Author Archives: Justin Smith

About Justin Smith

As the man at the helm of BreakerLink, it is no surprise that its Director, Justin Smith, has always had a keen interest in cars, bikes and most things wheeled. Having spent over two decades in the car parts industry, Justin combines his passion that since 2002, has successfully united those looking for new and used car parts with the breaker that supplies them. Follow Justin on LinkedIn.

Don’t Purchase a Nissan Qashqai Before You’ve Checked our List of Common Problems

Nissan Qashqai on display

The Nissan Qashqai is a compact, crossover SUV. Released in 2006, it was designed for customers that want the robust nature of a larger vehicle, whilst still retaining a sporty, sleeky on the road profile. It has gone through several generations and is a common sight on UK roads. Potential buyers can find many of these cars available through all second hand sales channels. But if you’re on the lookout for one of these larger cars, what are some of the common problems that you need to avoid?

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Watch Out for these Common Problems when Buying a Second Hand VW Polo

VW Polo Bluemotion

Volkswagen is without question one of Europe’s most iconic car brands. Classic car aficionados love the Beetle. The Golf still has a ton of boy racer appeal. But when you truly want the sweet spot between manoeuvrability, price and power, it’s hard to deny the Polo a place on the podium. It’s been on our streets since 1975 and has gone through 6 iterations – so expect to find a ton of different options when scouting around the second hand markets for a car.

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Ignore These Symptoms of Brake Master Cylinder Failure at Your Peril

brake master cylinder on a car

Brakes slow your car by applying pressure through the callipers and discs (or a similar system). The force behind the pressure is generated by the brake master cylinder when you depress the brake pedal. As one of the main components in the braking system, if the cylinder develops a fault or stops working, then this could have some severe and potentially dangerous consequences.

Without question, the most common symptom of a problematic brake master cylinder is a spongey, or even sinking, brake pedal. Brake fluid will also often leak from a faulty cylinder leaving tell-tale fluid puddles underneath your car. Braking performance may also be impeded as the part starts to fail. Take any issues with your braking system seriously – check this detailed list of symptoms to catch any failure as early as possible, to avoid putting you and your passengers at risk.

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My Car is Squealing: When Do I need to Start Worrying?

car making a squealing noise graphic

Your car is making a squealing noise. What’s the problem? Unfortunately, there are many parts in your car that can start squeaking over time as they get worn out. However, with the help of this article you’ll be able to identify those that require urgent attention, hopefully preventing any minor fault in your vehicle turning into a major issue.

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The Big Power Steering Pump Issues It Pays Not to Ignore

vehicle power steering pump

If your power steering pump goes wrong, then chances are you will lose the ability to steer your car easily. Fortunately, there are several warning signs that can give you a heads up of any impending issues, hopefully preventing a major issue or fault whilst on the road.

Find out more in this article, which reviews some of the major symptoms of power steering issues.

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Fumes, Emissions and Vapours – Getting a Sniff that Your Charcoal Canister is Faulty

emissions smell in the car

The charcoal canister is responsible for controlling the emission of fumes and vapour leaks from your vehicle’s fuel system. Many people don’t realise that the boiling point of petrol is comparatively low, and it is in a semi-gaseous state at room temperatures, which makes its fumes quite explosive.

Petrol evaporates even when your car’s engine is not running. The charcoal cannister significantly reduces the emissions that can escape from the system.

Over the years the canister may fail or become faulty – and whilst this is quite uncommon, these are some of the tell-tale signs that the part is not working properly and could be on its way out…

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Limp Mode: What is it? What Causes it? And Most Importantly, How do You Fix it?

limp mode with car warning lights on

You’re driving down the road, doing a good pace. Suddenly you change gear or put your foot down on the accelerator and the car doesn’t respond quite as expected. It’s now stuck in second gear. You can’t get any more than around 2,500 rpm out of the engine, and you’re crawling along the road. What just happened?

Your car has entered limp mode. There’s some kind of issue within the engine or transmission and your car wants to protect the workings from further damage. This engine setting prevents you from using its maximum potential so that the parts are not overly stressed.

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Stop Your Car Being a Target for Break-Ins – The Easy Way

car being broken into by thieves

Yes, we’ve talked before about stopping would-be thieves from stealing your car. But what about stopping criminals from breaking in and stealing the contents?

Even though there is very little you can do to deter a really determined professional thief, there’s a lot you can do to make things difficult for the opportunist who’s ready to take advantage of a crime of convenience.

What are some of the easy steps you can implement to make life more difficult for a potential thief?

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Your Car Smells of Petrol – And this is Probably Why…

woman noticing a petrol smell in her car

You notice the strong odour of petrol in your car. We might have talked about how to identify smells in your vehicle before, but today we’re homing in on the scent of the world’s favourite hydrocarbon.

Unsurprisingly, a petrol leak is the most likely cause of the smell. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to diagnose. However – if this isn’t case then these are some of the potential contenders:

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Help… My Car is Pulling to One Side, and I don’t Know What to Do

holding onto steering wheel as car is pulling

It’s not a great situation. If your car is pulling to one side, either under braking or whilst driving, it can not only be frustrating, but down-right dangerous. However, despite the initial shock, it’s not quite time to go to panic stations yet, as the cause could be actually quite simple.

Obviously, this is a real safety issue, so you’ll want to get it checked out as soon as possible – and the chances are the problem originates from one of the following culprits:

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