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Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car-Corsa came to us with a “Worn Tyres problem”-Scary Story Unfolded?

Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car

Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car

As many of us garage owners all know, then we do get some scary cars presented to us. Especially when things turned out to be something I would consider to be dangerous. As the owner of an MOT centre, we do see some worrying things!

Things such as holes in the car floors. Sometimes we have had cars presented to us with completely rotted brake pipes. So, rotten brake pipes could go at any time and cause a nasty accident. Many drivers are oblivious to these problems and just shrug them off as “one of those things”.

Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car

Tyres like this are dangerous and presented to us on a fairly regular basis?

Tyres are another problem.

Recently a driver complained that his car was making a bumping sound from the back of the car. As a result of a close examination we discovered a rear tyre with a massive “egg” on the inside shoulder. Apparently, he had noticed the noise got worse when he was doing 70 MPH on the M62 motorway. Wow, this is one of the reasons why we have so many road accidents. Drivers neglecting their vehicles.

Some cars have problems from when they were brand new. We have had several cars presented to us in the past. Hence, with on going problems. One Citroen Picasso had constant tyre wear problems. We never really got to the bottom of that after several wheel adjustment attempts. The car had to go back to Citroen for some alterations in the end.

This particular Vauxhall Corsa was having “tyre wear” issues.


The owner said he had to keep buying part worn tyres because the car was eating them up and he could not afford new ones. Of course, we suspected the wheel alignment at first. Consequently, we set the car up on our new “wheel alignment centre” So, as soon as we had the car up on a ramp we do a visual inspection of the steering parts.

What a shock when we found the cause. A “track rod end” which is an important part of the steering was so badly worn that it was ready to come off. Of course if this had come off at high speed then the driver would have lost control of the car. These things are presentable by having your car regularly serviced. Vehicle owners think that we just change the oils and filters.

However, if this guy had a regular service to his Corsa. Then parts that are starting to wear would have been found at an early stage. Including this track rod end.

Other interesting fault cars presented to garages for testing can be seen on this DVLA article.

Eric Roberts

lead-acid batteries

Car Brakes Rule The Day-Another Busy Saturday Sees a Good Mixture of Customer Car Problems?

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Testing a VW Polo battery with our new battery tester

Car Brakes Rule The Day

As many of my readers will know then Saturday is my favorite day of the week. So the rest of my week is spent working on my computer trying to figure out the best way to please Google and rank my business websites. I have a one man mission to conquer this. So with the help of Yoast, I soldier on.

This Saturday was to be a very busy one. It is the middle of November and our customers are preparing their cars for the Christmas break. Of course this has been helped by the short spell of colder weather. Exciting days for us when the cars roll in desperate for a new car battery to replace the one thats on its way out.

Car batteries to start the day

Of course we are happy to oblige them? My staff have a new toy? Its a great little new battery tester. Naturally, our new battery tester tells the customer that he needs a new battery by giving him a print out. Print outs seem to be what people want. In fact all our electronic testers including our 4 wheel alignment gauges will give out a printout for the customer to see.

Our first two cars that pulled in were in fact to test batteries. Consequently, they both failed and new car batteries were fitted. Also the last car in this particular Saturday was a for a battery fitting on a VW Polo. The car had an 063 fitted as original equipment. In this case we always replace the battery with the one fitted on as the original. We offered the lady one of our own brand Apollo Premium 063 batteries. She was pleased with the price and the battery was fitted.

Brakes take over?

However it was soon to become apparent, when the next three cars that came in all had some sort of brake problems. Saturday, can become difficult with brake problems. Because, not all brake parts are available from our local parts people. Any how this time we were in luck and the brake parts were available for all the cars that came in on this particular day.

Vauxhall Corsa with brake caliper problem

The first car was a young lady in a Corsa D 2007 1.2. She went on to tell us that the the car was bought about a year ago. Of course, she went on to tell us that

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Vuaxhall Vectra badly worn discs that needed replacing

the Corsa behaves erratically when braking. Any time I step on the brake pedal, the car will pull towards the right side. So pulling into the centre of the road. Very scary! However it eventually straightens itself up.

Alex went on a short road test. On his return it decided that he needed to remove the wheels. But suspected a seized brake caliper was likely to be the culprit. Sure enough the brakes were visually inspected and both calipers were not working freely. One was worse than the other causing the Corsa to pull into the centre of the road when braking. Alex was able to free one side but the other required a new brake caliper.

Vauxhall Vectra B with noisy brakes

Following just behind the Corsa was a guy with a Vectra brake problem. This was also to be an easy diagnosis. Consequently, the guy had fitted a set of his own pads in preparation for its pending MOT Test. Subsequently, the car had passed the test but had developed the dreaded grinding noise. Grinding must rate up there as the most common brakes fault.

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Worn out brake discs and pads

Once again we had an incline as  to what the problem was going to be. John, one of my mechanics removed the front wheel to examine the discs and pads. Sure enough the guy had fitted new pads but had fitted them onto badly worn discs. So unless the discs are in really good condition then we always change the discs and pads. Because the guy was waiting for his car we showed him his error.

After fitting new discs the brakes were rebuilt and road tested. of course everything was fine and the guy went off a happy customer. Hence, the next two brake jobs were simple discs and pads and the cars offered us with no major challenges. Just what we want on a Saturday. Everything was straight forward.

Eric RobertsCar Brakes Rule The Day

 

 

 

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

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Local Auto Centre-“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Waterloo Record

Local Auto Centre

Local Auto Centre
Your Local Auto Centre will advise on timing belt change times

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Waterloo Record Some of the most important maintenance services to have regularly performed at Local Auto Centre on your car include tyre rotation, four wheel alignment, transmission service, differential service,…

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Car servicing

So. this is a great saying ! and of course it is correct”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Of course the moral of the story is all about having your car serviced at your Local Auto Centre. So, and by doing so you are taking a preventative measure finding future faults and possible failures. Importantly, things like rotating your tyres, wheel alignment, checking brakes and steering before a more major fault appears, all these things will be checked out at your local service centre.

Of course, you should also be advised. Especially, about the time that you should have your timing belt changed. Hence, this is very important . Because it could mean a massive bill . Of course, for a new engine fitting . Thus, should you fail to change your timing belt . Especially, at the correct time. Please make sure that you have a regular service carried out on your car at a Local Auto Centre, here in the UK i recommend that you go online to find a Unipart Car Care Centre in your local town or look out for a Point-S service centre.

Local Auto Centre Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres . Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also selling 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.

See on www.therecord.com

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