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Significantly, and according to information I have had. So, scanners/cameras are placed across and along the full length and width of every motorway lane. As a result a radar picks you up as stopped in a motorway lane.

Naturally, the authorities are supposed to be on hand immediately to attend your broken down vehicle. So, and move you off the motorway. So, You legally sit there in your broken down vehicle. Whatever lane you are in and nobody is likely to run into the rear of your vehicle and kill you because of two reasons.

Ford Escort Steering Problems-Similar Ford models with similar problems?

Ford Escort Steering Problems

Ford Escort Steering Problems

In recent weeks ,we have had a spate of Ford Escorts with steering problems. Therefore, I recon that the large number of “potholes” that we have are to blame. Hence, we have all gone down a pothole in recent times. Especially here in the Halifax UK where my garage is situated.
Furthermore, potholes do seem to affect the older more frail car models. Consequently, these older cars are usually owned by the younger generations. To put it another way, these younger drivers will probably have ago at a DIY repair.

Ford Escort Steering Problems

Because they at the lower end of the income bracket and can not afford garage fees.
Ford Escorts come into the bracket of young driver cars. Fortunately, we have a large female customer base. As a result, females are able to budget for car repairs.So they are more likely to bring in their car for us to check out and give them a quote for work.
In the past three or four weeks we have had a run of Ford Escorts with steering/suspension problems. Consequently, the first one was the wife of an old customer. Her name was Jane. Jane drove an old P registered escort that was handed down through the family. She loved her little car.

Ford Escort Steering Problems-Jane’s car pulled to the right?

Jane reported that her front tyres were wearing down on the outsides. Also, when she accelerates the car then it pulls to one side. In this case to the right. Consequently, the car pulls to the left when she eases her foot off the gas.
Her husband had looked the problem up online. because of this he thought it could be either the “steering rack” or the “drive shaft”. Jane left her Escort with us and we proceed to examine the ladies car.

Ford Escort Steering Problems-Suspension arm bushes were the culprits

Without doubt, we checked the steering rack and the driveshaft.But these were fine and in good working order. In this case, we found that the problem was the “lower suspension arm bushes”. Apparently, a common problem with this model. As usual we contacted the customer. In thus case Jane. Jane was given a quote for the work and we were given the go ahead to proceed.
The work was completed and we re-adjusted the wheel alignment before road testing the car. Jane works for the local Nestle company in Halifax. Moreover, she was highly delighted with the service and brought us a box of chocolates to share amongst the staff.

Second Escort was exactly the same?

Later that week we received another call from a young man. Hence, whose name was Craig . Craigs car was his pride and joy,a 1977 Ford Escort Gti. Once again Craig brought in his car for us to check out. Sometimes, the car had a mind of it’s own. Steering wise. 1977 Ford Escort Gti
Whenever driving along. Then the car keeps getting wobbles. Especially on bumpy roads with dips in them. Craig also reported that the Escort would pull to the right and then the left. Of course, this sounded very much like Jane’s problem with her Escort.
The car was left with us.Sure enough the problem turned out to be exactly the same, the lower suspension arm bushes. Consequently, these were replaced and the car also had a wheel alignment, before a road test. Once again our customer was highly delighted and collected his Escort the same day.
Eric Roberts

Suspension Arm Bolts-BMW 1 Series Car- Breaks Suspension Arm Bolts

Suspension Arm Bolts


BMW 1 Series Car in for He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts

Sadly, on one of the worse windy and rainy days of the year. So, one of our good customers was out and about in his BMW 1 series car, 2008 model . Consequently, finding himself having to swerve his car. Thus, having to avoid a broken branch ! That had just snapped off a tree due to the high winds.

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW suspension arm bolts showing the sheared off bolt, the other bent

Dangerously, his car skidded and crashed into the kerb. Causing damage to the underside of the car. Of course, the customer suspected that something had been broken the Front Suspension. Perhaps an “Arm Rubber Bush”, or the “Suspension Arm Bolts”. Carefully, his car  limped into my garage in Halifax West Yorkshire.

Manager the garage department examined the BMW

Ryan Linton pulled the car onto a ramp. Of course to examine the car to see what had happened. Significantly, Ryan found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb. Indeed, it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts, on the multilink suspension that these BMW cars have.

Also the TPMS sensor lights were illuminated ! So when checking, the BMW’s tyres . Indeed they were found to be inflated to the wrong pressures. Unfortunately, we later thought that this could have caused the car to swerve. Thus hitting the kerb, when the cars driver was trying to avoid the tree branch.

SO, the problem was discovered and the hub had to be removed to solve the problem. Also, the broken stud was drilled out as the stud had been snapped off flush with the hub. Subsequently, the bolt was drilled out and the hole was re-tapped . Of course ready to take a new stud. The other Suspension Arm Bolts were BMW Parts ( supplied by the local BMW dealer in Wakefield, the nearest one to my garage in Halifax) were also changed and the assembly was re-fitted.

BMW car had low tyre pressures

In conclusion, we now think that the guys low tyre pressures were the cause. Of the car correctly not handling when he swerved to miss the branch. Finally, we also checked and inflated his tyres to the correct pressures. Our happy customer went off on his way three hours later.

 

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.

 Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW rear hub area where the Suspension Arm Bolts sheared from

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem-cost customer an “arm and a leg”-lessons to be learned?

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem

As the owner of an independent garage. Hence, we service and repair ,many makes of cars and vans. As a result, this also depends on which main dealer garages are also located in your local area. Therefore to explain, then if you have a Ford garage in the area , then you are very likely to have a good number of Ford cars visiting your garage. Especially after the warranty period.
This also applies to my garage here in Halifax UK. Subsequently,we repair many cars in the Peugeot, Range Rover and Vauxhall car models. This is because, when the warranty period expires then drivers prefer to bring their cars to my garage.
Halifax is a small town.Unlike our neighbours in Huddersfield, who probably have main dealers for every make of car. However, we are extremely thankful for the local business that we already get. As a result has kept my family fed for the past twenty six years.

Back to the Peugeot partner vans problem?

I should actually say “vans”. One particular day we received phone calls from the owners of two separate vans, Hence, both were Peugeot Partner Vans. At first, I thought that it was two calls about the same van. yet, it did turn out that the vans were different with a similar problem?
Consequently, both drivers were male.
John had a Peugeot partner van with a noisy clutch pedal.
As a result, the first call was from a driver in the Halifax area. John was the name of this van owner. John had a problem with the clutch pedal. To clarify, he said that the clutch pedal became a little squeaky, a bit creaky around the clutch upper extents.
I asked if the van drove ok. John said, It did and he could still change in the earlier stages of the problem. However, the problem began to get progressively worse. Especially, when the van was idling or at low revs. John also said that the van gave out a squealing high pitched sound. This sent out alarm bells. Consequently, I recommended that he brings the van into us for a mechanic to examine.

Peugeot partner vans a 1.6 2003 petrol model

When the van finally arrived. Hence, one of my mechanics diagnosed the van had a problem with a noisy bearing. Without doubt, the high pitched squealing sound was a sign of a clutch bearing that was on its way out.
As a result of our diagnosis, the guy left his van. We split and stripped down the gearbox to allow us to examine the clutch.Sure enough, the clutch bearing was very black due to overheating. Thus, requiring replacement.
After contacting the customer, John, we recommended that he also had a new clutch plate and cover fitted. Because, the old clutch did not have much life left. John gave us permission and the job was completed and the van was as good as new.

Second Peugeot partner vans clutch problem a diesel van

As we were repairing the first van . Consequently, a second owner of a Partner van called us for help. The second guy was called Ron. Ron had been doing a delivery in the Hinckley area of Leicestershire. This time, Ron knew that the problem was his clutch. On account of, his van gave out some loud squealing and then the clutch pedal lost any play. Ron, could not get any gears and the van came to a stop at a road junction.
The first thing for me was to ask Ron if he was a member of any of the motoring rescue organisations? Believe it or not his membership of the AA had expired. Because, Ron was stuck, without any gears and in trouble. Then I promised to help him from Halifax.

Peugeot partner vans clutch problem towed back to Halifax UK

My first “call of port” was with the AA.For the reason that, he was a past member. Thus, the AA said they would help but it was going to cost him £420 for recovery and a years membership. After contacting other breakdown companies. Then the AA was going to be the cheapest.
Once, I had the facts together, I contacted Ron in Hinckley. Because he was completely stuck in a hard place he agreed to pay the money. Consequently, the partner van was towed to Sheffield and then from Sheffield to Halifax. Because the drivers can only cover so many miles.
The following day, we repaired the van and fitted a new clutch assembly. Ron’s van was as good as new, but the lesson is to make sure that you are a member of one of the national/european breakdown schemes. This would have saved Ron £420 at least?
Eric Roberts

Crossover Winter Tyres-A Must to fit if you are a Nissan Juke owner.

Crossover Winter Tyres

Most SUV and X overs need Crossover Winter Tyres

In all my years experience in the car repair and tyre industry. Hence,there has never been a class of car that are crying out for Crossover Winter Tyres. During the past five or six years these types of car have become more popular, especially for families, who use the extra space for bringing up their young children.Crossover Winter Tyres

All was well until we had our first cold and snowy season for a few years. In a nutmeg these cars were useless to drive and millions were stuck in the smallest amount snow and were crying out for a set of Crossover Winter Tyres . Indeed thousands of motorists had to spend a full night parked up in snow on the M11 motorway in the south of England and many of these vehicles were the SUV type along with many lorries and other stranded cars on summers , or tyres with no tread on them (bald).

Summer tyres are less effective when the temperature goes bellow 7 degrees

What many motorists do not realize.Sincerely, is that Summers. Are much less effective when the temperature drops below 7 degrees. Because of the compounds that winters  are made of.Thus, they are able to grip the surface more effectively. This combined with a cold weather tread design drives the car along in bad ice and snow. With a much safer grip and control of the car or SUV. Naturally, when fitted with Crossover Winter Tyres.

 Crossover Winter Tyres

In cold weather Summers  become very rigid. As a result, do not allow for the tread to work. Making the car skid. Therefore, in most cases the car will get stuck. As we all know to our cost in time. But most of all our families safety. With winters you will in control of your car and will be much safer, the problem is the other cars without winter’s , you must keep an eye open for what they do?.

Crossover Winter Tyres for the Nissan Juke

Crossover Winter Tyres

 juke Crossover Winter Tyres

This x over car is now very popular here in the UK and I believe in the USA. Consequently, I have seen some people in the Nissan Juke forum asking about winter treads for this model of car. I would wholeheartedly suggest that this Nissan is the perfect candidate for Crossover Winter Tyres.

I can speak from experience. Because my wife owns a Juke. Which is totally useless in snow. The car is based on the Nissan Micra and is very light, the first snowfall saw my wife stuck and panicking in the local supermarket car park along with another twenty woman drivers.

She finally managed to get home. Hence, in one piece.But insisted that we fit winters to her car. Therefore,

we fitted a set of General Tyres. Joyfully, she never looked back. The lady was extremely happy.Hence, the car drove better.Incredibly, she never got stuck in snow all that winter.It was incredible, and the  car will feel and drive much better in winter. Because the tyres are more flexible. Due to the more supple side walls which do not freeze and go hard as do summers . This blog was written by…

Eric Roberts of Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK

 

 

Peugeot 206 Clutch-This customer had a double problem with her clutch?

Peugeot 206 Clutch

Peugeot 206 Clutch

Peugeot 206 Clutch

Lady customers, now make up about 60% of our total customer base. Of course, this has built up over the years. Of course, it is no coincidence that we have also built our social media base over the past few years.
As a result, I believe that our attempts to give our best customer service, are reaping results. Because, I am certain that our lady customers are more willing to spread the good word. Especially, on FaceBook.
This short article is about one of our lady customers and her Peugeot 206 clutch problems. Hence, the lady’s name is Susan. Susan and her family are good customers of ours.
Indeed, Susan telephoned us about six or seven months ago. In fact she was on her holidays, somewhere in Devon or Cornwall. Consequently, she was driving along and noticed that there was a click or knocking sound when she depressed her clutch. In order to help her, I recommended that she pulled into the next safest place and call us back.
As a result, the clutch failed altogether, luckily just before she reached a supermarket car park. Without doubt, I surmised that her clutch had gone. Susan was five or six hours away from Halifax.So I had to arrange another garage from the Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), to repair her Peugeot 206 clutch.
Been a member of UCCC, helps us to repair our customer’s cars when travelling across the UK. Especially ,when they are so far away. However Susan’s car was promptly collected and repaired at a reasonable price.

Peugeot 206 Clutch

Alex splitting the gearbox to get to the Peugeot 206 Clutch

Peugeot 206 Clutch

However, fast forward six months and Susan was hearing a similar noise when pressing the clutch pedal.Hence, her car was a peugeot 206 1.4 with a petrol engine. because of her concern, she left the car with us to take a look at the car.
Our first job was to strip down the clutch to check other garages workmanship.This particular model has a hydraulic clutch. However, we noticed that the clutch release bearing, looked very black and burned. This is due to the bearing overheating.
Of course, on closer examination, we found that the car needed a new clutch release bearing. The slave and master cylinders looked ok but we bled them out just to make sure.
After building the clutch assembly back up again. Then we road tested the car and everything was fine. As a result of us been a UCCC then we did not charge the lady the full price. She was very happy with this and I am sure that we would have got yet another great revue on social media.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Soft brakes-A look at a soft brake problem on a Customer’s Yaris

Toyota Yaris Soft brakes

Toyota Yaris Soft brakes

There is no doubt that the Toyota Yaris has become a very popular little car. Furthermore, it is one of the most popular models that we have in at Pellon Autocentre, here in Halifax UK.As a result, we have become very familiar with carrying out brake repairs and general servicing.
Sometimes, these little cars can cause us problems? Hence, one of our male customers had bought a ten year old Yaris as a little run around for his daughter. Consequently, his daughter was at college here in Halifax.

Toyota Yaris Soft brakes
We received a phone call from Robin first thing on a monday morning. In summary, he said that his daughter was not happy with the brakes? Indeed she thought that the brake pedal was soft. Thus the brakes had to be pressed very hard before the car would stop.
Robin, left the car with us. Consequently, we checked the obvious things such as leaking brake fluid from the brake pipes and cylinders. Subsequently, nothing was found. Therefore ,we removed all the wheels for a visual inspection.

This was the normal procedure.
Brakes are very important. So whatever the problem we must carry out the brake inspection,thoroughly. Firstly, we noticed a slight leak of brake fluid from one of the rear cylinders. Furthermore, the rear shoes were very low and slightly contaminated with brake fluid.

Toyota Yaris Soft brakes

Of course, we always list the faults we find on a job. In order that we can price the total job and present it to the customer for permission. Hence , to carry out the necessary work to bring the car up the the correct standard.
Furthermore the brake fluid was very black and dirty. In fact, the fluid level in the master cylinder had been totally neglected. For this reason we also added a master cylinder to our list and a complete brake bleed.
To explain what work would be required, we contacted Robin with a quote. Consequently, we were given permission to carry out the brake work. later that day, the brakes were repaired and the pedal became more acceptable.
Robin collected the Yaris and later thanked us for our efficient work, saying”that his daughter was much more confident with the Yaris’s brakes” and felt much safer.

Eric Roberts

Varta Batteries Driven BMW…All Electric of 1972 – Top Gear

Varta Batteries Driven BMW
Varta Batteries

Varta Batteries Driven BMW powered 1602e was BMW’s first EV, and grandaddy to the i8. Here’s its strange story

 

This was a surprise to me when i read about it?

So, I knew that battery driven cars are nothing new. But have never heard of BMW getting involved, and using Varta Batteries . Of course scientists are now developing the electric cars . Driven by a different type of battery. But, BMW apparently used the only technology available! The good old lead acid battery and Varta ones to boot.

Electric cars driven by batteries are nothing new?

Consequently, many car manufacturers have tried to produce the electric cars. Going back to the 1800’s. One of the efforts came from Ferdinand Porsche, the guy who started the Porsche car company.

Varta Batteries

This Renault was an early experiment into electric cars, but the lead acid batteries were too heavy.

So, he developed an electric car known as the P1 as far back as 1898. Consequently, he also developed what could have been the first hybrid in the world a car that was powered by a gasoline engine and a battery.

Thomas Edison also thought that electric cars were going to be the future and was always trying to improve a better batter to drive cars. Edison teamed up with Henry Ford to try to create lower cost electricity. Bur it was Ford who scuppered Edison’s plans by bringing out the model T, which would run on a petrol engine and not battery driven.

The cost of the cars driven on a gas engine was half the price of a battery driven model.

The gas engine cars out sold the battery cars and this was amplified even more when the starter motor was invented and it became far easier to start a car by pressing a button, than by hand cranking the engine to start the car.

Varta Batteries

The Urbee experimental electric car

Petrol became more popular! As oil was discovered in more and more of the American States. This meant that the new roads that were been built. Of course, all across the States and were serviced by petrol filling stations . All across the country! Giving the gas powered engine an even bigger advantage to the consumers. Who were buying these more affordable cars in droves. A new freedom had arisen ! People were wanting to explore the new road networks that were opening up all over America.

Petrol shortages spark interest in  electric vehicles driven by batteries

Nothing much happened in battery development for years. Bringing me up to the time when I became interested in cars. Working as an apprentice mechanic.Of course, here in Yorkshire UK, my home county.

The 1960’s and 1970’s the world was shook by the Arab Oil Embargo (1973). Which worried the USA about importing oil. So, in 1976 they passed a law authorising the development of battery driven electric and hybrid vehicles. Specifically, nothing new here, what goes round comes round?

General motors developed an urban electric car, in 1973

So, the American Motor company developed an electric battery driven jeep. To be used by the American post office in 1975. Of course, things were starting to move .But the problem of distance traveled on one charge, was rearing its ugly head. The same old problem that we are getting in today’s Lithium-Ion battery power trains.

Interest in the electric car then slowed down. Significantly, there were no further developments to name. As a result, regarding battery powered cars. That was until the 1990’s came along and the desire for cleaner air and pollution controls, Increased the interest once again, about developing the battery driven electric car.

Governments were introducing clean air acts and implementing emission controls on the car manufacturers. Unknown to the public which includes myself, governments were throwing billions of dollars in the surge to develop a better battery that would drive the electric vehicle of the near future. Oil prices were rising after the relatively cheap price of gasoline in the 1990,s and a similar scenario to the 1970’s was now emerging.

The world needed electric cars powered by batteries again

The race was on between the huge car companies in different parts of the world. Toyota of Japan was the first car maker to make big inroads.Into the electric car developments. In 1997 they introduced the Prius. Which became the first mass produced hybrid car. So, a car with a petrol engine and a battery train. This to me is still the better option than the elusive all battery driven car. Toyota used a nickel metal hydride battery to power the Prius. So, as I stated earlier the gas prices were starting to rise, which made this car a very popular choice for consumers.

Honda had also produced their new hybrid in 1999

Expressly, the developments after that are another story. This article gives my readers a little insight of a period. Hence, before the development of the new technology batteries. Such as the popular Lithium-Ion batteries, that scientists are still trying to perfect to this day.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy Varta Batteries products online.

McLaren ‘reshores’ work as it opens new factory in Sheffield  

McLaren

McLaren

My thought is that I think it great for any new company to locate in Sheffield Yorkshire. Especially, when it comes to a high prestige car manufacturer. I hope that they have a great experience here in the North of England. I am sure that there is a large reservoir of  engineering talent, when called upon. Sheffield has been totally stripped of its great steel heritage and desperately needs outside investment.

Eric Roberts

McLaren is opening a £50m factory in Sheffield – the supercar company’s second plant in the UK – as it brings manufacturing work on its high-performance vehicles back to the UK.

Source: McLaren ‘reshores’ work as it opens new factory in Sheffield  

Mercedes Continental Tyres-Mercedes-Benz India associates with Continental Tyres | ANI News

Mercedes Continental Tyres

Mercedes Continental Tyres

Mercedes Continental Tyres

Of course, this joint venture comes as no surprise to me? It is a well known partnership in Germany. By having your tyres fitted to new cars. Naturally, brings in new revenue . Hence, when the first tyres eventually start to be replaced. As expected, certain percentage of drivers will fit the same tyres as they have on their new cars.

Therefore, this gives Continental tyres a small foothold to add to its other sales in India. A natural move by these two German based companies.

Eric Roberts

New Delhi [India], Feb. 10 (ANI): Mercedes-Benz India, a luxury car maker, announced its association with Continental Tyres to offer a range of ‘Mercedes-Benz Approved Tyres’. The association with Continental Tyres is pivotal in introducing

Source: Mercedes-Benz India associates with Continental Tyres | ANI News

Nissan Figaro Cars-Getting More Popular-Only 20,000 made

Nissan Figaro Cars

Nissan Figaro Cars;All imported cars from Japan

We all must have all seen these tidy little mainly green cars. Hence, driving around our roads in the last year or two. At first, I thought they were some sort of old Renault’s.Accordingly, I found out what they were. When I called into a garage that buy tyres from. Thus, in Oxenhope West Yorkshire UK.

The car was in for an MOT Test and was on their ramp awaiting inspection. I was really pleased that I could now discover what the vehicle was. Hence, it was a Nissan Figaro. This car was first introduced in Japan at the 1989 Tokyo motor show. As a result, was based on the Nissan Micra. The car only came out in four colours, Topaz Mist, Pale Aqua, Lapis Grey and Emerald Green. To date, I have only seen the Emerald Green cars here in Yorkshire.

At first, the car came under a special project name as “back to the future” at a special place is known as the Pike factory and at first, only 2000 were produced in Topaz Mist and these cars were extremely rare. The final production reached about 20,000 cars which by today’s standards is a very small amount of cars indeed. At first, the cars were entered in a kind of lottery and the winners were able to buy one, sounds like a good idea to me, wish I could do that with my tyres ?.

Specialist dealers now sell these cult cars

Nissan Figaro Cars

Nissan Figaro for MOT Test

These Nissan Figaro Cars do not carry the Nissan Dealers name but display the type “Figaro”and are rapidly becoming the car to have, they have very clean looks and one can be seen at the beginning of TVs “The Andrew Marr Show”. They were designed by a Japanese designer Shoji Takahashi who later won a design award for his design. An excellent  owners club has now been launched with an extract from their website. 

“The only visible Nissan badge is in the shape of a fleur de lys on the bonnet and the car itself appears to date from the late 1950s or early 1960s – it’s all curves and chrome (the lighting units, the grille, the bumpers, hinges, handles) and is finished off with elliptical white wing mirrors (rather like the ones later used in the design of the ‘new’ Mini Cooper). The Nissan Figaro Cars is a convertible, with a sliding soft-top that folds neatly into the trunk so as not to spoil the natural lines of the vehicle. Even the hubcaps are distinctive – white and chrome and reminiscent of Polo mints”...http://www.figaroownersclub.co.uk/#/about-the-figaro/4529781952