Pollen Filter (Cabin Filter) or Not? Missed out by many garages on services?

Pollen Filter or Not?

Having a pollen filter in your car is a relatively new concept, and was started off in Europe in the 1980’s. The USA already had pollen filters and different European countries had different standards, in their implications.

The original air pollution work which covered different pollutants such as aerosol sprays was carried out by a German institute the German laboratory, Fraunhofer… The Institute of

pollen filter

Dirty pollen filter after changing

Toxicology and Aerosol Research … http://www.item.fraunhofer.de/en.html  This set the standards for the filtering of pollutants, including the filtering of pollens and other polluting substances that were pulled into the car through the air intakes and required to be filtered out.

The pollen filter is changed when you are having your car serviced, but if you are a pollen sufferer in the Pollen Season (and there are millions out there who are?) then it would be advisable to have the Air Filters and pollen filters changed at the end of winter or the beginning of spring, this is certainly the worse time for the pollen to start affecting the poor sufferers. The thing I have also noticed is that pollen can start to affect people at any stage of their lives, so it would be wise to insist that your local garage or Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC) should change the pollen filter at least once a year and preferably at the beginning of spring, to make sure the air entering your car will be as pollen free as possible. Other important filters not to ignore are the Oil and Fuel Filters.

Please don’t forget that this can also affect your passengers, so make sure that the pollen cabin filters are changed, so that they will remove all the allergens from the imported and contaminated air from outside and act as  Air Purifiers.

Pollen is not the only thing that gets trapped in your pollen filter?

When we remove the old pollen filter, we are amazed at the dirt and particles that the filter picks up, in just 12 months. The cabin pollen filter traps many different things that travel into the car from the exterior via the air conditioning and heating and ventilation system and these can include things like other cars exhaust fumes, bacteria general dust caused by insects and breaking up leaves that enter the front of your car and break up into tiny particles and finally will be trapped in your cars.

If the driver does not change the pollen filter at regular intervals, like I say at least once a year in springtime, then it is possible that air in the car will begin to smell foul and will cause your passengers to inhale fumes and air particles as you drive them along, possibly making them feel ill.

The blocked filter can also restrict the airflow into the cars heating and cooling system often causing problems and needing the help of your garage to spot the problem, a cost that could have been avoided had you changed the pollen filter.

Why Change Pollen Filter

Most filters can be found in easy to access areas through access panels under the cars bonnet (hood), but we operate the Autodata manual that will tell us the exact location of these filters. We also fit an exact filter to the one removed and we use Unipart filters of the same quality as the car manufacturers have used. Another small point is that although your filters should change in spring time a more general guide is to have them change at 12 to 15ooo mile intervals.

Many motorists do not  appreciate the benefits to changing these pollen filters and are not aware of the health benefits of using them, but as I wrote earlier, these things are all scientifically studied are the findings have helped develop the product that we know as the cabin or pollen filter.  

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years, giving the motorists a Pollen Filter Change. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

Timing Belt Needs Changing Sir? the dreaded words from your mechanic?

Change your  Timing Belt it’s imperative?

When our customers are having a service to their car, there are certain things that we will report to them when their cars service is complete. What we do which is what most garages do

timing belt

This Ford Fiesta cylinder head was badly damaged because the timing belt broke when the car engine was running.

nowadays, is to take a contact number of the person who’s car it is having a service. Before mobile phones this would have been more difficult to do, but now most of our customers have some sort of mobile phone or other.

The things we report on are such things as tyres or worn steering parts, these can be changed later on in the day if the customer is contacted and we will have time to carry out the repairs. One important thing though is the Timing or cam belt. The Timing Belt Kits come in two types ,the chain type, which as the word say’s is very similar to a motor bike chain and a rubber looking belt, that looks very similar to a fan belt or the belt that drives your washing machine or spin dryer.

This is made out of very strong material similar to the materials that tyres are made from. The importance of the timing belt cannot be overstressed. If the belt breaks in use then the engine can be damaged beyond repair. When we carry out a service we always check in the Autodata online manual, for the exact time for the belt to be changed. Sometimes it will state a Timing Belt Intervals and other times it may state a time period, but usually it will be between 60000miles and 100000 miles when the new belt should be fitted.

This is also important to know if you buy a second hand car. I have known customers who have had a car for a couple of months and their timing belt has snapped leaving them with a

timing belt

Timing Belt showing fitment on the pulleys

blown up engine and no redress from the person that they bought the Old Cars from, so if you buy a second hand car you must only buy one with a history record and the knowledge of the timing belt, otherwise you could be caught out with a huge repair bill, always ask about the timing belt?

A simple explanation of what this important part does is as follows; the timing belt is used to turn the camshaft at exactly half the speed of the crankshaft. Your camshaft controls the opening and closing of the valves in time to the pistons going up and down the engines cylinders. The camshaft belt runs on pulleys at the end of each important part and very often also drives the water pump. Should the belt break; then all these other parts simply smash into each, other causing major damage to the car’s engine.

The timing belt is spinning at tremendous speed and generates much heat,

so the belt is subject to many pressures and eventually starts to break up and cracking starts to appear, once again very similar to tyres. Perhaps you can see now why it is so important to change the belt at the correct time, we also recommend that you change the water pump at the same time. The water pump runs on a bearing and the bearings tend to wear out at the same time. If the water pump is not changed and goes at a later date then the garage will have all the same work to carry out all over again.

Many different companies makes of timing belt but we prefer to use Unipart belts, because as a Unipart Car Care Centre, our customers are covered under a warranty should anything go wrong with the part or the fitting of your new belt. You will be covered across the whole of the mainland UK, under the terms of the warranty a great protection to have.

So to finalise if your garage warns you that the timing belt is due for a change well get it done as soon as you can afford to, before the thing breaks and causes much more damage to the car and to your wallet or purse.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger

timing belt

Damaged caused by a broken timing belt

days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Flat Tyre-A Woman’s Guide to Changing their own Wheel?

 Women often do change their flat tyre

While sometimes it may be great to play a damsel in distress and have a strong and well-toned man fix your flat tyre, I think every woman ought to know how to change a flat tyre. After all, having your tyre blow is never something anyone plans and you may not have any ready and eager boy scout waiting around to rescue you. There is no need to keep the tyre changing in a man’s domain. Times are changing and you should too. Time to empower yourself and get ready to tackle that tyre!

 1. First of all, if there is a place for you to move your car out of the way move your car there. Make sure oncoming traffic will be able to see you. Turn on your hazards and if you have an

Flat Tyre

Lady changing her own wheel

early warning device, place where it will be clearly visible. Also make sure the place you move your vehicle to is flat and even. Avoid soft ground and inclines. Place some bricks, blocks or large rocks under your car to prevent your car from rolling backwards.

 2. If you have hubcaps, remove them. These are the covers of your tyres. Check you manual on how to remove them. I highly suggest you look at this beforehand and not when you have already blown a tyre.

 3. Next you need to remove the wheel nuts. These are the caps that hold your wheel in place. You will need a lug wrench to do this. The lug wrench is the T shaped wrench that should be together with all your other tools. The shape of the wrench makes for easy leverage, but if your upper body strength is lacking the heft or muscle needed to loosen the lug nuts, you may have to resort to step on the T-arm for better leverage. And remember, left to loosen and right to tighten.

 

 4. Now you need your car jack to raise your car. Most cars have a flat plate behind the front tyres and just in front of the back ones for this purpose. Place the jack under the tyre to be changed and raise it to meet the plate. Double check and make sure your car will be steady once it is raised. Safety is crucial whenever you are working with your car. Now raise your car about 15 cm of the ground. Don’t forget that an inflated tyre will need room so make sure there is enough space for the spare to be placed on.

remove the flat tyre

 5. by grabbing it with both hands, one on each side. Pull it straight and off. Now line up your spare with the bolts and slide it on. Replace the lug nuts but do not tighten them completely. When you have lowered your car, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in opposite pairs. Make sure these are as tight as possible because you absolutely do not want your tyre to come off when you’re driving.

 6. It’s time to clean up and put things back in place. Put all your tools together and place them back where they were stored. Always put them back in the same place so you know right

Flat Tyre,women checking her car tyre

women customer checking her car tyre

away where to find them in case of emergencies. Knowing where all of the tools are before you get into an emergency situation is suggested. Put your flat tyre where you spare one was and make sure to have it fixed right away.

Now that you know how to change a flat tyre, remember to practice prudence before you decide to bust out your inner mechanic. If you find yourself near enough to civilization, it might be wiser to call for help or assistance. A woman alone with her car and a flat tyre could be a signal for the less than honourable to take advantage of the situation. If you have no recourse but to change the tyre yourself, make sure you have some form of protection nearby like pepper spray. Also make sure to call a friend or relative to let them know what happened when your tyre blows so someone is aware of where you are and the situation you are in. This will at least give people you know the information of your whereabouts.

Having your tyres in good condition is one way to avoid a flat tyre. While some causes like a puncture from a nail or other sharp object cannot be avoided, keeping your tyres well inflated and careful driving will lessen the chances of your having to change a flat in the future.

And if you need new tyres, Point-S has over 160 independently owned centres across the UK to help you find the right tyre for your need. Its knowledgeable and professional staff will be able to give you brand neutral advice to help you make the right decision for your tyre needs. And if your car needs other types of auto service, they offer than as well. And because they are part of the Unipart Car Care Centre network, you know they adhere to the core values of:

• An open and honest approach with the customers

• A high standard of work and excellent value for money

• 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

• An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs

 Stay safe on the road ladies!

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Car Service Tips For the First Time Drivers

car service advice for the young drivers

Having a Car service has always been seen as a big expense to the average motorist and certainly is for the young first time motorists. Most cars will need an annual major service, and in my

Car Service

Mechanic in Halifax servicing a Range Rover

opinion for the driver on average mileage should have one or even two smaller engine services.

This (the smaller engine service) usually means the oil and filter changed and the rest of the cars fluid levels topped up. It is also a great idea (if you can afford) for cars over three years old told to have the main service carried out at the same time as the cars MOT test. Your garage will probably advice you to have the MOT test carried out before the service, this is always best practice and is recommended by the Ministry of Transport as the correct procedure to follow.

 It also gives you control of your spending budget, indeed what you should do is instruct the Car Garage to inform you of any failures that the test may throw up. You must also ask your garage to give you an estimate of the cost of repairs to your car to get it through the test.

Many customers of garages do this because if the cost of your repairs are high, you may not be able to afford to have the car serviced, indeed you can then cancel the service for a later date, when you can afford to have the service carried. The best practice though is to have the test and the car service carried out in the same day. This will ensure that your car will be in the best condition for your summer holidays or the possible harsh winter ahead.

Most good garages and auto centres carry out a car service  to a high standard.

They will carry out menu services according to the manufactures advice and indeed many garages and auto centres car serviceuse a service menu specific to your car by typing your registration number in to an automotive computer such as “Autodata”, complete with software that will print out the exact Car service menu for your make and model of your car. This also tells the mechanic the precise type of oils to use; this is very important due the diverse types of oil now used in modern car engines. Another advantage of using this technology is that the computers will advise you on the time or mileage it takes before your other parts of your Car service may need changing such as the cam belt. This information should come in the form of advice written as an advisory on your service sheet.

The advisory report that you are given should not be overlooked, but either acted up on at the time or looked at on a later date. Most good garages will give you a the repair costs  at the time of your test or service and this price should be good for about a month after it has been given, however if you go back at a later date it is always advisable to double check the price before you have the work carried out and it is also worth considering that the part that was advised upon may have got worse and indeed spread to yet another part, giving rise to the advice that work should be carried out as soon as spotted and advised by the mechanic in the first instance at the time of the test or service, if your finances do not stretch to having  the work carried out, please get the work done as soon as you can afford it may endanger yours and other people’s lives. 

Another good piece of advice is that if you are new to an area and you do not know were to have your car serviced it look for a garage carrying the “Unipart Car Care Code Of Practice” emblem this will ensure that you will get fair pricing and that the garage has been checked for good practice and procedures by the RAC of Great Britain, any quality control procedures by the service centre should give you confidence enough that if any problems occur, they will be dealt with in a fair and proper manner. In general any garage you carries out MOT testing, are usually up to a good standard and are also regulated and controlled by the British Government ministry department known as VOSA.

The usual way to find a good garage is by word of mouth by friends or relations. Other methods are yellow pages or google on the internet. Many garages are in larger groups an example of this would be Unipart centres, you will find this type of centre will offer you the assurances that you will be looking for as regarding workmanship and price fairness.

To summarize most garages and services are good at what they do, most are aided now by sophisticated technology, it is important (and indeed one of our policies) that you get a company that offers you pricing before the job is done and that you also give the garage you phone number so that you can be contacted if any extra work is required or indeed just to tell you that your car is ready. Also try to go to a garage that is regulated by a trade organization, and then if there is a dispute your problem can go into arbitration and hopefully resolved.

car service

servicing a BMW mini at Halifax

In our own case here at Pellon Auto-centre, we have not had a single case to answer for, and any disputes are usually handled in an amicable way

Also people do vote with their feet and a busy garage is usually a good garage, How Much for Car Service ,happy motoring.  

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes, travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Alpin 5 Winter Car Tyres and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Electric cars-Are Car dealers Really Scared Of Tesla Disrupting Car Servicing-

Electric cars,car servicing

Electric cars-Dealers Are Really Scared Of Tesla Disrupting The Servicing Experience
Jalopnik
Service departments are important for car dealers and Auto Centres in general?

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

When Electric cars arrive will car servicing be a thing of the past

Well according to this article, it would be Electric cars from Tesla that get in their way. I have been having this discussion on LinkedIn forums for ages now, and most industry professionals, think the same way as me and that the future car mix will be the old and new Electric cars technology cars mixed.

America has now found themselves with oil that will last them many more years ahead, from the new technology  of “fracking“.

This is where crude oils are forced out from between layers of shale rock that could not be previously  got at, using conventional mining methods.

This new oil find will in my opinion secure the use of gasoline(petrol) driven vehicles, all be it with much more efficient engines and probably diesel. Diesel can also be made from

car servicing

If it is up to Tesla car servicing would be a thing of the past

organic plant materials, known as Bio fuels. which are already in use in today’s diesel engined cars. We can also recycle old fuels including old oil to purify and use in these engines.

EV and electric cars are being developed at a very fast pace along with Hydrogen cell cars and no doubt there will be many more new inventions coming out of the Worlds universities as governments plough billions of dollars into new research and development.

All these different mixes of car technology will in the future mean a very diverse mix of cars on the roads of the World.

Car servicing will still be a thing of the future

I also think that the “right to repair bill” that is law in America and also very similar to the European Union laws that are designed to protect the replacement car servicing and

parts companies from new technologies that are created by the car manufacturing companies such as Tesla Electric cars in America and say BMW in Europe.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

See on jalopnik.com

Car Brakes-Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Older vehicle PARC sees increase in Car brakes sales

Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Aging vehicle parc ripe for car brakes sales

Tire Business

“Where before when a vehicle reached 10 years or 11 years, consumers were thinking of selling it, now they’re thinking of, ‘How can I keep my car going?

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This is a very in depth articles about car brakes

Car brakes are very often taken for granted, in other words car owners will just pull into your garage and leave their car, because there is a banging or rattling noise coming from the front of the car.

This is usually a good indication that the car brakes have failed,or are failing, but brake jobs do follow a pattern.

The spring time is usually the time for our customers car brakes to start going wrong and needing repairing. In my opinion i think that it is because that drivers use their car brakes

car brakes

A nice new set of brake discs fitted

much more in the winter months and therefore the brake pads and discs .

Drivers almost always wait until the last minute to have them repaired and consequently cause more damage to the brakes.

For example a simple job like a set of brake pads replacing may turn out to be more complicated and end up the car needing new discs, or a seized up brake caliper.

This will result in a larger garage invoice for the customer. The secret is to get a free brake check at your local garage. most garages here in the UK will give a car a free brake check and give the customer a quote for the required work. We are members of the Unipart Car Care Centres who also offer a nationwide guarantee throughout the UK and a free brake check on all makes and models of cars.

All this culminates as a good time of year for doing brake work, especially the many older cars that our customers are now hanging on to longer and having them repaired instead of replaced.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about

anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

See on www.tirebusiness.com

MOT Garages that are removed from MOT testing scheme to be made public

MOT Garages

DVSA have agreed with Ministers to make the information publicly available following the announcement by Justine Greening MP in 2012, of the Governments’ commitment to the Garage Customer Experience.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

I as the owner of an MOT Garages testing station,

are not quit sure  what this will achieve. I know that there are thousands of garages who claim that they do MOT testing but in fact do not. What they do is to take the car to an

approved MOT Garages testing station and have what we call”a trade test” carried out.

I am not saying that the car will not be tested correctly, but the test is not carried out by the garage and the car is not in their control. If the driver has an issue then he can not take it up directly with the testing station.

Customers should look out for the official MOT testing sign,

the same as the one in my picture. Some garages have sort of look alike signs, but are not official testing stations.

I can only think that garages who have lost their  license to test cars because of a bad disciplinary record, still carry on taking cars in for testing, but have a trade test done at another official testing station, under the pretense that they still have a testing license, or simply do not remove their MOT Garages signs as if their still testing.

A list of banned testing sites will be published but i wonder who will read them?.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and

tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Trojan Leisure Batteries by Trojan recommended for Caravans and Motorhomes

 

Trojan leisure batteries are more expensive but can last up to twice longer

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Solar battery charging of Leisure Batteries is becoming ever more popular amongst the people who own Motorhomes and caravans Best Caravan Batteries. In the past the owners of these vehicles would use a cheap car battery, but

as the caravans became more sophisticated and the manufacturers added more luxuries that were controlled by electricity, then so the power supply to operate these electric gadgets had to be more powerful and specific Leisure Batteries were developed by the large battery companies.

The normal car battery was simply not adequate to use on most of these kinds of vehicles. The car battery is designed to start the car in any type of weather, from hot to freezing cold temperatures, the car batteries Caravan Leisure Batteries are expected to start your car. These batteries will show you the CCA (cold cranking amps) on the battery label and although they worked when caravans and the early motorhomes did not use much electricity, they are no good to use now, because the battery requires more storage and not CCA’s.

These new types of Trojan Leisure Batteries were developed with electric storage in mind. The battery looks like a large car battery but has in fact been given thicker cells, to enable the Leisure Batteries to store more power. These batteries connect in line with the motorhomes charging system or a new system that is getting more popular is the use of solar power to charge up the batteries when the owner travels away from a power supply, say in the wilderness or in a farmer’s field.

These new types of Trojan Leisure Batteries are usually sealed but contain a pressure release valve which will let off any excess pressure if for some reason the battery overheats or for some other reason such as very high temperatures and this can happen but is very rare, in fact I have only seen one leisure battery that has exploded and I have taken a picture to show on the blog post. These batteries are made by Johnson Controls the World’s leading battery development company and battery manufacturer, making famous brand names such as Varta, Lucas and Numax batteries. The most popular part numbers for leisure use are LV22 and LV26, both batteries are a single post and will fit most caravans and motorhomes.

The next type of battery that can be used is the AGM battery (absorbed glass mat). This battery has glass fibre particles added to the acid to make the liquid acid into a type of paste, and because of this, the Trojan Leisure Batteries is totally sealed and can be stood in any position. This battery is most suitable for all battery storage needs because it will charge and discharge at a much

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Exploded leisure battery due to overcharging.

higher rate and will last much longer than the lead acid leisure batteries that I have talked about earlier.

One of the leading AGM manufacturers in the World is Trojan for leisure batteries

And these are the batteries that are recommended by the expert in the attached video.The video is all about solar storage for the home, but I am impressed with the way that he visually shows the different batteries that I have tried to describe, I feel that a video can save many words and many people are visual and can understand more when they see pictures. So have a good 2014,

 ric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.  

 

Solar Batteries-Is It Time for the Utility Companies to confront the need for Solar Storage?

 

 

Solar batteries could also help Europe

I think that at the moment this is an American problem for the near future, but could it turn the economic tables for the poorer Southern countries in Europe. I

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Large bank of batteries used as Solar Batteries

started to write this

article about the growing threat that is coming from the huge increase in solar panel use and the growth of Solar City the country’s largest installer of PV solar panels, combined with the ambitions of American car maker Tesla Motors, who’s intentions are to build a massive battery building plant, to help bring down the cost of building the car batteries that are used to power their electric cars.

It is now thought that these types of Solar Batteries can also be used to store the power that is produced by the solar panels. This type of system is used at the moment by thousands of homes in America, especially in remote areas where it is not possible to connect to the national electricity grid that we use in built-up areas.in our cities and towns.

The national grid has been supplying homes and industries with electricity now for more than a century and in my opinion are now becoming under threat from the joint efforts of these two fast growing energy providers and energy storage companies, Tesla cars and Solar-City. The two companies have used the Lithium-Ion batteries on trial in California, for general usage and soon realised that this was going to be of great use by integrating it into the Grid.

Here in the UK, most solar panels do not store the electricity in solar batteries but use an inverter to change the DC power that is produced by the solar panels, into AC power that is used by the national grid system. The electricity passes through a meter and the electric company buy the electricity from the home producer. If this is the case here in the UK, then I see no problem with a similar system in the States, especially for town and city dwellers.

 

The possibility of huge amounts of electricity being produced in the future opens up other arguments, such as why should we build more fossil fuel power plants or indeed nuclear, when it will be possible to store the electricity in massive battery storage plants. Surely we are swiftly approaching the time for all the parties involved to get their heads together and smell the coffee.

It does not take much figuring out, that here am I on a sunny march day watching my solar panels meter clicking over and reducing my electric bill, times this by millions and the income of the utility companies will collapse. This is only possible because of the technology that is speeding along at the rate of knots.

Solar batteries; could be used to store electricity in the Northern Hemisphere?

This brought me to my earlier thought. Here in the UK, we do use solar panels, but we have limited amount of actual sun power, because of the tilt of the Earth the sun is very low in winter and therefore not at the right angle to supply rooftop solar panels with enough energy. The spring and summertime are fine and we can get the regular strong sun to make solar panels a viable proposition.

To me, this would be a great challenge for the European Union. It is not rocket science to see that the Southern European countries have much more sunshine hours than the richer

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Solar batteries in storage bank

Northern Hemisphere countries such as Germany and the UK. Therefore would it not make economic sense for the Southern countries to produce the electricity from giant banks of solar panels, such as the ones in the deserts of America and the Northern countries,It is now thought that these types of Solar Batteries can also be used to store the power that is produced by the solar panels. could store the surplus for use in winter time, by using the battery technology from out of America. The countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal not forgetting Italy, would produce the energy and sell it to the North. This is done at the moment here in the UK, as we buy some of our electricity from the nuclear power stations in France.

I have read an article about solar facilities in Greece and Spain from an excellent article by Forbes on…http://www.forbes.com/sites/christophercoats/2013/03/19/whats-behind-the-sudden-solar-surge-in-greece/ 

This is about solar power and It is now thought that these types of Solar Batteries can also be used to store the power that is produced by the solar panels. at a local level but we are not far from the whole of the World having to look at the big picture, as we have a great chance to change the World into a greener and better way to live, whilst also reducing our need for fossil fuels.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S andMotor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.