All repairing brakes posts.

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light- Also this car had intermittent ABS problems ?

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

So, as I have said many times ! then we feel privileged to be able to service and repair such a diverse and varied number of car makes and models. Including cars from the BMW range.

This particular day as to be no different ! consequently, cars across the whole spectrum were booked in for repairs and services. Not forgetting MOT tests of course. One of the days jobs was a BMW that was suffering from its ABS (anti lock braking system) causing problems. So, the ABS system works by monitoring all the four wheel speeds . When the brakes are applied the system looks to see if any of the wheel are rotating at a lower speed than any of the other wheels.

This would then indicate that a wheel could be about to lock up. Alas, if there was of the wheels going at a higher speed than the other three then the brake would receive extra pressure to reduce the slip. So, the problem with this car was that the ABS was kicking in at low speed. not all the time but it annoyed the customer.

Corroded drive shaftsBMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

We placed the car on a ramp and endevoured to find the fault. Removing the wheels we were able to access the brake and inspect the drive shafts. So, on examination Ryan discovered that the drive shafts had corroded. Thus causing the target rings to swell and go out of shape. Consequently, the target rings had also damaged the ABS sensors.

We notified the BMW owner, who gave us permission to go ahead and repair his car. This is a good practice that I think most modern Autocentres now carry out. Gone are the days when the customer was presented with a massive repair bill. In my opinion this is best practice and both the garage and the customer know where they stand.

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

To repair the car ABS problems, we fitted new drive shafts and associated sensors. Of course we were confident that this would solve the problem ! and so it duly did.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

Car Disk Brakes-A Brief Explanation about what they do and what they are?

 Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

Whatever car you drive you are likely to have Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake flued on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

Whatever car you drive a perhaps it is a small, medium,or a large 4×4 car even a motorbike or a pick up truck, you will probably have Car Disk Brakes fitted as standard on your vehicle. The

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Car Disk Brakes, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) and the disks, the Car Disk Brakes are the most commonly used on today’s modern cars. Disc brakes are far better and much more efficient than drum brakes because of their more modern design and more powerful stopping ability. Disc brakes are a success story from the world of motor racing and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Car Disk Brakes consist of two pads Made from a non-asbestos material that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. When you press the brake pedal inside the car, the pressure is transferred from the pedal to the discs thus stopping the car.You control the braking power. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads come together on the disk, forcing it to stop turning which will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.

 


How To Keep your Disk Brakes in top condition.

Whatever type of type of vehicle you may drive, you will probably need to consider having your brakes serviced and brakes maintenance or replacement of your brake parts , at some point along the way. It is important to have the thickness of your brake pads checked by a competent person preferably a qualified mechanic . If your pads are thin or even down to the bare metal, they can cause damage to your disc brakes which will increase your bill due to disc damage due to” metal on metal”.

 

Also check your brake fluid

You should always keep an eye on your cars brake fluid level in the cylinder top up tank under the bonnet. This top up is usually done on a regular service or brake service, by a competentAutocentrein your neighborhood.

Replacing the break pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easily on your own but it is worth noting that the brake discs and pads are becoming much more sophisticated on the cars of today. So Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure and once again it may be wise to let your localUnipart centre to do your brakes professionally.

What are the signs of brake disc damage ?

There are many ways your break disks will warn you of impending damage. The first experience that our customers have is a complaint of a “grinding” sound. This is usually the “metal on Metal” that I described earlier. The Car Disk Brakes can also warp, scar or crack , due to heat that is caused by heavy excessive braking. Once again these signs are picked up in routine brake servicing.

Are there different disc brake designs?

The answer to this is “YES”, these days, the designs of the Car Disk Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel, but others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate, keeping the discs cooler, once again a development from racing car design. These drilled out steel discs help prolong the life of the Car Disk Brakes because they reduce built-up heat and prevent the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless and each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About 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 worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.

 

 

How Brake Pads Work

How Brake Pads Work-Understand What your BRAKE PADS Do

How Brake Pads Work

How Brake Pads Work;Unipart brake pads

Here at Pellon Autocentre we use top quality brake parts. Because it gives us peace of mind that we are fitting a top class product .Knowing that our customers wont have problems with their new brake pads.

How Brake Pads Work;English: This is a graph demonstrating differe...

English: This is a graph demonstrating How Brake Pads Work different types of brake pads typical stopping distances from 80 MPH or 130 KM/hour in feet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There to stop your car !

Your brake pads are one of the most important part of your cars braking system. Because, they are the component that makes contact to the discs. Applying, the pressure and friction to your cars brake discs. Of course, this is the pressure and friction that is applied to the brake discs.

Slowing and stopping your vehicle. Once your brakes are applied. At this instance, the pressure from the master cylinder stops the wheels from turning and your vehicle stops. The role of How Brake Pads Work is really very simple, but the construction of the brake pads is not.

Did you know that Brake pads were once made out of asbestos !

So, asbestos was used to make brake pads. Especially, in my younger days when I was an apprentice mechanic. But because of the cancer causing materials in the pads. Urgently, then new compounds had to be developed. Nowadays brake pads are made from a mixture of different compounds. Including, metallic shavings or non-metallic, organic materials. Depending on the manufacturers own compound mixes.

The brake pads are compressed onto your brake discs when you press the brake pedal. The discs are fitted directly to the wheel hubs and the axle, on applying the brake pads friction is forced upon the disc causing the wheels to slow and then stop depending on the pressure applied to the pedal. The discs work in unison with the brake pads in order to stop your vehicle.

When will I need new brake pads or discs?

There are many different warning signs that your vehicle will give you before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or extensive repair. The first thing to say is that you should always have your car regularly serviced, including your braking system. This will stop problems before they occur.

Here’s some other things that you should look out for.

Watch out for your brake warning light coming on when you are driving?

How Brake Pads Work

English: A set of EBC performance disk brake pads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check or have your garage check your brake fluid level?
Do you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
Any feeling of a vibration or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is pressed?
Does your vehicle steer or pull to one side when you apply your brakes?

All these symptoms are the most common signs that are a potential brake system hazard ! Problems and they should be looked at immediately. Of course, they have the potential to cause a lethal accident. Brakes are there to stop your car and they should not be treated lightly. In a word, if you have them inspected at regular intervals you will reduce the chances of future safety problems.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights-Dashboard Warning Lights can scare you to death?

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights

Of course, almost all the modern cars today have a massive bank of warning lights. Including your Car Brake Warning Lights. Naturally, on the dash when you switch your ignition on to start your car. So, as the engine begins to pick up after a few seconds the dashboard  lights should have cleared. Modern technology and on-board computers have enabled car manufacturers. Hence, to connect almost every part of the modern car to some kind of warning lights.

This is for increased fuel efficiency and to enhance the car’s safety. Consequently, the car dash looks more like an airplane’s cockpit these days. Thankfully we have clever mechanics with computer soft-wear. At the same time, that can diagnose what these problems are should they arise. We at Pellon Auto-centre use a car diagnostic computer made by SUN Systems . So finding that it is a great machine for sorting out the light problems and resetting the  lights. Of course while  telling us what the underlying problem may be.

 Brake warning lights

Car Brake Warning Lights symbols look the same for most car models. But yours could be slightly different. Its purpose is to tell you that something is wrong with the braking system somewhere on the car. With this in mind, if this light comes on, check your owner’s manual to find out its meaning. So, as I say some cars have a different meaning. It could be used for many purposes. For example, the same light may be used to show that the hand-brake is left on. If that’s the case and you’re still driving, you would notice the smell of burning brake pads. The light can also indicate that the fluid in your brake master cylinder is getting low. Each manufacturer has a different use and standard for this light. In all cases if the light remains on you should take the car at once to your local auto centre and have the brakes checked out. For further information click the link bellow.


ABS Car Brake Warning Lights

Not all cars have ABS braking systems but they are becoming more common as the new cars are starting to come out. If you car has an ABS braking system, you will have a second type of warning light (as shown in the picture). If you see this light on you should seek immediate help from your garage or Auto-centre. This light is controlled by a computer and means that the computer has picked up a problem with the braking system. It could just be a simple thing such as dirty contacts on your braking components and sensors, or it could be that your ABS unit needs replacing, either way if this light comes on please take notice and have your car checked out as soon as possible. The may stay on, flash or blink but whatever it does seek attention, you may end up with no brakes at all.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

 

 

Check Your Brakes Regularly-Check your BRAKES it may save your Life

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013

 Check Your Brakes Regularly;Brakes are there to stop you please make sure they are in good condition ?

 When you finally need to replace your brake pads or any other parts on your car, it is important to contact a professional well equipped Auto Centre or

Check Your Brakes Regularly

Check Your Brakes Regularly;Unipart Brake Repairs on this BMW Mini, in at Pellon Autocentre-Halifax-UK

garage. You will have the confidence that your car will be handled by top class certified mechanics and you will be charged the correct price for the work that you are having carried out.

It is also important to know that the parts used will be genuine parts of the highest quality. We have full array of quality brake parts at our disposal to fit any car of any age. We can carry out any brake work at very competitive prices and as a member of Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), Uccc Members our work carries a nationwide guarantee so that you can go on holiday with peace of mind that should anything go wrong, you will be able to contact us and we will direct you to another garage in the area that you are staying for your holidays.

AN offer of a Car Brake Pads and Check Your Brakes Regularly service is always available to our customers, free of charge you just book your car in and we will remove all the wheels and inspect the brakes including the pads or shoes , also we inspect the brake calipers and any other Unipart Car Parts Online and components on your braking system. Your Car Brakes condition are then reported back to you, and you can make up your mind as to having the Disc Brakes work carried out or not. We will also give you the full and correct price for the work doing, including labour, parts and VAT.

 All our brakes work is fully guaranteed for 12 months

Check Your Brakes Regularly

Check Your Brakes Regularly;Aaron carrying out o brake inspection

 Both in Halifax and throughout The UK using the UCCC warranty scheme, an all round good deal. We also try to offer the best price for your brake job doing but because we use the best parts we may not always be the cheapest . It is also important to note that we carry out a full brake check on your car when having a Silver or a Gold service

We then report back to you if there is anything a miss with the brakes and you can make up your own mind if you require us to do the work. Please don’t forget that your brakes are there to stop you especially in emergencies, so Check Your Brakes Regularly, they are extremely important so do not neglect them and have a free brake check carried out by the experts.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national
tyre companies 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.

Brake servicing in Halifax UK-Tips about BRAKES SERVICING for better car safety

Post Updated 20th Dec 2013

Brake servicing in Halifax UK;Regular brakes servicing is very important

Brake servicing in Halifax UK

Brake servicing in Halifax UK

Brakes and tyres are the most important most important parts to look after on your car . We should have our brakes checked at regular intervals, either on the cars routine service schedule or a stand alone brake service.

The most common time we find for brake failure is on the MOT test. We find that when this happens the brakes are in pretty poor condition.Brake servicing in Halifax UK is imperative for our local motorists. Most motorists though ignore my advice, and do not know that they have a problem with their brakes until they hear the grinding of metal to metal as their pads wear out and touch the metal brake discs, making the all too familiar horrible grinding noise. Please remember to have your brakes checked at regular intervals, this saves a big bill later when one problem runs to another, and could become very expensive.

Another problem the motorist has is that there Car Brakes wear out very slowly. I am talking in particular about things like brake hoses and brake cylinder rubbers. Both these items are made of a rubber based material and eventually they will rot away by the brake fluid. This rotting away would be noticed by our mechanics when having a Brake servicing in Halifax UK, on a routine service or MOT test as the leaking of the fluid is easily detectable. This can be very dangerous when the hose goes, as your brake fluid will be lost and with it your inability to stop the car.

As said above, brakes including the “metal pipes” that carry the brake fluid round the brake system are not checked out, there is a possibility that they may leak causing brake failure.

Brake servicing in Halifax UK

BMW mini 2 having its brakes checked out, Brake servicing in Halifax UK alerted the owner of this particular car had to have new discs and pads all the way round, because of lack of servicing.

Luckily for us in the UK we have the MOT test on an annual basis and the test will pick up many faults, but it is a very wise motorist that has their Disc Brakes brakes serviced at regular intervals.

Motorists are wise to have a brakes service carried out after Winter time. Winter is the time that you will use the brakes twice as much as in Summer time, because of motoring in very bad conditions. Another reason to have a brakes service is if you live in a hilly area, obviously you will be using the brakes much more when going down steep hills and taking sharp bends, probably using the brakes twice as much as on regular flat roads such as in Linconshire.

“Unipart2 replacement parts for your brakes servicing

Your brake pads usually need changing when there is about 25% of the pads left on and callipers have a system of measurements to determine how thick they are and whether or not they may need changing. Autodata gives us the correct thickness the pads should be before being replaced.

We here at Pellonautocentre offer a free brake check or can carry out a Brake servicing in Halifax UK for £29.90. If any brake work is required we can offer our customers a courtesy car, or give them a lift and back .We can offer online booking for MOT TESTS

We only use “Unipart” or “main dealer” quality parts with a warranty that covers all the mainland UK.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.

Skoda Brake Judder- Our customers Skoda, Turns Out to be in a Dangerous state ?

Skoda Brake Judder

Skoda Brake Judder; Brake Discs the problem

Skoda Brake Judder

Skoda Brake Judder; another picture of the broken discs

Amongst all the different types of work we carry out, brakes are one of the most important. It is vital that we carry out the work to the up most of our professional skills and we never fail.

The typical brake customer calls into the garage and says that their brakes are rattling or squeaking or they are making some noises. When this happens, we will need the car for a full morning or afternoon as brake jobs are crucial and we need the correct time to repair them correctly.   www.carbibles.com/brake_bible.html

The first thing we do is to remove all the wheels on a ramp and give the brakes a god examination; we also put the car on our brake roller if this is required. We then prepare a price and phone the customer with the good or bad news, before any work is carried out.

Skoda Brake Judder

In this particular case, we had a phone call from the owner of a Skoda Octavia; the car was a 2008 year model. Our customer complained of the car having “out of balance type of a Skoda Brake Judder”. When we removed the wheels Ryan Linton one of my mechanics was shocked to see that one of the brake discs had completely broken in two, a very dangerous condition. Therefore, it was lucky that the driver didn’t have an unfortunate accident.

Look at the pictures; the brakes should be in one piece

We think that we should report this to Skoda as these discs may be part of a bad batch, we hope not.?

For brake servicing in Halifax click the following linkhttps://www.pellonautocentre.com/brakeservicing.html

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

Skoda Brake Judder

Skoda Brake Judder; This Skoda brake disc is completely split in two. A very rare occurrence, nd the customer was referring the problem to Skoda for further examination.

 

Anti-lock Braking System

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)-Another great explanatory video about how ABS works.

Anti-lock Braking System

Anti-lock Braking System

This article is about your anti-lock braking system. Thus, ABS fitted onto your car is an additional safety feature. Hence, this is now found on many modern cars. Your cars ABS system. For this reason, is designed to help prevent your wheels from locking. Especially, during heavy braking situations, such as cornering on a wet or snowy road. Thus, your ABS will  prevent your car from skidding or Aquaplaning. Your ABS system is made up of the ABS module, and has sensors fitted on each of your wheels. As a result, these sensors detect your wheel speed.hence, this will send a message to the ABS module. This reacts by rapidly pumping the brakes when detected. Especially when the car is skidding and has lost the traction on a wet or icy road.

If your car is not fitted with an ABS system, then a lost of traction due to loss of traction. This could be caused by skidding, or aquaplaning on wet roads.  When you have to apply your brakes, then without ABS you could lose control of the car. As a result, your ABS system on your vehicle will give you plenty of warning signs when there is any problems with ABS system.

I think it is important for the driver to be aware of the warning signs. By knowing about the problems and correcting them, then you are more likely to be able to address the problem, should a problem occur. As I have said previously, ABS works by detecting individual wheel-lock and momentarily releasing the brakes on that particular wheel. Hence, by cutting out the amount of brake fluid. Which is supplied to the wheel via the master cylinder.Therefore to allow the wheel to regain traction and then carry on driving on in safety.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=abs+braking

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-A Look into How Important It Is To You and Your Car.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-We all should a regular brakes service carried out on our cars

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Along with tyres, the most important thing to look after on your cars are the brakes. We should all have our brakes checked at regular intervals, either on the cars routine service schedule or a stand alone Brake Servicing Halifax UK.

Most motorists though ignore my advice and do not know that they have a problem with their brakes until they hear the dreaded grinding of metal to metal as their pads wear out and touch the metal brake discs, making the all too familiar horrible grinding noise.

One of the other problems that the motorist has is that your brakes wear out very gradually. I am talking in particular about things like brake hoses and brake cylinder rubbers. Both these items are made of a rubber based material and eventually they will be eaten away by the brake fluid. This eating away would notice by our mechanics on a routine service as the leaking of the fluid is readily detectable.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

If the brakes including the metal pipes. Therefore, that carry the brake fluid round. Thus, are not checked out. Therefore, there is a possibility that they may leak causing brake failure. Luckily for us in the UK. We have a MOT test on an annual basis. As expected, the test does pick up many faults.

But it is a sagacious person that have their Brake Servicing Halifax UK at regular intervals. Motorists were particularly wise if they have a Disc Brakes service carried out after Winter time. Winter is the time that you will use the brakes twice as much as in Summertime, because of motoring on ice and snow. Another reason to have a brakes service is if you live in a hilly or mountainous area, apparently you will be using the brakes much more when going down steep inclines and taking sharp bends, probably using the Car Brakes twice as much as on regular flat roads such as in Norfolk.

We only use quality Unipart replacement part on our brakes servicing

Brake pads usually need changing when there is about 25% of the Car Brake Pads left on, and callipers have a system of measurements to determine how thin they are and whether or not they may need changing

We here at Pellonautocentre offer a free brake check or can carry out a brake service for £29.90. If any brake work is required, we can provide our customers with a courtesy car, or give them a lift and back.

We only use Unipart quality parts with a warranty that covers all the mainland UK.

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About Eric Roberts

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

 

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) Work-A good look at this excellent video in the braking series.

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

The technology that we use.Hence, in ABS braking systems, is almost a hundred years old. The ABS systems were first used on aircraft. Accordingly, since the World War 2 period.
ABS was used on cars as early as the 1920’s. In my time as a garage owner in Halifax UK. I remember the first ABS systems coming out in the 1990’s. The system was developed to improve road safety. Of course, ABS also improved the cars handling. Especially, on wet roads when braking, then the ABS gives your car better control.
I always thought that the ABS system on cars, was very complicated to understand. However, the system is fairly simple to understand. If you are driving along and have to brake quickly. Then your car may go into a skid . The ABS control module sensor, picks up any slow down or a pause in the wheel turning.
Thus, it corrects the problem and helps the driver to steer out of trouble. In a normal type of skid(if there is such a thing). The cars steering control is lost, but continues in a straight line.This is also picked up by the ABS control sensor and pulses the brakes. This pulsing results in the driver being able to control the car out of the skid.

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

Most cars are equipped with a ABS control on each wheel. The car also has an ABS anti-lock control module and an electronic control unit. For normal braking the ABS system, applies the hydraulic pressure to all the four of the cars wheels. When a skid is detected, then the pressure pulses to each brake. The system is a little more complicated, but i think that this is a fair description.

A 3D video I wrote, storyboarded and directed. This video is posted elsewhere but I’m the originator of the work.

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