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If your Van has broken down or you need an important Van milestone service or general maintenance in the Birmingham area it can be quite stressful choosing a mechanic familiar with your Van model or type of Repairs repair if you haven't had time to build up a relationship with a local garage
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If your Van 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 Van problems or with the OBD equipment to identify & reset factory service faults and take care of those service warning lights
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Birmingham Van Repairs

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Birmingham: Van Parts Fitted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Van 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 Van model

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Van Starter Motors
Replacement Van Starter motors installed

Van Alternators
Replacement Van alternators fitted

Birmingham Brake Servicing - New Disc Brakes & Pads

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Modern Van braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

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

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

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

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

Birmingham Van Brake Repairs

Van 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

Drum Brakes are an older system than Van 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 Van rear wheels

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

Van Brake Servicing - Van Brake Discs and Pads

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

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

if the Van 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.

The brake pads on your Van should wear first

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

Van Brake Inspection Elements

Brake calliper operation

General brake disc condition

Hand brake linkage condition

Adjust handbrake

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

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

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Brake pipe Condition

Wheel cylinder condition

ABS warning light operation

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

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Handbrake function and travel

Brake drum condition

Van 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

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

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

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

Van steering inspections:-

Van Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Steering Condition

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Van Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

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.

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.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Replacement Van Cambelt - Timing Belt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birmingham:- Van Replacement Clutch

The Van 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 theVan transmission system

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

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

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

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

Van Engine Efficiency - Fuel Injection

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 Van vehicles

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Van 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Van 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 Van running smoothly

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 Van engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Oil & Filter Change
A new Van oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Van 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 Van engine fails

Van Exhaust Fitting Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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Van ABS - Anti-lock Brakes

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

Van Aircon (Air Conditioning)

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

Van Filters

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

Van Sensors

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

Van Electrical

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

Van Wheel & Axle

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

Van Brake Servicing

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

Van Clutch Kits

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

Van Exhausts

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

Van Engine Parts

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

Van Gaskets

  • Van Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Van Valve Cover Gasket

Van Oil & Hydraulics

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

Van Misc

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

Van - Suspension & Springs

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

Engine Problems

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