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Jumper Cables are worth keeping in your Car Boot in case of your Car Battery problems

Keeping jumper cables in your car are a necessary requirement in my opinion.

So, they are one of those pieces of equipment that you may never need. However, you dare not do without them. Importantly, in case your battery goes dead on you. Or you are about to become a “Good Samaritan” and be at the right place at the right time!

Jumper Cables

Fitting a new Lucas car battery after the original failed to start and would not jump off

Of course, to help out a fellow motorist who is in a desperate need of help. Imperatively, to start his car and there you are with your Car Jumper Cables to help them out.

I must admit that I am a caring person and I do probably carry this sort of thing around with me to offer help to others. Car batteries will eventually die on you and the problem is where they will die on you not when. It is always sods law that your battery will fail you in some awful place such as the shopping centre twenty mile away.

Good idea to join breakdown scheme

jumper cables

Jumper cables fitted to one of the batteries

One thing that can be done is to join one of the national breakdown schemes. Importantly, they could come out and help you. However, it is always when you forgot to renew your policy. So, when these things happen! Wow, if only you had put a set of jump leads in the boot of your car?

It is not a perfect world and hindsight is a wonderful thing? It is a good job that the guy in the car parked next to you. Happily, has a set of leads in his car and he is willing to help you out!  Having the ability and the tools to help boost other drivers battery is a wonderful thing. There are many true stories associated with a driver having to give a stranded motorist a boost from his own car battery with a boost cable. In fact anywhere that a car stops, means that it might not start again, without a boost.

The last guy that I helped out was trying to leave a ferry, between England and France

But guess what! His car battery was flat and we was been towed out of the ship by a fork truck. I of course stepped into help! Especially, when I saw that he was stranded and started his car battery with my trusty jumper cables. This helped him drive about to look for a new car battery, but it saved him time waiting for a breakdown truck to arrive.

We always get advice from the motoring organisations. So, to prepare ourselves for the upcoming winter. but most of us do not take a blind bit of notice. Things like take a shovel and a blanket! But we never do! Because it is never going to happen to us. Well this is just the same as jump leads, we are never going to need them, but we do?

Keep jump cables in your boot !

Just by owning some jumper cables and keeping them in your car will one day help you or a fellow motorist? Even if you do not know what to do then there will be someone there who will use them for you and know which way to connect your cables to the car batteries.

I have added a useful video onto this post that shows you what TO DO and where to connect the jumper cables to the two Car Battery Problems.

The main point of this post though, is to make sure that you do in fact carry a booster cable around with you, because you never know when you may need one.

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.

Eric Roberts

Battery Storage systems could significantly reduce the power of the National Grids.

Battery Storage systems

Battery storage systems-(was not an option)

Because of the way that we built our national power plants. Interestingly, in some cases over a hundred years ago. Importantly, will have to change in the future! Of course, to meet our electrical needs. So for the production of solar energy and its Battery Storage systemsdistribution. Through our home solar panels collections and solar collection farms. Including the wind turbine installations.

So the original “national grid” plants were originally owned by the government. But in recent times were privatized here in the UK by the Conservative government. Of course, led by “Margret Thatcher“. These massive coal and gas powered installations distributed power all over the “British Isles“. Subsequently, many of the power stations were located in coal mining areas of Yorkshire. Importantly, where the coal was transported locally. Resulting in the electricity being sent across the country. Carried on massive power line systems. Then diverted into smaller sub-stations. So,then before distributed to homes and businesses. Of course, usually in an underground power network.

Things are about to change

In recent times we have seen massive investment into the solar energy collecting market. Including, the introduction of new technologies.  Such as wind turbines and solar panel farms that turn the sun and the winds energy into producing electricity. Most people will now have seen these giant turbines across the countryside of most countries. Technological advances including battery storage systems will soon mean that things may have to change in the near future. Importantly, for these nationalized electric companies. Increasingly, as the end consumers start to install solar systems to their homes. Including many businesses across the world.

The price of fitting a solar system to your roof has come down dramatically. mainly because things have become mass produced and affordable. Helping people reduce their electric bills. The only other problem has been that the power produced could not be stored! Until recent years when battery storage systems have become widely available. So, becoming more easily installed using a few simple instructions.

Advantage to isolated communities

This has become of great benefit to cut off people who live in the country. Or in larger countries the “wilderness” . Of course,who are now able to make the production of electricity.  Storing it for the night use when the sun goes down. This can also lower the cost of their energy . Consequently, which has gradually become one of the most expensive household items in recent years.

Interestingly, I have electricity collecting panels on my roof. Selling the electricity back to my provider. Thus reducing my electric bills by half. Here in the UK we are limited to the number of solar panels to one roof. For this reason I don’t think that we are allowed to go self-sufficient. Of course, by producing all our own electricity. However, some countries are different. Such as the USA, where consumers can go their own way.

In many people’s opinions the day is not too far away when our roof panels will generate electricity which will be stored in a battery storage system. The householder will own an electric car and along with powering the rest of the house, the battery bank will also charge your car battery at night time, totally self-sufficient in electric power.

As I have said this is a perfect scenario for the perfect little houses in a perfect little village, but what about the rest of the population who live in multiple units and don’t even have their own roofs. Could we be looking at communal units of solar panels and storing the electricity in a battery bank, or is that a dream?

Island communities go solar sufficient

Perhaps not, because I have heard of some island communities, who have become self-sufficient by using this method. The batteries are packed into a 20 ft cargo container and the Battery Storage systems will store electricity to be used at night. This also eliminated power failures due storms and broken cables causing outages. The sun reliant system was fitted using up-to-date technology and now works perfectly leaving the island self-sufficient, by using the suns energy and storing it in batteries.

Battery Storage systems

Fiamm power Battery Storage systems unit to supply a whole Island

My interest in all this is that I sell solar storage batteries. Subsequently, I am very interested in the whole sun collecting  project. I cannot see the end in the national grid model! But alterations are going to have to be made in future. So, to accommodate the public’s wishes to produce their own electric power on their own premises. Neither do we know what new future technologies will be available. Especially, for collecting the suns power. Significant ideas are coming along all the time.

There is one thing for sure that governments are going to have to face. Giving this greenhouse gas  problem much thought in the future years ahead. Of how we use the power of our sun in years to come.

Eric Roberts

 

 

Car Brakes Rule The Day

Brake Juddering Causes-What is it?

Brake Juddering Causes

Foot pedal vibrations lead to the brake juddering experience

So,one of the first signs of brake juddering problems. Firstly, is when you can feel a vibration coming through your foot pedal. Secondly, when you press the clutch pedal. So, to brake and stop your car. Some of our customers say that it was a long drawn out process. Eventually though the brake began to get worse. Including the vibrations starting to come through the steering wheel.

brake juddering

Replacing warped discs and worn out pads

Unfortunately, some of our customers think that the vibration is a wheel balancing problem! We also have to check out the problem with a correct diagnosis. However a braking problem will usually come through the brake pedal. So then this is a sure sign of a brake problem.

Unfortunately, one of the main Brake Juddering Causes come from elderly drivers. Significantly, who always cover the brake pedal with their right foot. This applies to manual gear changes or automatic, they what I call “ride the brake” some drivers also do this with the clutch but that’s a different article to cover. What happens if you ride the brake? Well one of the problems is that you are applying extra pressure onto the brake pads that are constantly in contact with the brake discs (brake rotors in the USA). These in turn over heat the discs, and the discs then warp and go out of shape.

Brake juddering is a bigger problem in hilly areas

In my opinion though, driver fault is not the main reason for warped brake discs. I think that the main cause is the terrain. We here in Halifax are in a hilly area and we get a high occurrence of warped brake discs and brake juddering faults from our customers.

In areas where there is very steep inclines, then drivers are more likely to keep their foot on the brakes. Some of the hills in the Hebden Bridge area are like alpine passes with 180 degree bends to contend with. When you come down these roads you have to keep the car in a low gear and be prepared for a vehicle coming up the hill, without braking all the time.

This constant braking is what overheats the discs and causes them to warp and vibrate giving Brake Juddering through your brake pedal. Some garages have a machine that will skim the brakes and stop the vibrating, but I think that once they have overheating then they do not work to their full potential and there for a new set of discs is the best option.

Improved brake technology

Over the years car manufacturers have brought in new technology to balance out the disc overheating problem and try to eliminate the Brake Juddering Causes. Including different metals that can stand more heat and also the disc parts

brake juddering

Perforated discs like this BMW disc are designed to dissipate the heat that is built up when braking hard

that now come out with holes drilled in the metal at calculated intervals, for heat dispersal. This can work very well; you can see brake discs actually glowing red hot on some motor sport cars when they have to brake very often at high speed, some can be seen to be glowing white hot in the dark.

This has the same effect as the regular car driven by a regular driver.So, try to avoid heavy braking especially at high speed.  Keep your distance and try not to brake heavily. When you are driving down a steep hill, use a low gear and use the car’s engine as a brake, try not to press the brake pedal constantly.

Have your brakes inspected at regular intervals when the car is serviced. Of course, any worn discs or pads will be picked up by the garage.Importantly,we can even spot a disc that has been overheated in the past.  Because the disc has a blue coloured sheen on it. Remember like many other things to do with a car, prevention is better than a cure.

Eric Roberts

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

 

 

Bald Tyres

Dangerous Tyres-One in five UK cars is fitted with ‘dangerous’ tyres | This is Money

Dangerous Tyres

Dangerous Tyres

These figures do not surprise me one little bit ?

So, next time you are one of the “sardines” driving up and down British motorways, think about the one in five cars that are passing you.

I know that it does not work out quit like that but I think you have got the gist of what I mean.

As a tyre guy all my life. So, I am sad enough to look at almost every car tyre that I pass. Even on a morning when I walk my dogs, then I look at the state of the tyres on the cars parked up.

I wish I could spray them bright red or yellow so to catch the eye of the drivers?

Drivers just seam oblivious to  the condition of their cars tyres. Organisations like Tyresafe.org are trying to make drivers aware of the state of their tyres and bloggers in the tyre trade keep on harping on about it. But I fear that it is all dropping on deaf ears.

 

Eric Roberts

Comparison site Confused.com said it conducted 1,000 vehicle spot checks up and down the country and found that 21 per cent had at least one tyre that need to be replaced.

Source: One in five UK cars is fitted with ‘dangerous’ tyres | This is Money

Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel

Fiat Punto Clutch problems- since 2004? Popular car in Halifax UK

Fiat Punto Clutch problems

Fiat Punto have had a raw deal when it comes to clutches

Fiat Punto Clutch problems

2004 Fiat Punto in for a new clutch

So, recently, we have noticed that we have done more than our fair share of clutches. Especially on the Fiat Punto model of car. Interestingly, then I decided to do a little research. Finding some real horror stories. Subsequently, going back to the 2002 Punto models.

One unlucky customer. The owner of a “52” plate Punto 8 valve version. Complained to me about several problems that he had encountered. Including a very bad transmission judder and other small irritants.Unpleasant things, such as engine noises and various oil leaks. Recently, he had just had a clutch fitted! But 1400 miles later the juddering had returned.

Checked out his car on Fiat forums

Inquisitively, he too looked up the Fiat forums. Noticing the amount of Fiat owners who were experiencing various clutch problems on their Punto’s. So, the cars came mainly from the main dealers. Coming from different parts of the country. However, it looked as though Fiat knew about the problem. Subsequently,  did little about the Punto problem.

Interestingly, other Fiat owners were experiencing problems. Especially, with a low biting point clutch pedal and rattling noises. Increasingly, when changing gears. Sounding as if there was a broken spring rattling noise. This can be a common sign that you have a clutch that needs changing. But disgruntled customers did not get much joy from Fiat. Indeed many Fiat drivers opted to have their clutches changed by an independent garage. In some cases a mechanically minded friend or relation was called into to help ?

Fiat Punto Clutch problems

Fiat Punto clutch old and new.

Other owners complained about their  pedals becoming hard when pressing to change gear. This then developed into them hearing scratching and clicking noises coming from the pedal area of the car, once again this is a sure sign that you need a replacement , in fact this is similar to the latest customers car that we fitted a new clutch to the other weekend and sure enough when we stripped it down the Punto needed a new clutch.

Fiat Punto clutch went again after only 2 weeks

Thank goodness the one that we did the other week was good and the car ran well after we had fitted it with a new clutch, but for some owners that was not the case. One unlucky gut had recently had a new clutch fitted, only to find that a few weeks later the same problems had come back to haunt him. The car had also had a new clutch pedal fitted, but after a few weeks the car once again became difficult to change gear, back to the same problem as pre new clutch?

The problem turned out to be a problem with the clutch bleeding. The mechanic who repaired the car did not know how to bleed the clutch because the Punto’s do not have a normal bleeding nipple system as do many other models of cars and for some reason some air had entered the fluid system of the clutch, making it difficult to change the gears again.

These Fiat Punto Clutch problems were corrected by the garage.

Who had just fitted the new clutch and the mistake was just put down to lack of Fiat Punto experience. So, this can very often happen in a garage that repairs mixed makes of cars.

Going back to the Fiat Punto in at my garage for a clutch. Well it was only the second clutch that this particular car had fitted since 2004 (ten years), so I do not think that that was at all bad. The job to fit a Fiat Punto clutch is one of the easiest to do and the car was back on the road in a couple of hours, the customer was delighted and off he went a few hundred pounds lighter, but happy?

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.

Eric Roberts

Fiat Punto Clutch problems

Clutch components removed

We also sell Dunlop Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. So, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Goodyear Tyres

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-Tyre Tests in Luxembourg “Scared me to Death” ??

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-New Goodyear tyres “Vectra” tested in Luxembourg

I remember receiving a phone call from Goodyear tyres. Thus, offering a place for Peter and I to go to the Goodyear Tyres Test Track to Luxembourg. Hence, to attend the World launching of Goodyear tyres new product the “Vectra tyre”. This was a brand new product.Hence, from Goodyear Tyres. For this reason, would fit somewhere in the centre of Goodyear tyre price range. Hence, this was not going to be in the  cheap tyre range.But was an all season tyre giving the tyre good grip in all kinds of climates.

Peter and I did not know what to expect. Therefore, we happily agreed to attend. We flew to Heathrow Airport  in London. Where we were to attend a champagne reception. We  then were to board a jumbo jet to Luxembourg. This was going to be a top class weekend. I could not wait to find out what the next day would bring. It was all kept a secret by Goodyear. Unknown to us a similar event was also taking place in Donnington park the week later. But Peter and I were asked to attend the premier event in Goodyear Tyres Test Track Luxembourg.

Goodyear Tyres Test Track; Hanna Mikkola a Goodyear tyres test driver

The following day. After a top class meal in the hotel. So, we were driven by coach to the Goodyear test track. Each party was given a number (raffle ticket style).

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-A typical Goodyear franchise in the USA will be fitting for Goodyear Online

Goodyear tyres had a fleet of bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier 1600cc saloon cars. Fitted with brand new sets ( of the then unknown), Goodyear Vectra all-season tyres. When our number was called out we were to proceed to the pickup area where we would be driven around the test track by a well known professional driver to test the tyres under very stressful conditions.

I do not remember all the drivers, but some were very famous and very fast. They were  Russell Brookes, Jacki Stewart, Donald Heggie and our driver first time round was no other than Hannu Mikkola. All these drivers were regular test drivers for Goodyear tyres, from rallying to F1 Grand Prix drivers, top class test drivers.

We were given crash helmets and got in the car driven by Hannu Mikkola. I made the first mistake by jumping in the front. The first part of the course was a straight ending in an 180-degree bend. Hannu revved the car to its limit and let the clutch out. My eyes nearly popped out and my stomach came up into my throat,(I think I screamed out but the engine gave off so much noise that I wasn’t sure). I was literary scared to death and I was totally pushed back in my seat with my eyes totally closed with fear. Peter was in the same bad condition sat in the rear seat.

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Eric Roberts

At these speeds in a bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier. Frighteningly, the car and the tyres were making screams and noises that I have never heard before. I was literary frightened to death. The new Goodyear tyres did really well but were burned out after only two laps of the course. Significantly, the driving was so intense. When we stopped Pete and I shot off to the beer tent. Consequently, downing a few beers as fast as we could. Afterwards, we sat at the same table as Hannu. Importantly, who turned out to be a great guy and we had a laugh. Especially, about our extreme driving experiences ! Alter lunch we both threw our track tickets away and vowed never do this again. Goodyear tyres were great hosts and money was no object! But boy was I glad to get out of that car. 

 

Goodyear Tyres Test Track

Goodyear Tyres Test Track-Vauxhall Cavalier as used by Goodyear tyre test team

Car Tyres Repairs from Repair Specialists

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)-and summer tyres-can both give you Temperature Problems

 TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring systems).

So, “Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems” have been around for quite a while now. it was developed to compliment  cars that were fitted with run flat tyres or cars that did not have a conventional type spar wheel and tyre.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

TPMS Warning lights can be triggered by tyre temperature drops

When a run flat tyre loses pressure, there is no way of knowing so a special valve with a sender, was invented and when there is a loss of air pressure in the tyre the sensor in the tyre valve picks this up and sends a message to the cars computer which lights up a warning light in the cab and alerts the driver that something is wrong with one of his/hers tyres.

The idea is a simple one really, but it is not that long ago that a driver would not go anywhere without his spare wheel? How things have changed. Now most cars are fitted with in cab warning technologies and it is very common for us to see on a daily basis.

There is however one thing that has cropped up, those drivers may not know. This is that the Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems in susceptible to temperature changes. This is basic science, when the temperature rises then the air expands and when it cools down then the temperature lowers.

Monitoring Systems valves.

When the temperature drops on cold freezing night. Then so does the air pressure in your tyres. Pressures can drop as much as 10 psi on a really cold night. This can then trigger off your tyre pressure warning light in the car.

It may not happen to all cars! But it is worth noting that if this happens to you. So then you will know what has been happening on that cold dark winters night. In some cars the light will correct itself. Going back out as the air temperature rises. Subsequently, you could increase the air pressure in your tyres and this will stop this happening.

The second temperature related part is the way a summer tyre acts when they get cold too!

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Regular tyre pressure checks are very important

TPMS and summer tyres in the cold

This temperature issue is probably a little bit better known, but here goes. Summer car tyres and winter car tyres. Importantly, have different chemical compositions in their tyre compounds. The main difference is the addition of “silica” compounds. Into the mix that makes the winter tyres.

The different compounds are there to give different characteristics to the tyres in different weather conditions and heat and cold. Summer’s will get much stiffer and harder in cold weather, making the tyre more difficult to handle when braking and cornering. This change in character starts to come in when the temperature gets below 7 degrees.

Winter tyres remain flexible in the cold

The winter tyres with their different compounds will remain flexible and pliable in colder weather and this combined with a tread design that has been developed to dissipate water, slush and snow, makes the winters  the perfect fitment for your car from November to march here in the Northern hemisphere.

If you are looking for a set of tyres for your car at this time of year then I would strongly advise fitting winter tyres, they have been proven time and time again to be the safest option for your car and your family.

As an update then the Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have increased to nearly all car makes and models. So, the importance of tyre pressure to save fuel and emissions cannot be under estimated! So, moving on a few years since I first wrote this post then a few things have happened! Firstly, as reputable tyre dealers then we have to keep a large stock of electronic valves to replace old ones that break or just need replacing.

Going forward we are finding that most problems are caused by seized up metal valve caps. So use plastic valve caps where possible. Importantly, when the warning light comes on please check out the tyre and the tyre pressures ?

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Winter tyres like this Yokohama W-Drive are made of special compounds to cope with any winter weather that may come your way.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs. Of course, to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also we sell Toyo Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Importantly, who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Driving in Winter

Different driving conditions confront us all in the autumn before Winter arrives?

Different driving conditions confront us all in the autumn

Firstly, I must admit that autumn is one of the times of year that I have grown to love. It is almost magical how the weather changes as autumn approaches. One day we have warm sunshine and then the next day we have gales.

autumn tyre

This washer bottle needs topping up before autumn

Especially from the west giving us very heavy rain fall. Of course,  this also adds to different driving conditions for you and your car. Importantly, we know that this is the end of summer and that winter will soon be here.

As a garage owner and keen driver! I also know that we must prepare our cars for autumn and winter. Helping to face whatever the weather may throw at us. Annoyingly, the first thing that I notice is the glare of the sun. Especially in the early morning and late afternoon as the day gets darker.

Screen washer never works

So, the first time this happens it always catches us out. We press the washer button and a tiny squirt of water trickles out. Worst still the last squirt comes out and smudged the entire windscreen.

If only we had checked the washer bottles and top up the screen wash bottle ?  I would have had a clear screen and not been blinded! Worryingly, driving along with one eye closed . So,trying to see the road ahead. Because of the blinding sun bringing different driving conditions with dirty windscreen.

Of course, making driving very difficult. Most of the supermarkets and fuel garages have this stuff on display. Significantly, a month before we need it. So the first lesson is to buy some screen wash with added antifreeze. Making sure that your water bottles are filled with it. I also keep some in the car boot! Because it always runs out when you least expect it to. make sure you have a reserve supply in the car (not at home).

First Icy Windscreens in autumn bring Different driving conditions.

This is also the time of year when we are most likely to have an ice covered windscreen, when setting of on a dark morning, (not much fun?). This is the where a good old fashioned ice

autumn tyre

Wiper blades need changing to combat sun dazzling

scraper comes into its own. The ones with the handles on are best, and then you won’t freeze your hands and fingers off. Once you have scrapped off the ice you should have a new tin of de-icer handy to clear away the remainder of the frost on the windscreen. Some people use their credit cards for this, but a nice new ice scraper does the job far better and so this is number two on your autumn shopping list, an ice scraper.

Dont put hot water on your screen !

Never be tempted to do what some drivers do and pour hot water onto your screen, I know that this is what some people do, and some drivers get away with it, but thousands also shatter their windscreen using this method.

Another good point to remember to help you against low sun dazzle, is to clean the inside of your cars windscreen as well as the outside, the cleaner all the windscreen is the easier it will, be to see against the autumn sun dazzle.

Change your windscreen wipers in autumn

This is also a good point to practice. Have your windscreen wiper blades changed before the onset of any bad weather and prevent windscreen smudging and poor visibility, you know this makes sense, there is nothing worse than a smudged screen and it can be a very dangerous thing to happen to you. I have had to

Different driving conditions

check your tyres tread depth

stop my car on a number of occasions in the past to clear my car windows, but now I make sure that I am better prepared.

Check your tyres in autumn

It is not rocket science to know that the onset of winter can be a disaster if your tyres are bald and have no tread left. Wet roads covered in leaves can be as dangerous as driving on black ice, so please have your tyres checked and if you do have to buy some, think about fitting winter, they are not much different to the summer tyre price these days and will give a far safer car in the bad winter weather.

Check your light bulbs at least once a week in autumn

I do realize that much of this stuff is common sense. Of course, to many drivers but how many cars do you see driving along with a light out? Whilst driving on a local motorway recently . Annoyingly,there were three cars in row with a light bulb out. This must have added more danger when facing different winter driving conditions . So it is important to check your lights at least once a week. Thus you could let your local garage check them for you.

Some bulbs are now difficult to fit for the DIY motorist. I am sure that your local garage will do this for you! Especially, if you are a regular customer. Regular garage customers will notice that most garages will not charge you. If you have to pay through the nose ! Like some of the national companies such as Halfords. Then go to a local garage they will be only too willing to help you. Importantly, with any of the checks that I have talked about.

Car batteries can be checked, but in my opinion when they go then they just go. So if you want them testing then fine, have them tested, but they tend to go when you least expect them to, they should last you three years so if your car is older than that you could expect the battery to go at any time, all the other things in this article can be prevented by a little preparation before the winter arrives in the autumn.

Finally, please have your tyres checked ? Importantly, fit winter tyres or all-weather tyres for safer winter driving.

Eric Roberts

Different driving conditions

Check your lights and fit new bulbs where required

 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell New Winter Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . So,by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. Leaving their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Finally,who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Peugeot 406 Lights

Mercedes Vito Brakes Job Turns up Horror Shock Absorber

Mercedes Vito Brakes

Mercedes Vito Brakes

So, I must admit that I am a great fan of the Vito van. Because, a few years ago then I owned a beautiful red Mercedes mini-bus. Fortunately,  the vehicle was very reliable. Requiring very little maintenance apart from the normal servicing and the usual tyres and other renewable. As most of my readers now know then my wife and I had eight children. So we needed a large vehicle to transport the family about.

We also did much travelling! Especially, to France, where we spent most of our summer holidays. Unfortunately, the only downside came when we tried to sell the Vito. Positively, it was in great condition. Being a garage owner, then we had the van service at very regular intervals. Brakes were a prime consideration because the safety factor when travelling long distances.

So, we advertised the van in all the usual places. Including online web sites. Finally we received an offer from a taxi guy from Chester. The price he offered was below the price that we were asking but we reluctantly let the Vito go.

Same colour Vito in for Brakes

Last week when visiting the garage in Halifax . So, I noticed a red Vito on one of the ramps having some work done. Significantly, the rear wheel were removed and the brake calipers were hanging down. Dale one of my mechanics was working on the van at the time. Asking what was wrong , Dale explained that the van had braking problems and indeed required a full brake rebuild on the rear brakes.

However when removing the rear wheels then Dale discovered an horrific problem ! The rear shock-absorber had completely broke off and was just hanging there! This can be clearly seen in the above image. Unfortunately, the break was from part of the chassis. Serious rotting had taken place in the shocker mounting area. Welding was not an option ! So, to correct this problem then a complete new chassis box section would have to be engineered. Consequently, this is above our remit and would have to be done by a specialist body repair shop.

After contacting the customer we were instructed to carry on with the Mercedes Vito Brakes. As a foot note the customer said that he had never any banging or strange noises at all. I find this hard to believe with a shocker hanging down ?

Eric Roberts

 

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MG MOT Test Video-(5) New MOT test conditions for 40 year old cars. 15/5/18 – YouTube

MG MOT Test Video

MG MOT Test Video

This is a great video to watch? It includes a valuable information about MOT Testing and 40 year old cars. Although at first I was a little disappointed about this new ruling. So, I am now Cool about it. As a result many of our customers that own such vehicles still come in for an MOT test. So, this is to verify that the car is in good road worthy condition in order to be insured.

Cars still require to be insured and the insurance companies dont want you running about in a 40 year old rust bucket. However enjoy the video a see what you think ?

Eric Roberts