MOT Testing Number Plates- Information-Pellon Tyres-Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;This blog is part of a series written by Eric Roberts of Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK to advise motorists about the number plate regulations that affect your MOT Test.

This advice comes as part of the Road Vehicle Regulations, (Display of Registration Marks)2001.MOT regulations. Consquently, the new regulations  https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/number-plate (2001) state that the car must first of all , “have number plates fitted”, this must be that the background colour and words and lettering comply with the regulations. The words and letters should easily readable and in good condition.
The letters and numbers must be correctly spaced. The character font should be of the correct type .The number plate should match the one in your log book, and should comply with British Standard AU 145d.
Your plate should also display the name and postcode of the company that made up the plate for you. Official number plate sizes should be the following-If you have a Euro symbol on the plate the character width should be reduced from 57mm to 50mm. To conform to MOT Rules.

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Height 79mm
Width 50mm other than figure 1 or letter I
Stroke 14mm
Character spacings 11mm
Group spacings 33mm
Top and Bottom and Side margins 11mm minimum
Vertical line spacings 19mm

MOT Euro symbol

The Euro-symbol must have the letters “GB” under the European flag if a plain number plate is used the vehicle must use a separate “GB” sticker when driving in another European country. Furthermore, private number plates must have the letters and numbers correctly separated apart and not clustered together to make up a name.
Hope this information is of use to you for more help you can contact…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=number+plates

Or email pellontyres@btconnect.com for any advice.

not a bad idea? Eric Roberts

MOT Testing Halifax-Wheels and Tyres-Explained

Pellon Autocentre is an MOT Testing Halifax station with over 20 years experience.

 

MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Testing Halifax is part of a series of explanations. About, how the MOT Rules works to keep your car safe and legal.When you prepare your car for the MOT test, the follow advice will apply.Especially, when dealing with wheels and tyres. The first thing to check are the wheels. As a result, if you have alloy wheels.Because, you should check for serious damage and cracks. Also, you must have a full set of wheel nuts fitted. If your car has steel wheels and plastic hub caps.Of course, the nuts will not be checked by the tester.Thus, they will only be checked if you remove the hub caps before the car is tested.

If any nuts are missing then this will result in a failure.
According to the DVLA MOT Rules. The tyre condition is very important. Testers look for any side wall damage and for any cuts or damage to the tyre tread. The tester will also check the tread depth. Using his official tread depth gauge.The legal limit is 1.6 mm across three-quarters of the tread width . This can be detected by a visual look at the tyres.Of course, before you present the car for a test. Tyre manufacturers build into the tyre treads a wear indicator bar.For when the tyre wears down to the bar a bald patch is visible. Police officers also use these bars as away of a quick check of tyre condition.Especially, when stopping a motorist for a check over.

Spare wheels and tyres are not part of the MOT test,

MOT Testing Halifax. You may not present a car for a test with a temporary spare on the car.Also, you must present the car with the best four wheels and tyres on your car. Tyre sizes are checked on the car on the same axle. But other information such as load ratings are not checked.Because, this is deemed as too technical. As a result, some cars may break the law. They are not part of an MOT test and therefore will not fail.
It is always good practice to have your car checked out or have a service when you have your car tested, this will ensure that your car is legal and safe. Pellon Autocentre is leading MOT Testing Halifax area.

Eric Roberts

 

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. 

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart-Unipart Automotive Service Centres “better for the motorists”.

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart; Eric Roberts of Pellon Auto Centre Halifax is pleased with the re- launch of the Unipart car care centres, to

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart

bring them update after 16 years’ presence in the garage marketplace.

Eric Roberts MD of Pellon-auto centre has recently attended a regional meeting of Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC). This was in a hotel in Wakefield West Yorkshire. New plans that mean that Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart was unveiled to upgrade their new image to the garage members.

UCCC Members will be offered complete new signage. Consequently, by using Unipart’s new updated logo. This logo is very similar to the present one. Because it appeared that only a slight modification to upgrade. Eric Roberts says “The new image looks very stylish. Although there is not lots of change, the new design will look very useful. Especially, when bonded together with all the other promotional effects that will be on offer to us.

Our garages images are in the Unipart style and colours.”
Unipart will still provide their garage network with their website design service to help its individual garages build their website. This service will be subsidised by Unipart, rolling on from the old system. This offer has been taken up by over 500 garages and has become a favourite feature to the garages in the scheme.
Motorcodes will still play a significant part in Unipart’s big changes; this will ensure an excellent standard of quality across the complete network. Therefore, is crucial when offering a nationwide warranty service to the networks customers.

Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart

A brand new feature will be the introduction of Ben Collins, (the former “sting” from Top Gear motoring programme on TV). Ben will be helping promote the Car Care Centres at a national and local levels, holding regular events across the country.
Another new feature will be the introduction of more training facility. Garages participating will have the use of Uniparts technical helpline and training staff support. “This Pellon Autocentre Joins Unipart service will be of great use to participating garages such as ourselves,” says Eric Roberts.
Unipart will be revamping the existing web site. This website will be fully optimised, and search engine friendly. Links to participating members websites. Furthermore, offering the partners a right online image with facilities to offer online service and MOT booking.

Furthermore, the new work-wear was also on display for the garage owners to browse over and the meeting concluded with a buffet. Unipart’s marketing director Wendy Williams conducted the meeting in a very professional manner, and it felt that all the participating centre members in attendance, were looking forward to the new changes with great anticipation.

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Maintenance Free batteries-are now becoming the normal fitment on most cars and trucks

This is a short article about maintenance free batteries

 The phrase maintenance free batteries is only partly correct.  What are Maintenance Free Battery vs Conventional  Cheap Car batteries , use up some of the water in their diluted mixture of sulphuric acid electrolyte during there every day cycle of charging and discharging. The electrolyte process turns into a gas mixture of oxygen and hydrogen and escapes from the battery. WE then add water to keep the battery topped up.

Maintenance Free batteries

Lucas Maintenance free batteries

Maintenance free batteries known as MF batteries use a different type of lead alloy. They use calcium alloy of lead and not a lead antimony alloy. This reduces the gassing therefore stops the need to keep topping up your battery. Indeed means that you have no need to top up your battery during the normal life of your  Battery.
The only problem can occur in exceptionally high temperatures where the Maintenance free batteries may boil but the newer types of MF battery now have pressure relief valves that come into operation when the pressure may get too high. For further reading…http://uk.ask.com/question/what-is-a-maintenance-free-battery

Altogether these Maintenance free batteries are becoming the normal standard for modern vehicle standards and are worth buying instead of cheap batteries.

Car batteries remained much the same, the only thing that changed was the different terminals and physical sizes of the batteries, battery plates, became a new mix of alloys and lead alloys and companies the likes of Lucas batteries became the first to introduce practically sealed batteries that were maintenance free, there were no screw tops on the battery for the driver to check the acid level.

Also there was the evolution of the cars. Many cars were now coming out on more sophisticated electrical systems. Which required car batteries with more power. We found that a difference in the old type battery and the new type of battery was that the new types of battery did not give you much time after failure, one morning the battery light would come on in your car and you would need a new battery, there and then; you do not have the time any more. It is very important to remember ,that the Maintenance free batteries must be stood up in the upright position. The battery caps do not unscrew and so the battery is classed as sealed. But it is important to remember that the battery is not leak proof.

Pressure relief valves automaticaly reseal

themselves after been released, this is a major safety feature.

– This includes Motorhome tyres- before your journey

 

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES; West Yorkshire can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailed vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels .Then take them to their favorite garage or auto centre. Check Your CARAVAN TYRESThen have them checked by a professional member of the team. It is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible outcome. So Check Your CARAVAN TYRES . The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed. We can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the affect of ultra-violet light acting on the carbon black. This is in the make up of the tyre when the caravan is parked, and is more common on Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motor-homes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion. Then the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage. This is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario. Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

Tire (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then Check Your CARAVAN TYRES, the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by aging in the sidewalls.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours. Especially, during the Summer months. And eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down. Small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area. This will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard. Indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre .Finally if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked to the correct loading for your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicle require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Check Your CARAVAN TYRES pressures, which should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

Eric Roberts

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

 

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK-Some advice about keeping your car in good and safe condition

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK; Many motorists have major problems when it comes to  car servicing,

 

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK; Most cars need an annual” major servicing”, and in my belief depending on mileage should have one or even two what I call “engine servicing” every year.  This, as a rule, means the oil and filter changed  and the rest of the levels topped up. Cars over three years old could and perhaps should have the main service carried out at the same time as the MOT test.

Your garage should advise you to have test carried out prior to the servicing, this is always best practice and is recommended by the Ministry of Transport as the correct procedure. It also gives you control of your purse strings, indeed,  what you should do is instruct the garage to notify you of any failures that the test may throw up. You must also ask your garage to give you an estimate of the cost of repairs to your car to get your car through the test.
Many customers of servicing centres do this because if the cost of your repair schedule is high, you may not be able to afford to have the car serviced, indeed you can then cancel the service for a later time when you can afford to have the servicing carried out. The finest practice though is to have the test and the service carried out on the same day. This will ensure that you car will be in tip top condition for your summer holidays or indeed that harsh winter to come.

Look for a Unipart servicing centre

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK

Most accomplished garages  carry out servicing  cars to a high standard. They will carry out menu servicing according to the manufacturers advice. Indeed many garages and auto centres use a servicing  menu. That is specialized for your car by typing your registration number into an  automotive computer. Using software that prints out the exact service menu for your car. This also tells the engineer the exact type of oils to use.  This is essential due the different types of oil now used in up to date car engines. Another benefit of using this technology. Is that the processor will recommend on the time or mileage it takes before your cam belt requires changing. This, in turn, should come in the form of recommendation written as an advisory on your “work to do  sheet”.

Car Servicing-Halifax

Another good piece of advice is that if you are new to an area. You do not know where to have your car serviced it look for a garage carrying the MotorCodes Code Of Practise sign .This will ensure that you will get reasonable prices for a service and repairs.Because the garage has been checked for good practice and procedures by the RAC of Great Britain. Therefore any quality control procedures by the auto centre should give you confidence enough that if any problems occur. Consequently they will be dealt with in a fair and correct conduct. In general, any garage you carries out MOT testing,  are generally up to a good quality and are also regulated  and  controlled by the Vehicle Standards Agency.

Car Servicing-Halifax

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK

The usual way to find a good  Car Garage is by word of mouth by friends or relations. Other methods are yellow pages or Google on the internet. 

Also try to go to a servicing centre, 

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK

Car Servicing-Halifax-UK; Our team

that is regulated by a trade organisation, then if a dispute arises your dilemma can go into the negotiation and with a” bit of luck” resolved. Also, people do vote with their feet and an industrious servicing centre is usually a good servicing centre, happy motoring. One of the most asked questions over the phone is How Much for Car Service, but all our service prices are shown online, so we refer them to the internet. 

 

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

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure- lady customers blue TT started creeping downhill?

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure; The Audi TT has in the past had many problems with the handbrake. There have been several reasons for this issue.

Last week a good customer of ours told us that his daughter had parked her car on a slight slope while she went into the bank. When she returned, the car had moved down the hill about ten feet. Luckily for her, the cat had come to rest against a very high pathway edge.

She was kind of scared and reflected in her mind what could have happened?

His daughter was in her late twenties and worked as an insurance broker in Halifax UK. The family brought all their cars into my garage for servicing and repairs; this Audi TT was no exception.

The father then phoned us and told us the story. The first thing that we asked was “whether she had put the handbrake on at all?” He said that this was the first

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

the thing that she had checked.

The car finally arrived at the garage, and the young lady left it with us for the day. I often look at the particular forums on the internet. The Audi forum did come up with a few different problems associated with Audi TT handbrake failure problems.

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

We put the Audi TT up onto a ramp and removed the wheels. Although the problem was with the rear handbrake, we always check all the cars brakes to be on the safe side. The car was registered in 2005 and was 1800 Turbo special edition. A 225BHP engine powered the car, giving a high performance.

Alex had the responsibility to repair this car. He set to work examining all the parts that make up the handbrake. Everything looked in good order and so Alex greased the moving parts and began to examine the discs and pads.

The brake discs looked in good condition, but Alex noticed that the pads had a shine on them. Shiny pads usually mean that they had “gone hard.”

We decided to fit a new set of pads as we suspected that this was the culprit. Alex completed the work and tested the handbrake on some of the steep hills that surround Halifax. He ran the car making sure the brakes were hot and checked the handbrake again.

Finally, another satisfied customer drove away into the sunset.

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem?

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem?

Daewoo Matiz Engine Management Light problem?; Engine management light problems are a common feature of owning a busy Service centre, like the one here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK. I would not be lying if I said that we get two or three cars in a week for related engine management light problems.

I must say that it is one of those things that can scare our customers to death. They can drive their cars around with a bald tyre for months, but as soon as a warning light comes on, they are straight over to us for our opinion and possible corrective action.

Our latest light on problem came from a lady who had a Daewoo Matiz Engine Management Light problem? The woman said that she did not think that her car was running properly and was a bit sluggish. Also, a picture of an engine lit up on her dashboard.

As most customers do, (no matter what the car make or model), she panicked. Our customer  was waiting at the door ready for when we opened up the garage

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem?

The problem spark plugs?

doors. This problem can indeed be anything to do with the engine management system. From the expensive coil pack to a faulty fuel injector.

Alex, one of my mechanical staff, plugged our engine management machine into the car and read the fault codes. The code came up as a cylinder misfire, which tied up with the ladies statement of the car not running correctly and sluggishly.

Daewoo Matiz Engine management Light problem?

Like many of our customers think, she thought she was going to need a new engine and was probably on “tender hooks” waiting for us to call her back with our assessment of the damage and the price. We checked most likely cause, the spark plugs. Indeed, the plugs were in a bad condition, and we suspected that this was the cause.

Everything else looked fine and so we fitted a new set of plugs. The car ran much better and so we reset the engine warning light, and road tested the car. Everything ended up right, and we informed the stressed lady customer, who was highly delighted with our low price repairs.

 

 

All-Season Tyres versus winter tyres-(tested)-Are they better than changing to winter tyres?

All-Season Tyres versus winter tyres

All-Season Tyres versus winter tyres-This is yet another test, regarding the effectiveness of All-Season Tyres versus winter tyres. It is normally the winter tyres versus the summer tyres. The difference in recent years is that we have seen the introduction of new tyre products with differing claims and counter claims.

Leading tyre companies Pirelli, Michelin and Goodyear are all launching new all-season products this year. The problem is that, so are many of the mid-rangeAll-Season Tyres versus winter tyres tyre suppliers. These include Apollo tyres with their excellent Vredestein range of winter and all-season tyres.

Most of the tyres that were tested came out very well, n but all-season tyres are not the same as winter tyres. In my opinion, it is still better to fit the real thing and stick to winter tyres. This is especially if you live in a hilly or mountainous region of the UK. Here in Yorkshire, we have a mixture of terrain, but we do have many hills. These hills are large and small and this is where we need the proper winter tyres.

All-Season Tyres versus winter tyres is a great debate.

But the fact is that you are better fitting the different products depending where you live. All-season tyres do offer the driver better protection in all the types of weather that we can expect in a bad UK winter. This, in my opinion, is if you live in the part of the country that has a flat landscape. This would be in say Lincolnshire and Norfolk. All-season tyres are certainly better than using summer tyres.

I can foresee a future when most tyres produced will be of the all-season variety. Why not? It is up to the car manufacturers to these tyres as original equipment. The problem would be that the fact that the tread pattern is more aggressive, alters the rolling resistance of the tyre. This would be no good for the new hybrid and electric cars unless the tyre designers came up with yet another special tyre to fit the electric cars?

The tyre tests can be seen on  http://www.particlenews.com/

BMW Mini Wheel bearing-Our customer thought it was just tyre noise to start with?

BMW Mini Wheel bearing

BMW Mini Wheel bearing-This was one of those customers that are not your customer if you get what I mean. Let me explain? The owner of this BMW Mini wheel bearing problem had taken the car with its noise problem to two other garages, before finally bringing his car into us.

The first garage put the problem down to the tyres. They were Mini run-flat tyres, 205/45R17 and these tyres were fitted to the original alloy wheels. I personally think that the early Minis were noisy to drive. I thought it was the run-flat tyres, due to the fact that they are very stiff and hard tyres. These tyres have

BMW Mini Wheel bearing

BMW Mini Wheel bearing -Dale one of our mechanics stripping down the wheel bearing

strengthened sidewalls and are a different tread compound to give them the extra strength, for if a puncture occurs and the tyres are then driven to safety at 50 MPH.

BMW Mini Wheel bearing

The guy paid them for an hours labour and then moved to the second garage. They told him more or less the same. The tyres are noisy due to construction and noisy roads. The guy was still not happy and so came to us for our advice.

Pellon Auto centre, Halifax, Yorkshire, UK, have a large number of customers that own BMW Minis. We have come across customers with noise complaints before. We did, however, check the tyres and the tyre pressures and they were fine. The next step was the wheel bearings. This has been a common problem for us in the past.

Just as we suspected one BMW Mini Wheel bearing was found to have a little play in it. It did not look to be much, but with the weight of the car and the wheel turning then the noise would have been replicated many times.

We told the relieved customer and carried out the work on the wheel bearings. The outcome was a much quieter BMW Mini and a happy customer.