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Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight- needed Wheel Alignment?

Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight

Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight; Wheel alignment would have stopped this. Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight

Here at Pellon tyres, we are always getting customers cars with bad wheel alignment problems. The latest being a Renault Clio that the client presented to us for an MOT test that they had booked in “online”.The picture in this blog shows precisely the condition that the tyre was in, the tyre was down to the steel belt of the tyre construction, a very dangerous state to find your tyres in. If this customer checked his wheel alignment at regular periods, then the tyre would not have been in that state.

Drivers should always check their Wheel Alignment, whenever you buy a set of new tyres . It is also a great idea to have a wheel alignment when suspension parts will be replaced, or you knowingly hit the curb or going over things like speed bumps in the road. It may not appear so at the time, but your wheel alignment will probably be out of line and cause damage to your tyres.

Wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels

The first static suspension angles that need to be measured and adjusted are the caster, camber, toe, and thrust angle. Another good reason to track your is to straighten your steering back to a level position; All these problems will be solved and corrected through wheel alignment adjustment.

 Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight;A great look at a website for more technical motorists is available on the link below; 

http://www.anewtoronto.com/wheel%20alignment.html

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. My previous job was with one of the 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.

Check your Car Tyres regularly-Some Care Information and don’t forget your vans

Check your Car Tyres regularly; must be checked every week

You should Check your Car Tyres regularly,  on your vehicle including  vans at least once a week. You must look for uneven  wear, this is usually the first sign of a problem with your steering geometry and could

Check your Car Tyres regularly

car having the wheel alignment corrected

even indicate a major issue with the cars steering and, or suspension.

If you notice that the tyres are wearing off on one side, it is important that you have your wheel alignment checked and adjusted. Some cars nowadays have Four-Wheel Alignment, this means that the cars rear as well as front wheels may need changing, this is particularly common for the modern SUV type vehicles and 4x4s. This regular visual checking will also save you money as a new boot for these kinds of vehicles will cost you well over £120 these days and the prices are still rising.

Check your Car Tyres regularly

One of 4 badly worn out

Most lady customers and indeed male customers can call into a local, reputable tyre dealer and have a free inspection by one of the staff. There are no excuses for driving your car fitted with bald pieces of rubber that look like racing slicks on a grand-Prix car.

Another way that you may about a tyres problem is if your vehicle tends to pull the left or right.

The car steering wheel feels “out of line” and the car pulls to one side or the other.  This is why you should have your tracking (wheel alignment) checked out. Naturally, after you have had new tyres fitted. Customers do not understand the amount of hard work that a tyre does.Therefore, and how much punishment that tyres have to take. To when zooming down the motorway at 80 miles an hour, so you see why its so important to Check your Car Tyres regularly, they are the only things between you the road and an accident.

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.

TYRE WEAR-What you should be looking for on your tyres

TYRE WEAR

TYRE WEAR

Your TYRE wear should be checked once a week

Most ladies are not sure about checking  there tyres for wear. Come to think of it , neither do most men. So.the easiest way is to call into your local tyre and auto centre. of course, they would be only too pleased to check them for you.

You must look for premature uneven tyre wear. This is usually the first sign of a problem with your steering geometry. Consequently, could even indicate a major problem with the cars steering and, or suspension. Naturally, the first sign is that you will see a bald area appearing at the inside or the outside of your front tyres.

So, if you do notice that the tyre is wearing off at one side. Of course, it is important that you have your wheel alignment checked and adjusted.

If your tyre is wearing at the centre then you are running you tyres with too much pressure. For this reason, this needs to be adjusted. With the attention to making sure that  the correct pressure used for your model of car. Some cars nowadays have fall our wheels aligned, this means that the cars rear as well as front wheels may need adjusting, this is particularly common on the modern SUV type vehicles and 4x4s. This regular visual checking will also save you money as a new tyre for these types of vehicles will cost you well over £120 these days ,.

By having each one checked at regular intervals you will spot uneven  wear at an early stage and prevent damaged and expensive parts from becoming dangerous and costly. Most lady customers and indeed male customers can call into a local, reputable  dealer and have a free inspection by one of the staff. There is no excuses.

Another way that you may about a tyre problem is if you car tends to pull the left or right.

This is only spotted when a new tyre is fitted. Of course, when  the customer drives their car on the road for the first time. Firstly, the car steering wheel feels out of line. Pulling the vehicle to one side. Secondly, this is why you should have your Laser Wheel Alignment checked out. Especially, after you have had a new tyre or new tyres fitted. In other words, most garages have now got Wheel Alignment Machines .

customers do not understand the amount of hard work a tyre does. Including, how much punishment tyres take. In the light of them zooming down the motorway at 80 miles a hour. So you see why its so important to check yours  at regular intervals. safety is paramount!  tyres are the only things between you and an accident. Customers in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire can call in at any time for a free check.

More reading…www.carbibles.com/tyre_bible.html

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips-start of by looking after your tyre pressures.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips; Start with your tyre pressures

The first important thing to do to look after your tyres is to have the correct pressures checked on a regular basis, I prefer to have them checked every week, but at least every two week

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

tracking is crucial when looking after your tyres

is better than not at all.

Make sure that you have yours checked by a professional company, it is important that you fit the correct mix of, are their radials? Are they directional? Never mix different

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

Caravan tyre blowout due to under running under pressure

Types on the same axle for example directional with non-directional, or asymmetric the wrong way round. This is one of the problems with buying your tyres on the internet; you will not know which tyres are right or wrong until you come to have them fitted, it is a gamble that you may not want to take.

While you check your pressures, you should test the tread depth; drivers should have 1.6 mm of tread across ¾ of the tread width from the centre out, once again your local tyre dealer will do this for you, or you can purchase a simple depth gauge from your local auto DIY store.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

You should always look out for any damage to the tread and side walls, look for cuts and chunks missing out.if you are not sure to get some good advice.

Make sure that your wheels have had to balance; there is nothing worse than having a shaky steering wheel when driving on the motorway. If your tyres look to be wearing off on the edges, have your Car Wheel Alignment checked out, you may soon find out that your new tyres have worn out too quickly, so have your alignment checked out perhaps when having a service.

Look out for severe weather conditions such as snow in the forecast. If you are experiencing a severe winter, you may think about fitting proper Winter tyres for safety. If you are caught out in snow or ice do not skid too much, this will also damage them, I have witnessed a  tyre ripped apart from continuous skidding.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips;  Check your spare tyre and wheel changing equipment?

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips Check your spare. If you have got a car without a spare make sure you have enough emergency inflator liquid in your boot. Make sure you can change a wheel on your own, this may prove paramount in an emergency. Also, make sure that you have a jack and wheel brace that is in good condition when you use it.

Finally, if your car does not drive right or feels strange when cornering, it could be dodgy tyres, centres or even worse a steering problem so get them checked out.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. They can leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station. We are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Nice Triumph Spitfire-calls into Pellon Tyres for a “Wheel Alignment” Takes Me Back!

Nice Triumph Spitfire;No wheel alignment ?

Eric Roberts 8/7/2011. wheel alignment.

During the week I was walking through my garage work area.  I spotted a very nice Triumph Spitfire on a ramp having a wheel alignment by one of my mechanics Dale Linton. I could hardly believe my eyes, this was a fine specimen of a car.

This model was now classed as a vintage car here in the UK. Never the less it  still looked good to day against our modern sports cars. Cars such as the small Mazda’ s. This particular car had been really looked after and restored by its owner. He had brought the car to us for two General tyres and a wheel alignment. I had a conversation with the owner as this car brought back fond

Nice Triumph Spitfire

Nice Triumph Spitfire waiting for a wheel alignment

memories of my youth and I think it was my second car although I am sure that I had a couple of minis before upgrading to a Triumph Spitfire, my first “sports car”.

My spitfire experience was short lived however. I remember fitting two new 155×13 Dunlop tyres to the front. However  for some reason in those days,(mid sixties) we did not do any wheel alignment , in a general tyre fitting bay, It was due to go to the garage to be done as this was a job for a regular garage and the two kinds of businesses operated separately, not like to-day where we are classed as auto centres and now do all car work under one roof. I was to have the wheel alignment done after the three day holiday.

Nice Triumph Spitfire

Anyway after having my new tyres fitted I set off to a seaside resort in Yorkshire UK called Scarborough, (it was a pilgrimage for young people to visit the resort on most bank holidays,here in the North of England), I met up with some friends in a small village at a party, but we decided to leave the party and go into Scarborough for the evening fun.

I set off in my gleaming “spitfire” and my friend followed in his old Austin Cambridge,(now another vintage car). We headed for the main A64 route into the resort, we went down a small country road and round a sharp bend . We came across the A64 at great speed, I slammed all on with the brakes but my friends car would not stop crashing into the back of me. Luckily no one was hurt, but both cars were “write off’s”.

Never did get my “wheel alignment”

My Nice Triumph Spitfire was a write off after only three weeks of ownership. My car was towed back to Dewsbury and it never got the wheel alignment done at garage what a sad day.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

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.

VW Polo Calls in with bad Performance Problems?

A VW Polo day?

After the school summer holidays have finished, we start to get busier in the garage repair side of the business. The tyre side starts to pick up nearer November, with the approach winter.

VW Polo with clutch and engine problems

VW Polo with clutch and engine problems

Like many other garages we try to plan our work schedules and book the various car repair jobs in accordingly.

One particular day last week when we were fully booked up and very busy, a breakdown truck turned up on the forecourt with a black VW Passat on the back. The car looked to have had a small front end shunt and the front wheel was sticking out at an angle. The VW Passat was a 2009 TDi and the car had been bumped when parked up in the local supermarket.

We pulled the VW off the trailer and pushed it onto a ramp. We soon discovered that the front wheel had been hit and had completely bent the steering arm. This had totally disabled the car from being driven. The remedy was easy; a new steering arm was fitted and the car was given a Laser Wheel Alignment

to correct and re-set the steering. The owner picked up his car and went home happy.

We were not so lucky with the next car that was booked in for the engine shuddering and banging. The car was a VW Polo 1.4 TDi 2002. It belonged to a friend of the family’s son, who had just passed his driving test.

The VW Polo had been left with us and we took the car out for a road test to try find out what the problem was. The first thing that we noticed was that the clutch had gone, but there was other things going on at the same time, it was a mix-match of problems. We were well trusted by the customer and so decided that we had to fix the clutch first. We removed the clutch housing and found that the clutch had indeed gone.

After replacing the clutch the VW Polo did go a little better, but the engine was definitely not right, it was shuddering and juddering.

VW Polo, Passat with its bent steering arm

VW Passat with its bent steering arm

VW Polo Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) had to be checked out.

The MAF sensor is the instrument that checks the temperature and the weight of the air that is entering the VW Polo engine. This information is then sent to the on-board computer, which calculates the correct amount of fuel that the engine requires to operate at.

The sensor works by measuring the current that is required to check the temperature while the air blows past. The MAF will start to clog up with dirt and other particles over time and this blockage is the thing that can cause your engine to have problems. The symptoms are exactly what was related to this problem. Poor starting, the engine would not run properly and would not accelerate, especially up hills.

Some people say that if you can clean the MAF sensor at regular periods then these problems would not arise, but we have always found that we have had to replace the part. We also fitted a new air filter and the VW Polo was a different car, it was road tested and the change of the MAF sensor revitalised the car, back to normal engine functions.

We also noticed that the steering had got a knocking noise and a vibration and on inspection found that the car also needed a Front Arm rear bush. We fitted this new bush and adjusted the wheel alignment. Here at Pellonautocentre we can repair all makes and types of cars.

It was an expensive day for the customer, but you would be surprised how many of our customers drive their car until it drops to pieces, nothing new there?

VW Polo,VW Passat with the steering arm how it should be

VW Passat with the steering arm how it should be

Just a few problems that we can get: in a busy garage.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer VW Polo 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 Pirelli 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.