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Diesel Repairs Birmingham

Diesel Engine Specialist Birmingham

Birmingham: Diesel Parts Fitted

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diesel 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 Diesel model

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

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

Diesel Performance Spares
OEM Diesel parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

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

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

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

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

Diesel Engines
Diesel Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Diesel Alternators
Replacement Diesel alternators fitted

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

Diesel Starter Motors
Replacement Diesel Starter motors installed

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

Birmingham Brake Fitting - New Disc Brakes & Pads

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

Modern Diesel braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

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

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

Diesel Disc Brakes and Drum Brake Systems

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

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

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

Drum Brakes are an older system than Diesel 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

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Diesel rear wheels

Diesel Brakes - Diesel Brake Servicing and Maintenance

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

If the Diesel brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

The brake pads on your Diesel should wear first

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

if the Diesel 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.

Diesel Brake Servicing & Inspection Birmingham

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Handbrake function and travel

Brake drum condition

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

General brake disc condition

Hand brake linkage condition

Brake calliper operation

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

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

Brake pipe Condition

Adjust handbrake

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

Wheel cylinder condition

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

ABS warning light operation

Diesel Steering System

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

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

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

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

Diesel Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Diesel Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Steering Condition

Diesel Services Braking System Servicing and Repair

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

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Replacement Diesel Timing Belt or Cambelt

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

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

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

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

Generally Diesel belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Diesel 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 Diesel Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

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

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

Diesel Clutch Operation

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

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

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

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

The Diesel 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 theDiesel transmission system

Diesel Engine Efficiency - Fuel Injection

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

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

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Diesel 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

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

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 Diesel vehicles

Diesel Engine Oil Change

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 Diesel engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Diesel performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Diesel engine increases

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Diesel 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 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 Diesel recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

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 Diesel running smoothly

Oil & Filter Change
A new Diesel oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Diesel 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 Diesel 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 Diesel engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Diesel Replacement Exhausts Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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Diesel ABS

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

Diesel Air Conditioning

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

Diesel Filters

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

Diesel Electronic Sensors

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

Diesel Electrical Systems

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

Diesel Wheel & Axle

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

Diesel Brake Servicing

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

Diesel Clutches

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

Diesel Exhausts

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

Diesel Engine Repairs

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

Diesel Gaskets

  • Diesel Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Diesel Valve Cover Gasket

Diesel Lubrication System

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

Diesel Parts

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

Diesel - Suspension & Springs

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

Common Problems

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