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Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft-Not much of a common problem here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK.

Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft

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Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft

I must admit that this is not a common problem for my mechanics here at pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK. Of course like any other mechanical part, then the problem starts in a small way. This lady driver thought that her wheels needed balancing. Of course that was her first assumption? Hence, a vibration from the front of her car could have been a wheel balance problem. However this was not to be the case?

As a result a month ago then we balanced the cars wheels and also checked out the tyres at the same time. All looked well with the tyres, just the perennial problem of the wheel alignment requiring some adjustment. But the balancing proved to be fine and off she drove into the sunset?

However the vibrating did not stop and a strange low pitch grinding noises could be heard? The lady carried on driving the car and visited her local supermarket. When she started the car and tried to move off then a much louder cranking banging noise came from the drivers side front.

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The lady quickly realised that she had a major problem. Consequently, the car would not drive and so she contacted us for advice. As a result we knew that the drive had gone and she was thought to have had wheel balancing problems. These things tied up too be the driveshaft. Because the car is a front wheel drive then the car has two driveshafts, more commonly known as “half shafts“.

Fiat Leon Failing (half shaft)

The half shafts so takes the power from the engine and sends this power to drive the wheels. In this case a front wheel drive car has a drive shaft at each side of the engine. On a rear wheel drive car the drive shaft transmits the engines power to the “differential” which in turn transmits the power to the rear wheels. Of course,there are many different variants to this. But in general the outcome is very much the same.

As a result that the car was un-drivable, we recovered the car back to our garage. So on arrival we drove the car onto a vacant ramp and proceeded to remove the front wheels. So, the half-shaft connects to the brake and wheel assembly via the “constant velocity joint” This is a system of small bearings that allows the wheels to turn when the car has been driven along. This assembly is protected from the elements by a rubber boot. The rubber boot is filled with “high heat resistance” grease.

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Subsequently, the problems occur when the rubber boot splits for some reason. This is more common in areas where there are problems with “pot holes“. The damage can be seen in my images. A complete replacement half shaft was the best solution for this model of car and the customer gave permission for the job doing.

It turned out well for us, because that Saturday, then we had a snow fall. This has the effect of keeping our customers tucked up in bed. However we did get busier with tyres sales later on in the morning. All in all a good days work ?

Eric Roberts

 

 

CAR TAX DISCS TO GO- Same Way as MOT test-Done by Computer

CAR TAX DISCS

CAR TAX DISCS

A typical British road tax disc

As the owner of an MOT testing station here in Halifax UK, I am always interested in any moves by the government to change the system that we use for the taxing and testing of the cars on our roads here in the UK. As a blogger on the subject of cars I also like to help inform people of any changes that may occur.

As many of the people that come to us for an MOT test do not know, the MOT Rules became computerised a few years ago now and the old hand written certificates were done away with and were replaced by an A4 size computer printout that is a receipt of your cars test results, either pass or fail.

This procedure was a great success in my opinion, all the testing received a new computer terminal and the test was carried out for that specific vehicle from a computer check list, all clever stuff. The computer does all sorts of other things but they are only important to the testing station. All the information is sent to a data base at the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency and you can check the results of an MOT test by logging onto www.motinfo.gov.uk .

The main important thing to remember is that you need an MOT test before you can tax your car, you can now do this online at the DVLA website. Another good thing about the computer system is that all the information is sent to the police and they can check instantly if the car in font has an MOT certificate registered to it.

This is why a computerised CAR TAX DISCS will tie up with the mot test

The history of the car tax goes back to 1888 and was set in motion by the then Chancellor a Mr George Goschen. At first the Ta x was on the bigger carriages owned by the wealthy, but he proposed a £1 duty to be paid every year by any vehicle that had a weight of 10 cwt or more. This was to repair the roads that were damaged by the entire vehicles that used them. This was followed in 1921 by the introduction of the actual tax disc that had to be displayed on the vehicles, very much as it is today.

This now bring me up-to-date and the scraping of the CAR TAX DISCS . From October 2014 the DVLA will no longer issue an actual CAR TAX DISCS because the system is to go computerised and will tie up with the MOT test system. This new system will not affect the car owners very much; it will just mean that they will miss the fun of trying to tear the circular disc with perforations on the new disc window when it first comes through the post or from the post office.

One of the main advantages of NO CAR TAX DISCS  system will be that we will be able to pay monthly by direct debit taking the strain off some household budgets. Another advantage is that we will be able to check when the road tax is due online, but we will still get a reminder from the post office when the tax runs out. Because the total system will be digital, the police will be able to check the road tax dodgers on camera when they check your number plate it will now tell them if the car is taxed and Mot tested or not.

mot test station sign

A few questions that don’t seem to have been answered yet are, how would a person buying a second hand car know whether the car was taxed or not? Perhaps we will be able to check on a data base. Also how would we know if a vehicle has been abandoned or not, because there would be no tax disc?

Anyhow I am sure that the whole thing will be a great success and easier for the public and the police to manage in the future.

 

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Illegal tread tyres- in car crash that killed two young girls – Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Illegal tread tyres

BBC News Illegal tread tyres in car crash that killed two young girls Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Norwich Crown Court heard that two tyres on the car had illegal tread and all four tyres had been wrongly pressurised which a police accident…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Illegal tread tyres do cause accidents  

if not checked at regular intervals.

This fatal accident is just part of the reality that sometimes strikes home when we find out the horror that can result in motorists operating on Illegal tread tyres and not checking their tyres at regular intervals. We

Illegal tread tyres

Checking your air pressure could get you out of a sticky situation

only have to be in the wrong time and the wrong place, for an accident to happen. When our cars are in good condition and serviced at regular intervals we have a better chance of getting out of a sticky situation when driving.

AT first I did not want to blog this accident because of the fatalities, but I think it important to point out that these things happen and it could be that if this car had good tyres at the correct Air Pressure, then the outcome could have been different. We in the tyre trade are always preaching to motorists about checking their tyres and tyre pressure, but accidents like this are proof that bad things can happen if you do not service your car and check the tyres at regular intervals .

I would like to pass on my condolences to these girls family.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre

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22 Amp Mobility Batteries saved the day for Child’s Christmas Present

Two new 22 Amp Mobility Batteries saved the day.

Every now and then we get a letter from a customer who needs our help. Sometimes we do not know if they are genuine or just some person trying it on. Last Christmas we learned about

22 Amp Mobility Batteries

22 Amp Mobility Batteries ready to go

a lady in Lancashire called Eileen. I bumped into Eileen when delivering a battery to a customer’s house and she was in the property next door, tending to her friends horse (cleaning the stables out). Eileen looked very short and I noticed that she had no legs.

When Eileen saw the battery signage on my van she came over and told me that she had a wheel chair but could not afford to buy any. This tugged on my heart strings and as soon as I got back to Halifax, I sorted out two new 34 amp Lucas mobility batteries at took them back to Lancashire to give to Eileen as a Christmas present. I had to leave the batteries with the guy next door because Eileen was not at home, but a couple of days later, I received a very nice thank you letter in the form of a Christmas card from Eileen.

mobility batteries

Child’s tri-cycle fitted with his new 22 amp mobility batteries

Then a similar thing happened just before this Christmas 2013. We received an e-mail from a guy in Devon who was making a three wheel electric bike for his sons Christmas present.  He had problems with another online company who had sent him the wrong batteries. For some reason the company could not be contacted online or by telephone. I also tried out this company, but could not get any reply.

Mobility batteries sent out to Devon

His son was a very ill young man and so this bike was going to mean the World to him as he needed one with a small electric battery driven engine, his son could not peddle like a healthy child could. The guy was desperate and had no money and asked us for help. I remembered what had happened to Eileen the year before and so decided to give him two 22 Amp Mobility Batteries, which fitted his bike.

The guy in Devon was over the moon and could not thank us enough for our help. His son had a Christmas present that worked thanks to the 22 Amp Mobility Batteries and I was pleased to be able to help someone in distress.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Potholes-Making For Steady Business At Local Tyre Stores « CBS …

Potholes

Potholes

The sheer number and size of potholes in metro Detroit are keeping local tyre shops swamped with customers.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Pot-holes that damage tyres  are a major problem everywhere? But you can claim your money back

This is a story that I have been harping on about for a few years now. It seems that local government highway departments and city government departments are

potholes

Potholes like this one are common everywhere

struggling with the enormity of the problem.

This excellent article is from the Detroit metro in Canada, but the story could be from any city in the “Western World”. From a local point of view we have the same problems across the whole of the UK. We are also benefiting from the extra business that this problem is bringing into us, damage to the  wheels and damage to the  tyres.

The potholes also cause damage to the cars suspension and often knock out the cars wheel alignment. Some of the damage can be claimed back from your local authority here

Potholes

Pictures of Potholes in Road

in the UK, I do not know how the law works in other countries, but if you take a picture of the potholes and get an invoice for the work carried out on your car, then you can put in a claim for compensation, to recover your losses from the damage that the potholes caused.

A few of our customers did this after our advice and were successful with their claim.

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business 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 PellonTyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

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Diesel Cars-Do they Need More Engine Servicing-VW now in the limelight?

Do Diesel Cars Need More Engine Servicing

Here in the UK part of the European Union, we now see that Diesel Cars make up about half of the new cars that are sold. Over the past years diesel cars have become far more popular, mainly because of their lower running costs due to better fuel consumption and therefore lower running costs, especially in mainland Europe, in France for example diesel fuel (gazoil) is much cheaper than petrol (essence), but here in the UK it is the other way round, but diesel engines will give you more miles to the gallon, so it is still more economical to run Diesel Cars.

A slight drawback to me though is that the diesel cars should have a couple of services a year. Apart from a main service I think that they also need a second engine service. Lack of servicing can cause several problems for you diesel cars, especially if you only do low mileages and at lower speeds.

Diesel Cars

A diesel particulate filter used on many Diesel Cars

If the oil and filters are not change at regular periods then the fuel filter could get blocked causing blocked diesel injectors and the car will not run properly, this is now becoming more common for garages to deal with. Also the filter will eventually clog up and starve the engine of fuel. When the fuel is not correctly burned on firing then excess fuel will enter the engine and mix with the engine oil causing the engine parts to wear prematurely. So drivers who do not have their Diesel Cars serviced are really stacking up problems for the future.

A more serious problem that may occur with the diesel car is the advent of the “diesel particulate filter” or the DPF as it is known, which is in effect a catalytic converter for the diesel engine. The job of the DPF is to burn off at high temperature all the soot and carbon chemicals that are omitted from the diesel engine. These carbon particles are burned off at very high temperatures and the cleaner air is then released into the atmosphere.

Diesel cars need good runs out.

This is another reason why if you only drive short distances then you perhaps should buy a petrol (gasoline) car, because when you only drive a short distance, then the DPF does not complete a full cycle and the DPF then has to go through a process called “regeneration”. This is all part of drive for lower emissions technology and cleaner Diesel Cars .

The gist of this post is to have your  car serviced at regular intervals and if you only drive local, then do not buy  diesels. Problems with this type of  engine performance are now becoming more common, and things regarding emissions are going to get tougher with even lower emission targets coming in shortly.

To update this article , it is now thought that Diesel Cars engines give off far more harmful gases than originally thought, and the older models will be phased out quicker. In fact cities like Paris in France will ban older diesel vehicles in the near future and they are now putting the price of derv up to above the price of petrol.

Eric Roberts

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

 

Used Cars-Choosing the Right CAR is always a problem waiting to happen

Just a couple of tips when buying used cars

The first thing to say about buying a new vehicle is that you should know what your budget is going to be. You would think that this is common sense but you would be surprise how many

used cars

Vauxhall VXR that caused lots of trouble from a used car lot

come away from a garage with the model of their dreams but cannot afford it. other driver may go online or choose a car from Auto Trader Used Cars.

A perfect example of this is my son. He was recently came out of the army and was in the market for  good second hand Used Cars. He had no idea what is budget was going to be after earning a decent salary in the army he thought that getting a well-paid job would be easy, it was just a matter of buying the right one and the jobs would just come flooding in.

He went looking at  Used Cars garages in the Leeds area and came away with nice looking Vauxhall  Astra sport version, a very nice looking car and a good buy with a good write up from the AA here in the UK. The big mistake was made. It looked great, but boy did he have problems with that car. The first week he had the car, one of the tyres blew out, and they were Ultra low profile and cost £160 each.

This is a good lesson to learn especially for the young motorist, who buys his first Used Cars. Check the tyre size out and make sure that you can afford a replacement; the consumables will not be under guarantee from a used car dealer and the new owner will have to stand the cost of a replacement. This is a mistake that we see week after week, young drivers who cannot afford to by new ones because the Used Cars that they bought was fitted out with sporty looking wheel and very low profile ones.

My son ended up paying a huge amount of money on that Astra and to be truthful is still making the same mistakes, but apart from all the things written into the article, about checking the paperwork etc., then the two other important factors are please try to buy your car from a reputable garage, they are out there, and check the prices of replacement parts that may go wrong in the following months, such as tyres and exhausts, as these will not be covered under any warranty.

It is a big bad World out there and when buying a used car you are always taking a gamble.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national  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.

Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles-Toyota to launch in US next year 2015- domain-B

Post updated  20/3/2014

Toyota to launch hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in US next year domain-B Hydrogen-powered electric cars are moving in at a brisk pace as fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) that use hydrogen as fuel for their batteries will be in use in Northern America by 2015…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Toyota The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current cars could be available earlier than thought.

The first British hydrogen filling station for public use has now been opened in Swindon Wiltshire. It is located at the giant Honda factory near South Marston. The new site willhydrogen

be open to the public. Although it is within the grounds of the Honda car factory.

This is the very first step on the road towards attracting Hydrogen fuel-cell cars to the UK. The single pump will be able to fill The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. They will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen. Which will generate a current cars with a gas based hydrogen although any members of the public will have to pass a BOC safety course before been able to fill their hydrogen cars.

The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current. The only wastes that are omitted are water vapour and heat making the cars extremely environmental friendly.

The new cars from Toyota are expected to be in use in the USA by as near as 2015.This is much earlier than thought before. In my opinion this technology will be a winner. Eventually the motorist will be able to travel just as far as a conventional gasoline car without having to have the time consuming inconvenience of have to charge up the battery for the return journey. That’s of course unless the present battery technology is not significantly modified.

Other car makers have also shown more than interest. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen which will generate a current powered car.  Honda of course and Hyundai as well as Toyota, who’s hydrogen cars are expectedThe new Hydrogen fuel-cells to be able to a range of about 300 miles from a full tank and the fuel will only take three or four minutes to fill the tank.

The USA are at the forefront of supplying fuel. The new Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be able to get their electricity from an electrochemical between oxygen and hydrogen. This will generate a string of filling stations.With 68 stations stretching from San Diego to San Francisco, with a further 20 new filling stations to be built by 2015.

The new Toyota car is expected to be called the FV2 and will be made including all the latest IT technology making the car a real stunner. Another Toyota model will be known as the i-road and will be a three wheeler city car, this car is well advanced and will be having trials in several cities from Japan to France this year (2014)

Eric Roberts

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

 

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NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM-New TV film “Happy Valley” cast mini-bus calls in for a NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM

New TV film “Happy Valley” cast mini-bus calls in for a NEW EXHAUST SYSTEMNEW EXHAUST SYSTEM

It is always nice when we get a car call in to have a NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM carried that has an interesting story with it. Yesterday 7th Jan 2014, we had a visit from a driver with his Mercedes Viano mini bus. The driver was from a Chauffeur company that ferried TV film casts for The Valleys Cast around, that were on location in different areas. The old Exhaust on the Mercedes was very noisy and required a The driver came to us after phoning round for Cheap Exhaust Prices. The NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM was fitted and the driver paid and went on his way.

NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM

The driver came to us after phoning round for Cheap Exhaust Prices. The NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM was fitted and the driver paid and went on his way. fitted to Mercedes Viano

We were told by the driver that he had been taking the cast around the Calder Valley area Sowerby Bridge and Halifax, where a new film was been shot for TV. The film is been shot and will end as 6×1 hour series, made for the BBC, by the RED production company.

The production has been written by no other than Sally Wainwright a BAFTA award winner, who was also responsible for writing “the Last Tango in Halifax” which was also filmed around Halifax and Calderdale in West Yorkshire. The new series is expected to be shown on BBC television in 2014.

One of the leading roles will be played by Sarah Lancashire, who also starred in “Last Tango in Halifax”. Sarah plays the part of Police sergeant  who is the head of the local police in a rural valley, but the normal everyday police work hots up when a series of very brutal crimes happens in the normally quit and tranquil valley. The driver came to us after phoning round for Cheap Exhaust Prices. The NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM was fitted and the driver paid and went on his way.

You never know we might be in the film, at least we fitted a new exhaust on the casts mini bus.

At the moment a new second series is being filmed in the Sowerby area of Halifax here in Yorkshire.UK

Eric Roberts

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