Brake Troubleshooting

If your car is making an unusual noise, don’t just turn the radio up! Ignoring early warnings can be costly and dangerous. So, as soon as you hear anything out of the ordinary, bring your car in to Whitkirk Motors. We’ll tell you what the problem is and how we can put it right.

My car’s making a scraping sound

A scraping sound when applying the brakes generally means that your brake pads are worn and need replacing. Metal on metal is damaging to the rotors, so you should make sure that you do this as soon as possible. It also goes without saying that worn brake pads are not as effective at stopping within safe distances.
We offer very competitive rates on brake pads and shoes, often much cheaper than national fast-fit garages, so contact us today and stop the scraping in its tracks.

My car’s making a grinding sound

There are a number of reasons why your car might be making a grinding sound. This often indicates metal-on-metal, so it’s likely that your brake pads need replacing.

If the grinding sound occurs when you are turning around a corner then the most likely culprit is that one of your coil springs is worn or fractured and needs replacing straight away. If you put off getting it seen to, it will quickly cut into your tyre wall and shred it.

Since replacing a coil spring involves stripping back we often recommend replacing the corresponding coil on the other side at the same time.

My car’s making a roaring sound

If your car is a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus or any other turbo-charged performance car, then there’s no need to panic. If, like the rest of us, you drive a hatchback, saloon, estate, van or 4X4, you need to get your exhaust checked.

That embarrassing sound every time you step on the accelerator is caused by a hole somewhere within the exhaust system. As exhausts comprise 4 parts (the manifold, the front downpipe, the centre section and the rear silencer box) you should only need to replace the affected section.

My car’s making a hissing sound

If your car makes a hissing noise from the engine area it is a sign that it is overheating and/or leaking coolant. The sound is often accompanied by steam from the bonnet either whilst driving or when the engine has been switched off. If you look at your temperature gauge, you’ll probably find that the warning light is on.

Driving your car around in this condition can cause further damage, so the sooner you can take it to a garage the better. Bring it in to Rob and the team at Whitkirk Motors – Leeds LS15 – where we can offer our FREE BRAKE CHECK service for your peace of mind.


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  • Car Servicing
  • Tyre Fitting
  • Exhausts
  • Wheel Alignment
  • MOT Testing
  • Timing Belt Replacement
  • Engine Diagnostics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Car Repairs

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Contact Information

Whitkirk Motors
17 Kingswear Parade, Whitkirk
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 8LJ

Telephone: 0113 264 1573

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Opening Hours

The garage is open 5 days a week:

  • Monday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
  • Thursday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
  • Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED