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Suspension Arm Bolts-BMW 1 Series Car- Breaks 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

On one of the worse windy and rainy days of the year, one of our good customers was out and about in his BMW 1 series car, 2008 model and found himself having to swerve his car 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

His car skidded and crashed into the kerb, causing damage to the underside of the car, the customer suspected that something had been broken the Front Suspension Arm Rubber Bush, or the Suspension Arm Bolts, and so limped into my garage in Halifax West Yorkshire.

Manager the garage department, Ryan Linton pulled the car onto a ramp to examine the car to see what had happened. He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts, on the multilink suspension that these cars have.

Also the TPMS sensor lights were illuminated and when checking, the tyres were found to be inflated to the wrong pressures. We now think that this could have caused the car to swerve and hit the kerb, when trying to avoid the tree branch.

The problem was discovered and the hub had to be removed and the broken stud drilled out as the stud had been snapped off flush with the hub. The bolt was drilled out and the hole was re-tapped 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

As I have stated we think that the guys low tyre pressures were the cause of the car correctly not handling when he swerved to miss the branch, we also checked and inflated his tyres and he went off on his way three hours later.

Eric Roberts...www.mot-halifax.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 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.

 

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW rear hub area where the Suspension Arm Bolts sheared from

Cheap Exhaust Pipes-Not Any More? Why are they more expensive on modern cars?

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

Different reasons why the Cheap Exhaust Pipes cost more.

Going way back in time. I can remember when we used to buy Cheap Exhaust Pipes in bulk quantities. Until changes started to happen. Because, car manufacturers became computerized . Therefore, they were able to change car designs and shapes at a much faster pace.

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

A modern exhaust part costs more but better made

The car models.  When I first started fitting car “Exhaust Pipes”. Were fitted for years before they were changed. Hence, cars like the Vauxhall Viva (remember the old vivas?), Vauxhall Cavaliers, the Minis . Of course, the VW beetles were also very common. Because these cars were built in such huge quantities we could buy the Cheap Exhaust Pipes in bulk and pass the savings onto the customers.

After the start up of Kwik-fit many smaller companies like my self started up as Tyre and Exhaust centres and because they were a relatively new concept we enjoyed great success and thrived, with Cheap Exhaust Pipes one of big sellers.

No internet selling exhaust pipes

Of course things changed with the advent of the internet. At first it did not affect us , but the old faithful car models began to decline followed by cars that were built in smaller quantities with different designs and engine sizes within the same car models. This meant different exhaust fitted to the same models, for example the same car may have a 1.1 or a 2.0 litre engine requiring a different exhaust system to be fitted. This change made it

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

badly repaired exhaust box two

difficult to keep a large stock of exhausts at Cheap Exhaust Pipes prices, because of the vastness of the stock we would require.

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

This brought a string of large exhaust wholesalers selling Cheap Exhaust Pipes to the fast fit centres and regular garages. Here in Halifax we had five companies who were wholesaling exhausts  and this meant that another string of costs were added to the price of an exhaust pipe to the general pubic and therefore a rise in cost.

Also better manufacturing methods made the exhaust pipes last longer

As time went by Cheap Exhaust Pipes were not as important to us fast-fit centres and we went onto other things such as servicing and MOT testing, also car batteries became a more important of our business, although we still fit exhausts, but nowadays they are better made and last much longer than they used to last, but better quality means that the motorists get a better deal with a better product, but at a much higher price.

This post was written by Eric Roberts a member of  Point-S

BMW Mini Suspension- Has a Rear Suspension Collapse ? Due to bottom links.

BMW Mini Suspension

Is this a common BMW Mini suspension fault ?

When I opened my garage doors on Saturday. Then a dark green BMW Mini had been left in the car park overnight. As a result, the owner had left a note . Thus to say that she would be calling in that morning. At the time we had not noticed . That the rear drivers BMW Mini Suspension was not straight . But leaning in at the top.

BMW Mini Suspension

BMW Mini Suspensionpicture showing top and bottom links(off the car )

When we eventually got the BMW Mini on the ramp,(Saturday is a very busy day for tyre customers) we were astounded to find that the problem was caused by a broken bottom arm link, a part of the BMW Mini Suspension. The bottom link had completely snapped in two. This caused the wheel to pull in at the top making the car un-drivable.

This link is part of the cars multi-link system that is now common on modern vehicles such as the BMW Mini, and is used to give the cars independent suspension to all four corners of the car. The BMW Mini Suspension top and bottom links are part of that system. The lady customer can not remember running over any objects but with all the snow that has fallen in the Halifax area this winter, it is possible that she may have run over a large stone that was buried in the snow without knowing and snapped the link in two. This year has been a particularly bad year for broken springs and other suspension parts. The video that I have included in this post clearly shows the bottom link in action, it is the part that is a silver colour at the bottom of the BMW Mini suspension.

The new part has now been ordered and we will be fixing the BMW Mini this week.

More reading…

“Does multi-link suspension have any disadvantages? In short, yes… Such systems are more complex and incorporate more components, making them more expensive to design and produce. For this reason the systems were first introduced by luxury brands. That said, lower vehicle production costs and higher customer expectation have more recently seen the technology filter down to many large and mid-sized mainstream vehicles. Development of the multi-link suspension systems is ongoing. For example, Italian company Magneti Marelli (most famous for its auto electronics) is making significant headway in producing cost-effective multi-link systems for small cars. Its new designs incorporate flexible links, the benefits of which are said to allow fewer total parts, simplified bushing designs and reduced noise transmission into the passenger compartment”..http://www.carpoint.com.au/advice/2009/what-is-multilink-suspension-7533

BMW Mini Suspension

BMW Mini Suspension with its wheel “In at the top”

See the Mini bottom link on this YouTube Video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku37xauzYz0

This post was written by Eric Roberts..www.pellontyres.co.uk

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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

560×13 X-ply tyres-Vintage cross ply tyres fitted to these great looking MG cars

Old cars fitted with 560×13 x-ply tyres (takes me back)

560×13 X-ply tyres; On a recent trip to France, I came across some fantastic vintage cars and thought that they would be perfect for one of my blogs.

560x13 X-ply tyres

MG fitted with 560×13 X-ply tyres

The cars were fitted with 560×13 X-ply tyres and reminded me of the time when I was an apprentice mechanic. My first employment as a young mechanic was in a small industrial town in West Yorkshire called Batley. Batley in those days was a very busy mill town and was the home to some famous companies. The best-known company still trades in Batley and is called Fox,s biscuits.

The garage that I worked for was called Phillips Brothers, a small British Leyland garage that repaired most British cars such as MG, and other Leyland marques. As the new lad, I had to fix punctures and fit new tyres; this included the very popular 560×13 X-ply tyres. The tyre service in those days was pretty necessary. Indeed we had to use tyre levers as tyre machines were not available then.

The most standard tyres in those days were 560×13 X-ply tyres

and most were fitted to early M Gs and early Minis . Minis were on 520×10 tyres and then moved onto radial tyres. Foxs biscuits family lived nearby and were one of our best clients, they always bought the latest models out, but would often keep special cars, such as the MG s spotted on my travels which were MG TA and TB. These cars have now become classic vintage sports cars. They were first released in 1936, with a top speed of 78mph and 0-60 in 23 seconds, they could do 28 mile to the gallon and only 3000 were made. In 1939 the TB came out with a new 1250cc engine giving 54 brake horse power, but this model was affected by the breakout of war, leaving only 379 models made. Eric Roberts

560x13 X-ply tyres

MG fitted with 560×13 X ply tyres

 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.

Austin Mini Cooper a true Classic-Reviews Buying Guide Parts And Service Advice

Austin Mini

The Classic Austin Mini is a legend amongst enthusiast’s and the general public alike, there are not many p…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

The Early Austin Mini Will Never Die

I was lucky enough, or unlucky enough (it depends how you liked or hated the Mini) to be able to work on the first mini models to come out. I was an apprentice mechanic at a Mini Dealers soon to become British Leyland garage in a small town called Batley in West Yorkshire UK.

Austin Mini

Old fashioned tyre bead breaker that we had to try and break the 10ins mini wheels with.

These little cars were pretty basic, but proposed a challenge to the main mechanics, whenever they went wrong, especially the engine unit or the gearbox and clutch. Mechanics in those days learned on the job and the front wheel drive Austin Mini became a new challenge, because the technology was completely new in a small town garage.

These small Austin Mini cars were fitted with a 948cc engine in 1959 and I was told that the selling price was £399 for a brand new car, this was in 1959 and we did not get the Austin Mini dealership until five years later.

I can remember the problems we had with the cars leaking water and the ten inch wheels that were developed by Dunlop for the Mini were really bad to remove and fit, in those days we only had tyre levers and a hand gadget for breaking the beads. This was fine on the 14 inch A35 and A 40 wheels but the 10 ins Austin Mini wheels had a very deep rim and were almost impossible to break by hand, fortunately the first tyre fitting machines were starting to evolve and we took them to the local tyre dealers, who helped us out.

I remember the worse water leak was in the boot, where the battery was fitted. Over the years they tried out different drainage methods but the metal in the Mini Countryman boot always rotted in time. Mini modification companies sprung up all over the place, including companies that made fibre-glass body panels. These included a complete front end, because this was another bad area for rusting and rotting. Indeed i fitted a new front end to one of me first mini cars, but the damned thing used to flop about in the wind at any speed over twenty miles per hour?

Despite all its faults and draw backs I loved the Austin Mini and the first four cars that I owned were Minis, I used to try all sorts of modifications, but none ever made them go faster

It was a great experience to work on these cars and in my opinion they are still much loved all over the World.

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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