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Nokian Winter Tyres Winners-Winter Not yet Over? A set of 4 for this Land Rover Freelander GS TD 4

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners


This winter is becoming one of the best years for our customers buying their first set of winter tyres.(Nokian Winter Tyres Winners)

It is probably due to the fact that we have had a run of cold snowy winters. Over the past three or four years and the need for winter tyres are slowly sinking in. We also have a large Polish community in the Halifax area. Of course this is where where my tyre-centre is situated.Polish people are familiar with the need for winter tyres. In fact I think it may now be compulsory in Poland to fit winter tyres from November to march. Hence, the same as some other European countries.

Which winter tyres ?

We have found over the years that as an independent tyre retailer, most customers think in two ways. Either they know exactly what they want, or they will take our recommendations. Of course, as to which brand and at what price to pay for their tyres.

Nokian Winter Tyres

Scenes like this will be common in the UK the first week of March 2018

The majority of our customers come to us on word of mouth recommendations. Because they have received good advice and service in the past. Subsequently, we know this because we do not advertise as such. Perhaps, only through social media sites and internet directories.

In the past when our profit margins were higher we would regularly take out full page ads in the local papers, costing us an arm and a leg, we never really knew if the ads paid off or not.Yokohama Winter Tyres

We have and still do sell many different brands of tyres including winter tyres. In the past two years we have been able to buy our tyres from the major tyre companies because we are a member of a buying group known as Point-S tyres.

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

We were very happy to open an account with Nokian Winter Tyres . Because we knew from experience that this company made excellent tyres, including winter tyres. This will be our third year selling Nokian Winter Tyres Winners and we are pleased with the very good response we had from the drivers who have experienced these tyres in winter conditions. The Halifax area is very hilly, we are in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range and therefore we have very tricky roads. Especially in winter snowy conditions.

The latest car to arrive for a set of four Nokian Winter Tyres was a Land Rover-Freelander 2-GS-TD4. This nice looking car had a set of four 235/65R17 108H  Winter tyres. It’s great when you love the job that you are doing and can write about it in our company blog.

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

Car fitted with winter tyres

Article written by Eric Roberts

MOT Garages that are removed from MOT testing scheme to be made public

MOT Garages

DVSA have agreed with Ministers to make the information publicly available following the announcement by Justine Greening MP in 2012, of the Governments’ commitment to the Garage Customer Experience.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

I as the owner of an MOT Garages testing station,

are not quit sure  what this will achieve. I know that there are thousands of garages who claim that they do MOT testing but in fact do not. What they do is to take the car to an

approved MOT Garages testing station and have what we call”a trade test” carried out.

I am not saying that the car will not be tested correctly, but the test is not carried out by the garage and the car is not in their control. If the driver has an issue then he can not take it up directly with the testing station.

Customers should look out for the official MOT testing sign,

the same as the one in my picture. Some garages have sort of look alike signs, but are not official testing stations.

I can only think that garages who have lost their  license to test cars because of a bad disciplinary record, still carry on taking cars in for testing, but have a trade test done at another official testing station, under the pretense that they still have a testing license, or simply do not remove their MOT Garages signs as if their still testing.

A list of banned testing sites will be published but i wonder who will read them?.

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 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.

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.

 

UK motorists-1 in 10 think the MOT test is Only an OPTION?

UK motorists,mot test

Millions of UK motorists are clueless about the legal requirement for MOT test, insurance and road tax (Mot’s only cover approx 20% of your car being checked but servicing covers approx 70% as i was told when i last…

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

As the owner of an MOT test station

I can believe these figures from the excellent Auto express magazine. This article makes interesting reading and state that 10% of UK motorists, car owners do not know that the MOT test is compulsory on cars that are after three years old.

The British government are computerising the whole system of car insuring and road tax along with the DVLA MOT Rules. In my opinion, they would be better off aligning the threeUK motorists,mot test

MOT test sign to look out for

together so that you could not have one without the other. At the moment, they are not aligned and you could have a car insured without an MOT test. In my opinion, this will be the Governments aim as at the end of this year the road tax disc will be abolished and the system will go online and make it easier for the UK motorists, the List of New MOT Rules and  details will probably have to be entered along with the insurance details, thus tightening up on the whole system which is at the moment flawed.

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 of 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.

See on www.autoexpress.co.uk

 

Solar Energy Batteries- May Vie With U.S. Oil Boom as Energy Changer

Solar Energy Batteries

Solar Energy Batteries

The rapid development of rooftop solar and Solar Energy Batteries storage technology could be as trans formative to the economy and modern life as the U.S. oil and gas boom, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. (Batteries May Vie With U.S.

 

Eric Roberts’ insight: Solar batteries

The USA Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has come out with a statement that I have been talking about for a couple of years now. In this article, he says that the USA could start to be getting independent of the national energy providers if the growth in solar Renewable Energy and other renewable resources can keep growing at the present rate.

In my opinion, the public in America. Of course, and other continents such as here in the UK. Have really grasped the nettle as far as going it alone with solar energy. The solar panels in this picture are situated in a small town in West Yorkshire UK. Starting producing energy from the Sun as early as February. The electricity that is produced by these solar panels is sent straight to the electricity grid. Through a reverse meter and the electric company pays the house owner for the electricity that is provided.

In America there is a growing trend to store the electricity. Hence, that is collected from the panels. Into banks of Solar Energy Batteries. This is also useful in rural and more isolated areas. Where the batteries can store the electricity. As a result, for use at night by the house owners.

The most effective type of Solar Energy Batteries to use is AGM batteries.

 

These AGM batteries will cost more in the first instance. But will give better service due to the ability to have much greater charge and discharge cycles. Than say a normal lead-acid Car Batteries.

There are many DIY videos available. Showing, householders how to set up a Solar Energy Batteries system. One of them is Trojan AGM Battery. Subsequently, these batteries are very suited for the use with solar energy. So, anyone thinking of doing this should look at the Trojan AGM product.

Like the USA energy secretary Ernest Moriz. I too wonder how long off are we before we are producing more electricity. Say than the national providers and what happens then?.

Eric Roberts

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

See on www.bloomberg.com

Spring Service-It’s Time To Start Preparing Your Car- AOL Autos

Spring Service

It’s Time To Start Preparing Your Car For Spring service

AOL Autos

Proper wheel alignment allows your car to handle properly. It also means that your tires won’t wear out prematurely.

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

Spring Service

This year will be no better time to have your car or SUV serviced. The reason why is that here in the South West of England, we have experienced the wettest winter for many years.

The cars have been wading in floods all across the South and especially in the Somerset Wetland’s, an area of England that is bellow sea levels and has been heavily flooded for most of the winter.

In my opinion, it is important now that the flooding has receded, to take you car into a local Car Service centre and have a Spring Service and the Car Brakes checked over.

The most vulnerable parts to suffer from water damage are your cars brakes. Most modern engines are now sealed units and do not have spark plugs and electric coils anymore,

Not just a Spring Service any service will benefit your car

spring service

Catalytic Converters can easily be damaged by flood water

but the water can enter your exhaust pipes and cause damage to the catalytic converter. This may not be detected straight away, but you may end up with your cars engine management light coming on at a later stage, as the water damage shows up in your cars engine management system and particulate filter.

Most things will be picked up when you Spring Service your car, but this is a good time have a spring service as the weather start to improve, as I say especially the cars braking system. Many good Auto-centres now offer a free  brake check here in the UK and if you do not have a garage then you could do no worse that looks up your nearest Unipart Auto-centre, where you know that you will be treated fairly with honest pricing and their work is covered by a nationwide guarantee.

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 of 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.

See on autos.aol.com

Lighter Tyres- Yokohama Have come up with the more ECO friendly ADVAN ENV-R2 ?

Lighter Tyres

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

There’s probably no more important part of your car’s handling and safety than your tyres. Well maybe you the driver, and your mad skills are more influential, but your tires rank right up there. There’s not much we can do about …

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

 Performance Yokohama

Lighter tyres

 

In the mad and never ending rush to create and manufacture a light weight tyre, the tyre manufacturers have to come up with some new components in order to make their tyre

products lighter and greener.

This also applies to the car manufacturers who are constantly on the look out to manufacture much lighter, more energy efficient vehicle.

Lighter tyres,yokohama cheap tyres

Yokohama tyres on the racing track

The new technology rush also applies to the mid-range tyre companies such as Hankook tyres, Kumho tyres and Yokohama tyres.

Yokohama tyres  Lighter tyres design

Yokohama Tyre has risen to the occasion and has brought out the second-generation ADVAN ENV-R2 as the Official Spec Tyre that will be used in the 2011 Patron GT3

Challenge by Yokohama tyres race series and the GT3 Challenge Class endurance series.

The ENV-R2 will be put through its paces and power a fleet of Porsche 911 GT 3 race cars at leading North American. tracks, such as Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. The new cheap tyres are much lighter and reduce the amount of fuel that the cars use by at least 20 % and increases recycling capability while still performing at the same high level of the previous tyre compounds.

This is one the many reasons that we became a Yokohama tyre dealer and we highly recommend this product as a much lighter performance tyre, that we can sell at  cheap  tyres rate. Since writing this blog. Then Yokohama decided to take another junction when it came to advertising and supporting small businesses.

Eric Roberts

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

 

New Type of Battery for Storing Solar Power Energy for night time use| MIT Technology Review

new type of battery ,cheap battery

Solar panels should be fitted to every south facing property

new type of battery ,solar energy battery stack

solar energy battery stack

Aquion manufactures New Type of Battery, long-lasting batteries for storing renewable energy. (Demo: #Aquion manufactures cheap, long-lasting batteries for storing renewable energy.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Another New Type of  Battery for solar energy  Hits the Road

Mount Pleasant in Pennsylvania will be the site for the production of yet another new type of battery. The company will be known as Aquion Energy and will start producing a new type of battery that was invented by professor J Whitacre from the material science department of the Carnegie Mellon University.

These new type of battery is expected to cost about the same to produce as lead-acid ones that are in common use today for a multitude of applications, but are expected to last

twice as long. They  will be primarily used for the storage of the suns power generated from Solar Panels for Electricity and  Turbines, offering a storage facility for homes in rural and isolated areas that use the off grid powered by the sun, which  supplies and require storage for night use and bad weather when the sun is not available. At the moment these people use different types of lead-acid ones and fossil fueled engines powered by diesel as standby supplies when the sun does not shine for whatever reasons.

For the reasons that I have explained this new type of battery is expected to be used in countries that do not have an electric grid, but are expected to get electricity in the near future and because this new type of battery will be available for storage, then these countries will save a huge amount of money by running diesel generators when the sun does not shine and at night. I am sure that Africa will be one of the first places to benefit from such inventions.

The new company have also used ingenious ways of saving money during the manufacturing process of the new batteries, using machines that were originally used for making aspirin pills to make the thin plates used to make the positive and negative electrode materials. They also use parts from a sweet wrapping machine to pack the electrodes together to collect current.

The company expects to start full scale production in early 2014 and hopes to make enough batteries to supply 150 solar powered villages.

new type of battery,Trojan battery bank for large scale storage

Trojan battery bank for large scale storage

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.

See on www.technologyreview.com

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

by Gone-Walkabout Question by Brittiny Hylan: How much should a BMW wheel alignment on a bmw cost? I was charged $ 65 today just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a bmw cost?

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

The question of rear wheel alignment has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business and the garage owners priorities will determine

whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a wheel alignment machine say made by Hunter or a smaller machine say made by Acu-track.

The thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market, but they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another pint to look at before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have, to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction, similar to an industrial warehouse, with a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines, but a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays, and when we fit a ramp into the bay we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results when you do the front BMW Wheel Alignment. It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. We only offer to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment and £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. We take them all on as they come, some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

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 of 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.

 

See on www.bimmertalk.com

Mini Run Flat Tyres-Definitly an Improvement to road safety- KULR-TV

run flat tyres

Angie’s List: Mini Run Flat Tyres

KULR-TV

Many new models are now equipped with inflator and sealant kits or run flat tires which are designed to go at slower speeds for 50 miles or more after a tire has been punctured.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Mini Run Flat tyres are an interesting subject.

The problem in my eyes is that cars were getting bigger and faster, and at the same time the car makers were being pressured by governments to make their cars more fuel efficient and greener.

This meant shedding weight and creating engines that were controlled by computers to really hammer down the emissions caused by burning fossil fuels (gasoline or petrol in the

run flat tyres

How run flat tyres work

UK). The car companies looked at all sorts of ways to reduce the weight and even the tyre companies looked for ways of making tyres lighter in weight, and indeed they succeed.

BMW come up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres

They also came up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres. This would mean that cars would no longer have a spare, because when the tyre on a car had a sudden drop in pressure (puncture) then the car could drive on, albeit at a slower speed (50 mph) until the tyre was changed. The positives are that the car would not deviate and carry on driving in the normal way and therefor not causing an accident and much safer than a standard radial tyre, also you would not have to get out of the car on a rainy night to change the wheel when you had a puncture.

The drawbacks are the cost of replacing these tyres is much higher than a standard tyre, A new Mini Run Flat Tyres is required after each incident, and on long journeys should you have the need to want a new tyre, then you only have fifty miles to have the Mini Run Flat Tyres fixed. Many tyre companies no longer repair Mini Run Flat Tyres.

In the States the gap between some towns and cities can be hundreds of miles. So you pays your money and takes your choice ?

Eric Roberts…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=12361