Common Problems with ABS on European Cars

How to Determine If Your Merc or BMW Requires Brake Repair Services

The ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) is a very common feature found in almost every car on the road. It provides superior braking power over the typical braking system and thus helps avoid accidents. In essence, the ABS adjusts the pressure your pads put on the disk according to the surface the wheels are running on. Using a series of sensors, the systems detect when a wheel starts slipping and so releases the pressure on the brakes so that the wheels can regain grip on the surface. This will offer the driver a better chance to avoid a collision, especially if the road is slippery. But just like any other system in a vehicle, the ABS can malfunction. Here are some signs that you may want to call for brake repair services.

The ABS-light is “on”
There are many problems that can make your ABS light on your dashboard to come on. Some of these problems may be related to the ABS system, some may not. For instance, the light may come on when there is a problem with your ECU (Electronic Control Unit), a blown fuse, or a severe mechanical issue – none of which have anything to do with the brake system. However, the light may also come on when the sensor is malfunctioning, the brake pads are depleted, or the wiring of the system is defect. Whatever the reason may be, when the ABS light comes on, you should call for professional brake repair services.

For some reason, a big part of the wiring that controls the ABS is exposed. This means that it can develop damage and cause problems. What’s even worse is that you won’t know anything about it until you actually encounter a situation when the ABS should go on but doesn’t. So, in order to prevent such cases, have your ABS checked regularly.

ABS controller
The ABS is controlled by a unit which monitors all sorts of things, including the speed of your vehicle, traction, position of the wheel, etc. If this unit malfunctions, the entire anti-lock brake system becomes inoperable.

If you own a European car (or any other type of vehicle for that matter), then make sure you schedule a brake repair service with Corral M & B Repair. We have more than 17 years of experience in repairing European vehicles. Call us at (951) 653-7945 if you reside in Moreno Valley, CA.


The Importance of Replacing Your Cabin Air Filter Regularly

How to Avoid a Rather Expensive Car Air Conditioning Repair Service

According to the Car Care Council, cabin air filters should be replaced every 13,000 to 16,000 miles. However, different car manufacturers may recommend different time intervals. You should always follow the instructions and recommendation in your owners’ manual. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the importance of keeping their car’s AC filters clean. As a result, many car owners experience problems with their AC systems. So, if you want to avoid an expensive car air conditioning repair service, then you should replace your filters regularly.

A cabin air filter helps trap exhaust gases, dust, bacteria, and pollen that may find their way into a car’s AC system. Filters also prevent bugs, leaves, and other debris from entering the vehicle’s heating and ventilation system.

There are many reasons why you should replace your cabin air filter regularly. One of the most important thing to do is to extend the life of your AC system. Clogged or dirty filters make the air intake process a lot harder for your car’s ventilation system. This puts a lot of pressure on the car’s components, making them to overheat or fail altogether.

A dirty or clogged filter can also cause musty odors inside the cabin. This happens mostly because the air circulation inside the cabin is restricted by the dirty filters. This will make contaminants to become so concentrated that the passengers may breathe more particles and fumes than if they were walking down the street.

Replacing an AC filter is quite simple. Most filters can be accessed through the access panel in the HVAC housing. Depending on the make and model, the HVAC housing may be inside the vehicle (underneath the glove-box) or under the hood. Refer to your owner’s manual for more details about the location of your car’s AC filter.

For better results, you should contact Corral M & B Repair. We are specialists in car air conditioning repair. Besides replacing your filters, we can also perform a thorough check on the entire system in order to make sure that your vehicle’s HVAC is in good condition. Our auto repair shop is located in Moreno Valley, CA, and our phone is (951) 653-7945. Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.


How Does a Hydraulic Transmission System Work?

Learn How to Avoid a Rather Expensive Transmission Repair

There are several types of automatic transmission systems; however, the hydraulic ones are the most popular. Most vehicles on the road today use a hydraulic gearbox. As we all know, transmission repair services are not particularly cheap. As a matter of fact, a complex repair may set you back of a considerable amount of money. So, making sure that your gearbox won’t fail is a main part of any auto maintenance plan. But, in order to be able to keep your car’s transmission in good condition, you first need to understand how it works.

The hydraulic fluid provides the power
Unlike a manual transmission, where all operations and functions are performed by mechanical means, an automatic transmission uses fluid to shift gears and maintain gear selection. Basically, all the mechanical components are replaced with a special type of fluid which provides the necessary power to change gears when pressure is applied.

The torque converter adds the pressure
Each hydraulic transmission is equipped with a special pump called a torque converter. This pump provides the necessary pressure so that the fluid can engage and facilitate the many facets of automatic transmission operations. Without a functional torque converter, an automatic gearbox would be useless. A torque converter is comprised of a rotor, a special pump, and a series of fan blades that rotate and spin in order to create pressure. Since the torque converter is subjected to very high stresses, it often malfunctions. In other words, if there is something wrong with your car’s transmission, it may be from your torque converter.

All transmission functions rely on the ability of the torque converter to provide pressure
The structure of a hydraulic transmission system is relatively simple. As long as the fluid is replaced regularly and the converter is in good condition, then you should not have any problems with the gearbox. However, even when you do have a problem, it is important to bring your car to a transmission repair specialist.

Corral M & B Repair is one of the most reputable auto service providers in Moreno Valley, CA. We have many years of experience in the automotive business and numerous satisfied clients. If you have any problems with your vehicle, call us at (951) 653-7945 for a check.


The Different Types of Gearbox Systems

How to Choose a Gearbox That Won’t Require Much Transmission Repair in the Future

Choosing a gearbox for a vehicle used to be simple, you could either go with a manual or an automatic gearbox. However, things have changed dramatically for the last couple of decades in the automotive industry. Now, you have to choose between traditional automatic, dual-clutch automatic, semi-automatic, manual, continuous variable, etc. Obviously, choosing a gearbox for your car is more complicated now than ever. As a transmission repair specialist, I’ve had the chance to work on most major types of gearboxes. Here’s what I’ve concluded.

Traditional automatic

This type of gearboxes are still available in many new models. For instance, Land Rovers, Jaguars, and BMWs are some of the most common examples of cars that use eight- or nine-speed automatic gearboxes. The main advantage of traditional automatic systems is reliability. They have been around for almost 50 years, and have proven to be resistant to wear and tear. On the downside, they are quite slow. Additionally, they make the cars less fuel efficient.

Dual-clutch automatic

Just as the name entails, dual-clutch gearboxes have two clutches. However, don’t imagine that you’ll have two pedals in the car. These clutches are operated electronically and controlled by computers. One clutch controls even-numbered gears, while the other controls the odd-numbered gears. The result is a very fast gear shifting. Another great benefit is that these gearboxes make for a lower fuel consumption. However, they also come with several disadvantages. First of all, they have been around for only ten years, which means their long-term reliability is not proven yet. Another problem is that they are quite slow at start, when the clutches select the first gear.

Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

These gearboxes come with an innovative design and functionality. They do not have cogs, like most gearboxes, Instead, they use some sort of cones and a special belt. One con is connected to the wheels, the other to the engine, and the belt wraps both cones together. As the cones move toward or away from each other, the angle of the belt changes, thus altering the gearing. Although this is a revolutionary design, it still requires more work as many of these systems have experienced various problems. It’s also important to mention that the transmission repair services for these gearboxes are very expensive.

At Corral M & B Repair, we service all types of gearboxes. If you have any problems with your transmission system, then bring your vehicle to us. Our shop is located in Moreno Valley, CA, and you can find us at (951) 653-7945