Failing Brakes-Lack Of Car Servicing Could lead To problems with your cars brakes ?

Failing Brakes

Many cars are now having The experience of driving your car along the road only to find that when you apply the Failing Brakes, you hear a tremendous “grinding”noise problems

We are now finding that we are seen an increase in drivers calling into our garage. Thus, with Failing Brakes. Consequently,  that are rattling and banging. Many of our customers are lady drivers (about 60%

Failing Brakes

New Brake Discs fitted to the BMW Mini with Failing Brakes

we estimate). The experience of driving your car along the road . Hence, only to find that when you apply the Failing Brakes. Then you can hear a tremendous “grinding”noise. As a result, coming from your car. This can be a harrowing and frightening experience.

Failing Brakes

Examining discs and pads

 

When this happens. So, all the customer wants to do is stop the car. Then, get it to a garage as soon as possible. These days as well as the noise, then a warning light will illuminate on the dash-board. Making the experience twice as daunting.

For some strange reason. The cost of the repairs to repair to them does not seem to be a problem. Because, this important part of the Failing Brakes must be fixed at all cost.

This is the bit that I don’t understand ! We find that the main reason for the Failing Brakes, and becoming beyond the stage of safety levels (when the pads are completely worn down and they become metal on metal with the Discs), is mainly because the vehicle had not been serviced the year before.

By skipping a service usually for financial reasons. You will be storing trouble up for the future. Especially, with problems with Failing Brakes. This is truly false economy.

We find the cost of the repairs is probably twice the cost as it would be if the repairs were picked up at an MOT test or for the vehicle servicing. When servicing and we find that the  Brake Pads are getting low, then we report back to the client with an advisory and the parts will be changed on the service making the car safe again, and up to scratch. If the owner does not have their vehicle serviced and the Failing Brakes are neglected, then the problem of low pads will then be spread to the other parts, namely the brake

Failing Brakes

The ladies BMW Mini having the brakes repaired after servicing

discs, and then you could end up with seized up brake calipers, and leaking brake cylinders and damaged ABS warning wires.

Failing Brakes problems would have been avoided.

One lady customer brought her BMW Mini in to us with Failing Brakes problems. When we examined them , the car required discs and pads on the front and pads on the rear. The lady could not understand this as she said that we had serviced the car a couple of months previously.

When we checked the records on our computer system, the last service was carried out 18 months ago, she had missed her annual service completely, needless to say that she apologised, paid her bill and went on her way. We do send out reminders to our customers, but it had slipped her mind.

The invoice was twice the amount as it would have been if the pads had been picked up on a standard service. We do understand that in such bad financial times, some people just can not afford for servicing doing but many Autocentres like ourselves in Halifax, will carry out brake service for as little as £29.90, then at least you will know that your brakes are safe.

 

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

 Car Brake Warning Lights

Nearly all the modern cars today have a massive bank of warning lights including your Car Brake Warning Lights on the dash when you switch your ignition on and start your car. As the engine begins to pick up after a few

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights; This replacement disc was fitted with help from the brake warning lights showing up the old damaged discs.

seconds the dashboard  lights will have cleared. Modern technology and on-board computers have enabled car manufacturers 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. The car dash looks more like an airplane’s cockpit these days, but thankfully we have clever mechanics with computer soft-wear that can diagnose what these problems are should they arise. We at Pellon Auto-centre use a car diagnostic computer made by SUN Systems and find it is a great machine for sorting out the light problems and resetting the  lights, or telling us what the underlying problem may be.

 Brake warning lights

Car Brake Warning Lights symbol looks 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. If this light comes on, check your owner’s manual to find out its meaning, 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.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre and Battery  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.

 

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights; a typical ABS warning lights

 

 

standard brake warning lights

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.

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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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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.