Wheels, Tyres and Brakes

Get your wheels aligned


  1. Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Many people view long tyre life as a buying factor. Yet, a tyre selling friend told me that, in his experience, most tyres are discarded because of damage, long before they have worn-out their treads. The reason was, according to him, the worsening states of our roads. Now that spring is on its way, our […]

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My toolbox – Gunson Tools One Man Eezibleed kit


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While not trying to get too philosophical, everything has a finite life and one of the most useful items in my toolbox has just bitten-the-dust. My Gunson’s one man brake ‘Eezibleed’ kit has been dispatched to landfill after eight years of renewing the fluid from the brake and clutch systems of the ten cars that […]

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Effects of suspension and steering on tyres


  1. Posted on October 24th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. As we head into the final days of Tyre Safety Month, it is easy to think that checking tyre pressures and tread depths are the only technical inspections that need be carried out on a regular basis. As important as they might be, try not to overlook other aspects of the car, which are critical […]

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Can your brake fluid take it?


  1. Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While many people know that a low, or empty, brake fluid reservoir will result in considerably reduced braking (or possibly, compete failure), many drivers are unaware that old brake fluid poses a specific danger in the summer. As the braking system performs the physical function of transforming motion into heat, the brake fluid has to […]

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Don’t get caught out at MoT Test time with faulty tyre pressure sensors


  1. Posted on June 17th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. While I support technology that enhances safety, it should not replace manual checks. Tyre pressures, for example, may not be the most interesting of car maintenance chores but they are one of the most important. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) give a driver early warning of either incorrectly inflated tyres, or a puncture. The technology […]

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The benefits of cold-weather tyres


  1. Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. The benefits of cold-weather tyres in the winter commute When cocooned within a comfortable vehicle interior, many drivers become unaware that the ground temperature during early morning and evening tends to dip below a notional seven degrees Celsius, which results in a reduction of the grip levels of many ’summer’ tyres, as their rubber becomes […]

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Are Premium tyres worth it?


  1. Posted on June 1st, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. After replacing my cold weather tyres with all-season covers, ready for summer motoring, I was left with the difficult decision of determining which brand I should fit. Internet forums, as always, are full of conflicting advice and even tyre labels at my local supplier showed that several tyre brands, with wildly different prices, appear to […]

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The first combined summer and winter tyre of its type arrives


  1. Posted on April 30th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. Swapping tyres is often far from easy and the majority of motorists in the UK tend to run their cars on summer tyres all year-round. Due to the nature of our climate, there is no legal requirement to change to cold-weather (known less accurately as ‘winter’) tyres, unlike some parts of Europe. Yet, after experiencing […]

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Post-winter car checks


  1. Posted on April 21st, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. Now that spring is in the air and the weather is improving, it is a good idea to reward your car for getting you through winter safely. Not only will your vehicle look and feel better, treating it to a spring clean will also help to enhance its value.   1. PAINT Paint tends to suffer […]

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Your guide to Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sytems (TPMS)


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems may fulfil a valuable safety requirement but, as so few people are familiar with the technology, Rob Marshall demystifies their inner workings. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) were adopted initially in the mid-1980s but they have become more popular within the past decade, with many different manufacturers embracing the technology. As […]

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