Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation-Top 10 reasons NOT to put nitrogen in your tyres

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

In the tyre trade we often come across new ideas that seem to spring from nowhere. For this reason, I was pleased to see this video from out of Australia. Of course, the internet has made this a small world. Therefore we can now all speak to each other by email and distance is no barrier.

As the owner of Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, UK. Accordingly, I like to provide the best equipment and service to my customers.Hence, over the years I have tried many new types services to help enhance our customers experience. Also to keep uptodate with the latest gadgets that hit the marketplace.

Nitrogen used in tyre inflation, is not a new thing. .The national tyre companies were the first to use commercially. I believe that it was first designed to use on the motorsport scene. Naturally, this is the first place that tyre manufacturers experiment with new tyres and associated products.Including. nitrogen to inflate tyres with.

I did however, have my doubts?. Tyre companies were trying to charge extra, similar to new “tubeless valves” in the old days. During the period of my interest in the product, I asked a round various suppliers, that provided the machines. Of course, this was at trade shows. I received a mixed reaction. This depended on how keen a salesman was in selling me a machine.

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation (no thanks)

However, I still had my doubts as to the advantages of using nitrogen to fill tyres. In the early days of tubeless tyres, water became a problem. The compressors that we used produced water as well as air. Hence, this water would enter the tyres. This would not be acceptable. In the following years, various filter were added to the compressors and the water was filtered out. Thus, producing clean air.

I eventually went against the idea of using nitrogen only and we have had no problems whatsoever. This video endorses my decision.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=nitrogen

Eric Roberts

Leisure Battery- to Leeds University ends in a nice surprise?

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

Wanted to buy 110amp leisure battery

 Leisure Battery;When the phone rang for the hundredth time on Thursday it was a call from a well spoken gentleman with a well educated Scottish accent. He wanted to buy a  leisure battery to go

leisure battery

Large motorhome ready to roll ?

into his motorhome. He chose us from our battery web site www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk, and also the fact that we were from Halifax and we were not too far away, as prompt delivery was important.

 

He turned out to be head of the Devonshire Hall Cumberland Road, part of Leeds University. The university had broke up for the Easter term and he found out that he had a dead battery and therefore required a new one.

I arranged to meet him outside the Devonshire halls at 8.30 am on the following morning with his new battery, as he said that he has a tight schedule. This is just an example of the personal service that we give to our online battery service. While I was waiting I took a walk through the gate into the Devonshire halls outside area. I could not believe my eyes at the outstanding beauty of the building what a shame it is hidden away from the public, the students are so lucky to study in such outstanding architecture of the buildings.

 Sent back old leisure  battery for re-cycling

The guy arrived a little late and he asked if I would drop the new leisure battery off at the back of the buildings into his garage, I obliged accordingly but when he opened his garage door there was a second surprise, the guy owned a 1967 BMC 1100 car in white. He pulled out the car so that I could take a photo for my blog, and gave me two old batteries for re-cycling, This was a great trip out for me (how sad).

About Eric Roberts

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

 

BMC 1100 1967 model

Engine Warning Lights

Engine Warning Lights-Why is My Check Engine Light On?

Engine Warning Lights

Engine Warning Lights

Engine Warning Lights

So it is really important to learn about the reason for your cars engine warning to come on. Of course many times are a false alarm. However I know from personnel experience that it is likely to be very important and should be checked out as soon as possible.

This attached article explains about four of the most important reasons why your oil warning light has illuminated! Once again I must emphasise that a regular service will eliminate this from happening. So, on many  occasions it is just that your oil level may have dropped! Of course requiring topping up. If this is a regular occurrence then it would be worth while to take the car into your local garage. Importantly, your car could be burning the oil.

So, due to engine wear or an other inherent problem. As soon as the Engine Warning Lights appear on your dashboard please do not ignore it. It may be well worth having the car checked out.

Finally regular servicing will keep your engine oil fresh and up to level.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

 

Learn about the common triggers that can cause your Check Engine light to come on for almost no reason at all, to save you money and your safety.

Source: Why is My Check Engine Light On?

Nokian Winter Tyres

BMW 320i Winter Tyres-BMW being tested out through its paces in the Snow – Douglas Park.

BMW 320i Winter Tyres

BMW 320i Winter Tyres

There is no doubt, that BMW owners, would benefit greatly by fitting winter tyres at the right time of the year. Hence, we find that it is the third owner of the BMW’s that ignore the thought of fitting winter tyres. This type of vehicle is usually still in great condition. Thus, even when they reach old age. This car is a very powerful machine. This makes it a double requirement to fit winter tyres.

The BMW range is well equipped with wide summer tyres These cars are very capable of reaching high speeds. This also makes them more vulnerable in snow and icy weather. A double whammy is the cars excellent braking system. Any driver of these large and powerful cars will know that the braking systems are very keen and accurate.

In my opinion, winter tyres are a must and important safety factor. The same goes for cars of a similar size and power. The car in this video the BMW 320i xDrive M Sport was tested at Douglas Park – Therefore, watch as we drive completely up a 170 metre ski slope. As a result, which has a gradient of 10-15 degrees in 300mm – 400mm of snow. The car was tested on snow which has 200mm under lying layer of ice which has a temp of -12 degrees.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/When%20should%20i%20fit%20my%20Winter%20Tyres

Tyre Care for Lady drivers

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine

In years gone by, then winter tyres were made to look like tough tyres that gripped in snow. However, these tyres were probably made from the same materials as summer tyres. Older drivers amongst us have many concerns about the effectiveness of winter tyres. Hence some consumers think that these type of tyres wear quicker and may degrade at a faster rate than that of a normal car tyres.

As a result, it depends on your priorities, winter tyres are actually more expensive too. In my opinion then it is far better to be safer and spend a little more money than If you were to go skidding off the road. Hence, we just cannot compromise when it comes to the safety of your family. Yes, these tyres are expensive but if you were to buy some at the very beginning of winter you can get some really good deals. For example, here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. So, we have a few last years stock for sale at reduced prices?

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Winter tyres have special compounds

Nowadays, Winter tyres are made from special compounds. Consequently, that work best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Most of the UK experiences temperatures below this between November and March. In particularly cold years we can usually expect frost on almost half the days of winter. When you have winters fitted to your vehicle, your stopping distance can be shortened by up to 30 feet on icy roads. of course,your safety and vehicle’s handling will be greatly improved. So, reducing the risk of skidding, aquaplaning or sliding.

Tyre manufacturers are always striving  to make better winter tyre products.So, go with the rule that the newer the type of tyre then the better it will be when you fit your new tyres. Tyre manufacturers are always working with the car makers to come up with a better tyre product. Therefore, year after year we are seeing better tyres. Including winter tyres. This is down to the fact that the technology that designs the tyres these days are constantly advancing and evolving. Meaning that the latest tyres will always be the safest and most road worthy.

Nokian Tyres are no exception to this rule. Constantly striving to make a better tyre product. new innovations include better tyre designs for newer types of vehicles. Including SUV’s and Crossover vehicles. hence, the tyres for these vehicle are designed to maximise traction on icy and snow covered roads.I can remember the first recent bad winter coincided with the advent of the SUV’s from BMW in particular. These cars were sliding all over the place and useless in the winter weather.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Best fitted in early November

People were really panicking ? Winter tyres were difficult to get hold of. Most of the allocations were taken up and tyre dealers wanted silly prices due to the panic. When you first start to use snow tyres, you should understand when the best time is to put these on your motor vehicle.So,the usual rule is to have them fitted to the car before the first predicted snow fall of the year.  I usually fit the winter car tyres in early November.

Safe driving is really important during winter, and in addition to fitting winter tyres to your car, there are other ways to improve your driving during the colder months:
Winter tyres are essential when preparing to drive in ice conditions. The winter tyre (also known as the snow tyre) can protect you in those unexpected times when you get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Indeed I can remember when I took my family to Chester zoo. It was a beautiful sunny winters day. later that afternoon we sat off back home to Yorkshire.

So, as we approached the Pennine hills on our way home, the sky became darker and darker. Never suspecting an imminent blizzard, I decided to take a short cut across some minor roads as we headed home. Of course, the snow began to fall? my kids were very excited at the thought of playing out in the horrible white stuff. Blizzard condition ensued. At the time we had a Toyota mini bus and the roads soon filled with snow. As a result I could feel the rear wheeled drive Toyota slipping on the packed snow.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Better designed tread pattern

Fortunately , I practice what I preach and had fitted a set of general winter tyres to the minibus, just a few weeks before. I knew that all I had to do was to drive carefully and the winter tyre would do the rest. Sure enough they helped me get home when many other vehicles became stranded in the snowy conditions.

In my eyes this was the “proof of the pudding” . Giving me even more enthusiasm when talking to my customers about the benefit of fitting Nokian winter tyres.

This experience proves that In winter, the condition and performance of your Nokian tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have a specially designed tread and composition. So, in order to provide the most effective grip, handling and safety for drivers. It’s an excellent idea, therefore, to change to specialist tyres to improve your winter driving. Increase your fuel efficiency. Ensuring the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months.

Because of the fact that Nokian tyres are constant tyre test winners with their winter tyre products. Then we at Pellon Tyres can only endorse them as probably the best ones that you can buy to keep your family safe? just in case you get caught out in the wrong place. As me and my family did returning from a sunny Chester Zoo.

Bald Tyres

Bald Car Tyres- Bald tyres are lethal and also dangerous to ALL road users.

Bald Car Tyres

Dangerous Part-Worn Tyres

Bald Car Tyres can be killers

So, Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire. Incredibly, so have never seen so many bad tyres. Removed from customers wheels. Hence, in 40 years of trading as a tyre business. These bald tyres are a danger. Hence, to all other road users.Of course, and the people who drive about with them on. Car tyre prices have escalated threefold. In the past two years. Consequently, due to the cost increase in the raw materials. Hence, that go on to making tyres. Also, cheap tyres are flooding the European tyre dealers. So, causing a battle for cheap car tyres. Therefore, between all the tyre manufacturers, This is helping to stabilise the price increases. But only very slowly.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times, but to cut back on buying car tyres will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger. Everybody should change their tyres before they become bald tyres. There is nothing worse.Then coming across a heavy shower, after a beautiful sunny day. Hence, a car with bald tyres. Will start to skid on the wet surface.Thus, and could cause an accident through aquaplaning. For this reason, this is when the tyre is separated. Thus, From the road surface on a wet road, sometimes due to a bald tyre on a wet road, this causes the tyre to lose grip and then the loss of the cars steering causing an accident tom happen.

Bald Car Tyres

When your bald tyres are separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. So, your tyre does not grip because of the absence of tread on the tyre and the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied, according to R.O.S.P.A this is the cause of many motorway crashes.

Also, you may have seen F1 cars during a race, in dry weather the racing cars are fitted with bald tyres (called slicks), but when the weather turns wet, the cars are changed to tyres that have a tread pattern. This is the same for an average car; it is highly dangerous to drive on “bald” tyres and also illegal.

 Use your sense and buy new tyres, even cheap tyres are better than having “bald tyres.”

 

A large section of the public car drivers do obey the law when it comes to replacing their tyres, we have been very busy since last November, and it is not all the people that run about on bald tyres, far from it. Many of our customers are looking for, car tyre prices, only to find that we can compete with our top internet competitors.   

Insurance !

Importantly, it is wise to know that bald tyres invalidate insurance. Also if you are stopped by police for bald tyres you will eventually be fined and be penalised with three point s per bald tyre. Incredibly, this could mean 12 points for all 4 bald tyres (should you have any).

 Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

 

Michelin Sports Tyres-Pilot Sports 3 Tyres another great tyre from Michelin

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin Sports Tyres; New pilot sports three tyres will become another winner from Michelin tyres

As a Michelin Sports Tyres dealer. Hence, for the past 40 years. Therefore, I have always admired the tyre products that Michelin tyres have produced. Michelin Sports Tyres have in my opinion been at the forefront. Thus, of car tyre technology and tyre innovation.

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin tyres x section showing how the tyre is built

 

As the tyre buying public will know. Michelin tyres have never been famous for selling cheap car tyres. In fact, they are often the most expensive. But in my opinion. For this reason, you have to pay for a top quality product.  Michelin tyres are a top product.

If its cheap tyres that you are after. Thus, you won’t get Michelin tyres. So, when it comes to cheap car tyres. Then you will be looking at other brands. Hence, not Michelin.

Michelin Sports Tyres. hence, have devoted hours of time and money in their commitment to the motor sport. Hence, and they have used all their knowledge in making better and better car tyres. Michelin tyres have always been the company to follow by their competitors; this is why they have maintained the higher price range compared to the other top tyre manufacturers.

 New pilot 3 Michelin Sports Tyres no exception

Michelin Sports Tyres

the new pilot sport 3 tyre

This latest tyre from Michelin is no exception. The all new pilot 3 comes with a new “anti-surf system”, this gives optimum tyre grip in all wet conditions including deep standing water, the type of conditions that you may get when heavy rain has flooded the road due to a blocked drain. The pilot 3 just cuts straight through without any deviation in the driving, as you know when this happens the car tends to pull towards the kerb, but not the new Michelin sport3.

This new tyre also comes a new rubber compound which gives fuel savings and higher mileage keeping its excellent wet grip capabilities, as stated above. Michelin Sports Tyres are committed to lowering the CO2 emissions as low as possible on all its tyre products and this will be shown by putting the “GREEN X” marking on the sports 3 tyres. This emblem will prove that Michelin Sports Tyres are aiming to cut fuel consumption on its newest tyre products including the new Sports 3 tyre.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

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

 

Caravan Tyre Problems-Christmas holiday season time again to check your tyres?

Caravan Tyre Problems

Caravan Tyre Problems; Information about your Caravan Tyres

Caravan Tyre Problems start with your tyres that must be inflated, checked and adjusted and only when the tyres are cold before your road trip heats them up.

In fact. We recommend that the owners of trailers and Touring Caravans. Should take off the complete wheels. Thus, and bring them to the garage or auto

Caravan Tyre Problems

This tyre had a blowout on a caravan.It was a car tyres with low load ratings; I do not have proof, but I believe that this is why the tyre had a blowout, it was probably under pressure and the wrong load rating, a double disaster. Luckily no one was injured.

Centre. Hence. that they use and have them checked by a qualified member of the staff.For this reason, this will ensure the complete unit will be  verified correctly.Hence, with the safest possible outcome for you and your caravan. Alleviating any Caravan Tyre Problems

The wheels will be checked for rust and alloy flaking off. The tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for any internal cuts or other damage.This is very important.Naturally, as hidden damage can turn a simple journey into a nightmare scenario.Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty miles per hour. Thus, and losing complete control of the caravan due to a tyre failure.

Caravan Tyre Problems

The tyre fitter will check the outside of the tyres for damage.Hence, to the tread and the side walls. So, for cuts and cracks and look for signs of Caravan Tyre Problems. Also important is to check the age of the tyre. This can be easily done by an expert fitter. They do become out of date after six years. For this reason, and are affected by ageing in the rim areas.

Cracks start to appear round the rim area. Hence, due to them being stood in the Sun. For long hours during the Sunnier months and in time, the “carbon black”, that is used in the rubber mix of the tyre. Thus, starts to break down. For this reason, and deep cracks begin to form around the rim area and will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard.

Caravan Tyre Problems

Indeed this is one of the most common causes for tyre failures on caravans and trailer tyres. Any with cracks and cuts should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a new tyre. Finally, if everything is in good order, the air pressures and valves should be checked to the correct readings for your type of vehicle and trailer. One of the best brands of motor-home tyres are made by Michelin and are made especially for the job with all the correct weight markings.

Caravan Tyre Problems

Caravan with new tyres

Another important point. Is to have the vehicle load index checked. Thus, for the weight that you will be carrying. To make sure that they conform. Hence, to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Many trailer owners make this mistake and fit the wrong type. Some of the larger heavier vehicles require more heavy duty ones to give the additional loading; your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by recommending you fit re-enforced or larger ply rated tyres, six or even 8ply tyres are available.

 Caravan Tyre Problems;Finally, to sum up, you should have your tyres checked by a tyre expert

Try to stick to new tyres if you can afford. Always load your vehicle and trailing vehicle evenly. Thus, to give a more even weight distribution across the axle. Make sure that your tyres have the correct load rating. Hence, for the full weight index of your caravan or motor home, and also necessary fix yourself up with a spare wheel that has a tyre to match the ones you have on the vehicle. Most Caravan Tyre Problems are common sense, but we still see piles of wood on the side of our roads in the summertime due to blow outs.

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 Michelin Caravan Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre

Caravan Tyre Problems

Scenes like this are all too familiar and many are caused by tyres problems

selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who 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.

Tyre Care for Lady drivers

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again-Nokian Tyres succeeds again in independent European winter tyre tests –

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again

Of course, Nokian Winter Tyres have become a world wide product name. because of their outstanding ability in winter weather conditions.

Countries with all winter round snow and ice have felt the benefits of fitting Nokian winters for a long time now.

Here in countries like the UK, then we dont get the same snow affected winters as our more Northern counter parts. However Nokian winters will help protect you family in all winter conditions.

In my opinion then safety is paramount. Any driver that finds themselves in a skidding car fitted out with summer tyres will vouch for that.

So there is nothing worse than loosing your car on a wet or snow covered road. Millions of drivers have experienced this, but it can be avoided. Cars are now getting larger and so are the tyres. Ladies love to sit high up with good all round vision of the road. In actual fact so do I ! This is because when we are in a higher up seat position we all feel safer (ask truck drivers!!)

One of the slighter down sides of the SUV’s and Crossover cars is that the tyres are larger and in many cases narrower. This is how they have been developed with the car manufacturers. Of course, these cars are fitted with summer tyres. Nothing wrong with that! until winter comes along. I will never forget the first winter when the BMW and Mercedes SUV’s were on the roads for the first time.

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again-SUV vehicles were useless in the first snow fall that we had.

Here in Halifax UK where it is very hilly, SUV’s were getting stuck everywhere. As a result our phones never stopped ringing. People were hunting around for winter tyres, they were getting hopelessly stuck. Since then drivers have learned their lesson.

Hence, many drivers are now fitting Nokian winter tyres every year. So, just as a safety precaution. These tyres are superb in winter conditions and will enhance your families safety when having to travel in snowy winter conditions.

We at Pellon Tyres recommend any brand of winter tyres. Because, I have personally tested and tried the Nokian Winter tyre brand. These tyres are superb. Not only do they give extra protection when driving in snow and ice, but also heavy rain. Especially on motorways. Another Nokian bonus is that these tyres are really quiet. My family car is a large SUV and the winter tyres do not make any difference to road noise.

Of course these Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again are well worth recommending. Check your tyre size online

The premium tyre manufacturer Nokian Tyres has once again earned a series of outstanding assessments this year in independent winter tyre tests performed

Source:

Nokian Tyres succeeds again in independent European winter tyre tests – Automotive World

Car Servicing/Cold Weather can bring drivers higher motoring costs

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

Of course, sometimes I think that we can be lucky. Especially with the winter weather that we experience here in the UK. As we all know, most winters are a mixture of mild weather with cold spells in-between. We certainly don’t get the extreme conditions seen in the USA. Including the  ten foot of snow followed by temperature of 18 C. Causing the snow to melt and then flooding.

So, I know that the winter months are very good for business for garages. Especially as the winter approaches, and the freezing conditions cause many problems to the Halifax UK motorists.

Car Servicing/Cold Weather
New water pump to replace the frozen old one.

This original post was written by me during the winter of 2014-2015.

Subsequently,it was the usual mixture of cold and mild weather. Both of which could affect your car. Mostly, if it has not been properly maintained. Sooner or later, many motorists have now taken heed from the motor trades continuous publicity. Firstly, about the advantages of winter tyres and it has now reaped reward. Consequently, with millions of motorists now fitting award winning Nokian Winter Tyres to their cars. Of course,giving a much safer winter experience for them and other road users.

Pre Winter car servicing can beat off problems

As I have mentioned above, winter tyres are an important part of your car and safety, but other things are also important to have checked. I will start off with your window washer bottle. Make sure that you use a high concentrate wiper fluid when filling the washer bottle, try not to be tempted to buy the really cheap stuff. There is nothing worse than your windscreen freezing because the washer water is made of a weak concentrate.

Car Servicing/Cold Weather
Check your wiper blades, clean windows are a must in winter.

Check out your antifreeze levels and top them up with the right coloured coolant and antifreeze. Check with the instructions on the bottle. Of course, to get the correct mix. Also make a note of when your antifreeze was last changed. In a word, every couple of years should be the right time to have it changed. Wiper blades are also worth checking, but these will be changed if your car has a pre-winter servicing check out.

Oil too can be affected by temperature change  engine servicing could solve this problem

In my opinion though the UK climate is very changeable. But does not get enough extremes to warrant changing your engine oil in a hot or cold climate. If you are not too sure then your cars manual will give you the relevant information. Including, the different viscosity that you may require. So, if you are heading for a very cold country or a hot country.

Brake and clutch fluid can also be affected by extreme cold weather. If you carry out  regular car servicing. Then you will not need to worry about the fluid and just have it topped up at your local garage.

Car Servicing
Replace fluid in washer bottle with strong anti frost liquid

Also as I have said in other blogs. So,  it is important that you carry an emergency kit in the car boot, including jump cables and a portable shovel.

Your light are also very important, how many cars do we see driving about on one headlight, I think that they look like motorcycles when I see them coming towards me and it can be very off putting, so always check your lights at regular intervals all year round but because of the short daylight hours, check them more regularly.

As a garage owner I know only too well that the winter weather can bring all sorts of misery to your vehicles

Fortunately, for us garage owners then winter is perhaps our busiest times of year. So why not winter service your car and eliminate many of the problems that the cold weather will bring you. Only last week one of our customers who is a courier driver, using his own transit van, noticed that his van had started to cut out when driving along.

This was after a very cold frosty night and his van also started to overheat. He rang us up and we suggested that he should come in straight away to prevent any damage to his engine.

Car Servicing
car servicing could have prevented a broken water pump
When he arrived the first thing that we did was to check his radiator water for antifreeze.

Sure enough the radiator was full but the colour of the liquid was very pale. So, indicating a lack of antifreeze. In fact this was the problem. Because, of the lack of antifreeze the water pump had frozen. Including, the splines connecting it to the power steering pump shearing off.

This would have been prevented if the mixture in the radiator had been checked and made up to the correct level of antifreeze. The water pump was changed, albeit in a very tight and awkward place in the engine and the guy went about his business delivering parcels.

This is just an example of what can go wrong in differing winter weather, so a little checking or servicing could in the long run save you pounds by the end of the winter.