General Quality Tyres-Quality mid-range tyres made by The Continental tyre group.

General Quality Tyres

General Quality Tyres

General Quality Tyres

The history of General Quality Tyres started in 1915, by William F. O’Neil and Winfred E. Fouse in Akron, Ohio, USA. Like many other tyre companies, General made other rubber based products, other than tyres. In fact, General invented the rubber flaps that are used to prevent splashing from truck wheels onto other vehicles. They also invented the “low-pressure tyre.”

General Quality Tyres diversified into other industries. This included a string of radio stations called the “Yankee Network”. They also purchased the “Don Lee” broadcasting system and some West coast radio stations. One of their main acquisitions though was to be the RKO radio pictures company in 1955 from Billionaire, Howard Hughes.

Later in the company’s history, the broadcasting part of the business collapsed, leaving the General Quality Tyres, part of the firm, stood alone.

General tyres had built an excellent reputation with its 4×4 tyre range and soon after the broadcasting part of the business stopped trading, the casing part of the business was snapped up by the then rapid expanding Continental tyre group based in Germany.

General Quality Tyres

In my opinion, this move has led to the improvement of the General Quality Tyres product. The General now incorporates all the research and development of the rest of the Continental products. The casing used to make the General Quality Tyres, is the same as utilised in the Continental tyre products.

They also continue to manufacture the excellent 4×4 tyre range including the AT tyre series. We have sold General Quality Tyres for many years but this year General Quality Tyreshere at Pellon Tyres in Halifax; we became fully blown General Quality Tyres retailers. This means that we can now sell the full range of this excellent product. The General car and van tyre range include a full range of summer tyres to winter tyres.

The tyres are all made at the Continental tyre factories around the world. As I reported earlier, they are manufactured from the same materials and research and development but are finished in the General tread patterns. This means that our customers will be buying General Quality Tyres, with the same quality as a Continental tyre, making them savings in their purses and pockets.

 

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises-for distressed lady customer with her Zara problem?

When we received a phone call from a distressed lady customer, She had a Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises? We had an idea of what it could be?

She explained a bad knocking noise is coming from the rear of the car, and she was frightened to drive it.Hence, the car was a Citroen Zara with rear knocking sounds.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

Citroen Zara pointing out the position of the broken bearing

So we towed the car back to the garage at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

Therefore, we knew what the Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises. Was probably going to be. Thus it would not be a cheap job. A common fault on Peugeot and Citroen vehicles is the collapse of the rear radius arm bearings, and this problem can cause the bad knocking noises that the lady customer could hear.

Sure enough, the cat arrived at the garage, and we proceeded to lift the car up on one of our lifts far a thorough rear end examination that had caused the Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises. Sure enough, the diagnoses confirmed the failure of the rear radius arm bearings, causing the cars problems.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

This issue can cause severe camber lean, causing the wheels and tyres to rub on the body of the car. It can also cause a failure to the rear torsion bar, which can snap off completely?

In the past, we at Pellon Autocentre have developed several solutions to confront this collapsed bearings problem.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

Citroen Zara old axle unit ready to exchange parts on a recon axle

The bearings can be changed. This involves many hours of labour and struggle.

There are companies now that specialise in refurbishing these bearings, by building and selling a rear axle complete axle. All we have to do is strip off the parts that are not affected, such as the brakes. We obviously replace any brakes that are worn out, before building them back up again.

We think that the exchange refurbished axle is the best option. If you get a Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises, then you should consider this option. The entire shaft should last out the life of the car, and all your rear brakes will be refurbished at the same time. This should give the customer peace of mind.

Our lady customer went for this option, and the job was finished in the same day.

Citroen Zara with rear knocking noises

Recon axle ready to be fitted back onto the Citroen Zara

 

Car repairs Halifax-Certainly a Busy period for servicing after the Christmas holidays.

Car repairs Halifax

The week after Christmas is always a busy time for the auto trade. This is no exception for the team at Pellon Autocentre here in Halifax.car repairs

Car repairs have always been on the increase after the holiday period. This year has been no different. We were inundated with small mechanical jobs, from minor breakdowns. These also include brake jobs and work resulting

astra brake jobfrom MOT failures.

One job was a Vauxhall Astra with brake grinding problem. This is becoming standard, as drivers fail to have their cars regularly serviced. We removed the wheels, and when we inspected the brakes, we found that the front brake callipers had seized, due to lack of maintenance.

This had worn out one of the pads on each side of the cars front braking system. One of the pads was hardly worn, and the other pad that was doing all the work had worn down to the metal. This caused the brakes to make a grinding noise when the brakes were applied by the driver.

In this case, the callipers were freed off without replacement.Naturally, new discs and pads were fitted by Our MOT tester Dale Linton. The car was road tested and back to its full braking power.

car repairs

car repairs; combi van new clutch pedal

 

Car repairs Halifax

The second problem with the Car repairs was a more unusual job.Unfortunately, it was a broken clutch pedal on a Vauxhall Combi van. The bolts that hold the clutch pedal in place are hidden away.As a result, behind some other parts in the car’s engine compartment. Some car repairs are bread and butter jobs, but jobs like this can be a nightmare. They are fiddly with no room to manoeuvre and are hated by mechanics, including in this case our service manager Ryan Linton. Ryan usually ends up with these kinds of jobs, and he hated it.

The Combi van clutch pedal was eventually fitted and working. Ryan went off to carry out a MOT on magnificent MGB GT. This car is one of the best car repairsexamples of a classic car that we have ever seen. Naturally, I thought it a good idea to put some images onto this post. Although car repairsthe car passed with flying colours. Therefore, did not need any work carrying out.

Finally, these are just a few car repairs that a busy garage will carry out on any day and is what makes the job so interesting.

Car Fluid Levels-Must Get Checked-Before That Important Car Journey ?

CAR FLUID LEVELS

Just after the Christmas holidays, car fluid levels are the last thing on your mind?what is though is, own I know because I will be one of them. Sometimes you may want to visit a long lost relation, or even travel along way to see one of your married children who lives in a distant country.

No doubt that, when your mind is made up, and the plans start. Will the excitement begin to build up amongst the whole family?CAR FLUID LEVELS

One thing you must not forget is to ensure that your car is in tip-top condition and capable of that long road trip? I should not have to keep reminding drivers about this, but unfortunately, I have to keep on writing my blogs, to explain how important this is to your car and safety.

You should be in no doubt how important checking your car fluid levels is, so here are five essential fluids to check before you head out on your important holiday road trip.

Car Fluid Levels

  1. Your car Engine Oil

All your fluid levels are critical, but I think the engine oil is paramount indeed. If the vehicle is low on oil, then your engine could blow up costing thousands of pounds to replace. You will probably know where your oil dipstick is? So take it out and wipe it clean with a cloth. Put the dipstick back in the hole and pull it out again. You should be able to see the car fluid levels minimum mark and the maximum mark on the dipstick. Some vehicles have poorly marked dipsticks, so make sure that you are familiar with the markings on yours.

If the reading is good then is nothing to do. If you need oil, then top the engine up a little at a time from a can of the same oil as the car has in the engine. It is always a safe bet to keep a small can of the same oil as your engines. If you are going on a long trip, you should check your engine oil a few times on your journey, both there and back. Most modern cars have a car fluid levels oil warning light on the dash, but you do not want this to come on. It can cause stress and doubt in your mind as to if the engine is alright or not.

Car Fluid Levels

  1. Brake fluid

On a long journey, you will use your brakes.Hence, millions of times. Having the correct amount of brake fluid in is imperative to good brakes and the ability to stop your car in an emergency. Low brake fluid is unusual, but I have seen it on several occasions, where a car has had brake failure due to a low brake fluid level. The brake fluid master cylinder is located under the bonnet (hood) of the car and ‘s hard to miss. However a word of warning? Some braking systems are different and require different types of fluids? Make sure you know the right kind of your vehicle. Ask your local garage if you are not sure or check out your local Unipart Car care centre. In Halifax, it is Pellon Autocentre Ltd.

  1. Coolant

Coolant affects the cars ability to heat up and cool down. It is important that the car has the correct level of additives added to the water tank, which is once again located under your bonnet. The number of additives to add are determined by a simple tester. This can be bought from a motorist’s store, or once again you can have a check done at your local UCCC garage. It is another one of your car fluid levels that is important. If you get it wrong, then your engine could overheat or freeze?

Car Fluid Levels

Most cars have a large fluid bottle, but some older cars may require filling through the radiator, by removing the radiator cap and then topping the level up.  The top up the tank is connected to the radiator and has a minimum and a maximum setting the same as the brake top up the reservoir. This tank helps balance out the level of water in the engine by releasing the pressure from the radiator into the overflow reservoir. When you check the level make sure the engine is not hot or scalding from hot water could occur.

Consequently, the ones that I have written about are crucial in my point of view.Therefore, if you are mechanically minded. Then there are a couple of other things that you could check. Hence, in the UK automatic cars are relatively rare. So, you could forget about the transmission fluid. America is a different kettle of fish. Where most cars come with automatic transmission. If so then this requires checking. Another level that I think is a step too far is the Power steering reservoir levels. This seldom needs any checking. If the power steering has any leaks on the system. Then you would soon know by the oil marks where you park your car. This is also picked up on your UK annual  MOT test.

In general maintaining, your car is getting more and more difficult. I would highly recommend that you have a regular service carried out on your vehicle especially before a long road trip.