Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

It is for certain that one of these days we will run out of oil. Although we have now discovered new oil reserves by means of “fracking” we will still run out of oil one of these days. This together with the need to clean up our planet has lead us to try and discover new technologies to drive our transport system forward using less polluting fuels and renewable energies.

How the hydrogen cell car works

One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace in the first instance, but in my opinion has now slowed down as we try to refine the technology to give us more distance on one charge of the Electric Battery Cars. The technology here has been the use of Lithium-Ion batteries. Some car makers such as Nissan have developed the Hybrid Electric Battery Cars, a car that is battery driven with a backup petrol engine that kicks in when the car reaches a certain speed for out of town driving.

Other car producers have opted for the full blown Electric Battery Cars, which relies totally on a battery for its power. These cars have the problem of traveling any distance, but are good for around town usage. In my opinion the battery solution is not the answer to the bigger problem of distance before the battery needs re-charging. Charging stations are cropping up all over the place and the electric car will have a part to play in the big picture but in my opinion it is looking like a short term fix and in any case these cars are charged up using “dirty fuel” that we use to fuel our power stations, it is just applying a “sticking plaster” on a gaping wound.

Battery cars for short journeys, and hydrogen for the long journey?

Many different car companies have been looking at the hydrogen technology and many governments have been investing large amounts of money into the development of the hydrogen fueled engine. Car companies such as BMW, Toyota Cars and Mazda have come up with new and improved methods to meet the growing demand for an alternative fuel to the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pacedriven cars so that larger distances can be covered. Governments across the World are at this very moment working together to try and produce a stable hydrogen product that can be used in regular filling stations. Indeed these filling stations are beginning to pop up as these car companies have become closer to producing their hydrogen fuel celled vehicles.

General motors and Honda are also interested in this fuel and are developing engines accordingly. As the only by-product is water, then the hydrogen fuel cells produce no pollution  and on top of that, fuel cells are safe, more reliable (as they do not have many  moving parts), and use the most abundant of elements  in the universe as a power source(hydrogen).

The governments need to tie up with the major car manufactures in the world to accelerate the use of hydrogen and similar energy efficient cars. Instead of lining up at the gas filling stations, the hydrogen car owners can buy tanks of liquid or gaseous hydrogen. Though the general trend for fuel efficient cars with alternative and better fuel designs will keep on increasing, various political, consumer, legal, environmental and technological factors will decide the extend of deployment.

Toyota is expected to fund a new network of hydrogen filling stations in the California area of America, by the way of a loan to a company called First Element Fuel Inc and in conjunction with the state of California and eventually rolling the stations out into a wider area. Toyota estimates that 68 refuelling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state. Toyota estimates that 68 refuelling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state.

Believe it or not Toyota started working on the fuel cell car as long ago as 1992. That is 25 years of experience in this technology, with the first production model to be available by 2015. The ironic part of my opening question is that the hydrogen fuel cell is really a battery?

“FCVs are powered by fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen, which is not only environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient, but can also be produced using a variety of readily available raw materials. Thanks to these characteristics, fuel cell vehicles are ideal for achieving sustainable mobility. Therefore, Toyota is striving to make this vehicle technology widely available as soon as possible.”…More reading…

http://www.toyota-global.com/innovation/environmental_technology/fuelcell_vehicle/  

These new cars will be expected to drive twice the distance on a full tank of fuel, with the fuel costing about the same as gasoline (petrol). In my opinion this will be at the forefront of the

Electric Battery Cars,Filling up a hydrogen cell car

Filling up a hydrogen cell car

leading car technology, for cars that will travel mid and long distances. Leaving the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace, to cover urban and town driving. There will also be a mix of other fuels such a bio-fuels in the big mix and things that are not yet invented.

For more reading about the Toyota Hydrogen Cars…http://www.firstelementfuel.com/

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/11/2015-toyota-fuel-cell-hydrogen-vehicle-prototype-review/

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

Toyota embracing hydrogen fuel cells as a replacement for battery-electric vehicles

toyota

Toyota has done more to further hybrid cars than any other manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped looking for better ways to fuel our lives.

 

eric roberts‘s insight: For further reading about Toyota hydrogen cell cars…

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=3710

Hi This has always looked like one of the future fuels to go into the future of car making. I have followed the progress of hydrogen fuel cells and it looks like Toyota will be the first

Toyota,hydrogen car

Toyota hydrogen car filling up

auto company to embrace this technology, other car makers are going down the lithium battery route and Citroen are developing the compressed nitrogen engine.

All this makes for an interesting future, where in my opinion we will see a mixture of different technologies coming from the different car companies (especially Toyota).

I also think that this will still include an investment in super clean gasoline and diesel engines in the big mix along with the new technologies. We will simply choose a car that suits our own purpose. Some cars will be for around town, this will include the “driver-less cars” and the battery driven carswill be for medium distance traveling. The long

Toyota,hydrogen fuel cell car

Toyota,hydrogen fuel cell car

distances will be covered by the present technology and also hydrogen cell engines which will be supplied at the average gas station, the same way as we get our petrol and diesel now.

Altogether very interesting times ahead for the Toyota car trade and its associated businesses.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

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CAR BRAKES-New Ruling from EU coming soon? AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking)

car brakes to be updated for improved road safety

This is one of those articles that can be difficult to write, due to complex and differing points of view. Firstly the ruling although not compulsory is aimed at the car manufacturers to update their cars by the end of this year (2014).

My problem is that now I am getting on a bit I am realizing that my concentration is getting a few seconds slower than when I was a younger man. A couple of years  ago I did a battery delivery to East Yorkshire, on a nice sunny clear day. Because of my passion for cars I am always looking out when I pass a garage or a parking lot, just in case I see a vintage or classic car, so that I can photograph it for my blog.

On this particular occasion I glanced away from the road as I passed an old Land Rover parked in a field. I was driving at about 40 mph and turned to look back at the road in front. To my horror the traffic had stopped ahead of me and I had to slam on the car brakes as hard as I could, missing the car in front by a whisker. I was really shaken and further on I had to pull into a car brakespub car park to re-compose myself and thought of what could have been.

This incident and the fact that there are millions of other drivers in the same position as me prompted me to reflect on the snippets that I had been reading about a new system that would be introduced in 2014. It was in the think tank stages of the Eu New Car Assessment Programme then or (Euro NCAP).

The system known as AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) will be expected to be fitted to new cars by the end of this year (2014). The new technology will become part of the crash test assessment and cars that are not fitted with the AEB car brakes will not get the 5 star rating for road safety. Michaels Van Ratingen the secretary general of the Euro NCAP says…

“We don’t want to force the car makers into this immediately, but we’ve made it very clear that the best way to ensure a five-star rating from 2014 is to have AEB on the vehicle,”

He must be disappointed though because at the moment only just over 20% of new cars have the new system fitted.

Your car  will, be much safer with the new car brakes system fitted

The new brakes technology will reduce the near misses that I have nearly had in the past year or so and reduce the number of small bumper to bumper accidents and hopefully “whiplash claims”. It’s a new system that uses radar, lidar (laser) and also video technology, to warn the driver of an impending frontal collision, this must happen to all of us on the congested roads here in the UK, before priming the brakes and eventually performing an emergency stop.

The new system is expected to save up to 8000 lives in the EU Countries alone, but not everyone agrees and thinks that better driver training (as in my case) would be a better option, he says…

“Although you are right to a small degree in that “advanced driver” are predisposed to better driving, the techniques they use are hugely influential. To prove my point, I train learner

cars brakes

Cars brakes will become safer with the new EU proposals

drivers using the system of car control and commentary skills. In the last decade I have only had one pupil seriously injured in the two years after they passed their test. She was hit by a stolen car, traveling at double the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road and coming round a blind corner. I do not select my pupils by their predisposition to advanced driving, but I do train them to a much higher standard than is required for the driving test.”

In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted, but not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted. Until all cars have the new In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted, but not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted, it is going to be a lottery of the does and don’ts. If a line of cars all have to slam on, you will stop because you will have the new car brakes system fitted, but the car at the back of you may not stop because he has not got the new car brakes system fitted.

All new rules and technology are going to help the motorists in today’s heavy traffic and I am all for safety measures that will help this cause. In my opinion this is a great idea. It will also save the future lives of some cyclists and pedestrians, so there is no reason to be negative about it. This is one of the best ideas to come out of the EU Parliament, amongst all the other rubbish that they dish out.

I am not sure if the car manufacturers will be using standard systems or doing their own thing, but as a garage owner I say “bring it on”. Brakes safety is one of my biggest promoted subjects and the AEB system, will be a great advantage to us in the long run when they are fitted to all cars as standard  

 Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car brakes servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Avon Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for all types of work doing including Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads . We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

Eric RobertsFor further reading… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9429746/Auto-braking-a-quantum-leap-for-road-safety.html

TESCO PIT STOP- Will it be the end for “BLACKCIRCLES PREMIER GARAGES” TYRE Partners?

To bring this post up to date, Blackcircles have been bought by Michelin and only time will tell as to what Michelin do with the company.

Will “TESCO PIT STOP” be the end for “BLACKCIRCLES PREMIER GARAGES” TYRE Partners?

When I first heard about this, “on the grapevine”, I had a mixed reaction in my mind. I sort of thought that it was one of those things that would have happened after we had heard of the ties between TESCO PIT STOP and Blackcircles a couple of years ago now, when Blackcircles started to give out Tesco Clubcard points.

We here at Pellon tyres, have been a BC (Blackcircles) premier garage now for three or four years and I must admit we have enjoyed the extra business that it has brought to us. Apart from the fitting charges that we receive from BC, we maximised our efforts and have introduced our other services to the Blackcircles customers and their cars that we have fitted the

Tesco Pit Stop

Blackcircles fitting station located at a Tesco Extra

tyres to over the years.

In the first instance it was not something that I was too happy to do. The guy who came to see me from BC was very professional and after we weighed up the pros and cons, I decided to give it a go and we shortly became a premier fitting station and started to get BC customers through the door, via the computer system for the very first time.

One of the main reasons was that I thought that it would be better to join and then it would be easier for us to “keep an eye” on one of the opposition, so we knew rather than guessed how many tyres they were selling in our area. After a few weeks of BC fitting I began to notice that to my surprise the BC customers were not our customers and also they bought a different type of tyre to our walk in customers.

Halifax where our depot is located has always been a poor town. When I say poor I think that the town is just too far away from the motorway network and has been left behind in its development and growth, the main money has been spent in the growth of nearby Huddersfield, which has had rapid expansion and development over the past twenty years or so. This was done at the expense of nearby towns such as Halifax and Dewsbury. Anyway to get to my point the tyres that we sell are nearly all mid-range and budget brands, people looking for cheap car tyres.

The cars that we were fitting tyres to.

cars from Blackcircles were, and still are mainly driven by professional people and better off families. I also discovered that out of the first twenty customers from BC had never been to Pellon tyres at all in the past, and so this meant that we had lost NO tyre sales. I must admit that it was also a nice mix of business and we have sold many add-ons to these customers.

We pride ourselves as having a first class facility and have treated the BC customers with exactly the same service and courtesy  as we do all our customers and over the last few years we have had a great business relationship with BC, in fact I don’t think that we have had one problem, with either the customers or BC’s paperwork system, and looking back I now believe that it has been one of the better things that we have done and are continuing to do so.

When I first heard about the TESCO PIT STOP and tie-up with Tesco Supermarkets, I immediately pictured a tyre fitting station on a Tesco supermarket site sitting next to a Tesco Bank selling Tesco Car Insurance. Whatever BC said the link between the two companies was to be, I believe that this would be the end goal. It was therefore no surprise to me to see that the first BC fitting station was to be located at the rear of the  the Tesco Extra on Watling Street. You can find the TESCO PIT STOP fitting bays at the rear of petrol forecourt.

Although there are a further three TESCO PIT STOP fitting stations in the Milton Keynes area I can’t help thinking that I know where the majority of the work will be sent to. I am a little disappointed that BC did not fill the rest of us in with their proposals, but I think now that that’s the way that they will be heading. I have been doing this job for forty years now and there are not many types of businesses that “dog eat dog” such as the tyre business sector, and this in my opinion is just another one of those things that will happen, Tesco Tyres will take over BC’s and just become part of the big mix and will sit along side Halford Tyres and Kwik-Fit along with the thousands of independents.

But my big question is “is the beginning of the end for Blackcircles Premier Fitting Stations”, I think perhaps so. AS an end note we have resigned from the Blackcircles fitting scheme

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

CAR TYRES-technical developments to create a Greener tyre.

Like any other product that is man made car tyres develop and change over the years.

 

The tyres that were made say thirty years ago would not be suitable for today’s cars. The tyre has developed into part of the evolution of greener cars, especially in recent times when

vehicle emissions have become a very important part of new car development.

Tyre companies are trying all sorts of new techniques to develop car tyres that will give a better “rolling resistance”. Better rolling resistance makes it for a car to move forward easier, whilst at the same time enabling the car to give a smooth ride and stick to the road when cornering and in bad weather conditions.

Tyre companies are using new and much lighter materials, including new materials that go into the compounds that make the materials that are used for the outer layers of the car tyres, for making the sidewalls and tread area. One of the main products used is still latex of course but tyres companies are now trying other materials to try lesson the use of petrol-chemicals derived from oil.

One of these leading the charge is Yokohama tyres. Yokohama is experimenting with many materials and one of the more successful ones has been “orange peel oil”.  Another tyre company that are trying new materials is Goodyear tyres. Goodyear has teamed up with a biotechnology company called DuPont. The two companies are working together to produce molecules to try to match the molecules that are found in tyre compounds. Rubber is a molecule and by replicating similar molecules from sugar molecules they will be able to manufacture a product that could be used to make tyre with and replace the dependency of latex, the natural material that tyres are made of at the moment. For more reading… http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/news/making-tires-green.html

Continental tyres are also one of the Worlds car tyres development innovators. Over the years they have formed what they call their “green kitchen” to enable them to develop more CAR TYRES,michelin tyresenvironmentally friendly compounds, by replacing the more dangerous chemicals used in tyre making with new more eco-friendly products, similar to what Goodyear and other tyre companies are experimenting with. More information…http://www.continental-corporation.com/www/csr_com_en/themes/news/reifenmischung_en.html 

Michelin Tyres UK are going down the same road. Michelin have always been at the front of car tyres development, ever since the invention of the “steel belted radial” and are now looking at all possible ways of future tyre development, including the use of old tyres…

“Terry Getty’s, Michelin’s research and development director stated that the tyre giant’s innovation strategy continues to focus on exploiting raw materials to the maximum. He further said that TREC is a perfect illustration of eco-design and will help them creating latest high-performance tyres using high-quality raw materials derived from old car tyres”.

 This includes Michelin’s latest tyre, which will not lose any grip all the way down to the tyre tread wear bars, due to the different compound depths within the tyres.

Now more important to switch your Michelin tyres round

Tyre rotation has become just as important as ever, because of the new developments and the need gain every bit of wear that you can out of your tyres. In my opinion there is also a need to match the tyres that are fitted to the car, especially if your car has the latest tyre specs that have been developed between the car and the tyre manufacturers.

We are pleasantly surprised though, how many of our customers do indeed practice this now. They are up to date with the fact that car tyres from different tyre manufacturers are now CAR TYRES,michelin tyres advertdifferent and that they should be matched up for a better performance, that will give the car the same handling qualities when braking and cornering, in any type of weather conditions.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Economy car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

ASDA TYRES- are part of the 8% Volume that make up today’s total TYRE SALES

ASDA tyres are part of the big mix? as a recent update we are now an Asda Tyres Tyre shop facility for the Halifax area of Yorkshire of the UK.

It was no surprise to me when I saw a recent report from Frost and Sullivan a business reporting company that serves the whole of industry, reporting about trends that may affect the stock markets or share values of large companies. The report can be seen online at… http://www.frost.com/srch/catalog-search.do?queryText=tyres and makes some interesting reading.

The first thing that comes to mind is that the report is a European report, but it still reflects a similar pattern across the major tyre selling countries, including us here in the UK. At the asda tyresmoment (2014) the online market share is said to be 7.8% of the total tyre sales aftermarket, which I thought was on the small size. This still means that there is 82.2% left for the rest of us to share.

In my opinion the internet has opened up the World of tyres to give us all more chance to expand or even to survive. In our own business situation we are now selling tyres from a number of streams and not just the traditional one line of customers driving in from the street. Yes we do have extra competition from the online companies, but in my opinion these are just replacing all the national tyre companies that have now whittled down to but a few. We were always able to compete with these large companies because we could “duck and dive” and change tactics and brands more quickly and that is what we have done with the internet companies.

For instance we were very quickly able to add a sales module from Cam-systems to our own computer systems thanks to the help of Micheldever tyre wholesalers. This helped us to compete against some of the online tyre retailers, but at a local level. The system enables us to set in our own prices based on the MD cost to us price. When we compared our prices we were still competitive, with the major internet companies.

We also became a fitting centre for one of the major players in the UK online market, but this system only gave us a fitting charge. I was a bit reluctant to do this at first because I thought that they steeling our tyre business and saw them as competitors rather than a way of making more profit. We decided to take a chance and went ahead as one of their fitting stations. The thing I did not know was that,  out of the first 20 fitting jobs, none of them were our customers, how wrong would I have been if I had decided against the scheme.

So thanks to the internet our traditional tyre business was now coming in to us in three different channels. Other players were starting to emerge?

Enter ASDA TYRES Online Shopping for tyres

Blackcircles online tyre retailer had started a new alliance with Tesco supermarkets offering Tesco Tyres points for tyres bought online. Not long afterwards news came out that ASDA TYRES were going to form an alliance with one of the country’s leading tyre wholesalers, Bond International Tyres, based in North Yorkshire. Bonds are one of our biggest suppliers and I felt a ASDA TYRESconflict of interest coming on, they were supplying us and also competing against us through ASDA tyres.

This stream of business was to be our fourth way of improving our sales through the internet. After a huge reassurance from Bonds we became an ASDA tyres station. In my opinion this did not conflict with the other online company that we work with, because we only fit the tyres for them but with the ASDA tyres deal we actually got the internet generated sale. In other words they drove a sale into us from their internet selling portal.  

At first when you look at this kind of report it should make you worry, but as a small business it gives us more opportunities if we take them. We can now also BUY tyres from some of the companies online in Europe; where for some reason we can get better terms for certain tyres.

Enter Point-S tyres

Point-S tyres are a European buying group made up of small and medium sized independent tyre retailers. They enable us to buy tyres as a group from the major tyre manufacturers. As a small tyre retailer in Halifax the tyre manufacturers were not interested in supplying us, but as part of a group, we can now buy of them and receive previously unknown rebate payments.

One other thing that is up our sleeve at the moment is mobile fitting. The jury is out at the moment with that one but it is a possibility for the future. To conclude, the prediction of internet sales reaching 20% of the total tyre market is good news to my ears and should only bring more good opportunities for the small and medium tyre business that look for them.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

 

CAR SERVICING? Why do Car Drivers avoid Servicing their Cars?

Modern cars are all controlled by computers these days. In fact almost all aspects of manufacturing today’s cars are controlled by computers and this includes the servicing schedules.

Car Servicing

Quality parts are essential for your Car Servicing

The services that are written out in your cars hand book, have been designed to give the best possible Smart Car Servicing schedule, so you should not really vary from that by giving your car extra oil or filter changes.

Drivers neglect their car servicing plan why?

As I have stated earlier todays cars are better built and more reliable than the cars say ten year ago and before. They have the ability to run for much longer periods that their older counterparts. The only exception to this in my opinion is that we have more problems with the cars electrics than before, and that is because modern cars have more of them (car electrics).

The thing that some drivers neglect is to have their cars serviced at the correct periods according to their Servicing a Car manual. We often get cars in for  servicing and when we stamp and enter the details into the servicing booklet we find that they have missed out a service completely, and when we sometimes question this they simply come out with some excuse, such as the previous garage forget to fill it in. I do not believe this and it also important to keep a Car Servicing history to keep up the value should the owner ever want to sell the car.

Some car owners ignore the service book completely?

You would be surprised how many drivers do not have a service book or have lost them. Many car owners are guilty of this. As luck would have it, most good garages have a car service times and repair schedule times computer, we at Pellon Auto-centre here in Halifax use the Auto-Data computer software for all our mechanical work timings and service schedules. This means that we do not get stuck if a customer does not have a service schedule book for their cars.

Another problem in our busy world, is that people do not have their car serviced at all?. The end result of this is that although the car will perhaps keep on running, then it will inevitably

car srvicing

For Car Servicing go to a reputable garage

start breaking down at some stage or another. In most cases the warning light will come on for the particular problem that may arise. The common lights to illuminate are the oil warning lights and the brake warning lights. When a car is regularly serviced these parts are checked and any problem will be rectified for example oils will be changed and brakes will be checked and any problems will be rectified, such as replacing worn out brake pads.

When the car is not serviced then these problems will become exaggerated and lead onto to more damaged parts. A car with a low oil level could lead onto a damaged engine or cylinder head. Worn out brake pads will inevitably lead onto damaged brake discs or burned out wheel cylinder’s, once again leading onto a much higher garage charge, than they would get if they had have had  regular Car Servicing.

Some other things that may affect your car

Other things that could go wrong would fluid changes. On a very big service some car manufacturers recommend that the cars fluid should be changed. These are things such as transmission oils, brake fluids, engine coolant levels and steering fluid levels, these are all things that are checked or changed while Car Servicing, and all could be critical if neglected. The one thing that would give you big problems though is as I have stated earlier, your ENGINE OIL. You should at least give your car an oil and filter change. This is the very least you should but this could stop your engine blowing up on the way to the airport for your valuable holidays. I do not really recommend it, but even if you change the oil and filter yourself, then please do it, a car with a blown up engine is not worth anything to anybody.

servicing

Check these warning lights if you miss regular servicing you may see them more often

Garage servicing does other things

Other things that a garage will do for you during  Car Servicing; is things like changes your wheels round, thus will ensure, a better wear out of your tyres. Also many garages are now in nationwide schemes and only fit the best parts.

Using low quality spare parts for your cars servicing

This is a cost saving that is false economy/ will it really save you money by fitting your own parts from the local corner accessory shop. Inferior parts will wear out quicker. This is most common to see on tyres, cheap car tyres will wear out in a faster time than a leading make, say such as Michelin tyres, and this has been proven time and again. A little extra money will give you much better value in the long run

So respond to that check engine oil light on the dash

When the check engine oil warning light, or brake warning light goes on, your car will still be operational but please do not ignore it and put it off to for another day. up and eventually, its then you spend quite an amount of money on the car and you regret your negligence. When the check engine light, or any other warning light comes on, schedule an appointment with your garage and start a new campaign for your car, to have  regular Car Servicing.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

CAR OIL LEVELS- Check Them Regularly or your could find yourself in trouble?

 Check Your CAR OIL LEVELS it makes sense?

This is one piece of good advice that I failed to carry out myself; I had driven to France on a short trip recently, in my Peugeot Partner Van, when the “Low Oil Level” light came on. Oh I

car oil levels

It is important that Ladies should learn how to check their car oil levels

thought this must be wrong? I am always preaching to other people to check their car oil levels. Sure enough the vans oil level was below the minimum level on the dip-stick and I had two buy a two litre plastic tub of 5w-30 engine oil for diesel driven vehicles.

I also recommend car owners to take a small container of oil with them just in case that it is needed in some remote spot; luckily I was near a supermarket. We usually recommend that you should change your oil about every three thousand miles, but this does not apply to all makes and models of car, just remember it is better to be safe than sorry and a regular oil change is a safe option, especially if you are a high mileage driver and perhaps use your car for your job.

Most good garages now use servicing guides that are computerised; we use a system that tells us all the service intervals, including car oil levels, oil changes and other important things such as the times to change your cars timing belt. We also refer to the owner’s service manuals, which gives us the correct intervals for changing your cars oil.

When Servicing a Car most of our customers that have servicing will leave their car with us for the day and either take public transport back home or to work or we have a small fleet of courtesy cars that are available for their use. If they live in fairly close proximity to the garage then we very often give them a lift, for instance we have a local college nearby and we are always giving the college tutors and even some of the older students a lift to work, whilst they leave their cars for the work to be carried out.

There is doubt that it is also a good idea to learn how to check your own car oil levels in the car’s engine. You should learn to open the bonnet catch, it would surprise you how many of our customers cannot find the catch that will help them open their Old Cars  bonnet (hood).

Check your own oil levels with the dip-stick

The second good thing to learn is; which is the “dip-stick” that tells you what your car oil levels is at the time of the checking. Your car manual will show you where it is on your car, but you can also ask your local garage to show you where it is located, I am sure that they will only be too pleased to help.

Once you have located the dip-stick you must take it out and give it a wipe with a clean cloth or tissue paper. Pop the stick back into its housing until you have pushed the stick right in, and then pull it back out slowly, so that you do not smudge the reading. On the stick there are two markings a minimum marking and a maximum marking. This is self-explanatory; just top the car oil levels up until you reach the maximum level. Do not exceed the max level, because this is as bad as having a low oil level. Having too much oil can cause extra pressure inside the engine and cause your engine to be damaged or even explode.

So keep an eye on your oil level and check it at regular intervals. Have your oil changed at regular intervals. When you are checking your own oil levels be careful to check it slowly and carefully and do not overfill the engine with excess oil. Also I would advise the driver to keep a small amount of the exact same oil that the garage filled your car with on a service, this

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Dip-stick showing the correct engine car oil levels

can then be used for topping up purposes, and most garages keep small containers of oil in stock especially for this purpose. Also make sure that the oil that you are topping up with is the

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Topping up your engine oil to get the correct car oil levels

exact same viscosity as the oil in your engine and it is for either petrol or diesel. And finally always have your Car Oil  checked after a long or speedy journey.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Avon Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

 

Yokohama Winter Tyres-Will Help Your Car Through the Tough Yorkshire Winter Ahead?

Yokohama Winter Tyres for winter performance

Tyres are arguably the most important part of your car. They fill a variety of roles in car performance, most importantly making sure that the car can roll! Without strong, adequate ones you run the risk of getting a blowout on the motorway or not being able to control your car in extreme weather conditions. Your mileage will also be lower with poor ones fitted to your

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama tyres take a huge part in motorsport

car. You want tyres that are strong, durable, and silent on the road. You also want them to last a long time. If you live in a snowy area, you probably want even more specialized wheels that perform well in snowy or icy conditions. Yokohama Winter Tyres are one of  the best in their class for such a job.

Now there is no overall “best tyres”. Some will enable faster driving. Others function better with wear and are more durable. However? if you live in cold areas, such as the Welsh mountains, North and West Yorkshire, the Lake District and most of Scotland. Yokohama Winter Tyres  are amongst the best.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Are designed to give you complete control over your car and maximum traction in icy conditions. They use specialized technology and tread designs to ensure that icy driving is no problem. Just driving slowly and carefully isn’t a valid option, especially if you live in a city that receives tons of ice and snow. You need the control, grip, and precision that Yokohama Winter Tyres offer.

There are several false ideas that people have concerning winters . First, many people believe you only need two winters  or that you don’t need winters  at all. Regular summer ones or even all-season ones don’t offer the same level of control or safety as winters, especially in extreme conditions. Also, contrary to popular belief, you want to have four winters fitted. If your car uses a winter pair in the front, then a regular set of tyres on the back, then each end of your car will react differently. This can be extremely detrimental if you are sliding on ice or driving in extreme weather. Investing in Yokohama Winter Tyres is much safer for accelerating, braking, and handling of the car.

Traction control and ABS brakes offer only limited benefits to cars with winters fitted. Traction control does not help with the the traction of your car in any way, but  controls the

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama racing tyres

acceleration of your tyre. Winters will  give the grip you need in winter conditions. Similarly, while ABS brakes will only ensure that car tyres will not lock up, they also don’t improve the actual  traction.

I hope you enjoyed this article about the benefits of Yokohama Winter tyres.

Pellon Tyres and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Yokohama Winter Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

Poorboy’s Car Care Products will Keep Your Car Looking New

Poorboy’s Car Care Products will make your car Sparkle

When we first started to become a Poorboy’s car care products stockist, I just wasn’t sure what the products were all about. I am the Worlds worse person at keeping my car clean. I can Poorboy’s Car Care,poorboys nattys pastethough see the point, when you can see how good a brand new car looks, straight from the dealership. There are many drivers out there that want to keep their car in prime tip-top condition, and the only way to do that is to keep the car clean and properly protected with car cleaning products, such as the Poorboy’s Car Care range of products.

It is not only the owners of brand new cars that are car cleaning addicts and since selling the Poorboy’s brand I have never seen our customers cars that are so bright and shiny on the

Poorboy’s Car Care

vw camper  after using poorboy’s

outside and the inside of their prize possession. That is probably why I have never taken to cleaning my cars; I have never regarded them as my prize possession, but just something to get around in. Some drivers will not let you even eat anything in their cars and smoking is out of the question, they spend hours using Poorboy’s UK products just to clean the car interior, they shine like new pins and Poorboy’s Car Care even thought about that by adding special fragrances to their car cleaning products, they smell like you would like to eat them?

Most people wash and wax their prize possession cars at least once a week. They will give the car a good bath, including the wheels, especially in winter time and this also helps to get rid of the salt that is used to melt icy roads and stops the rusting process taking place. This also takes place in the cab of the car. These cleaning fanatics will remove and vacuum all the interior carpets and clean away any water that may have been caused by melting ice and snow. This will also stop the car floor pans from rotting with rust.

Poorboy’s Car Care products are now well known in the UK

One guy explained to me that he washed and waxed his car every week and every month gave it a near professional detailing. Detailing was a new word to me before we started selling Poorboy’s Car Care; I think it was first started in America, where some people are really fanatical about the shine on their cars.

He told that will buff up the car using an electric buffer, which helps him get rid of the small scratches and blemishes caused by flying road chippings and small stones thrown up by other cars and trucks. When out for a drive. He also gives the car interior a deep clean and applies Poorboy’s Car Care clean and protect such as” trim restorer”, which incidentally smells like almonds, this also protect the interior against the damage from the sun.

I must admit that I have stepped a little closer in my own efforts to keep my car clean and I let one of my staff (Adam) give my car a good going over every now and then. I do not however think that I will be as thorough as the car owners who are fanatical about detailing their prize possessions although I can see the point of keeping their cars well protected against the elements, that will keep the cars paint protected and stopping it from fading and perhaps helps keep the cars value.

If by prolonging the life of your car, you spend time each week protecting your investment then there is nothing wrong with that. You will want to make sure that the cars engine and mechanical parts are kept in good condition by having regular oil changes and tyre rotating at regular intervals. Unlike me when a car is cared for and maintained properly you can

Poorboy’s Car Care

Even ladies are fanatical about cleaning their cars

prolong the car and its looks up to 10 years. So good luck and keep on using Poor Boys Car Wax products. Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.