Archive for the ‘tyre wear’ Tag

Dangerous tyres once again.

I’m often amazed at the lack of awareness of some drivers.  A Peugeot 307  brought in for mot had an obviously noisy exhaust blow,  the vehicle presenter was surprised when the boss said it was unlikely to pass the test with it blowing as it was.  However we  proceeded to carry out the Mot, before it had even been logged onto the system it was obviously going to be one of those vehicles, just a quick glance before getting into the drivers seat and it was labelled as dangerous to drive.
delaminated-tyre It started poorly and then went from bad to worse, as a glance at the 2 page vt30 shows

The front suspension arm bushes very badly worn and knocking, a rear brake binding, front brakes pulling severely to the right (into the path of oncoming traffic). Never before have I had to issue a VT30 with more than a couple of “dangerous to drive”   items.  Just manoeuvring the vehicle on our forecourt was enough to frighten me, clunking from the suspension, dragging from a rear wheel and then seeing the presence of a child seat in the car was a little worrying too.


Something different

Another vehicle presented for test with a damaged wheel rim. However no visible scrapes or gouges on the outside of the wheel , no visible damage to the outside of the tyre, but when checking the wheel from underneath, the flatspot on wheel rim was immediately visible. Quite possibly the carcase of the tyre is also damaged. When running the roller brake test, the flatspot on the wheel rim was noted as a squirming sensation, noticeable when the brake at that wheel was being tested. The poor potholed condition of the roads locally is most likely reponsible for the slowly increasing incidences we’re seeing of this problem.

Also found this week when rectifying the excessive smoke from a 2006 Peugeot diesel, the air filter shown below was changed, surprisingly the vehicle wasn’t too far over the limit thanks to the emissions control electronics, had it been a non electronic controlled emissions system, it would have required changing far earlier in it’s life.  A lack of   servicing lead to this being missed, on this vehicle, to reach the filter required the removal of the windscreen wipers and scuttle panel.

And to a fairly common failure , a worn out suspension bush found on a Ford Ka allowing excessive movement, in this case found at the front of the suspension arm, usually the problem bush is to the rear of the suspension arm.

This type of problem commonly leads to abnormal tyre wear too, so if your tyre shows unusual wear patterns, then get the tyre fitter to have a quick look at the visible suspension components. It could save  you more money in the long run

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