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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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UK driverless Cars-government paves way for driverless Cars | tech spotlight

UK driverless Cars

BBC News – UK government paves way for uk driverless cars

The government has announced that it wants to make the UK a world centre for the development of driverless cars.

It said it would conduct a…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

UK Driverless cars ? what a joke?

I think it would be better to rephrase the statement as “uk driverless cars in the South of England”.

Anybody who travels around the North of England would know that our roads in town and city centre are busting at the seams with traffic. We have had very little investment to our road structures here in the North for years. Successive governments have neglected to update the northern towns and cities. They cancelled the tram scheme in Leeds because of the costs, the East West train lines were to be electrified, but that never came off, because of lack of finance, now they can suddenly find some money by selling off their share in Eurostar to fund the development of Gatwick airport along with other projects down in the South, once again neglecting the northern towns and cities.

The only thing that I can think of that the government have done is to widen parts of the M62 motorway. We are desperately in need of a new road infrastructure to take us from North to South, before we completely grind to a halt. We all know what a nightmare it is trying to drive around West

UK driverless Cars

I must now admit that i thought that would not see electric cars being charged on the streets of cities, but they are now here? but i am not sure about the UK driverless Cars

Yorkshire in the rush hour traffic.

Now the government are going to give a £10 million prize to fund a town or city that becomes a testing ground for the UK driverless Cars. What a joke, the name of Milton Keynes has already been mentioned on more than one occasion, so I reckon that it’s a done deal. What chance would we have in the North for driverless cars, we are too congested as it is and one our largest cities Leeds, had to miss about on its tram system.

We do not need UK driverless Cars but a decent road and rail system, especially here in Yorkshire. The North is and will still be starved of investment, never mind this ridiculous idea of driverless cars, what a joke.

Eric Roberts

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VARTA BLACK dynamic C14 Car batteries-BatteriesOnTheWeb-Motorcycle …

VARTA BLACK

VARTA BLACK dynamic c14 Car Batteries with entry levels of electrical equipment may need less battery power, but they still demand superior starting, consistent performance and absolute reliability. And that’s exactly what you get with …

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Varta batteries have always been outstanding quality .

We at batteriesontheweb.co.uk are VARTA BLACK stockists for the West Yorkshire area of the UK, and can offer a full range of car and motorcycle batteries to fit most cars, here in the UK.

VARTA BLACK batteries as we all probably know by now, are owned by the world’s largest battery company Johnson Controls. Johnsons have always maintained that the Varta brand is their premier brand and so it came as no surprise when they announced that the new generation of Start-Stop batteries will be made as the top brand.

It is expected that by 2018 the majority of new vehicles will be using Star-Stop technology and so Johnson Controls have devised a dealer service programme to train the technicians at the fitting depots how to use their newly developed hand held electrical equipment to tell the on-board computer that they are fitting a new battery. The new style AGM batteries are part of the total computer system of the all-electric cars that are also charged by the braking system of the cars. The cars that are fitted with the Start-Stop battery system, but run with a conventional petrol/diesel engine can have the battery changed in much the normal way as fitting a  standard 12volt Car Battery.

The Varta batteries will be built in the companies Factory in Zwickau, Germany in a new million Euro plant that is the world’s largest producers of AGM batteries. The AGM batteries, (Absorbed Glass Matting) are a much more powerful battery, and will stand larger surges in deeper cycles and so are more suitable for constant Stop-Starting. The new extension to the factory is expected to produce 6.5 million batteries a year and this will double the number of employees at the factory.

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We offer a next working day delivery and we can ensure an excellent no fuss delivery with our excellent packing methods, and with great care from our carriers we can insure a smooth delivery in 99% of cases.

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Tyre maintenance- Lack of knowledge is increasing road risk for young drivers – FleetNews

Tyre maintenance

Lack of tyre maintenance is increasing road risk for young drivers FleetNews Young drivers are at a greater risk of being involved in a tyre related accident through a lack of regular tyre maintenance, according to a new survey commissioned by…

Tyre maintenance neglected by the younger drivers

Of course, there is no doubt that the younger drivers are not concerned about their tyre maintenance responsibilities. Therefore, it is a very rare sight in my tyre depot to see younger drivers buying many new tyres. Subsequently, I can’t speak for the second hand tyre market. Because,we are not part of it. But I suspect that this is the part of the tyre sector that younger drivers may buy their tyres.

It also seems to be the young men who are the main culprits, the young ladies do buy tyres and have their cars serviced more often, but the sector

Tyre maintenance

Tyre maintenance -Check your tyre pressures at regular intervals

that covers younger drivers do not appear to buy tyres from the standard type of tyre retailer or online.

We fit tyres from online tyre retailers such as ASDA Tyres, and they too do not attract the Young Driver Experience, it would be interesting what sort of opinion other tyre retailers may have on this subject? Are they finding the same or is it just me in Halifax that fails to attract the younger drivers, please let me know. We see less and less young drivers now buying tyre in our depot in Halifax.

We believe that they are buying more and more part worn tyres and not thinking about the consequences to themselves and their cars, let alone other drivers on the road.

I know that tyres and Tyre maintenance is probably the last thing on young drivers minds, but it us to us all in the auto trade make them aware of the underlying dangers that making the correct choice when buying tyres. Such things as staying clear of buying unregulated illegal part worn tyres and other Tyre maintenance subjects?

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Poor tyres-Could cost you your life? – A look at tyre safety from this is Eastgrinstead.co.uk

Poor tyres

Poor tyres
This accident was caused by poor tyres.

 

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Poor tyres could cost your life

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Motorists who drive with illegal tyres could be hit with three penalty points on their licence and a fine of up to £2,500 for each tyre.

Poor tyres are the cause of many accidents

There is no doubt about it. That tyres and brakes are a major cause of road accidents. Hence, not just here in the UK but all over Europe. One of the main offending groups in my

poor tyres

More Police action checking tyres is what is needed to make drivers aware of the huge problem or poor tyres here in the UK.

opinion . Consequently, it is the young Sound Drivers. This is the category of drivers that we do not see buying  tyres. Or at least new tyres.

There is something happening to make the younger driver want to risk their life. As a result, perhaps they just don’t care about their own safety. Hence, by using Poor tyres and the other road users. We all know the massive cost of insurance policies for young drivers. Subsequently, a young guy who works for me in our tyre department is having to spend £3000 to insure a small Vauxhall Corsa, but young drivers should weight all these things up before they decide to buy a car and take to the road.

The other alternative, “which in my opinion is just as bad “is that perhaps they are buying Poor tyres part worn tyres, or their parents are forever bailing them out. I think the later will be the case, but we still don’t see many young men calling into us to buy new tyres, perhaps you know better ?

Eric Roberts member of TYRESAFE.ORG

 

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poor tyres

Check your tyres tread for wear as often as possible make it a good habit, and while your at it check out for cuts or bubbles at the same time.

Waste Tyres Piled-Business illegally stock piled 45000 scrap tyres – Daily Echo

Waste Tyres Piled

Waste Tyres Piled- 45000 tyres
Daily Echo
A HAMPSHIRE tyre business has been fined thousands of pounds for illegally stockpiling 45,000 of waste scrap tyres at an industrial estate.

Eric Roberts says…

What caused the scrap tyres problem?

“All this has stemmed from the fact that waste tyres do not have any value.So,in fact the opposite is the case. Having to pay anything from 50 pence to £1 for Waste Tyre Removal and to be disposed of.Consequently, at one time. When remoulds were very popular. naturally, we would actually sell our old tyres to the remoulding industry. So,also to scrap tyre dealers. Who would come round collecting the old tyres for money.

The most popular scrap tyres to sell were the Michelin tyres. Subsequently, in the tyre trade an old tyre is known as a “casing”. Of course, the Michelin casings were the best quality casings that you could get. The same applies today, Michelin are still probably one of the best quality tyres. Hence, that you can buy. Although more expensive than other  brands. Michelin tyres are probably still the best  on the market.

Things started to change. Thus, with the introduction of new cheap tyres mass produced from China.Including, other “far eastern” countries. These cheap imports were flooding the market. Consequently,could be bought for cheaper than a remould tyre. Of course, it did not take long before the remould companies went out of business. Some of the remould companies concentrated on the remould truck market. Continuing in business, but the car re-molders soon closed down due to the lack of sales.

This caused us all a big problem we have all seen the Waste Tyres Piled on road sides, because no body wanted the old scrap tyres, it became a huge problem and European Union soon started to introduce new laws about tyre

Waste Tyres Piled up Illegally

Waste Tyres Piled

Waste Tyres Piled are still a problem across the world including the UK

disposal. This was followed by new companies setting up to dispose of the Waste Tyres. The most significant new law  would not let scrap tyres be used in landfill sites (tips). So solutions had to be thought of quickly. Germany had already started using old scrap tyres to burn in cement kilns to turn the liquid cement into the powder that we use in building things, but here in Britain we were a bit slow, but we are now looking at similar ideas. Most are now shredded and used in all sorts of applications including mixing the shredded rubber with tarmac to be used on road building.

All this however did not stop illegal Waste Tyres dumping and we still have the problem today. we have all seen old ones piled up in the country side or on waste land, and guys like the one who rented a large building or just land to fill with scrap tyres and then when they are full they just walk away and leave the problem to the owner of the building. One old mill in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire was filled with over a million scrap tyres and then the culprits just walked away leaving the problem to the environment agency, which in the long run has to be paid by the tax payer”.

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Apollo Winters -When To Fit Your Winter Tyres?

Apollo Winters

Apollo Winters

Winter tyres are very important for drivers who generally drive in icy, slushy and snowy conditions and also for those who drive in areas are prone to very low temperatures and large snow falls yea…

Apollo Winters

eric roberts‘s insight:

Apollo Winter Tyres

This is the time of year in early November that we should be thinking about fitting Apollo Winters. Winter tyres come in all sizes and makes.

Winter tyres are made from special compounds. Working best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Of course, most of the UK experiences temperatures below this between December and February. Hence, we can usually expect frost on almost half the days of winter. With this type of tyre, your stopping distance can be shortened by up to 11 meters.Especially, on icy roads, and your vehicle’s handling will be greatly improved. Thus, reducing the risk of skidding, aquaplaning or sliding.

In winter, the condition and performance of your tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have a specially designed tread and composition. So,in order to provide the most effective grip.Including, handling and safety for drivers. It’s an excellent idea, therefore, to change to specialist tyres to improve your winter driving. Also, increase your fuel efficiency and ensure the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months. popular ones that we sell here at Pellon tyres in the foothill of the Pennine mountain range, here in West Yorkshire UK, are the mid-range winter tyres. These come in some well-known tyre manufacturer names such as Yokohama tyres and Apollo Winters. These brands are well respected and tried brands of tyres and have been well proven by hundreds of my own customers over the years in bad wintry conditions.

The cheap tyres brands also do well, including Infinity winter tyres and Jinyu winter tyres, all of which are kept in stock, for the winter period. But now in early November is the time to start fitting your winter tyres, the weather can change overnight. We have just experienced our first heavy frost so the snow will not be far behind.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesonthweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

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

leisure battery

Leisure Battery Suppliers UK, All types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries- Online to most UK Areas.

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

 

As a result, we sell all types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries and Deep Cycle Batteries Online.Hence, with UK Free Delivery. Leisure Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries 12 Volt. Including Caravan Batteries, Motorhome Batteries, …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Leisure battery

BatteriesOnTheWeb offer great choice and quality at excellent prices

One of the most up and coming Leisure Battery Suppliers to trade on the internet are Batteries On The Web . The company have now been trading online

for five years. Of course,and are rapidly building up a reputation. Thus, for their service and an excellent range of battery products.

The owner has actually been in business selling Batteries for 35 years . Consequently, in his battery store located in Halifax West Yorkshire UK. Because of their success they decided to start selling on line using the web name of www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk . The company have now gone from strength to strength; selling many different types of Caravan Leisure Batteries, such as for golf, UPS systems, trucks, tractors even for kids ride on toys and many more applications.

The online store are one of the countries largest Leisure Battery Suppliers and also offers other  top name batteries, most of who are made by Johnson controls, the World’s biggest battery makers or made by Yuasa batteries. Some of our

leisure battery

Johnson Controls Leisure Battery Suppliers a snowy winter scene

names include Varta, FirstPower, Trojan batteries, Lucas batteries, Numax leisure batteries and much more.

They also sell other products such as Ring Electrical battery chargers and C-Tech battery chargers, along with Poorboy’s car cleaning products. Altogether a good selection for the online customer to browse through.

The companies motto is “We offer old fashion Values, using modern day technology”

Eric Roberts member of  POINT-S

Eric Roberts

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

 

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Tyre Safety Video-New TyreSafe animation released : Tyrepress

Tyre Safety Video

New Tyre Safety Video in animation released Marking the halfway point of its 2013 Tyre Safety Month campaign, TyreSafe has launched the latest in its series of animated videos. Featuring the crash test dummy family of road safety …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Tyre safety will go from strength to strength

I must admit I find it very refreshing to see the good work that Tyresafe.org  is contributing to road safety. I joined Tyresafe because I felt that the normal tyre depot owner had nowhere else to go to help in the quest for safer tyres and safer roads.

In the past I have joined other organisations such as the NTDA London (National Tyre Distributors Association) but found myself very disillusioned by everything else that was going on other than road safety.

When I was a member and went to a couple of meetings ,I found myself listening to people talking about golf tournaments and organising a day out at Redcar races, but not very much about tyres or tyre safety. It was not long before I resigned and left them to their own devises.

I then learned about Tyresafe.org and was impressed with their commitment to road safety and tyre things in general, like this Tyre Safety Video . So I decided to join and soon became a member. I have been impressed ever since with their drive and enthusiasm towards the tyre industry and to tyre safety, this is the type of organisation that I am pleased to be a part of.

Indeed Tyresafe are the brains behind this Tyre Safety Video

Many organisations are behind this Tyre Safety Video including the Police and Local councils. I have even seen the Motorway road signs telling drivers to have safe tyres, a great step forward in my opinion.

Tyre Safety Video

Tyre Safety Video

Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.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.

 

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Waste Tyre Uses- there are many uses of scrap tyre now including these great planters.

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyres Uses put to good use as planters

Waste Tyre Uses are in all our interests and are just part of the problem of recycling all our waste. During recent times we have started to solve the problem of mass disposal of our scrap tyres and they are now turned into many useful items, such as tarmac chipping where the small pieces of rubber are shredded and them added to tarmac to give a quieter road surface. The other big use is that they are used to power cement kilns and are specially heated to dry out the liquid cement in large kilns. The kilns are designed not to emit any smoke into the atmosphere, making this a very green process.   

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

The thing that I am pleased with is the millions of ways that ordinary people have found ways to use Waste Tyre Uses to make different items. Some make clothing and jewelry, but the main items are made into garden objects and I think that they look really good. I am starting to show some of these ideas on my blog and hope to inspire people to use a few old waste tyres into making similar things.

Waste Tyres Uses-Collected from any tyre depot for free

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

scrap ones to be used as planters can be got from any tyre company in their area, here in Halifax UK we are only too pleased to help anyone out with some old ones.

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.