REMOULD CAR TYRES- Are a Smart Choice for Savvy Shoppers

REMOULD CAR TYRES

REMOULD CAR TYRES

REMOULD CAR TYRES Are a Smart Choice for Savvy Shoppers Newswire (press release) Thanks to the increasing use of recycled materials in the production of tires, individuals can now buy tires for their car at much lower prices than those that are made…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Remould tyres

This article reminds me about my own thoughts regarding the place that remould tyres may have in todays motoring world.

Last year i put a lot of thoughts into whether or not to sell  remould car tyres in my  depot here in Halifax UK. After much thought i decided to have a sort of survey amongst my tyre customers and told them a white lie, by offering them remould car tyres, (although i did not have any stock), the response i received was overwhelming, NOT ONE of my customers wanted remould car tyres. The older guys thought that  remoulds had a bad reputation for tread coming off and the under thirties had never heard of them, but would have bought part worn tyres instead, so i decided not to stock them, but to continue selling Cheap Car Tyres Online.

Perhaps the remould industry should be shouting out about their product and getting the point across that the King Pin remould car tyres would not be a bad thing and could save drivers some money ?

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 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.

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Could Tesco Have Dirty Fuel ? Tesco to cover customer repair bills after dodgy diesel caused engine failures – Garagewire

Could Tesco Have Dirty Fuel

Could Tesco Have Dirty Fuel

Could Tesco Have Dirty Fuel

Without wanting to send out bad messages about companies. Then these incidents are isolated.

Even going back to my younger days.Hence, when I served at a petrol station. Then I remember some fuel that was delivered was contaminated.

As a result some times it would be contaminated by water. So that was accidentally mixed with the fuel before delivery. As a result, we never got to know how this could ever happen. Perhaps the tanks were flooded with water after some local flooding?

However it is no joke if your vehicle has taken in any contaminated fuel, from the local filling station.

Contaminants like dirt, debris, varnish build-up, water, corrosion, carbon deposits and microbes may enter the fuel system in different ways.

As a result, these contaminants may clog various components in your cars engine. Often restricting the flow of fuel and air to the engine. Should have this bad experience. Following tips could also help you to maintain a clean fuel delivery system in your vehicle. Your cars fuel delivery system consists of various components. Hence, such as fuel tank, lines, pumps, injectors. Of course, all are involved in the fuel delivery process.

Could Tesco Have Dirty Fuel

Drivers should be using good quality fuel filters. Thus, whose function is to catch the contaminants. Naturally, before they enter the fuel system components. Consequently,helping in maintaining a clean fuel system. Because, filters are prone to blockage and regular wear. Of course, periodic checks for blockage and replacement of worn-out filters serves the purpose.

If you are an unlucky victim of petrol or diesel contamination. Then the fuel station involved will recompense you for any damages caused. Therefore, in this case Tesco have agreed to compensate the guy in Harlow.

Tesco has apologised and agreed to cover the bill for broken down vehicles that filled up with contaminated diesel at its Harlow fuel station. The superstore initially dismissed owners claims for compensation but later issued its

Source: Tesco to cover customer repair bills after dodgy diesel caused engine failures – Garagewire

Dual Mass Flywheel-changed to Solid Flywheel on Peugeot 307

Dual Mass Flywheel

Peugeot 307 Dual Mass Flywheel change? Or was it

Dual Mass Flywheel

New Dual Mass Flywheel fitted in place

If you are the owner of a Peugeot 307. Then if you’re DMF( dual mass flywheel) starts to play up on you. Thus, you may like to know.That an alternative solid flywheel and clutch is available. Hence, as a cheaper replacement.

 

We at Pellonautocentre here in Halifax UK recently did just that. Consequently, one of our customers asked us to road test his car. Because he suspected that his clutch was on the way out. As a result, sure enough it had gone.Unfortunately, when we checked the clutch out. The car had a Dual Mass Flywheel clutch fitted.

He brought in the car and we split the gearbox to get to the clutch.Sure enough it was fitted with a Dual Mass Flywheel.It comes as a big shock to the hard up customers. Thus, that these expensive clutches are fitted to a regular type family saloon. For this reason, we knew that some of these Dual Mass Flywheel units could be replaced. By a standard solid flywheel and clutch. So, we made a few inquiries. Sure enough there was a normal replacement for this model. Peugeot 307 takes a normal solid flywheel and clutch. Consequently, not the- dual mass flywheel -originally fitted

Dual Mass Flywheel

We gave the customer the choice. However, I think the fact that it was going to cost him much less for the solid flywheel. Swung it in the solid flywheels favour. The standard one was fitted. Finally, the job was completed. Afterwards, the customer went away a bit better off and very happy.

After looking into this a little bit further. Mainly into Peugeot forums on the internet. I discovered that most forum contributors. Subsequently, say that it is all-right to carry out this conversion with only a couple saying to stick to the original Dual Mass Flywheel system, it is a case of “pay your money and take your chance”.

To show you how a Dual Mass Flywheel Failure works I have added a link to a good you-tube video please take a look…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfNjARZc5Wo

Dual Mass Flywheels were invented to smooth out gear changes on diesel cars, I think this was originally in Germany by BMW in association with LUK clutches.

Dual Mass Flywheel-Lady with RAV4 complained that her car would not pull very well

On the same day we had a lady motorist turn up complaining that her Toyota RAV4 would not pull very well and there was a rattling noise coming from underneath her car these were typical Dual Mass Flywheel Symptoms .

We put the car on a ramp (lift) and sure enough the car had a broken Dual Mass Flywheel. Because the car was not performing well with a suspected Dual Mass Flywheel Failure, the lady decided not to go for a cheaper replacement and we went on to fit a new LUK full DMF replacement. The car and the lady owner went away a happy customer knowing that we had cured her Toyota RAV4 Problems. This just shows two sides of the story, one guy wanted a cheaper job doing on his Peugeot 307 and the Lady wanted the correct replacement for her RAV4, it is always good to give the customer the choice.

Duel Mass Flywheel

Peugeot clutch

 

Article by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

 

Supermarket Fuel-Supermarket fuel comes under fire is it truly saving you money?

Supermarket Fuel

Supermarket Fuel

Supermarket Fuel

I must admit that I am not one of those drivers. Hence, who drive miles to fill their cars up at a supermarket. As a result, then I have only filled up in two supermarkets all my life.

In terms of consumer advice. Then I would like to take this opportunity to advise you. Thus, to shop around and look at all the incentives the different supermarkets are offering. Including their petrol offers. Taking advantage of these over the next few months.

Of course I will not be taking my own advice. Perhaps this is because I never do any of the family shopping. In fact we buy most things online. Including the supermarket shopping?

In general though,you should take into consideration not only fuel prices from the supermarkets. But your standard weekly shop price. So as to compare the savings you could potentially make.

I think that I have this thing about not buying from a supermarket. Because, I do not believe in “something for nothing”. This attached article sort of explains my theory. In fact with supermarkets continuously facing off with each other. Thus, lowering fuel prices. Then the consumer should feel the full benefit by receiving the best deal for them.

As a business man, I cannot help feeling that the fuel prices are added onto all the other shopping items. Although I admit that I have no proof of this. Of course it is just a suspicion from a suspicious business man. In any case the pumps are always queuing with drivers eager to get their bargain fuel?

After all we are a free country. So drivers should and will go where think there is a bargain?

Supermarket fuels could be a false economy for motorists, according to experts who claim cheap fuel could end up costing motorists an extra £100 a year. The UK fuel market is subject to strict legal standards,

Source: Supermarket fuel comes under fire – Garagewire

Nissan Leaf Batteries-Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement- Electric- Car Batteries

Nissan Leaf Batteries

PluginCars.com Nissan Leaf Batteries Owners Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement Batteries PluginCars.com Nissan North America in June launched its LEAF battery replacement program, designed to give owners of high-mileage LEAFs a way to ensure that their…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Lithium-Ion Electric car batteries

This is news to me but possibly good news, I wonder if in the future the battery market will be like it is today. With many manufacturers selling to many dealers as a World wide

Nissan Leaf Batteries

Hydrogen cells are one of the competitors to the Nissan Leaf Batteries lithium-Ion cars of the future

market, or will the car makers try to keep the cheapest car batteries to themselves.

Certainly according to this report the customers want to buy their own Nissan Leaf Batteries and source them at the best price when they need replacing, at the moment i can not think past the post and can not imagine what the size of the battery market will be  when the cars become second and third hand.

At the moment we have a vibrant battery market, with many companies large and small having a share in the market ,but will this always be the case ?. Lithium-Ion batteries are now looking like the battery that will be used as the Nissan Leaf Batteries , along with other technologies, such as Hydrogen fuel calls. Another big development is with the Start-Stop car battery. You may ask How Does Stop Start Work?. This operates on the what you could call standard type vehicles and works by the cars engine being switched off when the car stop and re-starting when the car starts again saving fuel in the process. These batteries are 12 Volt Battery technology and are lead acid batteries and AGM batteries, this is because of the higher charging cycles that are available with different materials used in the making of the plates.

What do you think 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.

 

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Yokohama Race day-Invite Ryan Linton from Pellon Tyres in Halifax to a Special Track Race Day Special.

Yokohama Race day

Yokohama Race day treat for Pellon Tyres

Yokohama Race day

Ryan before setting off in his Yokohama Race day events

One the good things about dealing direct with the tyre manufacturers. So, is that from time to time we get a special treat. Of course,some sort of day out for the boss (usually a visit to their tyre factory). Or one of his key staff members, in this case Ryan Linton.

Consequently, last year we decided to join an independent group of tyre buyers. Hence, known as Point-S. As a result, this enabled Point-S to build up a Nationwide Tyre Dealer set up. Enabling, small town tyre dealers. Like ourselves in Halifax UK . Thus,to buy direct from the tyre manufactures. Of course, who were previously not interested. In selling their products to individual tyre dealers. Such as ourselves.

Naturally, this was a great opportunity for my business.We are now forming relationships with some of the Worlds top tyre companies. One of them is Yokohama  from Japan, one of the Worlds finest tyre producers. Of course,the tyres that they make are second to none. Including, there quality and durability. As I say we are now very proud to be the Yokohama Tyre dealers for the Calderdale area including Halifax here in the UK.

Yokohama Race day

We were over the moon when we recently received an invitation to a  Yokohama Race day, to attend a race day that they had organised at the renowned Bedford Autodrome, courtesy of Palmer-sport.com. This was a great treat for us ,but unfortunately the boss Eric Roberts was feeling unwell, (and he can’t drive fast anyway) so his place was taken by his chief mechanic Ryan Linton.

I am sure that Eric will admit that he is a little old for driving racing cars and Ryan was the best choice anyway, Ryan has a great love and knowledge of all types of cars and loved the total experience from his day out with Yokohama Race day at Palmer-sports race day.

Yokohama Race day-Yokohama tyres recorded the full day

 I would like to thank Yokohama Race day and Palmer-Sport from Ryan and myself for such a great day out (the weather was great too).

Ryan testing his skills in the BMW M3 at a I would like to thank Yokohama Race day and Palmer-Sport from Ryan and myself for such a great day out (the weather was great too).

We were also fortunate to have the full experience photographed and put on the their website, so that we can download some pictures of the day out. I would like to thank Yokohama Race day and Palmer-Sport from Ryan and myself for such a great day out (the weather was great too).

Some of the cars that Ryan raced were Land-Rover defender, Formula Jaguar, Caterham 7 and Ariel atom 3, all of which can be seen on their web-site…http://www.palmersport.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.

 

Important Car Servicing Information-Motorists to be educated about Block Exemption in new campaign

Important Car Servicing Information

Important Car Servicing Information

 

Important Car Servicing Information

Many of our customers are confused about having their car serviced at another garage. Consequently, when the car they own is still under manufacturers warranty. Customers think that they have to take their car back to the “main dealers” for any servicing or repair work.

Of course, this is not true. As a result of legislation, then the UK and the USA have similar laws. Hence. that allow an independent garage to repair or service their car. However, it is a good idea to completely read through and understand your warranty. Learn the length of time and the number of miles the warranty covers.

This is all common sense stuff. The Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which was passed in 1975. In the USA, this is a federal law put in place to protect consumers while purchasing a warranty. Through this act, the manufacturer is required to word the warranty’s contract so that car buyers can easily understand each condition of their vehicle’s warranty. Consequently, here in the UK then motorists are covered by a similar European Union law. Thus protecting the motorist from main dealer misinterpreting car warranties.As a result then the document is called “The right to repair campaign“.

Important Car Servicing Information

You, as a motorist in the EU. Are free to have your car serviced whichever garage you like. Naturally benefiting from the cost savings. As a result, the work can be carried out by an “independent garage”. Such as Pellon Autocentre, here in Halifax,UK . Subsequently, as long as that garage uses manufacturer approved parts or parts that are the same quality. Also, correctly following the manufacturer’s service schedule. Independent garages  have much lower overheads than franchised dealers. So their hourly labour rate is also cheaper.

There are a few myths surrounding automobile warranties that we are going to clear up for you . Especially, in the following article. Hence, once and for all.

When an independent garage is repairing your vehicle. Of course, you are able to use the same  quality parts other than the manufacturers. Some dealerships will tell you that this voids your warranty. This is an old trick of theirs and is not true. Therefore in any unlikely dispute. It will be the dealership’s responsibility to prove that it was another brand of the part. Thus, that caused the damage if there is a dispute.

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If you use a part from a brand other than your manufacturer when have your car serviced. Have your garage clearly write on the receipt the make and model of your vehicle. Also, along with the VIN number, speedo reading. Including, the date you had your car serviced. If needed, keep this for future reference. Of course a good quality garage will have this information entered on your receipt. Also filling in the manufacturers service book with any relevant information.

Important Car Servicing Information

A lot of people believe that you have to have your car serviced at the dealership for the manufacture warranty to be valid. The truth is you do not have to have your car serviced at the dealership to validate the manufacture warranty. General maintenance. “Does not have to be carried out” at your car dealership. So to keep your manufacture warranty valid and current.

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is raising awareness of motorists’ rights by launching the ‘Your Car, Your Choice’ campaign, supporting key legislation providing motorists with freedom to choose where to service, maintain and repair

Source: Motorists to be educated about Block Exemption in new campaign – Garagewire

Skoda Octavia comes in for Air-Con Service including a re-gas after some Hot Sunny Days

Skoda Octavia

The condenser was located behind the dash of the Skoda Octavia, making it a difficult task, with not much room to move and working space was tight Air-Con Service resulted in new parts

This time of year has been very kind to many garages.Up and down the United Kingdom (UK). Therefore,it may seem strange to people who live in other parts of the world. But here in the UK our Summers are very short. So,to be truthful we do not normally get much Sun.

air-con systems

Air-con system servicing in Halifax

The new Skoda is an excellent car. Space is never an issue.Since there is sufficient room for both front and rear seat occupants. Therefore, it is designed in such a way that it will be a comfortable place to stay in. Controls are properly arranged including the Air conditioning controls.Numerous storage compartments are installed. That will on a hot day  make staying inside comfortable.

Skoda Octavia

Old condenser removed from Skoda Octavia

As a result, after our very cold and snowy March. I did not have much hope of us having good Summers. However, I was completely wrong? and this year has turned out to be hot and Sunny. Including a bonus for us garages.

As a result, our customers have been roasting in their cars. Because, of the recent damp and rainy Summers, the motorists have been neglecting their cars Air-con systems and many did not work, giving us a golden opportunity to make a little more profit. I say little because of the fact that we are all still in hard times and the price of air-con has come down, here in Halifax.

Skoda Octavia air con problem

However, I decided to buy a new sign to put up in the garage, right at a set of traffic lights (very eye catching). The heat carried on from day to day, and air-con inquiries were coming in thick and fast. The only problem with air-con is that it takes about an hour to complete the cycle of checking and re-gassing, however, we did very well and most of our customers went away with a lovely cold car to drive in the 30c temperatures.

I say most of the customers went away happy, because some did not. These were the ones with faulty air-con systems on their cars, including the driver of a 56 plate Skoda Octavia.

He, unfortunately, had a faulty Air Con Condenser. This is the part that looks like a radiator and indeed does the same thing as the radiator. Instead of removing the heat from the engine it removes the heat from the Skoda Octavia and is hidden away, somewhere behind the dashboard in the Skoda Octavia. The air-con systems come in three main parts the condenser,compressor and evaporator all these combined take out the heat and humidity from your car.

Air Conditioning Systems work by the compressor pressurising the gas, which is also the refrigerant and then moves into the Air Conditioning Condenser creating heat, as in the car radiator this flows through the very small condenser tubes cooling down the heat and forming into a liquid again, this circulates around the system, converting the heat from your car into cold air again, it is rather like steam turning back into water again, the system operates under high pressure and the refrigerant used cools the Skoda Octavia again, all clever stuff.

Skoda Octavia

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Dale fits new air-con condenser

Skoda Octavia

Condenser hid behind Skoda Octavia dash

Dale Linton one of my technicians was given the job of fitting the condenser and made the usual good job of it. The condenser was located behind the dash of the Skoda Octavia, making it a difficult task, with not much room to manoeuvre and working space was tight. Most air-con jobs work in very tight spaces. The job was completed and the customer went away in a nice cool car.

Article by Eric Roberts Managing Director of …www.pellonautocentre.com

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

 

Car Hand brake- Car Repair MYTHS ? Hand Brake (Parking Brakes) Customers always want it Checking?

Car Hand brake

Car Hand brake

Things that motorists still ask for when having a car repair.(Car Hand brake)

Consequently, this is an article about some of the things that motorists ask for or ask us to check. Hence, when they leave their car with us for servicing. I have to admit that most of these guys are male. Thus, from the older generation of motorists.Naturally, who remember some of the problems that they used to encounter in the past. Of course, on some of the older model cars that were driven then.

Therefore,one of the most asked questions is “Can you just adjust my Car Hand brake”. This comes from the days when I was a young mechanic. So all you had to do to adjust the hand brake on most regular cars. Was to take out a split pin, and turn a screw thread. Of course, to either lengthen or shorten the hand brake cables.Thus giving you more leverage from the handbrake in the brake shoes.

When the handbrakes finally snapped with rust or age. Then, all you had to do was replace it with a new cable,”simple”. This type of hand brake system was always failing. Especially, when you pulled on the hand brake.So, the cable would snap. This, was responsible for many an accident.With cars parked on hills running away. However, this is the type of Car Hand brake that some motorists think their car is fitted with. Thus,thinking that it is only a ten minute job to adjust (at probably no cost to him ).

Car Hand brake (Parking Brake)

As the modern car progressed. So it was clear that better braking systems had to developed. As a result, cars were getting faster, then they had to stop more efficiently and quickly. This brings us up to date.Consequently, with more and more car manufacturers using discs on all four corners of their cars. Not fitting the drums system at the rear. (Some newer cars still have drums at the rear, but more are favoring four wheel disc systems,for greater braking efficiency). Modern cars also have a separate handbrakes system. Including, their own drums system. Thus, working in conjunction with the rear discs. of course, which are virtually a separate system from the main brakes. Many cars are now fitted with duel cables. So, that are better protected from the outside elements (corrosion) .

Car Hand brake

Worn out discs and pads are another common brake problem besides Car Hand brake problems

Most Car Hand brake on modern cars are much more complicated to service. Of course,now are one and two hour jobs to complete. Some smaller cars have still got rear drums. A Car Hand brake that works by connecting to the Rear Brake Shoes. Requiring freeing off from time to time. Also and lubricating as part of a regular service. But I am afraid that the cables still seize up and have to be come to us for a Car Hand brake Cable Replacement  from time to time especially as the car gets older.

Car Hand brake

Rear Car Hand brake stripped down ready for the hand brake checking

Your Car Hand brake is now a different animal?

In the more up to date modern car with disc brakes all round there is an additional lever and cork screw mechanism that is added to the calipers piston. When the driver pulls the hand brake on in the car, the lever forces the cork screw against the same piston that activates the foot pedal system.

This system also has problems with seizing parts and will take more than ten minutes to free off and lubricate for further use. There are other systems such as used by Volvo, that incorporate a separate drum with its own Ferodo Brake Shoes that is connected to the rear discs, this can also be a long job to service correctly.

To summarise the “can you just adjust my Car Hand brake” days are over, we as a garage need to take more time to repair and adjust the modern car hand brake system and indeed what we do is to offer a separate service just to do the cars braking system justice and to offer a first class brake service.

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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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.

Servicing tips -How to beat the sexist mechanics: Simple tips for women to avoid being ripped

Servicing tips

ladies know how to look after the car and the purse strings

How to beat the sexist mechanics: Servicing tips for women to avoid being ripped …

Daily Mail

Women who know little about car repairs can make sure they aren’t being ripped off by their mechanic by simply suggesting a price for the work.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Most women customers are very confident when buying anything including having their car repaired.We now even have more female

Servicing tips

Female customers are just as confident as men now when dealing with their garage of choice and Servicing tips

mechanics

Servicing tips

female mechanics are getting more common these days

I think that the garage who tries to rip female customers off, will also try to pull the wool over the eyes of all their customers ? men and women. “THESE GARAGES ARE A FOOL TO THEMSELVES”. We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres, and have regular Servicing tips meetings and contacts with other garages. It is common knowledge that our lady customers make up 60% of our total number of customers, and have to be treat in the correct manner, believe me the ladies know what they are on about and would not go to a garage with their car that they did not trust, if they thought that they had been ripped off, they would not go back there a second time. Another addition to this story is that we now have an increasing number of female mechanics, with many Motor Mechanic Jobs going to females, who are just as competent as male mechanics and are probably more sensible. A strange thing happened the other day? a lady customer who was in for an MOT test asked us the price of a service to go with the MOT test. The lady agreed to the price and we duly did the work;The lady was happy with the job and the price paid and went home, satisfied. About an hour later the ladies husband rang us up and told us in no uncertain words that we had RIPPED his wife off. WOW.

Eric Roberts …www.pellonautocentre.com

HERE IS A SECOND OPINION…

“You don’t ‘suggest’ a price to the garage looking to do the work, whether you know a bit or not. There is a price for the part/s and a price for the labour. The part/s you can research, but they may be privy to discounts etc you aren’t due to trade links, and the labour charge you either agree to or don’t – you could dispute the number of hours charged, but if you think it would take a shorter time, do it yourself. What a daft, American study from three probably biased and slightly bitter women who have fell foul, in their opinion of the motor trade”…

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