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Car Servicing Information-What should you expect when you take your car in for servicing?

Car Servicing Information
Car Servicing Information

Car Servicing Information

Of course, it depends what you mean?. Therefore, finding a good garage is not rocket science. In my opinion, you should look out before you even see the garage. What I mean is, “word of mouth recommendations”. In the days of social media, all you have to do is ask on your favorite social media site.

Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax, Yorkshire UK, we are great fans of Facebook as a social media platform. As expected, much of our work comes from word of mouth testimonials coming from Facebook.

Of course, this has come about because we try to be the best and do the best for our customers.Over the last twenty odd years that I have owned the garage , then this has been our objective. Any good garage worth their salts would have come up with a similar policy. Garages with good “word of mouth recommendations” can be trusted that all the normal working conditions and standards will be carried out to high specifications.

Of course, we do not satisfy every customer, but in general then for a recommendation, either word of mouth or on social media.

Eric Roberts

Source: News – What should you expect when you take your car in for servicing? Duncan’s Automotive

 

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST- after much Welding to hold the car together again?

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST

A young couple with a new baby brought their car to us a Nissan Micra.Hence  for the MOT test. This was about the third year running that the car had been tested. Thus, by us and believe me the car was not getting any younger (like us all). The biggest problem with this Micra was the “rust”. Because, oh boy was it rusty.

We had advised the corrosion on its last MOT test in 2011. But nothing had been done and the rust had got worse.Especially with all the rain that we have had here in Halifax West Yorkshire. The young couple that owned the car.Were like us all “cash strapped” .Therefore, could not afford to buy another car. So like all “kind hearted” garage owners I did them an affordable deal. So that their car would pass the MOT test and last them at least another year.

Our top man at these type of repairs was our old mechanic Andy Mawdsley. It took Andy one and a half days to do the body fabrication and the other little jobs that needed doing to get the car through the test. Our main worry was the cars “cross member”, which is a piece of the body work that connects the two front wings together and stabilisers the whole car. The part was totally unavailable from Nissan or all the replacement part specialists.

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST

Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST;Nissan Micra rotten cross-member

Passed MOT test with flying colours?

Our last resort was good old E-bay. We found a company that produce obsolete Nissan parts and we had a cross member by the next day (wonderful). The Nissan was all finished and the Nissan Micra passed MOT TEST with flying colours. The young couple were happy with the job and the price and we were proud to help them, with a bit of luck we may have customers for life.

Eric Roberts

 

Winter Tyre Preparations

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher-Damn You Pothole and Other Important Tyre Developments

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Potholes back Again

 

Post Updated 4th March 2018

Can potholes damage your tyres?

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Eric Roberts says…We are all plagued by the potholes in our roads. Many of our local government councils have had their budgets reduced by central government.

Because of this they are not carrying out essential road repairs, such as correctly filling in the holes. On Station Road where I live there has been a huge increase in the number of potholes appearing from nowhere. Of course with the added hazard of snow and ice, then these holes are dangerous and will damage cars suspension and tyres.

Nokian Tyres from Finland may have the answer

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Of course this is happening all over the UK.  Putting a strain on the road traffic that uses our roads. Hence, in the past two weeks alone we have seen cars with broken steering parts. Especially, springs and ripped tyres due to the size of the holes in our roads. Leading to many Pothole Claims. Since I wrote the original article.

So, tyre companies have been striving to produce tyres from stronger and lighter materials. Therefore, one particular tyre company “Nokian” the inventors of winter tyres. Have come up with a stronger safer tyre that could aid drivers in the battle against pothole damage.

Nokian have come up with an added ingredient to their summer tyres sidewalls. The Nokian E Line and Z Line range of SUV tyres now use “Aramid“. Aramid is a material used in “bullet proof vests” and is very strong indeed. I am not saying that these tyres are the “Holy grail” when it comes to protecting us against all potholes. But it is a good step in the right direction.

I am convinced that these tyres are a safer tyre than the ones without aramid and are an added safety feature.

Many potholes cause small chunks of sidewall damage. Enough to warrant the driver having to buy a new tyre. So, I am convinced by the tough tyre testing of this Nokian SUV tyre. That they have enhanced safety features and well worth the investment for your families safety.

Eric Roberts

Car Servicing/Cold Weather can bring drivers higher motoring costs

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

 

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

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

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

New water pump to replace the frozen old one.

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

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

Pre Winter car servicing can beat off problems

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

Car Servicing/Cold Weather

Check your wiper blades, clean windows are a must in winter.

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

 

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

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

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

Car Servicing

Replace fluid in washer bottle with strong anti frost liquid

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

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

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

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

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

Car Servicing

car servicing could have prevented a broken water pump

When he arrived the first thing that we did was to check his radiator water for antifreeze.

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

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

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

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

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

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries- Absorbed Glass Mat batteries AGM are now a very popular battery

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

Many people think that GEL and Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries are the same

Many people buying new golf batteries or mobility batteries. Therefore, believe that the two types of battery are the same. They are very similar.Hence, they are a deep cycle with a low discharge. Because they do not spill they are classed as sealed.Therefore, may be mounted in any position.For this reason, are safe to use in a confined area. Naturally, and may be carried safely.

Absorbed Glass Mat batteries. Are filled with a type of fibreglass material.As expected, that is fitted inside the battery and then soaked with the electrolyte between the batteries plates. Therefore, this makes the battery leak proof.In other words, if the battery casing is broken.Accordingly, then no acid will leak out. This type of battery is also the most popular here in

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

Lucas Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries used for mobility scooters

the UK (in my opinion this is due to the price difference) these are usually much cheaper batteries, in particular with the golfing fraternity.

Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

GEL batteries have filled a type of silica gel mixed with the electrolyte making a thick jelly that allows the electrons to flow through the plates. Once again as in the other kind, they do not leak when the casing is broken.

One of the most common reasons. Thus, for people using the Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries. Is it can give out a high burst of amps if required to do so. Of course,they can also be charged with a standard battery charger. So, and an alternator if necessary.Also, they have a longer life expectancy.Especially, if these batteries are not fully discharged between discharges. In my opinion, this is a mistake that people make, they fully discharge their batteries too often causing premature failure, I think that people should keep a backup battery as a spare so as to not allow their batteries to become too discharged.

 GEL batteries as stated before cost more than Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries

But offer better-working conditions.Especially, in hotter climates. Although, this does not affect us here in the UK. The big problem with gel batteries is that they must be charged correctly. Hence, or failure will follow. If you have a GEL charger then stick to a GEL battery.For this reason, they are designed especially for these types of battery. GEL  should not be charged with an alternator. Unless appropriate adjustments are made. Another battery that is starting to appear in the marketplace. Naturally, is the Lithium-Ion battery.So, watch out for this one.
To conclude. We think that Absorbed Glass Mat. Now has the upper hand and unless you only have an own charger on your golf buggy or mobility scooter you would be better off buying AGM.

Eric Roberts

Fixing Car Air Conditioner

Fixing Car Air Conditioner- If it blows hot air then it is not working?

Fixing Car Air Conditioner

Fixing Car Air Conditioner

This is a video about what happens when your car’s air-conditioning starts blowing out hot air. Hence this is an indication that you could have one of three conditions. As a result, you could have a refrigerant leak, AC electrical problem or clogged condenser. Your car’s air-con uses a refrigerant to remove any heat from inside your car. Thus making the car cooler and more comfortable.

 If your AC system develops a refrigerant leak in the system from a leaky connection or damaged AC hose, the refrigerant will evaporate and make the air conditioner loose its performance. If the AC system has an electrical problem such as a switch or wire that has shorted and blown a fuse, then the air conditioning system will malfunction. 

Other symptoms include the possibility of a leak in the air-cons pipe system. Even a small leak can cause your system to lose its heat. Another common problem is a clogged up condenser. The condenser is the piece of equipment that looks like a radiator. This is positioned at the front in a similar place to the radiator. We here at PellonAutocentre in Halifax UK, find this one of the most common problems.

Fixing Car Air Conditioner

Fortunately, we have the equipment to find faults and repair the problems. Our staff have passed exams to qualify using this equipment.

This video is attributed to Scotty Kilmer. Naturally a  mechanic for the last 46 years, Scotty shows how you can fix your own car’s air conditioner. This is not advised without the correct equipment here in the UK. And, If you like my car help, be sure to watch my live car talk show every Saturday morning at 10 AM CST on YouTube. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VognjkYaMjg&list=UUuxpxCCevIlF-k-K5YU8XPA&feature=c4-overview . And remember, every TUESDAY I upload a new video, so don’t miss them.

For more Blogs https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=air+conditioning

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes- Vehicle Warranty company endorces Motorcodes

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

Car warranties National Company opt for “MOTORCODES.”

This move by Motorway Direct will be providing further peace of mind to warranty customers. Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes are  demonstrating a commitment to high standards of customer service. Under the Vehicle Warranty Products Code. Motorway Direct commits to standards that exceed those set out by law and joins other UK providers in subscribing to the self-regulatory Code of Practice, (Motorcodes) as the Motor Industry Code of Practice.

MotorCodes represents the vast majority of this industry’s major players and is working with vehicle warranty product providers to bring motorists the reassurance and peace of mind they need,” said Chris Mason, MotorCodes Managing Director. “With Motorway Direct subscribing, there’s more choice than ever for customers looking for a warranty product they can rely on.”

Eric Roberts from Pellonautocentre Halifax UK, Welcomes the move as forward-looking to give his customers an even better service, along with MOTORCODES.

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

MotorCodes regulates the provision of new car warranties under its New Car and Vehicle Warranty Products Codes and provides support to more than three million motorists that take out products such as extended warranties, GAP insurance, and breakdown cover.

“Our subscription to Motor Codes helps us to demonstrate our customer-focused values of trust, reassurance and quality,” said Paul Hanna, Commercial Manager at Motorway Direct. “By committing to the Vehicle Warranty Products Code, Motorway Direct is proud to demonstrate to its customers that it is a responsible provider.”

The Vehicle Warranty Products Code has completed Stage One of the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Codes Approval Scheme and commits subscribers to increasing consumer protection and delivering higher standards of service. The Code improves the marketplace through self-regulation of non-insured warranty products, including pre-sale information, cancellation rights, and protected claims funds. It insists that subscribing companies offer:

1 Peace of mind cover.

2 Products wrote in clear English.

3 No high-pressure selling.

4 Written summaries of the significant contract terms.

5 A simple, straightforward claims procedure.                                                                               

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

 

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes; Motorists can find out if MotorCodes cover their product,

by asking their provider and can check the list of subscribing parent companies at www.motorcodes.co.uk.

 PELLON AUTOCENTRE in the Halifax and Hebden Bridge area of West Yorkshire are also members of MOTORCODES giving their customers piece of mind when having a car serviced or MOT carried out

 

 

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 of 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. 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.

 

Right to Repair Law- Could Brexit Affect our Right to repair Laws?

Right to Repair Law

Right to Repair Law;The European unions block exemption rules regarding “garage servicing” came up for revue in May 2010.

The reform was all about setting new rules to take into account the intensity of competition on the markets for the distribution of motor vehicles and spare parts. Also for the provision of repair and maintenance services. It covers cars, trucks and buses, and all types of garage small or large.

The Commission found that competition in the market for the sale of new vehicles is strong. In this light, the current sector-specific rules create an unnecessary straitjacket that prevents

Right to Repair Law

right to repair symbol

car manufacturers from organising their distribution systems as they see fit. The European Commission has therefore aligned the rules applicable to motor vehicle distribution. This applies with those that apply to distribution agreements in other sectors but with a three-year transition period to allow dealers to adapt to the new measures.

Right to Repair Law

Competition on the markets for repair and maintenance and for spare parts distribution is less intense. This is a risk to consumers who may be harmed by anti-competitive practices. This could push up Car Repair Costs when Servicing a Car. The garage Repair and maintenance industry is very important for consumers. Not only for reasons of safety and reliability. But also because repair bills account for 40% of the total cost to car owners. Unlike car prices, the cost of the average repair job and  servicing has actually risen over the past years.

Consumers are feeling the effect of rising repair bills. This also includes  servicing costs during the present crisis. They are more price-sensitive and drive older vehicles that require more regular maintenance. The EU Commission has put in place a tougher regime for these markets. They will make it easier to enforce the rules. Particular problematic issues include holding back technical information and not releasing spare parts, and refusing to honour warranties when consumers have their cars repaired at independent garage servicing facilities.

Independent garages and repairers such as Pellonautocentre are important because they give more choice to consumers. This helps to keep the price of  servicing and repairs competitive by putting pressure due to competitive pricing against main dealers. Also to  authorised repair networks. But for this to happen it is essential that garages can get the

car servicing

car servicing costs would remain stable

technical information necessary to do the repairs and carry out the work on increasingly sophisticated cars with increasing amounts of technology.

Right to Repair Law

Withholding “technical information” will be dealt with directly under the EU Treaty rules on restrictive business practices (Article 101) since. The manufacturers , spare parts and repair shops generally have a larger market share in excess of 30%. In addition, Guidelines also being brought in contain detailed clarifications. As to the notion of technical information, cross-referring to Regulation 715/2007 on type approval of certain cars and all subsequent implementing regulations.

New rules will assure that garage servicing companies have access to technical information for models which are type-approved after 1 September 2009. By making a clear link with the 2007 car type-approvals Regulation. The EU Commission will ensure both consistency as regards access to technical information. For cars put in circulation before that date and allow the presentation of technical information to evolve and continue in line with technical progress.

The EU Commission remains committed to vigorously enforce the rules on access to technical information. This was demonstrated in four cases brought in 2007. This was to ensure that car manufacturers disclose the necessary information to independent repairers and garage servicing facilities. Garages the likes of Pellonautocentre.in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Right to Repair Law

By strengthening the enforcement of competition rules. Including the garage servicing sector and maintenance and spare parts markets. These new laws will contribute to creating a level playing field between car manufacturers and spare part producers and garage servicing.  Thus contribute to lower prices for spare parts. This has to be very good news for the garage servicing , garage repair and spare parts industry. This result must give great pride. To all the different groups and individuals that spent hard earned money lobbying and writing to their EU and local Mps. These new laws are similar to the “right to repair” laws in the USA.

The new “Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation“,  will continue to help lower the cost of” GARAGE SERVICING”for 13 years until 2023.

The EU Commission will constantly monitor the situation in the markets for motor vehicle and spare parts distribution, as well as in the market for the provision of repair and maintenance services including garage servicing companies. The EU Commission will also monitor the application of the Regulation, in cooperation with National Competition Authorities and stakeholders. Once again the UK garage and motor industry can continue to work hard and give the public the service and competitive pricing they deserve.

Eric Roberts Pellon Tyre and Autocentre thinks that the Right to Repair Law, coming from the EU will be kept when our government decides on which legislation to keep and throw out.

Right to Repair Law

garage servicing in Calderdale

Car Will Not Start-It Could be Your Cars Battery is flat and needs a replacement.

Car Will Not Start

Car Will Not Start; Its usually your battery that fails

In these days of busy motorists having to get up to work earlier than ever, there is nothing worse than turning the car key and strange noises come from under your vehicle’s bonnet because of your CAR Won’t START! Or even worse still no noises at all. This usually happens on the first cold day of Autumn, and here in Car Will Not Startthe UK, this is usually October.

This October has been no exception. With some motorists calling us because their car will not start. This occurrence is an all too common phenomenon. Thus, even if you maintain your car at regular intervals. Therefore, there is no real way of telling when your engine will let you down. (unless your service centre gives you a 12 Volt Battery test report and you act on the findings).So, you can be sure that it is when you less expect it to, or you are on your way to that special occasion and when you turn the key, nothing happens, just a loud grating noise or a whirring sound from under your bonnet and your CAR Won’t START. You always fear the worse, but we find that on 90% of the time, then the problem is usually simple.

The system that enables your car to start is a relatively straightforward thing to understand. In most basic cars the ignition system works as such. When you turn your ignition switch, your batteries stored voltage travels to the ignition switch, it then goes to the next component which is the starter relay and the starter motor. This voltage then spins the starter motor which engages its gears into the gears of the flywheel, thus turning the cars engine over.

Car Will Not Start

If everything else in the engine is in good working order. Hence, the car has enough of the right fuel in the tank, then the car will start, and off you go.

Other less common reasons why your car may not start, could be no fuel, not enough spark to your engine cylinders, loose battery terminals, damaged starter wires, but it will be your battery that fails.

 Your battery faults could be picked up on a regular service

In general the older your car, the more chance you have of the battery letting you down. Japanese car batteries usually last for about five or six years from new and European cars three to four years, so if your vehicle is of this kind of age you could expect yours to fail.  We at Pellonautocentre test batteries when your car has a service, reporting the battery condition on the service checklist, most customers act on this recommendation and will have a new one fitted, so alleviating any following problems.

Car Will Not Start

Car alternator that keeps your battery charged up

 Batteries can be bought online with a next day delivery at www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Motorcodes Membership- Give garages a better standard and Excellent Control for consumer satisfaction

Motorcodes Membership

Motorcodes Membership

The UK authorities that regulate garage services and repairs here in the UK.Thus, have at last come up with a better way to control bad practice throughout the UK motor industry.Many systems were implicated in trying to regulate garage services.Including, repairers and car sales outlets for un- lawful practices. But this did not stop dodgy traders from breaking the rules. So and taking their customers to the cleaners.hence,  by not carrying out the correct repairs or not doing the work they were expected to do. Some garages were supposed to conduct garage services, but Motorcodes Membershipnever even touched the car, a complete rip off.

Most people have heard of horror stories. Therefore, the motor industry has had bad press. I personally as an “honest” garage owner do not think this will ever change.I think there will always be dodgy dealers in the motor trade.Consequently, willing to rip people off. Motorcodes will help ease this problem with higher standards set for the garage business.

Over the years many different organisations have come formed trying to regulate the garage trade. But it seems that their members are always joined by the same, ” Good garages“. The majority of garages and car dealers and auto centres are honest and genuine people, who are just out to earn a decent living. Especially in the private sector.

Motorcodes Membership

Most garage owners are very hard working individuals. Thus, who run their businesses honestly. Hence, offering the “local community” an excellent and honest deal on garage services.  One of the first “regulatory bodies” to control garages. Was “Trading Standards”. Garages who joined could attend meetings at a local facilities.Therefore, to discuss ways and means to offer a better garage services, but this did not stop the bad guys, as they only did not join, I think though that this was a move in the right direction.

However due to the recession. Because of the Government cut backs in the nineties. This scheme was scrapped to be, and other private organisation sprung up, These were driven by companies that were also promoting garage services products, such as oils and other engine products, in other words, you had to buy their goods to be in the club. In my opinion, this was not a satisfactory situation, and many of these schemes fell by the wayside.

“Motorcodes Membership” is a better system that helps to create an improved image for the motor trade and garage services, this time, I have a feeling it will be more successful.

To check out your local “MOTORCODES” garage log onto www.motorcodes.co.uk or in West Yorkshire www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. They are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Thus, they also sell cheap tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk .Hence, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are on offer. To local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motorcodes. Motorcodes, carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

motorcodes,garage services

motorcodes offer a better deal from your local garage