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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/checking-your-brakes-regularly-could-save-your-life/

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Discarded tyres to be used to battle against earthquakes –

Discarded tyres

A mixture of crushed pieces of discarded tyres and sand around foundations can protect buildings during earthquakes, civil engineers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) say.

The world is coming up with some great ideas from waste and thrown away tyres. They are now used in the making of tarmac for road surfaces, right down to the householder making garden planters from discarded tyres.

They can also be used in making barriers against land subsidence, by

Discarded tyres
Waste discarded tyres are now used for many things including these fine plant holders

weaving a wall and filling the old tyres with soil or concrete as the wall is been built.

Sea defenses are also made from discarded tyres. some are even used as a type of barrier reef and are fastened together under water. This idea has been very successful to attract breeding water life, who use the reef for shelter and also breeding purposes.

This new idea comes out of India.

The article explains discarded tyres are crushed and mixed with concretes. The mix forms a perimeter around the building and the foundations before the building starts to be built. The waste tyre and concrete mix  will take any of the vibrations caused by an earthquake. A similar idea has been used in some countries to make walls on eroded river beds and road sides. As you can see in the image, the tyre sidewalls have been removed and the centres are stacked on top of each other. The wall is sloped back and filled in with earth or concrete as the wall rises, making an effective barrier against erosion.

Discarded tyres
These old Discarded tyres have been converted into a re-enforcing wall to protect the land against soil erosion.

India is very prone to earthquakes and this new development will protect new buildings as well as using millions of old tyres.

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Michelin versus Pirelli-promises tyres will make drivers ‘happy’ if it replaces Pirelli – BBC Sport

Michelin versus Pirelli

Tyre company Michelin promises tyres that will let grand Prix drivers race faster if it wins the tender to supply F1 from 2017.

Michelin versus Pirelli-drivers have mixed opinions?

F1 drivers are coming out with mixed feelings for the Pirelli race tyres and a Michelin versus Pirelli is beginning to happen.

In my opinion it appears that the drivers are having to think more into their tyres, than they think necessary.

Some race pundits think this is a good thing because it brings other aspects into the races and makes winning more skillful.

The Michelin versus Pirelli confrontation came along when Michelin began to show interest in F1 racing a couple of years ago. The interest has grown as the deadline for the new F1 tyre tender becomes closer.

Michelin claim that their tyres would take the F1 racing scene back to its origins and could be up to three seconds a lap faster.

One of the recent tyre problems has been ,how many races or laps could be achieved on the same tyres.

The Michelin versus Pirelli arguments and claims will go on right up

Michelin versus Pirelli
Michelin tyres have a vast experience in the motorsport field. Supplying tyres to other prestigious race meetings such as Le-Mans in France.

to the tender time. Pirelli say that they have only produced the tyre that they were asked to produce. Michelin on the other hand are saying that their tyres could offer more calculated lap times per tyre.

In my opinion the race to supply the new F1 race season will hot up, with new claims and counter claims.

It will be interesting which of these tyre giants will win the Michelin versus Pirelli battle ahead to supply F1 with their tyres in the coming years.

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CrossClimate tyres -Emergency services thumbs up for CrossClimate tyres – Transport Engineer

CrossClimate tyres

CrossClimate tyres
Scenes like this will soon be the norm as we head towards winter?winter tyres time coming up

Fleet managers from UK emergency services have given the thumbs up to Michelin’s new CrossClimate tyres – the first summer tyres with winter capabilities – following a day of testing at the MIRA proving ground.

As the year flies by, it will be time again to be thinking about winter driving and winter tyres.

The guys who run our emergency services are already thinking about the winter ahead and in this article have attended a tyre trial, looking at the Michelin CrossClimate tyres.

Michelin have put much time and research into this tyre and hope that it will bridge the gap between summer and winter tyres.

Unlike other tyre manufacturers products the CrossClimate tyres are said to be a summer tyre that is also suitable for spells of cold and snowy weather.

We have already sold some of these CrossClimate tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We are in a hilly district and have many customers who fit their winter tyres every October and November.

Michelin hope that with the new CrossClimate tyres, then drivers will not have to change from summer to winter tyres every year?but i am not sure?things do not seem to end up like that in the tyre trade and i do not think that the CrossClimate will make a clean sweep of it?

The new Michelin  tyres are also attracting the attention of fleet car managers. The fleet car and van industry are always looking for other ideas that could save them money in the

crossclimate tyres
The Michelin CrossClimate tyre will be a winner and a tyre worth investing in

long run. The  CrossClimate tyres will stop the need of changing the summer tyres for winter tyres and at the end of winter, the other way round. The CrossClimate tyres will do the one job.

I also believe that this will also open up opportunities for other manufacturers with a similar product. I am thinking about the excellent Nokian Winter Tyres. These are also suitable for all weathers, and i think they would also be more cost effective.

https://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/?s=crossclimate

Insight-Winter Tyres- Best Places to Buy Snow Tyres

Insight-Winter Tyres

Winter is just getting started! And, for those who drive their cars during this snowy season, it’s time to get your remote car starter ready and change your tires out for snow tires. It doesn’t matter if the snowy road you’re driving down is dry or wet; having quality […]

Insight-Winter Tyres

Insight-Winter Tyres

I am writing this article, with the threat of an imminent snow storm, here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Hence, many of our customers are already well equipped with their winter tyres fitted to their vehicles.

This article lists some of the best winter tyres on the market today. Therefore, it will be well worth a click onto the web page below. We here at Pellon Tyres recommend a couple of makes. Thus, these are makes that we are very familiar with. Naturally, these are brands that our customers have fitted and are tried and tested.

Apollo changed direction

So since I first wrote this post then things have moved on. As suspected Apollo tyres changed their trading style . Consequently, my tyre business did not balance out with the new Apollo trading methods. Mainly our relation with the Vredestein brand. Vredestein were up there when it came to making winter tyres. Unfortunately, Apollo are now the owners and started to mess about with the Vredestein brand.

Apollo-Vredestein are perhaps one of the best known. We have had good results from economy brands. These include Jinyu winter tyres and also General winter tyres.

Sportcontact 6-Continental tyres arrives in Middle East –

Sportcontact 6

Continental have just launched the new Sportcontact 6 sports tyres across the Middle East, which has been designed for high-end cars. It replaces the

This tyre should perform very well on the supercars of the oil sheikhs. of course, in the Middle East. With their superfast cars.

This new tyre from the great German tyre maker, Continental tyres, was specially designed to fit the top of the range supercars. Continental have come up trumps once again with a new technology that will allow the Sportcontact 6 tyres to reach a staggering 220 mph.

These speeds are just a dream to the everyday motorists, but 220 mph on the Sportcontact 6 is achievable on either private tracks or on some parts of the German motorway system. This new tyre has been developed to take extreme speed and the pressures that are put on tyres at such high speeds.

Super cars that can reach such speeds

Include the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959.

These cars can easily reach speeds of over 200 mph and the German engineers had to come up with a tyre that would be safe when fitted to such supercars.

These cars are also coming onto the market. With larger tyre and wheel sizes. So the sportscontact 6 will be coming out in tyre sizes from 19 to 23 inch. The new technology built into these sportscontact tyres is a cap ply. So, made of a material known as Aralon 350. A strong material that has been developed from the aerospace industry. This gives the new tyre stability at very high speeds.

One of the secret ingredients to help Continental achieve a greener footprint. Importantly, is the use of Black Chilli in the tyre compound. This helps to give this high performance tyre a better grip. Hence, offering a better driving experience at high speed.

The new sportscontact 6 will be available with a speed index of (ZR)Y with aspect ratios of 25 to 40, probably making them a tyre fitters nightmare?

The Sportcontact 6 has has been developed with the help of Honda during extensive test drives at the famous Nuburgring race track. The new tyres helped to break the lap record for a front wheel drive hatchback.

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SEALANT TYRES From Kumho Tyres at Frankfurt Motor Show Exhibition

Kumho Tyres will be revealing some future tyre technology including SEALANT TYRES at this weeks Iaa Frankfurt International Motor Show… http://t.co/hvzQUXeZRm

There is no saying what the large tyre companies will be coming out with next? SEALANT TYRES

Another exciting thing to come out of the tyre scene recently is the research and development pact that Kumho and Yokohama tyres have just announced.

These are exciting days in the tyre trade, with all sorts of

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Sealant tyres will not prevent tyre damage like this?

announcements coming out on a daily basis.

Sealant tyres are nothing new? several of Kumho tyres competitors have marketed a similar product, in the past two years.

This works, when an object penetrates the tyre (such as a nail or screw) then the sealant tyre will plug the hole with a semi-liquid substance. This will seal the hole and the sealant tyres would have done the job. This is just another one of the ways that tyre companies are getting round the “no spare wheel” problem.

In my opinion it is a great idea and we have first hand experience of a similar product being successful in our tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

SEALANT TYRES are nothing new?

Self sealing tyres are also manufactured by two of the big tyre companies. I covered this in the post that i have linked below. The other tyre companies are Michelin and Continental. Both these tyre companies produce similar products. I believe that Kumho will be the first of the mid-range tyre companies to make such a safety product.

More and more cars will be produced without a spare wheel. These products will be developed to help the motorist get out of trouble should they be unfortunate enough to have a puncture due to a nail or a screw. The downside of sealant tyres, in my opinion ,is that most tyres that are deflated at speed are damaged by the weight of the car and the speed of the car. No amount of sealant will help in this situation. The tyre will be damaged beyond repair.

We see this very week, customers with damaged tyres that were unable to stop their car, when a sudden deflation occurred.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/self-sealing-tyre/

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Slashed tyres Police release description of a man they believe in Pocklington -100 tyres slashed

Slashed tyres

POLICE have a description of a man they want to speak to the case of the Pocklington tyre slasher, who punctured Slashed tyres on nearly 100 cars in the…

This sort of vandalism. Slashed tyres is becoming common place across the country.

The thing is that it is extremely difficult. So to stick a knife into an inflated tyre. Including, with and the weight of the car brought into the equation. It becomes even more difficult.

This Slashed tyres incident happened in the picturesque market town of Pocklington, situated in the York area of North Yorkshire. This is normally a very sleepy little town with a small amount of vandalism on a Saturday night, but i do not think the town has seen the Slashed tyres on a hundred cars before?

I have visited Pocklington on many occasions. Of course, it is the home of Bonds of Pocklington. Bonds are one of the countries leading tyre wholesalers. Consequently, the Bond family were involved in Pocklingtons leading garage, a Ford dealership.

Joe York of the Humberside police, is now looking into the matter, thinking that someone in this close knit community, should have seen something during the mass stabbing of a hundred cars tyres.

Tyre slashing is a modern day common thing, but not to this extent. Not a week goes buy without one of our customers here in Halifax Yorkshire come to the depot or call us out with a tyre that has been cut with a knife or stabbed with a dart or other sharp object, it must be a sad reflection of our modern day society when people get kicks from going round slashing car tyres.

Slashed tyres are very seldom repairable and it almost always resorts to the customer having to buy a set of new tyres. in many cases this can put a heavy strain on the household budgets of the car owners.

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Canada Weather Tough Tyres-Learn How to Drive for the Conditions

Canada Weather Tough Tyres

Canada Weather Tough Tyres

In my opinion this is advice from a country that has one of the toughest winter weathers in the world. For this reason, if the Canadians can’t cope with winter then nobody can. So we can all see the terrible driving conditions when watching “Ice road Truckers” on TV.  All things considered, the Canadians sure know how to drive in the ice and snow. Of course they have to be fitted with winter tyres by law!

many European countries are the same but not yet here in the UK. In the long we do have mild winters in recent years. With brief spells of cold and snowy weather.

As a tyre retailer in Halifax Yorkshire, UK. I sometimes envy the amount of snow that Canada can get in most winters. However, the same principles apply. As a result, do you know how to drive your vehicle the correct way in winter conditions? The following words of advice  could actually save you many problems when you are out on the road. Especially in sub zero winter snowy weather.

Of course for perhaps the toughest winter tyres on the UK market we recommend Nokian winter tyres.

Winter tyre market in Belgium-that is expected to grow …

Winter tyre market
The winter tyre market is expected to pick up shortly if the El-Nino takes affect and gives us snow like this above Sowerby in West Yorkshire in 2013.

New report explores the winter tyre market in Belgium that is expected to grow …
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Winter tyre growth expected for Belgium

This week will see the start of colder night in some parts of Europe. The prediction is that the El Niño weather system. So will start again this year and affect the world’s climate and the Winter tyre market . Here in the UK it affects our winter temperatures. Most winters we suffer periods of very cold weather which bring us snow and ice.

Car drivers have in the past been caught out by these sudden snow storms. Even affecting whole motorways (M11) have been cut off with thousands of cars stranded. Caused by their summer tyres skidding and getting their cars stuck.

In my opinion the UK has woke up to our winters. Consequently, we have seen a big surge of drivers fitting winter tyres to their cars. At the same time with a large increase in the Winter tyre market . This has been a good move . So, like the UK drivers in Belgium are waking up to the idea of fitting winter tyres.

Winter tyres are called all sorts of names. Including snow tyres, all-season tyres and cold weather tyres. In general these tyres do the

Winter tyre market
Snow Flake emblem on the tyres sidewall the winter tyre marking

same job and are most beneficial to drivers in winter time.

Today’s winter tyres are a different animal. For the most part to the ones when I first started in the tyre industry. Early winter tyres were virtually a summer tyre casing. In effect fitted out with a very tread pattern (similar to my image of an early Firestone winter tyre). New tyres for winter use have been developed. Importantly, through the tyre companies involvement in motorsport. Especially rallying, where tyres needed to grip. Especially, in very bad conditions and bad weather.

The whole tyre structure had to be developed

Of course to give modern cars the ride that they were used to. This meant more flexible casings in low temperatures. Silica was going to be the answer? It enabled tyres to flex more in lower temperatures. This combined with modern tread pattern design, brought out new winter tyre designs, which performed very well on new car designs such  as SUV’s and luxury saloons.

Belgium like all the other European countries is no exception to the rules and the winter tyre market is expected to grow as safety conscious motorists lower their risks to bad winter weather.

The new revolution will be an improvement in the all-weather tyre. If these are fitted to your car then there will no need to fit winter tyres. These tyres will be fitted all the year round. I feel that this will be the main aim of the tyre companies in future. The trend has already been started with the excellent Michelin CrossClimate. This tyre is already proving to be popular and only time will tell, whether this type of tyre will replace the traditional winter tyres.

Of course we also highly recommend Nokian winter tyres.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-even-more-important-for-suv-drivers-uk-net-guide-pellon-tyres/

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