Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem -We all hear about these monster cars with problems- News – What Car?

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

News – What Car?

Seven rear tyres, six wheel alignments, and bills totaling £679 in three years were not what John Leslie and his wife, Isobel, expected from their  C4 Picasso.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Picasso had (wheel alignment problem)

As a garage owner myself  I think it is fair to say that we do get our fair share of Citroen C4 cars in for various types of repair work, especially for doing repairs after MOT failures.

This particular Citroen C4 was having tyre wear problems, the car had many wheel alignment checks and even had the suspension at the rear of the car reset, but the car continued to go through tyres at an alarming rate.

The Citroen C4 went through different  garages in Scotland and in the end the guy was compensated for some of his problems, but the problem was never cured ?.

Over the years we have all had our customers with problematic cars ,especially cars that wear tyres out, we used to call them Friday made cars, because the men at the factory never finished them off, because they could not wait to get home and the cars were not so good because of short cuts, I am not sure if that happens in to days car factories, but you still get rogue cars that has problems that we can never cure and this Citroen C4 is one of them, the guy would do well to get rid of the car. according to the  Picasso owners club, tyres wearing at the edged area a common problem.

Read more…http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php?/topic/17827-outside-tyre-wear/

Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and we offer Citroen Tyres Online. Also been operating  a Battery business now for 40 years. Of course,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies. In my younger days. Before starting my first business. Naturally,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes. Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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Cleaning/Replacing EGR Valve-A look Into How to Clean and Replace an EGR Valve P0400

Cleaning/Replacing EGR Valve

Cleaning/Replacing EGR Valve

Cleaning/Replacing EGR Valve

The EGR valve controls a small passageway between the intake and exhaust manifolds. When the valve opens, intake vacuum draws exhaust gasses through the valve.

When removing your engine.Make sure to take care not to damage the EGR valve. naturally,when you buy a used or re-manufactured engine.So you want to make sure you get one with an EGR valve with your original engine. Unknown problems could occur. So if you get an engine without the EGR valve already in place.

EGR stands for (Exhaust Gas Re-circulation Valve). Of course its main object is to help your car more efficiently. Completely burning fuel by recirculating a portion of your exhaust. Hence,running it through the combustion process again. When the valve opens, intake vacuum draws exhaust through the valve.

Cleaning/Replacing EGR Valve

If you ever have to remove your engine for any reason. Then make sure to take care not to damage the EGR valve. Also should you have to buy a used or re-manufactured engine. Subsequently, you want to make sure you get one with an EGR valve already in place. Especially, if your original engine had one.

The “ported vacuum switch” screws into the intake manifold. Thus, a ported vacuum switch is a vacuum switch installed usually on your intake manifold in a coolant port. Including the thermostat housing or engine so the heat-sensing element is in contact with the engine’s coolant. Consequently, as the engine heats up, the wax pushes the plunger.

Expanding up until it uncovers or blocks the vacuum port. Severe engine overheating can damage the switch. So,making replacement necessary.
Another component that may be a part of your vehicle’s EGR system is a “ported vacuum switch” (PVS), which may also be called a “thermal vacuum valve” or “temperature vacuum valve” (TVS). The switch controls the passage of vacuum that operates the EGR valve.

Cleaning/Replacing EGR Valve

Clogged or Low Flow EGR? Learn how to clean carbon buildup in the EGR valve which can cause check engine light codes P0400 though P0408. I also show you how to test your EGR valve to make sure it is working properly or if you need a new one.

EGR Codes:
P0400 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Malfunction
P0401 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected
P0402 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Excessive Detected
P0403 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Malfunction
P0404 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance
P0405 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Sensor A Circuit Low
P0406 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Sensor A Circuit High
P0407 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Sensor B Circuit Low
P0408 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Sensor B Circuit High

 

Continental tyres boost-high-performance tyres at Korbach plant – RubberNews.com

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost high-performance tires at Korbach plant

RubberNews.com

KORBACH, Germany—Continental A.G.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Continental tyres keep on moving forward

This is just one of the expansion plans and is a Continental tyres boost for the giant tyre company of Continental.The Continental Car Tyres company and all its subsidiaries have leaped ahead of most of its

Continental Seal tyres protect the tyre from nail penetrations like this onecompetitors in recent years due to some innovative new products such as the “Seal Tyres” that contain a protective layer of sealant made of polymers, that stop the tyre from deflating when penetrated by a screw or a nail.

Continental tyre Sport ContactsThe protective layer is inside the Seal tyres,  just underneath the tread area. Other products to giva a Continental tyres boost include “runflat technology” and new tyres that are greener and lighter to save on emissions for new EV and electric vehicles, altogether an impressive portfolio of products.

Continental tyres boost their market share by continuously adding new tyre products to their range. One of their latest tyre products is a new winter tyre the TS850. 

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Hence, before starting my first business. Consequently,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including, their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Eric Roberts

See on www.rubbernews.com

Brake Problems- A good look at some common problems with Master Cylinder Auto Repair – Brakes Don …

Brake Problems

Brake Problems

Brake problems can be difficult to diagnose, but most drivers encounter these common symptoms: your brake pedal feels soft or mushy, when braking, your foot … Be Sociable, Share! Tweet …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Master cylinder brakes  fluid may need checking at regular intervals

This Brake Problems video and article written by Joyce Blay is well worth looking at. We in the garage and Autocentre sector are always advising the motorists about how they should look after their cars, but we cannot over stress the important of the cars braking system and how important it is to have your brakes checked by a professional mechanic or your local garage to avoid future Brake Problems.

Brake Problems,brake fluid

Checking the brake fluid level

The levels that are checked under your bonnet (hood) will include the level in your master cylinder. The lack of brake fluid in the Brake Master Cylinders will lead to spongy brakes and if not corrected will end up in Brake Problems and even brake failure.

Brake Problems

So have these levels checked and if required you may need a complete brake fluid change. This is something else that is recommended by the car manufacturers at intervals, so it is well worth checking to see what intervals this job should be done at. Also if you are topping up the master cylinder yourself, make sure you use the recommended type of fluid for your model, some are different to others, your user’s manual will tell you which fluid to use.

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. hence, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies. Of course in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Subsequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre .Locally here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars . Of course, and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

See on www.iddiandgalia.com

Goodyear Car Racing-NASCAR, teams hope new Goodyear tyre means better racing

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear Car Racing slick tyres ready for the NASCAR races.[/caption]

Post updated
20/3/2014

Goodyear Car Racing Tyres NASCAR racing news

Kansas City Star
NASCAR, teams hope new tire means better racing at Kansas
SportingNews.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Goodyear Car Racing tyres create a new compound for NASCAR at Kansas City

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear tyres have always been involved in motor sport. The whole time that i have been in tyres has been spent following  progress in the World of motor sport, back in the days of  rally tyres winning everything they could, to the days when they supported F1 cars.

Goodyear Car Racing. Of course, developed this new compound tyre .Trying it out on the Atlanta race track. Consequently, over a month ago. As a result, the  track that was raced on was in Atlanta. Using  an old track and most of the tracks surface was old and worn out.

The track at Kansas. Thus,was only re-surfaced a year ago and is consequently very smooth.

 

“Has been difficult for manufacturer  to meet the demand at a track like Atlanta Motor Speedway without sacrificing reliability. But Goodyear Car Racing has taken steps to address both issues with a new “zone tread” technology. Which will be used for the first time . Hence, at this weekend’s race in Atlanta”…

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/racing/news/20130829/goodyear-tires-nascar-atlanta.ap/#ixzz2gvePsuDu

The Goodyear Car Racing company. Therefore have put much time and effort into developing tyres for motorsport. In my opinion this is one of the reasons why they are amongst the Worlds leading tyre Goodyear Car Racingcompanies.

Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Hence, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products .Helping my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes .Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Winter Car Servicing-Good Garage Scheme Car Servicing in Great Britain : Get Ready for …

Winter Car Servicing

Winter Car Servicing

Winter Car Servicing at pellon Autocentre, Halifax UK[/caption]

Winter Car Servicing

With cold weather just around the corner and nights beginning to draw in, the Good Garage Scheme is encouraging motorists to have their cars professionally checked to ensure they are safe and reliable in the winter months …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Winter is on its way is your car ready for Winter Car Servicing ?

This article from the “Good garage scheme” highlights the motorist to the severe weather conditions that may lie ahead and the effects that this could have on your car if you did not prepare it by servicing it before the winter arrives.We are a member of the Unipart Car care Centres and are advising our customers to do the same, by offering an MOT and Winter Car Servicingservice for just £100 all inclusive. This offer is for most small and medium sized cars and will carry out Winter Car Servicing on their cars for the winter ahead. This offer also includes a brake check and your anti-freeze levels topping up the correct winter levels, so you won’t be the one with a frozen engine. We also give your battery a good check over, so you will not be late to work because your cars battery has failed you.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Of course, before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars . Hence, and their related products that will help my business. As a result,we are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

 

See on www.goodgarageschemeblog.com

Winter Tyres Work- Less Accidents when Cold Weather Tyres are fitted before winter arrives.

Winter Tyres Work

Winter Tyres Work
Winter Tyres Work but this car struggled? Last winter saw snow like this at Sowerby near Halifax[/caption]

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

FleetNews

Accident data strengthens Winter Tyres Work argument,

FleetNews

Snow and ice were the cause of more than 6,000 road accidents in Great Britain last year, according to statistics issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) this week.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Snowing scenes like this call for “Winters to be fitted ” Winter Tyres Work

Winter tyres have in the past three years helped millions of motorists to

make safer journeys and arrive home safely, remember Winter Tyres Work . We are now approaching the time, usually November time when you should fit your winter tyres, or if you do not have any then you should consider buying yourself a set.

Even if you can’t afford a set of four then it is it is still a better and safer proposition to fit a pair on your drive wheels. Out of all the thousands of customers that have had winter tyres fitted, I have never had a single complaint about the  performance, in fact most drivers will give them a raving revue.

Winter Tyres Work

When the weather gets this bad then Winter Tyres Work

This is one of the reasons why the fleet companies are fitting winters to their fleets?Winter Tyres Work . They know that it makes sense to fit them for the safety aspect and also they know that it will benefit the drivers, when they are out in snow and also wet weather, and when the fleets buy them you know they must be good as they will not waste a penny unless it is necessary.

Winter Tyres Work its a fact

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire recommend that you should go for an economy winter tyre such as Jinhu winters if you are on a low budget, or an excellent mid-range tyre is the Nokian winters  and for the SUV or larger sedan type of cars you could look no further that choosing a leading make such as Michelin or Bridgestone winters , they are all excellent products.As the article says there was 6000 road accidents here in the UK,due to snow and ice, according to the Department of Transport (DFT)

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Winter Tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.  I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

See on www.fleetnews.co.uk

Leisure battery LV22MF Numax leisure- Batteries can give you as much as 150 Amps per hour?

Leisure battery LV22MF Numax leisure

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries are amongst the best batteries available to the Caravan and Motorhome community, not forgetting the lucky people who own a river craft or a canal pleasure boat.

All these types of vehicles require a battery. Or a number of batteries to supply them with electricity.Especially, where there are no mains power points. Usually in the wilderness or some isolated canal boat moorings.

Numax are not necessarily Cheap Leisure Batteries. But they are one of the more reliable battery products. Of course, for this usage on the market. In fact I have only ever seen one faulty Numax battery. As a result, since I started selling then six years ago.

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries

A typical narrow boat using leisure batteries for the electrics and solar panels.

Leisure battery LV22MF Numax leisure

The Leisure market battery products are always on show. Hence, at some of the country’s top leisure and outdoor shows. Because of this the Numax name has become very popular. Also because of the internet, the Numax Caravan battery has actually come down in price. So, is now one of our best selling products that we offer online.

The most popular battery is the XV31MF battery. This is an 110 amp one and is our best seller at the time of me writing this article. The number two, Leisure Battery is the  LV26MF , which is a 100 amp battery.

Following close behind is the Leisure battery LV22MF Numax leisure

This is a 75 amp battery and is used for the person who goes away at weekends and the occasional two weeks holiday. When the first Motorhome Battery came out, the industry used the regular car battery; in fact the 100 amp leisure battery was derived from the 250 car batteries. The car battery was modified with thicker calls to hold more charge and was then known as the LV26MF battery for leisure use. The original 250 car battery was a starter battery and had to provide the power up front to start a car.

As the leisure market began to grow, then so did the size of the caravans and motorhomes. This meant that bigger batteries were needed, because portable televisions and fridges could fit into the larger vehicles. In the early days these came in the form of truck batteries, which were the largest batteries available. This led to the development of the XV31MF leisure battery which once again had thicker plates to store more power, as the truck battery was a starter battery and needed the power up front to start the vehicle.

Leisure battery LV22MF Numax leisure

One thing that has surprised me is that more people do not connect 2 x LV22MF batteries together. These batteries are LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries and connected together in “Parallel” will give you a 75 x 2 capacity which is 150 amps, a much larger capacity than a XV31MF battery would. The main criteria is that you use the two exactly same batteries and the same number of amps, the system will remain at 12 volts and in my opinion would be worth looking into.

LV22MF Numax leisure Batteries

Modern motorhomes need powerful batteries

Disclaimer

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

Wheel Vibrations-Wheel Balancing could be the problem? Especially when motorway driving

Wheel Vibrations

Wheel Vibrations

 

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? You can tell if your tires are out of wheel balancing  by Wheel Vibrations at higher speeds on MN …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Balancing and Wheel Vibrations

This is another good article that is trying to emphasize the importance of having your wheels balanced. These days you will have your wheels balanced every time you have a new tyre fitted, it has become standard practice throughout the tyre industry. At one time in the distant past we would charge extra for new tubeless valves fitting and for balancing, but as I say this is now included in the total price, when you buy a new tyre.

The only problem is ,that your balance weights could come off and cause your wheels to have Wheel Vibrations, this will make your steering wheel shake  or you may feel a vibration coming through the car seat. This is caused by the rear wheels being out of balance, the front wheels cause your steering wheel to vibrate.

Wheel Vibrations

This symptom of Wheel Vibrations  is easy to remedy by calling into your nearest Tyre centre and having the wheels re-balanced, a quick and easy job to do. You will then enjoy a vibration free driving experience.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk  

Wheel Vibrations underrated by drivers

Wheel balancing.Is perhaps one of the most underrated parts of your cars performance, and stability. Especially when the car is driven at higher speeds. Say on a motorway. We all know the feeling when the steering wheel starts to shake. As a result, and Wheel Vibrations start at a certain speed. Usually at speeds of 50 mph and above.

Before the out of balance on the wheel in question starts to kick in the shaking can be felt through your steering wheel or if the rear wheels are also out of balance, then the rear of the car will start to shake, and if you have passengers in the rear seats, then they will feel the shaking through the rear seats and into their bodies. Wheel balancing should be carried out whenever the Wheel Vibrations takes place, it is a good idea to call into your local Autocentre, and have the wheel balancing re-done.

One of the most common reasons for the wheel balancing to go out of synchronization is for a balance weight to come off the wheel Car Wheels. This can be caused by the wheel catching the walk way and knocking the weight off accidentally. Normally a balance weight will stay on the wheel until the next new car tyre is fitted  and the driver will never feel any vibrations through the steering wheel and if it does then the remedy is simple and relatively cheap to correct.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer Dynamic Balancing Services 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.pellontyres.co.uk

 

RENAULT MEGANE-Fails MOT Test (miserably?) massive rust problems.

RENAULT MEGANE Turns up for the MOT test with a massive hole in the sills

RENAULT MEGANE,mot test

Renault Megan with huge hole in the sill

When you run an MOT test centre, we see all sorts of things on the cars that we test. In general motorists a re very good and the majority look after their cars. We do however the opposite end of the scale and are presented with cars that are dropping to bits. The majority of cars fail on silly little things, such as light bulbs that do not work. These include Headlights, indicators, brake lights, any damaged reflectors and your headlamp aim, they are all easy to check out if you need more information about you MOT test you can check on the VOSA web-site the governing body that oversees the MOT test system here in the UK.WE at Pellon MOT centre here in Halifax UK, recommend that the car owner should check his car over before presenting it to an MOT station for testing.

If you are the owner of a French car you are likely to have a first time fail. Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault were all in the bottom five brands for first time cars being tested for the first time. The worse French car to fail the test was the Renault Megane. Only 71% of these cars that were registered in 2008 actually passed their first MOT test, what does that say?

Source for this information…http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/05/one-in-five-cars-fails-its-first-mot-285886/

Megane turns up for MOT test

This brings me on to a little story that happened today Monday  23rd 2013 We had a Renault Megane booked in for an MOT test. The Renault Megane turned up and Ryan Linton, our tester proceeded to carry out the test. When it came to checking for corrosion he found a well rotted rusty sill that he could nearly fit his fist through. He also found that the front discs brakes were rotten with rust.  A few other things were failures, some light bulbs were gone and the catalytic convertor was in need of replacing. Altogether a very expensive MOT test.

Renault Megane,mot test

Renault Megane rusted up front discs

Article and pictures by Eric Roberts… www.mot-halifax.co.uk

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.