Anti-Lock Braking Systems- ABS- have been around for 20 years or more

Anti-Lock braking systems -problems are now a common thing

One of the things that I love most about being a garage owner is when a car comes into my garage for brake problems sorting out? It is not the price that the person is worried about, but

Anti-Lock Braking Systems

These discs are on a BMW who were one of the first companies to fit Anti-Lock Braking Systems as standard on their production cars

they know how important it is to have good brakes on their car. Before we remove the wheels to examine the brakes we have a blank canvas to work from. We know that most cars that get to the stage of having brakes that do not stop the car, will be in pretty bad shape, and they usually are.

Back in the old days the cars brakes were a much simpler affair to diagnose and repair, with only the super cars having any type of electrical connections in order to aid for better braking. As in almost all the car developments brakes were originally tested and tried on motorsport vehicles before been tried and tested on the average road cars. This included the beginning of the ABS braking systems that are in common use today.

At first Anti-lock braking systems only came out on the prestige cars such as BMW and Mercedes

but many drivers had not heard of them before, in fact we still get customers in today that do not know what it means when their ABS warning light comes on and has to be investigated. Twenty years ago many vehicles owners were given the option of having ABS brakes or not, similar sort of thing to fitting alloy wheels or steel wheels, they were an optional extra.

Anti-Lock braking systems work differently to a standard braking system

ABS brakes do act differently to a normal braking system. The main two advantages are that; when you are braking on a wet slippery road surface, or say on ice, then your car will stop quicker, this also applies to normal roads of course. Also the car will handle much better when the driver has to brake and steer at the same time, once again say in bad weather conditions, the car will handle much better that when using a conventional braking system.

In any normal driving situations such as stopping at traffic lights or at a road junction, then the Anti-Lock Braking Systems does not activate, but if you need to brake sharply and suddenly then the Anti-Lock Braking Systems will be activated and assist you in braking more safely.

The Anti-Lock Braking Systems sends out pulses of pressure instead of the single pressure that is asserted when braking a normal car. You can actually feel the pulses coming through the brake pedal when you have to assert pressure on to the brake pedal in an emergency stop. It is also important to note that if you do come across a bad situation caused by say snow or a non-tarmac road, then you will still have to slow down, your ABS system will not help you in such situations.

The main gaining point of Anti-Lock Braking Systems is that the driver has full control when braking and steering at the same time and can help the driver to steer away from danger; they prevent the wheel

Anti-Lock Braking Systems

With and Without anti-lock brakes

from locking, in certain conditions.

In my experience it has always been a good idea to take your car and have a practice with the brakes if you are driving a car fitted with ABS brakes for the first time and get used to the different feel of the brakes when going straight and when steering.

The in cab ABS warning light may come on if there is a fault with the ABS system or the normal braking system. If the warning light comes on then you should have the brakes looked at as soon as possible. In our experience it is usually something simple such as a faulty electrical connection or even that the car needs a set of new pads. You can also find problems with Anti Lock Brake Sensors and other Anti Lock Brake Parts. Once the problem has been found and rectified the ABS warning light can be re-set with a computer.

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 Goodyear 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.

Jumper Cables are worth keeping in your Car Boot in case of your Car Battery problems

Keeping jumper cables in your car are a necessary requirement in my opinion.

They are one of those pieces of equipment that you may never need, but you dare not do without them, in case your battery goes dead on you, or you are about to become a good

Jumper Cables

Fitting a new Lucas car battery after the original failed to start and would not jump off

Samaritan and be at the right place at the right time to help out a fellow motorist who is in a desperate need of help to start his car and there you are with your Car Jumper Cables to help them out.

I must admit that I am a caring person and I do probably carry this sort of thing around with me to offer help to others. Car batteries will eventually die on you and the problem is where they will die on you not when. It is always sods law that your battery will fail you in some awful place such as the shopping centre twenty mile away.

jumper cables

Jumper cables fitted to one of the batteries

One thing that can be done is to join one of the national breakdown schemes, and they could come out and help you, but it is always when you forgot to renew your policy when these things happen and if only you had put a set of jump leads in the boot of your car?

It is not a perfect world and hindsight is a wonderful thing? It is a good job that the guy in the car parked next to you has a set of leads in his car and he is willing to help you out?  Having the ability and the tools to help boost other drivers battery is a wonderful thing. There are many true stories associated with a driver having to give a stranded motorist a boost from his own car battery with a boost cable. In fact anywhere that a car stops, means that it might not start again, without a boost.

The last guy that I helped out was trying to leave a ferry, between England and France, but guess what, his battery was flat and we was been towed out of the ship by a fork truck. I of course stepped into help when I saw that he was stranded and started his car battery with my trusty jumper cables. This helped him drive about to look for a new car battery, but it saved him time waiting for a breakdown truck to arrive.

We always get advice from the motoring organisations to prepare ourselves for the upcoming winter, but most of us do not take a blind bit of notice. Things like take a shovel and a blanket, but we never do, because it is not going to happen to us. Well this is just the same as jump leads, we are never going to need them, but we do?

Just by owning some jumper cables and keeping them in your car will one day help you or a fellow motorist? Even if you do not know what to do then there will be someone there who will use them for you and know which way to connect your cables to the car batteries.

I have added a useful video onto this post that shows you what TO DO and where to connect the jumper cables to the two Car Battery Problems.

The main point of this post though, is to make sure that you do in fact carry a booster cable around with you, because you never know when you may need one.

Disclaimer

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

Battery Storage systems could significantly reduce the power of the National Grids.

Posted originally on www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/blog

Battery storage systems-(was not an option)

The way that we built our national power plants, in some cases over a hundred years, will have to change in the future to meet our needs for the production of solar energy and its Battery Storage systemsdistribution through our homes and solar collection farms and wind turbine installations.

These national grid plants were originally owned by the government in the first instances, but in recent times were privatized here in the UK by the Conservative government led by Margret Thatcher. These massive installations distributed power all over the country and were powered by coal. The power stations were located in coal mining areas of Yorkshire, where the coal was transported locally and the electricity was sent across the country on massive power line systems and then diverted into smaller sub-stations before distributed to homes and businesses, usually in an underground network.

Now with battery storage systems things are about to change

In recent times we have seen massive investment into the solar energy collecting market and the introduction of new technologies such as wind turbines that turn the winds energy into producing electricity. Most people will now have seen these giant turbines across the countryside of most countries. This new technology and the advances of battery storage systems will soon mean that things may have to change in the near future, for these nationalized electric companies as the end consumers start to install solar systems to their homes and businesses across the world.

The price of fitting a solar system to your roof has come down dramatically as these things have become mass produced and affordable, helping people reduce their electric bills. The only other problem has been that the power produced could not be stored until recent years when battery storage systems have become widely available and easily installed using a few simple instructions.

This is of great benefit to consumers who live in the country or in larger countries the “wilderness” who are now able to make the production of electricity and store it for night use when the sun goes down. This can also lower the cost of energy which has gradually become one of the most expensive household items in recent years.

I have electricity collecting panels on my roof and sell the electricity back to my provider, thus reducing my electric bills by half. Here in the UK we are limited to the number of panels to one roof and I don’t think that we are allowed to go self-sufficient by producing all our own electricity, but some countries are different, such as the USA, where consumers can go their own way.

In many people’s opinions the day is not too far away when our roof panels will generate electricity which will be stored in a battery storage system. The householder will own an electric car and along with powering the rest of the house, the battery bank will also charge your car battery at night time, totally self-sufficient in electric power.

As I have said this is a perfect scenario for the perfect little houses in a perfect little village, but what about the rest of the population who live in multiple units and don’t even have their own roofs. Could we be looking at communal units of solar panels and storing the electricity in a battery bank, or is that a dream?

Perhaps not, because I have heard of some island communities, who have become self-sufficient by using this method. The batteries are packed into a 20 ft cargo container and the Battery Storage systems will store electricity to be used at night. This also eliminated power failures due storms and broken cables causing outages. The sun reliant system was fitted using up-to-date technology and now works perfectly leaving the island self-sufficient, by using the suns energy and storing it in batteries.

Battery Storage systems

Fiamm power Battery Storage systems unit to supply a whole Island

My interest in all this is that I sell batteries and I am very interested in the whole sun collecting  project. I cannot see the end in the national grid model, but alterations are going to have to be made in future to accommodate the public’s wishes to produce their own electric power from their own premises. Neither do we know what new technologies for collecting the suns power, will be available to us in the future, new ideas are coming along all the time.

There is one thing for sure that governments are going to have to give this problem some thought for the future of how we use the power of our sun in years to come.

 

 

Car Tyres- tread Re-cutting-What next? this is extremely dangerous?

Re-cutting Car Tyres-is it common practice in some countries?

I was truly shocked and amazed at the same time when I first saw the video at the bottom of this post. At first I was outraged at what was going on and so was the writer of the original

Re-cutting

This tyre was a part worn that had a massive repair done to the sidewall and only lasted for two days, before letting the lady customer down in a town centre.

article, but after a while I cannot help feeling that this practice does actually go on in other countries of the world.

The video has been filmed with a sense of pride by the guy who is doing the actual tyre re-cutting and it reminds me of the time when I used to re-cut truck tyres, when I worked for national company years ago. I know that we can re-cut truck tyres as long as we stick to the rules and regulations that are set out for us to follow, but the practice of re-cutting car tyres, has up to now been unheard of, unless somebody can point out where this is a legal thing to do?

Bad tyre repair cases are now cropping up now on the part worn tyres

I am sure that many of you tyre professionals out there have come across some pretty bad examples of things that are related to part worn tyres. There seems to be little care or thought towards the safety or the law where the part worn market is concerned.

Only last Saturday we had customer in that bought two part worn tyres fitted about two weeks before, only to find that they had completely fitted the wrong size, they were not even a legal match, they were far too small. When the customer was questioned as to why he had allowed this he said that the guy told him that it was perfectly alright and he also said that he felt a little threatened by the guys attitude, when he was questioning him about the wrong size.

This sort of thing is just the tip of the iceberg; the worst ones are the bad repairs that have been carried out by these people. We have seen some horrific cases where the tyre has only lasted a few days before blowing out or in some cases these tyres never keep their pressure and the customer brings them into us for sorting out.

The thing that I cannot understand though is that I have never met one customer who wants to go back where they bought the dodgy tyres, to complain. Perhaps some drivers are so hard up financially that they have no choice but to buy these things, and when problems arise they dare not go back in fear of been intimidated by these people.

Re-cutting

This tyre had a clear side-wall failure, that was fitted to the inside.we picked up the problem when the customer said that he had a bad wheel wobble?.

They must know that they are breaking the law when they sell the public these things, so do you have to be a special type of person sell them in the first place, looking at the state of some of the premises, it is a wonder that people go there in the first place, but as I say people can and must be desperate to keep their cars on the road, and this includes buying part worn tyres.

To go back to this video; I cannot recognize the language of the people that  who are re-cutting this car tyre , but it could even be here in the UK.

I only hope that these do not make their way to our shores, but nothing surprises me to what lengths these people will go to, to make money. As I have said on many occasions I see nothing wrong with selling part worn tyres as long as they were processed and sold within the law of our land.

Another fact that has come to my attention came to me from Serge Dejeen…In ETRTO recommendations it’s clear re-grooving of passenger car tyres is not permitted.
Extract of ETRTO “Re-grooving or re-cutting: Re-grooving or re-cutting consists of cutting a pattern in the base of the tread, deeper than the original pattern, to prolong mileage performance. Re-grooving or re-cutting of passenger car tyres is not permitted.
Note should be taken of national legislation.”
ETRTO= European Tyre and Rym Technical Organisation, is a professional organisation of standardisation (as well as JATMA and TRA).

Please take a look at this video and let me know what you think??

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.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