Noisy Car Brakes-Nice Red Citroen DS3 Pulls in with a Grinding Brakes Problem?

Post Updated 6th Jan 2014

I was surprised to see this nice red car with Noisy Car Brakes   .

Been the owner of a busy garage has many” ups and downs”. One of the more nicer and pleasant aspects of the job is to see the the number of different cars and car models that would appear in any given week.

This past week has seen cars as diverse as a Rolls Royce Wraith ( which was one of only 220 cars produced) to a Wolsey Hornet Mini from the late sixties, not counting the everyday cars such as Ford Fiestas and VW Golfs.Noisy Car Brakes Early on in the week we had a car made by Citroen, the DS3 call in to us with Noisy Car Brakes. The was in my favorite  colour a very bright red, ( I love red cars). We put the citroen car with the Noisy Car Brakes on a ramp and removed all the wheels to check the Noisy Car Brakes, and sure enough the front pads were worn down to the metal and the friction from having “metal to metal” had also damaged the front discs. The rear brakes were cleaned and checked and were good for further use.

We contacted the customer and was given the go ahead to replace the brakes

Because we are a Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC) we fitted Unipart Car Brakes , this meant that the customer was getting good quality brakes with a nation wide guarantee. The Noisy Car Brakes job was completed and the customer went on his way, but I took a couple of pictures because I am a great fan of the Citroen DS3.The colours are very bright and modern looking with a choice of 11 colours and four different roof colours, you can even have colour coded alloy wheels and also different carpet designs.There is also a sports version known as the D-Sport which comes with Blue-tooth and climate control. The car also include 17 inch alloy wheels, the one I looked at came with Yokohama tyres and looked great. They also come out with additional body modifications and really look very stylish.

Noisy Car Brakes

Noisy Car Brakes DS3 brakes” new and old disks”

This car in my opinion is a great tribute to the New Citroen DS3 designers, who had to compete with the BMW Mini and the great little Fiat 500.

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The DS3 is the first in a range of very different Citroen models that put the emphasis on style and personality, along with strong performance and driver appeal. With its stylish look and compact size, it’s easy to see why so many comparisons have been drawn with the popular MINI and Fiat 500. msn cars

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“The engine combines strong low-rev performance – 110bhp at 3600rpm and 199lb ft at 2000rpm, enough for a sub-10.0sec 0-60mph time – with a claimed 62.8mpg (combined cycle) and 118g/km of CO2 emissions, which sees annual road tax costing just £20…”EVO

This article was written by Eric Roberts...

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 New Brake 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.

 

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Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart car care for Unipart Brake Repairs

You may avoid potential car issues by doing your research and seeking out an excellent brake repair mechanic or auto repair service center. A seasoned professional will repair your vehicle difficulties before they become …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Unipart car care helps to protect the motorist

We at Pellon Auto-centre were looking for an organisation that gave our customers protection from over pricing and parts that were not up to standard.

We looked at all sorts of options and after long consideration we decided to join the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) scheme. This nationwide scheme gave us what we required to protect and give confidence to our customers here in Halifax West Yorkshire UK.

All the members have to have their garages vetted by the RAC (now the AA) and have to become members of the regularity body known as Motor-Codes. We also have to keep the old parts that we remove including Brake parts and Unipart Brake Repairs , for the inspection of the customer, and have to follow a “Fair Price Policy, when it came to Unipart Brake Repairs”

The guarantee of good workmanship is also carried across the UK, if the work that we carry out say on your brakes then you can call in to the nearest UCCC have have the problem fixed under warranty. So look out for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre, and you can trust the Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart Brake Repairs on this BMW Mini, in at Pellon Autocentre-Halifax-UK

guys.

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. 

 

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Warped Brake Discs-Why do your Brake Discs Go Out of Shape?

Warped Brake Discs

warped brake discs; warping  is a common problem

Most people know what a brake disc is. Of course, they learn this through experience gained throughout their motoring life. The brake discs are known in America as “Brake Rotors”, I say this

warped brake discs

This car came to us with a terrible brake grinding noise, caused by Worn out brakes Discs and pads ready to be replaced

because of my American readers. Just in case they dont know what I am referring to.

The discs are the large metal discs that you see on most cars. Hence, when the wheels are removed. For this reason, there job is to stop the car when the brakes are applied. Thus, they are grabbed by the Car Brake Pads. At great pressure to stop the car. This action causes friction and wear on the discs. Consequently, with constant use and heat build up.

warped brake discs

replacing warped brake discs

Over time the Disc Brakes will slowly wear down. Most manufactures of these discs recommend a minimum thickness of wear. When your brakes are examined by a competent Autocentre. Then the discs will be measured and if they are below the thickness limits. Therefore, customer will then be advised?Hopefully the warped brake discs will be changed.

Discs come in all types of designs. Although the discs that fit the regular family saloon car. Hence, are usually of the conventional solid steel discs type. Although, many cars are now coming out on vented discs. This was an improvement to help dissipate the high amount of heat that the discs generate in heavy usage. In my opinion these vented discs wear more quickly than the solid discs, but do not warp as much.

Warped Brake Discs

The warped brake discs will go out of shape for many reasons , but the main reason through what I call “normal wear and tear” , this is caused by the exposed discs coming into contact with water, during in heavy rain, the discs constantly heat up and cool down when in contact with the water. This year has been particularly bad for warped brake discs replacements due to our record wet year here in the UK. The discs produce a high spot which over time causes them to develop a “high spot” and eventually the discs will warp.

This warped brake discs can be felt through the brake pedal when you are pressing the brakes and will get worse, making the driving feel uncomfortable. If this is not seen to it is possible that the discs can break up into pieces, often causing distress to the driver.

Some sportier car models have to have perforated discs fitted as an added bonus in keeping the discs cool when heavy braking and have to be re-fitted with the same type of discs, discs are very important and can not be messed about with, except for upgrades.

Warped Brake Discs How do I look after my brake discs ?

The answer really is to have your car regularly maintained. Most good Autocentres will offer their customers a free brake check. Also you should have your car serviced at least once a year, this will include your brake check and any problems will be noted and presented to you as a recommendation. It is then up to you to have the problems fixed before you run into more problems. I have noticed recently that the customers with brake problems are the ones that did not find time to have their car serviced, and the cost doubles because of the extra problems that a set of worn out pads would have cost if discovered on a service.

warped brake discs

Sports discs ready to be fitted

Failing Brakes-Lack Of Car Servicing Could lead To problems with your cars brakes ?

Failing Brakes

Many cars are now having The experience of driving your car along the road only to find that when you apply the Failing Brakes, you hear a tremendous “grinding”noise problems

We are now finding that we are seen an increase in drivers calling into our garage. Thus, with Failing Brakes. Consequently,  that are rattling and banging. Many of our customers are lady drivers (about 60%

Failing Brakes

New Brake Discs fitted to the BMW Mini with Failing Brakes

we estimate). The experience of driving your car along the road . Hence, only to find that when you apply the Failing Brakes. Then you can hear a tremendous “grinding”noise. As a result, coming from your car. This can be a harrowing and frightening experience.

Failing Brakes

Examining discs and pads

 

When this happens. So, all the customer wants to do is stop the car. Then, get it to a garage as soon as possible. These days as well as the noise, then a warning light will illuminate on the dash-board. Making the experience twice as daunting.

For some strange reason. The cost of the repairs to repair to them does not seem to be a problem. Because, this important part of the Failing Brakes must be fixed at all cost.

This is the bit that I don’t understand ! We find that the main reason for the Failing Brakes, and becoming beyond the stage of safety levels (when the pads are completely worn down and they become metal on metal with the Discs), is mainly because the vehicle had not been serviced the year before.

By skipping a service usually for financial reasons. You will be storing trouble up for the future. Especially, with problems with Failing Brakes. This is truly false economy.

We find the cost of the repairs is probably twice the cost as it would be if the repairs were picked up at an MOT test or for the vehicle servicing. When servicing and we find that the  Brake Pads are getting low, then we report back to the client with an advisory and the parts will be changed on the service making the car safe again, and up to scratch. If the owner does not have their vehicle serviced and the Failing Brakes are neglected, then the problem of low pads will then be spread to the other parts, namely the brake

Failing Brakes

The ladies BMW Mini having the brakes repaired after servicing

discs, and then you could end up with seized up brake calipers, and leaking brake cylinders and damaged ABS warning wires.

Failing Brakes problems would have been avoided.

One lady customer brought her BMW Mini in to us with Failing Brakes problems. When we examined them , the car required discs and pads on the front and pads on the rear. The lady could not understand this as she said that we had serviced the car a couple of months previously.

When we checked the records on our computer system, the last service was carried out 18 months ago, she had missed her annual service completely, needless to say that she apologised, paid her bill and went on her way. We do send out reminders to our customers, but it had slipped her mind.

The invoice was twice the amount as it would have been if the pads had been picked up on a standard service. We do understand that in such bad financial times, some people just can not afford for servicing doing but many Autocentres like ourselves in Halifax, will carry out brake service for as little as £29.90, then at least you will know that your brakes are safe.

 

Car Disk Brakes-A Brief Explanation about what they do and what they are?

 Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

Whatever car you drive you are likely to have Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake flued on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

Whatever car you drive a perhaps it is a small, medium,or a large 4×4 car even a motorbike or a pick up truck, you will probably have Car Disk Brakes fitted as standard on your vehicle. The

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Car Disk Brakes, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) and the disks, the Car Disk Brakes are the most commonly used on today’s modern cars. Disc brakes are far better and much more efficient than drum brakes because of their more modern design and more powerful stopping ability. Disc brakes are a success story from the world of motor racing and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Car Disk Brakes consist of two pads Made from a non-asbestos material that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. When you press the brake pedal inside the car, the pressure is transferred from the pedal to the discs thus stopping the car.You control the braking power. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads come together on the disk, forcing it to stop turning which will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.

 


How To Keep your Disk Brakes in top condition.

Whatever type of type of vehicle you may drive, you will probably need to consider having your brakes serviced and brakes maintenance or replacement of your brake parts , at some point along the way. It is important to have the thickness of your brake pads checked by a competent person preferably a qualified mechanic . If your pads are thin or even down to the bare metal, they can cause damage to your disc brakes which will increase your bill due to disc damage due to” metal on metal”.

 

Also check your brake fluid

You should always keep an eye on your cars brake fluid level in the cylinder top up tank under the bonnet. This top up is usually done on a regular service or brake service, by a competentAutocentrein your neighborhood.

Replacing the break pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easily on your own but it is worth noting that the brake discs and pads are becoming much more sophisticated on the cars of today. So Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure and once again it may be wise to let your localUnipart centre to do your brakes professionally.

What are the signs of brake disc damage ?

There are many ways your break disks will warn you of impending damage. The first experience that our customers have is a complaint of a “grinding” sound. This is usually the “metal on Metal” that I described earlier. The Car Disk Brakes can also warp, scar or crack , due to heat that is caused by heavy excessive braking. Once again these signs are picked up in routine brake servicing.

Are there different disc brake designs?

The answer to this is “YES”, these days, the designs of the Car Disk Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel, but others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate, keeping the discs cooler, once again a development from racing car design. These drilled out steel discs help prolong the life of the Car Disk Brakes because they reduce built-up heat and prevent the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless and each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About 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.

 

 

How Brake Pads Work-Understand What your BRAKE PADS Do

Post Updated 27th Dec 2013

How Brake Pads Work;Unipart brake pads

Here at Pellon Autocentre we use top quality brake parts, we use  because it gives us peace of mind that we are fitting a top class product and we know that our customers wont have problems with their new brake pads.

How Brake Pads Work;English: This is a graph demonstrating differe...

English: This is a graph demonstrating How Brake Pads Work different types of brake pads typical stopping distances from 80 MPH or 130 KM/hour in feet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

How Brake Pads Work

Your brake pads are one of the most important part of your brakes, as they are the component that makes contact to and applies the pressure and friction to your cars brake discs. This is the pressure and friction that is applied to the brake discs and this is what slows and stops your car. Once your brakes are applied the pressure from the master cylinder stops the wheels from turning and the car stops. The role of How Brake Pads Work is really very simple, but the construction of the brake pads is not.

Brake pads were once made out of asbestos when I was a young mechanic, but because of the cancer causing materials in the pads, new compounds had to be developed and nowadays brake pads are made from a mixture of metallic shavings or non-metallic, organic materials, depending on the manufacturers own compound mixes.

The brake pads are compressed onto your brake discs when you press the brake pedal. The discs are fitted directly to the wheel hubs and the axle, on applying the brake pads friction is forced upon the disc causing the wheels to slow and then stop depending on the pressure applied to the pedal. The discs work in unison with the brake pads in order to stop your vehicle.

When will I need new brake pads or discs?

There are many different warning signs that your vehicle will give you before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or extensive repair. The first thing to say is that you should always have your car regularly serviced, including your braking system. This will stop problems before they occur.

Here’s some other things that you should look out for.

Watch out for your brake warning light coming on when you are driving?

How Brake Pads Work

English: A set of EBC performance disk brake pads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check or have your garage check your brake fluid level?
Can you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
Can you feel a vibration or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is pressed?
Can you feel your vehicle steer or pull to one side when you apply your brakes?

All these symptoms are the most common signs that are a potential brake system How Brake Pads Work problems and they should be looked at immediately, as they have the potential to cause a lethal accident. Brakes are there to stop your car and they should not be treated lightly, if you have them inspected at regular intervals you will reduce the chances of future problems.

About Eric Roberts

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

 

How Brake Pads Work

Aaron checking out for brake pad problems

 

Check Your Brakes Regularly-Check your BRAKES it may save your Life

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013

 Check Your Brakes Regularly;Brakes are there to stop you please make sure they are in good condition ?

 When you finally need to replace your brake pads or any other parts on your car, it is important to contact a professional well equipped Auto Centre or

Check Your Brakes Regularly

Check Your Brakes Regularly;Unipart Brake Repairs on this BMW Mini, in at Pellon Autocentre-Halifax-UK

garage. You will have the confidence that your car will be handled by top class certified mechanics and you will be charged the correct price for the work that you are having carried out.

It is also important to know that the parts used will be genuine parts of the highest quality. We have full array of quality brake parts at our disposal to fit any car of any age. We can carry out any brake work at very competitive prices and as a member of Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), Uccc Members our work carries a nationwide guarantee so that you can go on holiday with peace of mind that should anything go wrong, you will be able to contact us and we will direct you to another garage in the area that you are staying for your holidays.

AN offer of a Car Brake Pads and Check Your Brakes Regularly service is always available to our customers, free of charge you just book your car in and we will remove all the wheels and inspect the brakes including the pads or shoes , also we inspect the brake calipers and any other Unipart Car Parts Online and components on your braking system. Your Car Brakes condition are then reported back to you, and you can make up your mind as to having the Disc Brakes work carried out or not. We will also give you the full and correct price for the work doing, including labour, parts and VAT.

 All our brakes work is fully guaranteed for 12 months

Check Your Brakes Regularly

Check Your Brakes Regularly;Aaron carrying out o brake inspection

 Both in Halifax and throughout The UK using the UCCC warranty scheme, an all round good deal. We also try to offer the best price for your brake job doing but because we use the best parts we may not always be the cheapest . It is also important to note that we carry out a full brake check on your car when having a Silver or a Gold service

We then report back to you if there is anything a miss with the brakes and you can make up your own mind if you require us to do the work. Please don’t forget that your brakes are there to stop you especially in emergencies, so Check Your Brakes Regularly, they are extremely important so do not neglect them and have a free brake check carried out by the experts.

About Eric Roberts

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

Skoda Brake Judder- Our customers Skoda, Turns Out to be in a Dangerous state ?

Skoda Brake Judder

Skoda Brake Judder; Brake Discs the problem

Skoda Brake Judder

Skoda Brake Judder; another picture of the broken discs

Amongst all the different types of work we carry out, brakes are one of the most important. It is vital that we carry out the work to the up most of our professional skills and we never fail.

The typical brake customer calls into the garage and says that their brakes are rattling or squeaking or they are making some noises. When this happens, we will need the car for a full morning or afternoon as brake jobs are crucial and we need the correct time to repair them correctly.   www.carbibles.com/brake_bible.html

The first thing we do is to remove all the wheels on a ramp and give the brakes a god examination; we also put the car on our brake roller if this is required. We then prepare a price and phone the customer with the good or bad news, before any work is carried out.

Skoda Brake Judder

In this particular case, we had a phone call from the owner of a Skoda Octavia; the car was a 2008 year model. Our customer complained of the car having “out of balance type of a Skoda Brake Judder”. When we removed the wheels Ryan Linton one of my mechanics was shocked to see that one of the brake discs had completely broken in two, a very dangerous condition. Therefore, it was lucky that the driver didn’t have an unfortunate accident.

Look at the pictures; the brakes should be in one piece

We think that we should report this to Skoda as these discs may be part of a bad batch, we hope not.?

For brake servicing in Halifax click the following linkhttps://www.pellonautocentre.com/brakeservicing.html

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

Skoda Brake Judder

Skoda Brake Judder; This Skoda brake disc is completely split in two. A very rare occurrence, nd the customer was referring the problem to Skoda for further examination.

 

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-A Look into How Important It Is To You and Your Car.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-We all should a regular brakes service carried out on our cars

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Along with tyres, the most important thing to look after on your cars are the brakes. We should all have our brakes checked at regular intervals, either on the cars routine service schedule or a stand alone Brake Servicing Halifax UK.

Most motorists though ignore my advice and do not know that they have a problem with their brakes until they hear the dreaded grinding of metal to metal as their pads wear out and touch the metal brake discs, making the all too familiar horrible grinding noise.

One of the other problems that the motorist has is that your brakes wear out very gradually. I am talking in particular about things like brake hoses and brake cylinder rubbers. Both these items are made of a rubber based material and eventually they will be eaten away by the brake fluid. This eating away would notice by our mechanics on a routine service as the leaking of the fluid is readily detectable.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

If the brakes including the metal pipes. Therefore, that carry the brake fluid round. Thus, are not checked out. Therefore, there is a possibility that they may leak causing brake failure. Luckily for us in the UK. We have a MOT test on an annual basis. As expected, the test does pick up many faults.

But it is a sagacious person that have their Brake Servicing Halifax UK at regular intervals. Motorists were particularly wise if they have a Disc Brakes service carried out after Winter time. Winter is the time that you will use the brakes twice as much as in Summertime, because of motoring on ice and snow. Another reason to have a brakes service is if you live in a hilly or mountainous area, apparently you will be using the brakes much more when going down steep inclines and taking sharp bends, probably using the Car Brakes twice as much as on regular flat roads such as in Norfolk.

We only use quality Unipart replacement part on our brakes servicing

Brake pads usually need changing when there is about 25% of the Car Brake Pads left on, and callipers have a system of measurements to determine how thin they are and whether or not they may need changing

We here at Pellonautocentre offer a free brake check or can carry out a brake service for £29.90. If any brake work is required, we can provide our customers with a courtesy car, or give them a lift and back.

We only use Unipart quality parts with a warranty that covers all the mainland UK.

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About Eric Roberts

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

 

SQUEAKING BRAKES- What can cause rattling and noisy brake sounds?

SQUEAKING BRAKES

Most motorists have suffered from Squeaking brakes but what is it??

Some cars develop the SQUEAKING BRAKES problem. Thus, during normal motoring.Therefore, sometimes this is will occur when new brake pads have recently been fitted.

Squeaking brakes

Excellent new discs on this BMW cured the Squeaking brakes problem

The first thing we do at Pellon Autocentre. Is to remove all the wheels for close inspection. If the brakes have not been serviced recently we inspect each set of brakes.Hence, to look for any problems with the wear of the pads or shoes. We then check the other parts.Naturally, for incorrect fitting or for any damage that may have taken place. Sometimes the customer has had cheap ones fitted.Thus, causing dust to clog up the pads and become noisy or squeaky.

If nothing visible can be found, we would install new pads, only using the pads that are recommended for that model of car and the highest quality. Indeed because of the Squeaking Brakes Pads problem in the first instance we would use the original equipment pads from the main dealers. We at Pellon are a Unipart Service Centre and so use Unipart brake parts, and although these parts are of the highest quality, there are occasions then it is necessary to use the original equipment parts for excellent customer service this usually solves the problem especially for problem pads such as premature wear or indeed Squeaking brakes.

SQUEAKING BRAKES

If the problem persists, we may have to look at fitting pads with a higher carbon content although this is most unusual. Another issue could be the brake shims that fit between the pads and the callipers. The squeaky brakes problem can be cured by removing the shims and clean them thoroughly before giving them a coating of brake grease and then refitting them to the car; this job should be done at regular services so as not to cause future problems.

This will cure a noise often caused by the Car Brakes pads vibrating against the calliper during braking; this is usually heard by the driver as a squeak

We at Pellon consider you brakes as critical; any work carried out on the brakes should only be performed by professionals. We often find that when Disc Brakes are done by the DIY motorists things like brake squeaks often occur.

BMW brakes disc

you have any strange problems from parts provided, anywhere in the mainland Britain.

For other information and TYRE prices, please log onto www.pellonautocentre.com