Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice-Tyre advice for caravan and motorhome drivers.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice- As we all know, summer is coming to an end. Therefore, this is the time of year that caravan and motorhome owners are heading back from their holidays. I am a regular traveller on the continent, especially France.

In my opinion, this is a good time to check your tyres, Naturally, before you park up for the winter. Albeit many motorhome owners carry on travelling all the year round.Especially, to the most southern tips of Europe. Where the weather is warmer that northern Europe.

Bridgestone tyres are also in the game of warning this category of vehicles about tyre care and fitting the correct tyres for their vehicles. Of course, I mean using the correct load ratings for the weight of their vehicles.

I have recently arrived back in the UK after spending a month in France. Thus, I was amazed at a large number of motorhomes that were still on holiday. The roads are full of them. Hence, this gives me more importance to advise the drivers about better tyre care.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Check the age of your tyres, this tyre was made in the fourteenth week of 2011

The motorhome vehicle market has rocketed in recent years.Therefore, I think it is more important to pass on advice to first time owners of these vehicles.

Firstly I would recommend, that any caravan tyre should be replaced after ten years.This does not matter how good the tyre looks from the outside. Naturally, these tyres are well exposed to the elements.Especially sunlight. Sunrays, cause damage to the tyres, by damaging the carbon black. Carbon black is a natural substance; that is in the original tyre mix.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Caravan and motorhome tyres are affected by the weather. This manifests itself, in the form of cracking and crazy paving. As expected, these cracks will eventually start to get larger.Of course, the cracks pose a danger and safety problem and must be removed and replaced with new tyres.

The next important advice is to check the tyre pressures at regular intervals. Of course, you as the driver must check the pressures according to the correct “load ratings”.

We have all seen caravans and trailers leaning to one side with under-inflated tyres. Under-inflated tyres can and indeed do, end in the driver, losing control of the vehicle. Not a pretty site to see a caravan in piles at the side of the road?

Remember the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle, can be found in your owners manual. Also, make sure that you have valve caps fitted and the valves checked for leaking.

Here at Pellon Tyres, we are members of www.tyresafe.org.

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure- lady customers blue TT started creeping downhill?

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure; The Audi TT has in the past had many problems with the handbrake. There have been several reasons for this issue.

Last week a good customer of ours told us that his daughter had parked her car on a slight slope while she went into the bank. When she returned, the car had moved down the hill about ten feet. Luckily for her, the cat had come to rest against a very high pathway edge.

She was kind of scared and reflected in her mind what could have happened?

His daughter was in her late twenties and worked as an insurance broker in Halifax UK. The family brought all their cars into my garage for servicing and repairs; this Audi TT was no exception.

The father then phoned us and told us the story. The first thing that we asked was “whether she had put the handbrake on at all?” He said that this was the first

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

the thing that she had checked.

The car finally arrived at the garage, and the young lady left it with us for the day. I often look at the particular forums on the internet. The Audi forum did come up with a few different problems associated with Audi TT handbrake failure problems.

Audi TT Hand-Brake failure

We put the Audi TT up onto a ramp and removed the wheels. Although the problem was with the rear handbrake, we always check all the cars brakes to be on the safe side. The car was registered in 2005 and was 1800 Turbo special edition. A 225BHP engine powered the car, giving a high performance.

Alex had the responsibility to repair this car. He set to work examining all the parts that make up the handbrake. Everything looked in good order and so Alex greased the moving parts and began to examine the discs and pads.

The brake discs looked in good condition, but Alex noticed that the pads had a shine on them. Shiny pads usually mean that they had “gone hard.”

We decided to fit a new set of pads as we suspected that this was the culprit. Alex completed the work and tested the handbrake on some of the steep hills that surround Halifax. He ran the car making sure the brakes were hot and checked the handbrake again.

Finally, another satisfied customer drove away into the sunset.

What Future for your Local Garage-New technologies could mean the Death of the local garage

What Future for your Local Garage

What Future for your Local Garage; I have always regarded myself as a guy with average intelligence. One of the things that I have not been enabling to get my head round is the future of the auto industry. As the owner of a small garage and family business. I am plagued by the speed of progress in both the computer industry and the connections with the relentless drive to electrify the car industry (EV vehicles).

Here in Halifax, the UK we service all makes and models of cars. It is noticeable, however, that we need more and more diagnostic equipment to enable us to

What Future for your Local Garage

Ryan Linton carrying out an engine management check.

carry out servicing and repairs.

I am not a technical person and only understand the basics of how the modern car engine and emission controls are connected and work. A computer system now runs Today’s modern cars. Car engineers had to come up with a system that transformed the combustion engine into a leaner and more fuel efficient cleaner vehicle.

The system that we now use enables us to connect to the cars computer with a connector. This is known as the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD). The OBD is the multi-pin port that is used to connect our equipment to your car’s computer, and it will read any code faults that mat exists. Then the necessary faults can be read and then rectified.

What Future for your Local Garage

 

At the moment all garages are protected by laws, here in the UK and the USA, this is as long as we are trained and can use the equipment. Car manufacturers will by law have to give any new and relevant information out to the rest of the industry.

Up to now, I have seen no problems. Except that, we always have to update our machines to keep up with changes made by the car manufacturers. I suppose you could say that this is just progress?

We all know that the speed of the internet and mobile applications such as phones and satellite navigation systems have developed. Well, this where the auto industry sector will be developing shortly.

Furthermore, the new word is now “telematics” and the possibility of linking it with other things to do with ways of reading your cars computer information, through wireless means.

Telematics are now used in the black box’s that are fitted to monitor young drivers and reduce their insurance premium. As a result, these black boxes can inform the insurance company of everything that the car has been doing. A sort of spy in the cab.

Most of all, this technology along with a new system of monitoring the cars security will be known as the  Vehicle Station Gateway (VSG). This VSG along with Unified Gateway Protocol (UGP), will do exactly that?

What Future for your Local Garage

This new concept will be able to link your car to any designated garage with the correct equipment. As a result, this will support driverless cars and also intelligent transportation systems. Full information will be available, about the condition of your car. Including, where you have been and where you are going. This knowledge will be available to more that one organisation. It will not surprise me if this is not coordinated to deal.  With terrorist movements as we will all be tracked when driving around.

Consequently, our only chance for survival as a small garage will be if the special tools become affordable. Furthermore, it will be important for the law to support us so that we will be able to keep up with the new technologies that will be bombarding us.

See also  http://standards.sae.org/j1962_200204/    http://www.motor.com/newsletters/20150720/WebFiles/20150720_ID_TelematicsTaskForce.html

 

Overloading caravan tyres-will spell a great deal of danger for the whole unit

Overloading caravan tyres

Overloading caravan tyres-Overloading caravan tyres are one of the cardinal sins?. The same also applies once again to motorhome drivers. This also comes into the poorly loaded vehicle category. You must ensure in any vehicle, but especially a caravan that the load is spread evenly.

What drivers do not realise is that a poorly distributed load will also overload the tyres. One side of the vehicle will be working harder than the other, which could lead to all sorts of problems as the journey progresses.

One of the worst places for this is on the M5 motorway. This motorway takes traffic to the holiday resorts in Devon and Cornwall. In busy periods the problems that drivers have with tyre blowouts magnifies. If the weather is hot, then the number of vehicles, (mostly caravans) increases and so does the number of tyres related problems.

The tyres that are carrying most of the weight, start to overheat and can eventually cause a blowout. This often relates to the caravan turning completely over.

Overloading caravan tyres

Overloading caravan tyres;This under inflated caravan tyre only lasted one week before it disintegrated on a journey .

Also, when a tyre builds up the heat it is more likely to pick up Sharpe objects, such as nails and screws and once again this may relate to a blowout.

I think it would be a great idea for Caravan manufacturers to fit run-flat tyres to their products. Or at least give the buyer the option of fitting them. I am sure that this would be a much safer option.

Overloading caravan tyres

To ensure that your tyres are not overloaded, it should be possible for you to keep your caravans operational weight underneath your caravan’s specified maximum limit. A margin of say 10% will partly help you to compensate for some unequal load distribution. For your maximum safety and peace of mind regarding your caravan vehicle weight, go to a Public Weighbridge to check the load, if this is possible of course?

In short always check your tyres are the correct load rating for your vehicle and check the pressures and general condition of your tyres before your journey, millions of drivers do this and arrive safely to their destinations, and do not go Overloading caravan tyres. If you are fitted with Extra-load tyres or van 6 ply rated tyres, then replace them with the same thing, do not cut corners and fit normal car tyres, this happens thousands of times and can end in disaster.

Michelin Star-Not tyres this time-but Michelin Restaurants and their Star System.

A few months ago I decided to look into the history of the Michelin star rating system for restaurants.

I found it fascinating, how the whole thing started from the desire to help the early motorists to secure a good place to eat on their travels, to today’s

michelin star

The Star Inn at Harome

the sophisticated way that Michelin award recognition to the best eating places all over the world.

I got it into my head that I must visit such a place to see what the difference is. My wife Michelle and I make sure that we go out at least once a week together and preferably on our own. I must admit that I prefer good Italian food, but now later on in life can take in an Indian meal. Eating out is a good time to reflect on the week gone by and talk about our garage business because we have a large grown up family, it is a real time have a bit of one on one conversation together.

However back to Michelin star?

Michelle’s birthday is on the 17th of December. It becomes increasingly difficult to buy something so near Christmas. In recent years I have treated her to a concert and a hotel stopover (which we both love doing). This year I thought about the Michelin star, and looked up about the Star Inn in a village near Helmsley, in North Yorkshire.

The Star is on the main street of a picturesque village called Harrome, about three miles from Helmsley. I looked it up online and discovered that the Star also

michelin star

Vintage Michelin man at the Star Inn

Does overnight accommodation. This also included a taster evening the first night, and because we decided to take the two-night deal the second night included a choice from the a la carte menu.

Did we arrive on wet, misty December day? The rooms were all individually set out. Hence, and were all decorated in a countryside style.

This was to be the first time that I had visited a Michelin star restaurant. I could not wait. Thus, the building itself dates back to the fourteenth century.As a result and from the outside looks small with a beautiful thatched roof. The pub part of the star is like stepping back in time and is one of the best pub’s I have ever visited.

I started to see that this is what every business should be run like? All the staff were very kind and helpful. The most important thing to me though was the staff’s knowledge about the food, the wine and their understanding of the business and the history.

Michelin Star

This is what dealing with customers, and the public is all about. The Star had hundreds of small thoughtful ideas to make the public’s stay a better experience.

This is what running any business (even a garage) was all about, little touches that are not expensive to implicate, but make a huge difference to the public’s experience, when they visit your tyre shop or garage.

The food was out of this world, and the wines we tasted were all part of the experience, I sort of thought they would be because that’s what a Michelin star is all about.

The thing I did not expect was the total business experience? You could compare this with your business experience and procedures, to improve the way michelin starthat we treat our garage customers and add those little extra touches that make a world of difference, that can also give you a better bottom line.

I must congratulate the Star Inn for opening my eyes. Especially, to the way that a business should be run. Especially a company that deals with the public. So we all can add those little touches that make a difference. hence, to the visitor experience. I like to think that I run my garage and tyre business in a similar fashion. But it gave me a whole new enthusiasm and insight.For this reason, into make better profit margins. By not thinking cheap all the time.

I would like to end by also thanking Michelin for introducing me to the Star Inn; we have decided to make a visit there an annual pilgrimage near my wife’s birthday. I would recommend any business owner to visit and see how a company that deals with the public should be run.

Eric Roberts

More Information…http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/

 

 

Pellon Tyres now offer 6 Months Accidental warranty damage with Winrun Tyres

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Pellon tyres are Winrun tyre dealers for the Halifax area of Yorkshire UK

After much consideration and a good look at other tyre brands in the market, we at Pellon tyres have decided to offer our customers a better value option. When considering tyres, the customer can now look at an added option.

Tyres (believe it or not) are not always easy things to purchase. Indeed many of our customers look for a balanced budget approach. They only buy what is within their budgets. This is because of the increase in the female drivers that are now buying tyres.

Here at Pellon Tyres,we still have many of our tyre buying customers who will stick to their favourite tyre brands. These are usually middle aged guys with built in preferences, and will stick to the brand that they have always fitted to their cars, Michelin tyres are the most popular, with Continental tyres coming a very close second. This is in Halifax here in Yorkshire UK, other parts of the country will differ.

here at Pellon Tyres we chose Winrun tyres because of the value for money factor. They are excellent quality, for a tyre brand that fits in-between the budget tyre brands and the mid-range tyre brands. The Winrun product was introduced to us at Pellon Tyres, because we are members of a tyre buying group called Point-S.

Pellon Tyres

Point-S has opened up new opportunities for the small tyre retailer. It was previously a European organisation that has now spread to the UK. Winrun was one of the tyre brands that have been offered to us here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax. Indeed we are the sole tyre trader in the area for the Winrun Product.

Apart from the reliability and quality of Winrun tyres we can now offer our customers this excellent accidental damage warranty. This will give the motorist, peace of mind when buying a new tyre. I have included a copy of this warranty on the blog post, so that our customers may read it.pellon tyres

It protects a new tyre under warranty against any irreparable accidental damage caused within six months of purchase. Months of purchase caused within six months of purchase.

The Warranty covers damage and failures caused by defects months of purchase, and/or materials and irreparable accidental damage due to normal use on roads. To make a claim against the Winrun Warranty, please take your tyre/s to the Winrun dealer who supplied you with the tyres for a technical inspection. The tyre/s for which warranty coverage is sought will be examined by the dealer, who will verify whether the warranty is applicable, according to the rules set forth herein. If the warranty claim is applicable, the tyre/s shall be replaced accordingly, and cannot be the subject of further claims.

The full conditions can be seen on our in-house leaflet…

http://www.winruntires.com/

Eric Roberts

 

Goodyears soy-based tyre- technology earns award for the Giant tyre company

Goodyears soy-based tyre

Goodyears soy-based tyre

Goodyears soy-based tyre

Of course Goodyear tyres have always been amongst the world leaders in tyre development. The addition of soy-bean based rubber compound  is their latest innovation. So, soybean oil-based rubber compound is helping Goodyear enhance tyre performance in dry, wet and winter conditions.

When I was much younger. I was fortunate enough to attend a six week course. Thus, at the now closed Goodyear factory in Wolverhampton in the UK. This course covered all aspects of tyres. From production to selling them. This was to set my life in the tyre industry.

Therefore I have always been a keen follower of Goodyear tyres and their latest releases into the tyre world. Including this new soy-bean revelation. For years and years tyres were made from the same old materials in the same old tyre factories. But this all changed with the need to stop pollution and support a better more environmental friendly planet.

Governments paid billions to auto makers to come up with more emission  friendly vehicles. Hence the gauntlet was also thrown out to tyre companies. As a result people like Continental came out with new materials to make tyres greener with a better rolling resistance and lighter in weight. As far as Continental were concerned then they experimented with “Dandelion” sap. The white gooey sap from the “weed” known as the dandelion in the western world, contained a sap that was very similar to the molecular structure of rubber latex.

Just like Continental, a  Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a sustainable type of tread compound using soybean oil. Like the dandelion this is naturally derived, cost-effective when grown in large quantities, carbon-neutral and renewable.

Goodyear’s tests have shown rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily

Of course when mixed in the silica-reinforced compounds now used in manufacturing certain tyres, such as winter tyres. This also improves manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption.

By employing soybean oil in tyres. Goodyear found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable. Especially, in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle’s grip on the road surface. Winter tyres perform much better in the cold because of the addition of this silica based material. Silica makes the compound much more flexible in cold weather. So, Enhancing the grip of winter and all-weather tyres.

Other tyre companies to come up with similar ideas include Yokohama and the use of “orange peel oils“.

Eric Roberts

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Source: Goodyear’s soy-based tyre technology earns award

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Customers and my Blog Readers

Eric Roberts and Staff at Pellon Tyres and BatteriesOnTheWeb hopes that all our Facebook and Twitter friends have a Happy and Prosperous 2018.

Car Exhausts Last Longer-There is No Doubt that Modern Cars Exhaust System Lasts Much Longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Bosal exhaust products are aluminised to last longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

The good old car exhaust is undoubtedly a distress purchase. it can also be an expensive purchase. However most small to medium cars are reasonably priced and affordable.

Your car exhaust is one of the most unnoticed parts of your car. Of course, unless you are a real car enthusiast. A lot of car enthusiasts actually replace their original car exhaust to better looking twin sports tail pipes.

This improvement also helps to better the car’s performance. For those who just buy cars to get them from A to B then  perhaps they only notice those car exhaust pipes when they start to blow or make a loud noise.

When you bring your noisy car into Pellon Autocentre in Halifax then we will be inspecting your cars exhaust. So we will start the engine and then check your cars exhaust. Hence, from the front all the way to the end of the tail pipe.

Car Exhausts Last Longer

There are many places that your exhaust can blow from. Most of the time, the car’s exhaust system will develop a leak where the exhaust manifold connects to the cylinder head. When you start your engine, there is a thermal expansion and contraction that happens and it places much stress in your exhaust manifold gasket.

leaking exhaust pipes should be looked at as soon as possible. Leaks can be very dangerous. Especially on older cars. Newer cars have on board computers that regulate the emissions. Of course this makes the gases emitted less poisonous than the used to. Therefore it is less likely that you would be able to harm yourself as it would on some older cars.

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Old mild steel exhaust box well corroded

In the older cars then It is a direct path for carbon monoxide poisoning. These older cars are now off the road so self harming is no longer a problem. In the past ten years there has been marked improvement in the quality and longevity of car exhaust systems. Better materials and welding techniques have improved no end.

Car Exhausts Last Longer made by robots

Robots do 90% of the welding, making mistakes a thing of the past. As a result many blowing exhausts would have started out as low quality welding. Once the rust sets in then there is no stopping it and this ends up as a blowing and noisy exhaust pipe. Not too long ago then there were companies who made low quality exhaust systems. Consequently, these were known as budget brands. For this reason these exhausts were ill fitting and did not last more than a year.

These days aluminium systems that are welded by robots. Coupled with the fact that they have to connect up to a valuable catalytic converter. So have seen a huge rise in the longevity of these systems some lasting for up to ten years.

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