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Leicester Ford: Braking System Overhaul
Brake Discs, pads master & slave cylinders

Ford Master Cylinder & Slave cylinders: Ford hydraulic brakes rely on a piston to translate movement on the brake pedal or actuator to transfer stopping power to the disc brakes; the brake fluid needs to be replaced regularly along with the Ford brake pads

When pads are not used gently at first to bed in, or after aggressive driving where the discs glow hot; the uneven transfer of material from Ford brake pad to disc can cause variations in Ford disc thickness that can cause vibration during braking that is sometimes mistaken for warped discs

Ford pads are made from a high friction compound that leaves a film of material on the disc rotor surface to effectively increase the stopping force that can be applied to the vehicle

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Ford brake pads are designed be replaced regularly and wear faster than the disc or rotor

Ford brake discs convert the kinetic energy of the vehicle into heat as speed is reduced; if the brakes are applied often with aggressive driving or due to the momentum of a long hill descent then it is possible for the disc rotors to glow red hot and an uneven build up of friction material can be deposited on the disc surface from the pad

Ford Brake Servicing Leicester

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Ford Brake Components Supplied and Fitted by local garages

Ford Starter Motors
Replacement Ford Starter motors installed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ford Alternators
Replacement Ford alternators fitted

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ford 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 Ford model

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

Ford Garage Services - Ford Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair

Modern Ford braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

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

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

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

Ford Hydraulic Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

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

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

Drum Brakes are an older system than Ford 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

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

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Ford Brake Servicing - Ford Brake Discs and Pads

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

The brake pads on your Ford should wear first

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

if the Ford 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.

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

Ford Brake Inspection Elements

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Brake drum condition

Wheel cylinder condition

General brake disc condition

Hand brake linkage condition

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

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Handbrake function and travel

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

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

Brake pipe Condition

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

ABS warning light operation

Brake calliper operation

Adjust handbrake

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Ford Steering - Steering System Inspection

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

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

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

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

Your Ford steering inspection can include:-

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Ford Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Condition

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Ford Brake Servicing: Brake Discs, Pads & Hydraulics

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

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

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

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.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Ford Timing Belt or Cambelt

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

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

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

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

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

Leicester:- Ford Replacement Clutch

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

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 Ford 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 theFord transmission system

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

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

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

Ford Fuel Injection

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Ford 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 Ford vehicles

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

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

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

Ford Oil Change Frequency

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 Ford recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

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

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

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Ford 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

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 Ford running smoothly

Ford Exhaust Fitting Leicester

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

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

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Ford Models

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Ford ABS - Anti-lock Brakes

  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Pump
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Ford Air Conditioning

  • Ford AC Fluid Top Up
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Ford Filters

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

Ford Sensors

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

Ford Electrical Components

  • Ford ECU Mapping Remap
  • Ford Bulbs
  • Ford Heater Core
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  • Ford Headlights
  • Ford Ignition Coil
  • Ford Window Motors
  • Ford Fog Lights
  • Ford Water Pump
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  • Ford Electronic Control Unit
  • Ford Cooling Fan
  • Ford Heater Blower Motor
  • Ford Lambda Sensor

Ford Wheel Components

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

Ford Braking System

  • Ford Brake Compensator Valve
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  • Ford Brake Master Cylinder
  • Ford Brake Servo
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  • Ford Brake Slave Cylinder
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Ford Clutch Kits

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

Ford Exhausts

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

Ford Engine Repairs

  • Ford Timing Belt Kits
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  • Ford Timing Chain Kits
  • Ford Cylinder Head Gasket
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  • Ford Ignition Coil
  • Ford Fuel Injector

Ford Gaskets

  • Ford Cylinder Head Gasket
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Ford Oil & Hydraulics

  • Ford Oil Pump
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Ford Parts

  • Ford Throttle Body & Cable
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  • Ford Hood Emblems
  • Ford Struts
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  • Ford Radiator Pipes
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Ford Suspension

  • Rubber Bushes
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  • Idler arm
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  • Ford Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Ball Joints
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Engine Problems

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