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017 Tungstone Batteries-and Lucas Car batteries are back again

017 Tungstone Batteries

017 Tungstone Batteries revived again here in the UK

One of trends in the automotive business in the UK .Hence, is the revival of old product brands. Therefore, in the last six years we have seen brands resurrected (a good word at Easter time?) such as the

By the early 1980s 017 Tungstone Batteries were one of the largest battery manufacturers in the country, producing more than 700,000 new ones every year.

The Lucas name was sold off and re-branded by Johnson Controls.

Lucas brand.

There has been an increasing degree of partnership with Japanese corporations. Such as with Sumitomo on car-body systems . Or Yuasa Battery Company. In response to the growing likelihood that Japanese components firms . Therefore, will make inroads into the European market . So as deeply as they already have in the United States. Lucas Automotive have had  success in 1989 in attracting orders. From BMW and Saab-Scania . Thus, for fuel injection systems . Was an indication of its ability . Hence, to compete directly in Europe… http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/lucas-industries-plc-history/

As we can see in this . History of the Lucas company . Then, Lucas were doing cross country deals . In the expanding car component sector. Including, a deal that was struck with Yuasa batteries of Japan. As a result, these batteries went under the Lucas batteries brand name. They were imported with many battery part numbers .Coming into the UK and the USA that were unfamiliar to the British battery manufacturers .

Yuasa batteries actually started producing batteries in the USA in 1979. Producing car and AGM batteries . Hence,In 1996 the great Lucas empire . Merged with the American company Varity Corporation and the UK part of the company.

017 Tungstone Batteries

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“Now trading under the name of ‘Lucas Electrical’ . Then the company concentrates on after-market component supply. Rather than as an original equipment supplier to manufacturers. Initially, the Lucas name was used on Elta’s existing products . Automotive light bulbs but has been gradually expanded to cover much the same range as the original Lucas company- light units, batteries, switches and controls, ignition components, re manufactured starter motors and alternators, wiper blades and electrical accessories. Operations and manufacturing take place at several locations in the UK as well as overseas”… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LucasVarity

This is the stage that the Lucas battery label in the famous green and white Lucas colours was sold off to a British Battery company in the Midlands.

Article written be Eric Roberts…

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

BMW Mini Brakes-must have regular servicing for your safety

BMW Mini Brakes

BMW Mini Brakes How your Mini brakes work

 With millions of the new BMW Minis driving about on today’s roads it is worth thinking about your Brakes. When did you last think about your cars stopping ability.

BMW Mini Brakes

BMW Mini Brakes new disc brakes fitted after a free brake check

 

Just think about your brakes, when speeding down the motorway. If you have a soft top Just imagine the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. This is the type of feeling that you get when you are at peace with the world and your Mini Cooper s driving like never before. Feels great, doesn’t it? This time, imagine having to slam on the anchors as a car hurtles towards you on the wrong side of the road, then finding out that your cars do not work. Now that would be a bad thing to happen, but if your BMW Mini Brakes were serviced regularly then you would have no problem stopping your Mini and carrying on with your journey.

 

Over the years and in particularly recent times the cars braking system has been continually up dated and modified. The modern BMW Mini Brakes system has now become extremely dependable,I can remember when years ago cars were always having problems with faulty brakes, in fact the brakes were one of the parts that failed the most, but with modern cars such as the new Minis, the braking systems have been developed by the manufacturers with some of the development coming from motor-sport.

BMW Mini Brakes

The BMW Mini Brakes system generally consists of disks all round. The front and the rear brakes are usually discs and pads. The brakes are connected by a system of low pressure metal pipes.Hence, from the rear and the front discs and wheels to the “Master cylinder”. For this reason, the system also includes the hand stop mechanism or (parking brakes). Consequently, the anti-lock system that most cars have these days.

When you apply the BMW Mini Brakes pedal.Thus, to stop or slow down you car. The pedal operates a plunger that applies pressure.Thus, to the fluid that is in your brake pipes. Of course, then to the master cylinder. The pressure from the pedal is then spread to the other wheels by the master cylinder. It is important that your master cylinder is topped up to the correct level, because it is impossible to stop your car without brake fluid in the cylinder at the correct level.

When you apply the foot pedal to stop your car, the pressure is spread out throughout all of your brake pipe system, and when the pressure is released then the pressure goes back to normal and the brake pads are released so that you can drive your Mini normally. These are some of the reasons that it is important to have your brakes serviced at a reputable Autocentre and by using Unipart approved parts, your car will be safe to drive in all weather conditions and will stop when you want it to stop, not an extra ten feet further on than you wanted to be.

BMW Mini Brakes

If there are air bubbles in the brake fluid your Mini will not stop efficiently. Air bubbles are caused by a leak in the braking system. When the fluid leaks then the leak allows air to

BMW Mini Brakes

BMW Mini Brakes fitted onto a BMW Mini

penetrate your brake system. This can be detected on a brake inspection or on the floor where you park your Mini. You will see a small patch of what looks like oil on the floor where you park your car. If you see this, then please have your brakes checked as soon as possible, it could very serious and perhaps lead to a total loss of your brakes.
In Halifax we offer a complete Unipart brake check on all models of car, and we love Minis.

Eric Roberts

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light- Also this car had intermittent ABS problems ?

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

So, as I have said many times ! then we feel privileged to be able to service and repair such a diverse and varied number of car makes and models. Including cars from the BMW range.

This particular day as to be no different ! consequently, cars across the whole spectrum were booked in for repairs and services. Not forgetting MOT tests of course. One of the days jobs was a BMW that was suffering from its ABS (anti lock braking system) causing problems. So, the ABS system works by monitoring all the four wheel speeds . When the brakes are applied the system looks to see if any of the wheel are rotating at a lower speed than any of the other wheels.

This would then indicate that a wheel could be about to lock up. Alas, if there was of the wheels going at a higher speed than the other three then the brake would receive extra pressure to reduce the slip. So, the problem with this car was that the ABS was kicking in at low speed. not all the time but it annoyed the customer.

Corroded drive shaftsBMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

We placed the car on a ramp and endevoured to find the fault. Removing the wheels we were able to access the brake and inspect the drive shafts. So, on examination Ryan discovered that the drive shafts had corroded. Thus causing the target rings to swell and go out of shape. Consequently, the target rings had also damaged the ABS sensors.

We notified the BMW owner, who gave us permission to go ahead and repair his car. This is a good practice that I think most modern Autocentres now carry out. Gone are the days when the customer was presented with a massive repair bill. In my opinion this is best practice and both the garage and the customer know where they stand.

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

To repair the car ABS problems, we fitted new drive shafts and associated sensors. Of course we were confident that this would solve the problem ! and so it duly did.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

Winter Tyre Preparations

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW-OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Of course, it is always good to see accreditation’s given to quality products. Nokian tyres are no exception to this. gaining an approval to fit certain Nokian tyres as original equipment to some BMW models.

The tyre that Nokian are to supply BMW with is the excellent WR D4 winter tyre. Consequently, the tyre will be fitted as original equipment to BMW’s latest “Sports Activity Vehicle” or SAV. Yet another abbreviation to remember?

The tyre size to be used is the 225/55R17 in a “H” rated tyre. As a Nokian tyre dealer this is great news.

My wife and I decided to buy an up market car last year and went for the Jaguar F Sport. We were sick of turning up to meetings in a van?

Anyhow, I decided to fit a set of Nokian winters to the car. So, just to try them out so to speak. I firmly believe that any brand of winter tyres should be fitted before the onset of winter.

My main worry was to be noise the Jaguar F Sport is a very quiet car even on some of our concrete motorways. We went on to fit a set of 255/55V19 XL  Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Wow, the results were excellent. Remarkably, we found that there was no difference in road noise at all. In fact we have now had three snowfalls in the area and many freezing nights resulting in “black ice”. The car has never lost traction once. I always feel more confident when selling a product with my own personnel experience. My new Nokians did not disappoint me ?

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

When SUV’s first came out then it soon became noticeable that they were useless when driving in snow. Especially here in hilly Halifax. So, BMW and Mercedes owners were soon looking for winter tyres to give their vehicles some traction in the snow, ice and wet roads. As a result SUV owners are now more street wise and the Nokian and vredestein winter tyres are among their favorite choices.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The Nokian WR D4 is a new-generation winter tyre that was specifically developed by Nokian Tyres for use in Central European weather conditions. The tyre delivers outstanding grip and comfortable handling even at high speeds. The tyre confirmed to the BMW Group’s stringent criteria for OE approval and is meant for motorists drivers who are looking for quality as well as style and safety in a tyre.

Nokian Tyres has received approval from the BMW Group for its WR D4 winter tyre and this will help the company to grow in central Europe.

Source: OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe – Tires & Parts News

Winter Tyre Preparations

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres-New and better materials now used in winter tyres.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Of course, winter tyres are made of different compounds and operate at much lower temperature. So, to rectify this,most tyre makers now include silica in their compounds. Thus enabling the winter tyres to operate at much lower temperatures. So retaining their suppleness in adverse conditions.

Consequently, even the Best Summer Tyres become hard like plastic, making the tyres loose their elasticity and therefore grip. Therefore, some tyre makers such as Toyo of Japan have tried adding grit to their compounds. Helping to create safer Snow Tyres.

Winter tyres have also different tread patterns these are usually more of a block pattern. Including, larger centre groves to dissipate the water and slush. On the positive side, the blocks give you more surface. Of course, they do not clog up with snow, due to the spaces between the blocks.

Most importantly, winter tyres also have many tiny slits known as sipes. Sipes also help to dissipate the slush and water that can clog up your tyres.Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Winter tyres have now become much more sophisticated .

Companies like Vredestein and Nokian produce some of the Best Cheap Winter Car Tyres a Dutch tyre company now owned by Apollo tyres from India, have made winter tyres to a very high standard . This was necessary to comply with other European countries that witnessed snow every winter and the need for say a German motorist to be able to drive his BMW at great speed down the Autobahn to go skiing in Austria or Switzerland on the same tyre.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres Winter Tyres  technology advanced in leaps and bounds.

Silica was added to able the rubber compounds to become much more flexible at lower temperatures. This advance is now used by most of the leading tyre companies.  This combined with computer enhanced tread design has enabled manufacturers to produce a winter tyre. The tyres are now silent on motorways yet very effective in heavy rain, snow and ice. Snow tyres, in my opinion are one of the greatest advances for the motorist of our time. They are a great contribution to road safety. All vehicle owners should consider buying them. This is especially when buying them at the right time. This is  before the price doubles again or indeed before supplies run out. Winter tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com at internet prices.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

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

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Many drivers with older BMW Minis find the tyres Expensive?

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Many owners of BMW Minis are are just coming to terms with run flat tyres. Here in Halifax, we pride ourselves on our excellent client base, from mini drivers who trust us to carry out servicing on their cars. Trust is essential when it comes to advice about your car.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres-Price is important when selecting the correct run flat tyres

A few years ago I could see the writing on the wall. Thus, regarding a popular car. BMW mini and the high cost of parts including BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres. Hence, when the cars were becoming second and third hand. This time has now arrived.Therefore, with drivers looking for Cheap Run Flat Tyres.

The original mini (British Leyland) were build, for the main masses of the population. Thus, to enable working class motorists to afford a good reliable little car. I myself have owned five minis (old type) in my time and loved them all. You could get the up-market minis. Such as the mini cooper. But you would expect to pay a higher price for such things as new tyres. The normal tyres for Mini Cars were 145×10 and they would cost the same price for years on end (except for inflation). You knew that if you went on to a mini cooper you would have to pay more, because the tyre size was 16570×10, Get what I am on about ?.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

Then bringing us back to the present.hence, came the BMW mini. Naturally, a completely different animal. This car has all the modern gadgets on board. Hence, to help in the battle BMW Minis Run Flat Tyresagainst greenhouse gases. Therefore, is fitted with many things that were not dreamed of when the old minis were around.

Cars now have to be made much lighter and one of the things they started doing was to mess about with spare wheels, no spare tyre in the boot. This was a duel effect, in my opinion, it did lessen the weight of the car but it also cut the price of the by the price of the tyre and wheel, times this by millions and it comes to a major saving. Most BMW minis started to come out on what we now know as run flat tyres. This simply means that if you have a puncture the tyres will remain strong enough to get you to safety, providing you only drive at 50mph.

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

In my opinion, the theory of this idea is a good safety feature, the strength of the tyre does not allow the car to move, thus keeping the car in a straight line and avoiding other traffic. The problem occurs when the driver turns up at the local tyre centre.
ost run-flat tyres will not repair once they have had a puncture

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres

The people that buy second and third hand BMW minis are usually young people, and mostly females and when they realise the cost of new BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres they freak out, some of the sizes now cost £180 each, that’s buying them online at cheap tyre prices.

Cheap BMW Minis Run Flat Tyres may be bought in budget brands but do not go for part worn  run flat tyres as it is more important to know where they have been and used for (the history) than normal tyres.

 

Eric Roberts

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

What do prisoners use to call each other?
Cell phones.

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

Catalytic Converter care

Catalytic Converter care

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

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

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

Catalytic Converter Care

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

Catalytic Converter Care

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and Pirelli Car Tyre market. For that reason, I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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 Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Mot testing at Pellon

 

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK- An explanation of wheel balancing and how it affects your cars handling

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK

One of the most annoying problems for the motorist. Is when you develop a shake on your steering wheel when driving along the motorway. The experience is truly an uncomfortable feeling. Hence, due to the vibration of the steering wheel; Then you have a front wheel balancing problem. Thus, the vibration comes through the whole car when the out of balance comes from rear wheels.

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK

The out of balance situation gives you a shaky steering wheel affect, and often comes on very gradually at a certain speed say 50mph. You can often drive through this, but your car always seems to be out of balance at the wrong speed say 70mph and the only way to drive through this is to break the speed limit ?. This is most annoying to the driver of the car, but can be remedied by having your wheel balancing checked out at the nearest Auto-centre, or put up the problem when you get home, especially if you’re on the motorway.

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK

The most common problem to cause out of balance wheels. Is after you have had new tyres fitted. Once you have had, new tyres fitted. It is possible to lose a balance weight off your wheels.

Balance weights these days are made of alloys and not lead. Because of health and safety factors. Thus, due to lead poisoning. As a result, although for the last 35 years that I have been in the tyre trade. I have never known of any tyre fitter becoming ill or dying. Because of using wheel balancing weights to balance wheels. Accordingly, this is another silly law from the European Union. However, these balance weights are usually stuck on to the wheels by adhesive pads, and therefore, it is possible that a stuck on weight may come off when new tyres are fitted.

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK- should be done on a “Special Machine”

In my experience, this is the most common reason for your wheels to be out of balance and if you experience the problem then just go back to where the tyres were fitted and they will be re-balanced for you free of charge.

Wheel Balancing Halifax UK is done on a  special machine that is specifically designed for that job. Make sure that you buy your tyres from a reputable source, such as a modern tyre centre and ask if they are using the correct equipment. Modern cars with large low profile tyres require wheel balancing from the latest machines, indeed out of balanced tyres can cause damage to your car and if this problem occurs as stated earlier then you should re-balance your wheels immediately.

Wheel Balancing Can be carried out by “Our Experts” in Halifax and Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire by www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. They are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Accordingly, they 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. Thus, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for the high standard of equipment and workmanship.

BMW Runflat tyres-“How they Work” they really are a great safety feature.

BMW Runflat tyres  are now a common feature on today’s modern cars. This advice is given by Pellon tyres of Halifax West Yorkshire.

Higher safety levels with BMW Runflat tyres

Here at Pellon tyres we sell all types of car tyres. Of course, including the BMW Runflat tyres. Thus, found on many of today’s BMW and Mini cars. The usual thing that happens when confronted with having to buy

BMW Runflat tyres

The difference between a runflat tyre and a normal tyre

replacement runflat tyres. of course,is the moaning customer complaining about the cost. This is from people who have bought second or third hand cars.Accordingly, such as BMW minis or older BMW’s and Mercedes saloons.

I suppose you can’t really blame them in these days of recession. Of course, the idea of BMW Runflat tyres was to give the car added safety features.Because, that’s what these tyres do. So it’s understandable that the price of the tyre is more expensive. Because the tyre has more materials in during their manufacture.As a result, with research and development costs to recover.

The runflat tyres have special side walls that are made to take the weight or your can when driven on in a deflated state. (IN OTHER WORDS IF YOU HAVE A PUNCTURE, THE TYRE WILL NOT TEAR UP AND ALLOWS YOU TO GET HOME AT A LOWER SPEED).

If you have a puncture this will sometimes be detected by a tyre deflation warning light.(TPMS) Some drivers are not even aware that they have a puncture, only noticing later that the tyre “looks flat”.

BMW Runflat tyres

If you have a flat tyre do not travel long distances or at high speeds. You can check the correct speed from your local tyre dealer or tyre manufacturers, the usual limit is 50mph but check this out for yourself, check for the speed and distance, then you can travel home safely with the flat tyre. Check your runflat tyres regularly

It is important to check all tyres on a regular basis.Thus, preferably at least every week. This is especially important with runflat tyres. If you don’t have a TPMS system you will not notice that the tyre may be flat or at best have low pressure. When run on, “under inflated” tyres may cause the “inner tyre” to be damaged without detection. But this will be detected with regular pressure checks.

To sum up the BMW Runflat tyres are a great invention.But, I can foresee that all cars will have this safety feature in the future. You must expect to pay more for your runflat tyres because you are getting much more for your money and check your pressures at a regular interval at all times, remember you don’t have a spare wheel.

Kumho tyres offer an excellent runflat tyre.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre 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 for BMW Runflat tyres Prices. 

BMW Runflat tyres

Kumho runflat tyres