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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car-Corsa came to us with a “Worn Tyres problem”-Scary Story Unfolded?

Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car

Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car

As many of us garage owners all know, then we do get some scary cars presented to us. Especially when things turned out to be something I would consider to be dangerous. As the owner of an MOT centre, we do see some worrying things!

Things such as holes in the car floors. Sometimes we have had cars presented to us with completely rotted brake pipes. So, rotten brake pipes could go at any time and cause a nasty accident. Many drivers are oblivious to these problems and just shrug them off as “one of those things”.

Vauxhall Corsa Danger Car

Tyres like this are dangerous and presented to us on a fairly regular basis?

Tyres are another problem.

Recently a driver complained that his car was making a bumping sound from the back of the car. As a result of a close examination we discovered a rear tyre with a massive “egg” on the inside shoulder. Apparently, he had noticed the noise got worse when he was doing 70 MPH on the M62 motorway. Wow, this is one of the reasons why we have so many road accidents. Drivers neglecting their vehicles.

Some cars have problems from when they were brand new. We have had several cars presented to us in the past. Hence, with on going problems. One Citroen Picasso had constant tyre wear problems. We never really got to the bottom of that after several wheel adjustment attempts. The car had to go back to Citroen for some alterations in the end.

This particular Vauxhall Corsa was having “tyre wear” issues.


The owner said he had to keep buying part worn tyres because the car was eating them up and he could not afford new ones. Of course, we suspected the wheel alignment at first. Consequently, we set the car up on our new “wheel alignment centre” So, as soon as we had the car up on a ramp we do a visual inspection of the steering parts.

What a shock when we found the cause. A “track rod end” which is an important part of the steering was so badly worn that it was ready to come off. Of course if this had come off at high speed then the driver would have lost control of the car. These things are presentable by having your car regularly serviced. Vehicle owners think that we just change the oils and filters.

However, if this guy had a regular service to his Corsa. Then parts that are starting to wear would have been found at an early stage. Including this track rod end.

Other interesting fault cars presented to garages for testing can be seen on this DVLA article.

Eric Roberts

Steering Wheel Not Straight ?-Why do you have to to check your Wheel Alignment?

Steering Wheel Not Straight ?

Steering Wheel Not Straight ?

Steering Wheel Not Straight ?

This article reminded me of the number of customers that come to my garage here in Halifax with the same problem. Hence, their steering wheel is not straight.

or many of them say that when the steering wheel is straight then their car pulls to the left or the right. It really does make driving uncomfortable when this is the problem.

Modern cars now have much more refined steering and suspension systems. This makes wheel alignment even more important than ever.

Correct alignment also ensures that your tyres do not wear out prematurely. Another problem after this long wet and snowy winter is the large amount of potholes that are appearing everywhere.

As a result many cars steering has been knocked out of alignment. many cars will show this by pulling to one side. Thus making driving more difficult and not a pleasurable experience.

This also wears your tyres out prematurely.

You would be surprised at the number of cars that come to us for new tyres with one of the sidewalls worn out. As a result sometimes down to the steel cords of the sidewalls. Of course this is the best time to set your alignment up correctly. So, when you buy some new tyres. many of our customers do actually do this. Enabling your tyres to get off to a good start. many tyres now, especially on SUV’s  are very expensive.

Therefore the tyres really do need looking after correctly. We do balance your wheels when we fit new tyres but wheel alignment is a separate job altogether. When we fit a customers tyres we do inform them if we suspect the alignment is out. We do a free check and charge from £34.90 upwards for the alignment to be corrected.

Eric Roberts

If you have a car then this is very important thing which you should do.And the thing is to check the Wheel Alignment.Because this can save your many important things.

Source: Why to check Wheel Alignment?

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher-Damn You Pothole and Other Important Tyre Developments

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Potholes back Again

 

Post Updated 4th March 2018

Can potholes damage your tyres?

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

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.

Because of this they are not carrying out essential road repairs, such as correctly filling in the holes. On Station Road where I live there has been a huge increase in the number of potholes appearing from nowhere. Of course with the added hazard of snow and ice, then these holes are dangerous and will damage cars suspension and tyres.

Nokian Tyres from Finland may have the answer

Potholes back Again Nokian Tyres Tougher

Of course this is happening all over the UK.  Putting a strain on the road traffic that uses our roads. Hence, in the past two weeks alone we have seen cars with broken steering parts. Especially, springs and ripped tyres due to the size of the holes in our roads. Leading to many Pothole Claims. Since I wrote the original article.

So, tyre companies have been striving to produce tyres from stronger and lighter materials. Therefore, one particular tyre company “Nokian” the inventors of winter tyres. Have come up with a stronger safer tyre that could aid drivers in the battle against pothole damage.

Nokian have come up with an added ingredient to their summer tyres sidewalls. The Nokian E Line and Z Line range of SUV tyres now use “Aramid“. Aramid is a material used in “bullet proof vests” and is very strong indeed. I am not saying that these tyres are the “Holy grail” when it comes to protecting us against all potholes. But it is a good step in the right direction.

I am convinced that these tyres are a safer tyre than the ones without aramid and are an added safety feature.

Many potholes cause small chunks of sidewall damage. Enough to warrant the driver having to buy a new tyre. So, I am convinced by the tough tyre testing of this Nokian SUV tyre. That they have enhanced safety features and well worth the investment for your families safety.

Eric Roberts

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

by Gone-Walkabout Question by Brittiny Hylan: How much should a BMW wheel alignment on a bmw cost? I was charged $ 65 today just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a bmw cost?

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

The question of rear wheel alignment has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business and the garage owners priorities will determine

whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a wheel alignment machine say made by Hunter or a smaller machine say made by Acu-track.

The thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market, but they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another pint to look at before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have, to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction, similar to an industrial warehouse, with a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines, but a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays, and when we fit a ramp into the bay we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results when you do the front BMW Wheel Alignment. It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. We only offer to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment and £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. We take them all on as they come, some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

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 of national tyre companies in my younger 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 Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

 

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Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft-Not much of a common problem here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK.

Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft

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Fiat Leon Failing Driveshaft

I must admit that this is not a common problem for my mechanics here at pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK. Of course like any other mechanical part, then the problem starts in a small way. This lady driver thought that her wheels needed balancing. Of course that was her first assumption? Hence, a vibration from the front of her car could have been a wheel balance problem. However this was not to be the case?

As a result a month ago then we balanced the cars wheels and also checked out the tyres at the same time. All looked well with the tyres, just the perennial problem of the wheel alignment requiring some adjustment. But the balancing proved to be fine and off she drove into the sunset?

However the vibrating did not stop and a strange low pitch grinding noises could be heard? The lady carried on driving the car and visited her local supermarket. When she started the car and tried to move off then a much louder cranking banging noise came from the drivers side front.

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The lady quickly realised that she had a major problem. Consequently, the car would not drive and so she contacted us for advice. As a result we knew that the drive had gone and she was thought to have had wheel balancing problems. These things tied up too be the driveshaft. Because the car is a front wheel drive then the car has two driveshafts, more commonly known as “half shafts“.

Fiat Leon Failing (half shaft)

The half shafts so takes the power from the engine and sends this power to drive the wheels. In this case a front wheel drive car has a drive shaft at each side of the engine. On a rear wheel drive car the drive shaft transmits the engines power to the “differential” which in turn transmits the power to the rear wheels. Of course,there are many different variants to this. But in general the outcome is very much the same.

As a result that the car was un-drivable, we recovered the car back to our garage. So on arrival we drove the car onto a vacant ramp and proceeded to remove the front wheels. So, the half-shaft connects to the brake and wheel assembly via the “constant velocity joint” This is a system of small bearings that allows the wheels to turn when the car has been driven along. This assembly is protected from the elements by a rubber boot. The rubber boot is filled with “high heat resistance” grease.

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Subsequently, the problems occur when the rubber boot splits for some reason. This is more common in areas where there are problems with “pot holes“. The damage can be seen in my images. A complete replacement half shaft was the best solution for this model of car and the customer gave permission for the job doing.

It turned out well for us, because that Saturday, then we had a snow fall. This has the effect of keeping our customers tucked up in bed. However we did get busier with tyres sales later on in the morning. All in all a good days work ?

Eric Roberts

 

 

Changing car tyres-When Should You Change Your Car Tyres? | Automotive Tools review

Changing car tyres

Some people know that they should be checking their tyres, but they have no idea what to look for and they just glance at Changing car tyres and then report that they regularly check them. Here is a list about what you should be …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

When indeed do we think about  Changing car tyres?

This is an interesting article from Automotive Tools Revue. You would think that it would be easy to determine when your tyres need changing, but it is the same as everything in life, some people know what to do, or what they are looking at and other people do not and have to ask for advice.

Watch for the Point-S sign

Fortunately we are one of those trades that are only willing to help people with their tyre problems and most companies are only too willing to give a free tyre report for their customers. Many independent tyre retailers are affiliated to an organisation called Point-S, and the members can be found on the Point-S web site, where you can find your nearest tyre retailer, who will only be too willing to give your car a free tyre check and recommend when you should be Changing car tyres.

If you do not have a Point-S tyre retailer in your area, then I am sure that a local garage will do the job for them at no cost to the customer.

The first thing to look at before Changing car tyres is to see if your tyres are worn on one side, they will look as if they have no tread cut into the tyres. This is a sure sign that your tyres will need replacing and the car will also need a wheel alignment. This is a sign that the tyre have been scrubbed off at one side, because the wheel alignment was not set correctly.

The other way to check to see if it may be necessary for  Changing car tyres is to look for the small bumps of rubber that are set between the tread at 1.6mm deep, this is the British Governments law for the tread depth that your tyres should be at, although we in the trade think that it should now be 3mm because of the change in driving conditions since the last tyre laws were passed. These laws are pretty much the same in the USA and much of Europe to help keep the high standards of safety.

To conclude the best way  to check your tyres is to take your car to your tyre retailer and they will check them for you free of charge.

 

Car Tyres by 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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Car Care Month October-Autumn CAR CARE Month-Check Your Car Before the On-set of Winter

Car Care Month-October

Car Care Month-October

October is Fall Car Care Month

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Uneven wear indicates the need for a wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check the tire pressure and tread depth once a month.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car care all ties up with the UK tyre safe Month

As October Car Care Month nears the end and the really cold and bad weather approaches, we all still have time to have a real good look at your car tyres. It is important to have the correct tyre pressures, which is essential for your family’s safety when driving on our busy roads. The last thing that a driver wants is to have a tyre blow out on them while driving down a busy Motorway, or in rush hour traffic, so take the first step and please check yourTyre Pressures.

Another point about under inflated tyres is that they  will not last as long, they wear at a quicker rate, without the Correct Pressures. Also you will use

Car Care Month

Car Care Month;check your light bulbs

less fuel if your tyres are not at the correct pressures and the car will not handle as good and could cause you to lose control of your car when cornering and braking.

This month, October Car Care Month is the time to start the habit of checking your tyre Air Pressure and then you can get into the habit of checking your tyres on a monthly basis, if you are not sure of how to do this, or some people may not want to get dirty, you can call into your local Tyre Car Care Centre and you will be able to get a FREE tyre check, it is well worth the ten minutes of your time and could save you money on your fuel consumption.

If you are struggling to find a good tyre dealer in Car Care Month, you can do so by looking online to find a member of POINT-S Tyres.

Thanks Eric Roberts a member of TYRESAFE.ORG

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038 Lucas Battery- And New Tyres for This Wolsley Elf Mini

 038 Lucas Battery and Tyres that we fitted  were 145X10

I am totally amazed at the number of classic cars that are still on the today I thought that the time I reached my sixties, all these cars would have disappeared, but how wrong can you 038 Lucas Batteryget.

When Spring arrives all these old cars come out of their garages and are proudly driven about by their owners. This is when we see these cars in my garage, not a week will go by without us seen at least two classic cars having new tyres fitted or a new battery fitted or delivered from our internet site.

038 Lucas Battery

Triumph Spitfires are fitted with 038 Lucas Battery

The most popular battery this year has been the 038 Lucas Battery. This is the battery that was the big seller in the late sixties and early seventies, it fitted most British Leyland cars including the Wolsley Mini as  well as Vauxhalls and Hillmans. The 038 Lucas Battery fitted such cars as all the Mini Cars and 1100,s Vauxhall Vivas, Hillman Imps and many more. Many other models including the Triumph Spitfires also used the 038 Lucas Battery, making the battery very popular, even today.

Many of the older models were fitted with a 6volt battery system, which we still sell today. There is only one company that makes the 6 volt casings and this is in South Africa. They export this battery to all over the World where it is labelled up by many companies including Tungstone batteries and Numax batteries.

Back to tyres ?

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Wolsley Elf having its new tyres fitted

However this week we were honored to have a Rolls Royce Wraith and this Mini visit us the Mini was owned by a local retired business man from Sowerby up in the hills next to Halifax, who called in to buy two front and have the wheel alignment corrected.

Anyhow the tyres were fitted and the wheel alignment carried out and of the car went. I cant wait for next week to see what the next classic car comes through the doors.

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Leisure 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.

Whats Rubber- Without rubber latex there would be no tyres?

Whats Rubber

Whats Rubber-Rubber tyres but what is it?

Rubber is one of those everyday things that we take for granted. We all use things made of rubber in our daily lives. In my case, I see large things made of rubber, namely tyres. Most of the Worlds rubber is manufactured from a white runny substance that is extracted from trees in huge rubber plantations that are grown in the tropical regions of the World. The white substance is called Latex and is obtained from the small trees from slits in the bark that allow the latex to run into collecting cups. These cups are then poured into bigger vessels and collected. The collection of the latex is very labour intensive and requires thousands of people to work in the vast forest plantations that stretch for mile after mile covering many acres.

This simple process marks the beginning of making tyres and all other Natural Rubber products. The latex has to move to storage factory facilities very quickly as it soon sets to a solid from its runny liquid form when it is extracted from the trees. The rubber is then split up to be used in separate products.

When the latex is in the process, of being moved. Such as during transportation. An amount of Ammonia is added which stops the latex from setting, before arriving at the factory for processing. When the rubber reaches the plant, it is allowed to set into sheets and is cut to size for shipping. It is often referred to as “Gum Rubber”.

Way, it is necessary to mix the gum rubber with other chemicals.

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These are usually sulphur and peroxide or bisphenol. This mixture improves the resistance. Preventing the dough from perishing. This process is known as Vulcanisation. Naturally,  was seen as pioneering work by Charles Goodyear back in 1839. He also used carbon black. Hence, to improve the strength of the rubber mix that is necessary for the manufacturing of rubber tyres. Making tyres is a very complicated process of mixing the right chemicals and always needing and heating the rubber mixture using huge machines and would require another article, but I still think it is amassing how a tyre starts out in a rubber plantation as a white liquid and ends up like a tyre.

Creating rubber in the tyre factory is carried out in several ways. Extrusion is one of the most common methods used this is when the rubber is heated and passed through large rollers to mould the rubber. The rubber is then heated and the forced at high pressure through a small hole this method can produce long strands of rubber. Another method of creating rubber is compression moulding. This is done under heat and pressure, however, this time the rubber is heated in a mould. The rubber is then left to cool in the mould, and the rubber creates a replica of the mould. The final way of which rubber can be moulded is a method of injection moulding. This is achieved by heating rubber again which is then injected into a mould and cooled to create the ultimate product tyres.

 Eric Roberts

 

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