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All Car Maintenance Stuff

All Car Maintenance Stuff

Catalytic Converter Maintenance-Essential maintenance and care tips for catalytic converters

Catalytic Converter Maintenance

Bosal offers the ‘do’s and dont’s’ when it comes to cats Catalytic converter maintenance: Bosal shares the ‘dos and don’ts’. According to Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components, a supplier of complete exhaust systems, at least 150,000 people put the wrong fuel into their vehicles each year. To prevent damage […]

Catalytic Converter Maintenance

Catalytic Converter Maintenance

It seems to be strange writing about Exhaust systems and catalytic converters. hence, these parts are now highly developed and are an important in the modern day cars emissions system.

Gone are the days when we used to stock as much as £30K’s worth of exhaust systems. Of course, this would include catalytic converters. For this reason, cars would have a specific exhaust system fitted to each model.

Unlike tyres, where one tyre size will fit many car models. I remember a great deal that I did with Bosal Exhausts. I had to rent a small warehouse. Necessarily, the warehouse had to be fitted out with specialist racking.

This was to include all the different sizes and shapes of the exhausts and cats(catalytic converters). Part of the deal for a stock order, was for Bosal to carry out the racking free of charge. I was amazed at the speed and workmanship that it took to build all the racking. Accordingly, to me it was a work of art.

After a couple of  years, the exhaust market started to decline and we reverted back to the old method of buying exhausts and cats as they were required. However it was good while it lasted?

According to Bosal Automotive & Industrial Components, a supplier of complete exhaust systems, at least 150,000 people put the wrong fuel into their vehicles each year. All Bosal products are type approved in accordance with the European directive for replacement silencing systems 70/157.

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Women Drivers-Not Charged More For Car Repairs Despite Media Claims – motoring.co.uk

Women Drivers- not charged more than men for car repairs despite recent claims in the media, WhoCanFixMyCar.com argues.

When i saw the original post that accused service garages of overcharging our Women Drivers, i became very angry?

This article comes a little nearer the truth and finds that the reverse is more like the truth. I would like to think that on a like for like job, then men and women would be charged the same, but i am sure that each gender leans a little towards his or hers type of  customer.

I noticed a few years ago now that our Women Drivers customer base was increasing and has now overtaken the men for visits to my service centre garage.

We have always been fair and honest with all our customers and i think that this has come across extremely well with our lady car owners. In fact i went a step further and now employ a female manager, to run my garage.

Deb has great strengths in the customer relations department and is excellent with both men and women customers, but i do not mind admitting that Women Drivers, do trust another lady in the garage environment and it is proving a very successful  move on my behalf, with no negative affects, in all departments.

This article has been sen to prove that in most cases women are let off more lightly when quoted for a like for like job? don’t ask me why, but i think it may be closer to the truth than being overcharged by garages as the last report suggested.

garages can become more female friendly by small but important additions to the reception area. Here in my service centre, we always have fresh flowers on display and up to date womens magazines. Cleanliness is also very important and a fresh smell. How many garages actually smell of oil,tyres or petrol, this does not appeal to lady drivers.

We made these changes a few years ago are are reaping the benefits. We also make sure that our courtesy cars were female friendly, they usually do not like driving big old cars?

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/servicing-and-repair/

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Fake Brake Parts-Garages warned about the dangers of fitting fake brakes

Fake Brake Parts

Brand reveals how to spot counterfeits and highlights the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts. According […]

Fake Brake Parts

This warning comes out of the world famous Mintex brake company. However, It is not a new problem here in the UK. In my opinion, it started when thousands of back street car part shops started to open up in the late seventies.

Fake Brake Parts

Many of the brake parts and indeed other car parts were fake. My father, worked in an old established car parts company in Dewsbury, here in the UK. Of course this business was badly affected. Consequently, they could not compete with the cheap imported and fake brake parts, that these bucket shops were selling.

I also remember a TV programme of undercover reporters. Because, I was in the trade, I took great interest. The TV programme had perpetrated a group of counterfeit car parts manufacturers in Turkey. The parts included brake linings and discs and pads.

Fake Brake Parts

Thus, they were made in Turkey and counterfeited with leading manufacturers. Accordingly, they were even branded as names such as Mercedes and BMW. You could order any box name that you wanted.

These were then imported into the UK and sold at cheap prices in bucket car spare shops. Therefore, killing off old established local businesses.

It looks like the practice has raised its ugly head again? that’s if it ever went away?

Eric Roberts

Aftermarket brand, Mintex is warning independent garages about the dangers of fitting counterfeit parts and says it’s important that garages know how to spot a fake and understand the consequences of fitting fraudulent parts.

Halfords MOT tester guilty-of issuing a pass without doing test

Halfords MOT tester guilty

Whistle blower contacted the DVSA with concerns that a tester was issuing certificates without inspecting cars A Halfords MOT fraudster has been charged. Image credit: Google Street View. Steven McDermott, an ex-employee at St Austell’s Halfords Autocentre, admitted that he had issued an MOT certificate without undertaking the physical […]

Halfords MOT tester guilty

Halfords MOT tester guilty

I should not be saying this. But I have some sort of sympathy for the Halfords management. Hence, years ago when I was just learning the trade. One of my mentors, a Mr Eric Mercer gave one of his words of wisdom. Thus, never to “slag off”, your competition. I have remembered these words for the rest of my business life.

This rule applies to Halfords? An Mot tester is a highly respected job. Of course, the tester must be skilled at his job as a mechanic, but because of his position, must also be a very honest person.

Therefore, it is the later than concerns me as the owner of an MOT station myself. As a result, I have learned that the best policy is to employ you people and learn them the job over a number of years. This almost ensures that the same guys can be trusted. Especially, with MOT decisions.

Halfords MOT tester guilty

I have only had a few problems with MOT testers that I have had to employ from outside my apprentice system. In my opinion, I think that this is where the large multi-branch fitting stations come a cropper.

They have to employ some staff without any genuine record of trust and honesty. This why I sympathise with Halfords. It is only possible to catch employees out when they are caught in the act.

Therefore I am sure that this is what the Halfords management are up against. We take great care of our staff and would be surprised if any of our MOT testers ever left us to work at a national company. They are a very important part of my business.

Unfortunately, companies the likes of Halfords have to employ what I call floating staff. Hence, with no loyalty and are more likely to try and fiddle MOT test results.

Brake Safety-Awareness Month – Boston.com (blog)

Brake Safety

Stop what you’re doing and think for a moment. When was the last time you had your Brake Safety checked?

it  surprises me when i still see the amount of car owners that come into my service centre (Pellonautocentre) here in Halifax UK, with complaints of squeaks and bad rattling noises coming from their cars, when driving along?

I must also confess, that the majority of the car owners are ladies?

Not all but a 60/40% split is about the average. Anyhow we do get our fair share of Brake Safety problems, because we live in a hilly area and the customers are using their brakes more, (especially when going downhill). I am not complaining because the brake business can be very lucrative and garages can make a good margin.

The problem with brakes is that when they start to wear out then the wear spreads to other parts. For example if your pads are worn down to the metal, then it is likely that you will damage the brake discs. This can then go onto damage your brake calipers and so on.

The best and safest bet is to have your brakes checked and serviced at a regular period. This will “nip any early problems in the bud” and possibly save you money on future repairs.

Unfortunately drivers are very busy people and before they know it the car has gone a year (or two) with having the brakes checked?

This is when the banging and grinding noises come in, when the apply their brakes. They than panic and call us in a state of shock! Because Brake Safety and tyres are so important ,then we try our best to get the car in the same day and fix the problem. This is usually the pads that need replacing.

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CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC- Tyre company back total ban on drivers using Mobile-Phones

CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC

Related manufacturers: After Market Products , CONNECTIVITY , Motoring Surveys , Parts & Accessories , Safety , Technology , Tyres NISSAN UK – With drivers’ use of mobile phones acknowledged as endemic, two-thirds of motorists believe the Government should introduce technology to disable certain phone functions for the sake […]

CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC

CONTINENTAL TYRES

Millions of British motorists, are guilty of driving whilst using mobile phones. Many authorities, including the Government are looking at technology to block drivers from using their phones.

 With drivers’ use of mobile phones acknowledged as endemic. For this reason, two-thirds of motorists believe the Government should introduce technology. Therefore, to disable certain phone functions for the sake of safety according to new research released today.

It is not just taking calls.But a larger concern is drivers reading texts. Including the  checking of social media profiles. Hence, viewing emails is now more of a concern than taking or making  phone calls.Thus, this means that the drivers are not just speaking on their phones but taking their eyes off the road. Naturally when reading and sending texts.

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DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter-Everything you need to know about DPFs

DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter

DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter

Technical advice and know-how from aftermarket supplier, Bosal As a leading supplier for the aftermarket, Bosal Automotive and Industrial Components exploits its expertise in the automotive sector to pioneer state-of the-art technology for exhaust systems. A DPF operates as an emission-reducing measure in diesel engines by trapping the exhaust […]

DPF-Diesel Particulate Filter

I thought that this article would be a great follow-up to the last one about MOT changes. Of course, the changes will not be coming in until next May. Mechanics and MOT testers  will know all about the DPF and the illegal removal of them.

Hence, the UK Ministry of Transport has decided to update the MOT test in May 2017. This should eliminate the grey area that exists at the moment.

Naturally, a DPF operates as an emission-reducing measure. Hence, in diesel engines by trapping the exhaust stream particulate matter by the process of filtration.

This process is an efficient and effective way of removing diesel particulate matter (DPM) from the exhaust stream.

During a ‘regeneration’ process, the soot collected is incinerated at high temperatures with virtually no residues.

Modified MOT changes-to be introduced in May following DPF investigation

Modified MOT changes

Modified MOT changes

Modified MOT changes

New methods to better detect the presence of DPFs are under development, Department for Transport tells GW Research to better detect DPF removal through emissions follows fears that the current MOT is failing to identify many cases of DPF removal because it only includes a ‘visual inspection’ of the […]

DPF is short jargon for “Diesel Particulate Filter” a sort of catalytic convertor for diesel cars. Many owners of diesel cars. Hence, here in the UK. Of course, have them removed. The DPFs are also cut open with cutting gear. So all the insides are removed and then the DPF is welded back up.

This is of course, illegal. The removal of the DPF, helps the diesel cars to perform better. Accordingly, the drawback is that the engines then turn out more pollution into the atmosphere.

It is an offence, under the Road Vehicles Regulations to use a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet.

Heavy fines for removing this from your car could be as much as £1000 or £4000 for a van owner. The Department of Transport, are looking for of developing a machine for testing the cars with a DPF fitted. Of course, at the moment the regulations only say that a visual examination is required.

 

 

Brake Check Time-Ensure Your Car Can Stop Properly Using Quality Brakes in Casper WY

Brake Check Time
brake check time

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Good brakes are very important? it is brake check time again

However you would be surprised at the number of drivers. Thus, that call into my garage here in Halifax Yorkshire.Panicking about the DREADFUL noise coming from their car when braking. We know straight away what this is likely to be?

The brake pads?

This problem manifests itself. Of course, when the car has not had a service for a long period of time.

When we check the brakes. Then sure enough the car will have worn out brake pads. Usually damaging the  brake discs. As a result, the damage is caused. Because the lining on the pads has worn away completely.So is down to the bare metal. This in turn wears away the metal discs(rotors) causing then to require replacing.

This is why I say that it is brake check time again? The first warm summer weather is about to reach us here in Britain and millions of us will be driving to the coast or a theme park. For many families it will be their first real run out in their cars.

Brake Check Time

This is why it is very important to have your car serviced, even if it is only once a year. Car servicing also includes checking your cars brakes. Alternatively you could simply have your brakes checked at your local garage or auto-centre. many garages do still offer a free brake check. If you see this in your area then take advantage because it really is brake check time again.

Many of our customers here in Halifax Yorkshire are very sensible and do have a service before setting out on a day trip or indeed their annual holidays. We do often see though cars that are broken down at the side of the road. This could be avoided in many cases by having your car serviced or at least make sure that you have checked the car yourself before departing on your next journey,but do not forget that it is brake check time again?

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/car-brake-noises-and-causes/

Cheap Gas (petrol) Helps Pull the Plug on Electric Cars – TIME

cheap gas

cheap gas

Sales of the Nissan Leaf and other electric cars have dipped thus far in 2015, and automakers have resorted to price cuts to boost interest in plug-ins.

I did not think for one minute that the sales of electric cars would hold  up went he petrol prices came down. Cheap gas is to blame.

Motorists think with their pockets?

If there is any way the motoring public. Hence, can save money on their motoring costs then they will. Accordingly, you have only to look at the large volume of part worn tyres. So, that are sold today to see that. For this reason, drivers will always try to save money. Wherever possible. In fact, they will travel miles to save a few pence per gallon.

I remember when we had previous fuel shortages, the Suez crisis, sticks in my mind. There was all sorts of talk from governments about the environment and how that horrible oil could be replaced, by a greener alternative. What happened?

cheap gas

As soon as it was all over and the price of fuel dropped we all went back to our old habits and the green thing was forgotten about.

I suspect that something like this will happen again with perhaps a few technologies sticking with us. I like the idea of the hydrogen fuel cars and the EV’s with a battery and a petrol engine to carry out the journey when the battery power ran out.

With the fuel price dropping again the fickle public are reverting back to the cheapest cars, using the cheapest fuels and are not really concerned about the environment. The governments have warned us about the environment, but i do not think that we trust them any more.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

All drivers have been penalised in the past years. Especially, with high fuel prices. Cheap gas (petrol) has now returned and is a bonus to us all. Many car owners think very short term when choosing to buy a new car. My belief is that car owners are starting to shun the more expensive electric cars. Because the  cheap gas is the main reason. The problem is that it only takes a world incident to force the prices up again, but many people only think about today. it is going to be a problem for the car makers to solve this problem, unless they bring down the price of the EV’s and other technology driven cars.

Written by Eric Roberts

Source: time.com