Check Your Levels-Top 5 simple maintenance tips everyone should know- Unipart car care centres

 

Look after your car Check Your Levels in this HEAT WAVE

This is very good and important advice to every motorist to get your car through this heat wave without causing any damage to the engine, brakes or indeed anything else.

Check Your Levels

avoid a blowout like this CHECK your tyres and Check Your Levels

Make sure you Check Your Levels, water levels, your engine oil (Make sure that you top it up using the correct grade), if you are not sure do not just use any old engine oil, ask your local service centre to sell you the correct grade for your car, you will most probably have Synthetic Engine Oil in your car ,but if you are not so sure what to use then refer to your Engine Oil Guide,they have computer systems that tell them the grades for all the cars and will advise you accordingly.

Watch out for the traditional traffic hot-spots, such as the roads to the coast and set off early if you must travel in the heat, it will not do your car any good held up in slow traffic for hours on end and the kids and the dog in the back wont thank you for it neither, try and go for a quieter route and avoid all the traffic. Make sure that your Air-Con is working and do not be tempted to lower your windows the temperature in the UK is expected to be in the 30s C this weekend, so the air coming into the car will be very hot and uncomfortable, keep the windows closed and let the Air-Con cool you down.

Make sure that you check your tyres as well as Check Your Levels before setting off. Your tyres are made by a heat process and the hotter the air and the roads, the more likely that a tyre could blow out , we have all seen the large strips of tyre tread on the side of a motorway,(mainly from lorries) but this can happen to cheap car tyres that have been badly repaired as in some part worn tyres, so do not get caught out and buy good quality new tyres, this is a good investment in safety for your family, believe me this will happen, we get many customers that will turn up to my depot on a Monday morning with a blown out tyre, that could have been prevented before hand. The biggest cause is that the tyres were run under pressure, or under inflated . This only makes things worse when the weather is going to hot, so please check your tyres and your tyre pressure, and please

Check Your Levels,engine oil

Very important to Check Your Levels especially the oil level

remember that cheap new car tyres are far better than part worn tyres, you just do not know where part worn tyres have been before you bought them.

More safety information to read about your car in the heat

“Make sure you Check Your Levels and the  washer fluid is topped up. If you are going on a long journey the last thing you want is to run out of washer fluid, especially if the weather is bad. You don’t want to be stopping off for bottles of water to clean away the dirt from your windscreen. Check out our great video” Topping Up A Windscreen Washer Bottle’.

W e can’t re-iterate how important it is to check your tyre pressure. If your tyres are incorrectly inflated it has an impact on fuel economy and tyre wear. Add or remove air as needed to keep your tyres performing at their safest. View our great video” ‘How To Check Your Tyres’.

Hope you have a great time in this sunny weather, now in the past.

Eric Roberts..

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and 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.

 

Check Caravan Tyres- before you set off and have a safer journey.Good Tyresafe Advice?

 

Check your caravan tyres to get the most out of National Camping and …

Check Caravan Tyres

Check Caravan Tyres

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

Check Caravan Tyres

We are now starting the new caravan tyre season and we have already seen a large influx of camper vans and caravans coming in for new tyres. This is a very pleasing trend, and I think that it shows more responsibility towards the importance of tyres on this type of vehicle.

The VW in the picture is a classic, but some of the campervans on the road are as big as buses and should Check Caravan Tyres at regular intervals for signs of wear and cracking on the sidewalls, and if in any doubt the tyres should be changed. however, the biggest danger for caravan owners is to fail to see the cracks that develop in the bead area of their tyres. The tread looks great but if the tyres are older than six years, then you are more than likely to have cracks in the bead area. The problem with these cracks is that

Check Caravan Tyres

This is the latest caravan tyre failure to be brought to us, and we think that the damage was caused by the tyre being underinflated for the weight it was carrying Check Caravan Tyres

eventually they will join up and develop into a large split, resulting in the tyre coming apart, we have seen this so many times always Check Caravan Tyres. Sometimes the cracks can appear in the shoulder are, but this is with running your tyres under pressure. You must check your tyre pressures when they are hot and not cold, and inflate them to the correct readings when any weight is carried, say when you are going off on  holiday, but when you unload the caravan or trailer, set them to the unloaded pressure.

Eric Roberts...www.pellonautocentre.com

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 cheap  caravan 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 the high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Check Motorhome Tyres-Summer Holiday Time for Caravans and Motorhome Owners to Check out the TYRES Again

Check Motorhome Tyres

Check Motorhome Tyres for small cracks in the bead area ?

This is the time of year . Hence, when millions of people throughout Britain and Europe uncover their caravans and motorhomes. Thus, to head off to their favourite holiday destination. Recent times have seen a massive amount of people actually own one of these vehicles.

Check Motorhome Tyres

Michelin motorhome/caravan tyres are very popular for the type of touring vehicle, and worth considering, although a little more expensive. Check Motorhome Tyres

These vehicles come in many forms.  Shapes and sizes. But the one thing that they all have in common. Is that they all have to Check their Motorhome Tyres. As a result, they do an awful lot of hard work. Especially, when they are fully loaded. Naturally, before setting off on the their journey.

Most of these Touring Caravans are fitted with a higher load rating than a car one. Possibly, the size could be the same. Of course, this is a mistake that is made by many drivers. Most modern touring vehicles are fitted with a 6 or 8 ply tyre. These should not be replaced by car tyres. Of course, which will be a cheaper option. Obviously, these tyres will not be as strong and robust as the correct ply rated ones. So Check Motorhome Tyres for the correct ply rating?

Check Motorhome Tyres-Tourers are on much larger tyres ?

For instance, a 165×13 Autogrip car tyre has a load rating of 83. Whilst a 165×13 Ovation van tyre has a load rating of 92/94. Therefore the later is a much stronger tyre. More suitable for a loaded caravan, trailer or motorhome. Subsequently, the  cost difference in my example is only £5 per tyre . Of course, that’s £10 for the two tyres on one caravan. So for that you will get much stronger and more suitable tyres for the job.

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Touring vans and this includes the the very large mobile homes that we see today (mainly imported from America) are on larger tyres, but the same rules apply Check Motorhome Tyres, or with larger load ratings, than you have on at present. The best advice would be to call in at your local Point-S tyre dealer and get the correct Check Motorhome Tyres advice. Some tyre companies make a specific tyre product for tourers and vans. Michelin make an excellent tyre for such vehicles and have an online fitting table to enable these owners to check for the correct ones…just click the following link…http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/van-motorhome-tyres#type=type_2

of course other companies make similar tyres that are suitable for these vehicles, this was just a sample.

Check Motorhome Tyres-Things to look out for when checking your tyres ?

This is no different to checking the tyres on your regular car, with a few exceptions. The first thing is to check your tread depth, to find out if yours are legal or

Check Motorhome Tyres

Yet another caravan tyre shredded to pieces because the tyre was out of date and eventually disintegrated.

not. The rules say that you should have 1.6 mm of tread for ¾ of the width from the centre outwards. Also Check Motorhome Tyres for cuts and holes, if they are down to the  chords then the tyre is not legal. The pressures should be checked in accordance with the vehicles recommended loaded or unloaded pressure charts, this is usually in the service manual or just inside the vehicles door on a metal plate. If not check with your nearest  dealer, they will also check that the tyre is still in date and not too old,(very important).

If you have double wheels on a single axle, then try to make sure that the treads are all the same depth on all the tyres, to exaggerate do not put a bald one next to a new one, or the new one will be taking all the weight, you may laugh, but we see this all the time.

Check Motorhome Tyres

Whatever vehicle you are using make sure that all the tyre specifications on your old ones are the same or better, do not skimp to save yourself a bit of money, you could regret this at a later time, if you have a blow-out it could cost you a fortune, Also check the bead area for small cracks These are caused by the Sun acting on the carbon black,( which is a part of the make up in the  compound), because these vehicles could be stood in the Sun for long periods, cracking appears. These cracks can eventually get larger, so they are worth keeping an eye out for.

And finally make sure that you have a good spare that is inflated to the correct pressure and make sure that your wheel brace is able to slacken off your wheel nuts. If you have locking wheel nuts, check to see where you keep it, and if its in the right place. For some more great information check out the following web-site…www.tyresafe.org

Check Motorhome Tyres-Article written by Eric Roberts for the fast growing motor home community.

Therefore, having the correct tyres is becoming more of an importance for the safety of the owner and the other motorists on our highways. As a result, I feel that the motorhome owner should regularly check the  pressures and load and speed rating of their tyres.

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 cheap camper van  tyres online

Outdated Car Tyres-Whats the Age of Your Tyres ? Read the sidewall it would be important to know?

Outdated Car Tyres

Outdated Car Tyres;It is important to know the age of your car tyres

It is very important that you should know the age of your  trailer and car tyre as you could be in great danger from a tyre blowout. This is what happened to the tyre in the picture.It

Outdated Car Tyres

As a result of the tyre sidewall lettering,This Michelin car tyre was found to be 19 years old

happened to a guy towing a caravan.Hence, he had bought a couple of weeks ago. Unbeknown to him the car tyres were very old Outdated Car Tyres. 8 years old in fact. This tyre blew out on the motorway. Luckily no one was hurt. He came to us for a replacement tyre.

He did not know the trouble that a Tyre Blowout Causes. After a thorough examination I concluded that the tyre was very old. Very perished, because it had been standing outside for a long time. The tyre had many side-wall cracks and as stated was 8 years old. This seems to be more of a problem when buying a second hand car or a second hand caravan or trailer. Please learn how to tell the age of the Outdated Car Tyres from the sidewall markings and if in doubt check your local MOT testing station for the correct information and change your car tyres

Outdated Car Tyres

caravan tyre involved in a “blowout”. Of course, the tyre is now scrap.

Carbibles explain car tyres and there markings.

“In August 2010. I bought a classic 1976 Mercedes with only 30,000 miles on it. The seller (who was only the second owner) warned me that he thought that the Michelin XVS tyres were pretty old (the spare was unused). 

I was aware of the dangers of old tyres from reading your tyre bible. But it was a Sunday and the tyres are an unusual size (205/70R14).Not readily available. I thought that I’d risk the trip back home (250 miles), but that I’d need to get new tyres ASAP. Unfortunately, one of the tyres didn’t last that long, and failed at 70 MPH (see photo, note my skid marks). It turned out that the tyres were date-stamped from week 30, 1986(!), so the advice about old tyres is indeed true!”...Read more http://www.carbibles.com/tyre_bible.html

“Look directly at the tire for the following: DOT letters on the sidewall (only on one side), then adjacent is the tire’s serial number (up to 12 numbers and letters), which will include the week and year of manufacture”…

Eric Roberts

Caravan Tyre Problems-Christmas holiday season time again to check your tyres?

Caravan Tyre Problems

Caravan Tyre Problems; Information about your Caravan Tyres

Caravan Tyre Problems start with your tyres that must be inflated, checked and adjusted and only when the tyres are cold before your road trip heats them up.

In fact. We recommend that the owners of trailers and Touring Caravans. Should take off the complete wheels. Thus, and bring them to the garage or auto

Caravan Tyre Problems

This tyre had a blowout on a caravan.It was a car tyres with low load ratings; I do not have proof, but I believe that this is why the tyre had a blowout, it was probably under pressure and the wrong load rating, a double disaster. Luckily no one was injured.

Centre. Hence. that they use and have them checked by a qualified member of the staff.For this reason, this will ensure the complete unit will be  verified correctly.Hence, with the safest possible outcome for you and your caravan. Alleviating any Caravan Tyre Problems

The wheels will be checked for rust and alloy flaking off. The tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for any internal cuts or other damage.This is very important.Naturally, as hidden damage can turn a simple journey into a nightmare scenario.Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty miles per hour. Thus, and losing complete control of the caravan due to a tyre failure.

Caravan Tyre Problems

The tyre fitter will check the outside of the tyres for damage.Hence, to the tread and the side walls. So, for cuts and cracks and look for signs of Caravan Tyre Problems. Also important is to check the age of the tyre. This can be easily done by an expert fitter. They do become out of date after six years. For this reason, and are affected by ageing in the rim areas.

Cracks start to appear round the rim area. Hence, due to them being stood in the Sun. For long hours during the Sunnier months and in time, the “carbon black”, that is used in the rubber mix of the tyre. Thus, starts to break down. For this reason, and deep cracks begin to form around the rim area and will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard.

Caravan Tyre Problems

Indeed this is one of the most common causes for tyre failures on caravans and trailer tyres. Any with cracks and cuts should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a new tyre. Finally, if everything is in good order, the air pressures and valves should be checked to the correct readings for your type of vehicle and trailer. One of the best brands of motor-home tyres are made by Michelin and are made especially for the job with all the correct weight markings.

Caravan Tyre Problems

Caravan with new tyres

Another important point. Is to have the vehicle load index checked. Thus, for the weight that you will be carrying. To make sure that they conform. Hence, to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Many trailer owners make this mistake and fit the wrong type. Some of the larger heavier vehicles require more heavy duty ones to give the additional loading; your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by recommending you fit re-enforced or larger ply rated tyres, six or even 8ply tyres are available.

 Caravan Tyre Problems;Finally, to sum up, you should have your tyres checked by a tyre expert

Try to stick to new tyres if you can afford. Always load your vehicle and trailing vehicle evenly. Thus, to give a more even weight distribution across the axle. Make sure that your tyres have the correct load rating. Hence, for the full weight index of your caravan or motor home, and also necessary fix yourself up with a spare wheel that has a tyre to match the ones you have on the vehicle. Most Caravan Tyre Problems are common sense, but we still see piles of wood on the side of our roads in the summertime due to blow outs.

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 Michelin Caravan Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre

Caravan Tyre Problems

Scenes like this are all too familiar and many are caused by tyres problems

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.

Caravan Tyre Checking-May has arrived and brought warm sunshine to the UK Tyre Checking time again

Caravan Tyre Checking

Caravan Tyre Checking-Good Information about the Correct Tyre Procedures.

Your caravan tyre pressures should always be checked and adjusted when the tyres are cold before the caravan season and before every journey.

In fact, Eric Roberts owner of Pellon Tyre and Auto Centre in West Yorkshire. Recommends that owner of a trailer and Touring Caravans should remove the entire wheel or wheels and tyres and take them to their favourite garage or auto centre and have them checked by a professional member of the team, this will ensure the safest possible outcome.

 Therefore, and checked for internal cuts and damage. This is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

The tyre dealer will then check the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks

Cracks start to form around the rim area. Hence, due to the tyres been stood in the Sun.Thus, for long hours during the Summer months. Eventually, the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the tyre. For this reason, begins to break down. Naturally, small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area.Eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard. Indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on your caravan or Car Trailers.

 Any tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre .Finally, if everything is fine, the pressures and tyre valves should be checked to the correct loading for your caravan and trailer.

Caravan Tyre Checking

Caravan Tyre Checking-having his tyres checked before spring

 Another important Caravan Tyre Checking point. Is to have the vehicle loading checked on your tyres.Thus,to make sure that the tyres conform to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicles. Require more heavy duty tyres.Thus, to take the additional loading; your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by recommending you fit stronger ply rated tyres.

Finally, to sum up. You should have your Caravan Tyres Checked by an expert.So try to stick to new tyres if possible. Load your vehicle and trailing vehicle evenly.Thus, to give a more even weight distribution across the axle.Therefore, make sure that your tyres have the correct load rating.Especially, for the loaded weight of your caravan or motorhome.Also, important to fix yourself up with a spare wheel. Hence, that has a tyre to match the ones you have on the vehicle. Most of this is common sense. But we still see piles of wood from crashed caravans on the side of our roads.Especially, in the summertime.

 Please click the link below for more good information about your Motorhome  tyreshttp://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/caravan-tyre-safety

 Eric Roberts

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners-Check Your “Caravan and Motorhome Tyres”before your journey

 Easter Getaway for-Caravaners can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Us tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailer vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels and take them to their favourite garage or auto centre and have them checked by a professional member of the team, it is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible

Eater Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; Scenes like this are all too familiar and many are caused by tyres problems

outcome. The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed, we can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the effect of ultraviolet light acting on the carbon black in the makeup of the tyre when the caravan is parked and is more common in Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motorhomes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion and the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage, this is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Eater Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; Tyre (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then check the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by ageing in the sidewalls.
As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours during the Summer months and eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down and small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area and will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard, indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre. Finally, if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked for the correct loading of your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicles require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either General re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Tyre pressures should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt, replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Caravan 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 a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; heavy rig having his caravan tyres checked

– This includes Motorhome tyres- before your journey

 

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES; West Yorkshire can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailed vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels .Then take them to their favorite garage or auto centre. Check Your CARAVAN TYRESThen have them checked by a professional member of the team. It is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible outcome. So Check Your CARAVAN TYRES . The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed. We can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the affect of ultra-violet light acting on the carbon black. This is in the make up of the tyre when the caravan is parked, and is more common on Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motor-homes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion. Then the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage. This is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario. Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

Tire (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then Check Your CARAVAN TYRES, the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by aging in the sidewalls.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours. Especially, during the Summer months. And eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down. Small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area. This will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard. Indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre .Finally if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked to the correct loading for your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicle require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Check Your CARAVAN TYRES pressures, which should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

Eric Roberts

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