Essential Information To Lessen Costly Repairs.
We have compiled a list of suggestions on how to look after your tyres, brakes and exhaust system. However, if you’re still doubtful after checking, then give Hucknall Tyre & Exhaust Centre a call and we will give your vehicle a free assessment. Telephone: 01159 642 888
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Given your tyres are in direct contact with the road surface, they play an essential part in ensuring your journey is a safe one. They must take the weight of the vehicle, respond to increases and decreases of speed, sudden changes to steering and cope with pot holes, traffic calming humps and poorly maintained roads.
It is essential that your tyres remain the correct pressure. If unsure, look in the vehicle handbook or if that’s been lost, check online on the vehicle’s website. If a tyre is under-inflated, it can cause serious tread wear, overheating and increase fuel consumption. Similarly, over-inflation can cause damage to the structure of the tyre itself.
Remember to check the depth of the tyre, not only for you and your passengers’ safety, but for both your pocket and your driving licence. The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but any more than 3mm will give your tyres more safety and efficiency. Worn tyres, as well as not being safe, are also unlawful. If you are caught with a worn tyre or tyres, you could face a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points on your driving licence for each tyre.
Always check your tyres for slashes or punctures from damage by obstacles in the road, e.g. nails, etc. Sidewalls should not be forgotten either - check for splits or bulges as they can cause unanticipated failure. Be sure to replace the tyre, firstly with the spare tyre, then as soon as you can, replace the damaged tyre too.
If your vehicle has been involved in an emergency manoeuvre, e.g. heavy and/or sudden braking, this can cause severe misalignment and imbalance of the wheel(s). If your wheels are unbalanced, you may become aware if the steering wheel begins to judder over a certain speed.
This can also lead to the early wear of steering, suspension and revolving components as well as tyres, so have your tyres and wheels inspected by professionals as soon as possible - better safe than sorry!
As braking performance decreases gradually over time, most problems with brakes aren’t noticed until they fail. The way you drive can affect how often the brakes on your vehicle need servicing, so when new pads are fitted, it is important you drive cautiously for the first 200 miles. Braking suddenly and excessively with new parts installed may damage them, leading to a loss in performance and efficiency.
If a “rasping” noise is heard when the brake pedal is applied, this can point to the excessive wear of the pads and indicates the need for a replacement.
If the vehicle pulls sharply to the left or the right, this is usually because of a seized or sticking mechanical or hydraulic part.
Constant “pulsating” could be caused by a warped brake drum/disc.
A “spongy” feel when pressing the brake pedal indicates air in the hydraulic system which is due to a brake fluid escape. You could also notice that your handbrake pulls up higher than it does normally in modern cars; (more than 6-8 clicks on the ratchet). It is bad practice to pull the handbrake up on the ratchet, as this wears the ratchet out prematurely. it is better to press and hold down the button, then release it when you are stationary.
If any of the symptoms are noted above, it’s essential to have your vehicle inspected and remedied as soon as is possible.
Is Your Exhaust System
An exhaust system which is in good working order is essential to you and your passengers and will ensure the smooth and quiet running of your vehicle whilst maximising fuel consumption.
Should your exhaust start make a “thunderous” sound, then it points to a fault with the silencer. This is usually the section of the system that needs inspecting first, as it’s the furthest away from the engine compartment, and is most probably corroded by the acid particles formed in the engine.
If you hear “hissing” noise, this could be indicative of a crack in the exhaust manifold (in the engine compartment), or in the exhaust pipe itself, or even a leaking gasket.
A “chugging” noise may occur if an object is stuck in the system.
A “rattling” underneath the vehicle may possibly indicate that the exhaust system has moved out of alignment, perhaps by going over a high kerb and catching the pipe below the manifold.
If a noisy metallic “trembling” is heard, it usually means something is touching the pipe, mounting, support bracket or the clamp is loose.
It is usually possible to find several problems by just looking and checking over the exhaust system. Exterior rust may not be as problematical as it first seems (as it might only be on the outside of the vehicle). However, a crack in the exhaust pipe or holes surrounding seams and joints between pipes can be indications of more serious issues.