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Flat Tyre-A Woman’s Guide to Changing their own Wheel?

 Women often do change their flat tyre

While sometimes it may be great to play a damsel in distress and have a strong and well-toned man fix your flat tyre, I think every woman ought to know how to change a flat tyre. After all, having your tyre blow is never something anyone plans and you may not have any ready and eager boy scout waiting around to rescue you. There is no need to keep the tyre changing in a man’s domain. Times are changing and you should too. Time to empower yourself and get ready to tackle that tyre!

 1. First of all, if there is a place for you to move your car out of the way move your car there. Make sure oncoming traffic will be able to see you. Turn on your hazards and if you have an

Flat Tyre

Lady changing her own wheel

early warning device, place where it will be clearly visible. Also make sure the place you move your vehicle to is flat and even. Avoid soft ground and inclines. Place some bricks, blocks or large rocks under your car to prevent your car from rolling backwards.

 2. If you have hubcaps, remove them. These are the covers of your tyres. Check you manual on how to remove them. I highly suggest you look at this beforehand and not when you have already blown a tyre.

 3. Next you need to remove the wheel nuts. These are the caps that hold your wheel in place. You will need a lug wrench to do this. The lug wrench is the T shaped wrench that should be together with all your other tools. The shape of the wrench makes for easy leverage, but if your upper body strength is lacking the heft or muscle needed to loosen the lug nuts, you may have to resort to step on the T-arm for better leverage. And remember, left to loosen and right to tighten.

 

 4. Now you need your car jack to raise your car. Most cars have a flat plate behind the front tyres and just in front of the back ones for this purpose. Place the jack under the tyre to be changed and raise it to meet the plate. Double check and make sure your car will be steady once it is raised. Safety is crucial whenever you are working with your car. Now raise your car about 15 cm of the ground. Don’t forget that an inflated tyre will need room so make sure there is enough space for the spare to be placed on.

remove the flat tyre

 5. by grabbing it with both hands, one on each side. Pull it straight and off. Now line up your spare with the bolts and slide it on. Replace the lug nuts but do not tighten them completely. When you have lowered your car, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in opposite pairs. Make sure these are as tight as possible because you absolutely do not want your tyre to come off when you’re driving.

 6. It’s time to clean up and put things back in place. Put all your tools together and place them back where they were stored. Always put them back in the same place so you know right

Flat Tyre,women checking her car tyre

women customer checking her car tyre

away where to find them in case of emergencies. Knowing where all of the tools are before you get into an emergency situation is suggested. Put your flat tyre where you spare one was and make sure to have it fixed right away.

Now that you know how to change a flat tyre, remember to practice prudence before you decide to bust out your inner mechanic. If you find yourself near enough to civilization, it might be wiser to call for help or assistance. A woman alone with her car and a flat tyre could be a signal for the less than honourable to take advantage of the situation. If you have no recourse but to change the tyre yourself, make sure you have some form of protection nearby like pepper spray. Also make sure to call a friend or relative to let them know what happened when your tyre blows so someone is aware of where you are and the situation you are in. This will at least give people you know the information of your whereabouts.

Having your tyres in good condition is one way to avoid a flat tyre. While some causes like a puncture from a nail or other sharp object cannot be avoided, keeping your tyres well inflated and careful driving will lessen the chances of your having to change a flat in the future.

And if you need new tyres, Point-S has over 160 independently owned centres across the UK to help you find the right tyre for your need. Its knowledgeable and professional staff will be able to give you brand neutral advice to help you make the right decision for your tyre needs. And if your car needs other types of auto service, they offer than as well. And because they are part of the Unipart Car Care Centre network, you know they adhere to the core values of:

• An open and honest approach with the customers

• A high standard of work and excellent value for money

• 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

• An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs

 Stay safe on the road ladies!

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.

 

Car Brakes-Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Older vehicle PARC sees increase in Car brakes sales

Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Aging vehicle parc ripe for car brakes sales

Tire Business

“Where before when a vehicle reached 10 years or 11 years, consumers were thinking of selling it, now they’re thinking of, ‘How can I keep my car going?

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This is a very in depth articles about car brakes

Car brakes are very often taken for granted, in other words car owners will just pull into your garage and leave their car, because there is a banging or rattling noise coming from the front of the car.

This is usually a good indication that the car brakes have failed,or are failing, but brake jobs do follow a pattern.

The spring time is usually the time for our customers car brakes to start going wrong and needing repairing. In my opinion i think that it is because that drivers use their car brakes

car brakes

A nice new set of brake discs fitted

much more in the winter months and therefore the brake pads and discs .

Drivers almost always wait until the last minute to have them repaired and consequently cause more damage to the brakes.

For example a simple job like a set of brake pads replacing may turn out to be more complicated and end up the car needing new discs, or a seized up brake caliper.

This will result in a larger garage invoice for the customer. The secret is to get a free brake check at your local garage. most garages here in the UK will give a car a free brake check and give the customer a quote for the required work. We are members of the Unipart Car Care Centres who also offer a nationwide guarantee throughout the UK and a free brake check on all makes and models of cars.

All this culminates as a good time of year for doing brake work, especially the many older cars that our customers are now hanging on to longer and having them repaired instead of replaced.

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.

See on www.tirebusiness.com

Car Battery Care-Winter driving tips (Including Car Batteries) Dont be Let Down This Winter

Car Battery Care

Car Battery Care

CarBuyer

Winter driving tips

CarBuyer

Car Battery Care can last for more than around five years, so if your car is approaching that sort of age and is still using its original battery, it’s worth getting it checked over.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car Battery Care

A Battery is something just stuck under the bonnet

To most car drivers the cars battery is just something that is stuck under the bonnet (hood). So, the only time they will know that it exists is when the car will not start and it is

Car Battery Care

Testing this cars battery is all part of Car Battery Care

usually in the middle of nowhere. Of course, or when you are driving to that important meeting on a cold winters day.Hence, your battery Care, is the last thing on most drivers minds ? .

The days are getting much shorter now and the nights colder. Hence, you will also be using more of the cars electrics in winter. Especially the heaters, wipers, and lights.  In fact you will be using everything electrical. Thus putting your cars battery under immense pressure. Also you should be using the cars air-conditioning system to clear and de-mist another power

Car Battery Care

Racing car in Unipart colours

sucking piece of equipment that will drain the cars battery. Also, not forgetting to de-ice the car before you set off on your journey.

According to the RAC here in the UK, lack of Car Battery Care is the biggest cause of car breakdowns and the problem starts to get worst at this time of year.

Most of the Cheap Car Batteries are only guaranteed for two years, but the batteries fitted to new cars will last on average for about five years.

Car Battery Care

So if your car is five years old or over, be prepared to have to change the battery, before it lets you down.

There are many Causes of a Flat Battery. You can have a free battery check if you are having Car Battery Problems at most garages, but if you need a garage that you can trust ,then look online for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre, they have a network of garages that can be trusted on price and service.

Also if you do have your car serviced at regular intervals then Car Battery Care will be carried out by your garage. They will clean and test your battery in with the service.

Eric Roberts… member of  Unipart Car Care Centre

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.carbuyer.co.uk

Van Battery Care-Your Car is at Risk! – Reasons for your Car Battery to Fail?

Van Battery Care

Corroded battery terminals require cleaning

Frequent battery failure can cost you thousands of dollars for repairs. You can avoid Van Battery Care problems by following regular maintenance. To reduce chances of  van battery failures, it’s critical to understand its causes.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Give your car battery a winter check

As we all know winter is just around the corner here in the Northern hemisphere. The weather is turning colder at night and this will affect the performance of your car battery. To keep you car battery lasting longer there are one or two things that you can do.

If your van battery has the old type screw tops, then you can inspect the level of the acid in your battery, with Van Battery Care, this can be checked and remedied. If this is something that you have to do at often intervals then it means that the battery is boiling and could have a faulty alternator. You should top the battery up with distilled water and recheck it a few days after, to see if the level has dropped again. If the level has dropped then you should get your alternator checked at a good garage.

If are reading this in the UK and you do not know of a good garage, then look up the nearest Unipart Car Care Centre(UCCC) in your area, they have safeguards to protect you the

Van Battery Care

A simple voltmeter can tell you lots about your battery

customer and a fair price policy, but more than that they can be trusted.

Also another Van Battery Care tip is to look out for white coloured powder on the top of the  battery, this indicates a leak around the terminals, the white powder is dried battery acid. You can clean it off using a cup full of warm water, but if it is a recurring problem it means that the battery is on its way out and needs replacing before it lets you down, on your deliveries. It is a good idea to always keep a Car Battery Charger and a 12V Voltmeter,to hand as it may just keep you going for a few more winter days, until you can buy Cheap Car batteries Online.

This is about the limit that you can go to check over your battery and look after it, after all has I have said the last thing you want is for the battery to let you down, when you

Van Battery Care

Your car battery could end up in the scrap pile

least expect it and having to be towed to the nearest garage to have it seen to, and paying over the odds because you are stranded. That is if they have a battery to fit your car, you may have to wait another day if they have to order a new battery.

More reading…”If you often see leaks under your car, it’s about time to check your van battery. Extreme weather condition can cause the battery to crack and leak. Van batteries sometimes leak a highly corrosive acid, which is harmful to your van and to you as well, good Van Battery Care, will ensure this does not happen?. Cleaning up a battery leak is easy, but you should observe the utmost caution when dealing with battery acid to prevent injury”… http://carfs.net/2013/10/your-car-is-at-risk-reasons-car-batteries-fail/

Eric Roberts … member of  MotorCodes.org

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.

Unipart Car Care Centre Will Continue to Operate and Stays in Business.

Unipart Car Care Centre

Unipart Car Care Centre Announces Apple Tech Gadget Facebook Contest Newswire (press release) (Newswire.net — October 8, 2013) Bicester, Oxfordshire –One of the UK’s leading car care specialists, Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), has announced the…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

UNIPART CAR CARE CENTRE STARTING TO LEAD THE WAY

Our Parts and labour guaranteed for 12 months

We as a Unipart Car Care Centre member . Are committed  to give our customers a great service. Hence, the service doesn’t end when you drive out of  our garage. Consequently, as a UCCC member . We believe in lasting quality and unbeatable value. Especially, for our customers. As such, we offer a 12 month – or 12,000 mile – guarantee. Of course, that is applicable on all parts and labour . Thus, on the cars that we have repaired or serviced.

In other words, if we at Pellon Autocentre fit a part incorrectly, or if it’s goes faulty, we will replace and refit it at no added cost, at  our Auto-centre in Halifax or in the UCCC nationwide network of

garages. So you will be able to  drive anywhere at any time here in the UK with complete peace of mind.

Unipart Car Care Centre

Unipart Car Care Centre in Halifax

You can click on the UCCC web site to find your local, customer-approved local garage. Unipart has just recently gone into receivership but the company was in two parts and the part that runs the UCCC  part of the business will still continue to operate which is good news for us here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK. here is a recent part of a press release that we have received from Unipart Group

“Unipart Group confirms its commitment to develop the Unipart Car Care Centre proposition to make it even more compelling for both garages and motorists alike.  It is committed to making its network of independent Car Care Centre garages more robust than ever.

Unipart Car Care Centre

As well as maintaining its strong www.uccc.co.uk online presence for its members, Unipart Car Care Centre will continue to offer all the existing benefits including the popular Nationwide Guarantee Promise,  Car Care Centre of the Year programme and local marketing support programmes. Over the coming weeks, we will be introducing new offerings that will further enhance the benefits provided to the Unipart  Care Centre network”.

Unipart Group will be continuing to provide Original Equipment quality parts which will be distributed to the Unipart Care Centre and independent garage networks by Andrew Page, The Parts Alliance and Express Factors.

Eric Roberts

See on www.newswire.net

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts Shirts for local Football Team

Part of PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts giving back to the community

2014 will be the 25 Year Anniversary of Eric and Michelle Roberts trading in Halifax here in West Yorkshire in the UK.

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts 25 years shirt badge on the Ovenden West Riding reserve shirts

Debbie Bastow, my wife Michelle’s sister has also been with us for all of the 25 years as part time and a full time employee. Debbie started along with Eric when the tyre depot only had two bays to trade from. Over the years the business has grown from the two bays to the present seven bays that we have today.

As part of our celebration PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts  decided to give something back to the community and one of the things is to buy a football kit for local soccer team Ovenden West Riding, with our 25 years logo on the shirts (and very nice they look too).

Like many other tyre centres,  Pellon tyres moved into other areas of the auto trade and started to do other things, such as car servicing and repairs, MOT testing was added later and now they believe they are a complete Autocentre. Most of the changes were brought about by Eric Roberts to combat the effects of the different recessions that have hit small businesses over the past 25 years, and also to become a complete one stop service centre.

Over the years we have seen staff coming and going like most businesses, but we are now settled with our present staff, some who have worked for the company for over 20 years, the longest serving member being Ryan Linton. Ryan is at present in charge of the mechanical department, which includes the MOT testing side of the business. Other long serving members of staff includes Aaron Roberts( Aaron has now left us to become a bread baker). Adam Dale our driver and tyre fitter, Dale Linton ( now an MOT tester), Alex Bray, who is now in charge of the tyre bay and new recruit  Jake Kennedy. Other long term employees are Dave Smith and Tony Tetley, who run our Cheap Batteries Online  department, www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk  .

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

Pellon tyres new Point-s colour’s

One of the biggest challenges to hit the retail tyre industry has been the rise of the internet. Fortunately Eric Roberts was quick to react to the challenges and started the website www.pellonautocentre.com  this was to compete with the national tyre companies selling cheap tyres online, but at a local level, “being a small company we could not compete at a national level but we could fight a battle at a local level”, said Eric Roberts. Pellon tyres were helped by a national wholesaler, Micheldever tyres, to set up a tyre pricing system so that the local public could log onto the website and buy their tyres at the same price as the national companies, thus competing at a local level. This has proved to be very successful and enabled the tyre side of the  business to maintain their tyre sales levels with the aid of the local community.

One of the Ovenden Players showing off their new PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

Pellon tyres join Unipart Car Care Centre

Another great move was to join national garage group Unipart Car Care Centre. This enables a local company to have a national image, whilst still been owned and run as a family business. Unipart also supply Pellon tyres  with excellent service and quality parts, with a national warranty  system that covers our customers, for faulty parts should they break down anywhere in the UK, a great insurance to help our customers.

On a similar theme Pellon Autocentre joined another great national tyre dealer network called POINT-S Tyres. This has enabled Pellon tyres to buy tyres direct from the manufactures, who previously were not interested in supplying a small company tucked away in Halifax, but because we are now a member of a large network, we can buy tyres direct and this has helped us once again to became more competitive.  

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.

Car Servicing Choice-Which One Would You Trust ?the Main Dealer or the independent?

Car Servicing Choice

Car Servicing Choice

Motoring

Car Servicing Choice : Dealer or independent?

Motoring

It’s a question most owners of cars that are still under warranty are often confronted with: “Dealer servicing can be very expensive, independent operators can be less so.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Independent or Main Dealer for Car Servicing Choice ?

To me this is a no brainer. But I would say that wouldn’t I?  This has been a long standing argument. Probably always will be. In both sectors of the car servicing market we have good and bad garages. The main dealers do seem to come and go quicker than the independent garages. Probably because they are under the wings of the Car manufacturers that they are the franchise for.

Car Servicing Choice

Car Servicing Choice Part of Unipart independent servicing garage in Halifax UK

Here in Halifax alone we have had several franchise garages.Hence, that have closed down recently. Some have re-opened as they connect with other car manufacturing companies.

For example the Skoda garage becomes the Fiat dealership and so on. So,it happens all the time. Some of them don’t appear to last a year or two. Thus, before they either close down or change hands. Of course, that’s the picture here in the UK. Also, I suspect the same will apply to the States.

On the other hand the smaller Independent garage seem to “tough it out”. Providing they are honest and keep a good business. Consequently they will always survive.

Although I have noticed that there are a few more smaller auto centres. Subsequently, here in the North of England are up “for sale”. Mainly because the owners are retiring ,”so it say’s in the adds”. In my opinion it may be because they are under a bit of pressure at the moment, due to the economy, I am not sure.

The larger independent garages are joining national groups, to give them a more corporate image. For example I am a Unipart Car Care Centre, and our garages are vetted for quality and workman ship practices with the emphasis on fair prices for the motorists and a better Car Servicing Choice . This gives me satisfaction that I am a local business. So as well as a Car Garage.

Keeping my eyes on local competition and trends, whilst at the same time we have nationwide corporate image, sort of “best of both worlds”. To me this formula is a winner and at the moment we are very busy, so the proof is in the pudding, we can give good service and a good Car Servicing Choice to our customers, where the franchised dealers will always struggle to compete on price and service.

Article by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Car Servicing Choice

Car Servicing Choice

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 Cheap Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

See on www.motoring.com.au

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing | FindGarage.Co.Uk

Unlike an MOT test, servicing is not a legal requirement for your vehicle. However, you will probably find that regular servicing can help to keep everything.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

We all must be responsible for our cars servicing and MOT test

Sometimes I find it a great shame that we in the motor trade have to keep harping on about car menu servicing your cars. One of the biggest spoilers in recent times has been the recession. Car drivers just haven’t had any spare cash to spend on the vehicle. We have all seen people just putting £10’s worth of fuel into their cars at the filling station?

In my opinion I think that these people should have some kind of a budget and save to have their vehicle serviced when it goes in for its annual MOT test. Incidentally it is estimated that 4.7 million miss their mot testing date. I am sure that drivers either just flaunt the law or are not aware that driving your

mot test

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

car without a valid MOT test certificate is an offense reference section 47 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

More reading… http://www.mybrief.com/drivingoffences.asp?type=29&p=No%20M.O.T

Also driving without an MOT test will make your insurance invalid and you may receive a fine of up to £1000. Is it really worth it, when you can have an MOT test and a service for most average family saloons for around £150? If you are not sure where you can go for your vehicle serviced you should go online and look for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), they will offer you excellent service at a fair price.

Once you have had your MOT test and service you should be safer for another year, although I recommend that you have an engine oil and filter change in between the tests to be on the safe side. Also do not forget check your levels at regular periods, say once a week and top them up when required.

Here we are now at the back end of 2014, nearing Christmas time and the price of fuel has plummeted. The only problem is that the price of oil and petrol is not following as fast. The experts say that it may take a little longer for this to take place, but i was just wondering if services on cars wold be also coming down. I am not so sure , but i suspect so.

Curated by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

 

 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van services 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 Uniroyal 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.

See on findgarage.co.uk

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

Car Servicing Tips-Six Easy Steps for Avoiding Expensive Car Repairs by sticking to basics

Post Updated 2nd Jan 2014

Car Servicing Tips; Car repairs need not be that expensive

Very often, a visit to your local car repairs shop can be even more stressful than a visit to your local dentist. Perhaps you wont suffer physical pain, but sometimes your car repairs bill can leave your wallet or purse feeling pretty empty and you with a bad taste in your mouth. The best way to try and avoid costly

Car Servicing Tips

Car Servicing Tips; Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake flued on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

repairs is to take preventative maintenance measures and  Car Servicing Tips that will keep your car in the best condition possible.

  • The foremost thing that you should do is to follow the car manufacturers maintenance schedule that will be outlined in your owner’s manual. The best guidelines are always always the ones that are recommended by the manufacturer and if you fail to follow those guidelines, your warranty may be voided for future repairs. Although here in Europe you are allowed to have your car repairs and  servicing carried out by a reputable garage, that uses original equipment service parts and oils by law, without breaking your warranty agreement. A reputable garage would be one that operates under the MotorCodes schemes or an MOT testing station.
  • Always be sure to change fluids,such as your brake fluid, all the filters and spark plugs (if fitted) to what the car’s manufacturer recommends. It is also a good idea to upgrade your motor oil to a higher performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s overall performance. We keep in several types of oil for servicing as specifications are changing all the time but using synthetic oil is not a bad thing and will cover most modern engines.
  • Always be sure that your tyres are correctly inflated. This is especially important, because tyres with too little air, or too much, can result in excessive wear with bad handling and may cause a tyre to blow out. It is often recommended that your tyre pressures are checked during every other visit to the petrol station. While this may seems excessive, you won’t be sorry that you have kept your tyres correctly inflated and therefore safer. For reasons of both safety and the expense of new tyres, the extra effort is well worth it.
  • If you notice any unusual noises coming from your car,whilst driving along check with your owner’s manual for information. Quite often, noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. Your owner’s manual information section will let you know whether or not a visit to the Auto-centre is necessary.

Use a reputable garage for your car repairs

  • If you find that you do have to take your vehicle in for some Car Repair Advice, be sure that you are dealing with a reputable local company. Check with the other local people and ask your family or friends for recommendations. Also look out for your local Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), as they have very high standards to qualify for membership, and a nationwide warranty system, for if problems occur see your Local Car Repair Garages.

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.

 

car repairs

happy mechanics working on car repairs