front brake area, to check for burning smells and sure enough, we could smell something wrong with the driver’s side front Disc Brakes . To anyone who owns a Mitsubishi Shogun they will know that the brakes are not the easiest to do and we had to strip the hub to get at the brake units.

Sure enough we found that the driver’s side brake caliper was seized up and we proceeded to strip down that side for further investigation. The brake caliper was in fact seized up and the pads had worn unevenly and needed to be replaced the discs were worn but OK to refit. After we freed off the caliper we ordered a set of new pads and built the brakes back up.

 Mitsubishi Shogun with smell problems, next a fuel leak

When we lifted the ramp to remove the axle stands we noticed another smell of petrol. This The smell problem that came into my garage was on a 1997 Mitsubishi Shogun 3500 petrol model. The owner said that he could smell odours that he thought were coming from the outside had two smell problems at the same time. The owner had not noticed any fuel dripping

mitsubishi shogun, brakes

Shogun leaking fuel sender

in the place where he parked the vehicle. Garage owners will only be too familiar with such double barrel problems, you fix one thing only to find another problem, this was the case with this Shogun, and one smell had masked the other. The customer called in to look and accepted our explanation and gave us permission to deal with the fuel leak.

The first thing that we could see wrong was that the fuel pipes were rotten and leaking slightly, but the worst leak was coming from the fuel pump. We priced the job up and a new pump was going to cast more that the guy could afford. Debbie our depot manageress then tried the internet and found a breakers yard in Sheffield that had one in stock. We contacted our customer and he gave us the go ahead to carry on with the work.

Apparently second hand sender pumps are like the proverbial “rocking horse s..t” and so the guy was lucky. After finishing the work off the car went out with the smells both cured.

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 Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

Peugeot 307 ABSABS Problems a common fault

As I have stated in other Peugeot 307 related posts that I have written, then the garages that are scattered around a main dealer will inevitably get spin off work, when the cars become over two years old and out of the care of the main dealer. We hear in Halifax are no different and the Peugeot is one of our main supplies of business.Peugeot 307 ABS

I am not complaining and I happen to like Peugeot as cars. They can have many problems but I like the way that the French car company change their models around and make them interesting to their followers who buy them. One of the commonest problems that we come across on the 307 is brake problems, especially with the ABS warning lights. The other day we had the pleasure of two Peugeot 307  with the same problem.

ABS warning lights are now an MOT test failure.

The first 307 that we looked at were in fact in for an MOT test and was in good condition except for a well-worn tyre and the fact that the ABS brake warning light was on? We contacted the lady customer, who said, “that she wondered what the light was, but just thought it would go out on its own”

The lady gave us permission to see to her car. When the ABS light is on it means of course that the anti-lock function is not working  and one of the most common causes is the ABS sensor or dirty wiring connections, which can include a break in the wiring. These wires are after all hanging in all the dirt and slush and can easily perish and/or break.

We start off by plugging the car into our Solus Pro diagnostic code reader. This will give us a code error, which will usually lead us to the problem. This code came up that we had a problem with an open circuit on the off side rear. We then carried out a hard test with a ohms meter and found a fault on the wiring.

In fact the wiring was broke where it goes to the Peugeot 307 ABS sensor, before the wiring loom. This was a relatively easy thing to repair ad also a low cost repair for the customer, who was very pleased that it was not something more serious. We plugged the car back into our fault reader and re-set the code to clear the fault light and the car passed the MOT test having also a new tyre fitted.

Peugeot 307 ABS

Aaron inspecting 307 ABS system

The second Peugeot 307 with an ABS fault was more complicated

The second Peugeot 307 ABS was also left with us to solve an ABS warning light problem, but turned out to be a little more complicated. Once again the car belonged to a lady customer, who had complained about her brakes juddering through her brake pedal, combined with a noise from underneath the bonnet. She was not one of our regular customers, because we always check the past history of a car on our customer data base.

She said that the car went into a famous fast-fit centre, who recommended that she had all the discs and pads replaced, which would cost around the £500.00 mark. She wanted us to look at the car because she just did not have that kind of money?

We do often get this, but we grit our teeth and just get on with diagnosing the job and telling the driver the truth, whether good news or bad news. This Peugeot 307 car was to have a different ABS problem to the other one. We plugged in the code reader and it and it came up with, “Rear air gap too large” and a fault code. Fortunately we have come across this one before proceeded to check the area at the rear where the Peugeot 307 ABS sensor bolts were connected to the hub.

The hub area corrodes, thickening the steel, which pushes the sensor away from the magnetic ring, and therefore not making a proper contact which stops a reading. To rectify this all we do is to clean the whole thing up removing any rust and the jobs a good one. We then reset the code with our code reader and cleared the ABS fault light. The lady was over the moon and we hope will become another of our loyal customers in the future.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer, Peugeot 307 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 General Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

 

Anti-Lock Brake Systems- ABS- have been around for 20 years or more

Anti-Lock Brake Systems

Anti-Lock braking systems -problems are now a common thing

So, one of the things that I am most proud about. Of course, been a garage owner ! Is when a customer contacts my garage for a brake problem sorting out? Subsequently, it appears not be the price that the person is worried about. Because they know how important it is to have good brakes on their car.

Anti-Lock Braking Systems

These discs are on a BMW who were one of the first companies to fit Anti-Lock Braking Systems as standard on their production cars

Before we remove the wheels to examine the brakes. So, generally we have a blank canvas to work from. We know that most cars that get to the stage of having practically no brakes! Then the braking system will be in pretty bad shape. Believe me they usually are.

Back in the old days! Then the cars brakes were a much simpler affair to diagnose and repair. Of course, with only the upper end of the market cars. Having any type of electrical modifications in order to aid  better braking. As in almost all the car developments. So, brakes were originally tested and tried on motorsport vehicles. Long time before been tried and tested on the average road cars. Including the beginning of the ABS braking systems! Importantly, that are in common use today.

At first Anti-lock braking systems only came out on the prestige cars such as BMW and Mercedes

but many drivers had not heard of them before, in fact we still get customers in today that do not know what it means when their ABS warning light comes on and has to be investigated. Twenty years ago many vehicles owners were given the option of having ABS brakes or not, similar sort of thing to fitting alloy wheels or steel wheels, they were an optional extra.

Anti-Lock braking systems work differently to a standard braking system

ABS brakes do act differently to a normal braking system. The main two advantages are that; when you are braking on a wet slippery road surface, or say on ice, then your car will stop quicker, this also applies to normal roads of course. Also the car will handle much better when the driver has to brake and steer at the same time, once again say in bad weather conditions, the car will handle much better that when using a conventional braking system.

In any normal driving situations such as stopping at traffic lights or at a road junction, then the Anti-Lock Braking Systems does not activate, but if you need to brake sharply and suddenly then the Anti-Lock Braking Systems will be activated and assist you in braking more safely.

The Anti-Lock Braking Systems sends out pulses of pressure instead of the single pressure that is asserted when braking a normal car. You can actually feel the pulses coming through the brake pedal when you have to assert pressure on to the brake pedal in an emergency stop. It is also important to note that if you do come across a bad situation caused by say snow or a non-tarmac road, then you will still have to slow down, your ABS system will not help you in such situations.

The main gaining point of Anti-Lock Braking Systems is that the driver has full control when braking and steering at the same time and can help the driver to steer away from danger; they prevent the wheel from locking, in certain conditions.

Anti-Lock Braking Systems

With and Without anti-lock brakes

Practice your ABS brake system

In my experience it has always been a good idea to take your car and have a practice with the brakes if you are driving a car fitted with ABS brakes for the first time and get used to the different feel of the brakes when going straight and when steering.

The in cab ABS warning light may come on if there is a fault with the ABS system or the normal braking system. If the warning light comes on then you should have the brakes looked at as soon as possible. In our experience it is usually something simple such as a faulty electrical connection or even that the car needs a set of new pads. You can also find problems with Anti Lock Brake Sensors and other Anti Lock Brake Parts. Once the problem has been found and rectified the ABS warning light can be re-set with a computer.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Importantly, members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Firestone Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. By using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. So,leaving their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Lastly, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Brake Juddering Causes-What is it?

Brake Juddering Causes

Foot pedal vibrations lead to the brake juddering experience

So,one of the first signs of brake juddering problems. Firstly, is when you can feel a vibration coming through your foot pedal. Secondly, when you press the clutch pedal. So, to brake and stop your car. Some of our customers say that it was a long drawn out process. Eventually though the brake began to get worse. Including the vibrations starting to come through the steering wheel.

brake juddering

Replacing warped discs and worn out pads

Unfortunately, some of our customers think that the vibration is a wheel balancing problem! We also have to check out the problem with a correct diagnosis. However a braking problem will usually come through the brake pedal. So then this is a sure sign of a brake problem.

Unfortunately, one of the main Brake Juddering Causes come from elderly drivers. Significantly, who always cover the brake pedal with their right foot. This applies to manual gear changes or automatic, they what I call “ride the brake” some drivers also do this with the clutch but that’s a different article to cover. What happens if you ride the brake? Well one of the problems is that you are applying extra pressure onto the brake pads that are constantly in contact with the brake discs (brake rotors in the USA). These in turn over heat the discs, and the discs then warp and go out of shape.

Brake juddering is a bigger problem in hilly areas

In my opinion though, driver fault is not the main reason for warped brake discs. I think that the main cause is the terrain. We here in Halifax are in a hilly area and we get a high occurrence of warped brake discs and brake juddering faults from our customers.

In areas where there is very steep inclines, then drivers are more likely to keep their foot on the brakes. Some of the hills in the Hebden Bridge area are like alpine passes with 180 degree bends to contend with. When you come down these roads you have to keep the car in a low gear and be prepared for a vehicle coming up the hill, without braking all the time.

This constant braking is what overheats the discs and causes them to warp and vibrate giving Brake Juddering through your brake pedal. Some garages have a machine that will skim the brakes and stop the vibrating, but I think that once they have overheating then they do not work to their full potential and there for a new set of discs is the best option.

Improved brake technology

Over the years car manufacturers have brought in new technology to balance out the disc overheating problem and try to eliminate the Brake Juddering Causes. Including different metals that can stand more heat and also the disc parts

brake juddering

Perforated discs like this BMW disc are designed to dissipate the heat that is built up when braking hard

that now come out with holes drilled in the metal at calculated intervals, for heat dispersal. This can work very well; you can see brake discs actually glowing red hot on some motor sport cars when they have to brake very often at high speed, some can be seen to be glowing white hot in the dark.

This has the same effect as the regular car driven by a regular driver.So, try to avoid heavy braking especially at high speed.  Keep your distance and try not to brake heavily. When you are driving down a steep hill, use a low gear and use the car’s engine as a brake, try not to press the brake pedal constantly.

Have your brakes inspected at regular intervals when the car is serviced. Of course, any worn discs or pads will be picked up by the garage.Importantly,we can even spot a disc that has been overheated in the past.  Because the disc has a blue coloured sheen on it. Remember like many other things to do with a car, prevention is better than a cure.

Eric Roberts

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

 

 

Peugeot 406 Lights

Mercedes Vito Brakes Job Turns up Horror Shock Absorber

Mercedes Vito Brakes

Mercedes Vito Brakes

So, I must admit that I am a great fan of the Vito van. Because, a few years ago then I owned a beautiful red Mercedes mini-bus. Fortunately,  the vehicle was very reliable. Requiring very little maintenance apart from the normal servicing and the usual tyres and other renewable. As most of my readers now know then my wife and I had eight children. So we needed a large vehicle to transport the family about.

We also did much travelling! Especially, to France, where we spent most of our summer holidays. Unfortunately, the only downside came when we tried to sell the Vito. Positively, it was in great condition. Being a garage owner, then we had the van service at very regular intervals. Brakes were a prime consideration because the safety factor when travelling long distances.

So, we advertised the van in all the usual places. Including online web sites. Finally we received an offer from a taxi guy from Chester. The price he offered was below the price that we were asking but we reluctantly let the Vito go.

Same colour Vito in for Brakes

Last week when visiting the garage in Halifax . So, I noticed a red Vito on one of the ramps having some work done. Significantly, the rear wheel were removed and the brake calipers were hanging down. Dale one of my mechanics was working on the van at the time. Asking what was wrong , Dale explained that the van had braking problems and indeed required a full brake rebuild on the rear brakes.

However when removing the rear wheels then Dale discovered an horrific problem ! The rear shock-absorber had completely broke off and was just hanging there! This can be clearly seen in the above image. Unfortunately, the break was from part of the chassis. Serious rotting had taken place in the shocker mounting area. Welding was not an option ! So, to correct this problem then a complete new chassis box section would have to be engineered. Consequently, this is above our remit and would have to be done by a specialist body repair shop.

After contacting the customer we were instructed to carry on with the Mercedes Vito Brakes. As a foot note the customer said that he had never any banging or strange noises at all. I find this hard to believe with a shocker hanging down ?

Eric Roberts

 

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

Jaguar XF Brake Problems ? Hub Rusting the main Culprit?

Jaguar XF Brake Problems

We are fortunate to have a few of our customers who own a Jaguar XF.

So, like most older guys I have always been a keen fan of the Jaguar cars. Going back to when I was a young man working in a garage, as an apprentice mechanic. We were fortunate enough to have some wealthy customers. Importantly, who could afford to buy new Jaguars from time to time.

Jaguar XF Brake Problems

Jaguar XF hub showing a small deposit of rust that had built up

One of them was one of the directors of the Fox’s biscuits empire. Hence, who was one of the Fox families. Luckily, he always had four or five new cars on the go at once. Consequently,who always kept us busy with the servicing and repairs.

Jaguars have always appeared to have brake or tyre problems. So, throughout their history. I can remember in the late 1960’s the new  XJ4 came onto the market. This car sported wonderful flared archers . Including, new 6×15 inch wheels that were fitted out with a new tyre form Dunlop tyres. Subsequently, the tyre size was ER70VR15.

These  tyres were especially designed for Jaguar by Dunlop.

Dunlop were developing tyres with the Jaguar engineers. Who at that time were a major force in the UK tyre market. Importantly, this car also came out on disc brakes all round.

I always remember the problems that the XJ4’s were having with vibrations. Annoyingly, coming through brakes and the steering wheels. Firstly, it turned out that one of the problems was engine vibrations. So, Jaguar engineers tried out many things. Of course to try and correct the problems.

I then worked for National Tyre Service who was wholly owned by Dunlop. It was our task to try balance the wheels to our best ability. But in those days we did not have the sophisticated electronic equipment that we use on today’s cars. In fact we had to take the cars to the Dunlop garage in Leeds. Strangely at the time this was done in secrecy.  Because of the huge problem that Jaguar was having with these vibration problems.

I was once able to stop and watch the engineers go to work balancing the wheels

The balancing was carried out on a special machine that I had never seen before.  It must have been brought to Leeds from the Dunlop factory. The most amazing thing was that the Dunlop technician actually skimmed some of the tread off the tyres. Trying to make them

Jaguar XF Brake Problems

Jaguar XF 2nd image showing a build up of rust. This must be removed for the discs to be fitted in a perfect position.

rounder. I certainly know that all this was hush/hush. Incredibly, so not to affect the reputation of Jaguar and also Dunlop. I believe that Jaguar had to do all sorts of things to correct the vibrations problem !  An excellent article about the early Jags can be found on…Aronline .

Back To the future with the Jaguar XF

As I have said before !  We have three or four customers that come into us for servicing. Including other jobs doing on their Jaguar XF. We have had a couple of these with complaints about brake vibrations and a droning noise. One of our customers came in with brake problems similar to the others.

This one was a bit different in that the problem  did not occur  when he was doing high speed ,the car was smooth, but when he started to slow down to about  60 mph and then 40 mph the vibration and droning noise would start to happen.

The problem is, like so many of these things, that when we road test the cars the problem never shows itself up, the car plays mind games with the owners. This particular car was taken back to the main dealers, but we now know that the braking and droning noise is now a recognised fault, the cause is thought to be the disc brakes or hub run out.

Another Jaguar XF that we were servicing was found to need discs and pads all round.

We contacted the customer who kindly gave us the go ahead to do the job. He gave us his consent and we carried out the brakes work. About three months later the car had developed a slight brake vibration and he left the car with us for examination. This all reminded me of our problems with the XJ6, s Jags in the sixties.

We road tested the car a sure enough the brakes pedal did vibrate slightly. We could find nothing wrong and true to our warranty policy we suspected that the discs could be faulty and  ordered a new set of discs.

Jaguar XF Brake Problems

Jaguar XF Image of the hub after the hub has been cleaned up. Looks like new, but this cured the problem..

Our supplier agreed to change the discs and accordingly sent us a new set. The New Jaguar XF discs fit onto the hub and we noticed that a slight amount of rust had formed on the outer part of the hub; this can be seen on the pictures that we took.

We think that we cured a previous Jaguar XF by removing any rust and thoroughly cleaning the hubs

Of course, before refitting the brakes discs. When we did this on this particular Jag it appeared to solve the problem. So, we cleaned off any rust that had formed on the hub. Thus, where the discs seat and re-fitted the replacement discs. Ryan road tested the car and all was well, the car had no brake vibrations and so far the car appears to be working fine.

We now think that this could be a problem if you are lucky enough to own one of these fine cars. Please make sure that the hubs where the discs fit are totally cleaned and look like new, because any rust build up will cause the disc to run out of line, only a fraction, but we feel it would be enough to cause a brake vibration on the Jaguar XF when the pedal is applied.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. So, we are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Dunlop Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com. Of course, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering 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 Trading Standards. Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

CAR BRAKES-New Ruling from EU coming soon? AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking)

car brakes to be updated for improved road safety

This is one of those articles that can be difficult to write, due to complex and differing points of view. Firstly the ruling although not compulsory is aimed at the car manufacturers to update their cars by the end of this year (2014).

My problem is that now I am getting on a bit I am realizing that my concentration is getting a few seconds slower than when I was a younger man. A couple of years  ago I did a battery delivery to East Yorkshire, on a nice sunny clear day. Because of my passion for cars I am always looking out when I pass a garage or a parking lot, just in case I see a vintage or classic car, so that I can photograph it for my blog.

On this particular occasion I glanced away from the road as I passed an old Land Rover parked in a field. I was driving at about 40 mph and turned to look back at the road in front. To my horror the traffic had stopped ahead of me and I had to slam on the car brakes as hard as I could, missing the car in front by a whisker. I was really shaken and further on I had to pull into a car brakespub car park to re-compose myself and thought of what could have been.

This incident and the fact that there are millions of other drivers in the same position as me prompted me to reflect on the snippets that I had been reading about a new system that would be introduced in 2014. It was in the think tank stages of the Eu New Car Assessment Programme then or (Euro NCAP).

The system known as AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) will be expected to be fitted to new cars by the end of this year (2014). The new technology will become part of the crash test assessment and cars that are not fitted with the AEB car brakes will not get the 5 star rating for road safety. Michaels Van Ratingen the secretary general of the Euro NCAP says…

“We don’t want to force the car makers into this immediately, but we’ve made it very clear that the best way to ensure a five-star rating from 2014 is to have AEB on the vehicle,”

He must be disappointed though because at the moment only just over 20% of new cars have the new system fitted.

Your car  will, be much safer with the new car brakes system fitted

The new brakes technology will reduce the near misses that I have nearly had in the past year or so and reduce the number of small bumper to bumper accidents and hopefully “whiplash claims”. It’s a new system that uses radar, lidar (laser) and also video technology, to warn the driver of an impending frontal collision, this must happen to all of us on the congested roads here in the UK, before priming the brakes and eventually performing an emergency stop.

The new system is expected to save up to 8000 lives in the EU Countries alone, but not everyone agrees and thinks that better driver training (as in my case) would be a better option, he says…

“Although you are right to a small degree in that “advanced driver” are predisposed to better driving, the techniques they use are hugely influential. To prove my point, I train learner

cars brakes

Cars brakes will become safer with the new EU proposals

drivers using the system of car control and commentary skills. In the last decade I have only had one pupil seriously injured in the two years after they passed their test. She was hit by a stolen car, traveling at double the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road and coming round a blind corner. I do not select my pupils by their predisposition to advanced driving, but I do train them to a much higher standard than is required for the driving test.”

In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted, but not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted. Until all cars have the new In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted, but not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted, it is going to be a lottery of the does and don’ts. If a line of cars all have to slam on, you will stop because you will have the new car brakes system fitted, but the car at the back of you may not stop because he has not got the new car brakes system fitted.

All new rules and technology are going to help the motorists in today’s heavy traffic and I am all for safety measures that will help this cause. In my opinion this is a great idea. It will also save the future lives of some cyclists and pedestrians, so there is no reason to be negative about it. This is one of the best ideas to come out of the EU Parliament, amongst all the other rubbish that they dish out.

I am not sure if the car manufacturers will be using standard systems or doing their own thing, but as a garage owner I say “bring it on”. Brakes safety is one of my biggest promoted subjects and the AEB system, will be a great advantage to us in the long run when they are fitted to all cars as standard  

 Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car brakes 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 Avon Car 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 all types of work doing including Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads . 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. 

Eric RobertsFor further reading… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9429746/Auto-braking-a-quantum-leap-for-road-safety.html

Brake Problems

Car Brakes-Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Older vehicle PARC sees increase in Car brakes sales

Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Aging vehicle parc ripe for car brakes sales Car Brakes-Entering the FRICTION ZONE

Tire Business

“Where before when a vehicle reached 10 years or 11 years, consumers were thinking of selling it, now they’re thinking of, ‘How can I keep my car going?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

This is a very in depth articles about car brakes

Un-reasonably,  car brakes are very often taken for granted. So, in other words car owners will just pull into your garage and leave their car. Because there is a banging or rattling noise coming from the front of the car.

This is usually a good indication that the car brakes have failed,or are failing ! But brake jobs do follow a pattern.

The spring time is usually the time for our customers car brakes to start going wrong . So,and needing repairing. Of course, in my opinion I think that it is because that drivers use their car brakes. Of course, much more in the winter months and therefore the brake pads and discs .

car brakes

A nice new set of brake discs fitted

 

Drivers almost always wait until the last minute to have them repaired and consequently cause more damage to the brakes.

 

For example a simple job like a set of brake pads replacing may turn out to be more complicated and end up the car needing new discs, or a seized up brake caliper.

This will result in a larger garage invoice for the customer. The secret is to get a free brake check at your local garage. most garages here in the UK will give a car a free brake check and give the customer a quote for the required work. We are members of the Unipart Car Care Centres who also offer a nationwide guarantee throughout the UK and a free brake check on all makes and models of cars.

All this culminates as a good time of year for doing brake work, especially the many older cars that our customers are now hanging on to longer and having them repaired instead of replaced.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working 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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Car brake Noises-Noisy brakes scare drivers- What could be the many Causes of Noisy brakes ?

Car brake Noises

Car brake Noises and Possible Causes

Most off our customers who have their car serviced at regular intervals. Can sleep at night because they know that brake problems will be at a minimal. So, compared to the car owners who go from year to year. Without a thought to the condition of their cars. Especially the brakes and tyres. Luckily we have a system that picks up these cars at yearly intervals here in the UK called the MOT test.

This is when the faults and worn out car parts are picked up including the brakes. Including, all the other important parts of the car that need to be kept in tip-top condition for the sake of road safety.

Even so cars brakes do go faulty even in between servicing. Car brake Noises and  problems can occur at any time. Winter time is one time that brake problems can happen. The main cause in my opinion is the salt that we spread on our roads to melt the snow and ice can also cause damage to brake pipes cause and the brake calipers to seize up.

Car brake Noises

New BMW brake discs fitted

When brake calipers are seized up, this means that the pads are constantly put under pressure onto the discs and usually wear very quickly at one side. When cars brakes are regularly serviced we apply special grease onto the calipers to help them stay free from road debris and salt and keep them from setting solid and wearing out the brake pads and making loud Car brake Noises .

Car Brake squeaking noises

This is a similar thing that happens to older cars that are fitted with brake shoes at the rear. The parts that expand and contract the shoes seize up with shoes constantly sticking on causing rapid wear to occur. Another result of not having your car serviced and brakes checked is the build-up of dust and debris in the brake disc area, this is another possible cause of  Car brake Noises.

We have all seen the horrible black dust the builds up inside your wheels. So, making your alloy wheels look a mess. Of course, these would have been cleaned in a service. Spraying the alloy wheels with a special chemical to keep them in top condition.

This noise can happen whether the brakes are being applied or not. The reason is in my earlier text and is more than often a brake caliper that has stuck on because it has seized up due to not been serviced or after the winter, the latter being the most common cause. The pads or a pad will be stuck against the caliper and due to the heat build-up with friction the brake pads take on a shiny coating on the surface, causing them to give off a high pitch squeaking noise.

 This hard coating also causes the brake pads to become less effective, probably reducing their braking power by 30%. If you hear this noise then you should have your brakes looked at as soon as possible, as brake failure could be imminent.

The most common car braking noises is brake grinding disc.

This is the most common problem that we have in our garage in Halifax UK. Customers come running into the reception. Panicking about this dreadful grinding noise. Thus, coming from the front of the car? Many of our customers think that it is the exhaust pipe that has broken. Dragging along in the road. Thus making this horrific grinding sound. This mainly happens when the brakes are applied.

But in bad cases can be a constant noise. The grinding is due to the fact that the lining of the Ferodo Brake Pads  that stop the car have worn out down to the metal part and are grinding against the metal brake discs.

Once again this is due to lack of maintenance. But can also be between services. On rare occasions we have known a small pebble or stone being trapped in the disc. So, making a similar noise. Generally though it is the metal on metal sound. Caused by worn out brake pads. Usually at the front of the car.

In a perfect World the pads would have been spotted as being on the low side and changed on a service, without causing any further damage to the other brake parts, but after the metal on metal it is usually the discs and pads that are damaged and need changing, perhaps trebling  the cost of repairs.

 Brake warning lights now help us more

Some areas of the country can see much more in the way of brake repair work than others. The main reason for this is the terrain. Here in Halifax we are surrounded by the Pennine hills, a small mountain range called “the backbone of England”. Because of this we all use our brakes more often. Therefore the brakes will wear out quicker. We can get more of our fair share of drivers with Car brake Noises. People who live in say Lincolnshire will use their brakes less. Because the terrain is very flat and the brakes are not needed as much.

One of the good things about modern cars. Of course, is the use of computers and warning lights to pre-warn us of any pending problem. The Car Brakes warning light is one of them. Car brake pads are fitted with a sensor wire. Alerting a solenoid when the brake pads reach a certain thickness. So a warning light will come on in your cab when the pads are getting low. A great idea that I think has possibly saved lives.

This also gives the car owner plenty of time to book their car in to the local garage. Subsequently, to have the brakes fixed before they start to make the dreaded grinding noises.

Car brake Noises to finalise

To finalise it is always a good policy to give your car a regular service. According to the owner’s manual. If you cannot do this for some reason or another. Then have your brakes checked. Of course, before you embark on that important journey.  Or before you hear that dreaded Car brake Noise. Perhaps your holidays so that you know that your brakes are in good condition for your own and other driver’s safety sake.

Car brake Noises

Checking out the front brakes after the customer had heard Car brake Noises

Eric Roberts

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes-Saturday can bring in all sorts of jobs in a busy garage?

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes

I am sure that every garage owner that opens on a Saturday will agree that we never know what to expect. Of course, most of the

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes

new spring being fitted with the spring compressor

work that we receive during the week is probably booked in and therefore predictable.

of course the Saturday just past was no exception. In general Saturdays are filled with customers wanting  new tyres fitting. Indeed this the first job was a red Vauxhall Insignia for two new General tyres fitting. Our customer wanted the fronts to back and also a wheel alignment.

Because I work on our internet sites then my office is in another location. As a result, then I go into my Halifax garage every Saturday morning. Of course, just to help out wherever I can. Hence, just helping anyone out who needs me. So, I may answer the phone or go fetch parts or tyres from the warehouse.

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes

Alex working on the Insignia brake job

Alex was given the Insignia tyres job and proceeded to remove the four wheels. As we do on all jobs, then Alex noted that the brake discs and pads were very worn.Indeed they needed replacing. As a result, we informed the owner as we always do. Some people just make a note and have the work carried out at a later date. Probably because they want to spread the cost out.

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes and Vectra broken spring.

However this particular guy gave Alex permission to change the brake discs and pads. Consequently, the guy had heard a slight grinding sound from the front of his car. Especially during heavy braking?

Before Alex finished the Insignia, then another vauxhall owner presented with his car. His car was a Vauxhall Vectra and there was a loud banging coming from the front of the car. As we suspected the Vectra had a broken coil spring on the passenger front side.

Vauxhall Insignia Brakes

Vectra broken spring on the work bench

Luckily we could get all the parts and dale started on the font spring job. This Saturday was turning out to be a busy day with several tyre jobs coming in out of the blue. Any garage owner will tell you how rewarding it is to be kept busy. Especially on a Saturday?Sometimes we can do the same turnover on a Saturday morning than a whole mid-week day ! very rewarding!

Eric Roberts

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