Suspension Arm Bolts-BMW 1 Series Car- Breaks Suspension Arm Bolts

Suspension Arm Bolts


BMW 1 Series Car in for He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts

Sadly, on one of the worse windy and rainy days of the year. So, one of our good customers was out and about in his BMW 1 series car, 2008 model . Consequently, finding himself having to swerve his car. Thus, having to avoid a broken branch ! That had just snapped off a tree due to the high winds.

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW suspension arm bolts showing the sheared off bolt, the other bent

Dangerously, his car skidded and crashed into the kerb. Causing damage to the underside of the car. Of course, the customer suspected that something had been broken the Front Suspension. Perhaps an “Arm Rubber Bush”, or the “Suspension Arm Bolts”. Carefully, his car  limped into my garage in Halifax West Yorkshire.

Manager the garage department examined the BMW

Ryan Linton pulled the car onto a ramp. Of course to examine the car to see what had happened. Significantly, Ryan found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb. Indeed, it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts, on the multilink suspension that these BMW cars have.

Also the TPMS sensor lights were illuminated ! So when checking, the BMW’s tyres . Indeed they were found to be inflated to the wrong pressures. Unfortunately, we later thought that this could have caused the car to swerve. Thus hitting the kerb, when the cars driver was trying to avoid the tree branch.

SO, the problem was discovered and the hub had to be removed to solve the problem. Also, the broken stud was drilled out as the stud had been snapped off flush with the hub. Subsequently, the bolt was drilled out and the hole was re-tapped . Of course ready to take a new stud. The other Suspension Arm Bolts were BMW Parts ( supplied by the local BMW dealer in Wakefield, the nearest one to my garage in Halifax) were also changed and the assembly was re-fitted.

BMW car had low tyre pressures

In conclusion, we now think that the guys low tyre pressures were the cause. Of the car correctly not handling when he swerved to miss the branch. Finally, we also checked and inflated his tyres to the correct pressures. Our happy customer went off on his way three hours later.

 

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.

 Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW rear hub area where the Suspension Arm Bolts sheared from

Mobility scooter man Found driving down Motorway-92, stopped on UK motorway –

Mobility scooter man Found driving down Motorway

Mobility scooter man Found driving down Motorway

 

Mobility scooter man Found driving down Motorway

Of course, this is an incredible story. Strange thing is, I bet it’s not the first time? However, this 92 year old was found driving down  Motorway in Scotland. I wonder if the policewomen could keep a straight face. Take a look at the story, as I say I suspect it was not the first time that this has happened. Horse and carts have also been spotted driving down the M1. Consequently, it turned out that it was travellers who went junction to junction just for a bet.

Traffic on Britain

Source: Mobility scooter man, 92, stopped on UK motorway – WeirdNews – Dunya News

bridgestone tyres

New Bridgestone A001-Weather Control tyres for a safer all year round driving experience.

This tyre the New Bridgestone A001 developed for certain European countries

Bridgestone tyres are the largest tyre company in the World and are always developing new tyre products to suit different weather conditions on our roads. The new tyre the A001 is no exception. This new Bridgestone tyres has been developed for countries that have very wet winter (and summer) climates with the addition of very cold and snowy spells. This of coarse includes us here in the UK and also other countries including France ,Ireland,Belgium and perhaps Denmark. In my opinion the new New Bridgestone A001 tyre is really in the class of an all weather tyre and possibly should be left on the car the all year round especially in a very wet summer that we seam to be experiencing in recent years.

New Bridgestone A001

New Bridgestone A001 tyre

 

The new tyre achieves this ability to get rid of high water volumes by including a large amount of sipes on the tyres edges, this has also found to be an advantage when facing ice and snowy conditions during the hardest winter months. Bridgestone tyre have also added their expertise in tyre compounds, probably emanated from their days in F1 racing and added “silica” to the tyres compound, this gives the new ones the ability to stay more flexible when the temperature drops bellow the dreaded 7 degree, this is the temperature where summers  start to loose their grip by becoming harder and not allowing the tread to grip.

The new Bridgestone A001 is available in most popular sizes

And is marked as an M+S to cope with all winter conditions and as I say earlier will be best kept on the car as an all-weather tyre not having to change from summer to winter tyres.

For further reading…

Bridgestone has recently launched its A001 ‘all weather tyre’ in the UK. The tyre is designed to cope with the more challenging winter driving conditions whilst at the same time maintaining high performance in the summer months and is available at 400 selected stockists across the UK. Honest John checked with Bridgestone that sufficient stocks are available to meed the current surge in demand”… http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/parts-and-accessories/2010-11/winter-tyres/

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 Bridgestone 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.

UPS Batteries Have Many Uses-12 Volt 12 Amp are very popular

UPS Batteries Have Many Uses

UPS Batteries Have Many Uses; 12 volt 12 amp in most backup batteries supply systems ?

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I would not be exaggerating to say that that the 12 volts 12 amp UPS  (uninterrupted power supply) battery will be found in most large offices around the World. The most common

 

usage for this one is as a backup supply source of power in the event of a mains power supply failure. When the mains go down then the 12 volts 12 amp battery bank kicks in and allows the computers to carry out a proper shutdown, saving very valuable data from being destroyed. The UPS battery will be used in very large banks of backup systems .

These UPS Batteries Have Many Uses including, backup systems will usually come within a surge circuitry and also have a built in filter this will protect the circuits and the computer from power surges, these surges are known as transients, spikes and surges and can destroy and even delete data as well as damaging the computer equipment. One of the commonest forms of power surges is lightening, even if an adjacent building is struck then a surge can occur and damage an unprotected computer system, but thanks to the 12 volts 12 amp battery then this will be protected.

For further reading…

“Even entry-level battery backups provide visual and audible alarms based on various states of alert. They also include automatic shutdown software that controls the connected microcomputer via USB port so that if the user happens to be away from the computer when the power fails, the system takes over and initiates safe shutdown procedures before they drain”… http://battery-backup-review.toptenreviews.com/what-exactly-is-a-computer-battery-backup-and-which-one-is-best-.html.

 12 volt 12 amp batteries also fit many mobility scooters

This 12 volts 12 amp is also now used to power some smaller mobility scooters. As a result, it takes 2 these 12 volts 12 amps to make a 24-volt system . UPS Batteries Have Many Uses and here is some very important information about the care of your 12 volts 12 amps when they are not in use and during the winter months from an excellent website called www.easymedonline.com…

 Always store your batteries FULLY CHARGED.

– Check all batteries once a month and recharge as needed.
– Wet ones can hold their charge up to 3 months.
– Sealed ones can hold a charge for up to 6 months.
– When storing a chair or scooter for more than 2 weeks, charge them and then disconnect them.
– Avoid hot and cold extremes when storing.

What is the proper way to store batteries for the Winter?

A: Store them fully charged. Check them once a month and recharge as needed. Sealed ones can hold their charge from 6 to 12 months. Remember, if storing your chair for longer than a couple of weeks, it’s best to charge them up  and then disconnect them”…http://www.easymedonline.com/more/batteries.html

 by Eric Roberts 

 

Best Tyres Revisited

Bridgestone Concept Tyres-Number one Tyre company to bring out greener Concept Tyre

Bridgestone Concept Tyres

Bridgestone Concept Tyres; 

Of course, this great tyre company first introduced the fore runners to the latest developments. Consequently, The Bridgestone  Tyres Ecopia 422 and the Ecopia 422 Dueler hl tyres. Forthwith, they were first introduced at the Chicago Motor Show 2010.Bridgestone Concept Tyres

"Bridgestone Concept Tyres

Bridgestone tyres For more reading…

“Bridgestones  target is that sustainable material tyres should be commercially available from 2050. In addition, Bridgestone Europe have also announced it will introduce an AA rated tyre in October 2012, the Ecopia EP001S  the industry’s first tyre to be awarded two A grades in both fuel efficiency and wet grip in the new EU tyre labeling system, both in Japan and Europe”

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 Bridgestone Tyres online from our website.

Wheel balancing Wobble-Check this out-Does your car shake out of your hands at 50MPH?

Wheel balancing Wobble

Wheel balancing Wobble

 

Wheel balancing Wobble

Vibrations (wobbles), are something that has been experienced by most vehicle drivers. As a result, it is something that we can all do without. A drivers life would be paradise without this sort of annoyance cropping up in one’s life. Indeed in my opinion then wheel balancing wobble, is one of the most irritating thing. Hence, that a car driver has to put up with.

Second place, probably goes to wheel alignment, or should we say mis-wheel alignment? many drivers, do not notice wheel alignment as a physical problem. Of course, that is until the vehicle starts to pull to the left or the right. Consequently, the steering wheel has to be constantly corrected to keep the car in a straight line. Most annoying?

By all means some drivers, will never experience either of these problems. Maybe, they will have the problem once a lifetime. Or perhaps not ?

What are the reasons for  Wheel balancing Wobble

Accordingly, this is a complicated explanation. Therefore, wheel balancing should be just better taken for granted as something that we will get and have to have corrected at the nearest auto centre. Whenever, we have some new tyres fitted. Usually at the point of sale. Then we have them balanced up on an electric balancing machine. Sometimes, the mechanic will let you watch him mount your tyres onto the wheels and then finish the job off on the wheel balancing machine.

The machine is usually adjacent to the tyre fitting machines. As a result, most tyre companies have a similar layout in the workshops. balancing machines these days are very accurate. For instance, they are mostly computerised and also very accurate. Moreover the balancing machine will show the operator the exact position to place the lead alloy balance weights onto the wheel rim. A good modern machine can also show the position that the weights should be fitted. So they are all on the inside of the wheel. This practise will help to keep the good looks of certain wheels on expensive cars. Hence not spoiling the wheels appearance.

Once balanced the wheels are re-fitted onto the vehicle and is then ready to go. These weights will counteract the effect of unbalance on the wheel and tyre unit.

Will  wheel balancing wobble come back again?

The answer to this is sometimes? It is possible that a balance weight may be thrown off the wheel and balancing process has to be repeated. Furthermore, your auto centre should do this free of charge. later, when the car has done a few thousand miles.Then, other causes may affect your wheel to go out of balance. This time it will more than likely be a tyre orientated problem. What is known as a “slipped belt” in the tyres construction is the likely cause. if this is the cause then the tyre is usually deemed as faulty and should be replaced with a new tyre.

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

lead-acid batteries

063 Car battery Online-is Still one of the Most Popular batteries sold by BatteriesOnTheWeb

063 Car battery Online

063 Car battery Online

063 Car battery Online

Of course, this battery is still the most popular as we head into the beginning of 2019. Consequently, your regular car battery is still the thing that keeps your car electrics going. Especially, when your cars engine is switched off. Significantly, your battery is the thing that your car relies on. Especially the cars ECU (computer). Accordingly, when you switch off the engine and park it up for the night. Without being charged up, your 063 Car battery just does not work.

Just another reason why it is important to have your battery checked. Hence, at regular intervals such as service times. Including a check on your cars charging system. Of course a battery test is usually free of charge at your local Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC). Naturally, you can find your nearest centre online, by clicking the link.

By testing your 063 Car battery at regular intervals. So, you should avoid having a flat battery. Specially, when this always happens at perhaps a crucial time or an inconvenient place. Subsequently, your Car battery always goes flat where you don’t want it to. Perhaps, say in the supermarket car park. Particularly,when you have an appointment with the doctor. So a regular battery check should avoid all of this.

When buying a new 063 Car battery

Always importantly check out the specifications on the new battery that you require. Although,the part number may be the same !Then the number of amps may not be the same. For an example newer car models now have much more electrical components built into them.

Requiring much more power from the same size battery. The 063 battery came out years ago and was sold with a capacity of 35 amps.As a result was fitted onto early Vauxhall Novas and Corsas as well as early “British Leyland” cars. Such as the BMC 1978 Mini that I used to ownReplacing the very common 038 battery which was very popular at that time. In brief, the 063 Car battery was made more compact. Fitting into the smaller car models of the day more easily.

However as time went on and emissions became an issue. Cars were increasingly fitted out with more electrics and emissions control computers (ECU’s) . So the amps were increased to 44 amps. Of course on on exactly the same battery casing size,the 063 Car battery.

063 car battery now up to 44 amps

The up to date 063 Car battery is still the most popular car battery on the market in the small to medium size car market, but the difference is in the power. The power output is now up to 44 amps almost twice the capacity of the earlier 35 amp battery. This is a very important point when buying an 063 battery! Make sure that you have ordered the right capacity of your battery.

063 Car battery Online

All you have to do is to replace the battery with the exact same car battery. Of course the same one that you have on the car. So, do not let people kid you that they are all the same ? They are not. Modern cars now charge and dis-charge at a higher voltage. In short, it is important that you get the right battery for the job. The new higher capacity Varta 063 heavy duty 52 amp car battery is now available online .

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

Lead Acid Storage Batteries-Are they the answer for storing Solar Storing

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries;You will need a Deep cycle lead acid batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Many people are using solar energy. Hence, to bring down the cost of their energy bills. Or to use when out and about in their motor homes and R/V vehicles. Here in the UK. Particular, customers buy many what is known as“Leisure batteries”. Which are a sort of hybrid between a starter and a storage battery.

In most cases. This type of battery. Thus, is sufficient for the purpose. Of perhaps going off on holiday for a few weeks in a year.Perhaps, on a touring holiday. Hence, charging the battery up whilst the vehicle is been driven. As a result, via a charger or the alternator. Incredibly, keeping more up to date charging by means of a portable solar panel.

As I have said.These types of batteries are more than adequate for this usage. However, some people want to use Lead Acid Storage Batteries.Consequently, to store the electricity produced by turbines or solar panels. In my opinion this is a different proposition. Requiring, different batteries to the leisure batteries.So that are common here in the UK. Especially, a type of battery that should be used is the deep cycle battery. These Lead Acid Storage Batteries. Therefore, have much larger plates than the typical car and leisure battery. Therefore, can be charged and discharged.Very similar to the batteries used on boats and marine applications. Not forgetting golfing carts and mobility applications.

 Lead Acid Storage Batteries- These are known as an AGM batteries (absorbed Glass Matting).

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Lead Acid Storage Batteries-Solar panels can use back up storage AGM batteries

These Lead Acid Storage Batteries take a much bigger cycle and are totally sealed, with no requirements for ventilation . The other option is a GEL but in my opinion the GEL  is now going out of favour towards the AGM battery, one of the reasons is the cost of the batteries, AGM are cheaper than GEL  and are also easier to re-charge, more suitable for solar energy storage. For further reading…

 “For solar charging applications, you instead want a deep cycle battery, similar to those used for marine vessels or golf carts – a typical car battery will not work. Deep cycle batteries are designed with larger plates and different chemistry to avoid the corrosive effect of frequently using the full capacity. They are designed to be regularly deeply discharged using most of its capacity .Flooded, vs. GEL vs AGM.

There are a few types of lead acid deep cycle batteries: flooded, sealed gelled, or sealed AGM. For most situations a sealed AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) is the safest and best option. AGM batteries require little maintenance. There is no need for ventilation and they will not spill. Flooded batteries have the advantage of being significantly less expensive, but they require adequate ventilation, maintenance, and also have the potential liability of tipping or spilling.

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

 AGM batteries are typically lighter and less expensive per amp-hour compared to gel. As an example, on Alt E Store a Trojan AGM 12V 100 amp-hour battery is 64 pounds and $241, or 0.64 lbs/AH and $2.41/AH. A Trojan Gel 12V 77 amp-hour battery is 52 pounds and $231, or 0.68 lbs/AH and $3.00/AH. In addition gel batteries need to be recharged in a specific way that is not optimal for solar. Basically, AGM batteries are more forgiving in the way that they are recharged”…

all so more solar reading…

Of these things, the one you should be spending the most money on is the batteries. Most systems have enough battery backup to power the whole house

Lead Acid Storage Batteries

Trojan Lead Acid Storage Batteries

for 5 days, if the sun did not show itself. This might seem a bit excessive because if the Sun does not rise for 5 days then we all have bigger things to worry about than powering our electricity”… http://howtofixcars.blogspot.fr/2012/08/solar-power-material-list.html

Eric Roberts

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem-cost customer an “arm and a leg”-lessons to be learned?

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem

Peugeot Partner Vans Clutch problem

As the owner of an independent garage. Hence, we service and repair ,many makes of cars and vans. As a result, this also depends on which main dealer garages are also located in your local area. Therefore to explain, then if you have a Ford garage in the area , then you are very likely to have a good number of Ford cars visiting your garage. Especially after the warranty period.
This also applies to my garage here in Halifax UK. Subsequently,we repair many cars in the Peugeot, Range Rover and Vauxhall car models. This is because, when the warranty period expires then drivers prefer to bring their cars to my garage.
Halifax is a small town.Unlike our neighbours in Huddersfield, who probably have main dealers for every make of car. However, we are extremely thankful for the local business that we already get. As a result has kept my family fed for the past twenty six years.

Back to the Peugeot partner vans problem?

I should actually say “vans”. One particular day we received phone calls from the owners of two separate vans, Hence, both were Peugeot Partner Vans. At first, I thought that it was two calls about the same van. yet, it did turn out that the vans were different with a similar problem?
Consequently, both drivers were male.
John had a Peugeot partner van with a noisy clutch pedal.
As a result, the first call was from a driver in the Halifax area. John was the name of this van owner. John had a problem with the clutch pedal. To clarify, he said that the clutch pedal became a little squeaky, a bit creaky around the clutch upper extents.
I asked if the van drove ok. John said, It did and he could still change in the earlier stages of the problem. However, the problem began to get progressively worse. Especially, when the van was idling or at low revs. John also said that the van gave out a squealing high pitched sound. This sent out alarm bells. Consequently, I recommended that he brings the van into us for a mechanic to examine.

Peugeot partner vans a 1.6 2003 petrol model

When the van finally arrived. Hence, one of my mechanics diagnosed the van had a problem with a noisy bearing. Without doubt, the high pitched squealing sound was a sign of a clutch bearing that was on its way out.
As a result of our diagnosis, the guy left his van. We split and stripped down the gearbox to allow us to examine the clutch.Sure enough, the clutch bearing was very black due to overheating. Thus, requiring replacement.
After contacting the customer, John, we recommended that he also had a new clutch plate and cover fitted. Because, the old clutch did not have much life left. John gave us permission and the job was completed and the van was as good as new.

Second Peugeot partner vans clutch problem a diesel van

As we were repairing the first van . Consequently, a second owner of a Partner van called us for help. The second guy was called Ron. Ron had been doing a delivery in the Hinckley area of Leicestershire. This time, Ron knew that the problem was his clutch. On account of, his van gave out some loud squealing and then the clutch pedal lost any play. Ron, could not get any gears and the van came to a stop at a road junction.
The first thing for me was to ask Ron if he was a member of any of the motoring rescue organisations? Believe it or not his membership of the AA had expired. Because, Ron was stuck, without any gears and in trouble. Then I promised to help him from Halifax.

Peugeot partner vans clutch problem towed back to Halifax UK

My first “call of port” was with the AA.For the reason that, he was a past member. Thus, the AA said they would help but it was going to cost him £420 for recovery and a years membership. After contacting other breakdown companies. Then the AA was going to be the cheapest.
Once, I had the facts together, I contacted Ron in Hinckley. Because he was completely stuck in a hard place he agreed to pay the money. Consequently, the partner van was towed to Sheffield and then from Sheffield to Halifax. Because the drivers can only cover so many miles.
The following day, we repaired the van and fitted a new clutch assembly. Ron’s van was as good as new, but the lesson is to make sure that you are a member of one of the national/european breakdown schemes. This would have saved Ron £420 at least?
Eric Roberts

Crossover Winter Tyres-A Must to fit if you are a Nissan Juke owner.

Crossover Winter Tyres

Most SUV and X overs need Crossover Winter Tyres

In all my years experience in the car repair and tyre industry. Hence,there has never been a class of car that are crying out for Crossover Winter Tyres. During the past five or six years these types of car have become more popular, especially for families, who use the extra space for bringing up their young children.Crossover Winter Tyres

All was well until we had our first cold and snowy season for a few years. In a nutmeg these cars were useless to drive and millions were stuck in the smallest amount snow and were crying out for a set of Crossover Winter Tyres . Indeed thousands of motorists had to spend a full night parked up in snow on the M11 motorway in the south of England and many of these vehicles were the SUV type along with many lorries and other stranded cars on summers , or tyres with no tread on them (bald).

Summer tyres are less effective when the temperature goes bellow 7 degrees

What many motorists do not realize.Sincerely, is that Summers. Are much less effective when the temperature drops below 7 degrees. Because of the compounds that winters  are made of.Thus, they are able to grip the surface more effectively. This combined with a cold weather tread design drives the car along in bad ice and snow. With a much safer grip and control of the car or SUV. Naturally, when fitted with Crossover Winter Tyres.

 Crossover Winter Tyres

In cold weather Summers  become very rigid. As a result, do not allow for the tread to work. Making the car skid. Therefore, in most cases the car will get stuck. As we all know to our cost in time. But most of all our families safety. With winters you will in control of your car and will be much safer, the problem is the other cars without winter’s , you must keep an eye open for what they do?.

Crossover Winter Tyres for the Nissan Juke

Crossover Winter Tyres

 juke Crossover Winter Tyres

This x over car is now very popular here in the UK and I believe in the USA. Consequently, I have seen some people in the Nissan Juke forum asking about winter treads for this model of car. I would wholeheartedly suggest that this Nissan is the perfect candidate for Crossover Winter Tyres.

I can speak from experience. Because my wife owns a Juke. Which is totally useless in snow. The car is based on the Nissan Micra and is very light, the first snowfall saw my wife stuck and panicking in the local supermarket car park along with another twenty woman drivers.

She finally managed to get home. Hence, in one piece.But insisted that we fit winters to her car. Therefore,

we fitted a set of General Tyres. Joyfully, she never looked back. The lady was extremely happy.Hence, the car drove better.Incredibly, she never got stuck in snow all that winter.It was incredible, and the  car will feel and drive much better in winter. Because the tyres are more flexible. Due to the more supple side walls which do not freeze and go hard as do summers . This blog was written by…

Eric Roberts of Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK