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Birmingham MOT Failure Repairs for 4x4

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If your 4x4 has broken down or you need an important 4x4 milestone service or general maintenance in the Birmingham area it can be quite stressful choosing a mechanic familiar with your 4x4 model or type of MOT repair if you haven't had time to build up a relationship with a local garage
Use the form to find a local garage to repair and maintain your 4x4

If your 4x4 fails the MOT it's not the end of the world and you'll know what needs to be done ready for the MOT re-test

If your 4x4 needs an urgent repair, a new timing belt , brake pads or just a general service and oil change and you're looking for a garage or mobile mechanic in the Birmingham area then use our simple form to arrange a quote; Perhaps you need a specialist mechanic or a garage in the Birmingham area experienced with diagnosing common 4x4 problems or with the OBD equipment to identify & reset factory service faults and take care of those service warning lights
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Get your 4x4 ready for its MOT by replacing the air filters, tidying up the brakes, checking the exhaust and doing those minor 12 monthly jobs

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MOT Centre Birmingham: 4x4 Servicing & Testing

4x4 EGR Valves
Replacement 4x4 EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your 4x4 - The EGR valve helps your 4x4 burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce 4x4 engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

4x4 Cooling System
Replacement 4x4 radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your 4x4 engine at its optimal operating temperature

4x4 Autoelectrics
4x4 electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - 4x4 engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

4x4 Clutches
4x4 clutch repairs Birmingham - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new 4x4 Clutch kit

4x4 Alternators
Replacement 4x4 alternators fitted

4x4 Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the 4x4 paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your 4x4 different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

4x4 Suspension System
4x4 replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

4x4 Starter Motors
Replacement 4x4 Starter motors installed

4x4 Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

4x4 Performance Spares
OEM 4x4 parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

4x4 Engines
4x4 Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

4x4 Exhausts
4x4 Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for 4x4 Exhausts fitted & welded

4x4 Electrical Components
4x4 electrical faults repaired using 4x4 OEM components - 4x4 sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

4x4 Timing Belt - 4x4 Cambelt
4x4 Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned 4x4 service or if the Timing Belt on your 4x4 has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

4x4 Gearboxes
4x4 Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned 4x4 gearbox

4x4 Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your 4x4 model

4x4 Brakes
Routine 4x4 servicing, replacement 4x4 brake pads & discs fitted, 4x4 hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

4x4 Oil Change & Filters Replaced
4x4 Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

4x4 Body Panels
Replacement 4x4 panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light 4x4 Panel damage repairs

4x4 Maintenance - 4x4 Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Modern 4x4 braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

4x4 brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

Birmingham 4x4 Brake Repairs

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

4x4 disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on 4x4 rear wheels

Drum Brakes are an older system than 4x4 disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

4x4 Brake Servicing - 4x4 Brake Maintenance & Parts Replacement

4x4 brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

4x4 Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

If the 4x4 brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

The brake pads on your 4x4 should wear first

if the 4x4 brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

4x4 Brake Servicing & Inspection Birmingham

General brake disc condition

And carry out the following maintenance of your 4x4 braking system:-

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Hand brake linkage condition

Adjust handbrake

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Handbrake function and travel

Wheel cylinder condition

Brake calliper operation

Brake pipe Condition

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

ABS warning light operation

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Brake drum condition

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

4x4 Steering - Steering System Inspection

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your 4x4 steering system is uneven tyre wear

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Common symptoms of 4x4 steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your 4x4 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.

4x4 Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Steering Condition

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

4x4 Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

4x4 Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

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.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

Replacement 4x4 Timing Belt or Cambelt

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

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

Since 4x4 Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used 4x4

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

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

Generally 4x4 belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand 4x4 that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the 4x4 Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

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

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed 4x4 parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: 4x4 timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

Birmingham Replacement 4x4 Clutch

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

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

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

The 4x4 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 the4x4 transmission system

4x4 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 4x4 clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the 4x4 Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a 4x4 Clutch kit:-
4x4 clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal 4x4 clutch slave cylinder

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

4x4 Fuel Injectors - Fuel Injection

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The 4x4 fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern 4x4 vehicles

4x4 Engine Mapping
The 4x4 ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

4x4 Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

4x4 Re-Mapping Birmingham
The 4x4 ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

4x4 Engine Oil Change

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the 4x4 recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Oil & Filter Change
A new 4x4 oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist 4x4 engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your 4x4 engine fails

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your 4x4 engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your 4x4 motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Synthetic Oil Change - Birmingham
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your 4x4 running smoothly

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your 4x4 engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on 4x4 performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your 4x4 engine increases

4x4 Replacement Exhausts Birmingham

The 4x4 exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

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4x4 ABS

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

4x4 Air Conditioning

  • 4x4 AC Fluid Top Up
  • 4x4 AC Compressor
  • 4x4 AC Pump
  • 4x4 AC Condenser
  • 4x4 AC Evaporator
  • 4x4 AC Radiator
  • 4x4 AC Receiver Drier

4x4 Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • 4x4 Transmission Filter Kit
  • 4x4 Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • 4x4 Oil Filter
  • 4x4 Air Filter
  • 4x4 Fuel Filter

4x4 Electronic Sensors

  • 4x4 Air Flow Mass Meter
  • 4x4 Temperature Sensor
  • 4x4 Oxygen Sensor

4x4 Electrical

  • 4x4 Window Motors
  • 4x4 Spark Plug HT Leads
  • 4x4 Ignition Coil
  • 4x4 Fuel Pump
  • 4x4 Oxygen Sensor
  • 4x4 Heater Blower Motor
  • 4x4 Bulbs
  • 4x4 Alternator
  • 4x4 Headlights
  • 4x4 Thermostats
  • 4x4 Spark Plugs
  • 4x4 Cooling Fan
  • 4x4 Parking Light
  • 4x4 Fog Lights
  • 4x4 Electronic Control Unit
  • 4x4 Lambda Sensor
  • 4x4 Starter Motor
  • 4x4 Antenna
  • 4x4 Heater Core
  • 4x4 Eibach Pro Kit
  • 4x4 Tail Lights
  • 4x4 ECU Mapping Remap
  • 4x4 Water Pump

4x4 Wheel Components

  • 4x4 CV Joint Boot Kit
  • 4x4 Control Arm
  • 4x4 Axle Assembly
  • 4x4 Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • 4x4 Tyres
  • 4x4 Ball Joints

4x4 Braking System

  • 4x4 Brake Master Cylinder
  • 4x4 Brake Rotor
  • 4x4 Brake Pads
  • 4x4 Brake Servo
  • 4x4 Brake Slave Cylinder
  • 4x4 Brake Compensator Valve
  • 4x4 Brake Drums
  • 4x4 Brake Calipers
  • 4x4 Brake Discs

4x4 Clutches

  • 4x4 Clutch Kit
  • 4x4 Flywheel
  • 4x4 Dual Mass Flywheel
  • 4x4 Clutch Pedal
  • 4x4 Clutch Cable
  • 4x4 Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • 4x4 Clutch Master Cylinder
  • 4x4 Clutch Pressure Plate

4x4 Exhausts

  • 4x4 Muffler
  • 4x4 Silencer
  • 4x4 Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • 4x4 Exhaust System Complete
  • 4x4 Exhaust Manifold
  • 4x4 EGR Valve
  • 4x4 Tailpipe
  • 4x4 Exhaust Pipes
  • 4x4 Exhaust Box
  • 4x4 Oxygen Sensor
  • 4x4 Exhaust
  • 4x4 Lambda Sensor

4x4 Engine Parts

  • 4x4 Timing Chain Kits
  • 4x4 Pistons and Cylinder
  • 4x4 Ignition Coil
  • 4x4 Timing Belt Kits
  • 4x4 Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • 4x4 Fuel Injector
  • 4x4 Cylinder Head Gasket
  • 4x4 Engine Mounts

4x4 Gaskets

  • 4x4 Valve Cover Gasket
  • 4x4 Cylinder Head Gasket

4x4 Lubrication System

  • 4x4 Oil Cap
  • 4x4 Fuel Cap
  • 4x4 Oil Filter
  • 4x4 Oil Pump
  • 4x4 Oil Sump and Plate
  • 4x4 Oil and Hydraulic Fluid

4x4 Parts

  • 4x4 Windscreen Wipers
  • 4x4 Radiator Pipes
  • 4x4 Power Steering Pump
  • 4x4 Shock Absorbers
  • 4x4 Tie Rods
  • 4x4 Struts
  • 4x4 Power Steering Hoses
  • 4x4 Throttle Body & Cable
  • 4x4 Radiator
  • 4x4 Serpentine and V Belt
  • 4x4 Wiper Blades
  • 4x4 Steering Rack
  • 4x4 Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • 4x4 Hood Emblems

4x4 Suspension

  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of 4x4 bush wear
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Ball Joints
  • Sway Bar
  • Idler arm
  • Suspension Struts
  • Spring Condition
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Struts
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • 4x4 Additional Suspension Components
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Tie Rods
  • 4x4 Timing Belt or Cambelt

Engine Problems

  • Slipping when cold
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • 4x4 Radiator fan not working
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • 4x4 Immobiliser
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Can't get into gear
  • 4x4 Check Engine Light On
  • My 4x4 Does Not drive Straight
  • My 4x4 Won't Start
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • 4x4 Lights not working
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • 4x4 check engine light on
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Knocking sound
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Clutch juddering
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Warning Lights On
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • 4x4 Headlights not working
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Engine Won't Start
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • 4x4 keeps stalling
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Engine Misfires
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Judder when braking
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Clogged 4x4 air filter
  • Engine Stalls
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Heater Not Working
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Window stuck
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Engine Overheating
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
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