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10 Causes of a Vehicle Losing Power when Accelerating – and How to Fix It

08 May 2019, 09:52
10 Causes of a Vehicle Losing Power when Accelerating – and How to Fix It
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Cars are complicated machines. It’s sadly more common than you may think to lose power during acceleration!
But don’t worry! There are only so many things that could be at fault. Here are the main culprits – and how you can remedy them to get full power back on the road again.

Fuel Filter Clogging

Your fuel filter makes sure your petrol or diesel is pure and fit for use. A dirty or clogged filter can result in any impurities it’s meant to clear out for you getting through to the main engine. This, of course, can lead to power drain and even lasting damage. Replace fuel filter as soon as possible.
 

Exhaust Clogging

Your exhaust, too, can get clogged over time. It’s therefore extremely important to make sure it’s clean and clear of debris from use to use. Your car weakens if your exhaust can’t perform at its best. Make sure you get it checked out or replace the exhaust! 

 

Mass Airflow Sensor Problem

A mass airflow sensor, or MAS, communicates between your engine and control modules to report on how much air is flowing in and out. If your MAS sensors are malfunctioning, you could be at risk of less power. Replace the mass air flow sensor.
 

Spark or Glow Plug Problems

Your spark plugs are essential in making sure your ignition works correctly. They transmit signals to your combustion chamber to allow for ignition. If your spark or glow plugs are in need of replacement, your engine will start to suffer. Replace spark or glow plugs.
 

Compression Problems

If your car cylinder compression is too low, your engine will suffer. This is an essential component of car performance and engine power. Always get it checked over by an expert. 
 

Oxygen Sensor Failure

A car’s oxygen sensor measures your engine’s ratio of air to fuel. It helps to keep things operating efficiently on an internal basis. Therefore, if it malfunctions, your engine is going to struggle with knowing how well to perform. Always get it checked over by an expert. 
 

Fuel Pump Weakness

Your fuel pump is an essential car component. Essentially, the pump takes petrol from the tank and transfers it to your engine. If your engine isn’t getting the fuel it needs, it won’t reach full power while accelerating. Always get it checked over by an expert.

 

Fuel Injector Problems

Your fuel injectors work hard to spray your inner engine with fuel. This allows it to be adaptable to a number of different conditions. However, should they malfunction, your engine will fail to reach the power levels it requires to perform certain tasks. Difficult for  DIY but, not impossible, if you are unsure always get it checked over by an expert.

 

Poor Air Filtration

Your air filter will make sure that impurities and debris are removed from air that’s mixed in the engine’s internal combustion chamber. Any impurities can mean bad news for engine performance. However, with a blocked or poor air filter, there’s nothing stopping debris getting through. Replace air filter as soon as possible.
 

Ignition Coil Issues

Finally, always consider your ignition coil. These convert and boost vehicle energy and voltage so that air and fuel can be ignited. Acceleration power will diminish to a halt if your ignition coil fails! Replace ignition coil  as soon as possible.

 
If you’re worried about acceleration power, do make sure the above are replaced or checked by a professional.

The 10 Most Common Car Engine Problems Revealed

02 Apr 2019, 14:28
The 10 Most Common Car Engine Problems Revealed
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Car engines are more complex than we give them credit for being!  This means, unfortunately, they can experience a number of common problems and issues during their lifetime.  But which problems are the most commonplace?  Let’s take a look.

Dead Battery

This may well be the most common engine problem drivers face today.  Car batteries won’t, sadly, last forever.  Therefore, it’s essential to get your vehicle serviced regularly.  A faulty or dead battery means your engine won’t start at all!

 Alternator Problems

While traditional alternator systems may have been phased out in favour of modern hybrid functionality and electric running, it’s still fairly common to have alternator problems.  This is especially the case with older, used cars.  It’s a fairly simple engine component, but it’s essential in helping to keep your battery running at all times.  If you’re noticing odd smells or a weaker battery, it’s time to get it fixed.

 Lubrication Issues

Your engine needs regular oiling and lubrication to be able to function properly.  If there isn’t enough lubrication between the moving parts of an engine, you could be looking at a potential overheating situation.  It’s best to look into regular servicing to remedy this problem.

 Old Spark Plugs / HT Leads

Spark plugs and HT leads are essential for fuel ignition.  However, they can age over time, meaning that misfiring and long-term engine damage could be risked if they aren’t replaced on a regular basis.  This, again, is a fairly common problem for older, used vehicles.

 Faulty Starter Relay

If your car won’t start at all, it’s likely your starter motor or relay will be at fault.  Symptoms of a faulty starter can include poor vehicle turning, intermittent engine noise, and if your starter simply doesn’t switch off once the engine is up and running.

 Blocked Radiators

Your engine radiators can get clogged up with all kinds of dirt and debris over time.  To avoid this, you’ll need to make sure you use the right coolant, and that it’s kept clean.  Hard water, too, may cause corrosion of your radiators.

 Leaking Coolant

Coolant leaking, too, is a common engine complaint.  As above, it’s important to keep your coolant clean at all times, otherwise you’re going to risk an imbalanced engine temperature – and what’s more, if your coolant level is low on a regular basis, there’s likely to be a leak or fault that needs attending to.

 Oil Pump Failure

Your oil pump is an extremely important facet of your car’s engine.  As discussed above, lubrication is essential for the safe running of your engine’s various parts.  A failing pump will starve your engine of the oil it needs, and this may even occur if you are simply not using the right mixture.

 Ignition Coils

Ignition coils are another essential part of any car engine.  It’s there to help your car engine start, ultimately!  A faulty ignition coil can lead to car stalling or even complete breakdown.  Without the coil, there’s no spark. 

 Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters may well be built to last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean problems can’t occur.  They’re used to heat up particles from exhaust gas pushed out by the engine.  This means said particles can be converted into carbon dioxide and vapour.  A faulty converter can result in rougher driving and foul smells being emitted.

Why Breaker Yards Are Becoming So Popular

01 Mar 2019, 15:08
Why Breaker Yards Are Becoming So Popular
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Why Breaker Yards Are Becoming So Popular

If your car has broken down and you need a spare part, you will have a few options where you can buy a used part from. Some garages will offer to obtain and fit the part for you, but the cost of this may be prohibitive. Therefore, many motorists will turn to a breaker yard for a used car part and it is easy to see why breaker yards are becoming so popular.

There are many strong reasons why you should buy from a breakers yard. The part you need is likely to be much more affordable and with more availability, a breaker yard is likely to be your best option for obtaining the part you need. Add in a fast service, often from professionals who have a genuine passion for cars, and this is an opportunity for you to buy in confidence.

It would be wrong to say that all breaker yards are the same and that you can trust every company. You can’t but this is the same with any industry. There are good firms and bad firms. Thankfully, the internet lets people search breaker yards, and the difference between a bad firm and a good firm becomes apparent very quickly.

You have to carry out research before you buy

You have to carry out research. Ask other motorists you know if they have any experience with these yards and ask them for recommendations. Go online and search for breaker yard reviews or ask questions on social media. You will find that most people have an opinion on this topic, there will be people who have an opinion on everything, and you can start to narrow down your options when it comes to finding your ideal part.

When you find a breaker yard with a great reputation, you see why breaker yards are so popular these days. Being able to find the right part quickly, for an affordable price, is the perfect outcome for motorists. In the modern day, many of us are reliant on our vehicles and when they are off the road, we are often lost without them.

What you uncover in your research should provide you with the confidence to make a purchase. If a yard has received a lot of praise and positive reviews, you can be more confident.

Great customer service is always of benefit

The price of the part will always be a factor but it shouldn’t be your only consideration. The best breaker yards will provide you with dependable customer service. This makes your buying decision so much easier. Working with firms who have experience in their field and who are on hand to assist you will leave you feeling at ease, and helping you to get back on the road as soon as possible.

If you need to buy a spare part, make sure you choose a breaker yard that let you buy with confidence. Finding a part and arranging a purchase through BreakerYard makes sense because only approved vendors are listed. This means you can buy a part while feeling fully confident that it has been tested, it isn’t a cheap imitation and that it is an original equipment manufacturer part. Searching for parts on BreakerYard gives you the confidence that you’ll find the right part for the right price.

How to buy used and second hand car parts - the essential guide

04 Feb 2019, 10:20
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Even though modern cars are highly technical machines, built to better standards than the cars from previous generations, things can still go wrong. General wear and tear account for many issues and of course, sometimes accidents, bumps and scrapes are unavoidable.

There is no need to invest in a new car every time there is an issue with a part of your vehicle. This is because used and second hand car parts are available, allowing you to replace faulty or broken parts. However, there are some risks involved with buying these components and motorists should proceed with caution. If you are looking for guidance, here is an essential guide on how to buy used and second hand car parts.

Identify the car part you require

A hugely important step in buying a second hand car part is correctly identifying the car part you need. Even knowing the manufacturer of your car isn’t enough because different makes and models have their own parts, and buying the wrong part will be a waste of your time and money.

If you are looking to identify the car part, you should obtain:

  • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for your car
  • See if there is a part code

Some experienced people can identify a part by looking at it but most drivers are advised to clarify what part they need. This is an area where buying a second hand car part online makes sense. If you need assistance in finding the right part, you can search on the general type of part you require and then narrow down your options until you find the make and model of your car. This process removes the risk of wasting time and money on the wrong part.

The benefit of buying second hand
 

One of the obvious reasons people buy a used car part is because it will be more affordable. In many cases, buying a new part for your car cant be justified with respect to the overall cost of the car, so finding an affordable used car part can help you stay in budget.

However, you need to ensure that you receive value for money from the part. The cheapest car part may not be the best solution for your needs, but equally, you should only buy a part you can justify the cost of. Being able to compare relevant car parts will help you make an informed decision as to what car part is best for you.

Not all second hand and used car parts are the same. The following items are parts you may wish to consider against buying second hand:

  • Exhaust systems
  • Wiper blades
  • Oil filters
  • Brake plates

Buying these parts second hand may mean that there is a limited utility out of them, so be cautious if you need these used parts. However, there may be reasons why you can consider these used parts. Depending on your budget, needs, and current condition of the part in use and time, you may be able to find a suitable solution for your needs.

 

 

Your New Year Resolution Is To Drive Safely

01 Jan 2019, 12:57
Your New Year Resolution Is To Drive Safely
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January is the ideal time to make a fresh start and give yourself a new outlook on life. If you haven’t enjoyed your life as much as you should have recently, this is the ideal time to make changes or improvements. It is also the perfect time to remove bad habits from your life. There are many ways you can make positive changes in your life but considering the weather conditions in January, this is the ideal time to focus on driving safely.

January is miserable, the weather is cold and damp, and most people are looking for a slow and steady start to the New Year after the excesses of the festive period. If you are going to be driving in January, be mindful of conditions such as wind, rain, sleet, ice, hailstones and snow. You need to make sure that you are alert, and you want to ensure your car is in fantastic condition.

January can be a trying month

January is not the best time of year for parts and components in your car to stop working. A lot of people are keen to avoid making unnecessary payments in January but if there are problems with your car, you cannot wait or hope for the best.

The need for your car components to be in full working order is down to the changeable weather conditions. When roads are wet or icy, it takes longer for your tyres to grip the road. You need to give yourself more time to stop, and you also need to ensure that your brakes are in full working order. If you don’t have great brakes in January, you may be putting yourself and others at risk.

Get help to drive safely this January

This is where we aim to lend a hand. We make finding the best parts for your car a straightforward process. You don’t want to drive around various garages or suppliers to get a price for a component, we can help with that. Inform us of the part you need, and we will contact reputable suppliers on your behalf. You will, therefore, receive quotes direct to your inbox, allowing you to pick the part that best suits your needs and budget.

Driving safely is mainly about using common sense and making smart decisions. Be aware that driving conditions are more challenging and that you should drive more cautiously than you normally would. A simple step like accelerating or decelerating at a slower rate ensures you stay in control and places your vehicle under less pressure and strain.

At Breakeryard, we wish you the very best for 2019 and beyond, but what you get out of life is often linked to what you put in. January can be a challenging month in many ways, and it often isn’t a fun month to drive. However, with careful planning and taking steps to ensure your vehicle is in fantastic condition, we are sure that you will love getting out and about in the first month of the New Year.

Driving Home Safely For Christmas

10 Dec 2018, 08:50
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It’s that time of year again and it is more than just Chris Rea who will be driving home for Christmas. This is an exciting time of year and many people have places to go and people to see. However, driving conditions in December are often challenging, even for experienced drivers. You want to be confident in your car and what it can handle in all manner of driving conditions.

Add in the fact that there is not a lot of daylight in December, and this is a month when drivers have a lot to think about. There is also the fact that December is possibly the costliest month of the year for most people, which means that if you need to repair or replace parts of your car, it will be the worst month of the year to do so.

Winter driving tips are useful for all drivers

It doesn’t hurt to remind yourself of good habits and sensible driving tips during December. Some tips to remember include:

  • Don’t drive when you are tired
  • Ensure your tyres are fully inflated
  • Try to maintain at least half a tank of fuel at all times
  • Check the weather forecast before setting off on long journeys
  • Accelerate and decelerate at a slower rate than you normally would
  • Test your brakes and be confident about their condition
  • Increase your stopping distance

As you can tell from these tips, the condition of your car has a huge role to play in driving safely in December.

Therefore, it makes sense to take care of your car at this time of year. If there is something that is giving you concern, have it examined by the experts or think about replacing the part or component.

Ensure your car is in the best possible condition

At Breakeryard, we are pleased to say that we are an online provider who helps you find new and used car parts. Using our service couldn’t be simpler. You tell us the make and model of your car and the part that you are looking for.

We then take your information and send the request to a list of approved and registered brokers. They contact you directly with emails if they are able to help. Therefore, you can do all this from the comfort of your home and with every quote being sent to your inbox, you have the full range of information at your fingertips.

Be wary when on the road

Caring for your car is important but as a driver, you must be alert and conscious of what is happening around you. At Christmas, people like to celebrate but make sure you don’t drink and drive. In 2017, around 70,000 motorists were caught drink driving. Even if you drive safely, you cannot vouch for all other drivers, which means you must remain alert.

This means you should also avoid using your mobile while driving. This will limit your alertness on the road, but it could also land you a fine and penalty points. If you are caught using a hand-held mobile, there is an automatic fixed penalty notice of three points and a fine of £60. If the case goes to court, there is a maximum fine of £1,000.

Be confident in your vehicle this December

When you are driving in December, you want your car to be at its best. If it isn’t, you need to take swift action, but of course, you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Therefore, being able to obtain a range of quotes from trusted suppliers without having to race around garages or phone up suppliers makes life easier.

December is supposed to be a fun and exciting month but all too often, it becomes a stressful and challenging month. With the help of Breakeryard, we’ll help you deal with any unexpected problems, ensuring you can drive safely, no matter what weather conditions arise!

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