Michelin Bikes radial tyres-have been developed for superbikes

Michelin Bikes radial tyres

NEW DELHI: Michelin Bikes radial tyres-French tyre major Michelin tyres is looking to have a bigger play in the Indian two-wheeler market for which it is expanding its product portfolio.

 

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Michelin tyres are always at the frontier of tyre development now the Michelin Bikes radial tyres.

The development of these Michelin Bikes radial tyres, event does not surprise me in the least. In all my years in the tyre trade, Michelin tyres have been at the forefront of tyre development. The main goal of the tyre manufacturers at the moment, is to produce tyres that are much lighter and at the same time use new materials that make the products more environmentally friendly.

The main goal is to reduce the rolling resistance of tyres in general. This means that energy needed to move a car forward is reduced, this makes the car more fuel efficient,

Michelin Bikes radial tyres

Michelin Tyres UK vintage poster

due to the design and construction of the tyres and this together with other  factors in a cars design makes the car far more fuel efficient and there for greener in the eyes of the consumer.

All this new development is carried out by working together with car manufacturers to develop a tyre that is best suited to the car that is been designed. This is one of the reasons that of late cars a coming onto the market with different sizes and aspect ratios than ever before, in my opinion making the job for us as tyre retailers much more interesting.

The giant French company has also being busy developing other tyre products such as a new run-flat tyre for cars. This is known as the zero pressure tyre or the ZP. It is different to the other makes of run-flat tyres because it drives with the same characteristics as a normal radial tyre. The other makes of run-flat tyres are a very hard ride, due to the very stiff re-enforced sidewalls, but the new Michelin Bikes radial tyres have used different compounds and are a normal ride compared to other makes of tyres.

Eric Roberts

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

my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

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Car Battery Check-Make sure that your family are safe by checking your CAR BATTERY before a journey

Car Battery Check

Make sure that your family are safe with a Car Battery CheckCar Battery Check

On a recent visit to France, we unfortunately broke down due to an electrical fault on our Peugeot van. Just by a coincidence another English vehicle in a few car spaces near to us was also broke down, this vehicle was a Citroen C4 Picasso people carrier, and was occupied by a family of six , four children and their parents.

I went over to the guy, who was looking under the bonnet (hood) of his car, and asked him what had gone wrong. He told that the orange alternator light had come on, but he carried on and did not suspect that the light would cause a problem. He went on to tell me that he had suspected that the car may have had a dodgy battery for a few weeks, but he just kept on charging it up because he did not use the people carrier very often, in fact he only used the car for family outings and visits to the sea side.

I told him that I was in the Car battery business and suspected that a Car Battery Check would do the trick I am amazed at the number of drivers that I come across who are hell bent on trying to keep a dead battery alive, by constantly trying to charge up their old, and probably dead battery up, trying to keep the thing alive. Most drivers fail and eventually give up their dead battery and go out to have a professional Car Battery Check before buying  buy a new one.

Car Battery Check

We were both members of the AA, a British breakdown organisation, that covers the whole of Europe, and sure enough a breakdown truck arrived to attend to the guy with the people carrier. The system in France only allows the AA Recovery to attend a breakdown on the road side or hard shoulder of a motorway.

This is French law and I think it has something to do with protecting the livelihood of the French garage trade, something that the French are good at, protectionism. The English guy did have a Car Battery Check and needed a new  12 Volt Battery. The battery on the vehicle was a common size, known to us as a 096. These batteries cost about £60 here in the UK, but the driver got a shock when the new battery cost him 140 Euros.

His breakdown cover may not have covered him for what we call renewable s, so the lesson there is do not mess about trying to resurrect your old car battery,

just go and buy a new one. The whole experience of breaking down would have put a lot of pressure on his family, not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.

car battery check

A car battery chack would have picked up the poor condition of this car battery.This is an example of a car battery that needs a really good clean

Car Battery Check

My wife and I have had eight children together over the past 35 years and have traveled extensively all over Europe. We have broken down a couple of times in our people carriers and so we know about the pressure that breaking down can put on the whole family. It is not worth the hassle and stress, just because you did not prepare your car and had a not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.  

 About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

Used Cars-Choosing the Right CAR is always a problem waiting to happen

Just a couple of tips when buying used cars

The first thing to say about buying a new vehicle is that you should know what your budget is going to be. You would think that this is common sense but you would be surprise how many

used cars

Vauxhall VXR that caused lots of trouble from a used car lot

come away from a garage with the model of their dreams but cannot afford it. other driver may go online or choose a car from Auto Trader Used Cars.

A perfect example of this is my son. He was recently came out of the army and was in the market for  good second hand Used Cars. He had no idea what is budget was going to be after earning a decent salary in the army he thought that getting a well-paid job would be easy, it was just a matter of buying the right one and the jobs would just come flooding in.

He went looking at  Used Cars garages in the Leeds area and came away with nice looking Vauxhall  Astra sport version, a very nice looking car and a good buy with a good write up from the AA here in the UK. The big mistake was made. It looked great, but boy did he have problems with that car. The first week he had the car, one of the tyres blew out, and they were Ultra low profile and cost £160 each.

This is a good lesson to learn especially for the young motorist, who buys his first Used Cars. Check the tyre size out and make sure that you can afford a replacement; the consumables will not be under guarantee from a used car dealer and the new owner will have to stand the cost of a replacement. This is a mistake that we see week after week, young drivers who cannot afford to by new ones because the Used Cars that they bought was fitted out with sporty looking wheel and very low profile ones.

My son ended up paying a huge amount of money on that Astra and to be truthful is still making the same mistakes, but apart from all the things written into the article, about checking the paperwork etc., then the two other important factors are please try to buy your car from a reputable garage, they are out there, and check the prices of replacement parts that may go wrong in the following months, such as tyres and exhausts, as these will not be covered under any warranty.

It is a big bad World out there and when buying a used car you are always taking a gamble.

Eric Roberts

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

Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles-Toyota to launch in US next year 2015- domain-B

Post updated  20/3/2014

Toyota to launch hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in US next year domain-B Hydrogen-powered electric cars are moving in at a brisk pace as fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that use hydrogen as fuel for their batteries will be in use in Northern America by 2015…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Toyota The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current cars could be available earlier than thought.

The first British hydrogen filling station for public use has now been opened in Swindon Wiltshire. It is located at the giant Honda factory near South Marston. The new site willhydrogen

be open to the public. Although it is within the grounds of the Honda car factory.

This is the very first step on the road towards attracting Hydrogen fuel-cell cars to the UK. The single pump will be able to fill The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. They will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen. Which will generate a current cars with a gas based hydrogen although any members of the public will have to pass a BOC safety course before been able to fill their hydrogen cars.

The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current. The only wastes that are omitted are water vapour and heat making the cars extremely environmental friendly.

The new cars from Toyota are expected to be in use in the USA by as near as 2015.This is much earlier than thought before. In my opinion this technology will be a winner. Eventually the motorist will be able to travel just as far as a conventional gasoline car without having to have the time consuming inconvenience of have to charge up the battery for the return journey. That’s of course unless the present battery technology is not significantly modified.

Other car makers have also shown more than interest. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current powered car.  Honda of course and Hyundai as well as Toyota, who’s hydrogen cars are expectedThe new Hydrogen fuel-cells to be able to a range of about 300 miles from a full tank and the fuel will only take three or four minutes to fill the tank.

The USA are at the forefront of supplying fuel. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen. This will generate a string of filling stations.With 68 stations stretching from San Diego to San Francisco, with a further 20 new filling stations to be built by 2015.

The new Toyota car is expected to be called the FV2 and will be made including all the latest IT technology making the car a real stunner. Another Toyota model will be known as the i-road and will be a three wheeler city car, this car is well advanced and will be having trials in several cities from Japan to France this year (2014)

Eric Roberts

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

 

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Clutch Vibration Problem-TOYOTA AURIS TD comes in with a Clutch Vibration Problem

Clutch Vibration Problem

TOYOTA AURIS TD comes in for a Clutch Vibration Problem

For some unknown reason.  Christmas time brings in a few cars that are having Clutch Vibration problems. Hence, these are the normal problems. So, such as the driver cannot get the gears. Or the gears grind. Thus, when trying to drive the car and so on.

The Toyota Auris was a slightly different problem. As a result, the car was sort of vibrating and rattling. Consequently, as it was been driven along. When speaking to the customer. Ryan Linton my workshop manager. Discovered that the car had only had a new clutch fitted about two years ago. So the customer found it highly unlikely. Hence, that the clutch could be causing the vibrations. Especially, when driving the car along.

Ryan explained that the only way to tell is to check the clutch for the Clutch Vibration , by stripping the housing off and taking a look. The customer agreed and he took one of our courtesy cars while we explored his car to see what the problem was.

The other clutches that were done this week were standard sort of jobs, taking two or three hours to do, but we always check with our Auto-data computer system, for the times it takes to do these jobs and this Toyota was shown to take seven hours, this included the Duel mass Flywheel having to be changed, but at this stage we did not exactly know what was wrong with the car.

Clutch Vibration Problem

Ryan  stripped down the Auris clutch housing and assembly and found that the system was a Duel Mass Flywheel  for short and that the car had only had the clutch fitted two years ago and nothing had been done to the Dual Mass Flywheel. This action had

Clutch Vibration

Old worn out clutch and Duel Mass Flywheel

Clutch Vibration

Old Clutch system still in place

caused the pressure plate and the Dual Mass Flywheel to wear prematurely and caused the DMF to have more play in it and therefore cause the Clutch Vibration.

We did not fit the other clutch, but the customer said that he would not go back there again. The cost was estimated at about the £1000.00 mark and the customer gave us the go ahead to do the job. The time given by Auto-Data was pretty accurate and it took Ryan near enough six hours to complete the job. We always fit LUK clutches and DMFs because they were the company who originally developed the products along with BMW in Germany and to date we have never had any warranty problems with the LUK products in the past.

The Toyota Auris clutch and DMF was finished, tested and returned to a happy customer another job well done by my excellent staff.

Eric Roberts

MOT Horror Submissions-Broken cars sent in for the MOT test-have you seen worse ?

MOT Horror Submissions

MOT Horror Submissions

MOT Horror Submissions

As the owner of an MOT testing station in Halifax Yorkshire. So, we have seen most things. Hence, when it comes to car owners and presenting their beloved vehicles in for the dreaded MOT test.

Of course, this applies to 90% of motorists. Consequently, these are the drivers who really care about their cars. They do most of the right things, by having the cars checked out before the test date.

You can tell though that they are worried and often pace up and down waiting for the tester to appear with the results of the test. Obviously many drivers are worried about the potential cost. Especially this time of year when approaching Christmas time.

With this is mind it is only understandable. That when it comes to an annual MOT test. Then drivers can often be filled with dread. Wondering whether they are about to be presented with a long list of failures. Consequently, that will leave them with nothing more than an immensely high bill!

MOT Horror Submissions-Check the easy things before the test

Subsequently, If your vehicle is due your MOT test. Then check all the common things that are easy to do. Such things as the lights and tyres. This will only take you a good 10 minutes and is part of the test. make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition and washers are working. Simple things that will ensure a smoother test experience.

It doesn’t matter how long you have been driving and what condition your car may be. So, no one actually enjoys the dreading feeling. Hence, of having to head to the local garage for their annual MOT test. We’ve heard all the horror stories. Including the multiple fails, the eye watering quote to fix any issues. Most garages are busy because they are trusted.

A lot of garages and MOT centres. Pride themselves on providing the best service. Offering the  best prices possible as it is only this degree of customer satisfaction. That will ensure a continuous trade for the garage concerned.

However, there is a small percentage who operate with underhanded tactics and have incredibly questionable ethics that leave mechanics with a very tarnished reputation. These should be avoided at all costs. Because you will be asking for trouble and a big bill at the end of it.

MOT Horror Submissions-10% of drivers don’t give a damn?

Of course, the other 10% are the “couldn’t give a toss” brigade. These drivers turn up with their cars from hell. the car in the article image is a prime example. Worst than this some cars turn up with badly worn tyres and half the lights missing.

In general though things are good between our customers and testers. In fact we have a great reputation for fairness and honesty and that why we are always busy.

Eric Roberts

MOT test stations across the country are continuing to report dangerous defects and MOT horrors. One tester recently submitted pictures of a 2001 Nissan Micra to the DVSA after the station came across a cracked axle and

Source: Latest MOT horror submissions: have you seen worse than these?

Mobility Scooter Tyres-The Importance of Staying Safe by Maintaining Vehicle/Scooter Tyres

Mobility Scooter Tyres

Mobility Scooter Tyres

Mobility Scooter Tyres

In order to be safe when on the roads. So, it is important that all motorists carefully look after their vehicle. Ensuring that it is always road safe. There are many different ways to do this. Of course, one of the most important is to always check and be extra careful. Especially, with the external parts of an automobile. Thus, taking steps to regularly maintain the vehicle.

Tyre Health

This includes the tyres. Which are very important to the vehicles condition. Much like a bad pair of shoes can cause all kinds of health problems (and not just to your feet). So a bad pair of tyres can be very dangerous for any motorist .Leading to a host of issues with the vehicle. Whilst it is important for everyone to carefully look after their vehicle and tyres. Of course, this is especially true for those with a disability. Relying heavily on the vehicle to get around each day.

Disabled Motorists

Powered scooters, adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles provide freedom and independence. Especially, to those with a disability.Helping them to shop, socialise, run errands and hold down a job. Therefore, their vehicle is an important asset that needs to be properly maintained. So that it will not let them down. Places like Mobility Solutions sell a range of products and vehicles for disabled people. But you should always fully research the product. Including, what tyres it uses. With this information, you can find out how to maintain the vehicle and prolong the tyre life.

Road Scooters

As an example. You can purchase a road scooter from Mobility Solutions which is road legal and can (usually) travel up to 8 mph. They are perfect for those that struggle to walk long distances and can be used both on the pavement and road, helping users to get to where they need to go.

The majority of scooters use pneumatic Mobility Scooter Tyres (inflated with air), so the user should regularly check the tyre pressure and keep it at the recommended pressure by the manufacturer. The tyres can also be maintained by storing the scooter in a dry, ventilated and moderate temperature, by avoiding driving over dangerous terrain, regular cleaning and by checking the tread on a regular basis. You should also have the scooter serviced annually.

This should prolong the life of tyres on a scooter and, in turn, ensure that the scooter will not let you down when you need it the most. Tyre care will be different for different types of vehicle, which is why it is important to understand exactly what tyres are used and how you can maintain them. This will also make the vehicle safer to drive and is just one important part of vehicle maintenance that should be carefully followed.

 

NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM-New TV film “Happy Valley” cast mini-bus calls in for a NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM

New TV film “Happy Valley” cast mini-bus calls in for a NEW EXHAUST SYSTEMNEW EXHAUST SYSTEM

It is always nice when we get a car call in to have a NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM carried that has an interesting story with it. Yesterday 7th Jan 2014, we had a visit from a driver with his Mercedes Viano mini bus. The driver was from a Chauffeur company that ferried TV film casts for The Valleys Cast around, that were on location in different areas. The old Exhaust on the Mercedes was very noisy and required a The driver came to us after phoning round for Cheap Exhaust Prices. The NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM was fitted and the driver paid and went on his way.

NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM

The driver came to us after phoning round for Cheap Exhaust Prices. The NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM was fitted and the driver paid and went on his way. fitted to Mercedes Viano

We were told by the driver that he had been taking the cast around the Calder Valley area Sowerby Bridge and Halifax, where a new film was been shot for TV. The film is been shot and will end as 6×1 hour series, made for the BBC, by the RED production company.

The production has been written by no other than Sally Wainwright a BAFTA award winner, who was also responsible for writing “the Last Tango in Halifax” which was also filmed around Halifax and Calderdale in West Yorkshire. The new series is expected to be shown on BBC television in 2014.

One of the leading roles will be played by Sarah Lancashire, who also starred in “Last Tango in Halifax”. Sarah plays the part of Police sergeant  who is the head of the local police in a rural valley, but the normal everyday police work hots up when a series of very brutal crimes happens in the normally quit and tranquil valley. The driver came to us after phoning round for Cheap Exhaust Prices. The NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM was fitted and the driver paid and went on his way.

You never know we might be in the film, at least we fitted a new exhaust on the casts mini bus.

At the moment a new second series is being filmed in the Sowerby area of Halifax here in Yorkshire.UK

Eric Roberts

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

Solar Panels to be fitted on the roof of this Ford Concept Car

solar panels

BBC News

Ford Is Making A Concept Car With Solar Panels For A Roof

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What do Superman and the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept car have in common? Both receive power from the sun.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar panels on car roofs a great idea but not a new idea

In my opinion this idea from Ford motor company is one of the biggest step forwards yet, in the quest for the electric cars to cover more mileage.

The car could be run on solar energy from Solar Panels even when running, and the batteries will also be charged. This will be a big step in the right direction and I can envisage all EV’s and all electric cars will have this technology incorporated in the cars electric system.

This is not the first time that solar panels have been used to power cars, but I believe that it will be the first time that a major car manufacturer has incorporated solar panels onto an actual model.

A guy called Ed Passerini was probably the first man to invent the first solar powered car way back in 1977. After building several smaller prototype cars he eventually built the solar car known as Bluebird.

More recently in 1983 two Australian’s, Hans Tholstrup and racing driver, Larry Perkins managed to drive a solar powered car from Perth to Sydney a total 2566 miles a great achievement. The vehicle was called the “Achiever”, which was equipped with a solar cell panel fitted to the roof that charged 2x 12 volt lead acid batteries, this for use when the Sun was behind clouds or even in darkness. Many of today’s Solar Panels and solar energy equipment had not even been invented back then, so the electrics they used were pretty basic. They had an electric motor to drive the car with a basic type gearbox that could only have the gears changed when the vehicle was stopped. The acceleration was done by either using 24 volts or 12 volts, the 24 volt was the fastest option, depending on the amount of battery storage.

Other recent tries at utilising solar energy were carried out by the larger auto companies such as Ford, using them in the headlights.

 

Eric Roberts

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

tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.
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General Tyres-Mercedes G-Class-Mercedes-Benz picks General Tyre for G-Class | Behind the Wheel

General Tyres-Mercedes G-Class

General Tyres-Mercedes G-Class

General Tyres-Mercedes G-Class

This move by Mercedes to fit the General 4×4 tyres to the G Class model .Therefore only reinforces my belief that general are amongst the best 4×4 tyres on the market today.

4×4 tyres can be a difficult choice? When looking for new tyres and you’ve looked around and read the relevant information. So, and you are still unsure it is always best to get in touch with an expert.

This where we at Pellon Tyres come. Hence we can give impartial tyre information. Of course we will offer you advice that is in your best interest.
Here in Halifax we are on the edge of the Pennine hills in Yorkshire. The fields in the area are grazed with cattle and sheep live on the higher moors. As a result we have a large farming community. For this reason then land Rovers are very popular vehicle amongst the farmers in the area.

General Tyres-Mercedes G-Class-Choosing the correct tyre for the job

Tyres are a very important acquisition and getting the correct ones is important. Tyres of different tread designs, should not really be mixed on a 4×4 vehicles. As a result, an example of a tread mismatch on inappropriate tyres. So would be when a tyre guy fits a mud terrain tyre to their vehicle.

Subsequently,only using the vehicle on a tarmac road surface. This tyre is designed to give the user an excellent amount of grip in off-road conditions. Consequently, when out on the road the braking distance becomes a problem. Handling becomes difficult and responsiveness greatly reduced.

Some farmers think that the bigger the tread then the better the grip. This is alright for those who do take their 4×4 vehicles off the road. Hence,for most of the time but not for road use. For example there are those who drive off-road as part of their job. mainly on the farm or say a forestry guy. Their vehicles would require an all-terrain type of tyre. Tough with a rugged tread pattern.

General Tyres-Mercedes G-Class-General grabber AT

Mercedes the manufacturers of the Mercedes G Class 4×4 vehicle would have teamed up with General tyres will have worked closely during the design and production of your vehicle. Through tests and analysis they will have fitted tyres that best match the basic needs that you will require for driving.

Thus the majority of OE tyres on a 4×4 vehicle. Are fitted primarily for road use, with perhaps a small amount of off-road ability. The General Grabber AT tyre range are the best choice for this purpose. Of course the latest one in the range is the AT 3.

Eric Roberts

The recently arrived in Australia Mercedes-Benz G-Class will soon come exclusively on tyres from the German tyre manufacturer – General Tire. The tyre company has let us know that it has become the exclusive supplier […]

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