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Diesel Cars-Do they Need More Engine Servicing-VW now in the limelight?

Do Diesel Cars Need More Engine Servicing

Of course since this article was first written then things have changed. Certain car companies were illegally falsifying the diesel emission figures coming out of their diesel cars. After billions of dollars in fines ! So, the car makers had to radically change the make up of the diesel cars. Consequently we now have diesel cars and vans with very efficient and low emission engines.

In my opinion the scandal has brought forward what could have been years of technology. Importantly, we now have much cleaner and efficient vehicles that perhaps we probably would have. However I do feel that the rest of this article does still apply to diesel cars and vans.,

Here in the UK ! As part of the European Union ! (Not soon I hope ).  So we now see that Diesel Cars make up about half of the new cars that are sold. Over the past years diesel cars have become far more popular.Because of their lower running costs. Due to better fuel consumption and therefore lower running costs. Especially in mainland Europe ! So in France for example diesel fuel (gazoil) is much cheaper than petrol (essence). However, here in the UK it is the other way round. Of course the diesel engines will give you more miles to the gallon. So it is still more economical to run Diesel Cars.

A slight drawback to me though ! Subsequently, is that the diesel cars should have a couple of services a year. Apart from a main service I think that they also need a second engine service. Lack of servicing can cause several problems for you diesel cars, especially if you only do low mileages and at lower speeds.

Change oil and filter regularly ?

Diesel Cars

A diesel particulate filter used on many Diesel Cars

If the oil and filters are not change at regular periods then the fuel filter could get blocked causing blocked diesel injectors and the car will not run properly. This is now becoming more common for garages to deal with. Also the filter will eventually clog up . Thus starving the engine of fuel. When the fuel is not correctly burned on firing then excess fuel will enter the engine. Of course mixing with the engine oil. So, causing the engine parts to wear prematurely. So drivers who do not have their Diesel Cars serviced . Consequently, are really stacking up problems for the future.

A more serious problem that may occur with the diesel car is the advent of the “diesel particulate filter” or the DPF as it is known, which is in effect a catalytic converter for the diesel engine. The job of the DPF is to burn off at high temperature all the soot and carbon chemicals that are omitted from the diesel engine. These carbon particles are burned off at very high temperatures and the cleaner air is then released into the atmosphere.

Diesel cars need good runs out.

This is another reason why if you only drive short distances then you perhaps should buy a petrol (gasoline) car, because when you only drive a short distance, then the DPF does not complete a full cycle and the DPF then has to go through a process called “regeneration”. This is all part of drive for lower emissions technology and cleaner Diesel Cars .

The gist of this post is to have your  car serviced ! Or at least an oil change ? So, at regular intervals and if you only drive local, then do not buy  diesels. Problems with this type of  engine performance are now becoming more common, and things regarding emissions are going to get tougher with even lower emission targets coming in shortly.

To update this article , it is now thought that Diesel Cars engines give off far more harmful gases than originally thought, and the older models will be phased out quicker. In fact cities like Paris in France will ban older diesel vehicles in the near future and they are now putting the price of derv up to above the price of petrol.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Michelin Race Tyres may have Tested F1 Tyres in Le-Mans during the testing time?

 

Could Michelin Race Tyres Return to the F1 big boys ?

Michelin Race Tyres

Michelin Race Tyres famous racing brand

Michelin Race Tyres are probably the most active tyre company to participate in Motor sport. Michelin tyres have also been dominant in the famous French 24hr race at the Le Mans racing circuit. One of the highlights of travelling through France was when we were diverted on a family holiday, and found ourselves driving along the race circuit, I did not realise that the circuit was run on ordinary roads , which were closed when the racing took place, it was in the middle of the night and I thought that I had taken the wrong turning, but I felt better when I saw other cars on the road coming towards us. Michelin Race Tyres show their class and tyre expertise not only when making standard car tyres (if there is such a thing these day’s) but also in the field of motor sport. Michelin have been the most successful on the Le Mans circuit over the past 16 years they have been the tyre supplier and partner to the winning car a great achievement. This is due to the fact that Michelin Race Tyres produce a tyre that can complete the 50 laps without having to be changed.

For more information at…http://www.mymichelin.co.uk/race-series/24-Hours-of-Le-Mans
There are strong rumors from inside the racing fraternity, that Michelin Race Tyres will be competing for a bid to take over in F1 racing from Pirelli tyres, and that some negotiations have taken place. But these are only rumors. It is well known that the F1 bosses want to return
to the 13 inch wheel with high profile wide tread and that Michelin Race Tyres have said that they are prepared to produce this tyre if necessary.
Michelin is thought to have tested tyres that would give them data to build tyres that would be suitable for the heavier F1 cars that
produce heavier down-force and faster cornering speeds. The tyres were tested on the track using an Audi.

 

Michelin tyres don’t want to go alone

According to the online magazine www.racecar-engineering .com…

Michelin Race Tyres

Michelin Race Tyres in action at a race meeting

“There are still obstacles – Michelin tyres has always said that it does not want to be a sole tyre supplier, and the comments from Korean management suggest that a prospective deal with Hankook tyres is off. And it would have to be a partnership, or there would be a tyre war, although how that would pan out would be interesting – what’s the criteria? Who can build the best tyres over a ten-lap run? The prospect of Michelin Race Tyres going to F1 could have ramifications for Le Mans – Michelin is the tyre of choice for Audi, Toyota and Porsche in LMP1 alone. In the GTE classes, Michelin Race Tyres supplies all the teams and only Dunlop competes against them in LMP2. A Formula 1 contract could stretch Michelin beyond capacity. Lest we forget, Pirelli still has a number of promotional contracts in place in Formula 1 in 2014. Regardless of the listed rumors (and they are only rumors), are these contracts that they would easily give up?”…

http://www.racecar-engineering.com/blogs/cottonballs-michelin-on-the-verge-of-f1-announcement/

In my opinion only time will tell ? But it’s all very interesting stuff, I don’t think that the tyre industry has been through such big changes in recent times, with take overs and acquisitions happening all the time.

Article written by Eric Robertswww.pellonautocentre.com

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 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.

Punctured Tyre-Lady Drove over 20 Miles on a flat TYRE ?

Punctured Tyre

Punctured Tyre

Complete side wall ripped off ?

Female Customer Drove over 20 mile on this Punctured Tyre ?

This is one of the strangest stories I have heard in the past two years. A lady customer called in to claim that she had a service done 

Punctured Tyre

This Continental tyre although shredded to bits was driven on by a lady customer for twenty miles?wow

to her Audi estate about a month ago, and the car was now acting very strangely. She said that when the car was going round the bend she could feel it swaying slightly, but it was steering perfectly normal on the straight roads. We asked her how long the car had been doing this and she said that for a couple of days or about twenty miles. We went to put the Audi on the ramp, but noticed the car was sloping to one side ?.

When we checked ,she had a tyre that was completely ripped off on one of the side walls.

This Punctured Tyre had in fact been driving with the same characters as Continental Run Flat Tyres, for more than twenty miles. The lady customer had not suspected anything because the car had not swerved violently or even veered from side to side, as you might expect from a big car such as the Audi estate.

The Punctured Tyre is the one shown in this blog and the ripped off side-wall can be easily seen. Credit should also be given to the Continental Sports Contact that took the battering, although not a run-flat it did remarkably well.

So to follow up on this ! Have you noticed all the old tyre treads and pieces of rubber tyre treads ! That are present on the side of the roads and motorways. Especially car tyre treads.

Short article by 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. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Of course ,we also sell run-flat tyres online such as the Bridgestone safeguard tyres. Of course, 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.

038 Morgan Battery-Beautiful Morgan Calls In for a new Battery

038 Morgan Battery

Excellent Morgan sports car is owned by a Greek Guy (dont know his name) (but I know his battery size) 038 Morgan Battery?

 The owner of this Morgan is from Greece but now lives in the Halifax area. Here in the UK. For this reason, I am overwhelmed by the number of classic cars and sporty cars that we supply batteries to .Hence, this is proof that we are rapidly becoming one of the top battery centres here in Yorkshire. Therefore, we supply cheap batteries . Also, the more expensive batteries . Thus, like the start and stop batteries that are now supply on the new BMWs and Audis.

038 Morgan Battery

Beautiful Morgan calls in for a new 038 Morgan Battery fitting

 

 

Of course, the battery that was fitted to this Morgan was an 038 part number. Consequently, the 038 is one of the oldest modern type car battery. That we now sell . Subsequently, this battery was originally fitted to the old type BLMC Minis and Triumph Spitfires .Along with a host of other car models.

 We can supply these batteries in different size

Along with the 037 which was fitted to the early Fords, such as the Escort Mk1s and the Cortinas. We offer the 038 Morgan Battery and the 037 in both Lucas batteries and Tungstone Car Batteries.

Morgan Motor Company have been making sports car at the pretty market town of Malvern in Worcestershire. As well of being the home of the Morgan Motor Company, Malvern is a well-known tourist centre and is well worth a visit for more information … http://www.visitthemalverns.org/home

A factory tour of this famous car maker can be organised through the Malvern tourist office, where you can even hire one of the Morgan cars for the weekend. These cars are a mixture of racing cars and touring cars and no two cars are the same they all have the same quality craftsmanship, combined with materials, they one that we had call in for a 038 Morgan Battery was owned by a Greek guy who had four or five similar cars in a collection, should I say “wealthy” Greek  guy.

Article and pictures by Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk.

 

Members of Point-S

038 Morgan Battery

Mike fitting the new 038 Morgan Battery behind the seat

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

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

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

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre substitute will now be available for many of the small urban vehicles.These are used in cities across Europe. They will replace the conventional rubber tyres .

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

 

 

About Eric Roberts

A self-introduction. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Furthermore,I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am also a keen blogger.Writing about anything to do with cars and  products that will help my business.

Bridgestone SUV tyres-More Information About Bridgestone SUV and 4×4 Tyres

Pellon tyres in Halifax rate the Bridgestone SUV tyres very highly they are a popular choice for SUV and 4X4 owners and are good in summer and winter conditions depending on the tyre you choose.

Bridgestone SUV tyres Dueler Sport (4×4 tyres)

The excellent Bridgestone SUV tyres Dueler H/P Sport (Highway/Performance) is designed for high powered luxury 4×4’s and SUV’s such as BMW ,Audi and Volvo. Bridgestone SUV tyres bring out many tyres to suit this type of vehicle range in their effort and strive for perfection and keeping up with changes to tyre technology to suit modern car designs and performances. This tyre is available in tyre sizes up to 27545Y20 and is a popular choice at Pellon tyres on the modern SUV2s and 4×4”s.

Bridgestone 400

The Dueler Highway / Luxury 400 is another high performance SUV tyre. This is another great tyre from Bridgestone tyres available in 25565T17 for the more robust vehicle.

Bridgestone REO31

The Bridgestone tyres  Dueler highway / Luxury 400 is a high performance SUV tyre. The REO 31 tyre is specially designed to fit the Lexus range of cars and is available in tyre size 23555V18. This tyre is mainly a summer tyre with a lighter tread pattern for motorway and suburban driving conditions.

Bridgestone Dueler 688

This Bridgestone tyreswill give you a smooth and quite ride, excellent for wet weather traction and long tyres life. This tyre is available in 21565S16.

Bridgestone SUV tyres

Bridgestone SUV tyres;All-terrain tyre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bridgestone tyres Dueler 684 4×4 tyre

The 684 tyres are designed for those looking for good road stability and speedy motorway performance. It is this balance that has made it one of the most popular Bridgestone tyres , 4×4 tyres fitted as original equipment to a wide range of 4X4 vehicles. Pellon tyres have sold many of these tyre as replacements for OE fitments and are very popular amongst their 4×4 tyre customers.

Bridgestone Dueler 694 AT

Bridgestone tyres  have produced this rugged and stylish all-terrain tyre.  With outstanding performance. The Dueller 694 was designed to meet the growing demand from urban drivers for all-terrain patterns. A great new tyre keeps the capability and appeal of an aggressive all-terrain look, while providing good performance on the road. This tyre gives great performance on the road and off the road, say attending an agricultural show or in bad weather such as snow, a popular tyre from Bridgestone.

Bridgestone Dueler 693 AT

Due to the Advanced tread pattern grip that cuts through mud, sand, dirt and snow. This is a typical Bridgestone tyre design success story. The Bridgestone tyre gives excellent wear resistance and enhanced on-road driving performance, which is complemented with optimum off-road traction. The Dueler 693 offers robust off-road capability, smooth on-road comfort and all-terrain versatility. Therefore, an excellent product suited for the hilly terrain of West Yorkshire, hence its popularity at Pellon tyres.

Finally, Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Bridgestone SUV tyres

Bridgestone SUV tyres;The excellent Bridgestone tyres Dueler 694