Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016-Vredestein dealers are not happy with supply chain.

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Why are winter tyres necessary? And what is the difference between discount winter tyres and Vredestein premium tyres? Vredestein joined forces with Autoblog to create a video to find out the answers. The video is part of this year’s winter campaign ‘driving safely below seven degrees’, which aims to […]

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Although we are now half way through the 2016 winter. Hence, I would like to comment about the Vredestein supply chain. Of course, as far as I am concerned, there has not been one?

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire, UK. As a result, made the right decision to start to sell the Mother brand of Vredestein, Apollo tyres. This decision meant that I have had a good supply situation. Especially of winter tyres.

However, my friend in Huddersfield, decided to continue selling the excellent Vredestein tyre brand. As stated, Apollo bought out Vredestein a couple of years ago now. I did fear that things would change?

Apollo tyres changed the Vredestein management, making some redundancies. Things like this always happen as the mother company starts to throw their weight about and make changes.

As I have said, things like this always happen. As a result of the takeover, then Vredestein tyre supplies began to run short. Tyre retailers, such as my friend in Huddersfield were very badly let down. Thus, by lack of Vredestein stock available.

Lets hope that things improve in 2017, but i doubt it?

Eric Roberts   writer of the Pellonautocentre blog

Why are winter tyres necessary? And what is the difference between discount winter tyres and Vredestein premium tyres? Vredestein joined forces with Auto blog to create a video to find out the answers.

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All tyred out-Motorhome tyres

Checking the tyres on any newly-purchased motorhome is critical, writes Nigel Donnelly, a few weeks into ownership of his T25 VW campervan

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres,have yours checked

This article has reminded me about the importance of tyres for the motorhome?. I must admit that i envy the owners of these homes on wheels and it is a thing i must look at for the future.

The motorhome market has just exploded in recent years, replacing  the once popular caravan for use on holiday adventures. These vehicles come in all shapes and sizes and it is no surprise that so do the tyres?

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres check out the load ratings

The new style motorhomes come in all shapes and sizes, including large ones with twin rear axles, that can carry large weights.

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres
This tyre was a car tyre fitted to a heavy caravan, causing it blowout under weight stress.

These are the main ones to look out for?

It is very important that you take your tyres really seriously and take a good look at tyre sidewall markings. if you buy a second hand motorhome please make sure that the previous owner has fitted the correct tyres before he sold it to you.

Most reputable motorhome companies will have checked to see if you have the correct tyres fitted, but it is your responsibility to double check the tyre size and just as important the load ratings and ply ratings.

Some tyre companies such as Michelin even make a special tyre to fit motorhomes, called the Agilis Camping. This tyre has a great tread pattern to ensure that your motorhome does not get stuck in a field or other off road situation. The tyre also has the correct load ratings for such a heavy vehicle and so are well worth looking out for.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Michelin/Agilis+Camping

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Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres-What are run-flat tyres?

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Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

Bridgestone DriveGuard run-flat In some ways, car makers see the spare wheel as a necessary evil, but run-flat tyres are one solution that means a spare wheel doesn’t need to be carried. Spare wheels take up space, and modern car design increasingly likes to use every available millimetre so […]

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

When run flat tyres first appeared. Hence, the tyre companies gave us all sorts of reasons for their very existence. Therefore I was very sceptical when they first came out. In fact I must say that I did not think that they could possibly keep going.

I gradually got used to them. As a result of educating myself. Thus, about a more in depth understanding as to why this development was necessary. The original reason was to do with the environment.

Consequently, a very slim spare wheel would be much lighter than the regular wheel fitted to the vehicle. Many things were tried by car manufacturers to reduce the overall weight of the car. Hence, in some ways, car makers see the spare wheel as a necessary evil, but run-flat tyres are one solution that means a spare wheel doesn’t need to be carried.

Eric Roberts

Bridgestone Driveguard Run Flat Tyres

Bridgestone Drive Guard Run Flat Tyres

Spare wheels take up space. Modern car design increasingly likes to use every available millimetre. So there isn’t always room for one. Space-saver spare wheels take up less boot space. While many car makers substitute a spare wheel for a puncture repair kit. However, these aren’t much use if you’ve got anything worse than a nail in the tyre, as the sealant solution is only really designed to fill small holes. So rather than carry these alternatives, some car makers offer run-flat tyres on their cars as a means of getting you home should you suffer a puncture.

Brakes grinding-Dont let them get this Bad or have a brake squeak on dual wheel pickup truck

Brakes grinding

brakes grinding
Broken discs like the one in the video and the ones that we came across on this Skoda are a rare occurrence. Regular servicing would pick up the early signs of brake deterioration.

Brakes grinding

This is the worse example of brakes disintegrating that i have ever seen? Hence they were fitted from new on a Skoda car. Of course, the driver must have been very deaf. Because he brought the car to us, saying, “that his cars brakes felt a bit spongy”?

As a result, when we removed the wheels. Thus, we found that the front discs were completely shattered. Of course, and in separate parts. Very similar to the pickup in the video.

Believe me this is no way to look after your car, in fact it is shear neglect and damned right dangerous.

Brakes grinding, a common thing ?

Firstly, the most common brake noises that come from cars are grinding noises. later, a bad bump noise. Especially, when the brakes are pressed hard.

Brakes grinding

Squeaking noise when braking, is also a common inquiry, but this is just a build up of brake dust and a good brake clean will usually cure the noise.

Some cars still have disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, although the trend is to have disc brakes all round, Another problem is when the driver asks about brake drum noise. As I say this is normally at the rear of the car and means that the brake shoes will need replacing, or cleaning getting rid of a rust build up on the actual drums, which can cause a grinding noise.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/citroen-ds3-pulls-in-with-grinding-brakes/

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New Car Tyres-Keep Your Car in Perfect Condition with New Tyres

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New Car Tyres

It’s vital that you are able to drive safely, and your tyres can cause many problems if they are not in good condition. A reliable garage can offer you services for tyres in Petersfield . Their goal is to help keep your vehicle in great condition by providing you […]

New Car Tyres

From the point of view of a tyre retailer. Hence, It is important that you drive your vehicle safely. For this reason, that looking after your tyres is imperative for your families well being. Including, the very important aspect of “safety”.

Therefore a good connection with your local garage is a must. In  Halifax Yorkshire, then we have the excellent Pellon Tyres. As expected this garage has been around for many years, “Forty” to be precise. Pellon Tyres main aim is to help the customer to keep their cars in the best condition.

There tyre care policy is second to none. All types and makes of new tyres are cold. Of course, the tyre company do related work. So such as puncture repairs, wheel balancing and wheel alignment to name few.

There are a few ways that you can tell when your tyres are in need of care. Perhaps you have noticed a certain tyre is lower than the rest, or it is flat. This is usually caused by a puncture and can either be repaired or replaced. Maybe your car pulls due to bad alignment. Wheels that are not balanced well can cause excessive wear for your tyres and make it more difficult to keep your grip on slippery or wet pavement. In some cases your tyres may just be showing general wear-and-tear. No matter why you need new tyres or repairs the professionals can ensure that your wheels are kept in peak condition.

Eric Roberts

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Timing belts are Important

Timing belts are Important

When it comes to car servicing, Timing belts are Important/cambelt is the most important serviceable part of a car’s engine. pic.twitter.com/0mBknuJpGN

There is no doubt that your cars Timing belts are Important. Consequently, this is another reason why you should take in your car for regular servicing . Importantly, at regular intervals.

You may ask what servicing has to do with your timing belt?

The truth is that all good garages (including my own garage)here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. On the positive side  will check out the timing belt changing times . So, when carrying out a service..

Timing belt change intervals, are recorded on the computer data that we have to keep nowadays. These systems act as the timing belt interval replacement guide, and keep in all the interval times and other important information, such as how many hours labour it takes to fit one.

This timing belt replacement time will be used to give our customer a price and perhaps time for them to save up for job doing. Although it is not a mega expensive job it will usually also mean that you will also need a price for the timing belt and water pump replacement cost.

The water pump is usually a part of the same system

So, is also better to be changed at the same time. Of course,  the timing belt also drives the water pump and is better changed. Avoiding a water leak in the future. Having to repeat the same job in the too distant future.

Also if you have a leaking water pump then it is best policy to change your timing belt at the same time.

Some models of cars have metal timing belts which do not require the same attention, but the workshop manuals will tell your garage this.

DO not ignore the advise of Timing belts are Important, because the end consequence will mean a damaged engine,(at least)

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/what-happens-when-your-timing-belt-breaks/

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Goodyear Say Goodbye-site closure-Emotional goodbyes for staff leaving site for the final time

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Goodyear Say Goodbye

Former worker Gurdev Rai with son Balwinder at the site Men who finished the last ever shift yesterday at the Goodyear plant in Bushbury Lane, Wolverhampton, spoke of their sadness. Many workers were too upset to talk after their farewell shifts, as cars streamed out in their masses from […]

Goodyear Say Goodbye

This is about the closure of the last tyre plant out of Wolverhampton. Goodyear were in their heydays in the sixties and up to the eighties.

I became a member of their retail tyre organisation in the seventies. For this reason, I have always had a soft touch for the giant tyre makers from the USA.

Unfortunately, Goodyear tyres have slowly pulled out of the UK, to other locations across the world. Naturally, looking for lower costs and cheaper labour rates.

More job cuts were to follow, with 550 axed in 1997 and staff numbers whittled down to 2,500 by 2000.

Last Friday a total of 283 workers bid goodbye to Goodyear. Hence, these workers were offered new posts in their replacement factory, in Mexico. Ironically, not one of the Birmingham staff took up the offer, (surprise-surprise?).

Thousands gathered to witness the end of an era as the iconic blue and yellow Goodyear chimney was pulled down the following year.

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts-Ontario: car insurance discounts for snow tires

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts

ETOBICOKE, Ontario (Dec. 16, 2016) — The Ontario provincial government has mandated that companies that sell car insurance in Ontario offer their customers discounts for using winter tires. The winter tire discount mandate — which took effect Jan. 1, 2016 — is one of several ways the province is […]

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts

Winter Tyres Insurance Discounts

This is something that I have written about in the past. Of course, we all know that winter tyres are much safer for drivers. Hence in the long dark winter days.

Canadian insurance companies have taken up this. Naturally, by offering motorists that fit winter tyres. Accordingly, a discount on their insurance policy. Of course, I think this is an idea that could be carried to the UK.

Winter tyres are safer, we all know that. Therefore it would give drivers an incentive of cheaper insurance if they fit winter tyres. A win/win situation.

The winter tire discount mandate — which took effect Jan. 1, 2016 — is one of several ways the province is seeking to help reduce insurance costs for Ontario’s 10 million drivers, according to Yvan Baker, the Parliamentary assistant to Minister of Finance Charles Sousa.

#Eric Roberts.

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

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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 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. So, we are more trustworthy to carry out the testing procedures. Of course, 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/

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

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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

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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