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Vehicle Braking System Servicing and Repair

Car Repairs

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service. Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power. The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston. Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure. The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc. The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Mobile Mechanic & Diagnostics Testing

If you are experiencing an intermittent mechanical-electrical fault or your car won't start and require the services of a mobile mechanic to visit and carry out a diagnostic test on your vehicle to help identify the problem then use our diagnostics and repair enquiry form to request assistance and we will forward your details to a mobile mechanic in your area

Car Won't Start

When you're car won't start and the check engine light stays on you have very few options:

  • Arrange to Have Your Car Taken to a Local Garage For Repair
  • Make Emergency Repairs at the Roadside until you can get to a Garage

A mobile mechanic using the latest OBD & OBD II diagnostic and electrical testing equipment maybe able to identify the problem and make a roadside repair so you can continue your journey

Electrical Faults

Many minor electrical faults can drain your battery or immobilise your car and prevent starting - Consider using the services of a mobile mechanic to assist you with diagnosis and repair

Roadside Assistance - Mobile Repairs & Mobile Tyre Fitting

Use our Mobile mechanic form if you need a mechanic or tyre fitter to come to you at home, at work or for roadside assistance

Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

Drum Brake Servicing, Repair and replacement Newcastle, Gateshead, North East England

Drum Brakes are usually found on vehicle rear wheels. They are an older system than disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use. They apply force against the inside of a brake drum. In contrast, the modern disc brakes have a pair of brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc. Braking pressure operates a slave cylinder. This forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force.

Vehicle Brakes - Brake Servicing and Maintenance

Disc Brake Maintenenace, Repair and Replacement Newcastle and Gateshead

While brakes will operate correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles you should have your braking system inspected and serviced regularly to ensure vehicle safety. At OUR GARAGE this is an automatic part of our routine servicing. Depending upon the Service you require, your Vehicle brake inspection includes:-

  • Correct brake pad movement and level of wear
  • General brake disc condition
  • Brake drum condition
  • Brake calliper operation
  • Wheel cylinder condition
  • Brake pipe Condition
Handbrake Shoe Adjustment on Rover 75

At OUR GARAGE we also inspect:-

Hydraulic Brake Pipe Fitting - Corroded
  • Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking
  • Hand brake linkage condition
  • Handbrake function and travel
  • Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate
  • ABS warning light operation

And carry out the following maintenance of your Vehicle braking system:-

  • Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or
  • Replace Brake Fluid if necessary
  • Adjust handbrake
  • Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages
  • Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Vehicle Steering - Steering System Inspection

Steering Adjustment Service Gateshead

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Vehicle steering system is uneven tyre wear. The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge. The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment.

Other common symptoms of steering alignment problems include:- Vehicle Drift - Your Vehicle tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

Your Vehicle steering inspection can include:-

  • Tyre Condition - inc Spare
  • Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare
  • Tyre wear and wheel alignment
  • Steering Condition
  • Steering Rack Gaiter condition
  • Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

We can also inspect and adjust:-

  • Correct wheel balance, including spare
  • Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise
  • Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up
  • Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Car Suspension - Suspension System Inspection

Suspension Adjustments and Modifications Newcastle, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

The car suspension needs to maintain contact between the tyres and the road surface and more importantly it maintains friction or road holding. The suspension also needs to isolate or smooth out the variations or bumps in the road surface to maintain passenger comfort whatever the terrain.

Your vehicle has both front and rear suspension units comprising a form of spring and shock absorber. The springs are designed to support the weight of your vehicle and keep the wheels in contact with the road surface at all times. The springs compress then rebound as the vehicle travels over an uneven road surface and help maintain a smooth and comfortable journey. To reduce the tendency for the springs to oscillate back and forth, shock absorbers are incorporated to dampen down the oscillations. A shock absorber tends to act like a piston pumping hydraulic fluid or air back and forth to counter the oscillation of the spring. By reducing bounce they help maintain road-tyre contact and improve vehicle control. Depending upon the Service you require, your Vehicle suspension check will be inspected with the steering system and also includes:-

  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Spring Condition
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Vehicle bush wear
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Tie Rods
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Suspension Struts
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Idler arm
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Ball Joints
  • Struts
  • Sway Bar
  • Vehicle Additional Suspension Components

Vehicle Timing Belt or Cambelt

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt.

The timing belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead.

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear.

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head.

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines.

Since Vehicle timing belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Vehicle .

Generally belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if the vehicle has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing.

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Vehicle parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as:

  • timing belt
  • timing belt tensioners
  • timing belt tensioner idler roller
  • front lower crank shaft seal
  • water pump gasket

Vehicle Clutch Operation

Clutch Servicing, Fitting and Replacement - Newcastle, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

The clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to the transmission.

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system.

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft.

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel.

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers.

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted.

Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing a Vehicle Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Vehicle clutch kit:-

  • clutch disc
  • pressure plate
  • release bearing
  • pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
  • internal slave cylinder (if required)
Vehicle Catalytic Converters
Catalytic Converters Newcastle, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Catalytic converters are now fitted to all Vehicle cars registered after 1993. The Catalytic Coverter is designed to remove harmful pollutants from the exhaust gases. Externally it looks like a standard silencer box.

Sensors integrated into the Engine Management System monitor and control the gases entering and leaving the catalytic converter to reduce emissions. Emissions are now a vital part of the MOT and service requirements.

Catalytic Converters become almost useless if the engine is not tuned correctly sending excess fuel or oils into the catalyst. The only solution is to remove and replace the ineffective catalytic converter.

The main exhaust sections to be replaced are:-

Used Cars

If you have just purchased a pre-owned car and not sure about its Service History then it may be prudent to book it in for a routine service and safety check

Secondhand Cars

Let us know that you've just bought a secondhand car when you contact us for a car service.

Try making an independant service and safety check a condition of the sale if you are buying a used car privately.

We are not biased and will help you identify some of the common problems when buying a used car and help you avoid costly car repairs.

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Car ABS - Anti-lock Braking System

  • Abs Pump
  • Abs Sensor
  • Abs Modulator
  • Abs Pump Modulator Combined
  • Abs Ecu
  • Abs Control Unit

Car Air Conditioning

  • Car AC Fluid Top Up
  • Car AC Condenser
  • Car AC Radiator
  • Car AC Evaporator
  • Car AC Pump
  • Car AC Compressor
  • Car AC Receiver Drier

Car Filters

  • Car Air Filter
  • Car Oil Filter
  • Car Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Car Fuel Filter
  • Car Transmission Filter Kit

Car Electronic Sensors

  • Car Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Car Temperature Sensor
  • Car Oxygen Sensor

Car Electrical Components

  • Car Parking Light
  • Car Starter Motor
  • Car Antenna
  • Car Cooling Fan
  • Car Fog Lights
  • Car Window Motors
  • Car Thermostats
  • Car Heater Blower Motor
  • Car Tail Lights
  • Car Ignition Coil
  • Car ECU Mapping Remap
  • Car Electronic Control Unit
  • Car Eibach Pro Kit
  • Car Headlights
  • Car Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Car Water Pump
  • Car Fuel Pump
  • Car Oxygen Sensor
  • Car Heater Core
  • Car Alternator
  • Car Spark Plugs
  • Car Lambda Sensor
  • Car Bulbs

Car Wheel Components

  • Car Axle Assembly
  • Car CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Car Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Car Ball Joints
  • Car Control Arm
  • Car Tyres

Car Braking System

  • Car Brake Calipers
  • Car Brake Discs
  • Car Brake Drums
  • Car Brake Servo
  • Car Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Car Brake Rotor
  • Car Brake Master Cylinder
  • Car Brake Pads
  • Car Brake Compensator Valve

Car Clutches

  • Car Clutch Pedal
  • Car Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Car Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Car Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Car Clutch Kit
  • Car Flywheel
  • Car Clutch Cable
  • Car Clutch Pressure Plate

Car Exhausts

  • Car Exhaust Pipes
  • Car EGR Valve
  • Car Oxygen Sensor
  • Car Exhaust System Complete
  • Car Lambda Sensor
  • Car Exhaust
  • Car Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Car Exhaust Box
  • Car Silencer
  • Car Exhaust Manifold
  • Car Muffler
  • Car Tailpipe

Car Engine Components

  • Car Timing Belt Kits
  • Car Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Car Ignition Coil
  • Car Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Car Timing Chain Kits
  • Car Engine Mounts
  • Car Pistons and Cylinder
  • Car Fuel Injector

Car Gaskets

  • Car Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Car Valve Cover Gasket

Car Lubrication System

  • Car Oil Cap
  • Car Fuel Cap
  • Car Oil Pump
  • Car Oil Sump and Plate
  • Car Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Car Oil Filter

Car Misc

  • Car Serpentine and V Belt
  • Car Radiator
  • Car Shock Absorbers
  • Car Hood Emblems
  • Car Windscreen Wipers
  • Car Throttle Body & Cable
  • Car Tie Rods
  • Car Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Car Struts
  • Car Power Steering Pump
  • Car Radiator Pipes
  • Car Wiper Blades
  • Car Steering Rack
  • Car Power Steering Hoses

Car Suspension

  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Idler arm
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Car bush wear
  • Tie Rods
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Sway Bar
  • Suspension Struts
  • Car Additional Suspension Components
  • Spring Condition
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Struts
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Car Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Ball Joints

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