Category Archives: All Car Maintenance Stuff

All Car Maintenance Stuff

All Car Maintenance Stuff

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.

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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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Fake Brake Parts-Garages warned about the dangers of fitting fake brakes

Fake Brake Parts

Brand reveals how to spot counterfeits and highlights the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts. According […]

Fake Brake Parts

This warning comes out of the world famous Mintex brake company. However, It is not a new problem here in the UK. In my opinion, it started when thousands of back street car part shops started to open up in the late seventies.

Fake Brake Parts

Many of the brake parts and indeed other car parts were fake. My father, worked in an old established car parts company in Dewsbury, here in the UK. Of course this business was badly affected. Consequently, they could not compete with the cheap imported and fake brake parts, that these bucket shops were selling.

I also remember a TV programme of undercover reporters. Because, I was in the trade, I took great interest. The TV programme had perpetrated a group of counterfeit car parts manufacturers in Turkey. The parts included brake linings and discs and pads.

Fake Brake Parts

Thus, they were made in Turkey and counterfeited with leading manufacturers. Accordingly, they were even branded as names such as Mercedes and BMW. You could order any box name that you wanted.

These were then imported into the UK and sold at cheap prices in bucket car spare shops. Therefore, killing off old established local businesses.

It looks like the practice has raised its ugly head again? that’s if it ever went away?

Eric Roberts

Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts.

Halfords MOT tester guilty-of issuing a pass without doing test

Halfords MOT tester guilty

Whistle blower contacted the DVSA with concerns that a tester was issuing certificates without inspecting cars A Halfords MOT fraudster has been charged. Image credit: Google Street View. Steven McDermott, an ex-employee at St Austell’s Halfords Autocentre, admitted that he had issued an MOT certificate without undertaking the physical […]

Halfords MOT tester guilty

Halfords MOT tester guilty

I should not be saying this. But I have some sort of sympathy for the Halfords management. Hence, years ago when I was just learning the trade. One of my mentors, a Mr Eric Mercer gave one of his words of wisdom. Thus, never to “slag off”, your competition. I have remembered these words for the rest of my business life.

This rule applies to Halfords? An Mot tester is a highly respected job. Of course, the tester must be skilled at his job as a mechanic, but because of his position, must also be a very honest person.

Therefore, it is the later than concerns me as the owner of an MOT station myself. As a result, I have learned that the best policy is to employ you people and learn them the job over a number of years. This almost ensures that the same guys can be trusted. Especially, with MOT decisions.

Halfords MOT tester guilty

I have only had a few problems with MOT testers that I have had to employ from outside my apprentice system. In my opinion, I think that this is where the large multi-branch fitting stations come a cropper.

They have to employ some staff without any genuine record of trust and honesty. This why I sympathise with Halfords. It is only possible to catch employees out when they are caught in the act.

Therefore I am sure that this is what the Halfords management are up against. We take great care of our staff and would be surprised if any of our MOT testers ever left us to work at a national company. They are a very important part of my business.

Unfortunately, companies the likes of Halfords have to employ what I call floating staff. Hence, with no loyalty and are more likely to try and fiddle MOT test results.

Brake Safety-Awareness Month – Boston.com (blog)

Brake Safety

Stop what you’re doing and think for a moment. When was the last time you had your Brake Safety checked?

it  surprises me when i still see the amount of car owners that come into my service centre (Pellonautocentre) here in Halifax UK, with complaints of squeaks and bad rattling noises coming from their cars, when driving along?

I must also confess, that the majority of the car owners are ladies?

Not all but a 60/40% split is about the average. Anyhow we do get our fair share of Brake Safety problems, because we live in a hilly area and the customers are using their brakes more, (especially when going downhill). I am not complaining because the brake business can be very lucrative and garages can make a good margin.

The problem with brakes is that when they start to wear out then the wear spreads to other parts. For example if your pads are worn down to the metal, then it is likely that you will damage the brake discs. This can then go onto damage your brake calipers and so on.

The best and safest bet is to have your brakes checked and serviced at a regular period. This will “nip any early problems in the bud” and possibly save you money on future repairs.

Unfortunately drivers are very busy people and before they know it the car has gone a year (or two) with having the brakes checked?

This is when the banging and grinding noises come in, when the apply their brakes. They than panic and call us in a state of shock! Because Brake Safety and tyres are so important ,then we try our best to get the car in the same day and fix the problem. This is usually the pads that need replacing.

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CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC- Tyre company back total ban on drivers using Mobile-Phones

CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC

Related manufacturers: After Market Products , CONNECTIVITY , Motoring Surveys , Parts & Accessories , Safety , Technology , Tyres NISSAN UK – With drivers’ use of mobile phones acknowledged as endemic, two-thirds of motorists believe the Government should introduce technology to disable certain phone functions for the sake […]

CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC

CONTINENTAL TYRES

Millions of British motorists, are guilty of driving whilst using mobile phones. Many authorities, including the Government are looking at technology to block drivers from using their phones.

 With drivers’ use of mobile phones acknowledged as endemic. For this reason, two-thirds of motorists believe the Government should introduce technology. Therefore, to disable certain phone functions for the sake of safety according to new research released today.

It is not just taking calls.But a larger concern is drivers reading texts. Including the  checking of social media profiles. Hence, viewing emails is now more of a concern than taking or making  phone calls.Thus, this means that the drivers are not just speaking on their phones but taking their eyes off the road. Naturally when reading and sending texts.

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DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter-Everything you need to know about DPFs

DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter

DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter

Technical advice and know-how from aftermarket supplier, Bosal As a leading supplier for the aftermarket, Bosal Automotive and Industrial Components exploits its expertise in the automotive sector to pioneer state-of the-art technology for exhaust systems. A DPF operates as an emission-reducing measure in diesel engines by trapping the exhaust […]

DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter

I thought that this article would be a great follow-up to the last one about MOT changes. Of course, the changes will not be coming in until next May. Mechanics and MOT testers  will know all about the DPF and the illegal removal of them.

Hence, the UK Ministry of Transport has decided to update the MOT test in May 2017. This should eliminate the grey area that exists at the moment.

Naturally, a DPF operates as an emission-reducing measure. Hence, in diesel engines by trapping the exhaust stream particulate matter by the process of filtration.

This process is an efficient and effective way of removing diesel particulate matter (DPM) from the exhaust stream.

During a ‘regeneration’ process, the soot collected is incinerated at high temperatures with virtually no residues.