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Car Will Not Start-It Could be Your Cars Battery is flat and needs a replacement.

Car Will Not Start

Car Will Not Start; Its usually your battery that fails

In these days of busy motorists having to get up to work earlier than ever, there is nothing worse than turning the car key and strange noises come from under your vehicle’s bonnet because of your CAR Won’t START! Or even worse still no noises at all. This usually happens on the first cold day of Autumn, and here in Car Will Not Startthe UK, this is usually October.

This October has been no exception. With some motorists calling us because their car will not start. This occurrence is an all too common phenomenon. Thus, even if you maintain your car at regular intervals. Therefore, there is no real way of telling when your engine will let you down. (unless your service centre gives you a 12 Volt Battery test report and you act on the findings).So, you can be sure that it is when you less expect it to, or you are on your way to that special occasion and when you turn the key, nothing happens, just a loud grating noise or a whirring sound from under your bonnet and your CAR Won’t START. You always fear the worse, but we find that on 90% of the time, then the problem is usually simple.

The system that enables your car to start is a relatively straightforward thing to understand. In most basic cars the ignition system works as such. When you turn your ignition switch, your batteries stored voltage travels to the ignition switch, it then goes to the next component which is the starter relay and the starter motor. This voltage then spins the starter motor which engages its gears into the gears of the flywheel, thus turning the cars engine over.

Car Will Not Start

If everything else in the engine is in good working order. Hence, the car has enough of the right fuel in the tank, then the car will start, and off you go.

Other less common reasons why your car may not start, could be no fuel, not enough spark to your engine cylinders, loose battery terminals, damaged starter wires, but it will be your battery that fails.

 Your battery faults could be picked up on a regular service

In general the older your car, the more chance you have of the battery letting you down. Japanese car batteries usually last for about five or six years from new and European cars three to four years, so if your vehicle is of this kind of age you could expect yours to fail.  We at Pellonautocentre test batteries when your car has a service, reporting the battery condition on the service checklist, most customers act on this recommendation and will have a new one fitted, so alleviating any following problems.

Car Will Not Start

Car alternator that keeps your battery charged up

 Batteries can be bought online with a next day delivery at www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Optima Car Batteries-Consider Buying an Optima- “Maintenance Free Batteries” AGM Technology.

Optima Car Batteries

Optima Car Batteries;What are Calcium/Calcium car batteries

Optima Car Batteries- Calcium/Calcium (C/C) are the next generation of car batteries. Optimas are a step further in battery evolution to the standard lead acid car batteries. Because of this you will not have  have to top the battery up with distilled water."<yoastmark

 

  • All, Optima Car Batteries has different materials to make the positive and negative plates. The plates are made of “Calcium Alloys” and not “lead antimony”. This reduces the fluid loss by up to 80% ,therefore no topping up is required. The c/c car batteries are sealed, there is no more topping up to be done.

 

  • The Optima Car Batteries will also keep its charge for a longer period, when the battery is not in use.
  • When the c/c battery is charging the gases that are given off mix with the liquid acid. This stops the acid forming on different levels. Which in turn stops the acid forming different densities and weights. This does not happen in a standard lead acid battery, and the different layers and weights cause the battery plates to “sulphate” with increased “grid corrosion”, this causes the battery charge to appear to be all-right, when it is indeed not and could let you down at any time.

Optima Car Batteries

To summarize my blog c/c maintenance free Optima Car Batteries are what you should look out for and indeed ask for. This improved technology gives you a better product when buying your new 12 Volt Battery. 

One of the main factors that I have missed out.Thus, about Red Top Optima Car Batteries. This is the fact that they are an AGM battery. Thus, to enable you to have reliable start-up every time. Whichever vehicle you choose to fit the battery.

The Optima Car Batteries REDTOP will certainly outperform and outlive the traditional batteries. When demanding cold cranking and starting applications. With an impressive high-power input. With extreme resistance to the most common aspects of battery failure.Also, the OPTIMA REDTOP is ideal for trucks, SUVs, motorsport vehicles, start stop cars and other applications that require a spill proof starting battery. This batteries reputation as a truck and tractor battery or a general car battery is unsurpassed in the battery world.

Optima Car Batteries

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. They are also members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Consequently, they also sell Economy Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are on offer 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. Motor-Codes regularly carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

 

First Batteries Driven Electric Car ?Could it have been this Renault Dauphine


On a recent visit to Silverstone Race Track, Dave Smith of Batteriesontheweb noticed a strange looking Renault Dauphine. Because of Daves interest in batteries, he noticed the car had “electric car” written on the boot. Dave took us a few pictures for our blog and we discovered a few interesting things, about the car.

First Batteries Driven Electric Car; First Electric car had 18x12Volt car batteries

First Batteries Driven Electric Car

Renault Dauphine, 1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the time, the petrol engined Renault Dauphine was a very popular car and sold well over 2 million models between 1956 and 1967. The idea of the concept of an electric car came from the owner of Henney coach builders, a Mr R Feldman. Feldman was also connected to Exide , and in 1959 he ordered 100 Dauphine cars. The Renault engines were stripped of all their mechanical parts. He Used an electric engine that was a general electric series wound traction type giving 7.1 horse power. In addition, this prototype used 18x 2Volt car batteries. With a vehicle that was much heavier than the standard petrol driven version. 

The car was very inefficient and a new electrical system was devised with the help of a Mr E Williams.

New system of 12X6Volt Electric car batteries now used

Models in 1960, were fitted with a new system of 12×6 Volt units giving the electric motor 72Volts. furthermore, this car reached a top speed of 90 km/per hr as against only 60 km/per hr in the old system.The car was known as the “Henney-Killowatt” but proved to be very unpopular and with less than half ordered, the project was scrapped and only a few have survived to-day including this fine specimen pictured at Silverstone. in addition, car batteries can be bought online at www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

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


Trojan Leisure Batteries by Trojan recommended for Caravans and Motorhomes

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Trojan leisure batteries are more expensive but can last up to twice longer

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Solar charging including, Leisure Batteries. Is becoming ever more popular amongst the people who own Motorhomes and caravans Best Caravan Batteries. In the past the owners of these vehicles would use a cheap car battery, but

as the caravans became more sophisticated and the manufacturers added more luxuries that were controlled by electricity, then so the power supply to operate these electric gadgets had to be more powerful and specific Leisure Batteries were developed by the large battery companies.

The normal car battery was simply not adequate to use on most of these kinds of vehicles. The car battery is designed to start the car in any type of weather, from hot to freezing cold temperatures, the car batteries Caravan Leisure Batteries are expected to start your car. These batteries will show you the CCA (cold cranking amps) on the battery label and although they worked when caravans and the early motorhomes did not use much electricity, they are no good to use now, because the battery requires more storage and not CCA’s.

Trojan Leisure Batteries

These new types of  Leisure Batteries were developed with electric storage in mind. The battery looks like a large car battery. But has in fact been given thicker cells. So, to enable the Leisure Batteries to store more power. These batteries connect in line with the motorhomes charging system. Or a new system that is getting more popular is the use of solar power. Hence, to charge up the batteries. When the owner travels away from a power supply, say in the wilderness or in a farmer’s field.

These new types of Trojan Leisure Batteries are usually sealed. But contain a pressure release valve which will let off any excess pressure.Consequently, if for some reason the battery overheats. Or for some other reason such as very high temperatures. Of course, this can happen but is very rare. In fact I have only seen one leisure battery that has exploded. As a result, I have taken a picture to show on the blog post.

These batteries are made by Johnson Controls

the World’s leading battery development company and battery manufacturer, making famous brand names such as Varta, Lucas and Numax batteries. The most popular part numbers for leisure use are LV22 and LV26, both batteries are a single post and will fit most caravans and motorhomes.

The next type of battery that can be used is the AGM battery (absorbed glass mat). This battery has glass fibre particles added to the acid to make the liquid acid into a type of paste, and because of this, the Trojan Leisure Batteries is totally sealed and can be stood in any position. This battery is most suitable for all battery storage needs because it will charge and discharge at a much

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higher rate and will last much longer than the lead acid leisure batteries that I have talked about earlier.

One of the leading AGM manufacturers in the World is Trojan for leisure batteries

And these are the batteries that are recommended by the expert in the attached video.The video is all about solar storage for the home, but I am impressed with the way that he visually shows the different batteries that I have tried to describe, I feel that a video can save many words and many people are visual and can understand more when they see pictures. So have a good 2014,

Eric Roberts

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

 

Leisure Batteries Storage time again as Winter approaches?

Leisure Batteries Storage

It is storing your Leisure Batteries Storage time

Leisure Batteries Storage

The extremely mild weather here in the UK. Has brought out all the spring flowers,(earlier than normal). It is also bringing out the caravan and motorhome users, into thinking about their first 2014 trips out. Hence, judging by the amount of leisure batteries that we are selling at the moment.

Normally we see a surge of sales and inquiries just a few weeks before Easter. But this year the sales are coming early. One of the most popular batteries that we sell. Thus,to the caravan and campervan (RV) fraternity is the XV31 110 amp leisure battery . This battery is made by a battery manufacturer in South Korea. This also covers smaller battery sizes, including XV 23, XV 24, and XV 27 and, of course, the XV31. This battery along with the LV26, and along with the smaller LV 22 are made by Johnson Controls . Of course one of the World’s leading battery developer and battery manufacturer.

This year is a particularly good time to buy this Leisure Batteries product. Because due to the mild winter.Subsequently, the sales of car batteries have dropped off. Meaning the leading battery companies are well down on sales of car batteries.So,are looking forward to the next battery season. Which includes the sale of leisure batteries, motorcycle batteries, mobility scooter batteries, golf cart batteries. Including, other seasonal things such as lawn mower batteries. Of course, the guys who are lucky enough to own a classic car. Classic car batteries are huge sellers.

Leisure Batteries Storage

What normally happens is that the owners of these types of battery-driven machines equipment will get them out as soon as the weather improves and start getting warmer, which is normally around April time here in the UK. But this year we are about three weeks to a month in front, due to the mild weather. In fact, I have recently seen a butterfly and many bees flying about and also the grass on my lawn needs cutting for the first time after the winter.

People all over will be getting out their golf and gardening equipment only to find that their battery is flat and will not work. Most of the time the battery will recover when it is charged, but people are reluctant to charge their battery throughout the winter months. Up to recent times, the battery chargers were of the old fashioned types that you put onto your battery

Leisure Batteries

A very small Bedford camper van in the South of England.

and then took off when the battery was fully charged but these days you can buy what they call “intelligent battery chargers”. These chargers are made by well-known companies such as Ring Electrical and “Numax”, and are well worth the investment. What you have to do is find out the correct amps that you require for your size of the battery, remove the Leisure Batteries from the caravan or lawn mower, whatever it is on, give the Leisure Batteries a clean and if it is not a sealed battery, check the levels.

You can then connect the leisure battery to the smart charger

, (preferably in a frost free place) and leave it to charge all the winter long. The charger will then keep your leisure battery charge topped up to the correct levels and automatically switch on and off when charging is required. This way you will end up with a nice clean fully charged the battery when the time comes to use it.

Eric Roberts

 

Trojan Motorhome Batteries-Upgrading Your Motorhome-RV-caravan Batteries to perhaps the best Trojan

Trojan Motorhome Batteries

Get the most out of camping unplugged by upgrading your Motorhome Batteries 12-volt battery to two 6-volt Trojan Motorhome Batteries. A TrailerLife TV original video. For more…

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

Trojan Motorhome Batteries- 6 volt Motorhome Batteries conversion

This is a great video. So, about converting you 12-volt single battery to two Trojan 6 volt batteries. Of course, that are wired in series. Producing a 12 Volt Motorhome Batteries system. As a result, but with greatly increased amps. In fact, as the video says a regular Leisure Batteries are usually from 85 Ah to the most popular one which is the 110 amp leisure battery. But by joining the two 6 volt batteries inMotorhome Batteries,trojan

series the output will be a massive 240 amps.

This battery layout is an ideal situation. Enabling the owner of the Motorhome Batteries to use whatever electrical items that he chooses. Believe me, this system will be really on top of the job. So, with a massive 240 amp storage capacity. The Trojan AGM batteries are one of the best Motorhome Batteries in the World and you would expect this system to last at least 5 or 6 years. I say this because although the initial layout would cost you more, then you would be making savings over the long run.

This system would be great for the people who go out in the wilderness or are traveling long distances, say across Europe or perhaps further, people in America will be able to stay in their own country to travel to a wilderness, but wherever you travel you can use all the electricity that you require before the batteries will need recharging. Trojan has a reputation second to none and it gave me a real thrill and great pleasure when I first became the Motorhome Batteries dealer for the Yorkshire area here in the UK.

Trojan Motorhome Batteries

Trojan batteries make batteries to fit hundreds of applications, including boats, both large and small, emergency traffic light signals, platform lifts, known in the UK as “cherry Pickers”, golf carts and golf buggies, floor cleaning machines so that they can clean large areas without having to plug into an electric point and more recently they produce batteries to store renewable energy from the Sun via solar panels and wind turbines.

Trojan Motorhome Batteries

Large C class motorhomes use many electrical appliances, requiring a larger battery Amperage.

Here’s hoping that whatever battery you fit your Motorhome Batteries or caravan gives you great service on your travels in the new year holiday season(especially if you bought your battery from me?).

Eric Roberts

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Lithium-Ion Batteries-Could These Be The Truck Batteries of the Future?

Lithium-Ion Batteries,truck batteries

Lithium-Ion Batteries can be made to look like the lead acid batteries that are in common use today.

Lithium-Ion truck batteries in the future ?

Defense Update
TRADEC Evaluates 6T Li-ion Batteries for Military, Commecial Vehicles
Defense Update
Drop-in e6T Li-ion battery Saft, originally developed for military vehicle applications, is now being tested on commercial vehicles.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Lithium-Ion batteries may shortly be used on regular truck batteries

There is not a day goes by without a new story that relates to new battery technology. This story is no exception.

Lockheed Martin the defence contractors have chosen French company SAFT, who are great innovators in the battery industry, to configure one of their batteries, the e6T lithium-Ion battery system for use on certain military vehicles above the use of the traditional lead-acid batteries.

The advantages of using Lithium-Ion batteries, is that they are lighter in weight than a lead-acid battery and the same size, thus making the new type of batteries able to fit into the same truck  batteries compartments without having to do a re-design. The battery is a 25.5 volt capacity and is able to carry out many modern functions such as charging personal items of electronics that the troops will be using, the likes of GPS devices and night site technologies apart from the normal tasks such as starting and lighting duties.

Lithium-Ion Batteries,truck batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries in assembly at Johnson Controls

Other attributes for this new battery can be read in this excellent article.

Calstart who are a Worldwide organisation dedicated to implementation of using technology for cleaner transport by reducing our reliance on oil and producing cleaner air, with less CO2 emissions say that if these trials are a success there will no reason why the new batteries will be able to be used on regular trucks, using a 12 volt system. These batteries will last much longer due to a longer life cycle than the 12 Volt Battery, whilst giving a greater depth of charge, with a fast re-charges, giving a saving on the fuel costs. One that has not been mentioned is the cost of these batteries; this is what will eventually drive any changes in design and technology forward, and only time will tell.

Eric Roberts

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

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EV Batteries?- How Cheap Are they really?Climate Denial Crock of the Week

ev batteries

I’m finding Chevy Volt replacement ev batteries online for about $2,300. $2,300/16 kWh = $144/kWh. Retail. On the GM Parts Store site a replacement battery for the 2012 Chevy Volt is listed at $2,305.88.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Why a replacement ev batteries any how ?

EV batteries prices

This article shows the prices for the  EV Batteries replacement but I was wondering why would you need a replacement anyhow?

According this good and in depth article a replacement battery would cost $2000 and more, but why would you have to buy one? The old  EV Batteries should be replaced free of charge if found faulty, like any other part of the car. Some of the European car makers, such as Renault, lease the batteries out when they sell an Electric Car, so I can only assume that the same warranty reasons will apply to them.

In my opinion, when the EV batteries will need replacing in a few years’ time, then the technology that is carried out at the moment will have drastically reduced the battery prices by that time. All this new development will probably reduce the size of the batteries, to a more realistic and affordable size. Johnson controls are developing a

ev batteries

Nissan Leaf battery unit

Lithium-Ion battery at the moment that is much smaller than its predecessors.

The only reason I can think of for an EV car to need  new EV Batteries, is after an accident. Because of the battery power train size there is likely to be damage caused by an accident. This brings me to the cars insurance, is the possible scenario of a crashed EV car requiring an expensive battery going to put insurance premiums, or will the cost be spread amongst us all?

There is no doubt that the EV car will play a significant part in the future of fuel efficient cat technology, with batteries that can last for years due to the advent of silicon “Nano” battery technology and car manufacturers will keep up with these improvement trends.

The charging rates are also getting much better, with charging time expected to get down to as low as 15 minutes for an 80% charge but my money is still on Hydrogen cell technology. However, this is a good article and worth a click to read.

Eric Roberts

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

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Car Battery Check-Make sure that your family are safe by checking your CAR BATTERY before a journey

Car Battery Check

Make sure that your family are safe with a Car Battery CheckCar Battery Check

On a recent visit to France, we unfortunately broke down due to an electrical fault on our Peugeot van. Just by a coincidence another English vehicle in a few car spaces near to us was also broke down, this vehicle was a Citroen C4 Picasso people carrier, and was occupied by a family of six , four children and their parents.

I went over to the guy, who was looking under the bonnet (hood) of his car, and asked him what had gone wrong. He told that the orange alternator light had come on, but he carried on and did not suspect that the light would cause a problem. He went on to tell me that he had suspected that the car may have had a dodgy battery for a few weeks, but he just kept on charging it up because he did not use the people carrier very often, in fact he only used the car for family outings and visits to the sea side.

I told him that I was in the Car battery business and suspected that a Car Battery Check would do the trick I am amazed at the number of drivers that I come across who are hell bent on trying to keep a dead battery alive, by constantly trying to charge up their old, and probably dead battery up, trying to keep the thing alive. Most drivers fail and eventually give up their dead battery and go out to have a professional Car Battery Check before buying  buy a new one.

Car Battery Check

We were both members of the AA, a British breakdown organisation, that covers the whole of Europe, and sure enough a breakdown truck arrived to attend to the guy with the people carrier. The system in France only allows the AA Recovery to attend a breakdown on the road side or hard shoulder of a motorway.

This is French law and I think it has something to do with protecting the livelihood of the French garage trade, something that the French are good at, protectionism. The English guy did have a Car Battery Check and needed a new  12 Volt Battery. The battery on the vehicle was a common size, known to us as a 096. These batteries cost about £60 here in the UK, but the driver got a shock when the new battery cost him 140 Euros.

His breakdown cover may not have covered him for what we call renewable s, so the lesson there is do not mess about trying to resurrect your old car battery,

just go and buy a new one. The whole experience of breaking down would have put a lot of pressure on his family, not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.

car battery check

A car battery chack would have picked up the poor condition of this car battery.This is an example of a car battery that needs a really good clean

Car Battery Check

My wife and I have had eight children together over the past 35 years and have traveled extensively all over Europe. We have broken down a couple of times in our people carriers and so we know about the pressure that breaking down can put on the whole family. It is not worth the hassle and stress, just because you did not prepare your car and had a not knowing if they would not reach their holiday destination or not, just for the sake of a Car Battery Check before starting off on a journey.  

 About Eric Roberts

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

Changing car tyres-When Should You Change Your Car Tyres? | Automotive Tools review

Changing car tyres

Some people know that they should be checking their tyres, but they have no idea what to look for and they just glance at Changing car tyres and then report that they regularly check them. Here is a list about what you should be …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

When indeed do we think about  Changing car tyres?

This is an interesting article from Automotive Tools Revue. You would think that it would be easy to determine when your tyres need changing, but it is the same as everything in life, some people know what to do, or what they are looking at and other people do not and have to ask for advice.

Watch for the Point-S sign

Fortunately we are one of those trades that are only willing to help people with their tyre problems and most companies are only too willing to give a free tyre report for their customers. Many independent tyre retailers are affiliated to an organisation called Point-S, and the members can be found on the Point-S web site, where you can find your nearest tyre retailer, who will only be too willing to give your car a free tyre check and recommend when you should be Changing car tyres.

If you do not have a Point-S tyre retailer in your area, then I am sure that a local garage will do the job for them at no cost to the customer.

The first thing to look at before Changing car tyres is to see if your tyres are worn on one side, they will look as if they have no tread cut into the tyres. This is a sure sign that your tyres will need replacing and the car will also need a wheel alignment. This is a sign that the tyre have been scrubbed off at one side, because the wheel alignment was not set correctly.

The other way to check to see if it may be necessary for  Changing car tyres is to look for the small bumps of rubber that are set between the tread at 1.6mm deep, this is the British Governments law for the tread depth that your tyres should be at, although we in the trade think that it should now be 3mm because of the change in driving conditions since the last tyre laws were passed. These laws are pretty much the same in the USA and much of Europe to help keep the high standards of safety.

To conclude the best way  to check your tyres is to take your car to your tyre retailer and they will check them for you free of charge.

 

Car Tyres by Eric Roberts

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

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