UCCC-Good News for Unipart Car Care Centres in the UK

Good News for Unipart Car Care Centres  (UCCC)  in the UK

I became a Unipart car care Centre” UCCC” about 5 years ago. I have been very pleased with updates that have been thought out for us to give improved service to our local

unipart UCCC sign

Popular  UCCC sign outside a members garage

customers in Halifax here in Yorkshire UK.

I have always been a fan of becoming a member of an organization such as UCCC. This is  because it can give a small local garage like us a nationwide coverage. When it comes to helping out our customers who may get into trouble when traveling to other parts of the country, say on holiday or perhaps visiting relations. As part of the service that we offer. It is a good feeling that we know about  safeguarding  our customers. It gives us the same strengths as the multinational companies that are out there competing with us.

If we say carry out a service or a repair job to your car and you visit your long lost aunt in Brighton, then your car will be covered by this warranty. Should a part fail or go faulty, then we can arrange for the car to be repaired in that area by contacting another UCCC centre. By contacting us here in Halifax and we will arrange for your car fixing so that you can have a safe journey home.

There are other advantages to being a UCCC, such as the quality of the replacement parts that we supply. These parts are up to the manufacturers specifications for quality and can be used on a car that is still covered by the car manufacturer’s warranty, without affecting that warranty, which is great news for us small independent garages. Here at Pellonautocentre in Halifax we have always prided ourselves for giving excellent service and customer satisfaction and this tied in to being a member of UCCC.

Horror when Unipart went into administration on 23rd July 2014.

You can imagine my disappointment when I heard that Unipart had gone into administration,( last week). We would have certainly survived but it could have made things a little more difficult, especially regarding outstanding warranties. The Unipart Company are now in the hands of the administrators KPMG. But to my surprise I found out that the Unipart Group are a separate company to Unipart Automotive who control UCCC, of which we are members.

 

This is a recent e-mail to all the UCCC members from Stuart McHale…

“We were saddened by the news about Unipart Automotive, but it is important to note that Unipart Group continues to be a financially strong, growing company in

UCCC

UCCC sign

manufacturing, global logistics; consultancy and International automotive aftermarket operations

Express Factors, KiS users and Unipart Car Care Centres throughout the UK will understandably have immediate concerns for their future, so I wanted to update you on the current arrangements.

Unipart Group and Andrew Page have moved as quickly as possible to work in partnership to provide new services and Andrew Page will now become a national stockist and distributor of Unipart products. For those KiS and UCCC’s previously supplied by a Unipart Automotive branch, please contact your local Andrew Page branch to agree service and supply arrangements.

Unipart Group is working to make new arrangements with a number of software and programme suppliers to provide systems functionality and support services and intends to make the Unipart brand available to UCCC who meet minimum standards”

This is great news for all the UCCC member depots across the UK, including myself and we will be looking forward to the start of a new regime.

Peugeot 107-Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

Lady driver with a Peugeot 107 Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

This little car from Peugeot is a favorite little about town car and is the same car as the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo. The particular model of the 107 that we had in with problems,

Peugeot 107,fan belt

Old damaged water pump that caused the fan belt to break

had a 1.0 liter three cylinder engine fitted, with a brake horse power of 68, which is really enough for about town driving, but when I have road tested them in hilly Halifax, then they are lacking in power and I have to change right down to second gear to negotiate a fairly moderate hill. In general though the little car is nippy around town and is a favorite with lady drivers. In fact our customer with the problems was a lady driver.

She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle. She did however think that the car does bang and rattle a little when driving over bumpy roads, the suspension is a little hard and some of our other customers have had suspension problems, but like the rest of the country we have been plagued with numerous potholes here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire.

But in general this does not deter the customers from buying these charming little She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle cars, that as I say are more suitable for driving about town, I suppose it is similar to the a modern version of the old Peugeot 106, which had similar characteristics in a bygone driving era.

However; back to the lady with the broken fan belt.

The lady presented us with Peugeot 107 Petrol engine 2007 model, which she thought that she had a broken fan belt. When we examined the car we found that fan belt had indeed come off, but this had been caused by the water pump having a seized up bearing and was also leaking water.

To correct the problem the with her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle had to have a new water pump and fan belt. This type of water pump comes complete with its own bearings and is a relatively easy job to replace. The

Peugeot 107,water pump and fan belt

New water pump complete with a new fan belt

whole job took about one hour from start to finish and the lady was able to have a coffee and relax in our reception watching the Commonwealth Games on the receptions TV.

Peugeot 107,water pump

New water pump fitted in place

In my opinion this one of the big advantages of owning an independent garage, we are able to repair cars with such problems, while the customers can wait in the pleasant surroundings of a well-equipped reception area. This of course stems back to the days when we were more commonly known as kwick-fit centres, fitting things like brakes , exhaust systems and tyres while the customer waited for the job doing. We of course still do this but cars have become much more sophisticated and the repair times have become much longer, so on some jobs the traditional booking in the car system has to be used, because of the time it may take to carry out the work.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Yokohama Racing Tyres-GOOD DAY OUT AT SNETTERTON 300 CIRCUIT.

Yokohama Racing Tyres AT SNETTERTON 300 CIRCUIT.

To be truthful I am not a mad follower of motor racing, probably something to do with the fact that in the whole of West Yorkshire we do not have a race circuit. The nearest one is Croft

Yokohama Racing Tyres

Yokohama Racing Tyres slick tyre removed

in North Yorkshire and I have visited this track a few times in the recent past, to see various motor racing events. The last one was a British BMW championship meeting through Kumho tyres.

It came to me with great pleasure when I was invited to a race meeting in Snetterton, Norfolk, UK. The race meeting was a good four hour drive from my beloved Yorkshire, but never the less I decided to do the round trip in the day and set off at 5.30 in the morning. The day was going to be red hot ,you could just tell and I was looking forward to watching the cars perform on the Yokohama Racing Tyres, that we sell in Halifax to our public.

I arrived early because the roads were quiet due to the fact that it was Sunday morning, and I met the Yokohama Racing Tyres UK guy Paul Cox. Paul was to be my guide, as I have said I know little about the motorsport circuit although I love the atmosphere that these events can generate. I took my camera to take some shots of the cars, especially with the Yokohama racing tyres fitted. This is always the sign of a good tyre company, the research and development that these companies gain is invaluable when it comes to developing tyres for the regular cars that we use in every day usage.

Paul turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide having competed in motorsport racing himself for a good many years and now helping to coach his son to become a race car driver at the age of seventeen. The racing today was to be the British F3 and GT championships and when I arrived it was a lovely sunny day and the crowds were already building up.

British F3 has always been one of the proving grounds for future F1 drivers including the 2009 World champion Jenson Button. Some of the drivers competing on that day are expected to become future F1 stars and included Kevin Magnussen and Daniel Riciardo, so watch out for those names. The weekends racing also included the BRDC Formula 4 Championships with

Yokohama Racing Tyres

Yokohama Racing Tyres F4 tyres

other up and coming stars on show, I could not Waite.  These cars run on 2 litre Ford Duratec engines and develop 175 Brake horse power BHP. They are supplied with a Cosworth engine management system and are operated with a 6 speed Sadev transmission system that works from a paddle shift. Yokohama Racing Tyres are the suppliers of the wet and slick compound tyres, the main purpose of my visit.

Paul was really enthusiastic about showing me round and I was very impressed with the politeness of the drivers and the guys in the pits who allowed me to take pictures at will. He also knew many of the drivers and introduced me to a couple of them in between their busy schedules. One of the drivers was Jon Minshaw the owner of the famous Demon Tweeks motor parts stores, who took time out between changing driver’s mid-way through a race.

Yokohama tyres fitting area was most impressive.

Paul also introduced me to the YOKOHAMA TYRES UK tyre fitting team fully equipped with fitting machines and wheel balance’s all ready for the action, in fact when we were there they had already fitted in excess of  a hundred slick tyres due to the hot sunny weather the slick tyres give a better grip, than tyres with a tread on them.

One of the other drivers that I saw was Sir Chris How who has only recently changed from cycling to the British GT Championships and is said to be a “natural” at motorsport, making 2014 his debut year in the Nissan Academy Team known as RJN. Also in his year of racing was Rick Parfett Jnr, son of his famous namesake from the band, Status Quo, who incidentally I saw live at Leeds Arena, last December, with my wife Michelle. Rick the elder often watches his son race but was not there on this day.

Yokohama Racing Tyres

Yokohama Racing Tyres advam F4 tyres

After watching a great days racing and talked to many of the pit guys I thanked Paul for a great day out and headed for my long drive back to Yorkshire, looking forward to my next race meeting later this year.

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 YOKOHAMA 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.

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

Suzuki Servicing neglected-Owner Misses out on Servicing causes a Bigger Problem

No Suzuki Servicing could end up costing you a fortune?

This is not just one of my rants about car servicing but I think that it is important to give a few sad cases of what can happen, when the car owner neglects to have their Suzuki Servicing.

Suzuki Servicing,engine oil dip stick

Dip-stick showing the oil level

carried out at regular intervals.

We all should be having our Engine Oil checked at regular intervals, if your car’s engine is in good condition and operating correctly, then you should not have to use any oil to top up the engine. In my opinion there are a few variations to this theory and one of them is if you are traveling long distances at high speed. Then it would be possible that your car may need to have an oil check when you arrive at your destination.

Modern cars will have an Oil Level Warning Light but older cars may not, so it is best to check the level just to be on the safe side. In fact I had an experience myself on a recent trip to France. I drove my two year old Peugeot Partner van 700 miles to a Rufec in the Charente area of South West France. The following morning I went to the local supermarket for some odds and ends, when my oil level warning light came on, much to my horror.

I know that my staff had serviced the van before my journey and I too checked the level before I set off on my journey. I stopped the van and turned off the engine so that the oil level is allowed to settle down, to get a correct oil level reading. Some dip-sticks are impossible to see, but mine was just below the minimum mark on the dip-stick. I was still in the supermarket Suzuki Servicing,suzuki swiftcar park and so I bought a two litre can of 10w-40 diesel oil (this is what the van used).

As I topped the engine up I kept checking the level, but found that the engine did not need much oil at all. I think some of the oil sensors are very sensitive, but your engine oil level is

Suzuki Servicing,suzuki new and old engine together

Lack of Suzuki servicing was probably to blame for the engine failure?new and old engine together

very important, just as the young guy with the Suzuki Swift was about to find out. Another important piece of advice is, when you are topping the engine oil up again, then put the oil in a small amount at a time,it is just as important not to Overfill the engine with too much oil, this could cause too much pressure building up in the engine, causing all sorts of expensive repair work.

The Suzuki did not have any servicing for two years at least.

The only warning that he had, was when the car engine started to make very loud noises on the M62 motorway, doing 70mph in the third lane. This was followed by a cloud of black smoke, followed by a complete loss of power. The guy managed to manoeuvre the Suzuki across the carriageway and onto the hard shoulder.

He suspected the worse and called for recovery from a roadside assistance phone on the motorway. The guy was either lucky or a very skilful driver as I am convinced that this sudden loss of power is the cause of many motorway accidents.

The recovery truck brought the car into our garage in Halifax, Yorkshire and we started the postmortem on the lifeless Suzuki. We checked on the history of the car on our computer system and found that although the car had a few MOT tests over the past few years, we did not have any record of Servicing a Car. We asked the guy if he took the car to any other garage for his Suzuki Servicing and he told us that we were the only place that the car had come to?.

The previous owner also brought the car into us to be looked after it was at the Suzuki Dealers and indeed the last service had been three years ago. The car was a Suzuki Swift 1.6 petrol 2007 model and looked in

Suzuki Servicing,suzuki engine

Suzuki engine

good condition, apart from the engine. It became obvious to Ryan Linton that the engine was completely gone caused by a lack of engine oil starving the Big End Bearings due to lack of Suzuki Servicing and also damaging the crank and much more.

The owner of the car was a 26 year old man who led a busy life and did not have time for his car, a thing that is most common these days. As for the car we found that it would be more economical to fit a re-conditioned engine, with the whole job costing around £2500 to the customer.

The lesson to be learned is to have your car servicing carried out at some sort of regular intervals, this guy is not the first and will not be the last, but look at the price that he had to pay in the end?.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer Suzuki Servicing and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website  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.

 

EXHAUST SYSTEM-Do They Last Longer Than They Did?

 EXHAUST SYSTEM Last Longer Than They Did? Now drivers Benefit

Thinking about this, I suppose that there are many reasons that an exhaust system fitted to a modern car will last longer than say a car exhaust would 15 to 20 years ago. The cars of yesteryear were not subjected to the emission laws that today’s modern cars are. The big change when all cars were fitted with catalytic convertors.

exhaust system

The modern exhaust system  is now aluminum and are longer lasting

In fact it was about 22 years ago that the new cars that were produced had to be fitted with a petrol and Diesel Catalytic Converter.Cars registered after 1st August 1992 (i.e. K prefixes onwards) For more reading… http://www.kgbanswers.co.uk/what-year-did-it-become-compulsory-for-car-manufacturers-to-fit-catalytic-converters-in-the-uk/2247704#ixzz33Z3y8XsB.

This is about the same time that exhaust systems appeared to last longer than their predecessors. In the good old days we used to buy car exhausts from the manufacturers direct in containers. We knew which cars were fitted with exhausts that would only last about 2 years. Certain cars such as Vauxhall Vivas and Cavaliers were very vulnerable for their back box’s rotting; because they used to collect the dilute acid from the engine in the tail boxes and this would rot them from the inside.

Also there was many more of one model of car produced by the manufacturers. I would buy say 100x VW Beetle exhausts, simply because there were so many of them out on the roads. Today because of computers the car makers can alter and change a model, within minutes on a computer and I believe that it is the same with exhaust systems. The designs are much better and are made of better materials than they used to be. We in the trade do not stock the same number of systems anymore because of the large amount of variations within one model of car, where there was one exhaust to fit one model whatever the engine size, there will now be ten different systems and shapes for the different engine sizes, this could be to do with the different catalytic converter sizes that a different engine size may have to have, there for the rest of the exhaust will be a different shape or size.catalitic convertor

The exhaust system has now become part of the emissions service.

We have now had to become qualified in car emissions, using sophisticated hand held computers to diagnose any faults in the system. Also the addition to the catalytic converter onto the front of the exhaust system added the need for a better quality exhaust pipe product, the catalytic converter is made of  a core of ceramic or stainless steel honeycomb, a silica and aluminium wash-coat, and a precious metal for the catalyst (platinum). The car makers then started to use aluminised exhaust systems to match the quality of the catalytic converters and enable the guarantee to extend to two years, on a replacement system.

Your exhaust system lasts longer because they are now aluminised

Previously most exhausts were made from mild steel, which would only last about eighteen months, if that. These were produced by small niche companies who made replacement exhaust pipes from mild steel. Because of the demand for Cheap Exhaust Prices  from the growing fast-fit centres,  such companies as Pioneer exhausts did a roaring trade. Companies like Bosal Exhaust system made aluminised system for the car manufacturers and gradually started to sell their products to motor factors and specialised Exhaust system wholesalers, who would in turn supply garages and fast-fit centres. The only problem was that they were more expensive and would only be bought by customers with up-market cars; the regular guys still wanted the best price exhaust for their cars.

This all began to change with the advent of the changing car market, when fewer models of a certain car were made and they were fitted original equipment on these models. This made it more difficult for the cheap steel exhaust makers to compete as they did not have the flexibility to adapt their equipment to changing market. The larger companies were streets ahead with the equipment they used to make the catalytic converters and exhaust systems with; in fact most of the Exhaust system parts were built very accurately with “robots”. The robots also made a better Exhaust system because they are more precise when welding the parts together. Bosal Exhausts also added a small hole in their back boxes to allow the excess acid to drain away.

The simple fact is that YES exhausts are made from far better quality products and built to a much higher standard,(no dodgy welding) therefore they last much longer than they used to, hence a two year warranty given to the replacement parts fitted.   

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

It is for certain that one of these days we will run out of oil. Although we have now discovered new oil reserves by means of “fracking” we will still run out of oil one of these days. This together with the need to clean up our planet has lead us to try and discover new technologies to drive our transport system forward using less polluting fuels and renewable energies.

How the hydrogen cell car works

One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace in the first instance, but in my opinion has now slowed down as we try to refine the technology to give us more distance on one charge of the Electric Battery Cars. The technology here has been the use of Lithium-Ion batteries. Some car makers such as Nissan have developed the Hybrid Electric Battery Cars, a car that is battery driven with a backup petrol engine that kicks in when the car reaches a certain speed for out of town driving.

Other car producers have opted for the full blown Electric Battery Cars, which relies totally on a battery for its power. These cars have the problem of traveling any distance, but are good for around town usage. In my opinion the battery solution is not the answer to the bigger problem of distance before the battery needs re-charging. Charging stations are cropping up all over the place and the electric car will have a part to play in the big picture but in my opinion it is looking like a short term fix and in any case these cars are charged up using “dirty fuel” that we use to fuel our power stations, it is just applying a “sticking plaster” on a gaping wound.

Battery cars for short journeys, and hydrogen for the long journey?

Many different car companies have been looking at the hydrogen technology and many governments have been investing large amounts of money into the development of the hydrogen fueled engine. Car companies such as BMW, Toyota Cars and Mazda have come up with new and improved methods to meet the growing demand for an alternative fuel to the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pacedriven cars so that larger distances can be covered. Governments across the World are at this very moment working together to try and produce a stable hydrogen product that can be used in regular filling stations. Indeed these filling stations are beginning to pop up as these car companies have become closer to producing their hydrogen fuel celled vehicles.

General motors and Honda are also interested in this fuel and are developing engines accordingly. As the only by-product is water, then the hydrogen fuel cells produce no pollution  and on top of that, fuel cells are safe, more reliable (as they do not have many  moving parts), and use the most abundant of elements  in the universe as a power source(hydrogen).

The governments need to tie up with the major car manufactures in the world to accelerate the use of hydrogen and similar energy efficient cars. Instead of lining up at the gas filling stations, the hydrogen car owners can buy tanks of liquid or gaseous hydrogen. Though the general trend for fuel efficient cars with alternative and better fuel designs will keep on increasing, various political, consumer, legal, environmental and technological factors will decide the extend of deployment.

Toyota is expected to fund a new network of hydrogen filling stations in the California area of America, by the way of a loan to a company called First Element Fuel Inc and in conjunction with the state of California and eventually rolling the stations out into a wider area. Toyota estimates that 68 refuelling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state. Toyota estimates that 68 refuelling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state.

Believe it or not Toyota started working on the fuel cell car as long ago as 1992. That is 25 years of experience in this technology, with the first production model to be available by 2015. The ironic part of my opening question is that the hydrogen fuel cell is really a battery?

“FCVs are powered by fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen, which is not only environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient, but can also be produced using a variety of readily available raw materials. Thanks to these characteristics, fuel cell vehicles are ideal for achieving sustainable mobility. Therefore, Toyota is striving to make this vehicle technology widely available as soon as possible.”…More reading…

http://www.toyota-global.com/innovation/environmental_technology/fuelcell_vehicle/  

These new cars will be expected to drive twice the distance on a full tank of fuel, with the fuel costing about the same as gasoline (petrol). In my opinion this will be at the forefront of the

Electric Battery Cars,Filling up a hydrogen cell car

Filling up a hydrogen cell car

leading car technology, for cars that will travel mid and long distances. Leaving the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace, to cover urban and town driving. There will also be a mix of other fuels such a bio-fuels in the big mix and things that are not yet invented.

For more reading about the Toyota Hydrogen Cars…http://www.firstelementfuel.com/

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/11/2015-toyota-fuel-cell-hydrogen-vehicle-prototype-review/

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

Toyota embracing hydrogen fuel cells as a replacement for battery-electric vehicles

toyota

Toyota has done more to further hybrid cars than any other manufacturer, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped looking for better ways to fuel our lives.

 

eric roberts‘s insight: For further reading about Toyota hydrogen cell cars…

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=3710

Hi This has always looked like one of the future fuels to go into the future of car making. I have followed the progress of hydrogen fuel cells and it looks like Toyota will be the first

Toyota,hydrogen car

Toyota hydrogen car filling up

auto company to embrace this technology, other car makers are going down the lithium battery route and Citroen are developing the compressed nitrogen engine.

All this makes for an interesting future, where in my opinion we will see a mixture of different technologies coming from the different car companies (especially Toyota).

I also think that this will still include an investment in super clean gasoline and diesel engines in the big mix along with the new technologies. We will simply choose a car that suits our own purpose. Some cars will be for around town, this will include the “driver-less cars” and the battery driven carswill be for medium distance traveling. The long

Toyota,hydrogen fuel cell car

Toyota,hydrogen fuel cell car

distances will be covered by the present technology and also hydrogen cell engines which will be supplied at the average gas station, the same way as we get our petrol and diesel now.

Altogether very interesting times ahead for the Toyota car trade and its associated businesses.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

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CAR BRAKES-New Ruling from EU coming soon? AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking)

car brakes to be updated for improved road safety

This is one of those articles that can be difficult to write, due to complex and differing points of view. Firstly the ruling although not compulsory is aimed at the car manufacturers to update their cars by the end of this year (2014).

My problem is that now I am getting on a bit I am realizing that my concentration is getting a few seconds slower than when I was a younger man. A couple of years  ago I did a battery delivery to East Yorkshire, on a nice sunny clear day. Because of my passion for cars I am always looking out when I pass a garage or a parking lot, just in case I see a vintage or classic car, so that I can photograph it for my blog.

On this particular occasion I glanced away from the road as I passed an old Land Rover parked in a field. I was driving at about 40 mph and turned to look back at the road in front. To my horror the traffic had stopped ahead of me and I had to slam on the car brakes as hard as I could, missing the car in front by a whisker. I was really shaken and further on I had to pull into a car brakespub car park to re-compose myself and thought of what could have been.

This incident and the fact that there are millions of other drivers in the same position as me prompted me to reflect on the snippets that I had been reading about a new system that would be introduced in 2014. It was in the think tank stages of the Eu New Car Assessment Programme then or (Euro NCAP).

The system known as AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) will be expected to be fitted to new cars by the end of this year (2014). The new technology will become part of the crash test assessment and cars that are not fitted with the AEB car brakes will not get the 5 star rating for road safety. Michaels Van Ratingen the secretary general of the Euro NCAP says…

“We don’t want to force the car makers into this immediately, but we’ve made it very clear that the best way to ensure a five-star rating from 2014 is to have AEB on the vehicle,”

He must be disappointed though because at the moment only just over 20% of new cars have the new system fitted.

Your car  will, be much safer with the new car brakes system fitted

The new brakes technology will reduce the near misses that I have nearly had in the past year or so and reduce the number of small bumper to bumper accidents and hopefully “whiplash claims”. It’s a new system that uses radar, lidar (laser) and also video technology, to warn the driver of an impending frontal collision, this must happen to all of us on the congested roads here in the UK, before priming the brakes and eventually performing an emergency stop.

The new system is expected to save up to 8000 lives in the EU Countries alone, but not everyone agrees and thinks that better driver training (as in my case) would be a better option, he says…

“Although you are right to a small degree in that “advanced driver” are predisposed to better driving, the techniques they use are hugely influential. To prove my point, I train learner

cars brakes

Cars brakes will become safer with the new EU proposals

drivers using the system of car control and commentary skills. In the last decade I have only had one pupil seriously injured in the two years after they passed their test. She was hit by a stolen car, traveling at double the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road and coming round a blind corner. I do not select my pupils by their predisposition to advanced driving, but I do train them to a much higher standard than is required for the driving test.”

In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted, but not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted. Until all cars have the new In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted, but not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted, it is going to be a lottery of the does and don’ts. If a line of cars all have to slam on, you will stop because you will have the new car brakes system fitted, but the car at the back of you may not stop because he has not got the new car brakes system fitted.

All new rules and technology are going to help the motorists in today’s heavy traffic and I am all for safety measures that will help this cause. In my opinion this is a great idea. It will also save the future lives of some cyclists and pedestrians, so there is no reason to be negative about it. This is one of the best ideas to come out of the EU Parliament, amongst all the other rubbish that they dish out.

I am not sure if the car manufacturers will be using standard systems or doing their own thing, but as a garage owner I say “bring it on”. Brakes safety is one of my biggest promoted subjects and the AEB system, will be a great advantage to us in the long run when they are fitted to all cars as standard  

 Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car brakes 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 Avon Car 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 all types of work doing including Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads . 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. 

Eric RobertsFor further reading… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9429746/Auto-braking-a-quantum-leap-for-road-safety.html

TESCO PIT STOP- Will it be the end for “BLACKCIRCLES PREMIER GARAGES” TYRE Partners?

To bring this post up to date, Blackcircles have been bought by Michelin and only time will tell as to what Michelin do with the company.

Will “TESCO PIT STOP” be the end for “BLACKCIRCLES PREMIER GARAGES” TYRE Partners?

When I first heard about this, “on the grapevine”, I had a mixed reaction in my mind. I sort of thought that it was one of those things that would have happened after we had heard of the ties between TESCO PIT STOP and Blackcircles a couple of years ago now, when Blackcircles started to give out Tesco Clubcard points.

We here at Pellon tyres, have been a BC (Blackcircles) premier garage now for three or four years and I must admit we have enjoyed the extra business that it has brought to us. Apart from the fitting charges that we receive from BC, we maximised our efforts and have introduced our other services to the Blackcircles customers and their cars that we have fitted the

Tesco Pit Stop

Blackcircles fitting station located at a Tesco Extra

tyres to over the years.

In the first instance it was not something that I was too happy to do. The guy who came to see me from BC was very professional and after we weighed up the pros and cons, I decided to give it a go and we shortly became a premier fitting station and started to get BC customers through the door, via the computer system for the very first time.

One of the main reasons was that I thought that it would be better to join and then it would be easier for us to “keep an eye” on one of the opposition, so we knew rather than guessed how many tyres they were selling in our area. After a few weeks of BC fitting I began to notice that to my surprise the BC customers were not our customers and also they bought a different type of tyre to our walk in customers.

Halifax where our depot is located has always been a poor town. When I say poor I think that the town is just too far away from the motorway network and has been left behind in its development and growth, the main money has been spent in the growth of nearby Huddersfield, which has had rapid expansion and development over the past twenty years or so. This was done at the expense of nearby towns such as Halifax and Dewsbury. Anyway to get to my point the tyres that we sell are nearly all mid-range and budget brands, people looking for cheap car tyres.

The cars that we were fitting tyres to.

cars from Blackcircles were, and still are mainly driven by professional people and better off families. I also discovered that out of the first twenty customers from BC had never been to Pellon tyres at all in the past, and so this meant that we had lost NO tyre sales. I must admit that it was also a nice mix of business and we have sold many add-ons to these customers.

We pride ourselves as having a first class facility and have treated the BC customers with exactly the same service and courtesy  as we do all our customers and over the last few years we have had a great business relationship with BC, in fact I don’t think that we have had one problem, with either the customers or BC’s paperwork system, and looking back I now believe that it has been one of the better things that we have done and are continuing to do so.

When I first heard about the TESCO PIT STOP and tie-up with Tesco Supermarkets, I immediately pictured a tyre fitting station on a Tesco supermarket site sitting next to a Tesco Bank selling Tesco Car Insurance. Whatever BC said the link between the two companies was to be, I believe that this would be the end goal. It was therefore no surprise to me to see that the first BC fitting station was to be located at the rear of the  the Tesco Extra on Watling Street. You can find the TESCO PIT STOP fitting bays at the rear of petrol forecourt.

Although there are a further three TESCO PIT STOP fitting stations in the Milton Keynes area I can’t help thinking that I know where the majority of the work will be sent to. I am a little disappointed that BC did not fill the rest of us in with their proposals, but I think now that that’s the way that they will be heading. I have been doing this job for forty years now and there are not many types of businesses that “dog eat dog” such as the tyre business sector, and this in my opinion is just another one of those things that will happen, Tesco Tyres will take over BC’s and just become part of the big mix and will sit along side Halford Tyres and Kwik-Fit along with the thousands of independents.

But my big question is “is the beginning of the end for Blackcircles Premier Fitting Stations”, I think perhaps so. AS an end note we have resigned from the Blackcircles fitting scheme

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

CAR TYRES-technical developments to create a Greener tyre.

Like any other product that is man made car tyres develop and change over the years.

 

The tyres that were made say thirty years ago would not be suitable for today’s cars. The tyre has developed into part of the evolution of greener cars, especially in recent times when

vehicle emissions have become a very important part of new car development.

Tyre companies are trying all sorts of new techniques to develop car tyres that will give a better “rolling resistance”. Better rolling resistance makes it for a car to move forward easier, whilst at the same time enabling the car to give a smooth ride and stick to the road when cornering and in bad weather conditions.

Tyre companies are using new and much lighter materials, including new materials that go into the compounds that make the materials that are used for the outer layers of the car tyres, for making the sidewalls and tread area. One of the main products used is still latex of course but tyres companies are now trying other materials to try lesson the use of petrol-chemicals derived from oil.

One of these leading the charge is Yokohama tyres. Yokohama is experimenting with many materials and one of the more successful ones has been “orange peel oil”.  Another tyre company that are trying new materials is Goodyear tyres. Goodyear has teamed up with a biotechnology company called DuPont. The two companies are working together to produce molecules to try to match the molecules that are found in tyre compounds. Rubber is a molecule and by replicating similar molecules from sugar molecules they will be able to manufacture a product that could be used to make tyre with and replace the dependency of latex, the natural material that tyres are made of at the moment. For more reading… http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/news/making-tires-green.html

Continental tyres are also one of the Worlds car tyres development innovators. Over the years they have formed what they call their “green kitchen” to enable them to develop more CAR TYRES,michelin tyresenvironmentally friendly compounds, by replacing the more dangerous chemicals used in tyre making with new more eco-friendly products, similar to what Goodyear and other tyre companies are experimenting with. More information…http://www.continental-corporation.com/www/csr_com_en/themes/news/reifenmischung_en.html 

Michelin Tyres UK are going down the same road. Michelin have always been at the front of car tyres development, ever since the invention of the “steel belted radial” and are now looking at all possible ways of future tyre development, including the use of old tyres…

“Terry Getty’s, Michelin’s research and development director stated that the tyre giant’s innovation strategy continues to focus on exploiting raw materials to the maximum. He further said that TREC is a perfect illustration of eco-design and will help them creating latest high-performance tyres using high-quality raw materials derived from old car tyres”.

 This includes Michelin’s latest tyre, which will not lose any grip all the way down to the tyre tread wear bars, due to the different compound depths within the tyres.

Now more important to switch your Michelin tyres round

Tyre rotation has become just as important as ever, because of the new developments and the need gain every bit of wear that you can out of your tyres. In my opinion there is also a need to match the tyres that are fitted to the car, especially if your car has the latest tyre specs that have been developed between the car and the tyre manufacturers.

We are pleasantly surprised though, how many of our customers do indeed practice this now. They are up to date with the fact that car tyres from different tyre manufacturers are now CAR TYRES,michelin tyres advertdifferent and that they should be matched up for a better performance, that will give the car the same handling qualities when braking and cornering, in any type of weather conditions.

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 Economy car 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.