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Rack and Pinion for Steering Problems

Rack and Pinion for Steering Problems such as Steering Stiffness, Steering Pull or Steering Wander

Rack and Pinion for Steering Problems

Rack and Pinion for Steering Problems;

Steering problems are part of everyday problems here at Pellon Autocentre, in Halifax UK. For this reason i am showing this video to explain the things we have to do when repairing and diagnose these problems.

One of the things that we find is that, many of our customers do not know that they have any steering problems at all. What happens is that these problems build up very slowly.Therefore, the driver does not know of any thing that may have gone wrong. Steering problems are often picked up by our mechanics when carrying an MOT test.

Occasionally one of our customers will complain about their car pulling to the left or right. This could be a few problems including the steering out of alignment. Steering wheel movement, usually relates to rack and pinion problems. This can be picked up by one of mechanics giving the steering a visual inspection. Whatever problems occur with your steering we are always willing to check your car over and give a free assessment and a price quote, for any steering work that may require rectification.

Rack and Pinion for Steering Problems

Hard to steer? Don’t pay a mechanic! Step-by-step instructions to diagnose, service and troubleshoot a rack and pinion on automobiles. This video covers testing, installation and operation of a rack and pinion with advice on properly bleeding the steering system fluid. Sponsored by BBB Industries – makers of premium alternators and starters that meet or exceed OE form, fit and function. http://www.BBBind.com

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Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre-for Testing at Pellon MOT Centre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre; This beautiful specimen Rolls Royce presented for MOT

So,our testers Ryan new tester Dale are always Happy. Especially, when a customer trusts them with to carry out work.naturally, or a test on such a Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre. We always treat our customer’s cars in such a way. But occasionally we are presented with a unique car that ends up in my Pellon Autocentre blog.

To bring this a little more up to date. Vintage cars and modern classic cars such as the Ford Cortina, do not need to be tested. This came as a directive from the European Union.Thus, after much wheeling and dealing became law here in the UK. The older vintage cars are usually kept immaculate. By their owners. Because of their high value. Many of our customers do have an annual test carried out every year.Therefore, this also keeps up to some insurance company stipulations. Because, the old cars still need to be tested to prove their road worthiness, in my opinion, a great idea.

I only hope that Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre will be the same for the so-called modern classic cars. One that springs to mind is the old Morris 1000’s. I was recently asked to look at one with perhaps the intention of buying the car, but when we examined it was just an old rust bucket, but did not officially require a ministry test. These are the type of car that worry me; I think that these cars need some tighter regulation, and I hope it comes from the insurance companies to insist on a test before the car can be insured.

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre; This car for on MOT is a 1937 Wolseley 1.7 1937

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Old cars visit Pellon Autocentre;1937 Wolseley

The company Wolseley started in business making sheep shearing equipment and later started to produce cars under the direction of Mr Herbert Austin. The company was bought out by the Vickers group but was then later sold to William Morris in 1927.

By the 1950s Wolseley became part of the BMC team and became one of the premier models in their group, which included Riley and MG cars. The cars were very well fitted out using wood and leather for the interiors; these cars were to become very specialised and are now valuable collectors cars. The cars became part of the new British Leyland company, and production was finished in 1975 a somber day.

MOT testing is carried out at our MOT department of www.mot-halifax.co.uk. We can collect customers cars, or a courtesy car can be booked by appointment. Mot tests are now on special offer at £39.90 quoting “ Wolseley Blog “ as the reference number.

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

 

Simple Car Brakes- How They Work and some of their associated problems?

A short explanation to learn about a simple car brakes system

In this small article. I will give a little incite into the workings of the average family Simple Car Brakes system.

The first component in Simple Car Brakes is the brake pedal. This is what you press to stop your vehicle. Brake pedals are made of very sturdy steel and work on the principle of a lever.Thus, when the car brake is Simple Car Brakespressed the pedal transmits the force from your foot.Therefore, pressing the pedal to a part called the” Master Cylinder”.The pedal also has an electric switch that operates the brake lights. Because when the car brake is pressed the brake light comes on at the rear of the car.

When you press the pedal this transfers force to the master cylinder.Thus via a push-rod, master cylinders are storage reservoirs for brake fluid and also contain a piston. These piston compressors the brake fluid to the rest of the car brakes system via the brake pipes.

Brake pressure is then transferred from the master cylinder to the brake callipers Also the wheel cylinders, located on each corner of the car. hence, where the wheel fits onto. In this day and age, most cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, but older cars with Simple Car Brakes have drum brakes on the rear wheels.

Simple Car Brakes

Disc brakes are more efficient than drum brakes. The pressure from the master cylinder is then transferred to a piston in the brake callipers. This pressure then applies force from the calliper.Then to the brake pads against the brake discs.Therefore, stopping the car.

Car brake pads are crucial and should be checked and changed if they are well worn at regular intervals. Pads are made to withstand lots of heat and pressure to cope with the speed and stopping distances of the modern car.

Brake pads are made of metal and an organic compound to deal with the heat and pressure. At one-time brake pads were made of asbestos, but this was banned for “health and safety” reasons.

Car brake drums and discs are usually made of high strength steel or cast iron, these too must be checked for wear at regular intervals, and can warp in time giving bad vibrations

Simple Car BrakesSimple Car Brakes; poorWorn out brakes Discs and pads ready to be replaced

reduce braking. It is always wise to ask your garage to check and change your discs and pads together.

To sum up brakes are better left to the professionals and should be checked out at every service interval.

 Your car brakes efficiency is checked at every MOT, but as yet the test does not include a visual inspection, it is wise that you have this done.

Many of our customers do not know that they have a brake problem. Until they hear a very loud grinding noise. By this time much damage will have been done.Therefore, it is always better as stated earlier to have your brakes checked at regular intervals. Making sure that the parts that are fitted are quality parts. At a reputable garage or service centre. You can have your brakes checked in the Halifax area by www.pellonautocentre.com and use Unipart car brake parts.

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Car Lights Missing-it is important to check your lights to make sure that you can be seen.

Car Lights Missing

Have you noticed all the “one eyed monster” with car lights missing

With the nights now getting visibly darker. Then it is just as well that we have well lit roads and well-lit highways. Generally, this is very important. We have probably one of the best after dark road light systems in the developed world.  Car lights are a safety critical aspect of motoring. But it seems that more and more cars are driving on our roads with lights out.

I have often noticed that cars on the continent. Especially France drive about all the time with on or more of their  car lights not working. of course, the cars in France have a slight excuse. Because they only have an Car Lights MissingMOT every two years. Although, this is no excuse ! firstly, because of the safety concerns. Developing  by having car lights out.

I call them “ one-eyed monsters”. Secondly, I feel that drivers have NO excuse for driving about in the dark without the full compliment of light bulbs in working order. Your car lights play a vital role in the safety of your vehicle and indeed other road users including pedestrians.

It is paramount that you check your lights all the time especially in the winter time. 

We at Pellon auto centre . Cannot believe the number of cars that are failing the MOT test. Because of light bulbs that are defective. I can not believe the number of cars that I have seen driving along the M62 motorway of poor visibility such as heavy rain or even fog with a head light off; it is entirely irresponsible.

These days many car manufacturers are fitting light bulb warning lights to alert the motorist that a bulb is out this is a great step forward, and it will be a much safer World when all cars have these sensors fitted.

 Car Lights Missing;Remember to get your car lights checked out every week there is no excuse its dangerous

I was coming home from Leeds this Sunday and three cars in a row had missing Halogen Light Bulbs and head light bulbs, there is really no excuse for this please get them checked and

Car Lights Missing

1 H7-R477 typical car light bulb

fitted most of our car bulbs are now sourced from Ring Electrical Auto

 

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

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

 

 

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

 

Pellon Autocentre Halifax-A Unipart “Car Care Centres” for your Car Servicing Needs

Pellon Auto-centre are a Unipart service centre.

At Pellon Autocentre Halifax we now use 90% of Unipart servicing and car repair products. Or similar high standard quality parts. This is because over recent years. We have had a growing respect for the quality of the servicing Pellon Autocentre Halifaxproducts used.Thus, because of the quality we have had minimum problems due to faulty parts. The finest parts are sourced by the car care centre”buyers .Therefore, this shows in the excellent standard of the parts that we fit to our customers cars.naturally,when they come to us for servicing or repair work.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax became a  Car Care Centre (uccc). To help us generate a better standard of servicing. So the venture has sure worked for us.Accordingly, offering a better quality of parts to match our renowned workmanship and fitting standards. Due to the new EU regulations. We can now service any car that is still under a MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY. But this is no longer true. As long as the parts fitted are of original equipment quality. Any good garage can service the car and stamp the service book without affecting the cars guarantee.

Unipart Car Care Centres use Auto-data Service schedules.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax use only the Autodata service schedule for all makes of cars this gives the exact work to be carried out on that particular car. Also giving exact information for timing belt change types and service intervals. Most valuable information, which is passed onto the customer.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Pellon Autocentre Halifax;promise of care in the UK

Eric Roberts…members of Point-S Tyres

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

Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Pellon Autocentre Halifax only use the best Parts

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

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-great to be able to work on these Vintage cars from the past

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine; Eric Roberts and his MOT testers are pleased that the owner of such a valuable and iconic car. 

The car was first bought by a wealthy cotton mill owner from Bradford in West Yorkshire. He bought the car as a gift to his wife. The Rolls Royce, has been kept in “excellent condition”by its present owner ever since. We at Pellon carry out the annual MOT test.
The Wraith Limousine was built by Rolls Royce at their premises in Derbyshire from between 1938 and 1939. It was sold only as a chassis to “independent car and coach body builders”. Who then built individual versions of the body styles for this“great car”.
The Wraith had coil spring independent suspension with large leaf springs at the rear, the car had a six cylinder overhead valve 4257 cc engine, with a four speed gearbox three gears had synchromesh gears fitted.
Drum brakes came as standard and were assisted by a “mechanical servo” driven by the engine from a French designer. This car was fitted with an “hydraulic jacking system” which was operated from a lever under the passenger seat.
Speed depended on the type of body that the car had fitted. Furthermore, the average speed was probably about 80 to 90 mph. Finally, the tyres on the car were 17ins usually Dunlop tyres and the wheels were wire spokes in design.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

The car was in great condition for the mot test.In 1938 the complete touring car would have cost around £1700 to £2000 for a complete car including the body, only 492 cars were built but due to the outbreak of the “second world war” production had to stop. This why some of the cars have later registration numbers. The car that we were working on is registered in 1946 because of the need to hold them in storage until after the war.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-car waiting for the mot test

This car is a “fine specimen” and we are proud to have the car to be MOT tested at our premises in Halifax to have your car tested log on to. www.pellonautocentre.com/mot.htm

MOT Testing Halifax-Wheels and Tyres-Explained

Pellon Autocentre is an MOT Testing Halifax station with over 20 years experience.

 

MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Testing Halifax is part of a series of explanations. About, how the MOT Rules works to keep your car safe and legal.When you prepare your car for the MOT test, the follow advice will apply.Especially, when dealing with wheels and tyres. The first thing to check are the wheels. As a result, if you have alloy wheels.Because, you should check for serious damage and cracks. Also, you must have a full set of wheel nuts fitted. If your car has steel wheels and plastic hub caps.Of course, the nuts will not be checked by the tester.Thus, they will only be checked if you remove the hub caps before the car is tested.

If any nuts are missing then this will result in a failure.
According to the DVLA MOT Rules. The tyre condition is very important. Testers look for any side wall damage and for any cuts or damage to the tyre tread. The tester will also check the tread depth. Using his official tread depth gauge.The legal limit is 1.6 mm across three-quarters of the tread width . This can be detected by a visual look at the tyres.Of course, before you present the car for a test. Tyre manufacturers build into the tyre treads a wear indicator bar.For when the tyre wears down to the bar a bald patch is visible. Police officers also use these bars as away of a quick check of tyre condition.Especially, when stopping a motorist for a check over.

Spare wheels and tyres are not part of the MOT test,

MOT Testing Halifax. You may not present a car for a test with a temporary spare on the car.Also, you must present the car with the best four wheels and tyres on your car. Tyre sizes are checked on the car on the same axle. But other information such as load ratings are not checked.Because, this is deemed as too technical. As a result, some cars may break the law. They are not part of an MOT test and therefore will not fail.
It is always good practice to have your car checked out or have a service when you have your car tested, this will ensure that your car is legal and safe. Pellon Autocentre is leading MOT Testing Halifax area.

Eric Roberts

 

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. 

M-O-T Testing Advice- For Diesel Engine Car Owners

Updated 12th May 2014

M-O-T Testing Advice;Pellon tyre and Autocentre offer advice for M.O.T testing for diesel owners.

M-O-T Testing Advice says. That the  first thing to do before having your diesel engined car in for a test. Is to read a free leaflet from VOSA, that is available from your local M.O.T centre.
This DVLA Rules leaflet. Will show the M-O-T Testing Advice to do and look out for during the “diesel smoke testing” part of the test.
This part of the test is very important. It helps the environment by testing the smoke emissions given out by your car. This helps to minimize the pollution and the fuel efficiency of your car. The test also checks that your car engine is working correctly. Therefore, so reduces waste, “the black smoke that you see coming from a

M-O-T Testing Advice

M-O-T Testing Advice;Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

diesel engine”.
The important M-O-T Testing Advice when introducing a diesel car to the M.O.T test. Is to make sure that the car is well maintained at all times.Because,a regular oil and filter changes are always a good thing on diesel engine cars.
You must have your cam belt monitored. Also changed at the recommended periods,(most good garages will help you and advise you about your camshaft replacement periods). Here at Pellon Autocentre we advice every car presented with a service. This helps our customers plan ahead.For this reason, and not suffer the problem of a broken belt and a possible damaged engine.

Before your diesel M.O.T test

Prior to your test, it is advisable to give your car a short run , this will warm your engine and therefore produce less smoke during the test,some people also put a diesel additive into the car before the diesel test.It is important that you do not mess with the governor settings as these are set to help your car engine run efficiently.When the time comes to do the smoke test the tester will check the oil temperature, this is to ensure that the engine is warm enough to carry out the test.

The tester will then proceed to accelerate the engine until the engines governor kicks in, he will do this up to a maximum of six times. This often scares customers who are watching the test, but the tester will not hold the engine at full speed for any long length of time.
This part of the M-O-T Testing Advice is very important.” If your car has been properly maintained the test should not cause any damage to your engine”, if you are not sure of the condition of your car engine you should tell the tester before he continues with this part of the test. M.O.T Testers are not responsible for the condition of your engine prior to the test it is your responsibility.
I hope that this part of the test explains more to you and is informative, Pellon Autocentre carry out M.O.T testing in Halifax.

Eric Roberts

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