brakes pads only posts

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

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.

MOT fraud on the rise, DVSA figures show

 

The DVSA has issued a warning to fraudulent MOT testing stations after the number of serious cases relating to dishonesty and negligence more than doubled in 2021 to 2022. More than 1,300 counts of MOT fraud

Source: MOT fraud on the rise, DVSA figures show

caravan and motorhome batteries

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

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/

types of tyres-Michelin nokian apollo general and bridgestone runflat tyres

Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty-For your peace of Mind

Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty

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.

mot testing and car servicing

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.

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

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

types of tyres-Michelin nokian apollo general and bridgestone runflat tyres

Apollo Tyres- Roll in to Hungary – The New Indian Express

The international Indian-origin tyre manufacturer’s facility.For this reason, will start production in early 2017. At its first European Greenfield plant in Gyöngyöshalász, Hunga…

Source: www.newindianexpress.com

Apollo tyres are making a big effort to steam roller the world with their tyre products and they are doing a good job of it?

As well as tyre manufacturing plants in India the Hungary. This new plant will service tyre retailers in Europe including here in the UK.

Apollo have already established a foothold in Europe.As expected, by buying the Dutch tyre company Vredestein. Because they are famous for their excellent winter tyres. Vredestein winter tyre products are used extensively across Europe. Therefore, they have established a very good name. In my opinion Apollo also make a good winter tyre of their own. But their main aim is to push the summer tyre products.

They have already set up an established chain of tyre retailers. Thus, by doing a deal with tyre buying group. Who have a network of independent tyre retailers across the UK. I am the Halifax tyre retailer. We at Halifax have already stocked the depot with a good range of Apollo tyres. Accordingly they are already popular tyres in the Halifax area.

www.pellonautocentre.com

Apollo tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK

Apollo tyres are one of tyre manufacturers of the future in my humble opinion. The Indian tyre company have taken the tyre world by storm?

They have made some good acquisitions. Including the purchase of the Dutch tyre manufacturer Vredestein tyres. Vredestein have a strong customer base across Europe including here in the UK. Famously, with their excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme range of tyres. The Dutch tyre makers are famous for their winter tyre range and also continue to make some vintage tyre sizes for classic and vintage cars.

Apollo tyres will fit comfortably into the British tyre market place, because it has an Anglicized name. In my opinion some of the imported tyres from say China come with silly names that do not fit in with the general English language, anyway I digress.

Apollo Tyres

Apollo tyres have bought into a network with the purchase of Vredestein tyres and we were informed from the outset that the Apollo products were available to the Vredestein tyre dealers straight away.

We were also pleased to know that Apollo had become one of the preferred suppliers to the tyre buying group Point-S. As a member of Point-S in Halifax, this meant that we would be buying this excellent product at the best rate possible.

So the Indian tyre company, have also done a joint deal with Manchester United to be able to advertise around the pitch side on match days including live television coverage.

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

Falken all weather and winter tyres

Winter tyres were gripping- but now its time to change – Scottish Daily Record

Winter tyres were gripping

Easter and the school holidays over, now is the time to remove those winter tyres and put the ‘summer’ ones back on.

Importantly, the Scottish Daily Record are correct. When they say that it is time to have your winter tyres taken off. Of course, and your summer tyres put back on.

Here a my tyre business. Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK, we have just about changed all our customers tyres over. These were in the “tyre hotel” scheme of ours.

We carefully attach the names and registration numbers on all their tyres. Before we store the tyres for them.

It has been a good idea to do this. For this reason,  we are now in our fifth year of doing the scheme.

It also keeps us in touch with our customers. This brings in more work from things like servicing and air-conditioning work. We also create a hell of a lot of good will. Between our customers and my staff. This during the tyre change overs. Accordingly, we know this because of the amount of recommendations that we have from our customers to other people. Good word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Thus we are always a busy fitting station so we must be doing something right.

Change back onto their summer tyres.

They then ring in and make an appointment, for the work to be carried out. So far we have had no problems with the system and it is something that i would highly recommend to other

tyre businesses, (not in Halifax though?). Cheap Winter Tyres are always available but we find that our customers buy makes of winter tyres across a wide range including the excellent Continental Winter Tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/8893/Kumho+KW23+20555R16

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Of course, also sell General winter Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. For this reason, they offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Finally, are also an official MOT testing station.

4 x 4 vehicle-general tyres

Narrow Tyres – How does the BMW i3 handle so well on such narrow tyres? – CNET

Narrow Tyres

We take a closer look at Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP500 tires for the 2015 BMW i3 electric car.

This article asks how the new BMW i3 car can handle well with such Narrow Tyres Bridgestone tyres?

Well it is not too many ago that all tyres were thin and narrow and do you know? they worked perfectly well.

The difference is that today’s tyres are made from different materials and compounds. Ecopia tyres  help you cut down on fuel consumption and carbon emissions and are used on fuel efficient electric cars such as the BMW i3 car.

Tyre sizes are unfamiliar out of the tyre trade, such as 15570R19, 17660R19 and also as large as 15560R20 and 17555R20, in days gone by we were using sizes such as 18580R15 and 20580R16, so the trend has become taller Narrow Tyres , but Bridgestone say that these tyres are good handling and give good grip in wet weather.

So that is good enough for me/

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Bridgestone/Ecopia+EP500

Bridgestone narrow tyres

The development of tyres started with the vintage/classic cars of today. We have all seen how narrow tyres were on these cars. These cars could not go very fast though? And the tyres were perfect for the time period and the types of suspension that these cars had.

The vintage cars of today could only be afforded by the rich in the pre WW2 period, but after the war cars became more affordable to the drivers who were perhaps managers or the owners of small businesses. I can remember when I first started working in a garage that most of our customers did indeed own a business and the working class people would still catch the bus to work.

The cars that were out then were fitted with X ply tyres, but thanks to Michelin the radial tyre came out and soon took over from the lesser X ply tyres. The bigger cars came out on 18580R15 tyres and cars like the new Minis were fitted with 145R10 tyres.

In fact the Mini period signaled a new kind of car buyer the working class man. The car market was booming. Tyre sizes were changing all the time with the commonest radial tyre being the 145R13, 155R13, and the bigger cars were fitted with 155R15, 165R15 and 185R15.

Over the years they  became wider (fatter), this was due to many factors including faster cars on faster roads.

Why narrow tyres again

Consequently, car manufacturers knew that tyres had to be made differently. Therefore, to satisfy the requirements’ of the governments drive to produce greener cars. The EV battery driven vehicle became a favourite. For this reason, it followed closely by the Hydrogen cell cars.

Some tyre companies use different tyre materials to reduce the amount of petrol based oils used in the manufacturing  compounds. Yokohama tyres of Japan use orange peel oil and Continental have discovered that the white liquid that we see in dandelions has the same molecular structure as rubber latex, the stuff that they have been made of for years.

They are also becoming thinner again. This is to give the tyres less rolling resistance and also a larger turning distance. This means that the engine has to do less work to power the car forward, thus using less fuel and making the car greener. We are now up to date with Bridgestone Car Tyres leading the way.

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

mot test-Online Bookings on Increase

Online Bookings on Increase-Online servicing and repair jobs surging with 205% increase

Online Bookings on Increase

Online Bookings on Increase

So this is no surprise to me! Having an online booking system is part of our customer care system. Of course not only for booking in jobs but also for keeping records of our customers purchases for warranty purposes.

In fact, we have two online booking systems! On is for our MOT testing customers and we also have a tyre lookup and booking in system online.

Garage work provider, WhoCanFixMyCar.com has reported a 205 per cent surge in jobs requested, rising from 27,000 in April to 85,000 in September. After initially seeing repair requests grind to a complete stop, the uncertainty of

Eric Roberts was not very pleased at the decision to stop MOT testing altogether during the recent covid 19 pandemic. Testing was suspended for six months and a massive backlog later on in the year certainly kept us on our feet. Going forward to the spring of 2021 then things have now settled down and testing is back to normal. So, our garage customers have been very helpful and understanding during this horrible pandemic.

Social distancing and masks wearing is still common practise and we have had no problems with complying with the law.

Source: Online servicing and repair jobs surging with 205% increase – Garagewire

steeling a catalytic converter

Catalytic converter thefts- on “significant” rise – Garagewire

Catalytic converter thefts

Catalytic converter thefts

So, this is a follow up to a recent post that I did about cat/converter thefts from the Halifax area of the UK. Unfortunately, this problem is nation wide. Because of the make up of these catalysts then they have become an easy target to steal. Cats contain precious metals that are in short supply. Consequently, illegal thefts are becoming common place.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing many of the thefts coming from Honda car models. Luckily some customers are covered by their car insurance but many are not. Going forward it would be worth drivers checking out with their insurance companies. Hence to see if they are covered or not!

Of course this type of practise is nothing new. Consequently, I know of a company in the Elland industrial area of West Yorkshire, that were badly hit. So, for ease of access to there vans then they were kept parked outside. Drivers made early starts giving the drivers a quick turn around in the early morning.

However one Monday morning the drivers turned up only to find that the whole fleet was stripped of their catalytic converters. What an horrific find ?

According to recent reports, catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise in the United Kingdom.

This is due to the fact that these devices, which are used to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles.

Are of course made of precious metals. Importantly, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium. In order to prevent these thefts from occurring. Then it is important to take precautions. Cleverly, such as parking in a well-lit area or in a locked garage.

Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise here in the West Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. Once again because the converters are made of precious metals, such as platinum and palladium, which have been rising in value.

The thieves are targeting vehicles that are easy to access. Of course, such as those that are parked on the street or in public parking lots. Even in well-lit areas the thieves have the uncanny ability to crawl underneath a vehicle and remove the catalytic converter without detection.

Some well-lit car parking areas have had multiple thefts in one fowl swoop by the thieves.

Cat/converter thefts have dramatically increased since June with the number cases of reported to be “significant”. Crimes dropped to just 52 in April from over 400 at the start of the year in January but

Source: Catalytic converter thefts on “significant” rise – Garagewire