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Unipart Car Care Centre Halifax UK-Customer advantages of using them.Now linking with the AA.

Unipart Car Care Centre Halifax UK

Unipart Car Care Centre Halifax UK can give an independent garage nationwide security

Over the past four or five years I (as the owner) have been looking at different good garage schemes, to improve the standard and customer care of my garage and MOT centre, here in

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Halifax West Yorkshire.

I looked at several business models.Hence, now in operation and decided to go for the Unipart Car Care Centre scheme (UCCC) for short. This would mean that we would have to be vetted.Thus, for the quality of our workmanship. Along with other things such as nationwide cover for our customers. That have car problems in other parts of the country. In other words, a national garage network to protect our customers here in Unipart Car Care Centre Halifax UK.

We also can offer a choice of courtesy cars from small to large. A collection and delivery service in the Calderdale area.

1-A car wash with every service.                                                                 

2-A car valeting service available on request.

3-Qualified mechanics trained in the latest technologies

4-Brakes and Shock Absorbers

5-Car Air Conditioning

6-Car Batteries

7-Car Exhausts

8-Clutch Replacement

9-Engine Diagnostics

10-Engine Management

11-Diesel Tuning

12-Wheel Alignment and Balancing

all makes and models catered for Nationwide guarantee

Fit parts that match the quality of those originally fitted so your manufacturers’ warranty won’t be revoked

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Unipart Car Care Centre Halifax UK

Committed to the motor industry code of practice  adhere to the Unipart Car Care Centre customer service pledge  Service you can trust and value for money

A Unipart Car Care Centre will only fit Unipart service parts wherever possible.

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  Unipart car care centre parts are certified as Original Equipment Matching Quality, this ensures life and best performance, plus if your car is in warranty it is not cancelled.  All Unipart car parts are backed up by a minimum 12 months warranty policy.  For further information or its products call 01865 38 39 40 or visit www.unipartautomotive.co.uk

When organising a car service, it’s important that you establish what the service includes.UCCC, Halifax UK can provide you with a detailed quotation so that you know up front exactly what work will be done and the costs involved. UCCC Halifax UK will also provide you with a full service completed checklist as confirmation of a job well done.

 When it comes to general car repairs and faults, we strongly suggest that customers ask to speak to a Unipart Car Care Centre mechanic or a technician about any vehicle problems that they are experiencing. Explain the problem in as much detail as you can. If you can, include when the problem occurs, for example only when the engine is cold, or after the vehicle has been left standing, or when driving on certain road conditions then this will help with the diagnosis of the faults and speed up the time taken to repair your car.

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 -Classic Jaguar was used on many early TV Police type films.

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4-early sixties MKII series 2 Jaguar

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013/22nd March 2016

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 waiting for the MOT Test.

 This beautiful Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4. Hence, takes me back to an old manager of mine. Back in my days as a tyre salesman. I noticed it waiting for a MOT test.For this reason, thought I would try to find something interesting. Hence, about these wonderful cars.

This car is a classic early 1960,s MKII silver Jaguar. The best I could come up was with the TV Inspector Morse. If you can remember. Inspector Morse had a superb Burgundy coloured Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4. Ours is a silver one.

This car was introduced in October 1959. When I was just 11 years old. It was known as “a compact four-door saloon”.Accordingly, was sold brand new for £1,534. It was the car that typified the Jaguar look. Hence, a real stunner. There were around 25,000 made. For this reason, and the 2.4 was fitted with a 2483 cc giving 120 brake horsepower. With a top speed of just under 100 mph. This car was also seen in many police films. Usually in black with the London police force. The car would do about 0 to 60 in 17 seconds.

The car that turned up for the MOT test was in great condition

 For its age and passed with flying colours. I would like to thank the owner for letting me use the image.Thus, for this blog and if you like this model of Jaguar please log onto the link below for more information. This car is one of many old and classic cars. That we MOT and service here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire. It is here of  course that the Tour de France cycle race. So, will be starting out in early July.As a result is expected to be watched by Millions of TV viewers.Thus, all over the World. There is no doubt that classic cars. Hence, like this Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 will be around for many years to come. lastly, and will be tested on the List of New MOT Rules.

 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.

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.

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Anti-lock Braking System

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)-Another great explanatory video about how ABS works.

Anti-lock Braking System

Anti-lock Braking System

This article is about your anti-lock braking system. Thus, ABS fitted onto your car is an additional safety feature. Hence, this is now found on many modern cars. Your cars ABS system. For this reason, is designed to help prevent your wheels from locking. Especially, during heavy braking situations, such as cornering on a wet or snowy road. Thus, your ABS will  prevent your car from skidding or Aquaplaning. Your ABS system is made up of the ABS module, and has sensors fitted on each of your wheels. As a result, these sensors detect your wheel speed.hence, this will send a message to the ABS module. This reacts by rapidly pumping the brakes when detected. Especially when the car is skidding and has lost the traction on a wet or icy road.

If your car is not fitted with an ABS system, then a lost of traction due to loss of traction. This could be caused by skidding, or aquaplaning on wet roads.  When you have to apply your brakes, then without ABS you could lose control of the car. As a result, your ABS system on your vehicle will give you plenty of warning signs when there is any problems with ABS system.

I think it is important for the driver to be aware of the warning signs. By knowing about the problems and correcting them, then you are more likely to be able to address the problem, should a problem occur. As I have said previously, ABS works by detecting individual wheel-lock and momentarily releasing the brakes on that particular wheel. Hence, by cutting out the amount of brake fluid. Which is supplied to the wheel via the master cylinder.Therefore to allow the wheel to regain traction and then carry on driving on in safety.

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New Diesel particulate filters Law-2014- makes Even more important to use the correct Oil

New Diesel particulate filters Law

New Diesel particulate filters Law

Oil helps in reducing vehicle emissionsNew Diesel particulate filters Law

New laws are making car manufacturers vastly reduce the emissions of new models that they produce. One of the ways to do this is by fitting complicated exhaust after treatment units to their cars. It means that new low SAPS oil must be used to protect these units. New laws will be coming out in 2014 to reduce the emissions even further. For further reading…http://www.dieselnet.com/standards/eu/nonroad.php 

Another large change that is now becoming more common is the development of the “extended service intervals”, this means that the car owner needs to use special long life oil must be used to meet the extra demands of the longer service intervals. Most service centers will have the computer technology to state the exact oil that the car requires, but things are becoming more difficult for the DIY motorists amongst us.

New Diesel particulate filters Law; Indeed by using the wrong oil in your car can cost you around £2500

For a new engine unit, this the average cost of a family sized saloon engine replacement. I am not trying to scaremonger, but the stuff in your engine is becoming more critical. The number of 5W-30 oil types now used on modern cars has increased dramatically; this is because of the number of reasons introduced by the car manufacturers.

Any motorist getting this wrong will end up in trouble and possibly a large bill.It is now getting more important to have your vehicle serviced at a reputable service center, even an engine service will be better than nothing, do not forget good service centers will have all the help from the oil companies to make sure that they get the correct product for their car. The wrong oil will block up your diesel particulate filter or poison your three-way catalytic converter, all at a terrible cost. Also do not forget to get the correct oil mix, for example, synthetic or semi-synthetic oils, or even diesel or petrol oils, all have different properties, so if in doubt have your car serviced by professionals, and don’t take the risk of a damaged engine.

 Pellon Auto Centre in Halifax offers to service at excellent rates.,

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I used to work 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

How a clutch works

How a clutch works – internals of transmission and clutch assembly

How a clutch works

How a clutch works

This is a video showing how a slave cylinder, clutch and transmission work together to engage power from the engine and disengage power from the engine to the transmission. Filmed at the Toyota Commemorative museum of Industry and Technology near Nagoya, Japan. Clutches are what we call a “bread and butter” job. Hence, i thought that i would show a video to demonstrate the things that our technicians have to do when replacing the clutch.
We often have our customers ringing us. Consequently, they ask the question, “how can i tell if my clutch is going”. Therefore, I usually answer with the same explanation. You’ll know when the clutch is going. Because the biting point will happen with less pedal push, and the clutch will slip when the drive is under heavy load.

How a clutch works

When i car eventually arrives in the workshop. We start the car and dip the clutch pedal. Next step is to place the car into third gear. With the handbrake of, we then very slowly release the clutch. A good clutch will stall the engine.
if you carry out the same procedure with a slipping clutch. Then, the engine will probably judder, try to pull away and then the engine will stall. Sometimes, you will hear a rattle when you release the clutch pedal. This is a sign that the clutch plate will be broken up and needs replacing.
Another sign that your clutch is on the way out, is that there will be terrible smell, when the clutch pedal is released. This is a problem with death drivers. because, they cannot hear very well then they do not know that their clutch is slipping. The tell tale sign is the smell that the burning clutch plate gives off. We have one customer, who goes through a clutch a year,(good for business?).

 

 

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) Work-A good look at this excellent video in the braking series.

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

The technology that we use.Hence, in ABS braking systems, is almost a hundred years old. The ABS systems were first used on aircraft. Accordingly, since the World War 2 period.
ABS was used on cars as early as the 1920’s. In my time as a garage owner in Halifax UK. I remember the first ABS systems coming out in the 1990’s. The system was developed to improve road safety. Of course, ABS also improved the cars handling. Especially, on wet roads when braking, then the ABS gives your car better control.
I always thought that the ABS system on cars, was very complicated to understand. However, the system is fairly simple to understand. If you are driving along and have to brake quickly. Then your car may go into a skid . The ABS control module sensor, picks up any slow down or a pause in the wheel turning.
Thus, it corrects the problem and helps the driver to steer out of trouble. In a normal type of skid(if there is such a thing). The cars steering control is lost, but continues in a straight line.This is also picked up by the ABS control sensor and pulses the brakes. This pulsing results in the driver being able to control the car out of the skid.

How ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)

Most cars are equipped with a ABS control on each wheel. The car also has an ABS anti-lock control module and an electronic control unit. For normal braking the ABS system, applies the hydraulic pressure to all the four of the cars wheels. When a skid is detected, then the pressure pulses to each brake. The system is a little more complicated, but i think that this is a fair description.

A 3D video I wrote, storyboarded and directed. This video is posted elsewhere but I’m the originator of the work.

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Auto Air Conditioning Systems at a Glance

Auto Air Conditioning Systems at a Glance-A look at how your cars air-conditioning works

Auto Air Conditioning Systems at a Glance

Auto Air Conditioning Systems at a Glance

Many of us older drivers, will remember the days when air-conditioning, was only available on the top car brands. For this reason, i decided to put a few videos onto my blog. Naturally, most modern cars nowadays are now fitted with AC (air-conditioning). Most modern Autocentres, like Pellon Autocentre, here in Halifax. Accordingly, can now carry out repairs and re-charge many car models AC systems.

Therefore, Air Conditioning in cars came about in the 1940’s. The first ones were fairly basic. Hence moving forward to today’s vehicles, there is modern  technologies. As expected, such things as computerized automatic temperature control. Which allow you to set temperature that you want, automatically. For this reason, this has added a great deal of complexity to today’s modern vehicles air conditioning systems.

Furthermore, we now have tough environmental laws, that regulate car AC systems. Regulated things include, such things as recharging the  AC system with refrigerant. Another rule that regulates the AC system is the  evacuating and charging of the PAG oil needed by the compressor. Scientific studies have proved that there has been a damaging effect of the AC refrigerant to the Earths ozone layer.

Today’s modern garage now to have technicians. As expected, have to be certified on the use of refrigerants. Thus, can also repair your air conditioner system. As expected, we  purchased a special machine for  working and servicing on the cars with AC problems.So, as a motorist, basic knowledge of your air conditioning system is important knowledge to know. because it will give the driver more knowledge about the work that a garage has to carry out when repairing your AC. .

Modern AC or HVAC systems are composed of the following, COMPRESSOR, CONDENSER, EVAPORATOR, ORIFICE TUBE, EXPANSION VALVE, RECEIVER DRIER, or ACCUMULATOR.

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