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Sunbeam Rapier Cross Ply-Tyres-Classic car fitted with 590/600×13 TYRES

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Sunbeam Rapier Cross-Ply Tyres-1961 Rapier had 600×13 whitewall tyres

One of the great things about my job. Hence, as MD of Pellon tyres. No two days are the same. Thus, the only unfortunate thing about this is that your time does fly when your having fun.

As expected, the other day I had a motorcycle battery to deliver, (we offer next day delivery). Because it was only a few mile away in Bradford, I decided to deliver the battery myself. I will very often provide batteries in the near by towns in West Yorkshire. We try to give the best service to our customers from our Tyre shop and web-sites.

However, I arrived at the house in Bradford. So the customer was out. Therefore, I hid the battery under a bucket and left a note. Thereupon, on my way back to my van I noticed an old car parked up in next doors drive. I love old cars and often write blogs about them. Hence, this was no exception.

The car was a Sunbeam Rapier. I was over the moon and took a couple of pictures. These cars reminded me of when I was a young mechanic, my friend Richard Ellis worked in Dewsbury at a Rootes garage, and I worked at a BMC garage ( soon to become British Leyland). We always shared stories about the good and bad points on the cars we worked on including the Sunbeam Rapier. I do not remember seen one until the other day in Bradford. I think the owner of he Sunbeam is a member of the Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club.

Sunbeam Rapier Cross Ply-Tyres

The Rapier was an up market version of the Hillman Minx the early ones only having a speed of 85mph. The Rapier was given tail fins and a new style grille for the radiator, with the options of a convertible body making the car look kool. As far as I can remember they originally came out on cross ply tyres in the sizes 590×13 and then 600×13 tyres but I stand corrected if you know better.

In 1961 the convertible came out and was a very sound car, it had whitewall tyres

and was fitted with a walnut dash with two tone paint, making the car look unique. The Rapier was out at the same time as the Vauxhall Cresta and the Ford Zodiac all iconic cars of the time.

Lastly, I hope this blog brings back some memories as it did to me. A story from a motorbike battery delivery sunbeam with 590/600×13 tyres

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Electric Cars More dangerous-China says that the EV-Battery driven cars may be more “Harmful to your Health”.

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Electric Cars More dangerous; Power stations not the battery powered cars

Electric Cars More dangerous; A pollution study in China has come to the conclusion. That battery drove cars to cause more pollution than conventionally fueled vehicles. Because the electricity used to charge the cars is so-called “Dirty” fuel. Because the power stations rely on fossil fuels such as coal and gas, to power them.

The study was carried out in no less than 34 cities through out China.

People who are conducting this research are led by Professor Cherry a leading scientist in this field. So, who was helped by Chinese under graduates. He compared the particulate matters that cause the pollution. Which is similar to the test carried out on our cars in the UK on an “MOT TEST” on electric battery drove cars to that in petrol driven vehicles. He conducted the tests in China.  Because, believe it or not, they love electric battery driven cars and cycles and have probably the biggest percentage of battery-powered vehicles in the World. In fact, Chinese battery used cars outnumber regular fueled 12 Volt Battery vehicles by about 2 to 1.

The Police operate many of these cars, post, and local government. It has always been my opinion that Governments have gone about the green effect problem the wrong way. They should have sorted the power stations problem out, long ago. Man of the power plants in the world is fueled, from fuels such as coal and gas. But instead, the power operators chose to hammer the poor motorists. This was done with the costs and by the look of this report to no avail. We are still polluting the Planet and its citizens with countries like China burning 85% of electricity from coal.

To conclude it is a fact that regular petrol which has driven vehicles with modern emission methods are cleaner than electric battery operated cars, and that  Electric Cars More dangerous

What’s your opinion??

 To read more of this fascinating story, please click the link bellow.

“They found that the electricity generated to power electric cars caused more particulate matter Car Pollution  than that caused by an equivalent number of petrol driven vehicles. There was no Advantages of Electric Cars.

Particulate matter comes from the combustion of fossil fuels and includes acids, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles.

Professor Cherry said: ‘An implicit assumption has been that air quality and health impacts are lower for electric cars than for conventional vehicles”…

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General Van Tyres- Well known German tyre company Bring Out New “VAN TYRE”

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Euro Van 2 new tyre from General Van Tyres

General tyres (part of the Continental tyre group) are keeping up in the lucrative van tyre market with a splendid new tyre, the Euro Van 2 tyre. The market for this product is huge, with the massive increase in the modern van market surging ahead.

Tyre manufacturers. Have now to make heavy duty versions of new car tyres. Because of the speed and comfort, that the new vans are capable of doing. Therefore, gone are the days of the smoky old diesel vans. Chugging along, holding the rest of the traffic up. For this, reason, these days vans can out perform, many cars and the tyres need to be of higher speed. Thus and load ratings. To cope with the extra performance that these modern vans can supply. General Van Tyres have taken all this into consideration.

The new General tyres Euro van is no exception. The newly developed tread pattern helps give the tyre higher mileage and better traction giving the tyre excellent handling on dry roads and a more improved braking performance.

General Van Tyres

For better comfort. General have developed the tyre with staggered tread grooves. Thus, on the shoulder reducing the noise. Giving a better comfort level to the driver. Noise reduction is also important for the green credibility of the tyre. In particular. With the new tyre labels coming out soon. Hence, that gives all tyres noise pollution levels. naturally, to help verify how green the tyre is.

As far as van tyres go this General Van Tyres product is one of the best van tyres that I have come across. People think that there is not much difference performance wise in van tyres, but they would be wrong in thinking that. The most important thing is to look at whatever make of tyres that you have on your van. The van tyre market is one of the most neglected of all the tyre markets. Van drivers usually work for other people, and they do not look after their tyres. So having a good brand of Tyres in the first place is critical, because they are going to get abused, running at low and high pressures at high speeds are usually the norm for the van, only coming to garages when the need replacing due to lack of care.

The new General tyres van tyre will cover almost 90% of van tyre sizes

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Continental Van Eco Tyres-“New” Continental Tyres for Vans and Similar Vehicles

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Continental Van Eco Tyres New Vanco Eco from Continental tyres improves fuel economy

Like most other tyre manufacturers Continental tyres are striving to improve their range to include much more economic and fuel saving tyres for the future. Indeed Continental have just completed tests together with ford using the Continental Van Eco Tyres and achieved a much greater fuel efficiency by using this tyre , a great result for Continental tyres.

The new van tyre will have much less rolling resistance than previous van tyres , making this tyre about 4% more economical which means much less emissions. Continental tyres engineers have also designed the new tyre give car like handling by means of more comfort together with better handling on both wet and dry roads.

 Continental tyres first Vanco Eco tyre size

 The first Continental Van Eco Tyres to be made will be in the tyre size 215/75R16 com load rating 113/111 t/l. This size fits most of the popular vans around at the moment including Ford Transits, Mercedes Sprinters and VW T5 range.

Although 4% doesn’t seem a large amount of savings, you must multiply this by the total mileage that the van will do and the huge cost of the price of fuel and this will give the fleet or van owner significant savings. Here at Pellon tyres we have great respect and admiration for Continental tyres products and this new van tyre is no exception. We offer them online at www.pellonautocentre.com

Reduced fuel consumption and lower rolling resistance are the hallmarks of the new Continental Van Eco tyres for light commercial vehicles. Specially developed for vans such as the Mercedes Viano, Vito and Sprinter, Ford Transit and Volkswagen T5, Continental’s Vanco Eco boasts up to 30% less rolling resistance and a calculated four percent saving in fuel and emissions, than standard versions. At the same time engineers have managed to cut the braking distances on both wet and dry road surfaces making the tyre more car-like in its performance.

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Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre-Michelin Tyres Invent Airless “Tweel Tyre”,Now used on Plant vehicles.

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Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

For as long as we can remember tyres of all shapes and sizes have always to filled with air-filled rubber tubing. This is to put it to its simplest terms. As a result, the latest tyre designs are a far cry from the old cycle tyres.  Mr. Michelin first made these in France well over 100 years ago.

Michelin looks for models for the future

as a result, almost all the leading tyre companies are looking for the concept tyre designs for future urban cars and Michelin tyres are no exception. The first idea started to come out of the Michelin Laboratories in about 2005. The new concept was to become the “Tweel” a simple cross between the tyre and the wheel, this is where the name comes from, the “T” from the tyre and the Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre.

The Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre looks like a giant bicycle wheel, probably a futuristic version of the original solid bicycle wheel that Michelin worked on over 100 years ago. The tweel has a solid hub, with spokes and an outer rim. Materials that are used, will be manufactured, using a polyurethane type substance, which is a hard material and light in weight. The tyre tread is stretch fitted onto the spokes in a rubber band similar to the tyres mounted on fork trucks. This construction looks very solid yet flexible. These have the spokes absorbing all the shocks, just like air would do in a tyre, but having the advantage of “not having punctures”.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

In addition, Michelin, has been testing different cars with the tweel fitted. Furthermore, this  includes the Audi with good handling results. They admit though that they are still in the early stages of development. I think it is good to try other materials to try out to replace rubber products. A large amount of oil, is used for making tyres? and we are running out of oil ?.

Please click on the link bellow to read more about the TWEEL from MICHELIN TYRES

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

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Nokian Northern Winter Tyres-Nokian Tyres’ 120th Anniversary – FleetPointFleetPoint

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Nokian Northern Winter Tyres

Of course Nokian are one of the world leaders in tyres. Especially winter tyres. So, manufacturing an excellent range of tyre products. In my opinion though, their winter tyres are second to none. offering different types of tyres for climates with different winter conditions.

For instance, here in Halifax in Northern England we have a mixed winter climate. So, in many winters we do have snowy conditions and certainly icy roads. Therefore it would be prudent to fit at least all-weather tyres for winter driving. However, I do believe that because of the the hilly terrain. Then full blown winter tyres are the answer for complete safety.

Nokian winter tyres fit the safety standards criteria

Dont get me wrong ? most tyre manufacturers make a very good winter tyre product. Fortunately for us, we are able to source almost any make of tyre within the same day. Up to the present time, Nokian have had a pricing structure on the expensive side. however, in recent years the famous tyre brand has become more and more competitive.

This brings the award winning tyres in line with other tyre manufacturers. So, making Nokian more competitive and easier obtainable. Sooner or later a better distribution system had to become a priority for the Finnish tyre company. After all they do claim to be the first tyre company to bring out a winter tyre. Specially for countries that have snow fall. Including us here in the UK.

So, a new distributor system was rolled out. Nokian offered this to independent tyre members across the UK . Including here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. As a result, we now keep a reasonable stock of popular winter tyre and all-season tyres stock of popular sizes. All things considered , we can also get a next day delivery of the massive diversity of other tyre sizes. of course from Nokians warehouse in Scotland UK.

Nokian Tyres, the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer, is celebrating 120 years in business. Innovative products, a trusted brand and a commitment to serving customers have given the tyre pioneer a strong position on the market. Since 1898, the company has grown into a world-class business that looks to the future ready to tackle the opportunities …

Source: Nokian Tyres 120th Anniversary – FleetPointFleetPoint

Pellon Tyres are Nokian Dealers for the Calderdale and Kirklees area of West Yorkshire UK.

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Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)-Another great explanatory video about how ABS works.

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Anti-lock Braking System

Anti-lock Braking System

 

This article is about your anti-lock braking system. Thus, ABS fitted onto your car is an additional safety feature. Hence, this is now found on many modern cars. Your cars ABS system. For this reason, is designed to help prevent your wheels from locking. Especially, during heavy braking situations, such as cornering on a wet or snowy road. Thus, your ABS will  prevent your car from skidding or Aquaplaning. Your ABS system is made up of the ABS module, and has sensors fitted on each of your wheels. As a result, these sensors detect your wheel speed. Hence, this will send a message to the ABS module. This reacts by rapidly pumping the brakes when detected. Especially when the car is skidding and has lost the traction on a wet or icy road.

If your car is not fitted with an ABS system, then a lost of traction due to loss of traction. This could be caused by skidding, or aquaplaning on wet roads.  When you have to apply your brakes, then without ABS you could lose control of the car. As a result, your ABS system on your vehicle will give you plenty of warning signs when there is any problems with ABS brake system.

I think it is important for the driver to be aware of the warning signs. By knowing about the problems and correcting them, then you are more likely to be able to address the problem, should a problem occur. As I have said previously, ABS works by detecting individual wheel-lock and momentarily releasing the brakes on that particular wheel. Hence, by cutting out the amount of brake fluid. Which is supplied to the wheel via the master cylinder. Therefore to allow the wheel to regain traction and then carry on driving on in safety.

 

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How a clutch works – internals of transmission and clutch assembly

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How a clutch works

This is a video showing how a slave cylinder, clutch and transmission work together to engage power from the engine and disengage power from the engine to the transmission. Filmed at the Toyota Commemorative museum of Industry and Technology near Nagoya, Japan. Clutches are what we call a “bread and butter” job. Hence, i thought that i would show a video to demonstrate the things that our technicians have to do when replacing the clutch.
We often have our customers ringing us. Consequently, they ask the question, “how can i tell if my clutch is going”. Therefore, I usually answer with the same explanation. You’ll know when the clutch is going. Because the biting point will happen with less pedal push, and the clutch will slip when the drive is under heavy load.

How a clutch works

When I car eventually arrives in the workshop. We start the car and dip the clutch pedal. Next step is to place the car into third gear. With the handbrake of, we then very slowly release the clutch. A good clutch will stall the engine.
if you carry out the same procedure with a slipping clutch. Then, the engine will probably judder, try to pull away and then the engine will stall. Sometimes, you will hear a rattle when you release the clutch pedal. This is a sign that the clutch plate will be broken up and needs replacing.
Another sign that your clutch is on the way out, is that there will be terrible smell, when the clutch pedal is released. This is a problem with death drivers. because, they cannot hear very well then they do not know that their clutch is slipping. The tell tale sign is the smell that the burning clutch plate gives off. We have one customer, who goes through a clutch a year,(good for business?).

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems- TPMS systems will be fitted to most makes of cars in the future.

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Tyre pressure monitoring systems will be the “Norm” for all cars

Electric Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are fitted to many car models now. They warn the car driver when a tyre is deflating or flat. Thus, through a warning light on the cars dashboard. Check this link for further informationhttp://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/Tires/Tires+Rating/TPMS

 These devices are excellent and  save you money in the long run. The system ensures the driver that the tyres are correctly inflated . Thus, then you will find that they will wear much better. Therefore, many cars on our roads are driving about with ones that are very much under pressure, this causes them to wear badly and the car not to handle correctly in cornering and braking.

Also, a partly pressurised tyre is more subset able to picking up a nail or other object and causing a puncture or even a blow-out. On the other hand, yours may be over inflated causing the vehicle to roll about when travelling and also creating premature tyre wear due to the over inflation. Picked up with a Wireless Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted to your car.

Correctly inflated tyres. Hence, will also save you costs on your fuel bill. Thus, called “rolling resistance”. Because when your wheels are correct. Then you can save as much as 25% on your fuel bills. So any gadget such as a Tyre Pressure Monitors a tyre monitoring device is well worth it.

So, since this article was fist written then TPMS systems have become the norm. Importantly most car models are now fitted with TPMS systems.

Monitoring systems can save your life

To sum this up. The system also ensures that you get better mileage out of your tyres and the vehicle uses less fuel and is, therefore, more economical to run.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Tyresure-Tyre-Pressure-Monitoring-Systems-For-Cars,-Trucks-and-Buses&id=2498053

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Catalytic Converter Care-Regular Car Servicing can help look after your Cat

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CATALYTIC CONVERTER CARE; Why does car servicing affect your Cat?

This is an interesting point; I suppose that regular car maintenance has an effect on all your car parts in the end. Your Catalytic Converter care, (CAT) is a crucial part of your vehicle. Therefore, is fitted with your engine and the rest of the exhaust system. Thus, some are attached to the manifold, onto the engine, these are known as manifold cats, and some are fitted at the end of a short front pipe on the rest of the exhaust system.

Bigger models of cars sometimes require two cats, cars such as BMWs and MERCs usually have two cats fitted, (very expensive to replace).

Your cat’s primary job is to clean the engine particles that the engine omits. Catalytic converters are made out of ceramic. Thus, with added precious metals (another reason why Catalytic Converter care is critical). Naturally to filter the dirty particles from your engine. Thus reducing the pollutants from entering the atmosphere, this helps us to clean the environment and is part of the UK MOT test.

Catalytic Converter Care

Your cat will only work correctly if the engine operates with the correct ratio of air to fuel. Naturally, this was your car servicing comes in. aged.

Catalytic Converter Care

So, since writing this post then the catalytic converter has become even more important. Especially with the tightening of exhaust emissions regulations coming from European governments. Of course this important filtering of the gases system is on every new petrol and diesel car produced these days. So, diesel cars and vans call them the “particulate filters“.

However they work very similar to each other, filtering out poisonous gases from the vehicles engine before emitting the gas into the atmosphere. I t may be interesting to know that the catalysts are made up using some precious metals.

Precious metals used in catalytic converter

So, one of the main reasons that many catalytic converters are stolen  from vehicle. Thus, is because many of them contain some rare metals. Given these points, the main metals are rhodium, palladium and platinum.