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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.

Apollo Tyres-Rock-Road-campaign- takes high performance Vredestein tyres in new direction

Apollo Tyres-Rock-Road-campaign

Progressive tyre manufacturer Apollo Vredestein chose the high-profile setting of this year’s Geneva Motor Show to launch its very latest additions to its PCR range

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There is no doubt that we are now dealing with one of the most progressive tyre manufacturers.

Of course, in the world and Apollo Vredestein has chosen the high- profile setting of this year’s Geneva Motor Show to launch its very latest tyre products, including the Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre. There will also be additions to its Passenger Car range as well they will be announcing that the company’s ambitious growth strategy has now entered a new and exciting direction.

The new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre is great news to the Vredestein tyre dealers who have for many years promoted this excellent product and the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre, will be Unveiled on the Apollo stand. They will show off the new tyre which incorporates a number of benefits including outstanding driving performance, superior energy efficiency and low noise levels.

Apollo-Vredestein will also unveil the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Consequently, this high- performance pattern in 24- inch size option . Has a special tread pattern for both the front and rear axles . Subsequently, has been specifically designed for the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Altogether great news for all the Apollo-Vredestein dealers across Europe and the UK

The Vredestein winter tyres were world renowned for quality and performance. Then came Apollo tyres? They saw Vredestein as a door into the European and the UK tyre market. At first things did not change. But as in all take-overs, Apollo began to run Vredestein tyres, their own way. The distribution centre has change along with the computer system.

It looked very much like Apollo were going to “steamroller” Vredestein into the Apollo tyre brand. This announcement of the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre, came as a surprise to me, (a nice surprise)

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Winter Tyres a Brief History

Winter Tyres a Brief History

Some manufacturers of winter tyres  were slow to start

 Winter Tyres a Brief History
This Goodyear winter tyres shows the complex tread pattern

Of course, there is no doubt about that in recent times the winter tyres (as we know them today). Indeed, have taken off big style. Especially, with many motorists here in the UK.

Long ago, I can actually remember another window in time. So, when I was a tyre fitter. Consequently, for one of the national tyre companies. In a small town called Dewsbury, in Yorkshire UK. Subsequently, from what I can remember. So, we must have been going through a spell of cold winters . Because I can clearly remember that we were then fitting many winter tyres.

The tyres were mainly remould tyres

Because of the deep tread patterns ! So, the drivers did not want to run these tyres in the summer months. Strangely enough, tread compound were no different between summer an winter tyres. So, the winter tyres then were really summer tyres. Consequently, with a very heavy tread pattern attached to the tyres carcass.

The tread patterns were usually derived from the old tread patterns as used by the new tyre manufacturers. The old Firestone and Goodyear tread patterns were very popular. Tyre remould companies would buy the old tyre molds from these companies . Using them to remould their tyres onto old casings.

The remoulded winter tyres were very noisy

Because of the big tread patterns they would also over-heat. The over-heating was caused by sheer friction, between the tyre and the road surface and the sound they made was a constant drumming noise, inside the car.

The friction also caused the remould tyres to separate; this is when the tread parts with the casing part of the tyre. This is often seen on our motorways, when a huge chunk of tyre treads strips off and is often left at the side of the road or the grass verge.
The first so-called winter tyre was invented as long ago as 1908 when a Frank Seiberling, cut an extra deep groove in an early tyre to discover that the tyre gave a better grip on a wintry road surface.
Nothing much happened after that until the first modern type of winter tyre was introduced by Nokian tyres of Finland, which was a range of winter truck tyres named as the “kelirengas” translated as “weather tyre”. This was in 1934 and in 1936 the Fins launched a winter tyre for cars which was known as the “Lumi-Hakkapelitta”.

Other winter tyres companies

were slow to follow, and did not really start to develop winter tyres until the early 1950,s. These included Goodyear tyres in America, who brought out the “Suburbanite” whose excellent early TV, advert can be seen on this blog post.
Also at the same time Continental tyres were bringing out a winter tyre known as the M14. These types of tyres were very heavy on tread rubber, but they are the beginning of the modern-day winter tyres that we see today.

The main difference is that the tyre design has had to change to meet the demands of the modern car and more fundamentally the tyres now have added ingredients in their tread compounds that were not known about in the early days, primarily silica based compounds that now help the tyre to carry on flexing in cold temperatures.

Yokohama also make an excellent winter tyres the W drive winter as seen on this video.

Vredestien tyres from Holland were also a pioneer of the winter tyres, first bringing out the Snow + winter tyres in the 1960,s.
Wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk has been set up as an informative web site about all tyre subjects and other stories of interest to the garage and auto-centre owner.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

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.

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

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Fulda Tyres-Jaidah Automotive holds Fulda tyres launch event

Fulda Tyres

Chevrolet Trailblazer 2006 The Independent Aftermarket (IAM) Wholesale Department of Jaidah Automotive, the exclusive dealer of Chevrolet cars in Qatar, has held an official launch event for Fulda tyres in Doha. Jaidah Automotive, the sole distributor for Fulda tyres, introduced the brand to customers at the gathering. The launch […]

Fulda Tyres

Going back a few years now, I could not remember which of the big tyre companies owned Fulda.

When I first started my own tyre business, I became a Fulda tyre retailer. Hence, I do remember their excellent quality. Of course, we were also introduced, to Kelly-Springfield tyres around about the same time.

Kelly eventually became our number one tyre product. Thus, Fulda faded away. As a result, we had a very good business relationship with the Kelly-Springfield tyre company.

Fulda and Kelly were both owned by, Goodyear. Of course, who were recently merged with Dunlop tyres. Thus, to form one of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world. The complete owner base include the brands Dunlop, Goodyear, Fulda, Falken and Kelly.

Jaidah Automotive holds Fulda tyres launch event

http://www.fulda.com/fulda_uk_en/

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9-Selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9
Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9

Many consumers are worried about the wear and tear of their regular summer tyres. As a result many drivers try to avoid replacing tyres in winter conditions. Thinking that winter tyres are going to be very expensive.

Like any other tyre products them winter tyre prices can vary. Similar to any other tyres then you can buy a cheap winter tyre for your vehicle. In my opinion it is always preferable to use them. So. rather than slipping of the road and possibly losing precious lives.

We all know that during winter weather it is indeed a dangerous task to drive about. Major problems for a driver during winter include ice, snow and sleet. Therefore, It is very important for one to use winter tyres in order to avoid any disasters. Winter, tyres are designed and prepared specially. Hence, to perform well in cold and icy conditions, where driving can be more difficult.

Another reason why we should fit winter tyres. Is because winter coincides with the festive Christmas period. As I am writing this blog then we are expecting  a snow fall. This will come at the same time as thousands if not millions of drivers will be heading for the shops.

Snow fall and summer tyres do not mix?

It is a recipes for disaster ? snow falling and summer tyres just do not mix.

There are millions of little grooves that we call “sipes” on winter tyres. Ensuring that the traction is minimized on icy roads. Due to these  grooves. So, it has been proved that the grip is increased nearly 40 times.

When there is black ice on the roads then this is a different type of problem. Winter tyres are less effective but are still better as compared to summer tyres. Which, can slip off the road in extreme conditions. Indeed this week has seen wide spread black ice across the North of England.

Therefore, it can be a really bad experience to drive on such hazards as Black ice and snow without the fitting of  winter tyres on your vehicle. Many drivers do not realize the importance of new winter tyres.

Everyone should use winter tyres during extreme winter road conditions. Especially when out and about during your Christmas shopping. Safety and security are the buzz words when it comes to winter driving with the correct tyres fitted. They provide you with protective safety.

Winter tyres are not noisy

Many of my older customers. Think that winters are are a knobbly tyre that makes a loud noise when driving on normal dry roads? of course this cant be further from the truth? All because of the  advancement of technology. So, in recent years better tyres have evolved. Which help to face even tougher conditions with added  safety features.

“Silica” has been successfully added to the tyre compound. This silica helps to make the tyre more flexible. Especially in the cold days of winter. Summer tyres go hard and rigid when the outside temperature drops bellow 7 degrees. Not winter tyre though? winter tyres stay flexible. Because of the added silica compound.

Modern tyre manufacturing techniques have also enabled winter tyres to be made to include millions of sipes ( tiny slits) into the tyres tread area. As a result, these sipes get rid of all the water,slush and snow. Sipes also help reduce the tyre noise on dry roads.

Winters are ideal and safer on SUV vehicles

This was the old fear. Winter tyres were “very noisy” not any more. I must admit that some of the economy “budget tyres” are more noisy than the quality brands . This was a concern with the drivers of the larger SUV type cars. Because of the large tyre sizes and widths. Then people thought that winter tyre would be noisy?

Not any more? If you stick to quality brands such as Nokian and Michelin then noisy winter tyres are a thing of the past. I have first class experience of this. One our pool cars is a Jaguar F-pace. We recently fitted a set of Nokian winters to practice what we preach.

the tyre are brilliant? no noise on the M62 motorway, even on the concrete sections. Another customer of ours tried out a set of General winter tyres on his BMW SUV with the same results. General tyres are amid-range tyre made by Continental tyres of Germany.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9-Some countries use snow chains and studs

As the winter conditions differ from country to country it is difficult to suggest the correct time to change tyres, but usually people do this in late November or else when snow is in the weather forecast.

Further safety measures can be adopted by attaching snow chains and studs to the tyres. Chains fitted around the tyres help to break down the snow and thus provide necessary grip which helps to control the car in bad weather conditions.

Studs are illegal in the UK. however many of our customers travel o skiing holidays to countries that do allow  studs to be fitted to your winter tyres. Not all winter tyres take studs. However the Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9 tyres do take studs.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta 9- Fitting winter tyres means that we are all winners

To conclude. If I had my way then everyone would use winter tyres during extreme winter road conditions. Provide their family and other drivers safety. It can be a really bad experience to drive in winters without having fitted winter tyres on your vehicle. Drivers who have had them in past always recommend them to another family member or friend.

here at Pellon tyres we have a large following of customers who look forward to winter and having their winter tyres fitted. These drivers know it makes sense for safety alone.

Eric Roberts

Source: Nokian Tyres’ Hakkapeliitta 9 selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Pirelli tyre failure- Blamed on an external cut – SBS

Pirelli tyre failure

“We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” said Pirelli motorsport head Paul Hembery. “This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues.

 

Pirelli tyre failure caused by a cut?

The picture of the tyre in the image shows the Pirelli tyre failure in question. The tyre had a blowout on the F1 car of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. So, as any tyre blowout the experience was not a very nice one to say the least.

Tyre blowouts on regular cars can lead to horrific circumstances! Especially at high speed. This one of the reasons that “run flat tyres” was developed. This type of tyre is able to withstand a blowout. Because it has been developed with stronger side walls. Therefore, and is able to stand a sudden loss in tyre pressure.

Pirelli have examined the Pirelli tyre failure in question. Of course, and have come to the conclusion! Subsequently, that the damage and subsequent blowout were caused by an external cut.

Head of Pirelli motorsport, Paul Hembery said… “We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” and that…”This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues. Based on the information and data available an external source of damage is the conclusion made.”

Such tyre problems common place

As the owner of a tyre shop for many years, we often come up with such problems on the regular car tyres of our customers and there

Pirelli tyre failure
This caravan tyre was due to a screw causing the tyres casing to separate. But the damage makes it difficult to diagnose.

can be several reasons for this sort of problem. The difficulty comes when the tyre is completely shredded. This is due to a blowout at high speed, the same as Nico Rosberg has suffered. He described the incident as “heart stopping “as he approached part of the race track known as “Blanchimont” at Spa at high speed, full throttle.

When this happens you really need to hold your nerve and control the car the best that you can. This is something that you can’t really practise and hope that it never happens to you.

In my opinion the tyre on the image looks like some sort of construction breakdown, there is a clear wear area, similar to brake lock situation where the tyre tread is scrubbed away in the spot when the brakes locked. This is common on boy racer cars. The tyre then eventually breaks down completely often blowing out in the damaged spot.

Having not seen the tyre on the F1 car, then we have to leave it to the experts, in this case Pirelli tyres.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.sbs.com.au

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance: Track test at the track at Mireval Montpellier in France.

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance: Track test

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Used two VW Golfs for the testing purposes. The new Goodyear tyres were tested by competing them with a competotors tyre. Hence the tests were carried out for performance and wet driving conditions.

AS a result, these kinds of testing are very important. Hence, the data is used to mdernise compounds and tread deigns. Accordingly, Goodyear have  a few testing tracks including one in Luxemburgh. I have been lucky enough to visit this track. Indeed, I took part in the test for the Goodyear Grand Prix tyres.

Of course, the tyres were teted using bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier 1600 models.So, the tyres were 18570R13 in size. My tester was a Swdedish rally driver. I just forget his name. However, he tore a set of tyres off the car in one circuit of the Luxenburgh track? A terrifying experience?

Eric Roberts

Goodyear invited us to its test track at Mireval, near Montpellier, to test the EfficientGrip Performance and compare it with some of its competitors on the wet.

Goodyear invited us to its test track at Mireval, near Montpellier, to test the EfficientGrip Performance and compare it with some of its competitors on the wet. EfficientGrip Performance Test Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance Test – Copyright © : Goodyear Wet road driving: Disconcertingly easy First of all, Goodyear suggested […]

Goodyear-Dunlop Closure-1200 sign petition opposing closure of Goodyear plant in Wolverhampton – Birmingham Post

Goodyear-Dunlop Closure

Signatories from as far afield as the US, Nigeria and Mexico have added their names to a protest against proposals which would see 330 jobs axed

Goodyear-Dunlop Closure petition

This is what we should be doing more of?

We should be protesting about these closures and not just laying down. it probably will close in the end but at least the workers will have had a go at trying to change the companies mind.

What about people?

This is thing that i really resent. As the owner of a tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire,UK, my main concern has always been my staffs well being. The large corporate companies just tread all over their staff, without any concern about their welfare, they just move for profits.

I appreciate that not all big companies are the same, but the tyre industry has its fair share of bad ones.

The Goodyear-Dunlop closure will be no different. In my lifetime in the tyre industry, both these huge tyre giants have slowly pulled out of their manufacturing base in the Birmingham area of the UK. In my opinion what they do not seem to realise is that it knocks the stuffing out of people and communities, and would have ruined many a life in the past closures.

We never learn how much money these companies actually save in the end, but in my opinion the Goodyear-Dunlop closure will only accelerate the slow demise of these one time great tyre companies. I believe that in the not too distant future companies from outside the UK will move here, when they realise that we are a centuries old economy with great skills and man power to be used. It only needs incentives from our government to help this to happen and goodbye to Goodyear and Dunlop.

www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

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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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