Check-Tyres Pressures before that journey-Easter Holidays are coming up ?

Check-Tyres Pressures

Check-Tyres Pressures;The picture of tyre air pressure gauge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Post Updated 1st Jan 2014

Check-Tyres Pressures even before a short trip

 It is very important that your car’s tyres should have just the correct amount of air pressure. This to some people will not seem to be a big deal,but,remember that your tyres are extremely important when it comes to the importance of the cars total performance. Cars are now becoming more powerful and faster, withtyre companiesand car companies working hand in hand to create more environmentally friendly products, including greener tyres that are much lighter and more responsive to changes in the air pressure that you put in your tyres.Pirelli tyres have brought out a new range of green tyres

According to car experts,and car manuals your car’s tyres should have the right amount of pressure because the air inside the tyre is the only thing between you, your car, and the road surface. If you do have under inflated or over inflated tyres, you will be experiencing many rattles and shakes as you drive along on various types of road surfaces. Under inflated tyres also cause your car to swerve when cornering and give a certain feeling of unease when driving along, your car will move from side to side when on a straight road, and over steer on bends, an uncomfortable feeling in general. Tyres that are over inflated will have a very hard ride, and you will feel every single bump and pot hole that you drive over.
Another fact about tyres is that when they are over inflated or under inflated, is that your car will use much more fuel, especially on the larger models of cars such as BMW or Mercedes. When your cars tyre pressures are at the correct reading as stipulated by the car manufacturers, then your car will be completely safe and use the correct amount of fuel, remember what I said about tyres becoming greener?.

When checking your tyres pressures,

Check-Tyres Pressures

Check-Tyres Pressures;Lady checking her tyre pressures

 Make sure that you do it when your tyres have cooled down. Bear in mind that tyres get more inflated when they are warm and the air inside the tyre expands.

You should first remove the cap from the valve on the wheel that you are checking the tyre pressure on. Put in and fit the tyre gauge hard into the valve and then take a look at the reading. Most motorists know how to inflate there own tyres but if in doubt you can visit your local Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC)where trained staff will do the job for you free of charge.

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.Check-Tyres Pressures

 

Car Servicing Information-What should you expect when you take your car in for servicing?

Car Servicing Information
Car Servicing Information

Car Servicing Information

Of course, it depends what you mean?. Therefore, finding a good garage is not rocket science. In my opinion, you should look out before you even see the garage. What I mean is, “word of mouth recommendations”. In the days of social media, all you have to do is ask on your favorite social media site.

Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax, Yorkshire UK, we are great fans of Facebook as a social media platform. As expected, much of our work comes from word of mouth testimonials coming from Facebook.

Of course, this has come about because we try to be the best and do the best for our customers.Over the last twenty odd years that I have owned the garage , then this has been our objective. Any good garage worth their salts would have come up with a similar policy. Garages with good “word of mouth recommendations” can be trusted that all the normal working conditions and standards will be carried out to high specifications.

Of course, we do not satisfy every customer, but in general then for a recommendation, either word of mouth or on social media.

Eric Roberts

Source: News – What should you expect when you take your car in for servicing? Duncan’s Automotive

 

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST- after much Welding to hold the car together again?

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST

A young couple with a new baby brought their car to us a Nissan Micra.Hence  for the MOT test. This was about the third year running that the car had been tested. Thus, by us and believe me the car was not getting any younger (like us all). The biggest problem with this Micra was the “rust”. Because, oh boy was it rusty.

We had advised the corrosion on its last MOT test in 2011. But nothing had been done and the rust had got worse.Especially with all the rain that we have had here in Halifax West Yorkshire. The young couple that owned the car.Were like us all “cash strapped” .Therefore, could not afford to buy another car. So like all “kind hearted” garage owners I did them an affordable deal. So that their car would pass the MOT test and last them at least another year.

Our top man at these type of repairs was our old mechanic Andy Mawdsley. It took Andy one and a half days to do the body fabrication and the other little jobs that needed doing to get the car through the test. Our main worry was the cars “cross member”, which is a piece of the body work that connects the two front wings together and stabilisers the whole car. The part was totally unavailable from Nissan or all the replacement part specialists.

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST;Nissan Micra rotten cross-member

Passed MOT test with flying colours?

Our last resort was good old E-bay. We found a company that produce obsolete Nissan parts and we had a cross member by the next day (wonderful). The Nissan was all finished and the Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST with flying colours. The young couple were happy with the job and the price and we were proud to help them, with a bit of luck we may have customers for life.

Eric Roberts

 

Winter Crashes-Highway 401 crashes involving about 100 vehicles caught on camera – Toronto – CBC News

Winter Crashes

Winter Crashes

Winter Crashes

Just a relaxing video about what can happen when driving in bad weather. Therefore, it is a good idea to get well prepared by fitting winter tyres. Hence, and making sure that you have enough fuel. Also check your car’s levels, winter wash antifreeze level. Thus, even if you dont get involved in the crash itself. Then you may be stuck behind the incident for upto a few hours.

Ontario Provincial Police are reminding drivers to slow down or risk another pileup like the one caught on film Saturday near Bowmanville, Ont.

Source: Highway 401 crashes involving about 100 vehicles caught on camera – Toronto – CBC News

305-30R23 Continental Tyres-Size 305 30R23 fitted to Mercedes ML Brabus Car.

305-30R23 Continental Tyres;SUV tyres are getting bigger and bigger?

Every week we are discovering new types of tyres and with it new tyre sizes. Here at Pellon Tyres in the small industrial town of Halifax we do not often see many exotic or unusual cars. 305-30R23 Continental TyresMost of the cars and tyre sizes that we see are pretty standard stuff. Our top selling size is pretty much the standard size for the whole country, which is 202/55×16.

However we do get the odd surprise and this Saturday was no exception. We were privileged to be able to sell and fit some tyres on a Mercedes ML “BRABUS, now these cars are probably very common in the big cities, but this is the first one I have ever seen in my life.

Merc on huge 305-30R23 Continental Tyres

Another first for me was that the cars tyre size was 305-30R23 Continental Tyres, and as you can see in my pictures they are huge tyres. This was another first for me as I have never seen this size of tyre before and did not even know that the tyre size existed, (very exciting to a tyre geek like myself). 305-30R23 Continental Tyres are one of our favourites here at Pellon tyres, and i can truthfully say that i have never seen a faulty Continental tyres  in my 35 years in the tyre trade.

Continental Tire Company now supply a massive part of the O.E. and after market with new tyres and their tyre range is second to none.

Continental tyres develop the sizes along side car makers.

These days the tyre manufacturers such as Continental Car Tyres can develop new tyre sizes and tyre types of tyre very quickly, with the use of computer technology and data from the close relationships they have with the car manufacturers, hence the development of such tyres on the Mercedes ML “BRABUS”,Continental tyres are of course one of Germany’s leading tyre companies and has on going relationships with all the leading German car companies, such as BMW and Mercedes.

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 www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who

305-30R23 Continental Tyres

Making Continental tyres

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 high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

MOT Stations Must Protest-Four-year MOT exemption for new cars proposed – BBC News

MOT Stations Must Protest

MOT Stations Must Protest

MOT Stations Must Protest

As the proud owner of an MOT testing station here in the UK. Then I must protest about these new proposals. I am sick of hearing about MP’s coming out with stupid ideas. The idea is that cars are now lasting longer. What a load of rubbish?

Tyres and brake parts do not last for four years. I think that the British MOT trade must protest. There must be a motoring body out there to represent us. Hence enabling us to launch a massive protest. Have our MP’s forgot about people power and Brexit? This would close many MOT centres down. Many of our businesses have been around for many years. Of course, not only that but what about all the money that we have had to pay out over the years. Especially, to keep up with the new directives and changes made over the years.

Really, where to these people get their ideas?

Many of our customers do not change their tyres and brakes unless the fail in the MOT test. Tyres and Brakes and lights do not last for 4 years, what a stupid thing to come with. Lets hope that we can get a protest together, before our politicians ruin another industry. The retail garage sector??

Eric Roberts

The time new cars are allowed on the road before being tested could rise under government proposals.

Source: Four-year MOT exemption for new cars proposed – BBC News

VW Campervan Update-VW reveals electric iconic version of campervan called I.D. Buzz | Daily Mail Online

VW Campervan Update

VW Campervan Update

VW Campervan Update

This really is a concept car(camper). The disappearing steering wheel is electrically operated by pressing the VW logo. The idea of this is that the car could then become driverless. Especially, if the driver feels tired and need s rest. Hence, the camper which will be fitted with an array of cameras, radar sensors and ultrasonic sensors. The vehicle will be powered by batteries making it completely emissions free.

Hence, the only downside would be the cost of such a vehicle. VW Camper owners are renowned as DIY owners and spend hours of time renovating their beloved machines.

 

The iconic VW camper van has been reborn, this time powered purely by electricity. It’s the second in the upcoming ‘I.D.’ sub-brand the German car maker hopes will repair its flagging reputation.

Source: VW reveals electric iconic version of campervan called I.D. Buzz | Daily Mail Online

European Union Car Servicing-2010 E.U. Rules about garage working practices?

 Post Updated 1st Jan 2014/25th march 2016

European Union Car Servicing; Equality was the key word for car servicing

European Union Car Servicing

European Union Car Servicing

European Union Car Servicing were up for renewal in May 2010. The standards were all about setting out the rules to take into account the huge amount of trade competition in the automotive industry markets for the way that a fair distribution of new motor vehicles and technology and their prospective replacement parts, and for the fair provisions for the car servicing (Car Service Costs) , repair and maintenance sectors of the common market. This is part of the scheme to protect smaller auto companies from getting unfairly treated regarding the flow of information freely from the car makers to the rest of the car sector.

The markets for competition for new cars was thought to be healthy in the new car sector but the garage repair and for spare parts distribution was not as intense, This is meant a danger to motorists who could be harmed by anti-competitive practices that would push up repair bills. The car servicing and garage Repair industry are very valuable for motorists if it was not for the EU rule the price of car servicing would go sky high, as much as 40% (predicted by the EU)

Many motorists are already feeling the effect of increasing car servicing and repair costs because of rising oil costs and the existing recession, they are more price-sensitive and tend to own much older cars that need more regular car servicing. The EU have put in place a much stricter set of rules to govern these automotive markets that will make it easier to enforce the new regulations. One of the problems that were a specific issue was that car makers were holding back technical information and not releasing some of the specific parts to the aftermarket, and also refusing to honour car warranties because motorists were having their vehicles repaired at independent garages, and not the main dealers where the cars were bought.

Independent garage facilities and repairers are very important because they give a better choice to motorists and keep the cost of services and repairs very competitive by placing pressure on the car manufacturers main dealers and authorised repair networks. Independent service centre has been set up to give the independent garages a nationwide service to their customers, one of the best being Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) for short.

It is also very important that garages can get the technical information necessary to do the repairs and carry out the work on increasingly sophisticated cars with increasing amounts of equipment, due to stricter emission and greener controls, this to me is what is not happening, we at Pellon auto centre here in Halifax are forever coming across new fault codes in the engine management systems that our machines can not correct, because the car manufacturers have so called updated them, they are always moving the gate posts to try to outfox us and our computers. Most garages are buying new diagnostic machines and computer-based analytic equipment that can plug into the database of most cars computer systems. Because of the new European Union Car Servicing directive, the majority of new cars coming onto the market will be able to be serviced at independent garages and auto centres, such as Unipart (UCCC).

The other European Union Car Servicing rules are the parts used in servicing are compatible with the manufacturers and main dealer components, for example, an oil filter must be of the same quality as a manufactures oil filter. This is now carried out at most independent garages, we always use equal quality parts or we use parts from the main dealers themselves, most service parts are actually made by the same company that supplies the car manufacturers, a good example is LUK clutches. They make clutches both for the replacement market and the car makers.

Are the new rules working for the car servicing sector ?

 The new rules will help to enforce the competition for the independent garage, auto centre, and parts outlets. They are designed to help create a level playing field between the replacement car section and the car manufacturers, which will help drive down the cost of servicing the community of Europe and the UK.

This ruling is now two years old and although things appear to be going to plan, the speed of the development of EV cars is outstripping the rules on sharing the technology from the manufacturers. One example is the advent of the Li-On batteries fitted to the electric cars. These batteries are now Leased to the car owners when they buy a new car. Is this how the car makers are going to get around the European Union Car Servicing laws, in my opinion I think it is ?.

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.

 

Supercar Tyres-Taking on Winter with Mr JWW

Supercar Tyres

Supercar Tyres

Supercar Tyres

The supercar tyres are the end product of many hours of tyre testing from the major tyre companies. Hence, Pirelli are a fine example of this. naturally, Pirelli are well involved in the motorsport field. Thus, they are the sole suppliers of tyres to the F1 scene and have been for the past four years. Michelin tyres are also deeply involved in motorsport. Of course, both these tyre companies are involved in many motorsport events. Including, the French Le Mans 24 hour racing scene.

Therefore, it is not rocket science to see why these tyre companies are top of their game. Pirelli are developing tyres with much experience in different compounds and tread designs. Especially, for this new class of supercars. As expected, these cars can reach high speeds in race track situations and also run on regular roads.

The end result for this is the Pirelli P Zero tyres .

Eric Roberts

What Pirelli say-

A reference point for the Ultra High Performance segment, it is characterised by an asymmetric tread pattern. Ideal for all top of the range sports and high-powered cars, it can also be considered for powerful mid-range vehicles.

A milestone in the development of the Pirelli range, Pirelli P ZERO™ has been chosen as original equipment for the most performance orientated and powerful models on the market. Its asymmetric tread pattern improves braking performance and enhances handling and control. Excellent in wet conditions with improved safety in potential aquaplaning situations.

Its new nano-composite compound ensures maximum grip and stability. The structural integrity of the tyre improves steering response, which is essential in sports driving, and also ensures uniform tread wear.

The special “S-shaped” grooves in the tread area deliver lower cabin noise levels, enhancing driver comfort.

Source: Taking on Winter with Mr JWW

Air Filters Explained-Car Servicing tips What Your “AIR FILTER” Does

Air Filters Explained

Air Filters Explained;Make sure that your Air Filter gets changed not just cleaned ?

I say this because when I was an apprentice mechanic. Hence, the garage that I worked at never changed an air filter.In those days they just blew it out with an air-line.Thus, or washed it in petrol, but they always

Air Filters Explained

Air Filters Explained;A mechanic carrying out a service

charged the customer for a new one fitting. I remembered all these little things.So in life as I grew older and vowed to myself never to make the same mistakes. If you can not do the job properly, or “don’t do it at all”. This is one of the reasons that I teamed up with Unipart Car Care Centres  (UCCC) for short. We are regularly checked and vetted .Hence, to make sure that our

Air Filters Explained

Air Filters Explained;air filters come in many shapes and sizes

servicing is done correctly.Therefore, and no short cuts are taken. Indeed we save all the old parts to show to the customer.Therefore, should he ask to see them. However the air filter is one of the important parts of your car.

Air Filters Explained

That you need to change at certain service intervals. After all, it is one of those parts that do an unseen but very important job. Hence the “Air Filters Explained”. Remember that its main functions is to actually prevent dirt and particulate matter.Thus, from entering your engine. It does what it says on the tin. it cleans the air that enters your engine.
What is very important. Is that you should change air filter regularly. Service centre experts suggest that you should at least replace an air filter once a year. However, there are exemptions to this rule. Because, these exemptions depend on the what kind of performance that your car has and the frequency the car is used for.

Air Filters Explained

Air Filters Explained

As part of your service the cars engine performance increases with the addition of a new air filter If air filters are new, they actually increase your car engines efficiency.

The new air filter is made up of layer upon layer of thin paper and other materials that make the filter very porous and allows air through, dirty air comes in at the inlet and clean air enter the engine after been filtered. If a mechanic only cleans the filter then it is impossible to do a correct cleanse, due to all the layers of paper, this is done by some . But it is not good practice.
Replacing your air filters are done as part of a service and need not be expensive

Air Filters Explained

The job is fairly simple but it is best to go to a mechanic or your local Unipart Automotive  service centre. You actually can do it yourself, but it is best done by a professional.
The air filter is usually mounted on top of your engine. However, for some older cars with carburetors, you would see that the Car Air Filters are located in front of the carburettor

usually on the side of the engine. In a fuel injection car, the more common type now, the air filters would be enclosed in a square or a rectangular housing (some are very large)which could be mounted somewhere on the side of your car’s engine and not on top of it.

Air Filters Explained

If you do intent to fit the air filter yourself then when the old filter is removed you should then clean the filter housing with a recommended cleaner. Try using a vacuum cleaner to suck out the dust in the filter pan before putting the new filter in and re-assembling the whole thing back on to the engine. It is highly recommended though that the air filter is changed as part of your annual service.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.