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MOT Test Dilemna-Nearly 1 in 5 cars that gets through MOT exam is not roadworthy – Daily Mail

MOT Test Dilemna

MOT Test Dilemna- Last year some 27.48 million vehicles took the MOT test with a pass rate of 60 per cent. A DVSA report said 18.1 per cent of those which passed should have failed, which is up from last year.

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First MOT Test from Three to Four Years- will put drivers in Danger?

I must declare myself as the owner of an MOT testing station in the UK.

The article in the Auto Express from its editor in chief Steve Fowler looks to be a little scary. I think I know where is coming from though. The new government are looking for all sorts of tin-pot ways to save money. They have already reduced the number of staff that is working to keep our MOT testing system in one piece, but we are now getting close to the limits that the DVSA (old VOSA) can cope with.

A few years ago the MOT system was split into three parts. Each

MOT Test Dilemna
Famous MOT sign that may be coming under disrepute

MOT station was allocated a colour red, amber and green. If you were a clean station without complaints or any testing problems in the past you would be in the green zone. If you have had many problems in the past you would be in the red zone, the amber zone was for those in between.

Points are awarded against you, depending how serious the offence may have been. Depending on which zone you were in also accounted for the number of visits that you would get from VOSA. We are in the green lane and so we have the minimum of visits, we are more trustworthy to carry out the testing procedures according to the law and the manuals.

At the same time the number of inspectors were reduced, and in my opinion this is where the problems arise that are coming out in these figures. Not all garages are completely trustworthy. Three million cars that, have wrongly  passed  the MOT is a massive claim and a major MOT Test Dilemna ?

The next cost cutting measure will be the extension of the period that a new car requires an MOT test. The government claim that it will save motorists money, but it will also save them money as it will take out millions of cars for testing when the three years to four years period comes in.

The attached article is a very good read because it gives many facts and figures that I don’t really want to repeat as regarding the MOT Test Dilemna . I know that they are making our roads a more dangerous by messing about with petty cut backs; they have even dumbed down the excellent computer system, which by the way crashed recently leaving millions of drivers without a valid MOT test certificate.

 

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/british-mot-testing-under-threat-from-european-union-yet-again/

Tyre Inspection Imperative-Checking the tyres could save your life?

Tyre Inspection Imperative

Tyre Inspection Imperative

Tyre Inspection Imperative;Why do tyres need to regular inspections? This video explains what should be checked as part of a routine maintenance plan, and why.

In today’s fast and furious road and driving conditions.Hence, it has never been as important for you to check your tyres. As a result, on a regular basis .The banner title of “tyre inspection imperative”. Therefore, has never been a truer statement.

Many of our customers do not realise.What the effects of just one of their tyres. What the affect a loss of pressure can have on the handling of  cars. We had a guy in the other week. Who openly admitted that he had a screw in his tyre.Of course, he was pumping it up every week for the past six weeks.

That is ridiculousness ?  he thought he was doing the correct thing , but i wonder how long he had been travelling on the motorway with a tyre that only had half the pressure in it. In my opinion if i have ever had a car with a part deflated tyre, then the car never handles correctly and is difficult to control, constantly pulling to the side where the partially flat tyre is.

Tyre Inspection Imperative

Some of the worse culprits that i have seen have been van drivers.

tyre inspection imperative
Under-inflated Tyres;tread depth should be taken at least every two weeks

They just do not correct the tyre pressures when their vans are fully loaded? in the worse cases you can see that the driver is struggling to keep the van in a straight line. In many cases the van driver must have a tyre blowout, just because of the heavy load combined with too little air pressure in the tyres. So the tyre inspection imperative, warning should be taken seriously at all times,and a safer journey will be the result.

A must watch video about the importance of checking your tyres? good visual aids have been added to make the video easy to understand, great for young people just starting to learn the ropes about driving and road safety including the very important tyres.

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Oil Changes-90-Second Oil Changes Could Be The Death Of DIY Mechanics By 2020 – Car Throttle

Oil Changes

Castrol’s new Nexcel tech promises 90-second drop oil changes and dry sumps for all. But could this revolutionary new process spell the end for DIY home mechanic?

Wow this is out of the blue?

All the energy in the recent auto scene has been dedicated to the engine emissions and cutting back on greenhouse gasses, but i never saw this one coming. Changing oil is pretty easy and i would not have thought that engineers were or would be looking for ways of making it easier.

I can see where they are coming from, but i feel that the prediction of most cars having this technology fitted by 2020 a little far fetched, but you never know. it is nice to see some stuff coming out about the regular cars and not the electric side of the jog, for a change.

Little has changed when carrying out Oil Changes, over the past fifty years and more. Just about everybody could change the oil in their car, but things are about to change.

The old oil in the engine will enter the box. The box will then be unplugged and then removed. A new cartridge will be inserted containing the correct amount of oil for the particular model of car.

The box will be electronically connected to the cars engine management system and it is claimed that this will give better engine CO2 emission results. The old oil in the box will then be recycled responsibly.

in my opinion car designs will have to change to fit the Oil Changes box under the car bonnet, although it is battery sized and if the battery was removed to another part of the car, then it could work.

Also there is nothing said about topping your oil level up, or when Oil Changes, will take place? Only time will tell whether or not this is a good idea or not?

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/oil-change/ 

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