Car Hand brake- Car Repair MYTHS ? Hand Brake (Parking Brakes) Customers always want it Checking?

Car Hand brake

Car Hand brake

Things that motorists still ask for when having a car repair.(Car Hand brake)

Consequently, this is an article about some of the things that motorists ask for or ask us to check. Hence, when they leave their car with us for servicing. I have to admit that most of these guys are male. Thus, from the older generation of motorists.Naturally, who remember some of the problems that they used to encounter in the past. Of course, on some of the older model cars that were driven then.

Therefore,one of the most asked questions is “Can you just adjust my Car Hand brake”. This comes from the days when I was a young mechanic. So all you had to do to adjust the hand brake on most regular cars. Was to take out a split pin, and turn a screw thread. Of course, to either lengthen or shorten the hand brake cables.Thus giving you more leverage from the handbrake in the brake shoes.

When the handbrakes finally snapped with rust or age. Then, all you had to do was replace it with a new cable,”simple”. This type of hand brake system was always failing. Especially, when you pulled on the hand brake.So, the cable would snap. This, was responsible for many an accident.With cars parked on hills running away. However, this is the type of Car Hand brake that some motorists think their car is fitted with. Thus,thinking that it is only a ten minute job to adjust (at probably no cost to him ).

Car Hand brake (Parking Brake)

As the modern car progressed. So it was clear that better braking systems had to developed. As a result, cars were getting faster, then they had to stop more efficiently and quickly. This brings us up to date.Consequently, with more and more car manufacturers using discs on all four corners of their cars. Not fitting the drums system at the rear. (Some newer cars still have drums at the rear, but more are favoring four wheel disc systems,for greater braking efficiency). Modern cars also have a separate handbrakes system. Including, their own drums system. Thus, working in conjunction with the rear discs. of course, which are virtually a separate system from the main brakes. Many cars are now fitted with duel cables. So, that are better protected from the outside elements (corrosion) .

Car Hand brake

Worn out discs and pads are another common brake problem besides Car Hand brake problems

Most Car Hand brake on modern cars are much more complicated to service. Of course,now are one and two hour jobs to complete. Some smaller cars have still got rear drums. A Car Hand brake that works by connecting to the Rear Brake Shoes. Requiring freeing off from time to time. Also and lubricating as part of a regular service. But I am afraid that the cables still seize up and have to be come to us for a Car Hand brake Cable Replacement  from time to time especially as the car gets older.

Car Hand brake

Rear Car Hand brake stripped down ready for the hand brake checking

Your Car Hand brake is now a different animal?

In the more up to date modern car with disc brakes all round there is an additional lever and cork screw mechanism that is added to the calipers piston. When the driver pulls the hand brake on in the car, the lever forces the cork screw against the same piston that activates the foot pedal system.

This system also has problems with seizing parts and will take more than ten minutes to free off and lubricate for further use. There are other systems such as used by Volvo, that incorporate a separate drum with its own Ferodo Brake Shoes that is connected to the rear discs, this can also be a long job to service correctly.

To summarise the “can you just adjust my Car Hand brake” days are over, we as a garage need to take more time to repair and adjust the modern car hand brake system and indeed what we do is to offer a separate service just to do the cars braking system justice and to offer a first class brake service.

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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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.

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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.

Jaguar XF- Brake Problems ? Hub Rusting the main Culprit?

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

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

jaguar xf discs

JaguarXF hub showing a small deposit of rust that had built up

customers who could afford to buy new Jaguars from time to time. One of them was one of the directors of the Fox’s biscuits empire, who was one of the Fox families, he always had four or five new cars on the go at once and always kept us busy with the servicing and repairs.

Jaguars have always appeared to have brake or tyre problems, throughout their history. I can remember in the late 1960’s the new  XJ4 came onto the market and sported wonderful flared archers with new 6×15 inch wheels that were fitted out with a new tyre form Dunlop, the ER70VR15, These  tyres were especially designed for Jaguar by Dunlop, who at that time were a major force in the UK tyre market. The car also came out on discs  all round.

I always remember the problems that the XJ4’s were having with vibrations coming through brakes and the steering wheels. It turned out that one of the problems was engine vibrations and many things were done 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 equipment that we use on today’s cars. In fact we had to take the cars the Dunlop garage in Leeds. 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 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 to make them

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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 as so not to affect the credibility 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… http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/cars/jaguar/xj4/the-cars-jaguar-xj6xj12/

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 and 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 brake 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 brake pedal did vibrate slightly. We could find nothing wrong and true to our warranty policy we suspected that the discs could be faulty and

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

ordered a new set of discs. 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, before refitting the discs. When we did this on this particular Jag it appeared to solve the problem. We cleaned off any rust that had formed on the hub 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.

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 Dunlop 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 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.

 

Car brake Noises and What could be the many Causes?

Car brake Noises and Possible Causes

To all our customers who have their car serviced at regular intervals, then brake problems will be at a minimal, 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, and 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 .

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, making your alloy wheels look a mess, these would have been cleaned in a service and sprayed with a special chemical to keep them in top condition.

Brake squeaking noises

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 calliper 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 calliper 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 problem is brake grinding

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 coming from the front of the car? Many of our customers think that the exhaust pipe has broken and it is dragging in the road, thus making this horrific grinding sound. This mainly happens when the

Car brake Noises,brake warning light

car brake warning light

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 and making a similar noise, but generally it is the metal on metal sound caused by worn out brake pads and is 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.  

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 and therefore the brakes will wear out quicker and 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.

Brake warning lights now help us more

One of the good things about modern cars 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. The brakes are fitted with a sensor wire that alerts a solenoid when the brake pads reach a certain thickness and a 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 have the brakes fixed before they start to grind.

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 before you embark on an important journey or before you hear the dreaded Car brake Noises; say 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

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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 Mintex Brake Pads parts. We also sell 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 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. 

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Brake Problems

Brake Problems

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Master cylinder brakes  fluid may need checking at regular intervals

This Brake Problems video and article written by Joyce Blay is well worth looking at. We in the garage and Autocentre sector are always advising the motorists about how they should look after their cars, but we cannot over stress the important of the cars braking system and how important it is to have your brakes checked by a professional mechanic or your local garage to avoid future Brake Problems.

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Checking the brake fluid level

The levels that are checked under your bonnet (hood) will include the level in your master cylinder. The lack of brake fluid in the Brake Master Cylinders will lead to spongy brakes and if not corrected will end up in Brake Problems and even brake failure.

Brake Problems

So have these levels checked and if required you may need a complete brake fluid change. This is something else that is recommended by the car manufacturers at intervals, so it is well worth checking to see what intervals this job should be done at. Also if you are topping up the master cylinder yourself, make sure you use the recommended type of fluid for your model, some are different to others, your user’s manual will tell you which fluid to use.

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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

 

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Peugeot 406- Brakes- Not checked for Two Years? have you checked yours recently?

Peugeot 406 not serviced for over two years and has a brakes issue.

Car owners sometimes make my “blood boil”. This particular motorist had decided to have his Peugeot 406 serviced and did not realise that the car had not had a service for well over two years, he insisted that the car had a service in 2012 when it was in for the MOT test, but when we looked it up on our computer system, it was in fact 2011 when it was last serviced. He swore us down that it was only last year and there must be a fault on our computer system.

However he left the Peugeot 406 with us and we proceeded with the service and changed all the oils and relevant filters, the oil was thick and black and there was not much of it and the filters were totally clogged up, we think that in another few months the engine would probably have blown up, due to lack of maintenance.Peugeot 406

The car was in for an annual MOT test in 2012 and it passed ,but the car had not been serviced as the customer had thought, however he would have known this because his invoice was only for £39.90,the price of the MOT test. Ryan my head mechanic then removed the wheels to check out the brakes as the car had a “ low efficiency reading”,on the rolling road brake tester.

Peugeot 406 brakes discs were just solid rust.

On inspection the front brakes needed a set of brake pads and the discs cleaning up. The rear discs on the Peugeot 406 were completely rusted solid and in a real mess. The rear Car Brake Pads and Disc Brakes had to be completely replaced because they were in such bad condition. In Ryan’s opinion this work would not have been needed if the Peugeot 406 had been serviced at more regular intervals. Car owners do not understand that their car is a machine made from millions of small parts and they need regular servicing and attention, it is not just a money thing it is all about safety.

I wonder how many people would travel by airplane if they thought that they had not been serviced for ages (not many).

Luckily modern cars are now equipped with electronic assistance’s to warn the driver about any pending problems, they warn you if your pads are getting low, a brake warning light will light up on the dash. Modern braking systems also have electronic assistance’s, known as (EBS) and have other additional braking aids such as Anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability program (ESP) Traction control system(TCS) and also electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

These systems are now becoming common features on today’s modern cars and are all designed to aid the driver when braking in different weather and bad situations that may occur. When you have to brake on an icy road or an uneven surface the electronic assistance will apply the correct pressure on the front and rear brakes at the right time to avoid the car from skidding out of control.

In my opinion this is all very good but the car owners should take the basic steps of making sure that their brakes ore in good condition by having the car serviced at a reputable service centre or at least have their Car Brakes serviced. . If you do not know one in your area look online for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre, Peugeot 406 brakes

Article written by Eric Roberts...www.pellonautocentre.com

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 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 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.

CAR BRAKES- Regularly Checking your Cars Brakes Could Save Your Life ?

You car brakes are essential

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A typical car brakes brake fluid reservoir

Along with your tyres , your car brakes are the most important (and sometimes most neglected) part of your car. I have been guilty of neglecting my brakes when I was a young man. When I was a young mechanic, I borrowed a car from my boss Peter. Peter said that I could but I must check the car brakes and the engine levels before setting off on my journey. I was heading for Blackpool, a seaside resort on the West coast of the UK. On our way home we started to pass through a town called Preston. I was doing the statutory speed of 30 mph and was approaching a pedestrian crossing and would have had to stop, but when I pressed the brake pedal there was nothing there. The pedal went straight to the floor boards. I had to swerve the car to miss a guy walking across the crossing and ended up on the pavement (side-walk). I rapidly. pumped the pedal and managed to get some brakes on the pedal, and the vehicle came to a stop. My  friends and I managed to get the car to a garage filling station a hundred yards down the road and I lifted the bonnet (hood) only to find that the car brakes brake fluid was at zero level in the reservoir. I felt a cold chill down my spine as I remembered what my boss Peter had said the day before we set off We managed to buy some Tesco Brake Fluid and topped up the reservoir. The car brakes pumped about half way up, but luckily the car would stop when I pressed the pedal and we limped home back to Yorkshire UK. A terrifying experience which I vowed would never happen again, lessons were learned and I am going to spell out a few important things about the care of your brakes, for you to understand before you embark on a journey or indeed at any time that you own a car.

Your brakes are a life saver

The British MOT test has been a great step forward towards the safety of our cars and our roads. When your car is having it’s annual MOT test we check everything on that car ( to the  VOSA MOT test specifications). One of the problems of old was the checking of your car brake pipes. Brake pipes connect all your four wheels braking system and the cylinders and brake pedal, and are fixed under the car, exposed to all the elements. They are protected by a special coating of wax-oil or sometimes just grease. Despite all the protection the Corroded Brake Pipes would rust and then start to leak the brake fluid, eventually causing the brakes to fail,similar to what happened to me in Preston.

The MOT test makes sure that all your brake pipes (lines) are in good working order and if not the car will fail the test and the pipes will have to be replaced. If you are not sure about the condition of your brake pipes you can get them checked out at your local Unipart Car Care Centre, free of charge, or the local garage that you use at the moment.

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Rotted brake pipes found on an MOT test examination

You must always check the brake fluid in the reservoir under your bonnet and top it up if required with the correct fluid. Check your brake pedal it should feel nice and solid, if it goes too far down then have yours checked by a professional garage or mechanic, don’t take risks, you should not have to pump your pedal to get a good brake.

You brake fluid should be changed every so often, this can be done when you have your car serviced, your local garage will be able to ascertain when, by looking it up on his service
computer for your model of car, we use the Autodata system for checking out the fluid change times.

Also you should check your Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads. These are the parts that constantly wear out and need replacing with Brake Pipe Kits when they get down to a certain thickness. When the pads wear down to the the metal part of the pads, then this is when you can hear a loud grinding noise that frightens the driver to death. Once again if this happens then you should have your car brakes checked by a professional mechanic or your local garage.

Once again if you have your car serviced when you have your annual MOT test then your brakes will be checked and should be fine for the next year to come. If your brake pedal does not feel right or goes further down than it should before you get a brake, then have the car checked out do not continue to drive before the car is checked by an expert.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and Car Brakes 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 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 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.