Leisure Battery Scheme to launch at the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2015 – Caravan Times

Leisure Battery Scheme

Never worry about buying the wrong battery again, thanks to the NCCs new Leisure Battery Scheme, set for launch this October

Leisure Battery Scheme-NCC launches its Verified Leisure Battery Scheme? Will it work?

As the owner of online battery site Batteriesontheweb.co.uk, I think that this is a step in the right direction. When I look and see all the different types and sizes of so called leisure batteries for sale, it makes me cringe?

How the owner of a caravan or motorhome chooses a new battery I will never know. I also hope that the National Caravan Council (NCC) distinguish the different battery types. The one that complicates people is the normal sealed lead acid battery and the AGM battery.

In my experience many leisure vehicle owners should be fitting AGM batteries and not the so called leisure batteries.  The AGM batteries are deep cycle batteries, which can be discharged down to practically zero percent. The battery can then totally recharge to full capacity without any problems. This type of battery is also a truly sealed Leisure Battery Schemebattery and can be fitted in any position.

This is also the ideal partner for the growing army of leisure vehicle owners who are using solar panels, as I have said the AGM battery will discharge to much lower levels than the so called standard type of leisure battery.

The NCC will launch the new Leisure Battery Scheme at the 2015 Motorhome and caravan show. The NCC also wants the leisure vehicle manufacturers to take up the Leisure Battery Scheme, when fitting the original equipment batteries. This is a good move and gives the owners the correct replacement battery, by using the Leisure Battery Scheme.

All the batteries that are verified will be tested by independent testing companies and then put into different categories and labelled with the information for the leisure battery buying public. The categories will be A, B and C.

A-     This will include the batteries for users who require a high storage capacity away from hook-up sites.

B-      This group will be for owners who use the hook-up facilities, but also use extras such as caravan motor movers.

C-      This group will be the regular vehicle owner and will be of lower capacity to be used over short periods, an example of this would be the 75 amp LV22MF battery.

If the correct leisure battery is purchased, then the cost can be as much as £150 or more, so it important advice to give to the consumer. The Leisure Battery Scheme should make buying one of these batteries a bit easier and clearer. I think that you should stay with the tried and tested products made by say Lucas or Numax batteries. These makes have been proven over years of service to the leisure industry, which should not be overlooked.

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Car battery Fitting-Should I Install a Car Battery Myself?

Car battery Fitting

Car battery Fitting

Car battery Fitting

RT @interstatebatts: When it comes to Car battery Fitting, DIY may leave you calling SOS: http://t.co/i7z3xsxGa2

This is a good article that warns about the dangers of car battery fitting.

Hence, in my opinion though i think that the car battery.Naturally, can be changed by the car owner. Thus, is a relatively easy job to do. Of course, the problem with car battery fitting comes with some of the newer car models.Therefore,  I think that some so called battery experts are just scare mongering. Many of the batteries that we sell online. Therefore, are fitted to older models. In these cases it is just a case of replacing the new battery. Replacing, the exact same way as the old one is removed.

One of the worst scenarios. Is when car battery fittings are the battery hold down nuts and bolts type.Therefore, may be seized up. The best thing to do is to apply some easing oil on the nuts about ten minutes before you try to remove them. If the nuts do happen to break. Then you must find some other way to secure the new battery?

Car battery Fitting-A loose fitting battery is an MOT failure here in the UK?

The article warned about the newer types of BMW cars. The problem with newer cars is that they all have on-board computer systems. This is to control the cars emissions and the whole thing is connected and powered by the car battery. These cars a mainly “start-stop

Car battery Fitting
Car battery Fitting;testing the battery with a voltmeter

cars? if you own one of these cars it would probably be the best thing if did have the car battery fitting done  by your local battery dealer. Some cars have to have an electric gadget to keep the computer happy while a new battery is fitted.

These cars are fitted with AGM batteries to give the car more battery power. it is important that you fit the exact same AGM battery when replacing the battery.

Happy battery fitting

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New Michelin CrossClimate Plus tyres-to bring improved through-life performance in snow

New Michelin CrossClimate Plus tyres

New Michelin CrossClimate Plus tyres

New Michelin CrossClimate Plus tyres

This is just a small example about the quality and performance that Michelin expect from their products. Hence, the already popular CrossClimate tyre is having upgrades and improvements. Thus, to the tyres quality.

Therefore the new version will be known as the “plus”. The new plus is expected to give a better performance in snowy conditions. I suspect that this for countries with tougher winter conditions than here in the UK.

This winter 2016-2017 has been very harsh in many parts of southern Europe, including Italy,Greece and snow even fell in winter sun destinations such as Benidorm on the Spanish Costa-Blanca.

This is a place that I have visited on many occasions and most drivers drive about on bald tyres, so God help them in snowy weather.

Eric Roberts

Source: New Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres to bring improved through-life performance in snow

069 Car battery-Apollo-Power battery or upgrade to a Quality Lucas battery.

069 Car battery

Consequently, we are now coming up to our main battery season? winter time. Therefore, as the nights get shorter and colder. Then your car battery will have to work twice as hard. This Apollo-Power battery from Batteriesontheweb in Halifax Yorkshire. Is a top class battery at a budget battery price.

The battery in the image is in fact a 069 and fits many imported Japanese car and pickup truck models. Nissan’s in particular use this model of battery. The 069 car battery also fits Mitsubishi L300 2.5 Diesel pickups and also the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV 5.2i many more include Isuzu Trooper SUV 3.2 petrol, in fact this battery fits many similar types of vehicle not forgetting our own Land Rover 069 Car batteryDiscovery (most models).

069 Car battery

The battery is a sealed lead acid, low maintenance battery. Hence, which are commonly used on today’s modern cars. Many of these large pick-up trucks are actually fitted with more that one 069 car battery. Thus ,two batteries are required to turn the large diesel engines over on a cold winters morning.

The label name of Apollo-Power batteries was the brainchild of Eric Roberts. “We source the batteries from the best companies, at the best prices and pass the savings on to our customers” said Eric.

Apollo-Power batteries have a full range of batteries to fit most cars imported into the UK.

The batteries are all spill proof and come with a three year warranty.

Lucas Premium  batteries

This battery brand was originally manufactured in the UK by a private company, but closed down due to cheap imports. The brand was revitalised by a battery importer from the Manchester area of the UK.

The Lucas battery brand comes with a three year warranty and is a spill proof sealed lead acid battery.

www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Tyresafe.org – promoting UK tyre safety and highlighting the dangers of driving on defective tyres

Tyresafe.org
Tyresafe.org

TyreSafe.org  was set up with the responsibility of raising the awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.

Hi Judging at some of the tyres that we are removing, in our Halifax Tyre shop. So, you can see why we need such a great organisation as Tyresafe. Constantly, trying to educate and inform the car owning public. Hence, about the proper care and safety when it comes to their tyres.

The image i have used. Of course, is an every day sample of the tyres that we take off our customers cars.
The tyre that is stood on edge. So, is actually worn down to the steel belt. Consequently, the left hand side of the tread area. The driver said that he was too busy to check his tyres. But he was shocked to see them in such bad condition.

As i have said on many occasions, Tyresafe are a none profit making organisation. Trying to educate the motoring public. Thus, with different safety awareness campaigns. Of course, throughout the UK. They also produce excellent tyre safety videos. Subsequently,  the website is worth a look.

Tyresafe.org  established itself  in 2006. Naturally, it is a non- profit making organisation. Tyresafe campaigns for the tyre safety part of the tyre industry. Hence, in line with the legislation that is current at the moment. Including,  the current duty of care regulations.

Tyresafe.org receives its support from many areas

Of the tyres industry, this includes most of the large tyre manufacturers, tyre retailers and tyre wholesalers. Tyresafe has also some  equipment suppliers and a number of vehicle manufacturers.

To get the safety message over to the driving public, Tyresafe.org works  closely with a huge range of commercial and government organisations,these include the Highways England, Road-safe,police forces, fire services, councils and many other such government bodies.

Eric Roberts

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Continental Winter Tyres-Braking on Snow a great video

 

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Continental winter tyres one of the best

As winter approaches, then winter tyre advice starts to come along thick and fast?

And so it should?

The past few years have seen a great increase in the number of safety conscious drivers fitting winter tyres onto their vehicles. The most popular time is the November period.

October is the time when tyre writers start to put together their articles about the safety aspects of winter tyres and other related

Continental winter tyres
Scenes like this from two year ago can remind us just how bad it gets.This was in Sowerby north of Halifax UK

products.

This particular video is  indeed produced by Continental tyres. Continental winter tyres are one of the best on the market and often come top in the international motoring magazine tyre tests.

I am fortunate that we are the Continental winter tyres dealer in the Halifax area of Yorkshire here in the UK.

One of the good things about Continental winter tyres, is the fact that they have a vast range of winter tyre products, including winter tyres to fit the huge range of tyres that are fitted to SUV vehicles. These  Continental winter tyres are becoming more and more popular as the drivers of this type of car realise that they do need winter tyres to drive more safely in the winter weather.

Another good point about Continental Winter Tyres is the amount of testing that they carry out. The tyres are tested extensively in all the

Continental winter tyres
New Continental winter TS850

types of winter conditions that are possible. When they are satisfied about the quality of the product then they submit them for testing against their competitors tyres.

This can be seen with the new ContiWinter Contact TS 850 tyre. This tyre came out tops in recent winter tyre tests in Germany.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/massive-push-for-winter-tyres/

Worn Tyres-Drivers warned of worn tyres risk

Worn Tyres
worn tyres

Drivers warned of worn tyres risk. Read more here: http://t.co/bzVuEzWsX0 http://t.co/pacRVLxVUS

This article is yet another reminder from the British motoring organisation, the AA.

It states that motorists here in the UK should take more care of their tyres, than they perhaps do.

Tyres are treated the same as extras, but the small patch of rubber that sits between you car and the road makes your tyres more important than just extras.

Drivers should also check their tyres for cracks and lumps, as well as the tread depth and pressures. This cracking can be very serious and could eventually lead to the complete tread coming off. The image clearly shows a tyre with cracks forming.

These cracks will widen and become very dangerous. The cracks are usually a sign of other underlying problems, such as an illegal repair, inside the tyre. These are very often found in part worn tyres, which are illegally sold to cash strapped  motorists, who are unaware of the hidden horrors inside of these tyres.

One of the main reasons for removing a tyre that has still got some tread left,is because the tyre may have developed a “bubble” or “egg” somewhere on the tyre tread area or side wall. Most times the egg only develops when the tyre is in an inflated state. When the air is let out of the tyre the egg very often goes down and is not visible.

worn tyres
This tyre was a car tyre fitted with a bubble on the tread without the owner knowing anything about it?

Worn Tyres

This then looks like a perfectly good tyre, but to all intents and purposes is indeed a dangerous tyre and when re-fitted could blowout. I have seen many cases of this here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax. The worst case can be seen in this attached image.

These tyres somehow may find there way into the hands of illegal worn tyres dealers and sold onto an unwitting customer who thinks that they have a bargain buy, but may in fact be sitting on a disaster waiting to happen. A cheap 20555R16 Autogrip brand new economy tyre is now only £37.97. Not much more than a part worn tyre would cost you.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/defective-tyres/

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Winter Tyres tested-We went to Finland to test winter tires in a giant freezer (before it even … – Autoweek

Winter Tyres tested
Winter Tyres tested

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again: If you live in a state that experiences winter, you should invest in a good set of Winter Tyres tested. Yes, even if you’ve been …

This is a great article that shows the length that tyre companies take to test their tyre products before they are released to the public for road use.

This particular article is about the new winter tyres tested, by Hankook tyres. The same also applies to other tyre companies, who rigorously teat their tyre products in real conditions, taking the cars used to their extreme limits.

I am lucky enough to experience such extreme testing conditions. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Austrian Alps to witness winter tyres tested, at first hand.

The company was not Hankook, but one of the worlds top winter tyre producers, Apollo-Vredestein.

The winter tyres tested  were a new winter tyre to sell to the SUV winter market.

I was in a group made up from other independent tyre dealers from across the UK. We were all allocated to an SUV vehicle that were fitted out with the new tyres. The drivers were all test drivers from the world of motorsport. These drivers took the vehicles up the Austrian Alps and the new winter tyres were put through their paces.

We drove on snow and ice, and i must admit to have been a little frightened, by the extremes that these vehicles were driven, in fact i was glad when the thing finished and we got back to the hotel in one piece?

It was a great experience and showed that the  winter tyres tested were put through their extreme paces.

This winter we have decided to stock some Apollo/Vredestein winter tyres, along with the excellent Yokohama winter tyres.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-were-gripping/

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Self Driving cars-Doomsday Scenario- Here are the ways self-driving cars will change our world

 self driving cars

Garages will cease to exist, become reclaimable real estate…and other ways #autonomous Self Driving cars will change our lives: http://t.co/xey203y2re

Wow if like me you work in the auto industry then we had better be looking for another job?

This article portrays a nightmare scenario for the whole of the motor industry?

Why?

Driverless Cars.

You have to read it and keep nipping yourself every now and again. I still do not see a future for self driving cars and just think that it is huge companies with shed loads of money to burn.

I can not see how you could even start mixing the self driving cars on the same rods as cars with human drivers.

These self driving cars can not think like humans. it was proven when  self driving cars were stuck on a roundabout, during in testing. The car could not think how to join the roundabout, because all the human drivers were using their brains and speed of thought. They were nipping out, leaving the  self driving cars with no where to go.

Also the auto industry generates billions of dollars to the various exchequers  and employs billions of workers. How are these things going to replace the lost revenue from taxes.

Also what about the insurance problems and the emergency services, what are they going to use?

My blood is boiling at the moment, so i will cut short, but i don’t think it will ever happen, only perhaps on a new planet in three hundred years from now.

I have recently to be lucky enough to visit Rome the capitol of Italy. When i saw the the organised chaos of the Italian traffic system i had a little chuckle to myself, after the thought of the introduction of  Self Driving cars into their system.

No disrespect of any Italians who may be read my blogs, because their traffic system does work, albeit at high speed? we will have to see?

Eric Roberts

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BMW Hand brake problem-Why do my brakes need servicing?

 

Brakes are without doubt one of the most crucial part of your car and making sure they are working effectively is vital. Watch this video to see if you are …

BMW Hand brake problem-This is a good and simple video explaining about why your car brakes need servicing every once in a while.

As the owner of a garage we see drivers pulling in with many different types of problems. from rattling and banging brakes, to the “my brakes don’t work at all brigade”, like most garages we see them all.

Most problems would have been solved by the driver having the cars brakes serviced once in a while. The problem is that we all lead busy lives and time flies by, well you know what i mean.

BMW  hand brake problem
BMW With hand brake problem

Before you know it the brakes dont work very well and you start to panic.

BMW Hand brake problem

This is exactly what happened today(September 22nd 2015) A guy turned up out of the blue and told us the story about how he nearly lost his car. He parked the BMW on a hill, pulled on the handbrake and as he started to exit the car, it started to roll back down the hill.

BMW  hand brake problem
BMW Hand brake drum inside rear discs note all the rust

Lucky for him, the guy was  agile and shot back into he car and put on the foot brake. With a very fast beating heart he drove the car straight to my garage here in Halifax UK.

When we examined the BMW Hand brake problem, we found that it had discs all the way round. The hand brake on this model is connected to the disc by a small brake drum. This drum had

BMW With hand brake problem
BMW Hand brake showing the shoes assembly clearly

completely rusted up and was completely ineffective, it just did not work?

We explained that this BMW Hand brake problem could have been picked up at a brake service. After a good clean up and some new shoes, the BMW Hand brake problem was solved and the guy went on his way.

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