MGB-Best I Have Ever Seen -Comes in for an- MOT TEST

Mot test MGB

I could not believe my eyes when we were presented with this beautiful MGB sport car for its MOT test. I am just going to show the pictures so that you can see for yourself how nice this car is. SOME TIMES THIS IS WHAT A BLOG IS ABOUT.

The MGB was a very sought after car in the sixties and seventies

In my opinion was one of the signs that you were doing better in life if you owned one, I had the poor relation the MG Midget. I remember working for a Dunlop tyres subsidiary at the time and the MG was fitted with 165×14 Mainly Pirelli Cinturato textile radials. The guys who owned them (it was a man’s car and not many females owned one) were mainly self-employed builders and architects, this was the car for them.

Of course, the fascinating thing to me though. So, was that out of the 387,000 cars produced 90% were sold in America. Consequently, where they were as popular as they were in the UK. Subsequently, these cars were built from 1962 to the last car in 1980. Hence, the first MGB GT versions rolled off the production line, in 1965. As a result, by the end over 125,000 of these splendid cars were built. Of course, with about a third going for export.

The MGB became the World top selling sports car

Selling well over half a million cars. Therefore, was the bestselling British sports car of all time. So, by this time the cars were fitted with more of the Dunlop tyre products. Working for a Dunlop subsidiary. Thus, meant that we had more and more of these excellent sports cars entering our auto centre. Of course, for tyres and car servicing.

Over the years the MGB retained its popularity.Even now in 2014 there are many companies making and selling spare parts. You can even buy full body shells. Hence full body shells were launched by British Motor heritage back in 1988. Lastly, the shell was also used to produce the MG RV 8 in 1992.

Consequently, the technical details are as follows,

Tyres size: 165×14 and later 185r60x14 or 15 inch with alloys

 Engine: 4 cylinder in line

 Capacity: 1,798 cc

Bore & Stroke: 80.26mm x 88.9mm

Valve operation: overhead operated by tappets push-rods and rockers.

No of bearings: 5 main

Power output: 97 bhp at 5,500 rpm

Maximum torque: 105lb/ft at 2,500 rpm

Compression ratio: 9.0:1

Carburation: Twin SU’s

Clutch: Single dry plate

Suspension: front; coil and wishbone, rear; live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs.

Dampers: Armstrong lever arm front & rear

Steering: Rack and pinion

Brakes: Hydraulic with servo assistance. Front; 10.75″ dia disc. Rear; 10″ dia drum

Maximum speed: 104 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 13.0 secs

Fuel consumption: 25 mpg.

Of course, the facts were courtesy of …mgownersclub.co.uk/mgb-gt

Eric Roberts

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Rear view

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Engine sparkling clean

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Interior WOW

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Largest Car Tyre-Could this be the worlds largest car tyre-Certainly the biggest I have ever seen?

Largest Car Tyre

Largest Car Tyre

Largest Car Tyre

Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK are a member of a tyre buying group that go by the name of “Point-S”.

Every year we are invited to a conference. Usually held at the same time every year, February. This year was no exception.

As a result, we attended the beautiful “Belfry” Golf and leisure centre for the two day get together. The Belfry is North of Birmingham. Although not a golfer myself it is set in beautiful country side and is a most pleasurable experience to visit.

Hence, the conference starts the day with a “market place” of suppliers showing off their latest products and anything else to do with tyres and batteries.

It is a great place to meet up with old and new friends and acquaintances. The morning is followed by a Point-S presentation talking about last years figures and thing for the new 2018 year to come.

The talk is always interesting and gives us chance to compare ourselves with the performance of others in similar businesses to our own in Halifax.

Largest Car Tyre

The market place event was very interesting with good information about new TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring systems) equipment coming on stream. We also visited the stand of Nankang tyres. of course this is when i spotted the largest car tyre that I have seen in my forty years as a tyre depot owner. Next to a small normal ever day tyre was a 30/25zr32 Tyre made by a company from Thailand “Lexani

This Lexani was by far the largest car tyre that I have ever seen in the UK. The tyre was fitted to a type of “Chevy” in America. However I did notice that on an American website called “Donk” that Yokohama make a 40 ins car tyre. For drivers who would like to increase  their tyre size. Thus I would like them to go to an excellent tyre size calculator website to the calculate the desired tyre size for their cars.

Thanks  Eric Roberts

Chevy complete with 32 ins tyres

Tyre Pressures are very important for your Caravan or Motorhome

Check the Tyre Pressures of your caravan-Motorhome

Many thousands of people will be getting their caravans and motorhomes ready for the British bank holiday season starting this year with the Easter holiday. This is time when thousands of holiday makers will be checking their tyres and tyre pressures, ready for their first trips away.

We do this every year ,even though we know that we will be stuck in massive traffic jams and hold ups, wherever we go, but especially to the coast. Never the less we do it every year, we Brits yearn to get away over the bank holiday period and the adjoining school holidays.

What we do not all do is to check our tyres and Tyre Pressures ? You would think that it was common sense, but many set off and do not think anything about it. These are the ones that we see on the hard shoulder of the motorway or the grass verge, changing a flat tyre or a blown out tyre on their caravan. The worse culprits seem to be the guys who are going camping and towing a little trailer. These small trailers are usually fitted with 400×8 trailer tyres, similar to wheel barrow tyres. Because they are so small, it is imperative that you inflate them to the correct

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the correct tyre pressures are very important

Tyre Pressures for carrying the weight that you have in the trailer, this will usually be the highest pressure for this type trailer.

I have seen hundreds of these trailers parked up with a wheel missing because of the tyre blown out and the owner not having a spare the same size. If you use this type of vehicle, then you must carry a spare wheel, if you are doing sixty mile an hour and you have a puncture in one of these trailers, then the small tyre will simply disintegrate, because of its small size and the weight that it is carrying, so a spare wheel is a necessity. Also make sure that you are buying a spare wheel for a trailer, these are usually a six ply tyre that are made for highway and NOT a wheel barrow tyre. I have mentioned this because many people make this huge mistake, we have seen this many times.

This is also a important thing to think about when buying a new tyre for a caravan or mobile home. Make sure that you buy the right tyre that has the correct weight carrying loads; It should tell you what tyres to use in the hand book or make sure that you fit the same tyres as your vehicles original equipment.

In the motor homes the tyres are usually of a higher ply rating than normal car tyres. As we all know some of these vehicles are massive even as big as a double decker bus, so it is very important to get the exact tyres with correct ply rating and load rating, in my opinion it is always best to fit the exact same tyres, even the same makes of tyres, as your original equipment. This will ensure your safety and probably your fuel consumption. I know that our customers are on a tight budget but in this instance buying cheap tyres is not an option, if the vehicle is fitted with Michelin tyres then replace them with exactly the same using the same tyre pressures and them unless you are really unlucky you should have a problem free journey as far as your tyres are concerned.

As I have said earlier fuel consumption is very important for the motor home as some of these vehicles will only do about fifteen to twenty mile to the gallon. So having the correct tyre pressures will help to maintain the correct mileage performance. How it works is that if your tyres are under inflated then your vehicle engine has to work much harder to drive along. This is known as “ROLLING RESISTANCE”

Also a good tip is to check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold and also make sure that you have a valve cap fitted, to ensure that the valve does not leak and reduce your tyre pressures.

You should always know what the weight limit is for your type of vehicle and do not exceed these recommendations. Also spread out the weight throughout the vehicle, this will

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A gauge like this one always comes in handy for keeping an eye on your tyre pressures

maximise the stability of the total unit, we have all followed caravans that are swerving about doing sixty mph on the motorway, it is also illegal and dangerous.

Another really important point that is sometimes overlooked is to keep a spare wheel for your caravan or camping trailer. Also try it on the vehicle before you set off on your journey; we have had to help many caravan owners who were stuck on the M62 motorway because their spare wheel did not fit. They may look the same, but they could have different stud holes and offsets, so try them out before you travel on a journey…See more at: http://tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/caravan-tyre-safety/advice-and-information#sthash.CzT5oBqU.dpuf

Have a safe and care free holiday

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.

Car Air-Conditioning (air-con)-Who would have thought that we Needed It?

Car Air-Conditioning (air-con)

Air-con was one of the last things that you would have needed here in the United Kingdom’s cool climate, but now that we have it in almost every vehicle, I do not know how we did without it? This time of year is when our customers are starting to get their cars ready for the summer and this includes have their Car Air-Conditioning system serviced.

I must admit though that I remember the pre-Car Air-Conditioning days of motoring on a hot summer’s day. In those days, the only way to cool down was to open the car’s windows and stick your head out of the window. Not only that I also remember when the cars windows would steam up in spring and winter, due to condensation, this has now stopped because of car air-conditioning fitted to most cars. We used to arrive at our destination dripping with sweat, with our legs sticking to our trousers and other bits, all because the cars did not have air-con systems

America was way ahead of us here in the UK as far as Car Air-Conditioning is concerned

Although they had far more hot days and they really did need it especially in the Southern states. Air-con in the car was actually invented and used in America as far back as 1939 and Packard were the first car makers to install Car Air-Conditioning as far back as 1940, and although it was a crude system compared to today’s cars Used Cars, it was

Car Air-Conditioning

Car Air-Conditioning service machine

better than nothing at all. In fact, it was Chrysler that was the first to introduce a properly integrated air-con system into their cars in 1953 as an optional extra. By 1970 almost half the cars in America were installed with Car Air-Conditioning and us in Europe were still miles behind.  

Car Air-Conditioning (air-con)

At the same time in 1970 the USA adopted a new “Clean air act”, but the regulations for motor vehicles did not come into force until 1990. This meant that the refrigerants inside the Car Air-Conditioning had to be re-cycled and a different refrigerant had to be used. The gas that we all use at the moment is the R134A, but we think that a newer gas will be used in the near future. European car manufacturers quickly followed suit and air-con was installed in all of the big production cars such as BMW and Mercedes and was quickly followed by the family car market, down to the small cars made by Citroen and the Toyota Yaris.  

Car Air-Conditioning (air-con)

The main parts of the car air-con system consist of the Air Conditioning Condenser Unit, compressor and evaporator and a few other parts that, these all work together to remove and cool the humidity that is in the air and circulate it into and through the car, the warm humid air is replaced with cool air at the temperature that you set it at. That is until things such as the Car Air-Conditioning Condenser start to go wrong.

It is a well-known fact that cars fitted with air-con use more fuel and so some drivers switch of the air-con when the weather is cold. It is in actual fact false economy to switch off your air-con in winter. This is an extract from the Autokool website…http://www.autokool.co.uk/faq_13.html

“It is false economy to turn the system off in the winter. This can lead to deterioration of the seals and gaskets in your system and, even more, rapid refrigerant loss. On the coldest of days turn the system on to ensure that the windows are demisted and the interior of the car is comfortable. Contrary to popular belief this does not greatly reduce your mpg or performance. With modern engines and increased fuel efficiency the cost of using your vehicle air conditioning system has been considerably reduced with modern advancements in engineering”.

Most modern garages are equipped to service your Car Air-Conditioning system on your car

And the members of staff at the garage should all be certified to use the equipment and handle the refrigerant that is used, so check out the air-con before the summer arrives and keep yourself cool and dry.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre 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 on all our work

Car Air-Conditioning

Dale fitting a new Car Air-Conditioning condenser on a car in Halifax

and parts.

SPARE TYRE and WHEEL WHICH SYSTEM DOES YOUR CAR HAVE?

WHICH SPARE TYRE SYSTEM DOES YOUR CAR HAVE?

As a tyre retailer for 40 years, this is an increasing problem for the modern motorist.When the car manufacturers had to make their cars lighter so that they could hit their emission targets, then they looked at many ways to lighten the weight of their cars to make them lighter including different ways of doing without a SPARE TYRE and  wheel.

The problem has been that the car makers did not come up with any universal and unified method of doing this, and so different cars have differing systems for the replacement of your spare tyre. The problem is that when you buy a car it is the last thing on your mind, to check out the spare wheel system for that particular model of car.

Space saver; flat tyre systems.

This was one of the first ideas to come from the car manufacturers. In theory the idea is not too bad. If you look into your boot you will see a very thin looking wheel. With a thin looking

SPARE TYRE

Space Saver SPARE TYRE, wheel painted bright red

car tyre that actually resembles a motor bike tyre. The wheels are usually painted a bright colour, bright red or bright blue, to distinguish the spare wheel from the wheels on the car. The space saver car SPARE TYRE is a different size to the rest of the tyres on the car, but is the same overall diameter (height) so that when it is fitted to the car then it keeps a balanced driver experience, when the wheel is being driven on. The space saver spare tyre is regulated to 50 MPH when used because the tyre is much thinner and can only carry the cars weight at a slower speed.Once the tyre is fitted it is important to get your original puncture fixed and return it to the car, this will not then restrict your speed.

Run Flat tyre system

The cars that are fitted with Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres  do not have a spare tyre at all. The technology is in the actual tyres. When you get a puncture in a run flat  the increased strength in the tyres structure supports the weight of the cars weight without having any air in. This is only a temporary fix and once again the car must not exceed 50MPH. The other downside of the run flat tyres is that because the tyre has been run on and they are usually damaged beyond repair and a new one is required. The main advantage is though, that if you do get a puncture then you can just drive the car at 50MPH in relative safety without the car deviating and the driver having to get out of the car and changing a wheel.

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The dreaded nail in tyre

Emergency tyre repair kit spare tyre system

This is simply a can of tyre repair solution that you screw onto the tyres valve and it release a solution into the tyre a hopefully seals the hole that has caused the puncture. In my opinion this is the most unsatisfactory system. In the perfect scenario when you just have small nail or screw in the centre of your tyre, then the repair kit would probably work, but this is not the

spare tyre

Can of tyre sealer and inf-later

usual case, in all my experience, most tyres succumb to side wall damage, or larger repairs that the emergency repair kit will not be able to cope with. The last car that I had with this system was a |Nisan Juke. Because we travel to France a couple of times a year, we needed a spare tyre so we found an alloy wheel that fitted the studs and fitted a new spare tyre, you will also need a small jack and a wheel brace, because these are not supplied by the car manufacturers. This is an easy thing to do if you have a friendly tyre retailer and well worth the effort to cover yourself in case you have a dreaded puncture in the middle of nowhere.  

The main gist of this though is to make sure you know which spare tyre system that is provided with your car and familiarise with it. Some car owners are lucky enough to have the old fashioned spare wheel fitted complete with a jack and a wheel brace.

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.   

JACKING UP YOUR CAR is NOT as Safe as it Used to be ? Be aware of other traffic

Jacking up your car the correct way

You may think that jacking up your is an exact science but believe me plenty can go wrong. Even our most experienced mechanics can make a mistake when jacking up a car. The worse

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Lady’s very often change their own wheel these days

thing to happen is if the jack is placed under a sill and not the re-enforced area just under the edge of car. Most models of car have a special re-enforced part at the front of the sill area and is marked by a notch in the metal to show you where you can jack up your car without it going through the softer sill part of the body just under the car doors.

The jacking points are usually illustrated in the owner’s manual, but if you do not know where the jacking points  are and are not sure, then DO NOT jack the car up, leave to a professional , who knows what they are doing.

If you are confident or stuck somewhere with a flat tyre then this is something that you should tackle. The first thing to do is to make sure that you are on a HARD SURFACE. Please do not try to jack your car up on a grass verge or a field, anywhere that is soft. The obvious thing to happen is that the car jack will just sink, and unless you have some wooden blocks in the car then the job will be hopeless.

Once you have established that the ground is hard enough then you should look for and remove your wheel removing kit from the car boot. This usually consists of a scissor jack, wheel brace and locking wheel nut tool (if your car has one). The car jacking point is marked by a cut out in the metal plate on the front and rear of the car; this shows the strongest place to jack up the car. Once this is all done then you can say a prayer and hope that the wheel nuts are not seized up or over tightened, from the last time that the wheel was removed. If the wheel is over tightened then you may have to get help or call out a nearby garage for assistance.

Some drivers know about this and carry a hollow piece of strong metal tubing in their tool kit to give them leverage on their wheel brace. It is also wise to keep a small thick piece of wood in your tool kit to place on the jack as you start to lift the car. This gives the jack a better bite, instead of the metal on metal of the jack and the car sill.

Some more advanced motorists will keep a small trolley jack in their car for jacking up with

 for a safer jacking experience, in my opinion good preparation is the word. It is no different in the professional garage, we have always to be safety conscious when jacking up cars, either with a trolley jack or on the vehicle ramps, the same should apply to the DIY motorists.

The more experienced person who carries out their own cars repairs should be able to jack a car up by using the steering and suspension jacking points, but it is always a good point to

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Scissor jacks are the most common DIY jack found in your cars tool kit

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Citroen with the arrow showing the jacking point

make sure that you have some good strong axle stands to rest the car on before you commence working on your car and the same applies to a hard surface when lifting the car, all these points may seem trivial but as a garage owner of over 40 years, I have seen many stupid things happen, that were only due to thoughtlessness on the behalf of the mechanic.

When jacking up your Used Cars  you can get a feeling if the thing is not going right, so if you hear any strange creaking noises or metallic sounds then let the car jack down with care and start again, care is the buzz word. I suppose thinking about it; this is why the breakdown services are very busy, there are now many different types of wheels and jacks on today’s modern cars and if you are not sure or confident please join one of the motoring breakdown services such as the AA or RAC here in the 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 have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.

 

Unipart Car Care Centre Halifax West Yorkshire

This year at Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre will be our 25th year in business. To celebrate we are holding a huge party for our customers and suppliers, who have supported us over the past years. In that time we have tried any many different trade associations to better us and the customer experience, by offering different things that would improve their experience when unipartvisiting our garage for tyres servicing or indeed general repairs.

The two organisations that we are currently associated with are the best that I have had the pleasure to deal with.

Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC)

We have been a Unipart UCCC now for five years and have benefited our customers with the service that they offer. The Unipart UCCC garage network now extends to over 200 independent garages that operate throughout the British Isles. They consist of a blend of normal type garages, fast fit centres and other motoring organizations and are the largest network in the country (UK).

Because we are all independent garages we probably carry out car servicing in slightly different ways, but we all work in the same ethical way offering our customers a top quality service with genuine monetary savings, that we must adhere to as part of our UCCC membership.

We use top quality service schedules that are available online on… https://www.pellonautocentre.com/CarServicing/CarServicingPriceList2012.pdf

The price list says 2012, but we are sticking to these prices for the near future. On some car models we will use the Autodata car servicing manual to give us the exact requirements for the customers car’s needs. Just to mention it , we do have the computer equipment to correct and re-set any of the cars service lights when the service is completed.

Unipart original Equipment Quality Parts.

Another bonus for our customers is that we use 90% of Unipart sourced parts to use on our customers cars. This ensures that we fit real quality parts when we carry out a service or repairs to our customers cars .We have to ensure the best parts because all our customers are covered by a Unipart Car Parts 12 months parts a labor guarantee, which is applicable all over the mainland UK.

So if you are going on holiday, say to Brighton from Halifax and you had a problem with some work that we carried out, then you could take the car to the nearest Unipart UCCC depot and the unipartproblem would be sorted out for you to carry on with your holiday, a great bonus for all the Uccc Members customers.  All Unipart Car Care Centres are signed up to the Motor Industry Code of Practice.

The second great organization that I have joined has been Point-s.co.uk they operate an online tyre pricing system to compete with the other online tyre retailers, but the difference is that the pricing system is to help us local businesses compete with the huge national customers. When you buy a tyre through Point-s.co.uk tyre buying system, then the sale comes to us at local level, we are then contacted by the customer who arranges a date for the tyres to be fitted, This is a great system for a popular but local tyre centre to compete with the big companies, and it also means that our customers have a choice from where they can buy from, knowing that if they have a problem in the future they can still rely on our great service and guarantee system.

Both these partners to our business have helped us compete in this ever changing computer internet driven world many thanks.

 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 for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.

    

Pollen Filter (Cabin Filter) or Not? Missed out by many garages on services?

Pollen Filter or Not?

Having a pollen filter in your car is a relatively new concept, and was started off in Europe in the 1980’s. The USA already had pollen filters and different European countries had different standards, in their implications.

The original air pollution work which covered different pollutants such as aerosol sprays was carried out by a German institute the German laboratory, Fraunhofer… The Institute of

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Dirty pollen filter after changing

Toxicology and Aerosol Research … http://www.item.fraunhofer.de/en.html  This set the standards for the filtering of pollutants, including the filtering of pollens and other polluting substances that were pulled into the car through the air intakes and required to be filtered out.

The pollen filter is changed when you are having your car serviced, but if you are a pollen sufferer in the Pollen Season (and there are millions out there who are?) then it would be advisable to have the Air Filters and pollen filters changed at the end of winter or the beginning of spring, this is certainly the worse time for the pollen to start affecting the poor sufferers. The thing I have also noticed is that pollen can start to affect people at any stage of their lives, so it would be wise to insist that your local garage or Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC) should change the pollen filter at least once a year and preferably at the beginning of spring, to make sure the air entering your car will be as pollen free as possible. Other important filters not to ignore are the Oil and Fuel Filters.

Please don’t forget that this can also affect your passengers, so make sure that the pollen cabin filters are changed, so that they will remove all the allergens from the imported and contaminated air from outside and act as  Air Purifiers.

Pollen is not the only thing that gets trapped in your pollen filter?

When we remove the old pollen filter, we are amazed at the dirt and particles that the filter picks up, in just 12 months. The cabin pollen filter traps many different things that travel into the car from the exterior via the air conditioning and heating and ventilation system and these can include things like other cars exhaust fumes, bacteria general dust caused by insects and breaking up leaves that enter the front of your car and break up into tiny particles and finally will be trapped in your cars.

If the driver does not change the pollen filter at regular intervals, like I say at least once a year in springtime, then it is possible that air in the car will begin to smell foul and will cause your passengers to inhale fumes and air particles as you drive them along, possibly making them feel ill.

The blocked filter can also restrict the airflow into the cars heating and cooling system often causing problems and needing the help of your garage to spot the problem, a cost that could have been avoided had you changed the pollen filter.

Why Change Pollen Filter

Most filters can be found in easy to access areas through access panels under the cars bonnet (hood), but we operate the Autodata manual that will tell us the exact location of these filters. We also fit an exact filter to the one removed and we use Unipart filters of the same quality as the car manufacturers have used. Another small point is that although your filters should change in spring time a more general guide is to have them change at 12 to 15ooo mile intervals.

Many motorists do not  appreciate the benefits to changing these pollen filters and are not aware of the health benefits of using them, but as I wrote earlier, these things are all scientifically studied are the findings have helped develop the product that we know as the cabin or pollen filter.  

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years, giving the motorists a Pollen Filter Change. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.

Timing Belt Needs Changing Sir? the dreaded words from your mechanic?

Change your  Timing Belt it’s imperative?

When our customers are having a service to their car, there are certain things that we will report to them when their cars service is complete. What we do which is what most garages do

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This Ford Fiesta cylinder head was badly damaged because the timing belt broke when the car engine was running.

nowadays, is to take a contact number of the person who’s car it is having a service. Before mobile phones this would have been more difficult to do, but now most of our customers have some sort of mobile phone or other.

The things we report on are such things as tyres or worn steering parts, these can be changed later on in the day if the customer is contacted and we will have time to carry out the repairs. One important thing though is the Timing or cam belt. The Timing Belt Kits come in two types ,the chain type, which as the word say’s is very similar to a motor bike chain and a rubber looking belt, that looks very similar to a fan belt or the belt that drives your washing machine or spin dryer.

This is made out of very strong material similar to the materials that tyres are made from. The importance of the timing belt cannot be overstressed. If the belt breaks in use then the engine can be damaged beyond repair. When we carry out a service we always check in the Autodata online manual, for the exact time for the belt to be changed. Sometimes it will state a Timing Belt Intervals and other times it may state a time period, but usually it will be between 60000miles and 100000 miles when the new belt should be fitted.

This is also important to know if you buy a second hand car. I have known customers who have had a car for a couple of months and their timing belt has snapped leaving them with a

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Timing Belt showing fitment on the pulleys

blown up engine and no redress from the person that they bought the Old Cars from, so if you buy a second hand car you must only buy one with a history record and the knowledge of the timing belt, otherwise you could be caught out with a huge repair bill, always ask about the timing belt?

A simple explanation of what this important part does is as follows; the timing belt is used to turn the camshaft at exactly half the speed of the crankshaft. Your camshaft controls the opening and closing of the valves in time to the pistons going up and down the engines cylinders. The camshaft belt runs on pulleys at the end of each important part and very often also drives the water pump. Should the belt break; then all these other parts simply smash into each, other causing major damage to the car’s engine.

The timing belt is spinning at tremendous speed and generates much heat,

so the belt is subject to many pressures and eventually starts to break up and cracking starts to appear, once again very similar to tyres. Perhaps you can see now why it is so important to change the belt at the correct time, we also recommend that you change the water pump at the same time. The water pump runs on a bearing and the bearings tend to wear out at the same time. If the water pump is not changed and goes at a later date then the garage will have all the same work to carry out all over again.

Many different companies makes of timing belt but we prefer to use Unipart belts, because as a Unipart Car Care Centre, our customers are covered under a warranty should anything go wrong with the part or the fitting of your new belt. You will be covered across the whole of the mainland UK, under the terms of the warranty a great protection to have.

So to finalise if your garage warns you that the timing belt is due for a change well get it done as soon as you can afford to, before the thing breaks and causes much more damage to the car and to your wallet or purse.

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 for national tyre companies in my younger

timing belt

Damaged caused by a broken timing belt

days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.

Flat Tyre-A Woman’s Guide to Changing their own Wheel?

 Women often do change their flat tyre

While sometimes it may be great to play a damsel in distress and have a strong and well-toned man fix your flat tyre, I think every woman ought to know how to change a flat tyre. After all, having your tyre blow is never something anyone plans and you may not have any ready and eager boy scout waiting around to rescue you. There is no need to keep the tyre changing in a man’s domain. Times are changing and you should too. Time to empower yourself and get ready to tackle that tyre!

 1. First of all, if there is a place for you to move your car out of the way move your car there. Make sure oncoming traffic will be able to see you. Turn on your hazards and if you have an

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Lady changing her own wheel

early warning device, place where it will be clearly visible. Also make sure the place you move your vehicle to is flat and even. Avoid soft ground and inclines. Place some bricks, blocks or large rocks under your car to prevent your car from rolling backwards.

 2. If you have hubcaps, remove them. These are the covers of your tyres. Check you manual on how to remove them. I highly suggest you look at this beforehand and not when you have already blown a tyre.

 3. Next you need to remove the wheel nuts. These are the caps that hold your wheel in place. You will need a lug wrench to do this. The lug wrench is the T shaped wrench that should be together with all your other tools. The shape of the wrench makes for easy leverage, but if your upper body strength is lacking the heft or muscle needed to loosen the lug nuts, you may have to resort to step on the T-arm for better leverage. And remember, left to loosen and right to tighten.

 

 4. Now you need your car jack to raise your car. Most cars have a flat plate behind the front tyres and just in front of the back ones for this purpose. Place the jack under the tyre to be changed and raise it to meet the plate. Double check and make sure your car will be steady once it is raised. Safety is crucial whenever you are working with your car. Now raise your car about 15 cm of the ground. Don’t forget that an inflated tyre will need room so make sure there is enough space for the spare to be placed on.

remove the flat tyre

 5. by grabbing it with both hands, one on each side. Pull it straight and off. Now line up your spare with the bolts and slide it on. Replace the lug nuts but do not tighten them completely. When you have lowered your car, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in opposite pairs. Make sure these are as tight as possible because you absolutely do not want your tyre to come off when you’re driving.

 6. It’s time to clean up and put things back in place. Put all your tools together and place them back where they were stored. Always put them back in the same place so you know right

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women customer checking her car tyre

away where to find them in case of emergencies. Knowing where all of the tools are before you get into an emergency situation is suggested. Put your flat tyre where you spare one was and make sure to have it fixed right away.

Now that you know how to change a flat tyre, remember to practice prudence before you decide to bust out your inner mechanic. If you find yourself near enough to civilization, it might be wiser to call for help or assistance. A woman alone with her car and a flat tyre could be a signal for the less than honourable to take advantage of the situation. If you have no recourse but to change the tyre yourself, make sure you have some form of protection nearby like pepper spray. Also make sure to call a friend or relative to let them know what happened when your tyre blows so someone is aware of where you are and the situation you are in. This will at least give people you know the information of your whereabouts.

Having your tyres in good condition is one way to avoid a flat tyre. While some causes like a puncture from a nail or other sharp object cannot be avoided, keeping your tyres well inflated and careful driving will lessen the chances of your having to change a flat in the future.

And if you need new tyres, Point-S has over 160 independently owned centres across the UK to help you find the right tyre for your need. Its knowledgeable and professional staff will be able to give you brand neutral advice to help you make the right decision for your tyre needs. And if your car needs other types of auto service, they offer than as well. And because they are part of the Unipart Car Care Centre network, you know they adhere to the core values of:

• An open and honest approach with the customers

• A high standard of work and excellent value for money

• 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

• An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs

 Stay safe on the road ladies!

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 for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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.