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Continental Tyre Advice- That Warn You Of Vehicle Overloading your car tyres.

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Continental Car Tyres has been stepping up its line of products as it already delivers tyres which are equipped with a sensor that tells the user just how much…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

New Continental Tyre Advice just one of things to come?

Now that we will all be using TPMS systems in the future it comes as no surprise that other gadgets will be developed to aid the motorist in the constant drive for more road safety on our cars.

This new device from Continental Tyre Advice will be no exception, and will tell the driver if the car is overloaded or not. Overloading is one of the main dangers associated with the cars handling and can be very dangerous when cornering with an overloaded car.

No doubt there will be many more gadgets coming through in the years to come to aid drivers probably on German cars such as the BMW’s and Mercs, who work in conjunction with the German tyre giant Continental Tyre Advice professionals . These devices will also become more common on vehicles such as caravans and motor-homes, as they will warn the driver of any loss of air pressure, thus resulting in a safer journey.

Post compiled 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 and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Continental 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.

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Quality Car batteries- And other top tips for driving your CAR in the wet winter conditions

Quality Car batteries; driving the car in winter conditions

One of the most obvious but important parts of winter driving is to prepare  for the bad weather that will be certain to affect us.

Every winter we are bombarded by bad weather, and most of us will get caught out and unprepared for the journey back home from shopping or from work. This happens time and time again to many motorists who get caught out in heavy rain and flooding similar to the weather this week, or a really fast and heavy snow storm. I f you check your car out you will eliminate most of the worry of bad road conditions, and feel safer and glad that you were prepared.Qaulity Car batteries

  • It always pays to have your car checked at a Unipart Car Care Centre for a pre winter check. This takes the form of checking your levels for antifreeze to make sure that it is the correct strength to withstand freezing temperatures, also your screen wash and oil levels must be checked. The early dark nights also call for your lights checking, how many times do you see a car with only one head on, that looks like a motorbike from a distance ?.
  • The most important things to check are your tyres. I know that I harp on about it, but please buy a set of winter tyres, this alone will help you on wet and snow covered winter roads and give you much more confidence when traveling out to work or to the shops. Many more drivers are now switching to winter tyres and are spreading the news to their relations and friends, they really do make a massive difference when driving on roads in winter time.

Check the depth of the water before going through in your car

Other advice now relates to flooding. Flooding has now become a common scene here in the UK. When you approach a flood please take care not take your vehicle  in too deep. Try to avoid the flooded road if possible and if you must go across the water make sure you stop and check your brakes on the other side, a minor point is that water could damage your exhaust pipes and catalytic converter a few weeks later. Another part of the car that is neglected in winter is your car battery. You can easily be caught stranded away from home if your battery lets you down. If your vehicle is over 5 years old it may be better for you to change the battery for a new one before your old battery lets you down. Remember it always happens when you are away from home and will cost you less to replace it , than expensive breakdown charges. if you do have to buy a new battery do make sure that you chose Quality Car batteries. They often come with a better warranty and will last longer

For more reading…

“ Quality Car batteries rarely last longer than five years so you may want to consider replacing your battery for the winter season. If you see any corrosion around the battery’s Qaulity Car batteriescontact points, clean off with a wire brush to ensure a strong connection”… http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/driving-advice/driving-in-snow/prepare-your-car-for-driving-in-snow/

And also…

“Winter has well and truly set in now, with flooding in some parts of the UK and snow and ice forecast. So what can you do to make sure getting from A to B is as safely as possible?”… http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/11/top-10-tips-for-driving-in-winter-conditions-303791/

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-A Look into How Important It Is To You and Your Car.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-We all should a regular brakes service carried out on our cars

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Along with tyres, the most important thing to look after on your cars are the brakes. We should all have our brakes checked at regular intervals, either on the cars routine service schedule or a stand alone Brake Servicing Halifax UK.

Most motorists though ignore my advice and do not know that they have a problem with their brakes until they hear the dreaded grinding of metal to metal as their pads wear out and touch the metal brake discs, making the all too familiar horrible grinding noise.

One of the other problems that the motorist has is that your brakes wear out very gradually. I am talking in particular about things like brake hoses and brake cylinder rubbers. Both these items are made of a rubber based material and eventually they will be eaten away by the brake fluid. This eating away would notice by our mechanics on a routine service as the leaking of the fluid is readily detectable.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

If the brakes including the metal pipes. Therefore, that carry the brake fluid round. Thus, are not checked out. Therefore, there is a possibility that they may leak causing brake failure. Luckily for us in the UK. We have a MOT test on an annual basis. As expected, the test does pick up many faults.

But it is a sagacious person that have their Brake Servicing Halifax UK at regular intervals. Motorists were particularly wise if they have a Disc Brakes service carried out after Winter time. Winter is the time that you will use the brakes twice as much as in Summertime, because of motoring on ice and snow. Another reason to have a brakes service is if you live in a hilly or mountainous area, apparently you will be using the brakes much more when going down steep inclines and taking sharp bends, probably using the Car Brakes twice as much as on regular flat roads such as in Norfolk.

We only use quality Unipart replacement part on our brakes servicing

Brake pads usually need changing when there is about 25% of the Car Brake Pads left on, and callipers have a system of measurements to determine how thin they are and whether or not they may need changing

We here at Pellonautocentre offer a free brake check or can carry out a brake service for £29.90. If any brake work is required, we can provide our customers with a courtesy car, or give them a lift and back.

We only use Unipart quality parts with a warranty that covers all the mainland UK.

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About Eric Roberts

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

 

SQUEAKING BRAKES- What can cause rattling and noisy brake sounds?

SQUEAKING BRAKES

Most motorists have suffered from Squeaking brakes but what is it??

Some cars develop the SQUEAKING BRAKES problem. Thus, during normal motoring.Therefore, sometimes this is will occur when new brake pads have recently been fitted.

Squeaking brakes

Excellent new discs on this BMW cured the Squeaking brakes problem

The first thing we do at Pellon Autocentre. Is to remove all the wheels for close inspection. If the brakes have not been serviced recently we inspect each set of brakes.Hence, to look for any problems with the wear of the pads or shoes. We then check the other parts.Naturally, for incorrect fitting or for any damage that may have taken place. Sometimes the customer has had cheap ones fitted.Thus, causing dust to clog up the pads and become noisy or squeaky.

If nothing visible can be found, we would install new pads, only using the pads that are recommended for that model of car and the highest quality. Indeed because of the Squeaking Brakes Pads problem in the first instance we would use the original equipment pads from the main dealers. We at Pellon are a Unipart Service Centre and so use Unipart brake parts, and although these parts are of the highest quality, there are occasions then it is necessary to use the original equipment parts for excellent customer service this usually solves the problem especially for problem pads such as premature wear or indeed Squeaking brakes.

SQUEAKING BRAKES

If the problem persists, we may have to look at fitting pads with a higher carbon content although this is most unusual. Another issue could be the brake shims that fit between the pads and the callipers. The squeaky brakes problem can be cured by removing the shims and clean them thoroughly before giving them a coating of brake grease and then refitting them to the car; this job should be done at regular services so as not to cause future problems.

This will cure a noise often caused by the Car Brakes pads vibrating against the calliper during braking; this is usually heard by the driver as a squeak

We at Pellon consider you brakes as critical; any work carried out on the brakes should only be performed by professionals. We often find that when Disc Brakes are done by the DIY motorists things like brake squeaks often occur.

BMW brakes disc

you have any strange problems from parts provided, anywhere in the mainland Britain.

For other information and TYRE prices, please log onto www.pellonautocentre.com

 

Sleepy Drivers-DO Not Drive If You Are SLEEPY ? pull over and have a snooze-Pellon Tyres

Sleepy Drivers

Sleepy Drivers

Dont drive whilst you are sleepy warns Pellon tyres

Many of my customers at Pellon tyres complain that they can not get enough sleep. All I see all day is people yawning. Some of my customers have actually fallen asleep in our reception,

Sleepy Drivers

This road sign should be universal?

when coming in to buy tyres. This leads me to a new report out that a study shows that drivers with a lack of sleep are causing a great danger. This is to other motorists and it is  due to this lack of sleep that is causing dangerous situations for themselves and other drivers. Especially on our very busy roads.

In the USA they have a “Drowsy Drivers Prevention Week”, which is held some time in November. This helps bring out awareness about the problem. Indeed a recent survey has found that nearly all drivers that were questioned have felt like having a sleep while behind the steering wheel. Some time or another causing a serious threat to other drivers.

take a power sleep

I can confess to be one of them. I often have to deliver tyres during the day and often feel drowsy. I pull over if I can and take in some fresh air or have a coffee, they even advise us to try take a power nap where possible.

Once again in America it was found that one in 8 serious road crashes. This involved a drivers that fell asleep at the wheel thus causing the accident and other drivers horrific injuries. Men were found to suffer from drowsiness more than women. Whilst the other dangerous group were the under 24 year olds, many admitted dropping off to sleep at the wheel and drifting across other lanes of the road.

We at Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire

Think that it is important to get at least 7 hours sleep. If you feel drowsy pull in where possible and try to take a power nap . Try do drink some coffee or tea to get some caffeine into your system, or indeed the special caffeine tablets you can get from a chemist. Avoid driving at night and when daytime driving take 2 hour breaks when on a long journey.

Sleepy Drivers; Finally take another driver to talk to if possible, this will help break the boredom and split up your journey thus reducing the risk of sleepiness and possibly an accident.

We at Pellon tyres hope this blog is helpful advice, keep checking your tyres and you can buy online at www.pellontyres.co.uk at internet prices.

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. I have worked for a couple for 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.

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.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax-are a Unipart Car care centre UCCC.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax; Many motorists have problems when it comes to having their car serviced.”Unipart”Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Pellon Autocentre Halifax uses best replacement parts

Most cars need a major annual service, and in our belief, depending on the mileage should have one or even two what we call “engine services” a year especially diesel engined vehicles.
The oil and filter require changing and the rest of the levels topped up. Cars over three years old could and perhaps should have the primary service carried out at the same time as the MOT test.
It depends on what type of garage you choose and indeed trust.
We at Pellon Autocentre Halifax decided to join the UCCC garage scheme to upgrade our standards and quality of parts to conform with the new EU regulations, that allows garages to service cars that are still under manufacturers warranties.

All the service parts that we use on all car brands are from Unipart Express factors and are of the finest quality.
Every car that we service has a printed service sheet from our Autodata computer programme. Consequently, the specific car service is carried for each make and model of car. We also check the timing belt changing times and pass the information on to the customer.
We at Pellon Autocentre Halifax advise our customers to have a service at the same time as a MOT test. Furthermore, your car has been looked after and is more importantly safe to drive and to other road users.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Another advantage of taking your car to a Unipart centre is that we offer a guarantee that covers you for the whole of the UK. If there is a failure of the work, we have carried then your car will be repaired free of charge at another Unipart centre in the area that you have had a problem. Covers for all types of motorists.
As a UCCC service centre, we have to be part of the Government recommended garage regulatory body called Motorcodes. Asa member of

A sa member of Motorcodes we have to be checked by the RAC on certain standards and fair pricing. Our staff take examinations in their workmanship and the work that they have done on the day of the audit is checked for quality a great benefit to our customers. We also have to retain all the old parts for 24 hours for the client to check if required.
Motorcodes also offer an arbitration service to resolve any disputed that may arise between ourselves and a customer.

Pellon Autocentre service all makes of cars pellonautocentre in their Unipart centrePellon Autocentre Halifax.

Pellon are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. They also sell General Grabber Tyres online . From our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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. They are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Pot-Holes Time Again- Driving over Pot-Holes Damage Your Wheels and Alignment

Pot-Holes Time Again; Eric Roberts explains the importance of wheel alignment on your car.

In the North England we experience many vehicle owners wanting (Wheel Alignment), the primary cause for this is Pot-Holes Time Again in the road and speed humps, this can change the automobile’s steering and suspension settings or smash critical parts such as tyres and steering components.

Pot-Holes Time Again

Pot-Holes Time Again

Potholes, reduce the cars safety and add expensive extra costs,  damaging the tyres prematurely, but by ensuring the wheels are correctly aligned,  and motorists can eliminate the effects of any pothole or speed bump injuries and make sure they stay as safe as possible.
The latest heavy rain will, without a doubt, add to some potholes. Furthermore, these holes cause the destruction. The holes are covered with slush and snow. These holes can cause many safety issues for motorists. Consequently, if a driver knows that they have hit a pothole they must get their wheel alignment checked out, most garages will give you a” free of charge” tracking test and you only pay for the job if the wheel alignment is out.
An added sign that your wheel alignment is out. Will be that your steering wheel is out of line. Often needing all the front wheel alignment readjusting and possibly will take an hour or two to do, you could have an add-on charge, so it may be sensible if you asked for an estimate of the cost.

Pot-Holes Time Again; A further thing you should look out for when having your wheel alignment checked is the possibility of rusted up steering parts.

Most auto centres have to use some form of heating equipment. Heating will free off seized up driving components; The job of heating will take more labour time. A further charge may by added. Once again an excellent auto centre will advise you of this. And give you the option of to have the job done or not, it will be your choice.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. As members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a federal guarantee for all our work and parts. Pellon Tyres sell general tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. They 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

 

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network-put their trust for reliable work in the “Motorcodes network”

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Drivers Trust Motorcodes network

Each month, Motorcodes releases figures on a variety of customer satisfaction ratings.

We think this is important, to demonstrate transparency both to potential garage clients and to the authorities. As Motor Codes subscription has expanded, our Code Survey helps explain that this growth is about much more than putting a badge on the garage doors, with no regulation.
The good news, as you’ll see in the table below, is that January’s figures show that the high standards set for subscribing service and repair centres are being maintained. Amongst the numbers is a notable 95% customer recommendation rate – probably the most important statistic of all and one that bodes well for business within the network.

Motorcodes January satisfaction results

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Real customer satisfaction

Overall satisfaction
93%
Recommend to friends/family
95%
Booking process
95%
Quality of service or repair
95%
Quality of information provided
93%

Level of customer service in Motorcodes
95%

This is no doubt going to be one of the most successful consumer protection schemes that were brought out in the garage World. In the past, we only had the Trading Standards system to protect the motorist from been let’s say “taken for a ride”, by corrupt and dodgy garage owners. In the last few years various Government schemes had been tried out here in the UK, and to an extent, there have been some real systems. Most of these though were tied to buying car servicing products, which in my mind did not stop with the spirit of things.

We in the garage trade needed a transparent system to link up the garage with the customer, in a case of any disputes that may arrive during the service or repair of the client’s car. Motorcodes came along and in my mind was the ideal vehicle to sort out any differences that may have risen while the garage was in charge of repairing their car.

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Also, other things were in the Motorcodes good practice scheme. One of them is that each participating garage must have regular inspections. These include a fair pricing system that is transparent to the motorist. We at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, do not carry out any work to a customer’s car. This is unless the client is notified of the price and understands  about the work that we are carrying out, if they are any ad don’s that were not foreseen, then the customer will be contacted again, and we will explain the reason for the extra charge, this way there should be no surprises when the client receives their final invoice. 

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

Another Motorcodes safeguard is that we must keep the old parts to show the customer what we have fitted for a 24 hr period before final disposal, this also includes any service parts

Motorists Trust Motorcodes network

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That we may have changed, this makes the whole thing transparent and ensures tiny disputes or falling out with the customer, we are all aware that repairing cars can be a distressing time for customer when they leave their vehicle with you, so all this good code of practice, helps towards a better all round experience for the under pressure motorists all part of being a member of Motorcodes, in my opinion, the best garage standard organisation out there at the moment and we at Pellon are proud to be members.  

 

 

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 have worked for a
couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, 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
Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Road Potholes-Could Mean Wheel Alignment many more mechanical Problems

Road Potholes; wheel alignment reduces your “tyre wear.”

In the Calderdale district of North England, we experience a high incidence of vehicle owners needing Wheel Alignment. The main causes for this is driving over

Road Potholes

Road Potholes;This car hit a pothole and broke the spring

Holes in the road. This is because the local council are reluctant to carry out Repairs. This includes safety humps. This can change the car’s steering and suspension geometries. Potholes can also  break key parts such as suspension and steering components. This effect can reduce the vehicle’s safety or add expensive extra costs. The effect can also damage the cars structure permanently. But by ensuring the wheels are precisely aligned, will be avoided. Motorists can eliminate the effects of any pothole or speed bump injury and make sure they stay as safe as possible.

The latest bad frosts will, without the doubt, multiply the quantity of potholes that cause the destruction. Because mud and snow could hide the potholes. Then it can cause some serious safety issues for motorists. If a driver knows that they have hit a pothole they must get their  Wheel Alignment

Road Potholes

Road Potholes;This bent steering arm caused because a car went down a pothole

Most garages will give you a free of a charge tracking (alignment) check, and you will only pay for the job if the wheel alignment is out, and it needs adjusting(except for Four-Wheel Alignment).

Wheel alignment should be carried out at regular intervalsRoad Potholes

Furthermore, to sum up, have your wheel alignment was done at regular periods, especially if you think that you have hit a deep hole or run over a safety hump at speed. Continually have the wheel alignment corrected if you are having new tyres mounted on your wheels. Your tyre centre may ask you to come back afterwards. Then a few days motoring will not effect the wear on your tyres. Have your pressures and tyre wear checked methodically. If you have any doubt which tyres to buy, then go for a mid-range make, this will mean that you get good quality tyres, and the tyres will be at a better price than a leading make. Once again a good garage or tyre depot will be happy to help and check your tyres free of charge.Also your wheel alignment of course.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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 Michelin 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 a high standard of equipment and workmanship.