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Motorhome tyres from Michelin-Massive motorhome fit new tyres-sad ending?

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Motorhome tyres from Michelin

Last Saturday saw yet another campervan pulling onto our forecourt for some new tyres fitting. The guy had fitted Kumho tyres in the past but was a little disappointed with the low mileage that he had achieved.

The guy told us that his father always fitted Motorhome tyres from Michelin. His father had two front Motorhome tyres from Michelin fitted about two months ago and was highly delighted with their performance.

Consequently, they pulled his twin rear wheel motorhome into the forecourt and we decided that we should jack the vehicle up and remove the wheels outside. As we were fitting the tyres the customer came into the reception for a free coffee and a chat. I love chatting to my customers, as I believe that it’s all part of giving a good service. Although I don’t always feel like talking all the time, then I make an effort

Motorhome tyres from Michelin

Excellent, Motorhome tyres from Michelin are specially designed specifically for vans and motorhomes; these are the exact tyres for the job. They are called the “Michelin Agilis” and are the ones to fit to achieve a better mileage and carrying capacity.

Especially relevant, they are closely related to van tyres are built with extra performance in terms of load capacity and sidewall kerb wear.  You would be surprised if you saw the campervan owners who fit normal car tyres to their vehicle. Because, the correct tyre choice of campervan tyres can lead to reduced fuel consumption due to reduced rolling resistance. Because of their ability to carry all the extra weight that a motorhome may carry.

Because there is no doubt that this customer has made the correct choice of tyre for his motorhome. Finally, to end on a sad note the guy told me that his father did a six week drive to Spain and sadly past away. He now has to go to Spain and drive his father’s vehicle back home, to sell it.

More information… http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/van-motorhome-tyres#type=type_2

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Cabin filters Not Changed- So are too often forgotten, Corteco says

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Cabin filters Not Changed

So, this image tells a story. This is a cabin filter which should be changed on most models of cars. Of course they are not changed!

Cabin filters are very important. Importantly, they filter out all sorts of nasties from entering your cars cabin. Demons like pollen and other invisible irritants that make many people feel realy ill! Hay fever is the enemy that comes to mind.

However, there are many other little monsters that can get into the car cabin area. Dust particles from all sorts of pollutants enter the cabin when the filter is removed or not changed when required.

Should be changed at the correct servicing interval?

So, these filters are part of most vehicles big service. However they are often overlooked and not changed by many service centres. Here at independent garage, Pellon Autocentre we save the old service parts and physically show our customers the old dirty parts. In my opinion this is the best practise. Including, the old air filters and oil filters.

Corteco has highlighted the importance of regular cabin filter replacement. Cabin air filters work to block out pollutants and irritants emitted by other vehicles on the road. Throughout the colder months, filters work to demist the windows

Source: Cabin filters are too often forgotten, Corteco says – Garagewire

Camshaft Sensor-Peugeot 206 camshaft Sensor Problems and Location

Camshaft Sensor

Camshaft Sensor

Lady customer called in with her Peugeot 206 1.4 with a couple of problems

So her first problem was that the car was difficult to start from cold. Consequently, the battery was turning the engine over but the engine would not fire up !

Also  when she was driving along the engine felt to be juddering. This culminated with a warning light that had come on in the dashboard.

Peugeot 206 with engine problems Camshaft Sensor

The engine in the Peugeot 206 1.4 is a KFU 16 valve engine. Research into this and we found out that this model of car is a little prone to these kinds of Camshaft Sensor Problems.

The customer left the car with us and we pulled the car in to the garage, for  examination.

First job was to plug the car into our Snap-On engine code reader. So we soon found that the code that came up was a KFU engine code. Which related to the camshaft sensor. The camshaft sensor is located to the rear right hand side of the engine. Of course, at the side of the air box, and is difficult to spot as you can see on one of the pictures.

Consequently. this  sensor is an important part in the evolution of the modern car engine. Thus, helping  your car run smoothly. Because it is hidden away these sensors can be difficult to find. As we soon found out in this Peugeot 206.

The Camshaft Sensor operates from magnets. Hence, collecting information about the camshaft speed of the car. So, information that it gathers is sent to the car computer. This  in turn works out the timing of the ignition. As a result calculates, the timing of the fuel required by the engine. Through the fuel injection system. The information that is sent by this sensor is vital. Hence, for the engine to work correctly.

Ryan pointing out the position of the faulty camshaft sensor

The Peugeot camshaft sensor in your car can become weak

Peugeot sensors in this particular model can become weak for some reason. Sending out an intermittent signal to the car computer, instead of the correct information. Thus causing the car not to run properly, as in the case of this ladies car. Ryan Linton then proceeded to change the faulty Camshaft Sensor with genuine Peugeot Parts. So, clearing the fault codes in the cars computer. Of course, this did the trick and the car was running smoothly and back to normal! a job well done.

Run-Flat Tyres- Why this is still a grey area for the tyre retailer/tyre shop?

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Continental run-flat tyres

The repairing of Run-Flat Tyres is still a grey area.

What hit home to me was after the following incident at my tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK. A customer from a Timber Merchants. Based just across the road from us. Brought his BMW in to us because the TPMS light had come on. The light showed that the passenger side front tyre had lost some pressure.

On inspection. We found a nail had penetrated the centre of the tyre. Sticking to our policy, we explained to the guy that we did not repair Run-Flat Tyres, and therefore it would require a new tyre. The guy was given the price of a new tyre. He then took his car back across the road and parked it up.

About fifteen minutes later and to our surprise, we saw a mobile fitting van pull up and the guy took off the wheel and repaired the tyre.

I realise it was up the guy to do what he wants with his car and eventually I got over it. It did open my eyes though, to see if the Run-Flat Tyres problem had moved on.

Run-Flat Tyres latest information

I decided to ring the technical departments up myself, to get the information from the horse’s mouth, so to speak?

Out of all the tyre companies that make the Run-Flat Tyres, three companies were against repairing their Run-Flat Tyres; these were Yokohama, Continental, and Pirelli. They were all adamant that they should NOT be repaired.

Amongst the others, BF Goodrich said that repairs were permitted under the BSAU 159 (1990) tyre law, but there could only be one repair maximum.

Bridgestone tyres said that you could only repair their Run-Flat Tyres if the pressure did not drop below 15 psi.

Firestone tyres are the same company as Bridgestone and so had the same Run-Flat Tyres stipulations.

Run-Flat Tyres

Michelin tyres stated that you could repair them using the same BSAU 159 regulations as long as it was a Michelin ZP type. The only exception to this is if the

run-flat tyres
Yokohama run-flat tyres

Michelin tyre state on the sidewall that “this tyre cannot be repaired” only one repair per tyre.

Dunlop and Goodyear are now the same company and when I rang them they said that both makes of Run-Flat Tyres could be repaired to British Standard 159.

Kumho Tyres also stated that their Run-Flat Tyres could be repaired to the BSAU 159.

In line with many of leading tyre companies, I have considered the implications and we will not offer to repair run-flat tyres. In my opinion this is a grey area. I am not prepared to put any of my customers at risk, due a possible tyre failure due to a tyre repair failure. There are too many other considerations that come into play. My main concern is the grey area of “how much pressure the tyre loses”.

We only have the customer’s word for the actual amount of pressure that the tyre may lose. If the tyre has been run on, with little pressure in, then it could look alright, but could have material breakdown. This tyre could look fine but it would not be safe to repair due to structural breakdown.

The link below explains exactly what the BSAU 159 tyre law states and also some updates… http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1316/pdfs/uksi_20031316_en.pdf

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Winter Car Check-Winter conditions will soon be upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere?

Winter Car Check

Winter Car Check a Bargain?

This reminder about a Winter Car Check from Burrows Garage in Doncaster here in the UK, reminded me of the winter checks that we also offer to our customers here in Halifax, Yorkshire UK. For a small sum of £19.90 we will give your car a levels check. When the winter conditions are imminent we check out the washer and wiper and replenish them with de-icing fluid (anti-freeze). We check the anti-freeze levels in the cars cooling system, as well as the lights and tyres. This is a popular service for our customers and helps prepare their cars for the worst of the winter conditions ahead. If we do find any problems with the tyre or lights, then we inform the customer before any other action is taken. We never fit any new parts on a Winter Car Check without the customer’s permission.

Winter Car Check

Fresh, clean oil reduces friction inside the engine, meaning less energy is needed to run the vehicle and that means less fuel is used. Modern oil uses clever technology to ensure more of it bonds to engines internal parts, reducing friction and further wear. In winter conditions it helps keep viscosity in cold and freezing weather. There are many different grades of oil and you must ensure the correct oil is used for your engine – but take your car to a garage for a levels check, and all this will be handled for you. Winter Car Check are now ongoing from October to any other time throughout winter. This time of year can be particularly busy, because it is the start of the winter tyre season. As soon as the winter conditions arrive the phones never stop ringing. Pellon Autocentre Halifax Winter Car Check includes:
  • Top up of coolant
  • Top up of screen wash
  • Battery test and light bulb check
  • Full lights and wiper check
  • Tyre wear and pressure check and report
  • Complete visual health check and report

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 wins German magazines winter tyre tests.

Continental Winter Contact TS 850

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 the latest tyre test from the German Motoring Magazine “Auto Zeitung”.

The German tyre results are very important. Especially when it comes to winter tyres. Germany still has many motorways. That do not have a speed limit. So during winter time they are very choosy about which winter tyres will be the best for their car.

Winter tyres are no longer the big chunky treaded tyres. They used to be. They now have to drive at high speed down the German motorways. Then up the mountains on their way to the ski slopes, in Austria, Italy and France.

The outright winner in the Auto Zeitung winter tyre tests.  Were Continental tyres, with their new tyre the ContiWinterContact TS850.

The Continental tyre company are a German based tyre company. They know how to make a winter tyre that can be driven throughout the winter months. In all kinds of conditions.

Continental Winter Contact TS 850

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 has come out on top in German magazine Auto Zeitung’s winter tyre test, closely followed by Nokian’s WR D4.

The Winter Contact TS 850 came a close first place, but the other big tyre companies all fared well with their winter tyre products. In snowy conditions Nokian, Michelin, Goodyear and Uniroyal (another product owned by Continental) were all slightly better, but they were all very close and the  Contact TS 850 came up trumps in wet braking. This tyre has a very strong stopping capability, coming out best in the wet conditions overall.

If you are a Continental tyre fan then this is the winter tyre for you. There is no doubt that the winter tyre market is hotting up, in terms of extreme quality and the ability to fulfil the massive amount of different tyre sizes that are now on the market.

When I checked the price at today’s date for a popular tyre size, the 19595T15 Contact TS 850, then we here at Pellon Tyres  were selling this tyre for £58.45 all-inclusive compared to BlackCircles price of £62.03 (at the time of this posts publication)

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Car Brakes Problems-Common causes for troublesome brakes on your car?

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Having your car brake’s in tip top condition is probably the most important part of your car, to look after and protects you from car brakes problems.

Regular servicing will ensure that your car will have minimal Car Brakes Problems. However things can go wrong in between servicing. Mainly due to the weather conditions or dirt and grit from the roads.

In my opinion though, the main reason for Car Brakes Problems is neglect?

By neglect I simply mean that drivers miss servicing their cars.

  • Things to spot if you are having  Brake Problems are as follows. The one that we often spot before the customer does is a soft or spongy brake pedal. We often notice this problem. When we are driving the car on the ramp. On some cars the pedal almost touches the floor pan. The usual cause of this is that the car has a fluid leak. Coming from either a brake pipe or brake cylinder. On occasional instances, then we find that water could have formed in the pipes. This is  due to the fluid overheating and the resulting evaporation turns into water.
  • Other common Car Brakes Problems can start with a squealing sound coming from the car when braking occurs. This is when the brake pads are worn down to the metal backing and the sound is created with the metal of the worn out pads touching the metal brake discs. If your brakes make this or any other

sound then it is best to have your brakes checked by a reputable garage.

  • Car Brakes Problems

  • Other  Brake Problems can be diagnosed. When the driver feels the car pulling to one side. This can be other problems such as a brake calliper that could be seized up or just that your wheel alignment may be out and need adjusting. Once again this can be remedied by your garage and corrected by having a brake service.
  • Many  Brake Problems can be detected by grinding noises and even a bumping feeling when you put pressure on the brake pedal. This can also be solved by fitting a new set of brake pads. The bumping feeling is very often linked to a warped brake disc. This could only be remedied by a new set of discs and pads.

These are the most common problems that we see in a normal week at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre, in Halifax Yorkshire. If you service your car at regular intervals then these problems would be picked up before they manifest themselves as faults.

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Motorhome Tyres-It is Very Important to fit the Correct Tyres?

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Motorhome Tyres

This problem is nothing new. Back in the day, when vans were becoming more popular, we had a similar problem. People, who bought these small and medium vans, were unsure which type of tyres to use.

Vans used for small businesses could carry some real weight. They would load their van up with all sorts of equipment that were used to carry out their jobs with. Caravans were also becoming more popular but I will leave that for another article?

The popular van sizes in those days were from a 155×13 radial to a 185×14 radial. Each of these sizes was made as a van tyre or a car tyre. The van tyres were made with a heavier ply rating to enable the tyres to carry more (or the correct) weight.

Our customers would always go for a cheap car tyre option and did not worry about the consequences of having a tyre blowout because their van was overloaded. This also happened on caravans, overloaded caravans fitted with car tyres that had the incorrect load rating. With a little knowledge the owners of these vans started to fit the correct motorhome tyres for the job. Vans became faster and were able to carry heavier loads, so were fitted with low profile tyres and it became necessary for them to fit the correct tyres.

Enter the motorhome tyres?

The caravan people also had problems with fitting the wrong tyres. I would go straight to the motorhome problem, because it is a more current problem. Because of the massive increase in motorhome ownership then there will be more motorhome/camping tyres sold.

This is something that is happening as I write this article. The thing is though, that the same problem as with the early van tyres? Drivers of these vehicles want to scrimp when it comes to buying the correct tyres for the job. In my opinion there is two options for motorhome tyres. The first is to fit a van tyre. The van tyre should be the same size, speed and load rating as the original tyre that is being replaced.

If everything is the same then you are within the law. Whatever you do, not try to revert to fitting a car tyre, of the same size, because the load rating will not be the same. Lower load ratings are what cause a blowout. This is one of the main reasons that you will see a caravan rolled over onto its side, or in a ditch.

When entering the camper tyre market. Tyre makers were looking at the strong tyre casing with a high load rating the same as a van tyre. Strong casings enable the tyre to carry much more weight. They can also cope with cornering and different terrains. After all you can see motorhomes anywhere. Not just on tarmac roads. This rigidity from a stronger sidewall. As a result, also prevents the motorhome tyres from swaying. We have all seen this when following an overloaded caravan.

It also very good advice, to drive within the speed limit, and also to avoid swerving.

My understanding is that the correct motorhome tyres are made with a different tyre compound than the regular van tyre, and this could be one of the reasons that the correct motorhome tyres a little more expensive. Certainly do not be tempted to fit regular car tyres, this has been asked of us a few times, by the

owners of older motorhomes, but this is a no go area.

Here in Halifax at Pellon tyres, we find that Continental and Michelin are the two most popular brands of motorhome tyres that we fit and thoroughly recommend them for your camper van or motorhome.

I would recommend that you look at excellent advice about motorhome tyres from the tyre safety organisation that I fully support…http://www.tyresafe.org/

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Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty-For your peace of Mind

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Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty a good thing or not?

Throughout my long spell in the tyre trade. Naturally, there have been many ways that tyre companies have attracted customers to their tyre products.

“What goes around comes around” as they say, many of the tactics for selling tyres have been seen before. This includes the Apollo warranty offer. I am knocking this offer, in fact I am an Apollo tyre dealer and it is something that I have always tried to do in the past.

I say tried because it is how the customer has reacted.  Therefore, I would come to the decision as to supply the driver with a new tyre or not. As part of our customer relations, we always try to help a customer that has fallen fowl of a damaged tyre, after they have purchased a new tyre, it is always depressing when they damage the new tyre (whether accidental or not), after only a few days.

Most tyre accidental damage is caused by the usual culprit “a nail or a screw”. In this case we would try to repair the tyre “free of charge”. If the tyre was not repairable and the customer has had a reasonable attitude we would then exchange the tyre free of charge.

As you may have noticed I say “reasonable attitude”? Some people come in to our reception shouting and bawling about “how crap” our tyres are? These people have attitude problems and nothing we say would have appeased the situation.

This is where the Warranty would come in.

If they had purchased Apollo tyres then we will now just go through the correct procedure and follow the Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty rules and procedures. This way should take out all the aggression and anger from the irate customer.

I am sure that other tyre retailers experience the same customer problems, when they come into your reception “effing and blinding” in front of your other customers?

This Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty helps take away the stress. Because the customer should have read all about the Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty before they purchased the tyres and they can come back and sort the problem out in a reasonable manner.

To finalise. I always remember an old story; a customer came into a tyre retailer complaining about an Avon tyre that he recently purchased? He said that the tyre had blown out? The retailer said that he could fill out the mandatory complaint form and he would send the tyre back to Avon, for examination.

Warranty

Just as coincidence would have it, the Avon salesman was calling at this retailer at the same time. The rep stepped in and offered the man a brand new Avon tyre, thinking that he was doing the right thing?

The customer accepted the offer, had a new tyre fitted and off he went. The rep did not know that the tyre blowout had caused an accident a few weeks earlier and the customer sued Avon tyres for admitting liability

This is why I have always been cautious about making tyre decisions without the expert advice of the tyre manufacturer. I am always pleased when tyre manufacturers come up with these ideas, such as the Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty.

Vauxhall Vectra Air Conditioning Problems?

It is now the beginning of September and the car air conditioning season is almost over. We still get problems, though. A Vauxhall Vectra came into our garage in Halifax, with the air conditioning not working.

In recent times(during a hot spell) we have had a few Vauxhall Vectra cars in with the air conditioning not working.

One guy, the owner of a Vauxhall Vectra GSL found that when he pressed the air con button in the car the revs dropped on the engine, but there was no cold air coming through into the car?

We discovered that he had a plug connection to the compressor that was not connecting properly. The compressor was failing to engage, because of the faulty connectors wiring. We repaired the faulty wiring and the compressor started to engage. The system worked fine and the customer went away happy.

Vauxhall Vectra has to have full front removed to get to the condenser.

Another Vauxhall Vectra came into us with her air conditioning failing to work. We tried to re-gas the system but the air con system was not holding the gas. On inspection with our leak detector, we noticed that there was a hairline crack on one of the pipes that were coming from the compressor. This pipe was causing her all the trouble. We ordered a new pipe, fitted it and re-gassed the air conditioning system. Once again the lady went away happy with her air con working to perfection.

The Vauxhall Vectra is also prone to having a damaged condenser.

This is located at the very front of the car and looks just like a radiator. To get to the compressor, you have to remove the whole body panel. When the customer brought in the car, he told us that his aircon was out of order. The first thing we did was to check for leaks with our special fluid. The leak test bought up a leaking condenser.

It looked like the condenser had been hit by a stone and was damaged. This is a common Vauxhall Vectra fault because the condenser is exposed at the front. We fitted a new condenser and re-tested the system before re-gassing it. After the re-gassing the air conditioning

Vauxhall Vectra condenser showing debris and damage

the system worked fine and the guy went away a happy bunny (the day was a scorcher)