Waste Oil-Do You Know Where your old engine oil Is Going after a car service?

Waste oil recycling is part of good practice

During my many years in the car garage trade, there are things that just happen and we don’t really think about what happens or how is it done. For years and years people would collect our old tyres, and they would sort through them and actually paid us for the ones which were any good, this was for remoulding usually, but we never knew what happened to the ones which were totally rubbish and unusable ?.

waste oil

Waste oil collecting drainer for when servicing a car

I remember only that we were paid £1 for a good Michelin casing and 50p for the rest that were any good, but we never got to know where the others ever went. I suppose that they were disposed of at the remoulding plant, all our old tyres went to Comet remoulds in the North East of England UK. I would have thought that the majority of the scrap tyres went to Landfill and were buried for ever, who knows.

I recently did an article about waste tyre disposal at the present time and then got to thinking where all our old garage oil goes, after it is collected by the oil recovery company. We all have to dispose of our waste by law now and a good thing it is too. Here at Pellon Autocentre we have a sort of automatic waste oil system, we drain it into a container and with the aid of air pressure we send the oil down some pipes into a double skinned 1000 litre Waste Oil collecting tank. This tank is drained periodically by the waste oil company. To my horror I have recently found out that motorists and some small garages would throw the old oil down the drain, now it must all be collected and accounted for, here in the UK we must have waste transfer notes provided by all waste that is collected from our businesses, including waste oil and oil filters.

Waste oil is now reprocessed and used again

Millions of gallons of waste oil is now collected and recycled, this includes all our motor oils,brake fluids, transmission fluids and coolants. Some garages have used their old oil to fire their garage heaters, but most send theirs for recycling, it is the new green way of doing things. The great thing about oil recycling is that the product produced is almost as good as newly refined crude oil.

It is possible to recycle old engine oil and make it as good as new. Without tying myself in knots trying to explain the process to you, I would like you to look at this excellent video, by Valvoline Oil it really does explain everything…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdFab1h_C0M

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OSS waste oil collecting truck

Just for the record the waste oil that we produce is collected by a company called… http://www.ossgroupltd.com/fuel-oil.html The waste oil is treated and recycled into Fuel Oils, another great use for our old oil. This process is named GEN 3 and has been trade marked by the company £6 million of investment.

Our old oil filters can also be recycled. The filters go through a de-fragmenting machine and are then separated into there various components, metal, plastic and paper and are the recycled.

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Old oil filters ready for recycling

Thanks Article by Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars 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 Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Toyota’s Prius EV-Refresh, hydrogen fuel cell Batteries on tap for 2015 – Newsday

Toyota’s Prius EV

Toyota's Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV in Belgium

Newsday Toyota’s Prius EV refresh, hydrogen fuel cell car on tap for 2015 Newsday The next Prius, which is expected in 2015, will include improved batteries and smaller, more powerful electric motors, and will be built on the company’s new global…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This is great news about the Toyota’s Prius EV Hydrogen Batteries

This news is good news for the many motoring fans.Thus, who think that the future should be a mix of technologies. In the World of cars. The past twenty years alone we have seen many new developments. Of course, In the battery World.

Apart from modifying the ever present free flow lead acid batteries. So we have seen the new battery types such as AGM and GEL batteries cropping up to serve as back up batteries. Hence, for many industries such as computer back up systems and even for the early computers that we all used. All this new technology was introduced along with need for progress and the appetite from consumers and industry for better and faster electrical equipment.

Toyota's Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV

This development has never stopped. Of late we have developed many new types of batteries. As a result, that were funded by Governments and large corporations. So, to satisfy the need of the ever expanding electrical and engineering projects. Whether they were large or small.

The next generation of batteries was to be known as the NiMH, Nickel metal hydride batteries. Mainly for use the ever expanding miniaturization of personnel computers. These were followed by the invention of the Lithium- Ion batteries . Invented in the 1990’s for use on the Stealth aircraft in the USA. Also used in the space program by NASA, the American space agency.

The latest surge in Toyota’s Prius EV development. Came when there was an urgent need to save the Earth from greenhouse gases. The main culprit is pollution from fossil fuel driven cars. So the Governments of the World. Have got together and agreed that emissions had to be reduced. This caused a frantic rush. Thus, for the car makers to come up with an alternative fuel supply. Hence, to gasoline products. Of course, the answer would be the electric car. At first car makers came up with the Lithium-Ion batteries and are still developing today.

Toyota’s Prius EV Looking for alternatives

However because these cars will not travel far. Before the batteries require re-charging. Scientists are trying to come up with an alternative. One of the companies to do this is Toyota’s Prius EV from Japan. This new type of Toyota’s Prius EV battery is called the Hydrogen-cell battery and in my opinion will be the winner of this technology race in the future.

The car. Toyota’s Prius EV is expected to be coming onto the market as early as 2015. Already gas stations are been prepared by adding Hydrogen pumps on their forecourts. In my opinion, yet another step forward.

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee. Of course, for all our work and parts. Selling  General Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us.Naturally, for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

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Nitrogen Gas Advantages-The pluses and Minusus оf Using Nitrogen Gas tо Inflate your Tyres

Nitrogen Gas Advantages;Nitrogen gas inflated tyres use thіs dry, inert gas tо inflate

Nitrogen Gas Advantages;Aircraft  tyres, off-road truck tyres, (that usually work in mining and quarries) military vehicle tyres, аnd racing car tyres fоr improved performance, mоrе tyre mileage аnd better fuel economy. More аnd mоrе cars, light trucks, SUVs, Mini-vans аnd Crossover vehicles аrе using nitrogen gas inflated tyres. Experts іn thе tyre industry indicate thаt oxidative aging (wheels corroding at the bead area) іs оnе оf thе primary causes оf decreased tyre lіfе.

Nitrogen Gas Advantages

Nitrogen Gas Advantages

Oxygen аnd moisture corrodes aluminum аnd steel wheels.Read More…

“First is that nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over the long term. Racers figured out pretty quickly that tires filled with nitrogen rather than air also exhibit less pressure change with temperature swings. That means more consistent inflation pressures during a race as the tires heat up. And when you’re tweaking a race car’s handling with half-psi changes, that’s important”…

 Nitrogen vs Air In Tires – Why Nitrogen in Tires – Popular Mechanics

Oxygen аlsо reacts wіth rubber, another type оf “corrosion”. Whеn thіs corrosion starts, thе small particles break оff аnd form rust аnd dust, whіch cаn clog valve cores, causing thеm tо leak. Thе rough surfaces created frоm thе corrosive action оn thе wheels leads tо tyre beads thаt don’t seal properly, causing additional leaks, and loss of pressure.

Oxygen аlsо ages thе inner liner, thе thin layer оf butyl rubber inside thе tyre whose function іs tо kееp air away frоm penetrating thе carcass. As thе inner liner ages, mоrе аnd mоrе air molecules cаn pass thrоugh іt, causing mоrе pressure losses. These Air Pressure losses іn а truck tyre cаn average 2 psi а mоnth аs а result оf thе air passing thrоugh thе sidewalls. As іt passes thrоugh thе rubber, thе oxygen cаn аlsо corrode thе steel cords, causing thеm tо rust too.

Whіlе both Nitrogen Gas Advantages аnd oxygen cаn permeate rubber, nitrogen does іt much mоrе slowly. It might tаkе 6 months tо lose 2 psi wіth nitrogen, compared tо just а mоnth wіth air. And nitrogen іs fаr less reactive. It does nоt cause rust оr corrosion оn steel оr aluminum, аnd іt does nоt degrade rubber. Wheel surfaces stay smooth аnd clean, rubber remains supple аnd resilient.

Nitrogen аlsо wіll nоt degrade thе rubber seal іn thе valve core whіch extends valve core lіfе аnd hеlps prevents core leaks.

Nitrogen gas reduces thе water vapor іn thе compressed air оf your tyres.

Thе air around us іs full оf water vapor. Compressing air concentrates thе water іn the air. Whеn yоu compress air, іt takes up much less volume, but thе percentage оf water by volume іs greatly increased. This why we have to use water filters on our compressors, and drain them at regular intervals.

Water vapor іn compressed air acts аs а catalyst, accelerating rust аnd corrosion. Water vapor аlsо absorbs аnd holds heat. And whеn іt changes frоm liquid tо vapor, water expands tremendously іn volume.

As а result, tyres inflated wіth water saturated air tend tо run hotter, fluctuating іn pressure . Thаt іs оnе оf thе Nitrogen Gas Advantages and why nitrogen is used in racing tyres, whеrе fractions in the tyre pressures cаn radically change the handling characteristics, (in a racing situation) аrе inflated wіth dry nitrogen.

Thе cost fоr аll thеsе added benefits іs nоt much mоrе thаn inflating your tyres wіth regular air. Thе average cost tо fill а tyre wіth Nitrogen gas cаn vary widely, anywhere frоm £3-5 per tyre, depending оn several variables such аs tyre size, pressure, I may use it as part of the service, I remember the days when we had to charge for a new valve and wheel balancing, but these are now added to the whole tyre package. Also tyre casing disposal is getting cheaper and cheaper and in most cases is now included in the price of the whole package. Another good reason for nitrogen is the fact that we should have not have to spend 5 minutes cleaning the wheels of rust and corroded alloy every time we change a new tyre.

This article was compiled by Eric Roberts 

 

Varta car Battery “Your Smarter To Fit a Varta” Quality German Battery

Varta car Battery; started in Germany in 1904

Varta car Battery

Varta car Battery range

Varta batteries stands originally for (Vertrieb Aufladung Reparatur Transportabler Akkumulatoren) and had its headquarters in the German cities of Berlin and Hagen in the district of Westphalia. The business was bought by a certain Gunther Quandt just after the first world war.

The Varta car Battery company then made batteries that were used in the second world war German battle machine, they were used to help power submarines and also for the German Luftwaffe. The batteries were made by slave labour under very poor working conditions, but perhaps the side of Varta batteries that we should forget.

The modern day Varta car Battery product is one of excellence raising standards of the battery world for its quality products. After many changes in directors and company ownership Varta batteries was purchased by Johnson Controls in 2002. This was thought to be a great step forward in the Varta car Battery industry and raised the standards of quality even higher.

It is thought that Johnson Controls paid in the region of $240 million for the Varta battery side of the business and the deal went through by the end of 2003, and is now one of the largest battery companies on the Planet.

More reading…

“Varta car Battery Division, headquartered in Hannover, Germany, reported fiscal 2001 sales of Euro 590 million and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of Euro 29 million. It operates six battery assembly plants in Europe located in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Spain. Varta manufactures automotive batteries for BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Ford, PSA, Volkswagen and other automakers in Europe. The company is also a major supplier to the European independent aftermarket, including customers such as Robert Bosch GmbH, hypermarkets such as Carrefour, and wholesalers”… http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/Johnson-controls-to-acquire-varta-automotive-battery-business-153918045.html

 

Bosch batteries are made by Varta batteries

 Bosch batteries are also manufactured by Johnson controls they in fact Varta batteries that are re-labelled as Bosch batteries, Bosch do not make their own batteries, worth knowing if you want to compare the prices for a similar product.

The underlying problem when buying any any product is “do you want quality or price” and the same goes for car batteries…

More reading… http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=21908#m220750

Varta car Battery

Varta car Battery

Varta car Battery have one of the most in depth distributor centres in the World and are also available online through its dealer network.

 

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. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars 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 Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

MOT Testing Number Plates- Information-Pellon Tyres-Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;This blog is part of a series written by Eric Roberts of Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK to advise motorists about the number plate regulations that affect your MOT Test.

This advice comes as part of the Road Vehicle Regulations, (Display of Registration Marks)2001.MOT regulations. Consquently, the new regulations  https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/number-plate (2001) state that the car must first of all , “have number plates fitted”, this must be that the background colour and words and lettering comply with the regulations. The words and letters should easily readable and in good condition.
The letters and numbers must be correctly spaced. The character font should be of the correct type .The number plate should match the one in your log book, and should comply with British Standard AU 145d.
Your plate should also display the name and postcode of the company that made up the plate for you. Official number plate sizes should be the following-If you have a Euro symbol on the plate the character width should be reduced from 57mm to 50mm. To conform to MOT Rules.

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Height 79mm
Width 50mm other than figure 1 or letter I
Stroke 14mm
Character spacings 11mm
Group spacings 33mm
Top and Bottom and Side margins 11mm minimum
Vertical line spacings 19mm

MOT Euro symbol

The Euro-symbol must have the letters “GB” under the European flag if a plain number plate is used the vehicle must use a separate “GB” sticker when driving in another European country. Furthermore, private number plates must have the letters and numbers correctly separated apart and not clustered together to make up a name.
Hope this information is of use to you for more help you can contact…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=number+plates

Or email pellontyres@btconnect.com for any advice.

not a bad idea? Eric Roberts

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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