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Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft-Not much of a common problem here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK.

Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft

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Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft

I must admit that this is not a common problem for my mechanics here at pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK. Of course like any other mechanical part, then the problem starts in a small way. This lady driver thought that her wheels needed balancing. Of course that was her first assumption? Hence, a vibration from the front of her car could have been a wheel balance problem. However this was not to be the case?

As a result a month ago then we balanced the cars wheels and also checked out the tyres at the same time. All looked well with the tyres, just the perennial problem of the wheel alignment requiring some adjustment. But the balancing proved to be fine and off she drove into the sunset?

However the vibrating did not stop and a strange low pitch grinding noises could be heard? The lady carried on driving the car and visited her local supermarket. When she started the car and tried to move off then a much louder cranking banging noise came from the drivers side front.

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The lady quickly realised that she had a major problem. Consequently, the car would not drive and so she contacted us for advice. As a result we knew that the drive had gone and she was thought to have had wheel balancing problems. These things tied up too be the driveshaft. Because the car is a front wheel drive then the car has two driveshafts, more commonly known as “half shafts“.

Fiat Leon Failing (half shaft)

The half shafts so takes the power from the engine and sends this power to drive the wheels. In this case a front wheel drive car has a drive shaft at each side of the engine. On a rear wheel drive car the drive shaft transmits the engines power to the “differential” which in turn transmits the power to the rear wheels. Of course,there are many different variants to this. But in general the outcome is very much the same.

As a result that the car was un-drivable, we recovered the car back to our garage. So on arrival we drove the car onto a vacant ramp and proceeded to remove the front wheels. So, the half-shaft connects to the brake and wheel assembly via the “constant velocity joint” This is a system of small bearings that allows the wheels to turn when the car has been driven along. This assembly is protected from the elements by a rubber boot. The rubber boot is filled with “high heat resistance” grease.

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Subsequently, the problems occur when the rubber boot splits for some reason. This is more common in areas where there are problems with “pot holes“. The damage can be seen in my images. A complete replacement half shaft was the best solution for this model of car and the customer gave permission for the job doing.

It turned out well for us, because that Saturday, then we had a snow fall. This has the effect of keeping our customers tucked up in bed. However we did get busier with tyres sales later on in the morning. All in all a good days work ?

Eric Roberts

 

 

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Wheel Balancing Problems-Wheel vibrations can damage your car.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? You can tell if yo… (Wheel Balancing Problems feel vibrations under your seat or steering wheel?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Balancing Problems

So, this video shows exactly how we balance a wheel. Some wheel balances  are much more sophisticated than others. However, they are all built on the same principals. Hence to achieve the same end result a good smooth ride ! Wheel balancing is carried out on every single tyre that we fit at Pellon tyres. Including any strip and fits or puncture repairs. Although this video is from the USA. Of course the equipment is international. So we do the same thing using the same type of wheel balancing machines.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems will shake your Blueberry Toyota Steering Wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wheel Balancing Problems are more noticeable when you are driving on the motorway (freeway). Significantly, it can be detected by a strange vibrating feeling. Of course, coming through the vehicles steering wheel. Especially at a certain speed. Usually, say between 50 and 60 mph. You can often drive through the vibrating feeling. Unpleasant, but generally it will not go away, and is most annoying.

Sometimes Wheel Balancing Problems can make you feel the vibrations coming from the cars seat

So, this usually the rear wheels which are out of balance. Other Wheel Balancing  problems with your vehicle can cause a shaking through the steering wheel. Generally though it will be the wheel balancing that causes the vibrations and other balancing problems. Commonly, the main  cause is a lost balance weight. Say, after your wheel has caught the kerb (sidewalk edge) . Logically, the weight may have come off and  this is the most common cause.

Another cause of out of balance wheels can be a buckled alloy wheel. Significantly, caused by the pot-hole problem that we are all having to endure. So, to combat this we have invested in a special machine. Of course to straighten bent alloy wheels back to their original shape. I will keep our customers informed in future blogs.

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

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.pellontyres.co.uk. So 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 Trading Standards, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

Wheel balancing Facts-Car Drivers are still not sure What WHEEL BALANCING IS ?

Wheel balancing Facts

Wheel balancing Facts; in the beginning?

Wheel balancing Facts When I first started working in the tyre trade. Then, wheel balancing was not as important . Especially, on the old x ply tyres on slowly driven cars. Hence, as it is on today’s fast cars driving on the fast highways. For this reason, we used to spend hours trying to balance Jaguar wheels. Thus, on old “spirit level” wheel balancers. In times gone by the Jaguar was about the fastest British car out . Consequently, Jaguars came out on Dunlop tyres . This was a textile radial the size was Er70Vr x15.

The problem was that Dunlop could not get the tyre to balance correctly. Therefore, all the tyres had to go back to Dunlop to be skimmed on a special machine. Thus, to make the tyres circumference what you may call “round”. As I have said, a special machine had to be made to perform this. For this reason, all Jaguar wheels were done in this way.
Nowadays we used very sophisticated machinery. Exclusively, to perform the wheel balancing. Moreover, these machines are computerised and very accurate. Pinpointing the exact place where the weight should be attached.

It is now very rare that a wheel would need re-balancing. Even more, once the new tyre was fitted and the wheel balancing was done. For this reason, we have all experienced the  vibration of their wheels. Especially, wheels that say, looses a weight. Balancing,  also causes problems with your suspension and steering parts. Apart from annoying the driver. Therefore, it is important that you get the wheels balanced again. Preferably, as soon as possible.

Wheel balancing “wobble” is very distinctive

The vibration or wobble caused by an out of balance wheel is easy to identify. Your car will drive normally until a certain speed is reached , balancing Facts say 50 mph and start to vibrate through your hands on the steering wheel, the car will normally drive through this to say 60 mph and then feel perfectly normal, this is your wheels that are out of balance.

Sometimes the facts state that vibration comes through your seat, this is usually your rear wheels that are out of balance, most other things that can vibrate on your car such as faulty brakes, will be a more violent vibration and will start at low speeds and be very noisy , if this happens stop your car a seek some advice from a skilled engineer or your nearest Auto-centre.
To summarise  balancing Facts can cause your tyres to wear prematurely and also feels uncomfortable when driving any good Tyre centre will correct the problem in half an hour and have you on your way in no time.
Please watch this great video from you-tube…

This post was written by Eric Robertswww.batteriesontheweb.co.uk