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Broken Springs- How would you know if your car had a broken spring?

broken spring due to bad weather

 

Winter is a bad time for motorists to suffer broken springs

This is the time of year that many motorists experience their car having strange banging and rattling noises whilst driving along.

More reading...AA patrols have reported a big increase in the number of broken  springs – in the year to February 2011 we saw more than 21,000 breakdowns related to spring failure.

Micra McPherson strut sowing the oil leak (dark part)

We are certain that the motorists are breaking their springs as the hit pot holes and pavements that are covered in ice or snow. It always seams to be this time of year when their suspension takes a pounding from the bad winter weather. We have also noticed that we have had more MOT test failures due the very same problem.

Some car owners do not notice that they have a broken spring until it comes to having their car tested on its annual MOT, but the damage is noticed most in winter. Once again we think it was caused by their car running into the kerb or some other raised object or hole, hidden by snow and ice, its easy done.

Broken spring is due to ice and snow and probably a kerb stone ?

So if you hear your car rattling or banging coming from your car it will probably be a Broken Spring on Car or shock absorber that you broke struggling home in the recent snow fall that we have just had.

More reading…AA patrols have reported a big increase in the number of broken  springs – in the year to February 2011 we saw more than 21,000 breakdowns related to spring failure. The number of broken springs in January 2011 was 25% higher than in January 2010.  Figures from 2012 (the graph below shows, 2010, 2011, and 2012) show no signs of the problem going away… http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/car-servicing-repair/coil-springs-breaking.html

 

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Ford Focus  Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger

Broken Springs

Many cars are presented to us for the MOT test with a broken spring and do not know a thing about it. The main damage is caused when the car goes down a pothole or mounts the kerb for some reason. If the Broken Springs are only broken at the bottom, then the driver very often does not hear any rattling or banging coming from his car, but when the spring breaks say halfway up then the noise will drive him or her mad.

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 MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyresafe.

Potholes back Again-Damn You Pothole and Other Important Tyre Safety Talk

 

Potholes back Again

Potholes back Again

 

Post Updated 27th Dec 2013

Can potholes damage your tyres?

Potholes back Again;It’s always so annoying when I hit a pothole in the road, because it almost always means my tyres and wheel alignment was affected. OK, sometimes it’s my fault for bumping the curb… As part ofTyre Safety

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See on Scoop.it – tyre newsThe broken springs in the image were caused by deep potholes. The customer remembers this particular incident as she tried to avoid the hole but was forced to go down it because of an oncoming vehicle, a bus. This caused the car to go down the hole and made a huge bang and rattled all the time after the incident, she then found that she had this broken spring, one of thousands across the UK.

Week, this installment is …

Eric Roberts says…We are all plagued by the potholes in our roads. Many of our local government councils have had their budgets reduced by central government are because of this they are not carrying out essential road repairs.

This is also putting a strain on the road traffic that uses our roads, in the past two weeks alone we have seen cars with broken steering parts, and also springs and ripped tyres due to the size

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See on Scoop.it – tyre news; This Continental tyre was the victim of a large pothole in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire. The situation here is as bad as anywhere else in the country. We are getting customers in on a weekly basis with problems caused by potholes. The most common problem is broken springs. The problem is that the broken springs can only be detested at a later time or on the MOT test.

 

 

of the holes in our roads. Leading to many Pothole Claims.

Not just the UK that suffers from damaged tyres

I am sure that this problem is a World wide problem and just not here in the UK.

About Eric Roberts

 

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and General tyres business also we have been in the  Battery  industry 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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Wheel Alignment Saves Money-Tyre Wear and a steering wheel that pulls you to one side.

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

What Causes Your Wheel Alignment To Be Out ??

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

In the Halifax area of West Yorkshire, we have a high incidence of cars requiring Wheel Alignment, the primary reason for this is driving over potholes and speed bumps, this can alter the vehicle’s steering and suspension geometries or damage critical components such as tyres and steering parts. Out of aligned wheels, reduce the vehicles safety or create extra running costs, also destroying the tyres prematurely, but by ensuring the wheels are correctly aligned, this will be avoided, and drivers can minimise the effects of any pothole or speed bump damage and ensure they remain as safe as possible.

The recent severe weather will inevitably increase the number of potholes. And will be the cause of the damage. Because the holes may be covered over with snow and ice. This severe weather could cause some serious safety issues for drivers, if a motorist knows that they have gone down a pothole they should get their alignment checked, most auto centres will give you a free Car Wheel Alignment check, and you only pay if the alignment is out and it needs adjusting.

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

Another sign that your wheel alignment is out. Therefore, is that your steering wheel may not be straight. Consequently, this will need all the front alignment re-setting. Naturally, this could take an hour or two you could incur an extra cost. So it may be wise if you asked for an estimate of the cost. Another thing you should watch for when having your alignment checked is the problem of seized up steering parts. It is a possibility that the  garage or auto centre may have to use some form of heat to free off seized steering parts; This will take much longer, and an extra charge will usually be applied, a good once a top auto centre will warn you of this and give you the choice of to have it done or not.

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

Any good Tyre operator will give you a full tyre service for free, he will check your tyre pressures, your tyre tread depth, in the UK the tread depth is 1.6 mm for 3/4 of the tread width from the centre of the tread to the edges, the will also check your tyres for bulges and cuts and then inflate your tyres to the correct pressures, this will be all part of the service which should be carried out with a smile if not go somewhere else.

Wheel Alignment Saves Money

Wheel Alignment Saves Money; To sum up have your Laser Wheel Alignment  carried out at regular intervals. Especially, if you think that you have hit a pothole. Or gone over a speed bump too fast. You should always have the alignment checked. Especially,  if you are having new tyres fitted. In addition. Even if the auto centre asks you to come back later. A few days will not scrub your tyres off. Furthermore, have your pressures and tyre wear checked regularly. If you have any doubt of what tyre to buy always go for a mid-range make. This will mean that you get good quality and the tyres will be cheaper than a branded make. Once again a good garage or auto centre will be glad to help and check your tyres for free.ELast Line From The Boss about Wheel Alignment Saves Money

Hi Eric Roberts here I hope you enjoy my article about wheel alignment. website called https://www.pellonautocentre.com  and are members of  POINT-S

 

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

 

Regular Wheel Alignment-needs adjustment at “Regular Intervals”to Save your Tyre Wear.

Regular Wheel Alignment

Regular Wheel Alignment; Potholes damage your wheel alignment and tyres

Regular Wheel Alignment

Broken springs damaged by potholes

Regular Wheel Alignment

Regular Wheel Alignment

Proper Wheel Alignment;In the Halifax area of West Yorkshire we have a high incidence of cars requiring Wheel Alignment. The primary cause for this is driving over potholes and speed bumps. Pothole damage can  alter the vehicle’s steering and suspension geometries or damage critical components such as tyres and steering parts. Which can reduce the vehicle’s safety or create extra running costs? Out of alignment can also damage the tyres prematurely, but by ensuring the wheels are correctly aligned, (this could be avoided), and drivers can minimise the effects of any pothole or speed bump damage and ensure they remain as safe as possible.

Regular Wheel Alignment

The recent severe weather will inevitably increase the number of potholes. These can cause the damage. Due to the fact, the holes may be covered with snow and ice. The problem could cause some serious safety issues for drivers. If a motorist knows that they have gone down a pothole they should get their alignment checked, most auto centres will give you a free alignment check, and you only pay if the alignment is out and it needs adjusting.

Another sign that your alignment is out is that your steering wheel may not be straight, this will need all the front alignment re-setting and could take an hour or two you could incur an extra cost, so it may be wise if you asked for an estimate of the cost. Another thing you should watch for when having your alignment checked is the problem of seized up steering parts. The garage or auto centre may have to use some form of heat to free off seized steering parts; This will take much longer, and an extra charge will usually be applied, wheel once again an excellent auto centre will warn you of this and give you the choice of to have it done or not.

Regular Wheel Alignment;Go to a Good Tyres Centre for WheelAlignment

Any good auto-centre will make you a full tyre service for free, he will check your tyre pressures, your tyre tread depth, in the UK the tread depth is 1.6 mm for 3/4 of the tread width from the centre of the tread to the edges, the will also check your tyres for bulges and cuts and then inflate your tyres to the correct pressures, this will be all part of the service which should be carried out with a smile if not go somewhere else.
To sum up have your Car Wheel Alignment  carried out at regular intervals, especially if you think that you have hit a pothole or gone over a speed bump too fast.

Always have the alignment checked if you are having new tyres fitted, even if the auto centre ask you to come back later, a few days will not scrub your tyres off, have your pressures and tyre wear checked regularly and if have any doubt of what tyre to buy always go for a mid-range make, this will mean that you get good quality and the tyres will be cheaper than a branded make. Once again a good garage or auto-centre will be glad to help and check your tyres for free.

article by Eric Roberts.

 

 

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.

Potholes-Making For Steady Business At Local Tyre Stores « CBS …

Potholes

This tyre was ripped apart by a pot-hole

The sheer number and size of potholes in metro Detroit are keeping local tyre shops swamped with customers.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Pot-holes that damage tyres  are a major problem everywhere? But you can claim your money back

This is a story that I have been harping on about for a few years now. It seems that local government highway departments and city government departments are

potholes

Potholes like this one are common everywhere

struggling with the enormity of the problem.

This excellent article is from the Detroit metro in Canada, but the story could be from any city in the “Western World”. From a local point of view we have the same problems across the whole of the UK. We are also benefiting from the extra business that this problem is bringing into us, damage to the  wheels and damage to the  tyres.

The potholes also cause damage to the cars suspension and often knock out the cars wheel alignment. Some of the damage can be claimed back from your local authority here

Potholes

Pictures of Potholes in Road

in the UK, I do not know how the law works in other countries, but if you take a picture of the potholes and get an invoice for the work carried out on your car, then you can put in a claim for compensation, to recover your losses from the damage that the potholes caused.

A few of our customers did this after our advice and were successful with their claim.

 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 PellonTyre 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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Potholes Damage Tyres-every mile on Calderdale Roads – Halifax Evening Courier

Potholes Damage Tyres

‘One pothole every mile’ on roads Halifax Evening Courier It added that UK councils had received 32,600 compensation claims in 2012/13 for everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, to Potholes Damage Tyres and damaging suspension – an increase of 79%…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Potholes damage tyres

This is the sort of thing that we have been harping on about for years. Year after year we all complain about the potholes but nothing seems to get done.

Potholes Damage Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres and cause Broken springs which are one of the many problems that can be caused by damaging potholes.

most of the potholes are due to poor road repairs by contractors, but i suppose that the locals councils should have guys to check the contractors workmanship along the way to check their workmanship.

I must admit that this year in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, we seem to be having road works coming out of our ears, indeed the main Bradley to Barnsley road was closed for total resurfacing because of the potholes, for at least two weeks, but they have repaired all the horrible potholes and the road is now a pleasure to drive on.

The effects of these potholes are that Potholes Damage Tyres,wheels and suspension, especially the coil springs, There are many drivers now  Claiming for Potholes Damage Tyres and putting claims into the councils for Potholes Damage Tyres Claims. At one stage we were having to fail a large percentage of MOT tests because of the broken springs, due to potholes and speed bumps. here in the Halifax area.This excellent article tells of some of the figures and costs relating to these holes in the road.

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.

 

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.