Electric Car Servicing-Buying An Electric ‘Compliance Car’? Think Hard About-

electric car servicing

There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal.

 

eric Roberts’ insight: Electric car Servicing

This is an interesting article about the difficulty that the American motorists could experience when wanting to repair or service their electric battery operated cars.

It tells of the state of California giving the car manufacturers a quota for a number of vehicles, that they are to supply as compared to normal gasoline engined ones.

The problem is that the amount of electric car servicing garages are in short supply, especially Toyota.

The question on my mind is “whatever happened to the Right to Repair Laws” that are in operation in the States and in the European Union. This states that service garages should be given the access to  technical details of all the cars that car manufacturers are making. So why can’t the regular garages service these cars? If you know out there please let me have the answers. It has always been a strong suspicion of mine that this work will be kept away from the independent garage sector and Electric Car Servicing will not be open to us. In some ways they cannot be blamed for wanting to protect all their investment and development, but every other product that has ever been produced would have had to start out somewhere, so this won’t stick with me, we should all have a share in this market as we do today, I hope the EU are looking at this, so that they can legislate against the car makers protectionism and give us all a fair deal allowing us to carry out Electric Car Servicing, alongside petrol engine car servicing.

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 have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my

Electric Car Servicing

Toyota Prius electric car

younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

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Brake Problems

Ford Transit Brake Fluid Warning Light-Two Transits same problem-But different solutions to solve ?

Ford Transit Brake Fluid Warning Light

Ford Transit Brake Fluid Warning Light

Ford Transit Brake Fluid Warning Light

This was one of those occurrences where we had two vehicles in a week. Hence. with the same problem? Winter is usually a busy time here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK. Due to an increase of cars stopping and starting. Including heavy braking in bad weather.

This year for some reason we have also witnessed an increase in dashboard warning lights coming on? This wee was particularly busy with Ford dashboard warning lights. Including the two Ford Transit Comfort vans with exactly the same problem.

As a result, these vans were booked in on two different days. The first one was a blue van belonging to a self employed courier driver. So, he experienced the warning light “brake fluid warning light” coming on half way up the M1 motorway. Like we all do he panicked at first. Consequently, he gave us a call from the motorway services. We advised him to carry on home if the brakes were functioning correctly.

He said they were and drove back home. The warning light states that your brake fluid level is low and recommends that you get immediate assistance. I must stress that you do not have to take your vehicle into a Ford garage if this occurs. So, our customer came straight into us the following day.

The brakes were working perfectly. We did however remove the wheels and checked the brakes just as a precaution. Everything looked fine and the fluid tank was up to the correct level. On this model there is two brake fluid tanks. One to top it up with Dot 4 brake fluid and this then goes to the main tank. The one in the main image?

Ford Transit warning Lights exclamation

Ryan, our service manager decided to check the electric contact points on both of the tanks. The top up tank was fine with a good contact. However the second one clearly had a loose contact. The contact switch was removed and checked before pushing it back tightly. This was the problem? for some reason the contact was broken which put the low fluid light on in the cab. Problem solved?

Ford Transit Brake Fluid Warning Light

[Ford dashboard Warning Lights]

Two days later a second Transit van was presented to us with the same “brake Fluid”warning light illuminated. Of course the first this that we did was to check the fluid and the switches. This time things were different? the top up tank was low and the switches were securely fitted.

Ford Transit Brake Fluid Warning Light-All the brakes inspected

We then decided to check the brakes and removed all the wheels. The van had a leaking brake cylinder at the rear. This explained the loss of brake fluid.

Of course, we then proceeded with the repairs and bled the brakes using Dot 4 brake fluid. The tank was now full again and the warning light went out. Another successful job and a happy customer.

Eric Roberts

Solar Energy Batteries- May Vie With U.S. Oil Boom as Energy Changer

Solar Energy Batteries

Solar Energy Batteries

The rapid development of rooftop solar and Solar Energy Batteries storage technology could be as trans formative to the economy and modern life as the U.S. oil and gas boom, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. (Batteries May Vie With U.S.

 

Eric Roberts’ insight: Solar batteries

The USA Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has come out with a statement that I have been talking about for a couple of years now. In this article, he says that the USA could start to be getting independent of the national energy providers if the growth in solar Renewable Energy and other renewable resources can keep growing at the present rate.

In my opinion, the public in America. Of course, and other continents such as here in the UK. Have really grasped the nettle as far as going it alone with solar energy. The solar panels in this picture are situated in a small town in West Yorkshire UK. Starting producing energy from the Sun as early as February. The electricity that is produced by these solar panels is sent straight to the electricity grid. Through a reverse meter and the electric company pays the house owner for the electricity that is provided.

In America there is a growing trend to store the electricity. Hence, that is collected from the panels. Into banks of Solar Energy Batteries. This is also useful in rural and more isolated areas. Where the batteries can store the electricity. As a result, for use at night by the house owners.

The most effective type of Solar Energy Batteries to use is AGM batteries.

 

These AGM batteries will cost more in the first instance. But will give better service due to the ability to have much greater charge and discharge cycles. Than say a normal lead-acid Car Batteries.

There are many DIY videos available. Showing, householders how to set up a Solar Energy Batteries system. One of them is Trojan AGM Battery. Subsequently, these batteries are very suited for the use with solar energy. So, anyone thinking of doing this should look at the Trojan AGM product.

Like the USA energy secretary Ernest Moriz. I too wonder how long off are we before we are producing more electricity. Say than the national providers and what happens then?.

Eric Roberts

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

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car servicing Halifax

MOT Inspection Manual Renewed-to be introduced in May to reflect testing service changes-MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Inspection Manual Renewed

MOT Inspection Manual Renewed

MOT Inspection Manual Renewed

In my mind then this falls in line with another aspect of the MOT testing scene. Last week the transport minister announced the scrapping of the first MOT test for cars of 4 year old.

As the owner of a testing station in Halifax, UK. This would have been a huge mistake. As a result the current 3 year spell will be resurrected from the scrap heap. Common sense and a lot of pressure from the garage industry showed the government what a mistake it would have been to implement the four year gap from new to the first test.

The second part of this article is about the introduction of a new MOT inspection manual. One of the implementations will be to to change the categorize a cars  defects so that they’re rated as dangerous, major, or minor.

This of course is one of those improvement that in my opinion existed on the old system. Just that the words have changed?

On this new system then the Minor is the same as the “old advisory” The major and the dangerous are both fails. The difference is that the dangerous part of fail is explained to the customer who will be warned that the car is too dangerous to drive away.

MOT Inspection Manual Renewed some parts confuse me

The “dangerous part of the fail was also available on the old system that will be replaced. So, it just looks like the swapping round of words. When talking to Ryan Linton, my MOT tester about the changes, then I became confused. We both agree that there did not seem like anything was wrong with the old part of the system with the old classes of mot reporting

It was either  pass or fail. With an option to list the car as dangerous which could be explained to the customer. As the tester an explanation for the dangerous would be given to the customer. In my simple mind then the new system looks confusing. Like anything else though, I suppose we will get used to it and everything will fall into place.

To finalise a great blog to explain all this the “matters of testing” blog and is worth a look at this subject.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The DVSA is to introduce its new MOT inspection manual for class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles to reflect changes to the MOT test which will be introduced in May 2018. The new manual, which must

Source: New MOT inspection manual to be introduced in May to reflect testing service changes – Garagewire

Spring Service-It’s Time To Start Preparing Your Car- AOL Autos

Spring Service

It’s Time To Start Preparing Your Car For Spring service

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Proper wheel alignment allows your car to handle properly. It also means that your tires won’t wear out prematurely.

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

Spring Service

This year will be no better time to have your car or SUV serviced. The reason why is that here in the South West of England, we have experienced the wettest winter for many years.

The cars have been wading in floods all across the South and especially in the Somerset Wetland’s, an area of England that is bellow sea levels and has been heavily flooded for most of the winter.

In my opinion, it is important now that the flooding has receded, to take you car into a local Car Service centre and have a Spring Service and the Car Brakes checked over.

The most vulnerable parts to suffer from water damage are your cars brakes. Most modern engines are now sealed units and do not have spark plugs and electric coils anymore,

Not just a Spring Service any service will benefit your car

spring service

Catalytic Converters can easily be damaged by flood water

but the water can enter your exhaust pipes and cause damage to the catalytic converter. This may not be detected straight away, but you may end up with your cars engine management light coming on at a later stage, as the water damage shows up in your cars engine management system and particulate filter.

Most things will be picked up when you Spring Service your car, but this is a good time have a spring service as the weather start to improve, as I say especially the cars braking system. Many good Auto-centres now offer a free  brake check here in the UK and if you do not have a garage then you could do no worse that looks up your nearest Unipart Auto-centre, where you know that you will be treated fairly with honest pricing and their work is covered by a nationwide guarantee.

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 have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

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