Car Servicing and Cold Weather can bring drivers higher motoring costs

Sometimes I think that we are lucky with the winter weather here in the UK. 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, with ten foot of snow followed by temperature of 18C, causing the snow to melt and then flooding.

As a keen blogger I know that the winter months are very good for business in the States as the winter approaches and the freezing conditions cause many problems to the American motorists.

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New water pump to replace the frozen old one.

Anyhow back to the UK. This winter 2014-2015 has been the usual mixture of cold and mild weather that could affect your car if it has not been properly maintained. I am pleased to say that many motorists have now taken heed of our continuous publicity about the advantages of winter tyres and it has now reaped reward with millions of motorists now fitting Cheap Winter Tyres to their cars and 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.

Check out your antifreeze levels and top them up with the right coloured coolant and antifreeze, check with the instructions on the bottle, to get the right mix. Also make a note of when your antifreeze was last changed; every couple of years should be the right time to have it changed. Wiper blades are also worth checking, but these will be

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

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 on the different viscosity that you may require 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 your carry out  regular car servicing then you will not need to worry about the fluid and just have it topped up at your

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Replace fluid in washer bottle with strong anti frost liquid

local garage. Also as I have said in other blogs, 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 and winter is perhaps our busiest times of year, so 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.

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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, indicating a lack of antifreeze. In fact this was the problem. Because of the lack of antifreeze the water pump had frozen and the splines connecting it to the power steering pump had sheared 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.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car servicing 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 Pirelli Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

Vauxhall Corsa- Fails MOT Test- Because of Worn Out Front Suspension.

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New Lambda sensor fitted after the emissions test failure.

The Vauxhall Corsa is indeed a very popular little car,

Especially with female drivers. The little car also makes a good city car, with very little problem when getting around town and parking. The Corsa is well known for its light steering;

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Vauxhall Corsa for Mot repairs

(power steering) which makes the little car easy to maneuver and along with its good rear end visibility makes the car easy to park and is a favorite with the lady drivers.

The car was launched by Vauxhall in 1993 and has proved to be a very successful model for the giant car company. The car has also remained cheap to buy, both new and second hand. We recently purchased a Vauxhall  Corsa from one of our lady customers, to be used as one of our courtesy cars, and it has proven to be a little gem and popular with our lady drivers, who use the car when leaving their own car for servicing or repairs.

The Corsa has a few drawbacks; it is not for the taller person and the car is very cramped when driving with four adults, (two fronts and two rears), they are also not very suitable for the out of town open road driving. They are noisy due to road and engine noise and they do not corner very well, especially with a full car of adults.

However despite this the little super mini is very popular amongst younger people, as this is the first car than many first time drivers can usually afford , Corsa’s can be found at bargain prices and as I have said earlier the lady drivers love to drive them around town and they are easy to park.

The running costs of these little cars are one of its assets, the little 1.0litre cars can do as many as 50 mpg and the diesel versions can come up figures of 60 mpg, making the car a good

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Vauxhall Corsa new and old broken spring

choice for the economically minded driver. The insurance is also very low, most normal sized engine cars come into the lowest insurance groups possible. The Corsa is also cheap to service, making the car as I have said earlier cheap and economical to run, favouring the money conscious lady drivers and the young first time car buyers.

Vauxhall Corsa cars have had several factory recalls

These little cars are usually trouble free when it comes mechanical problems apart from the usual wear and tear items such as tyres, exhausts and suspension and brake parts, but there has been a few recall problems with cars between 2000 and 2006.

The following problems included, air bag problem due to faulty software, faulty seat adjustment catches and spring, causing the seat to move or not lock, steering wheel problems, the centre nut that holds the steering wheel in place was not tightened correctly causing the steering  wheel to wobble. The early Corsa had also cam-belt problems, they should be changed every 40,000 miles promptly, or a damaged engine could follow,

One of our long standing lady customers dropped off her carfor a service and an MOT test. She said that the car was in excellent condition and should walk the test. Dale Linton tested the car and found that all sorts of things were wrong. The steering and suspension had lots of play in them, the car also had a broken spring and also failed the emissions test.

We always phone our customers before working on their car and we always save the old parts for them to look at.

The Vauxhall Corsa required new front control arms (known as wishbones to some people) a new spring and a new lambda sensor. The lady said that she could hear some knocking coming from the front of the Vauxhall Corsa when she drove over speed bumps, but did not think much about it. She gave us permission to complete the work and new control arms were fitted. We know that you can

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Vauxhall Corsa new and old worn out front control arms before refitting

fit new control arm bushes, but this takes much longer and by the time you have removed the old bushes and fitted new ones, we can fit a complete new arm. The costs work out about the same because of the labour factor.

We fitted a new lambda sensor and a new spring before re-testing the Vauxhall Corsa and then servicing it. The car is now a far better ride than when she brought it in and the lady customer noticed this and thanked us for our great service.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and car steering 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.pellontyres.co.uk  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.

CAR SERVICING-Do You Have to Have Your Servicing Done By the Main Dealer ?

Your car servicing can be carried out when the car is  under the manufactures warranty

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European Union EU flag

As a garage owner of long standing, this is a question that I am always asked, albeit too late to benefit my garage. When customers come to us for say a tyre fitting, then they sometimes ask us what the price of a service would be for their car. Some customers then say that we can’t do the car  servicing because the car is under the manufacturer’s warranty and they must take their cars to the main dealer (franchise garage).

This ruling was brought out in the European Union (EU) in 2010 as an update to previous legislation, and is similar to the American version of “Right to repair act”. It was brought up to date to prevent the car manufacturers from protectionism and diverting the cars that they made to their franchise dealers, thus not allowing any work to be passed onto the independent garage sector while the vehicle was still under warranty. This also would have included Prestige Car Servicing and would have given the main dealer garages the monopoly for all the work whilst the car was still in the warranty period.

This was not acceptable to the EU, as car repair bills were then accounting for 40% of running and owning a family auto, and the costs were going to rise in future years. In my opinion this legislation was not very well publicised, because the general public do not know much about the fact that you can take your vehicle to a reputable independent garage even if the car is still under the makers warranty scheme.

More reading…http://ec.europa.eu/competition/sectors/motor_vehicles/legislation/legislation.html 

Car owners are still told that they must return their cars to the franchise dealers for servicing and out of warranty repair work, such as brake pad replacements and other wear and tear items, or else if they don’t it will affect their cars warranty. This is simply NOT TRUE?

A couple of my customers have told me recently that this is what the salesman had told them, when they had bought their new vehicle. One was a guy with a BMW, who told him that the carcar servicing under warranty

had to be serviced by the BMW garage to keep the cars warranty. Another woman customer had bought an Audi TT from the local Audi franchise and they told her the same. I am not sure if it is a lack of knowledge by the car salesman, but I suspect that they must be trained to say these things.

The EU legislation states that all car makers, have to offer the least, a two year unlimited mileage warranty on all their cars, this starts from the day the car is first registered. These car sales people should know the law and I am sure the same thing is applicable in the USA, as I stated under their “right to repair laws”. The two year minimum warranty ruling also applies if the car changes ownership within the warranty period.

The 2010 EU ruling along with previous legislation has been around for quite a while now and all franchise garages know that you cannot force a new car buyer to return the car for all its car servicing work, to enable the car to retain its warranty. The only stipulation is that the independent garage that is carrying out the service should carry out the work according to the cars manufacturing service manual and also use service parts of the same quality as the original equipment fitted the vehicle.

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Car servicing Halifax can also be carried out by other local garages if the car is still under warranty

In my opinion it is good practice to have your car servicing done at a reputable garage

One that may be recommended by your family or friends. If possible look out for a garage that is one of the “good garage schemes” or one that is vetted by the Motor codes organisation or by the Independent Garage Association. My garage is a member of one of these schemes and you may think that I am blowing my own trumpet, but in my opinion standards are high and customer care is a priority at most of these regulated garages. I must stress though, that if a part is found to be faulty then the franchise dealer has the right to repair the van under the terms of the car warranty. In my opinion this entirely fair and reasonable, because it will the manufacturer who will be paying for the faulty parts being repaired and they need to have proper procedures in place and a correct paper chase

This post does not cover warranties that are sold by a third party or even extended warranties offered by the garage that have sold the car, so my advice is to be careful with that situation. Some of these other types of warranties that are not under the regulations covering the manufacturer’s warranties may require you to have your car serviced at the dealership where the van was bought.

We recently had this type of problem with a car that had a worn out clutch. The lady customer brought the car to us for a new clutch fitting, and did not tell us that the car was still under warranty. She genuinely thought that she did not have to pay for the clutch fitting and that we could claim the money back from the car manufacturers. After a long argument and many phone calls to the main dealer she finally paid us for her clutch fitting and went away a very confused and disgruntled lady, never to be seen again.

This was a perfect case of the car owners, not knowing about their cars warranty procedures.

“Under EU law, you may invoke your guarantee at any dealer in the manufacturer’s network, regardless of the EU country in which you bought the car. So if you buy your car in Germany and take it back with you to France, you go to a car dealership for that make of car close to your home to ask for a manufacturing fault to be remedied (within the guarantee period), rather than travelling back to Germany”…http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/vehicles/cars/faq/index_en.htm 

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.

 

Suzuki Servicing neglected-Owner Misses out on Servicing causes a Bigger Problem

No Suzuki Servicing could end up costing you a fortune?

This is not just one of my rants about car servicing but I think that it is important to give a few sad cases of what can happen, when the car owner neglects to have their Suzuki Servicing.

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Dip-stick showing the oil level

carried out at regular intervals.

We all should be having our Engine Oil checked at regular intervals, if your car’s engine is in good condition and operating correctly, then you should not have to use any oil to top up the engine. In my opinion there are a few variations to this theory and one of them is if you are traveling long distances at high speed. Then it would be possible that your car may need to have an oil check when you arrive at your destination.

Modern cars will have an Oil Level Warning Light but older cars may not, so it is best to check the level just to be on the safe side. In fact I had an experience myself on a recent trip to France. I drove my two year old Peugeot Partner van 700 miles to a Rufec in the Charente area of South West France. The following morning I went to the local supermarket for some odds and ends, when my oil level warning light came on, much to my horror.

I know that my staff had serviced the van before my journey and I too checked the level before I set off on my journey. I stopped the van and turned off the engine so that the oil level is allowed to settle down, to get a correct oil level reading. Some dip-sticks are impossible to see, but mine was just below the minimum mark on the dip-stick. I was still in the supermarket Suzuki Servicing,suzuki swiftcar park and so I bought a two litre can of 10w-40 diesel oil (this is what the van used).

As I topped the engine up I kept checking the level, but found that the engine did not need much oil at all. I think some of the oil sensors are very sensitive, but your engine oil level is

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Lack of Suzuki servicing was probably to blame for the engine failure?new and old engine together

very important, just as the young guy with the Suzuki Swift was about to find out. Another important piece of advice is, when you are topping the engine oil up again, then put the oil in a small amount at a time,it is just as important not to Overfill the engine with too much oil, this could cause too much pressure building up in the engine, causing all sorts of expensive repair work.

The Suzuki did not have any servicing for two years at least.

The only warning that he had, was when the car engine started to make very loud noises on the M62 motorway, doing 70mph in the third lane. This was followed by a cloud of black smoke, followed by a complete loss of power. The guy managed to manoeuvre the Suzuki across the carriageway and onto the hard shoulder.

He suspected the worse and called for recovery from a roadside assistance phone on the motorway. The guy was either lucky or a very skilful driver as I am convinced that this sudden loss of power is the cause of many motorway accidents.

The recovery truck brought the car into our garage in Halifax, Yorkshire and we started the postmortem on the lifeless Suzuki. We checked on the history of the car on our computer system and found that although the car had a few MOT tests over the past few years, we did not have any record of Servicing a Car. We asked the guy if he took the car to any other garage for his Suzuki Servicing and he told us that we were the only place that the car had come to?.

The previous owner also brought the car into us to be looked after it was at the Suzuki Dealers and indeed the last service had been three years ago. The car was a Suzuki Swift 1.6 petrol 2007 model and looked in

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Suzuki engine

good condition, apart from the engine. It became obvious to Ryan Linton that the engine was completely gone caused by a lack of engine oil starving the Big End Bearings due to lack of Suzuki Servicing and also damaging the crank and much more.

The owner of the car was a 26 year old man who led a busy life and did not have time for his car, a thing that is most common these days. As for the car we found that it would be more economical to fit a re-conditioned engine, with the whole job costing around £2500 to the customer.

The lesson to be learned is to have your car servicing carried out at some sort of regular intervals, this guy is not the first and will not be the last, but look at the price that he had to pay in the end?.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer Suzuki Servicing 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  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.

 

CAR SERVICING? Why do Car Drivers avoid Servicing their Cars?

Modern cars are all controlled by computers these days. In fact almost all aspects of manufacturing today’s cars are controlled by computers and this includes the servicing schedules.

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Quality parts are essential for your Car Servicing

The services that are written out in your cars hand book, have been designed to give the best possible Smart Car Servicing schedule, so you should not really vary from that by giving your car extra oil or filter changes.

Drivers neglect their car servicing plan why?

As I have stated earlier todays cars are better built and more reliable than the cars say ten year ago and before. They have the ability to run for much longer periods that their older counterparts. The only exception to this in my opinion is that we have more problems with the cars electrics than before, and that is because modern cars have more of them (car electrics).

The thing that some drivers neglect is to have their cars serviced at the correct periods according to their Servicing a Car manual. We often get cars in for  servicing and when we stamp and enter the details into the servicing booklet we find that they have missed out a service completely, and when we sometimes question this they simply come out with some excuse, such as the previous garage forget to fill it in. I do not believe this and it also important to keep a Car Servicing history to keep up the value should the owner ever want to sell the car.

Some car owners ignore the service book completely?

You would be surprised how many drivers do not have a service book or have lost them. Many car owners are guilty of this. As luck would have it, most good garages have a car service times and repair schedule times computer, we at Pellon Auto-centre here in Halifax use the Auto-Data computer software for all our mechanical work timings and service schedules. This means that we do not get stuck if a customer does not have a service schedule book for their cars.

Another problem in our busy world, is that people do not have their car serviced at all?. The end result of this is that although the car will perhaps keep on running, then it will inevitably

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For Car Servicing go to a reputable garage

start breaking down at some stage or another. In most cases the warning light will come on for the particular problem that may arise. The common lights to illuminate are the oil warning lights and the brake warning lights. When a car is regularly serviced these parts are checked and any problem will be rectified for example oils will be changed and brakes will be checked and any problems will be rectified, such as replacing worn out brake pads.

When the car is not serviced then these problems will become exaggerated and lead onto to more damaged parts. A car with a low oil level could lead onto a damaged engine or cylinder head. Worn out brake pads will inevitably lead onto damaged brake discs or burned out wheel cylinder’s, once again leading onto a much higher garage charge, than they would get if they had have had  regular Car Servicing.

Some other things that may affect your car

Other things that could go wrong would fluid changes. On a very big service some car manufacturers recommend that the cars fluid should be changed. These are things such as transmission oils, brake fluids, engine coolant levels and steering fluid levels, these are all things that are checked or changed while Car Servicing, and all could be critical if neglected. The one thing that would give you big problems though is as I have stated earlier, your ENGINE OIL. You should at least give your car an oil and filter change. This is the very least you should but this could stop your engine blowing up on the way to the airport for your valuable holidays. I do not really recommend it, but even if you change the oil and filter yourself, then please do it, a car with a blown up engine is not worth anything to anybody.

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Check these warning lights if you miss regular servicing you may see them more often

Garage servicing does other things

Other things that a garage will do for you during  Car Servicing; is things like changes your wheels round, thus will ensure, a better wear out of your tyres. Also many garages are now in nationwide schemes and only fit the best parts.

Using low quality spare parts for your cars servicing

This is a cost saving that is false economy/ will it really save you money by fitting your own parts from the local corner accessory shop. Inferior parts will wear out quicker. This is most common to see on tyres, cheap car tyres will wear out in a faster time than a leading make, say such as Michelin tyres, and this has been proven time and again. A little extra money will give you much better value in the long run

So respond to that check engine oil light on the dash

When the check engine oil warning light, or brake warning light goes on, your car will still be operational but please do not ignore it and put it off to for another day. up and eventually, its then you spend quite an amount of money on the car and you regret your negligence. When the check engine light, or any other warning light comes on, schedule an appointment with your garage and start a new campaign for your car, to have  regular Car Servicing.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car 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. 

CAR OIL LEVELS- Check Them Regularly or your could find yourself in trouble?

 Check Your CAR OIL LEVELS it makes sense?

This is one piece of good advice that I failed to carry out myself; I had driven to France on a short trip recently, in my Peugeot Partner Van, when the “Low Oil Level” light came on. Oh I

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It is important that Ladies should learn how to check their car oil levels

thought this must be wrong? I am always preaching to other people to check their car oil levels. Sure enough the vans oil level was below the minimum level on the dip-stick and I had two buy a two litre plastic tub of 5w-30 engine oil for diesel driven vehicles.

I also recommend car owners to take a small container of oil with them just in case that it is needed in some remote spot; luckily I was near a supermarket. We usually recommend that you should change your oil about every three thousand miles, but this does not apply to all makes and models of car, just remember it is better to be safe than sorry and a regular oil change is a safe option, especially if you are a high mileage driver and perhaps use your car for your job.

Most good garages now use servicing guides that are computerised; we use a system that tells us all the service intervals, including car oil levels, oil changes and other important things such as the times to change your cars timing belt. We also refer to the owner’s service manuals, which gives us the correct intervals for changing your cars oil.

When Servicing a Car most of our customers that have servicing will leave their car with us for the day and either take public transport back home or to work or we have a small fleet of courtesy cars that are available for their use. If they live in fairly close proximity to the garage then we very often give them a lift, for instance we have a local college nearby and we are always giving the college tutors and even some of the older students a lift to work, whilst they leave their cars for the work to be carried out.

There is doubt that it is also a good idea to learn how to check your own car oil levels in the car’s engine. You should learn to open the bonnet catch, it would surprise you how many of our customers cannot find the catch that will help them open their Old Cars  bonnet (hood).

Check your own oil levels with the dip-stick

The second good thing to learn is; which is the “dip-stick” that tells you what your car oil levels is at the time of the checking. Your car manual will show you where it is on your car, but you can also ask your local garage to show you where it is located, I am sure that they will only be too pleased to help.

Once you have located the dip-stick you must take it out and give it a wipe with a clean cloth or tissue paper. Pop the stick back into its housing until you have pushed the stick right in, and then pull it back out slowly, so that you do not smudge the reading. On the stick there are two markings a minimum marking and a maximum marking. This is self-explanatory; just top the car oil levels up until you reach the maximum level. Do not exceed the max level, because this is as bad as having a low oil level. Having too much oil can cause extra pressure inside the engine and cause your engine to be damaged or even explode.

So keep an eye on your oil level and check it at regular intervals. Have your oil changed at regular intervals. When you are checking your own oil levels be careful to check it slowly and carefully and do not overfill the engine with excess oil. Also I would advise the driver to keep a small amount of the exact same oil that the garage filled your car with on a service, this

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Dip-stick showing the correct engine car oil levels

can then be used for topping up purposes, and most garages keep small containers of oil in stock especially for this purpose. Also make sure that the oil that you are topping up with is the

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Topping up your engine oil to get the correct car oil levels

exact same viscosity as the oil in your engine and it is for either petrol or diesel. And finally always have your Car Oil  checked after a long or speedy journey.

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 Avon Car 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. 

 

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems-Brought to light on this video.

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Of course, here in the UK, steering and suspension problems, account for many of the MOT failures. So, your car can fall victim to any number of suspension and steering problems. Consequently, there are a few that are more common than others. So, here’s a guide to a couple of the most common suspension and steering problems. Including. what the MOT test says.

Steering and suspension Failures

Things to check Inside the car
The steering wheel and steering column, check for movement and wear.
Steering wheel condition, check for wear and breakages.
 Your steering wheel must be securely fixed to the steering shaft
• upper bearings of the steering
column must be inspected for wear
The steering shaft is checked for excessive end float
Clamping bolts security, visual inspection.
The split pins and locking nuts
 Check for any’free play’ in the steering
 Check the Flexible couplings and universal joints.

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Importantly, under the bonnet checks
Of course, this procedure is dependent on the type of vehicle. Including, the steering system used.
 A check must be made on the security of the steering rack or steering box and its mountings
• Test for any movement in the steering joints
 The same for the Swivel joints which are part of the steering system and can be readily inspected from under the bonnet will require inspecting.The new MOT test now includes a check on the presence and correct function of the cars steering lock where fitted as a standard Item.
Any missing, or split and damaged rubber dust covers on all the steering and suspension ball-joints will result in a failure if they will allow dirt and grit to enter the joint.Power steering fluid level must be above the minimum level indicated on the reservoir.• Vehicle stands on special Swivel plates the wheels are turned from lock to lock and checked to ensure that wheels and tyres do not foul of either the structure of the vehicle or any brake pipes or hoses.
 So, make sure that wheel bearings are checked.
Steering rack gaiters/front outer constant velocity joint boots are examined.
 Subsequently, make sure that your cars Metal and rubber bushes are checked.

Typical Steering and Suspension Problems

Under vehicle steering and suspension checks
 Check all the steering joints.
 Inspect the power steering systems.
 Inspect the security of attachment of the steering rack or steering box. Check the tightness of the nuts and bolts, and structural cracking or corrosion of the vehicle chassis where it is attached.
 Inspect also the split pins and locking nuts and other locking or retaining devices relate to steering components. Some cars have an element of rear wheel steering which is checked from beneath the car. The front suspension is checked, but also the rear for:
 So,Look out for any excessive wear to the Wheel bearings.
  Finally, look at the condition of the front drive shafts and CV joints.

Of course, for more info, check out the About.com article:
http://autorepair.about.com/od/troubleshooting/a/ts_suspesnion.htm

 

Car Service Tips For the First Time Drivers

car service advice for the young drivers

Having a Car service has always been seen as a big expense to the average motorist and certainly is for the young first time motorists. Most cars will need an annual major service, and in my

Car Service

Mechanic in Halifax servicing a Range Rover

opinion for the driver on average mileage should have one or even two smaller engine services.

This (the smaller engine service) usually means the oil and filter changed and the rest of the cars fluid levels topped up. It is also a great idea (if you can afford) for cars over three years old told to have the main service carried out at the same time as the cars MOT test. Your garage will probably advice you to have the MOT test carried out before the service, this is always best practice and is recommended by the Ministry of Transport as the correct procedure to follow.

 It also gives you control of your spending budget, indeed what you should do is instruct the Car Garage to inform you of any failures that the test may throw up. You must also ask your garage to give you an estimate of the cost of repairs to your car to get it through the test.

Many customers of garages do this because if the cost of your repairs are high, you may not be able to afford to have the car serviced, indeed you can then cancel the service for a later date, when you can afford to have the service carried. The best practice though is to have the test and the car service carried out in the same day. This will ensure that your car will be in the best condition for your summer holidays or the possible harsh winter ahead.

Most good garages and auto centres carry out a car service  to a high standard.

They will carry out menu services according to the manufactures advice and indeed many garages and auto centres car serviceuse a service menu specific to your car by typing your registration number in to an automotive computer such as “Autodata”, complete with software that will print out the exact Car service menu for your make and model of your car. This also tells the mechanic the precise type of oils to use; this is very important due the diverse types of oil now used in modern car engines. Another advantage of using this technology is that the computers will advise you on the time or mileage it takes before your other parts of your Car service may need changing such as the cam belt. This information should come in the form of advice written as an advisory on your service sheet.

The advisory report that you are given should not be overlooked, but either acted up on at the time or looked at on a later date. Most good garages will give you a the repair costs  at the time of your test or service and this price should be good for about a month after it has been given, however if you go back at a later date it is always advisable to double check the price before you have the work carried out and it is also worth considering that the part that was advised upon may have got worse and indeed spread to yet another part, giving rise to the advice that work should be carried out as soon as spotted and advised by the mechanic in the first instance at the time of the test or service, if your finances do not stretch to having  the work carried out, please get the work done as soon as you can afford it may endanger yours and other people’s lives. 

Another good piece of advice is that if you are new to an area and you do not know were to have your car serviced it look for a garage carrying the “Unipart Car Care Code Of Practice” emblem this will ensure that you will get fair pricing and that the garage has been checked for good practice and procedures by the RAC of Great Britain, any quality control procedures by the service centre should give you confidence enough that if any problems occur, they will be dealt with in a fair and proper manner. In general any garage you carries out MOT testing, are usually up to a good standard and are also regulated and controlled by the British Government ministry department known as VOSA.

The usual way to find a good garage is by word of mouth by friends or relations. Other methods are yellow pages or google on the internet. Many garages are in larger groups an example of this would be Unipart centres, you will find this type of centre will offer you the assurances that you will be looking for as regarding workmanship and price fairness.

To summarize most garages and services are good at what they do, most are aided now by sophisticated technology, it is important (and indeed one of our policies) that you get a company that offers you pricing before the job is done and that you also give the garage you phone number so that you can be contacted if any extra work is required or indeed just to tell you that your car is ready. Also try to go to a garage that is regulated by a trade organization, and then if there is a dispute your problem can go into arbitration and hopefully resolved.

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servicing a BMW mini at Halifax

In our own case here at Pellon Auto-centre, we have not had a single case to answer for, and any disputes are usually handled in an amicable way

Also people do vote with their feet and a busy garage is usually a good garage, How Much for Car Service ,happy motoring.  

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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 Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Electric cars-Are Car dealers Really Scared Of Tesla Disrupting Car Servicing-

Electric cars,car servicing

Electric cars-Dealers Are Really Scared Of Tesla Disrupting The Servicing Experience
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Service departments are important for car dealers and Auto Centres in general?

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

When Electric cars arrive will car servicing be a thing of the past

Well according to this article, it would be Electric cars from Tesla that get in their way. I have been having this discussion on LinkedIn forums for ages now, and most industry professionals, think the same way as me and that the future car mix will be the old and new Electric cars technology cars mixed.

America has now found themselves with oil that will last them many more years ahead, from the new technology  of “fracking“.

This is where crude oils are forced out from between layers of shale rock that could not be previously  got at, using conventional mining methods.

This new oil find will in my opinion secure the use of gasoline(petrol) driven vehicles, all be it with much more efficient engines and probably diesel. Diesel can also be made from

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If it is up to Tesla car servicing would be a thing of the past

organic plant materials, known as Bio fuels. which are already in use in today’s diesel engined cars. We can also recycle old fuels including old oil to purify and use in these engines.

EV and electric cars are being developed at a very fast pace along with Hydrogen cell cars and no doubt there will be many more new inventions coming out of the Worlds universities as governments plough billions of dollars into new research and development.

All these different mixes of car technology will in the future mean a very diverse mix of cars on the roads of the World.

Car servicing will still be a thing of the future

I also think that the “right to repair bill” that is law in America and also very similar to the European Union laws that are designed to protect the replacement car servicing and

parts companies from new technologies that are created by the car manufacturing companies such as Tesla Electric cars in America and say BMW in Europe.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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 Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Spring Service-It’s Time To Start Preparing Your Car- AOL Autos

Spring Service

It’s Time To Start Preparing Your Car For Spring service

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Proper wheel alignment allows your car to handle properly. It also means that your tires won’t wear out prematurely.

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

Spring Service

This year will be no better time to have your car or SUV serviced. The reason why is that here in the South West of England, we have experienced the wettest winter for many years.

The cars have been wading in floods all across the South and especially in the Somerset Wetland’s, an area of England that is bellow sea levels and has been heavily flooded for most of the winter.

In my opinion, it is important now that the flooding has receded, to take you car into a local Car Service centre and have a Spring Service and the Car Brakes checked over.

The most vulnerable parts to suffer from water damage are your cars brakes. Most modern engines are now sealed units and do not have spark plugs and electric coils anymore,

Not just a Spring Service any service will benefit your car

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Catalytic Converters can easily be damaged by flood water

but the water can enter your exhaust pipes and cause damage to the catalytic converter. This may not be detected straight away, but you may end up with your cars engine management light coming on at a later stage, as the water damage shows up in your cars engine management system and particulate filter.

Most things will be picked up when you Spring Service your car, but this is a good time have a spring service as the weather start to improve, as I say especially the cars braking system. Many good Auto-centres now offer a free  brake check here in the UK and if you do not have a garage then you could do no worse that looks up your nearest Unipart Auto-centre, where you know that you will be treated fairly with honest pricing and their work is covered by a nationwide guarantee.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, 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 Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

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