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All Car Maintenance Stuff

All Car Maintenance Stuff

Brakes Fail-How to Stop a Car with No Brakes: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

Brakes Fail

Brakes Fail

Brakes Fail;How to Stop a Car with No Brakes. Imagine you’re exiting the freeway on that killer ramp with the steep grade and the hairpin turn. You try the brakes and… nothing happens. Careening toward the guardrail at , you brace yourself for a…

 

Brakes Fail
Actually this is a good article? Drivers think that it will never happen to them, but believe me it is more common than you think.

In my opinion the Brakes Fail problem occurs after a DIY brake job. This usually happens on the older car that includes rear brake drums.

I can always remember, when i was a junior mechanic, learning the trade. One of the areas that i struggled on, was the small springs that held the brake shoes in place.

These little springs never seemed to go back into the same place as when they were removed. This is the kind of problem that the amateur mechanic faces when doing their own repairs. I eventually learned to get it right after much practice, but the DIY mechanic only has one or two attempts.

At the same time don’t think that they realise how important it is to free off all the moving parts that we associate with rear brake drums?

There are small levers that operate the hand brake and enable the brake shoes to operate in tandem. If these levers are not freed off and lubricated it could lead to sized up rear brakes.

This then leads to the over heating of the brakes and loss of brake fluid and then Brakes Fail. The brakes then fail and the procedures in this article have to be brought into play. I have known brake fluid to reach boiling point and evaporate altogether, leaving the car and driver with Brakes Fail.

This actually happened to me,when i was a youth, i over adjusted the rear drums. These overheated and failed? I stopped on a large side walk in Preston UK, without injuring any body?

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Range Rover Evoque-A convertible 4WD – Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Review – EFTM

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque

Just have a think for a moment, how many convertible 4WDs have you seen? That’s right – none. Unless you’ve been into a Range Rover dealership in the last few weeks. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible went on sale this week, and to see if it was all looks no delivery, we ventured to Queensland’s Fraser Island to give it a crack on some narrow bush tracks, soft sand and open beaches. The Evoque look

Nothing special about this post. Naturally, the Range Rovers appeal to many of the motoring public. Thus, including many of my customers. In Halifax, we have a Range Rover main dealer. So we get many of the second and third hand cars in for servicing and repair work.

Not forgetting the tyres and batteries. This Evoque looks great and well worth a look at although it is in Australia?

Eric roberts

Source: A convertible 4WD – Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Review – EFTM

Oil Changes-90-Second Oil Changes Could Be The Death Of DIY Mechanics By 2020 – Car Throttle

Oil Changes

Castrol’s new Nexcel tech promises 90-second drop oil changes and dry sumps for all. But could this revolutionary new process spell the end for DIY home mechanic?

Wow this is out of the blue?

All the energy in the recent auto scene has been dedicated to the engine emissions and cutting back on greenhouse gasses, but i never saw this one coming. Changing oil is pretty easy and i would not have thought that engineers were or would be looking for ways of making it easier.

I can see where they are coming from, but i feel that the prediction of most cars having this technology fitted by 2020 a little far fetched, but you never know. it is nice to see some stuff coming out about the regular cars and not the electric side of the jog, for a change.

Little has changed when carrying out Oil Changes, over the past fifty years and more. Just about everybody could change the oil in their car, but things are about to change.

The old oil in the engine will enter the box. The box will then be unplugged and then removed. A new cartridge will be inserted containing the correct amount of oil for the particular model of car.

The box will be electronically connected to the cars engine management system and it is claimed that this will give better engine CO2 emission results. The old oil in the box will then be recycled responsibly.

in my opinion car designs will have to change to fit the Oil Changes box under the car bonnet, although it is battery sized and if the battery was removed to another part of the car, then it could work.

Also there is nothing said about topping your oil level up, or when Oil Changes, will take place? Only time will tell whether or not this is a good idea or not?

Eric Roberts

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Self Driving cars-Doomsday Scenario- Here are the ways self-driving cars will change our world

 self driving cars

Garages will cease to exist, become reclaimable real estate…and other ways #autonomous Self Driving cars will change our lives: http://t.co/xey203y2re

Wow if like me you work in the auto industry then we had better be looking for another job?

This article portrays a nightmare scenario for the whole of the motor industry?

Why?

Driverless Cars.

You have to read it and keep nipping yourself every now and again. I still do not see a future for self driving cars and just think that it is huge companies with shed loads of money to burn.

I can not see how you could even start mixing the self driving cars on the same rods as cars with human drivers.

These self driving cars can not think like humans. it was proven when  self driving cars were stuck on a roundabout, during in testing. The car could not think how to join the roundabout, because all the human drivers were using their brains and speed of thought. They were nipping out, leaving the  self driving cars with no where to go.

Also the auto industry generates billions of dollars to the various exchequers  and employs billions of workers. How are these things going to replace the lost revenue from taxes.

Also what about the insurance problems and the emergency services, what are they going to use?

My blood is boiling at the moment, so i will cut short, but i don’t think it will ever happen, only perhaps on a new planet in three hundred years from now.

I have recently to be lucky enough to visit Rome the capitol of Italy. When i saw the the organised chaos of the Italian traffic system i had a little chuckle to myself, after the thought of the introduction of  Self Driving cars into their system.

No disrespect of any Italians who may be read my blogs, because their traffic system does work, albeit at high speed? we will have to see?

Eric Roberts

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BMW Hand brake problem-Why do my brakes need servicing?

 

Brakes are without doubt one of the most crucial part of your car and making sure they are working effectively is vital. Watch this video to see if you are …

BMW Hand brake problem-This is a good and simple video explaining about why your car brakes need servicing every once in a while.

As the owner of a garage we see drivers pulling in with many different types of problems. from rattling and banging brakes, to the “my brakes don’t work at all brigade”, like most garages we see them all.

Most problems would have been solved by the driver having the cars brakes serviced once in a while. The problem is that we all lead busy lives and time flies by, well you know what i mean.

BMW  hand brake problem
BMW With hand brake problem

Before you know it the brakes dont work very well and you start to panic.

BMW Hand brake problem

This is exactly what happened today(September 22nd 2015) A guy turned up out of the blue and told us the story about how he nearly lost his car. He parked the BMW on a hill, pulled on the handbrake and as he started to exit the car, it started to roll back down the hill.

BMW  hand brake problem
BMW Hand brake drum inside rear discs note all the rust

Lucky for him, the guy was  agile and shot back into he car and put on the foot brake. With a very fast beating heart he drove the car straight to my garage here in Halifax UK.

When we examined the BMW Hand brake problem, we found that it had discs all the way round. The hand brake on this model is connected to the disc by a small brake drum. This drum had

BMW With hand brake problem
BMW Hand brake showing the shoes assembly clearly

completely rusted up and was completely ineffective, it just did not work?

We explained that this BMW Hand brake problem could have been picked up at a brake service. After a good clean up and some new shoes, the BMW Hand brake problem was solved and the guy went on his way.

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Brakes grinding-Dont let them get this Bad or have a brake squeak on dual wheel pickup truck

Brakes grinding

brakes grinding
Broken discs like the one in the video and the ones that we came across on this Skoda are a rare occurrence. Regular servicing would pick up the early signs of brake deterioration.

Brakes grinding

This is the worse example of brakes disintegrating that i have ever seen? Hence they were fitted from new on a Skoda car. Of course, the driver must have been very deaf. Because he brought the car to us, saying, “that his cars brakes felt a bit spongy”?

As a result, when we removed the wheels. Thus, we found that the front discs were completely shattered. Of course, and in separate parts. Very similar to the pickup in the video.

Believe me this is no way to look after your car, in fact it is shear neglect and damned right dangerous.

Brakes grinding, a common thing ?

Firstly, the most common brake noises that come from cars are grinding noises. later, a bad bump,bump noise. Especially, when the brakes are pressed hard.

Brakes grinding

Squeaking noise when braking, is also a common inquiry, but this is just a build up of brake dust and a good brake clean will usually cure the noise.

Some cars still have disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, although the trend is to have disc brakes all round, Another problem is when the driver asks about brake drum noise. As i say this is normally at the rear of the car and means that the brake shoes will need replacing, or cleaning getting rid of a rust build up on the actual drums, which can cause a grinding noise.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/citroen-ds3-pulls-in-with-grinding-brakes/

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Timing belts are Important-Fastfitgateshead on Twitter

Timing belts are Important
Timing belts are Important

When it comes to car servicing, Timing belts are Important/cambelt is the most important serviceable part of a car’s engine. pic.twitter.com/0mBknuJpGN

There is no doubt that your cars Timing belts are Important. Consequently, this is another reason why you should have your car serviced. Thus, at regular intervals.

You may ask what servicing has to do with your timing belt?

The truth is that all good garages (including my own garage)here in Halifax,Yorkshire,UK. On the positive side  will check out the timing belt changing times . So, when carrying out a service..

Timing belt change intervals, are recorded on the computer data that we have to keep nowadays. These systems act as the timing belt interval replacement guide, and keep in all the interval times and other important information, such as how many hours labour it takes to fit one.

This timing belt replacement time will be used to give our customer a price and perhaps time for them to save up for job doing. Although it is not a mega expensive job it will usually also mean that you will also need a price for the timing belt and water pump replacement cost.

The water pump is usually a part of the same system

So, is also better to be changed at the same time. Of course,  the timing belt also drives the water pump and is better changed. Avoiding a water leak in the future. Having to repeat the same job in the too distant future.

Also if you have a leaking water pump then it is best policy to change your timing belt at the same time.

Some models of cars have metal timing belts which do not require the same attention, but the workshop manuals will tell your garage this.

DO not ignore the advise of Timing belts are Important, because the end consequence will mean a damaged engine,(at least)

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/what-happens-when-your-timing-belt-breaks/

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MOT Test Dilemna-Nearly 1 in 5 cars that gets through MOT exam is not roadworthy – Daily Mail

MOT Test Dilemna

MOT Test Dilemna- Last year some 27.48 million vehicles took the MOT test with a pass rate of 60 per cent. A DVSA report said 18.1 per cent of those which passed should have failed, which is up from last year.

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First MOT Test from Three to Four Years- will put drivers in Danger?

I must declare myself as the owner of an MOT testing station in the UK.

The article in the Auto Express from its editor in chief Steve Fowler looks to be a little scary. I think I know where is coming from though. The new government are looking for all sorts of tin-pot ways to save money. They have already reduced the number of staff that is working to keep our MOT testing system in one piece, but we are now getting close to the limits that the DVSA (old VOSA) can cope with.

A few years ago the MOT system was split into three parts. Each

MOT Test Dilemna
Famous MOT sign that may be coming under disrepute

MOT station was allocated a colour red, amber and green. If you were a clean station without complaints or any testing problems in the past you would be in the green zone. If you have had many problems in the past you would be in the red zone, the amber zone was for those in between.

Points are awarded against you, depending how serious the offence may have been. Depending on which zone you were in also accounted for the number of visits that you would get from VOSA. We are in the green lane and so we have the minimum of visits, we are more trustworthy to carry out the testing procedures according to the law and the manuals.

At the same time the number of inspectors were reduced, and in my opinion this is where the problems arise that are coming out in these figures. Not all garages are completely trustworthy. Three million cars that, have wrongly  passed  the MOT is a massive claim and a major MOT Test Dilemna ?

The next cost cutting measure will be the extension of the period that a new car requires an MOT test. The government claim that it will save motorists money, but it will also save them money as it will take out millions of cars for testing when the three years to four years period comes in.

The attached article is a very good read because it gives many facts and figures that I don’t really want to repeat as regarding the MOT Test Dilemna . I know that they are making our roads a more dangerous by messing about with petty cut backs; they have even dumbed down the excellent computer system, which by the way crashed recently leaving millions of drivers without a valid MOT test certificate.

 

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/british-mot-testing-under-threat-from-european-union-yet-again/

Catalytic Converter Maintenance-Essential maintenance and care tips for catalytic converters

Catalytic Converter Maintenance

Bosal offers the ‘do’s and dont’s’ when it comes to cats Catalytic converter maintenance: Bosal shares the ‘dos and don’ts’. According to Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components, a supplier of complete exhaust systems, at least 150,000 people put the wrong fuel into their vehicles each year. To prevent damage […]

Catalytic Converter Maintenance

Catalytic Converter Maintenance

It seems to be strange writing about Exhaust systems and catalytic converters. hence, these parts are now highly developed and are an important in the modern day cars emissions system.

Gone are the days when we used to stock as much as £30K’s worth of exhaust systems. Of course, this would include catalytic converters. For this reason, cars would have a specific exhaust system fitted to each model.

Unlike tyres, where one tyre size will fit many car models. I remember a great deal that I did with Bosal Exhausts. I had to rent a small warehouse. Necessarily, the warehouse had to be fitted out with specialist racking.

This was to include all the different sizes and shapes of the exhausts and cats(catalytic converters). Part of the deal for a stock order, was for Bosal to carry out the racking free of charge. I was amazed at the speed and workmanship that it took to build all the racking. Accordingly, to me it was a work of art.

After a couple of  years, the exhaust market started to decline and we reverted back to the old method of buying exhausts and cats as they were required. However it was good while it lasted?

According to Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components, a supplier of complete exhaust systems, at least 150,000 people put the wrong fuel into their vehicles each year. All Bosal products are type approved in accordance with the European directive for replacement silencing systems 70/157.

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Women Drivers-Not Charged More For Car Repairs Despite Media Claims – motoring.co.uk

Women Drivers- not charged more than men for car repairs despite recent claims in the media, WhoCanFixMyCar.com argues.

When i saw the original post that accused service garages of overcharging our Women Drivers, i became very angry?

This article comes a little nearer the truth and finds that the reverse is more like the truth. I would like to think that on a like for like job, then men and women would be charged the same, but i am sure that each gender leans a little towards his or hers type of  customer.

I noticed a few years ago now that our Women Drivers customer base was increasing and has now overtaken the men for visits to my service centre garage.

We have always been fair and honest with all our customers and i think that this has come across extremely well with our lady car owners. In fact i went a step further and now employ a female manager, to run my garage.

Deb has great strengths in the customer relations department and is excellent with both men and women customers, but i do not mind admitting that Women Drivers, do trust another lady in the garage environment and it is proving a very successful  move on my behalf, with no negative affects, in all departments.

This article has been sen to prove that in most cases women are let off more lightly when quoted for a like for like job? don’t ask me why, but i think it may be closer to the truth than being overcharged by garages as the last report suggested.

garages can become more female friendly by small but important additions to the reception area. Here in my service centre, we always have fresh flowers on display and up to date womens magazines. Cleanliness is also very important and a fresh smell. How many garages actually smell of oil,tyres or petrol, this does not appeal to lady drivers.

We made these changes a few years ago are are reaping the benefits. We also make sure that our courtesy cars were female friendly, they usually do not like driving big old cars?

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/servicing-and-repair/

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