Driving in Winter

Quality Winter Tyres -Autocar Says that Winter Tyres Really Work for your safety in winter- Etyres

Autocar extols virtues of Quality Winter Tyres

“I was running a long term BMW 1M at the time, and at BMW’s insistence the car was fitted with a set of

The Bridgestone Blizzak Quality Winter Tyres are a great choice.

Michelin Alpin winter tyres.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Winter tyres

Of course, there has never been any doubt about Quality Winter Tyres . Significantly, including the fantastic job that they do when winter arrives. Including, most in the Northern hemisphere, no matter what country you live in.

It is always an advantage when great car magazines !

The likes of Autocar reinforce what us tyre experts have been saying for years. So. the reason that we tend to harp on about Quality Winter Tyres. Importantly, is the safety aspect of the product. These days the cars are getting much faster and powerful and we also have had the Quality Winter Tyresrecent influx of SUV’s and crossover cars. These vehicles are next to useless when it comes to coping with the winter conditions of snow and ice. They are large and powerful and are absolutely useless in the snow without Quality Winter Tyres fitted.

Quality Winter Tyres are now an essential safety commodity

Significantly, to be used on our modern day vehicles. Winter tyres will even give you  significantly safety advantage when driving on the motorway on a stinking wet day. So must be considered before the winter sets in. We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax recommend a couple of makes that have been proven to us over the years. They are Nokian and Jinyu ! Although Jinyu are an economy brand. Importantly, we have tested these on our own vehicles over the past few years.

Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.org

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and Tyre and Car  Battery business now for 40 years. Significantly, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. So before starting my first business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre. 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. Lastly,we are members of Point-S and Trading Standards . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

 

075 Cheap car batteries

Hyundai car battery-What to do when battery is on its last legs – Boston Herald

What to do when Hyundai car battery is on its last legs

I have a 2005 Hyundai Tucson with 90,000 miles on it. I’ve never had a problem since

Hyundai car battery

This Lucas battery suitable as an Hyundai car battery

I purchased the vehicle, but I’m worried the battery will fail sometime soon because of its age.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

When do you change your battery ?

This is a good article from the Boston Herald and raises some good points. What we tend to forget is that not everyone lives in the cities and towns, and so some drivers may be worried in case their battery fails them in an unusual spot in the middle of nowhere. Especially in a massive country like the USA.

In my opinion there are a few different options. I think that if the car was mine I would take it to a good Autocentre or garage and have the battery tested. We test the customer’s battery when the customer’s car is having a service and we inform them if the battery needs replacing. The garage would test the battery and if in any doubt, and then replace with a New Car Battery.

Hyundai car battery

Hyundai car battery charger by Ring Automotive

Another option would be to keep a new 12 Volt Battery in your garage, or any other handy place where you can lay your hands on it in the case of an emergency. You could keep a new battery in the boot of your car but there is always the chance that the battery might fall over and spill the acid, so that would not be a good idea.

I would say though that if your 2005 Hyundai Tucson with 90,000 miles on it has the original Hyundai car battery fitted , then you should buy a new Hyundai car battery so that you will have peace of mind in order that the old battery will not let you down. Also when you do finally buy your battery, do not necessarily go for a cheap car battery. You should be looking for a reputable make, do a little research and you could save yourself some money by buying the new Hyundai car battery online, such as the excellent Lucas Classic Battery.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. So, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies . Of course, in my younger days. Before starting my first Automotive business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre. Luckily, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Trading Standards . Finally, we are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

See on bostonherald.com

Hybrid Car Servicing

Start-Stop Batteries- now a new type of Micro Hybrid Battery from Johnson Controls

Start-Stop Batteries now Micro Hybrid Battery-Johnson Controls

As I have stated many times Johnson Controls . Aldershot are the World leading car battery makers. Having battery production plants all over the Planet. Johnson Controls make the batteries that we sell under the name of Lucas and Numax.

Their latest project was the invention of “ star-stop” technology, now in use on many new car models in the States and Europe. These batteries can cut fuel bills by as much as 8% and they work by the car engine stopping and then restarting at say a busy road junction, saving the car engine from idling and therefore saving fuel.

Start-Stop Batteries

The new Micro hybrid  battery

The next challenge from Johnson Controls was to make cars even more fuel efficient, without the use of the massive cumbersome batteries now used on the latest hybrid EV vehicles.

New 48 volt Micro Hybrid battery are the next generation from Johnson Controls

This new 48 volt micro hybrid battery will be to power the cars electrics. While the car will also require a small 12 volt starter battery . Of course, similar to the 054 battery that is used today. The new battery uses Lithium-Ion technology. But is far more compact for car use than its predecessors.

This new micro hybrid  battery is expected to lower emissions and improve the cars fuel economy to help make a greener planet. Another good point is that this battery is expected to be a cheap battery compared with the massive price tags on the Lithium-Ion batteries used on the EV electric vehicles that are in use today.

This new 48 volt micro hybrid battery looks like being a winner and is expected to save 15% on the cost of fuel a claim that is interesting car makers all over the World…More Reading…

The new micro hybrid battery is expected to be on show at the North American national Auto Show in Detroit, on the 14th January 2014. According to Alex Molinaroli Johnson Controls president…

“Johnson Controls sees opportunities for the development of evolutionary energy storage systems that offer even more fuel efficiency than Start-Stop at less cost than a

Start-Stop Batteries

A heavy duty starter motor use on start-stop cars

hybrid or electric vehicle,” said Alex Molinaroli, president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “Even as Start-Stop vehicles become part of the mainstream in Europe and start to take hold in the U.S., Micro Hybrid technology has the potential to deliver the next level of fuel efficiency along the spectrum of vehicle performance, reaching upwards of 15 to 20 % in fuel economy.”

I personally am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Especially,  in the battery world and Johnson Controls appear to be one of the leading players.

Written by Eric Roberts…  www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. So, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies. Of course, in my younger days. Before starting my first automotive business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre. Luckily, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Trading Standards . Finally, we are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Tyre Safes New Campaign

Goodyear tyres award-All started With Charles Goodyear in the USA.

Goodyear tyres awardGoodyear tyres award

All started by Charles Goodyear in the USA.

Accordingly, Goodyear Tyre Company had its seeds with Inventor Charles Goodyear in 1834. Charles first invented a tyre valve ! But was unable to impress any other business with his invention. Subsequently, he could not get financial backing. Goodyear tried for many years to transform the smelly gum that came from Brazil. Of course, into any kind of rubber product. Significantly, Charles desperately needed a new type of powder ! That would soak up the wetness of the rubber.

He was getting very desperate and one day bumped into a boyhood friend . Who had a small amount of capital to invest in Goodyear’s experiments. So, he started using magnesium as a drying agent. For the rubber and with the help of his family made hundreds of pairs of waterproof overshoes; I suppose they were similar to the ones that we get today for gardening. The problem came with the summer heat, before he could put them on the market and sell them; the whole lot melted because of the heat, the family were devastated.

Undeterred he carried on with his experiments

 Naturally, started to add quicklime and magnesium and also boiling the mixture. Of course, his endeavors were getting closer and closer to the rubber that he wanted. Charles was then making rubber ornaments and started to paint them and decorate them in any way he could. One day he was trying to clean the paint of one of his pieces with nitric acid and later discovered that the acid had affected the rubber making it turn black and smoother, this was the best rubber he had ever made.  

After several more years of failure and wasted backers money Goodyear was no further on. He couldn’t get the process of “vulcanisation” and all his work kept melting in the heat. Goodyear tyres awardCharles became destitute and for the next years suffered many setbacks in his life.

He carried on with his experiments and finally achieved his best result when he applied steam, under pressure for up to six hours at a temperature of  about 270 degrees F. This was his best rubber mix yet and his wealthy brother in law became interested in Goodyear tyres award product to use in his textile mills making shirts using the rubber on the ruffles made for “dandies”. This sparked off a great demand for rubber products.

At the time Goodyear could have become a millionaire, but he was still more interested in making other products from his new found invention. Rubber was to become what plastic is today. Go0dyear eventually died in 1860 in poverty, but later the loyalties from his rubber products kept his family in relative comfort…More Reading… http://www.goodyear.com/corporate/history/history_story.html

Charles Goodyear not related to the Goodyear tyres and rubber company.

The Goodyear Car Tyres company had nothing to do with Charles Goodyear but continued to grow into one of the largest tyre companies in the world. The rubber industry will be employing over 300,000 people in the USA alone.

Goodyear tyres award in my opinion is truly a great company and has received many honours in its time for product innovation creating over 324 inventions between 2010 and 2012. Because of this they have been awarded the prestigious accolade of being one of the top innovators, by Thomson Reuters…http://thomsonreuters.com/. Truly a worthy tribute to a great tyre company.

Article by Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. So, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies. Of course, in my younger days. Before starting my first automotive business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre. Luckily, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Trading Standards . Finally, we are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Tyre Safety Video-New TyreSafe animation released : Tyrepress

Tyre Safety Video

New Tyre Safety Video in animation released Marking the halfway point of its 2013 Tyre Safety Month campaign, TyreSafe has launched the latest in its series of animated videos. Featuring the crash test dummy family of road safety …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Tyre safety will go from strength to strength

I must admit I find it very refreshing to see the good work that Tyresafe.org  is contributing to road safety. I joined Tyresafe because I felt that the normal tyre depot owner had nowhere else to go to help in the quest for safer tyres and safer roads.

In the past I have joined other organisations such as the NTDA London (National Tyre Distributors Association) but found myself very disillusioned by everything else that was going on other than road safety.

When I was a member and went to a couple of meetings ,I found myself listening to people talking about golf tournaments and organising a day out at Redcar races, but not very much about tyres or tyre safety. It was not long before I resigned and left them to their own devises.

I then learned about Tyresafe.org and was impressed with their commitment to road safety and tyre things in general, like this Tyre Safety Video . So I decided to join and soon became a member. I have been impressed ever since with their drive and enthusiasm towards the tyre industry and to tyre safety, this is the type of organisation that I am pleased to be a part of.

Indeed Tyresafe are the brains behind this Tyre Safety Video

Many organisations are behind this Tyre Safety Video including the Police and Local councils. I have even seen the Motorway road signs telling drivers to have safe tyres, a great step forward in my opinion.

Tyre Safety Video

Tyre Safety Video

Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.org

Eric Roberts

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

 

See on www.tyrepress.com

Hydrogen Cell car-to be Ready in Two Years and Will Compete with Battery Electric Cars.

 Hydrogen Cell car to be Ready in Two Years

This is something that I have been writing about for a while now; the Toyota prototype has been unveiled to journalists from around the world. Toyota is expected to put this new technology vehicle a Hydrogen Cell car on sale in two years’ time.

Hydrogen Cell car

Hydrogen filling stations will be a common site on our forecourts in the near future along with other types of fuel ready for the Hydrogen Cell car

The new vehicle will be expected to be based on the Lexus HS a former Hybrid model week after Toyota confirmed aHydrogen Cell car project; this new Lexus  HS was seen being tested  in the heat of Death Valley, USA. One of the hottest places on earth. The car was also seen filling up from a re-fueling type truck which was heavily marked “HYDROGEN” , this now looks as if Toyota are well on their way in the development of this huge change in vehicle technology and totally opposite to the other car manufacturers, who are heading down the road of new car battery technology.

 

This new Hydrogen Cell car has already been driven by a few privileged motor journalists and the new Hydrogen Cell car has been given the thumbs up for the way that the vehicle handles, mainly due to the huge torque of the cars electric motors. Other  manufacturers are complaining that the use of this gas is not as green as the battery powered cars, mainly because the gas used in these cars is produced from natural gas, but you could argue that the electricity used to charge the battery cars is not green really because the electricity that recharges the hybrids batteries comes from dirty power stations using fossil fuels to make the electricity.

Surprisingly Toyota was not the first to use Hydrogen Cell car technology. The first car maker was their rivals Honda. In fact Honda developed a car based on the Honda FX as far back as 2008, 5 years ago. It is believed that Honda did not pursue with the project because there were no Hydrogen Cell car filling stations around at the time, and only 50 cars were built.

To service the gas driven cars there is already a network of  filling stations being built in Europe including the UK, where it is thought that deals have been struck with the large supermarket chains, to supply a pump on their fuel service forecourts. This and the addition of some new filling stations in London and hundred to be built in Germany will be music to the ears of Toyota, who I suspect will already know about these developments. 

All to be revealed at the Tokyo car show.

To conclude Toyota are planning to produce 10000 of these cars by the year 2017 and all will be revealed at the Tokyo car show. The Tokyo Motor Show will start on November 23rd when all will be revealed.

More reading… “Air Liquide, together with its partners of the “H2 Mobility” initiative, has signed a term- sheet agreement to implement a major action plan for the construction of a

hydrogen fuel cell car

How the Hydrogen technology will work

nationwide hydrogen-filling-station network in Germany. By 2023, the current German network of 15 Hydrogen Cell car filling stations will be expanded to about 400 hydrogen stations covering the whole country. The overall investment by all partners will be around €350 million”… http://www.windpowerengineering.com/policy/environmental/germans-dreaming-fuel-cells-already-15-h2-stations/

Eric Roberts…batteriesontheweb

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Budget Tyre business and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars-Germans are dreaming of Them-Already have 15 hydrogen stations

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars

 

Germans are dreaming of hydrogen fuel-cell cars.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Toyota cars go ahead with Hydrogen fuel power

As a result of more advanced research. So, the hydrogen fuel cell technology has moved further on. Hence,

at this moment in time companies are setting up Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling stations all over Europe. One company that has been heavily involved is Air Liquide . Consequently,who are in the process of developing filling stations. Indeed have built 60 new Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling stations across the World.

Air Liquide have said that Hydrogen fuel-cell cars can be filled in a few minutes and the equipment that is used to fill the car is much the same as a diesel or petrol car and is just as safe.

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars,air liquide

A Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling station

More reading…http://www.airliquide-hydrogen-energy.com/en/notre-offre/filling-station.html

Here in the UK we are making forward moves to build a network of Hydrogen fuel-cell cars fuel filling stations and negotiations are taking place to use the network of supermarket filling stations to accommodate Hydrogen Fuel Cells pumps alongside the standard pumps used for petrol and diesel.

This move by Toyota will bring into play a battle of the green choices; one will be Hydrogen fuel-cell cars and the other lithium-ion technologies, very interesting to see who will come out on top.

 

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

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.Owning a garage and MOT testing centre. Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Thus, that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

See on www.windpowerengineering.com

Waste Tyre Uses- there are many uses of scrap tyre now including these great planters.

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyres Uses put to good use as planters

Waste Tyre Uses are in all our interests and are just part of the problem of recycling all our waste. During recent times we have started to solve the problem of mass disposal of our scrap tyres and they are now turned into many useful items, such as tarmac chipping where the small pieces of rubber are shredded and them added to tarmac to give a quieter road surface. The other big use is that they are used to power cement kilns and are specially heated to dry out the liquid cement in large kilns. The kilns are designed not to emit any smoke into the atmosphere, making this a very green process.   

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

The thing that I am pleased with is the millions of ways that ordinary people have found ways to use Waste Tyre Uses to make different items. Some make clothing and jewelry, but the main items are made into garden objects and I think that they look really good. I am starting to show some of these ideas on my blog and hope to inspire people to use a few old waste tyres into making similar things.

Waste Tyres Uses-Collected from any tyre depot for free

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

scrap ones to be used as planters can be got from any tyre company in their area, here in Halifax UK we are only too pleased to help anyone out with some old ones.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

Ford Car Batteries-University of Michigan Open New Battery Lab – Sci-Tech Today

 

Ford Car Batteries

An up to date Hybrid battery that has been developed by Johnson Controls

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

Ford, University of Michigan Open New Battery Lab

Sci-Tech Today

A new $8 million battery lab at the University of Michigan will help develop Ford Car Batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive to make.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

FORD TO INJECT MONEY INTO MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY FOR BATTERY DEVELOPMENT

The University of Michigan will soon be setting up a new department, to study and develop new Ford Car Batteries, with the financial help of Fords .

The Ford Car Batteries will be developed for there longevity quality and their endurance

It is a known fact that the electric car has been a slow seller for the Ford Motor Company and it will also be important to develop a battery that is a cheap battery, it will be one of Fords priorities to bring down the price of these Ford Car Batteries.

Electric cars have been very slow to take off, reaching only 1% of the American car market in the year that’s just passed. The Hybrid cars (EV”S) a mix of petrol and battery power  have fared better, taking up just 3% of the total market.

This in part is due to the  high cost of these cars, due mainly to the lithium-ion batteries that are the main source of battery power at the present time.

With the help of  a $5 mil grant this new university department is expected to develop a cheaper alternative battery ,that is hoped will bring down the cost of the Ford Car Batteries and the Ford electric cars.

More reading…http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/131015/battery

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 Cheap Hankook Tyres online from our website  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.

 

See on www.sci-tech-today.com

Michelin versus Budget Tyres

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money-Addison Lee unlocks 20% tyre saving with Michelin Tyres

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money

There is no doubt that by fitting certain tyre brands. Then we can save money? but its not just a case of fitting certain new tyres. Of course, by now everyone knows that you can save fuel and minimize tyre wear. Consequently, by keeping your tyres properly inflated. Also by rotating the wheels regularly.

To make the next big leap in fuel efficiency. Companies like Addison Lee and their drivers can take advantage of next-generation energy efficient tyres. As a result these tyres are been rolled out. Hence, by several industry leaders including Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Toyo.

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money-How much can you save?

During recent manufacturer’s tests. Including the Michelin ones have also shown that Michelin’s Energy Saver range of tyres offer a whopping 8 percent better fuel efficiency. Of course than of competing tyres. In my opinion the Michelin Crossclimate+ also comes into this bracket. As a fuel saver. Although the initial purchase can be more expensive?

Other tyre manufacturers such as Goodyear advertises their Assurance Fuel Max tyres. Provide up to 4 percent more fuel efficiency than standard tyres. It all depends how the tests and savings were scrutinized. These companies use top racing drivers in some of their testing. I have experienced this myself on the Goodyear testing track in Luxembourg.

The new Crossclimate is no doubt an excellent tyre. We have sold quite a few here in Halifax UK. They are unusual in the fact that they are summer tyre with winter capabilities. In fact they even carry the “three peaks” snow marking on the sidewall. Other advantages come in the form of new compound formulas. Thanks to new advanced formulations, silica distribution strategies, and break-through tread designs.

As a result, these new tires save fuel without sacrificing tyre wear. Crossclimates give the driver all-weather traction and most importantly, increased safety. Some of these new tyres like the Michelin’s have actually improved stopping distances and better handling on corners.

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money and is also a greener tyre.

Off course, by Increasing fuel efficiency.Thus, means that these tyres also reduce harmful CO2 emissions. Michelin estimates that installing a set of their Energy Savers reduces CO2 emissions as much as 2,000 pounds per year. Perhaps about the same as planting 40 trees!

Most major tyre retailers such as Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK. Should now have energy saving tyres, including all-weather tyres in stock. They will have the experience, training and computerized tools. Of course, to help you quickly determine the best brand. Size and style of tyre for your vehicle. Just as importantly  your budget. This is what Addison lee must have given much thought to. So when fitting the Crossclimates to there fleet of cars in London.

I assume that Addison lees also keep a professional eye on tyre pressures and down time from puncture repairs. This attached article gives you an idea of how the company reduced the costs by fitting Michelin Crossclimate+ tyres to there London fleet.

Eric Roberts

Addison Lee has reduced its annual tyre bill by 20% after adopting a Michelin CrossClimate+ policy.

Source: Addison Lee unlocks 20% tyre saving with Michelin | General News