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Car Issues.... Help - Im blonde and have no idea about my car :-D

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Ok so for the past few days when i brake i hear a crunching noise - Sounds like its coming from the back of the car. This morning on the way to work my brake pedal seemed to become really stiff an… Read More
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Ok so for the past few days when i brake i hear a crunching noise - Sounds like its coming from the back of the car.

This morning on the way to work my brake pedal seemed to become really stiff and hard to push down. Usually you have to push down quite a lot but it was too hard for me to push, like it was resisting.

Also for the past week or so when i have been driving i put into the correct gear but its like the car doesnt realise i have changed gear until a few minutes after, its like a delayed reaction. So i go up a gear and my foot is as far down on the accelerator as possible but its still chugging along and then it seems to realise a few mins later that i did put into another gear and then it zooms forward!

I had an MOT at the end of November and it had brand new Brake Pads, Brake Discs, Bush Rollers (whatever they are), new exhaust front and back box and a new lambda sensor. So surely there cant be an issue with the brake pads/discs already? Its a Ford Puma in pretty good condition. Help please....
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #1
It could be that the brakes are sticking. I'd get it checked out.
1 Like #2
you should have a 1 year parts and labour warrenty on the work you had done in november - take it back to the garage and they will look at it for you free of charge, and should rectify any faults if they are at fault for free
1 Like #3
OP, even if you changed your hair colour i doubt whether it would turn you into kevin webster :)
1 Like #4
Why would you continue driving a car if you have concerns about the brakes? I'm sorry - that isn't just blond - it's stupid.
#5
lulzville @ "Help - Im blonde".............. Loooooooooooooooooool
#6
perhaps a cat fell asleep on your back wheel - that may explain the 'crunching'?
1 Like #7
take it back to the garage that replaced the brakes, should be sticking after less than 2 months
#8
no good surmising what possibly could be the problem with the brakes, take it back to the garage to re-check the brakes, the clutch problem your describing sounds like a slipping clutch, does the engine sound like its revving but the car not going anywhere fast ?
#9
richp
no good surmising what possibly could be the problem with the brakes, take it back to the garage to re-check the brakes, the clutch problem your describing sounds like a slipping clutch, does the engine sound like its revving but the car not going anywhere fast ?


Yes its revving like mad but is still chugging along then it seems to realise that i changed gear ages ago and then zooms forward!

Going to take it in tmw and see what they say but a blonde girl who has no idea coming in - i see them trying to scam me :oops:
1 Like #10
Clutch maybe? Cant see the brakes going so soon after changing them...
1 Like #11
Smaybelline
Yes its revving like mad but is still chugging along then it seems to realise that i changed gear ages ago and then zooms forward!

Going to take it in tmw and see what they say but a blonde girl who has no idea coming in - i see them trying to scam me :oops:


see what they say & if your not happy, get a second opinion or even a 3rd , believe it or not there are good garages out there which arn't out to scam everyone :)
#12
richp
see what they say & if your not happy, get a second opinion or even a 3rd , believe it or not there are good garages out there which arn't out to scam everyone :)


Yeah will do , this one is literally at the end of my street so its easy enough for me to get home after i drop it off. Got to be at work at 8.30am and finish at 12.30 so im going to drop it off then and then im at my second job at 14.30 until 22.00 - I dont really want to drive it in the morning but i have no choice :thinking:
#13
KrispiiDuck
Why would you continue driving a car if you have concerns about the brakes? I'm sorry - that isn't just blond - it's stupid.


As i have no other choice, i cant get to work otherwise. :oops:
#14
Taxi.
#15
Smaybelline
Yeah will do , this one is literally at the end of my street so its easy enough for me to get home after i drop it off. Got to be at work at 8.30am and finish at 12.30 so im going to drop it off then and then im at my second job at 14.30 until 22.00 - I dont really want to drive it in the morning but i have no choice :thinking:


i hope you get it sorted & let us know how you get on :)
#16
Smaybelline
As i have no other choice, i cant get to work otherwise. :oops:


Of course you have a choice, your life, and that of others is more important than work.

It is suicidal driving a car with faulty brakes.
1 Like #17
Sounds like slipping clutch,also,the friction material on rear brake shoes could have come off in2 the drum if cheap shoes were fitted,I didn't know it still happened in this day & age til it happened to me.back wheel locked up completely,get the garage u used to chek it out u should have got more than a few months out of it considering what u paid for.
#18
richp
i hope you get it sorted & let us know how you get on :)


Will do thanks for your advice.

Inactive
Of course you have a choice, your life, and that of others is more important than work. It is suicidal driving a car with faulty brakes.


I totally agree with you but my boss wont see it that way, i have 2 jobs and neither one would be very happy if i said i couldn't come in. I dont work anywhere near to where i live so it would be about £50 a day in taxi fare - I cant afford that!

PhilthyPhil
Sounds like slipping clutch,also,the friction material on rear brake shoes could have come off in2 the drum if cheap shoes were fitted,I didn't know it still happened in this day & age til it happened to me.back wheel locked up completely,get the garage u used to chek it out u should have got more than a few months out of it considering what u paid for.


Yeah surely whatever work they did shoud have lasted beyond 3 months! Im taking it in today, i will let you know. It smells really bad today, really strong burning smell.
#19
Smaybelline
As i have no other choice, i cant get to work otherwise. :oops:


I don't wish to be harsh - I know it's not always black & white, but if you have any concerns about the roadworthiness of your vehicle and its brakes, then you are potentially risking your life and every other road user/pedestrian that you come across!
#20
KrispiiDuck
I don't wish to be harsh - I know it's not always black & white, but if you have any concerns about the roadworthiness of your vehicle and its brakes, then you are potentially risking your life and every other road user/pedestrian that you come across!


I totally agree with you, but what can i do? I dont have any holidays left so i cant book time off as a holiday. If i dont go into work i wont get paid which i cant afford not to. I cant afford taxis as stated above. I dont know what to do?
banned 1 Like #21
Smaybelline;7586893
Yes its revving like mad but is still chugging along then it seems to realise that i changed gear ages ago and then zooms forward!

Going to take it in tmw and see what they say but a blonde girl who has no idea coming in - i see them trying to scam me :oops:

probably your rear drums and shoes sticking and then coming unstuck. Not the same as discs/pads so expect a hefty repair bill when you go to the garage.

ASAP as you could damage your engine too.
banned#22
Smaybelline;7587403
As i have no other choice, i cant get to work otherwise. :oops:

thats a really poor reason for putting lives at risk driving what is an obviously dangerous car.
1 Like #23
Sounds like your clutch is gone. If the fingers are badly worn, this could account for the vehicle being harder to stop when you pull up as the clutch may not disengage fully.
#24
csiman
thats a really poor reason for putting lives at risk driving what is an obviously dangerous car.


Smaybelline
I totally agree with you, but what can i do? I dont have any holidays left so i cant book time off as a holiday. If i dont go into work i wont get paid which i cant afford not to. I cant afford taxis as stated above. I dont know what to do?
banned#25
Regardless of your options, you could kill someone and even be prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving should the brakes seize completely. Just because you cant afford a taxi wouldnt quite cut it in court. Just walk to work or use public transport or take a day unpaid to get your car fixed.

You may not worry about killing yourself but think about others! :x
#26
csiman
Regardless of your options, you could kill someone and even be prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving should the brakes seize completely. Just because you cant afford a taxi wouldnt quite cut it in court. Just walk to work or use public transport or take a day unpaid to get your car fixed.

You may not worry about killing yourself but think about others! :x


I have dropped it in, they are going to look at it today but wont get a chance to do anything on it today. I have managed to get a lift to my evening job and then ive managed to book the morning off my morning job, so hope they can get the work done tmw.
banned#27
Smaybelline;7591430
I have dropped it in, they are going to look at it today but wont get a chance to do anything on it today. I have managed to get a lift to my evening job and then ive managed to book the morning off my morning job, so hope they can get the work done tmw.

good luck! Let us know what it was (I suspect rear brakes as cant see how a clutch would create grinding noises when you brake! :w00t:)
#28
Let me know how you get on, suspect clutch/rear brakes. Unlike previous poster i dont think the bill will be excessive if its rear brakes? but i do suggest that you buy hubby/bf a haynes workshop manual from halfords for his next birthday (thatll go down well,Happy Birthday Huni,heres a workshop manual for MY CAR!!) lol.Like you i also have a crappy job where no work=no money.I do sympathise. :)
1 Like #29
Smaybelline
I have dropped it in, they are going to look at it today but wont get a chance to do anything on it today. I have managed to get a lift to my evening job and then ive managed to book the morning off my morning job, so hope they can get the work done tmw.


Good Luck!
Hope it all gets sorted out without costing megabucks.
#30
Ok so they contacted me this afternoon, the back brake shoes are completley worn. He said they are practically non existent. He also said the back shock absorbers are worn down and need replacing. He started on it and said it would be finished for lunch time tmw (thurs). He said its £188 (parts and labour) I could look around for other prices buts its too dangerous to leave and it needs to be done.

I asked him why this was not spotted when i had my MOT in November, he said that they dont go that far into the car to see it. They check the front brakes but as the back brakes are in a housing they dont check that. Dont know if thats true or not.

Thanks for all your help and advice. Well done to those who guessed correctly!
#31
hes right we are not allowed to take the wheels/brake drums off during the mot so we cant really check the brakes, just a visual inspection through the wheels. We carry out brake efficiency readings on a brake roller. But i have in the past tested the rear brakes, had a decent reading & then checked the rear brakes on a service & found the shoes (linings) loose/worn in the drums, unfortunatly it does happen.
banned#32
Smaybelline;7597841
Ok so they contacted me this afternoon, the back brake shoes are completley worn. He said they are practically non existent. He also said the back shock absorbers are worn down and need replacing. He started on it and said it would be finished for lunch time tmw (thurs). He said its £188 (parts and labour) I could look around for other prices buts its too dangerous to leave and it needs to be done.

I asked him why this was not spotted when i had my MOT in November, he said that they dont go that far into the car to see it. They check the front brakes but as the back brakes are in a housing they dont check that. Dont know if thats true or not.

Thanks for all your help and advice. Well done to those who guessed correctly!

pat on the back for me then lol :-D

brake shoes are much cheaper than a clutch!

£188 is a good price btw
#33
richp
hes right we are not allowed to take the wheels/brake drums off during the mot


Would you want to do that?
You'd do two MOT's a day if they went that far.
#34
Ok im glad that the price is about right and that he was telling me the truth about the MOT. Thanks everyone. Going to pick it up soon
#35
thesaint
Would you want to do that?
You'd do two MOT's a day if they went that far.


to be honest i wouldnt mind, its one of my jobs as well as servicing/repairs, its joe public who would need convincing, its bad enough getting them to remember to leave thier locking wheel nut key for a service let alone if we needed it for an mot test as well.
I digress slightly but i had one today that didnt have the petrol cap key with the vehicle & the contact details they had left were wrong, so we couldnt contact them, so i had to refuse to test the vehicle because i wouldnt be able to carry out a proper examination. They wern't happy when they come back....... i only enforce the rules i dont make them !

as it happens the key was in her handbag, she dosn't like to leave it on the key ring :thinking:
#36
Glad you got it sorted.
Dont fancy a swop for a fiesta do you? lol.
i didnt know that the locking petrol cap had to be removed & checked for an m.o.t?
:thinking:
1 Like #37
PhilthyPhil
Glad you got it sorted.
Dont fancy a swop for a fiesta do you? lol.
i didnt know that the locking petrol cap had to be removed & checked for an m.o.t?
:thinking:


aye it does, any petrol cap for that matter & if your bored you can read the official mot manuals online.

TestingGuide & Inspection Manual
#38
richp
to be honest i wouldnt mind, its one of my jobs as well as servicing/repairs, its joe public who would need convincing, its bad enough getting them to remember to leave thier locking wheel nut key for a service let alone if we needed it for an mot test as well. :thinking:


When i took it for the MOT in Nov i forgot to drop the locking wheel nut off :oops: I remebered this time. But i gave them the spare key for the car and they contacted me to tell me that it wouldnt open the car?! They needed my key with the central locking buttons on :?

PhilthyPhil
Glad you got it sorted.
Dont fancy a swop for a fiesta do you? lol.
:thinking:


Nooo i love my Puma. I had a Ka for 5 years - Since i passed my test. Had it from brand new and in 5yrs it needed nothing doing to it - I saw this Puma - Stunning car and i straight swapped it for the Ka. (The ka did have a hugeeeeeeeee rusting dent in the side - From when i was bad at parking ooops :oops:)

So yeah got the Puma in August - £450 on a MOT in November and now £188 ! Never spent a penny on my Ka (apart from MOT's) But it looks fab. I've seen loads since i got mine, but i do love my wheels and its black - the best colour! love it !
banned#39
Weird though, rear brake shoes should technically last the life of the car, as far as my knowledge goes they provide -/+20% of the total braking.

You been doing rally manoeuvres ? lol
banned#40
wierdowoss;7607287
Weird though, rear brake shoes should technically last the life of the car, as far as my knowledge goes they provide -/+20% of the total braking.

You been doing rally manoeuvres ? lol

Who told you that? :thinking:

They were wrong!

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