First Batteries Driven Electric Car ?Could it have been this Renault Dauphine

On a recent visit to Silverstone Race Track, Dave Smith of Batteriesontheweb noticed a strange looking Renault Dauphine. Because of Daves interest in batteries, he noticed the car had “electric car” written on the boot. Dave took us a few pictures for our blog and we discovered a few interesting things, about the car.

First Batteries Driven Electric Car; First Electric car had 18x12Volt car batteries

First Batteries Driven Electric Car

Renault Dauphine, 1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the time, the petrol engined Renault Dauphine was a very popular car and sold well over 2 million models between 1956 and 1967. The idea of the concept of an electric car came from the owner of Henney coach builders, a Mr R Feldman. Feldman was also connected to Exide , and in 1959 he ordered 100 Dauphine cars. The Renault engines were stripped of all their mechanical parts. He Used an electric engine that was a general electric series wound traction type giving 7.1 horse power. In addition, this prototype used 18x 2Volt car batteries. With a vehicle that was much heavier than the standard petrol driven version. 

The car was very inefficient and a new electrical system was devised with the help of a Mr E Williams.

New system of 12X6Volt Electric car batteries now used

Models in 1960, were fitted with a new system of 12×6 Volt units giving the electric motor 72Volts. furthermore, this car reached a top speed of 90 km/per hr as against only 60 km/per hr in the old system.The car was known as the “Henney-Killowatt” but proved to be very unpopular and with less than half ordered, the project was scrapped and only a few have survived to-day including this fine specimen pictured at Silverstone. in addition, car batteries can be bought online at

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Especially relevant, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. consequently, I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Finally, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes-How To Replace Drum Brake Shoes (Full) – EricTheCarGuy

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes

I admire the video work carried out by Eric. Because we have the same name, I am Eric from Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK. Brake shoes make me shudder?. Because of when I was an apprentice mechanic, many years ago. For some reason, I was given all the rotten jobs to do. Of course, fitting new brake shoes was one of those jobs.

I distinctly remember having a mental blockage when it came to refitting the fiddly little springs. These springs were holding the two shoes together. Consequently, they were shaped to fit around other small parts such as the brake cylinders. I eventually grasped the correct way to fit them. Eric makes it look easy on this video, so please watch and see what we do at Pellon Autocentre.

How To Replace Drum Brake Shoes (Full) – EricTheCarGuy
Here is a full-length version of a video that I posted some time ago, this way you can watch the entire thing in one sitting instead of switching from one video to the next. If you watch this for the first time I’m aware that sandals are not the best thing to wear when doing auto repair. Also, there IS a jack stand just out of frame in the video I just leave the floor jack in place while I work where it is so that it’s quicker to let the car down when I’m done.

Fitting Drum Brake Shoes

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sticking brake caliper

Sticking Brake Caliper-How to Diagnose and Repair a Sticking Brake Caliper

Sticking Brake Caliper

Here at Pellon Autocentre, in Halifax, Yorkshire, a sticking brake caliper, is a common problem.Of course, not all cars will have the issue.Hence, the most times that the problem occurs is the lack of servicing.

Car maintenance will eliminate this issue. Callipers are usually checked when a service is carried out on the car. Brakes are an important part of a cars service.Consequently, the problem of a Sticking Brake Caliper, would not happen.

Most modern cars use a common braking system. Thus, using hydraulic principles to slow or stop your vehicle.Of course, many  modern vehicles also incorporate electronic technologies. Because of things such as ABS systems that work together with efficient hydraulics to obtain more efficient braking systems. Diagnosing brake problems

The customer will experience a more spongy brake pedal, or the car will pull to the left or the right. Of course, a sticking brake caliper, will overheat and can eventually cause your brakes to fail. Diagnosing brake problems requires a good knowledge of how the brake system operates.Naturally ,w ith experience in the field of car brakes.

This video looks at a Chevrolet Corvette that is pulling to the left. It had the brake pads and discs previously changed.So we dive into what is causing the car to pull.

National Tyre Safety Month

National Tyre Safety Month – October-PSNI shows you how to check your tyres are safe for the road

National Tyre Safety Month

I find it very scary to see the condition of the old tyres that we now take off for replacement.As expected, during recent tyre checks we have noticed more vehicles with tyres that are in a dangerous condition. Car drivers live a busy life.Because of this, we  are aware that sometimes this is due to a lack of knowledge on the driver’s behalf. With this in

Education has always been the answer. Therefore, with this in mind, Traffic Police have made a short video.Consequently, this is to assist motorists when checking their tyres.To be able to understand more about the condition and how to correct them, please take a few minutes out. Thus we want you to watch the National Tyre Safety Monthvideo.

For this reason, this video not only delivers an important safety message. But also shows you what to look out for when checking the tyres on your car.For this reason, you should feel free to share the video with your friends and loved ones. We here at Pellon Tyres hope that it will help us make this Winter a safer one.

Remember October is National Tyre Safety Month! Thank you.

Michelin Tyres Dominant at “Renault Event” at Silverstone Race Track

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant; Renault cars use Michelin tyres

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Dave Smith of Pellon Tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire enjoyed a great day out at the Silverstone race track on Sunday. Dave took along his two children because although the car racing was good, there was also a funfair and plenty of good eating places. Dave also took a few pictures for the Pellonautocentre blog, (a splendid idea, ).I thought.

Michelin takes a significant part in the Renault event.  Mainly I think because they are both French companies. It still shows though that the most well-known tyre company in the World still take part in many events. In the past have made them one of the best tyre products on today’s cars both production cars and racing cars tyres. I still can not praise them enough, in my early days of been a tyre dealer I hated Michelin tyres because their business plans never included the small guys.

Michelin Tyres Dominant; The parents of the modern tyre

All their efforts went to selling the tyre products to larger companies, however over the years I have slowly grown to like and indeed admire the enormous effort and resources that they have put in to help develop today’s modern tyres. We at Pellon sell Michelin tyres at competitive prices online at

Michelin racing tyres are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again, by supplying tyres to other types of racing, including the FE Championships, which are, of course, the F1 version using electric cars.

“Michelin is back as the official tire supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four levels in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia goes alongside the sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.

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 Michelin Tyres online from our website 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 the high standard of equipment and workmanship.


Tyre Safety Guide – Tyre Damage due to impacts causing “bubble” damage

Tyre Safety Guide

This is the kind of damage that we often see here at Pellon Tyres. Consequently, some of the “eggs” that appear on the sidewall of the tyre are very minor. Never the less, they do worry people. Drivers are always calling in to see us with small bubbles on the side of their tyre.

Most of the damage is caused by the tyre catching the curbside. This often happens when manoeuvring the car. The car may catch the kerb and due to the motor vehicle weight and stresses, the tyre breaks a sidewall cord. Sidewall cords are unyielding and do a lot of work, taking much of the tyres weight.

When the cord breaks, then it allows the rubber surrounding it to form a small lump. This is the air pressure pushing the rubber out, where the cord has broken. The general rule is that the more sidewall cords that break, then the bigger the bulge. Some so-called “eggs” can be huge.Tyre Safety Guide

So, I would recommend that is you notice a bump or any other sidewall damage. Then you should get some expert advice and call into your local independent tyre dealer for a second opinion. Whatever you do do not try to prick the bulge. The damage is more like an external “Hernia” and cannot be repaired. Neither should you be unduly worried. If you spot a bulge on your tyre on say, that your holidays. Then put your spare on or drive home carefully. Of course, it is very rare for the tyre to disintegrate completely?.

In the early days of radial tyres. Tyre manufacturers would have; that would cause a similar effect to the side-wall.As a result, the industry now manufactures tyres in immaculate and hygienic factories. This has now eliminated the fault.

In this video we take a look at some of the more common ways a tyre can be damaged, what impact this can have and some simple guidelines on how to check your tyres and what to look out for.

Bridgestone Tyre Safety

Bridgestone Tyre Safety – How to take care of your tyres-The importance of Tread Depth

Bridgestone Tyre Safety

Bridgestone Tyre Safety is one of those self-explanatory videos. Of course, the video demonstrates the different actions and reactions.Naturally, when tyre are being driven with differing tread depths. For this reason, tyres will act completely different. Mainly, the stopping distances are severely affected.

Of course, most drivers do know this. However, they do not realise just how far a car will travel when braking occurs with little or no tread. This Bridgestone tyres video will show the drivers just how a lack of tread affects their cars performance. Sit back and watch.

Introduced by Tony Jardine, learn more about the impact tread depth can have on your vehicles performance safety as well as how to monitor tyre tread depth and take care of your tyres.

Bridgestone’s Tyre Safety videos show not only what can happen when tyres are not properly maintained but also just how easy it is to keep tyres in proper working order.

More information at

Winter Tyre Safety Check

Winter Tyre Safety Check-For tyre advice before the approaching winter comes.

Winter Tyre Safety Check

This time of year is when the Summer holidays are coming to an end. For this reason, tyres will be the last thing on motorists mind. Because here in the UK, in a couple of days summer will be officially over. For this reason, we should be looking forward to autumn and winter.Of course, many drivers do not like winter. However some drivers do like winter, This includes me.

I must admit, that the autumn and winter period, can be a busy time for my business. Accordingly, we sort of pray for cold weather to start early. Of course, we sell tyres and batteries. Cold weather brings us sales, and we all watch out for the first snowfall.

It is a good time of year to think about the safety of your family. You could do this by checking your tyres at regular intervals, and as winter approaches. Unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes make the winter driving highly dangerous period on our Uk roads. Although the weather has been fairly dry and sunny. Naturally, it will not be far off more rainy weather. This brings standing water, with rapidly changing weather conditions.

  Winter Tyre Safety Check

High speeds, driver fatigue and frantic traffic on those winter days, can make winter driving a dangerous proposition. This is also a time of year, when the days are much shorter and darker. Remember, your tyres are what is in contact with the road. They connect driver and destination. A simple tyre safety check can dramatically reduce risks, save drivers money and potentially be the difference between a pleasant journey and a dangerous accident.

Checking your tyres takes just five minutes, and can be done at home or while filling up at the petrol station before heading away.

Follow these easy steps.

1. Check tread wear making sure to turn the steering wheel to view the inside edge and check the tread wear indicator.

2. Do a visual inspection of each tyre for damage to the sidewall or tread. Look for bulges or punctures.

3. Check inflation pressure of each tyre – including the spare – matches figures in the service manual.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads -Bald tyres are just Accidents Waiting to Happen

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; More and More Bald tyres are not getting replaced in the Recession

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Eric Roberts MD of  Pellon Tyre and Auto Centre in Halifax West Yorkshire, has never seen so many dangerous tyres that have been removed, from customers wheels in 40 years of running a tyre business.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times but to cut back on buying a car tyre will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger, especially with the weather turning wetter as we go towards September and Autumn and Winter approaches.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

English: Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Two vehicle aquaplaning due to flash-flooding over Kooringal Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The combination of wet roads and bald tyres makes for an accident waiting to happen. The name for this is AQUAPLANING; This is when your tyre is separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. Therefore, your tyre does not grip.

Because of the absence of tread on the tyre. Then the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied. Hence, this is the cause of many motorway crashes.Of course,  you may have also seen F1 cars during a race. Because in dry weather conditions, the racing cars are equipped with bald tyres (called slicks). Accordingly, when the weather turns wet, the cars are replaced with tyres that have a tread pattern. Thus the same principals apply for the regular car owner. Therefore, it is highly dangerous to drive on a “BALD” tyre,  and also illegal.

Not only “BALD” tyres? But tyres down to the “STEEL BELT.”

A more pessimistic scenario has recently developed. We are now removing tyres from customers cars. That have gone past the “BALD” stage. Hence,  down to the “STEEL BELT”. As a result, this is now a sombre position to be in. We at Pellon tyres stress that you should have your tyres checked at regular intervals. You may be putting your families, and other drivers live’s at risk.Thus, driving about on tyres in this state.

Eric RobertsBald tyres-Wet Roads members of TYRESAFE.ORG

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

Tyre down to the steel belt

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; a badly worn tyre next to a new tyre

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful “Swiss Registered” Bentley With its splendid “white-wall tyres”

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

Hi while I was on holiday in France recently I came across this wonderful, well kept Bentley in the car park of a French supermarket in a town called Ruffec. Its owner was a short very well dressed and dapper guy who really looked the kind of guy to drive such a car.

Great full white wall tyres fitted

The car was fitted with a set of full side-wall white -wall tyres. A great sight that I have not seen for years. I could see if they were the real thing or just inserts. Most of all they really set the car off, I could have looked but I did not want to be too nosy in the middle of a supermarket car park.

White wall tyres and trims still available

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

The tyre trims are still available for these cars. I think the car is a Bentley S1 saloon but I am not sure perhaps if you know you could me, as I am very interested in what I can find out about things for my blog when I am out and about. If you could help me my e-mail is my web site is

Eric Roberts member of …

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 by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars. This 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.  furthermore are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.