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British Grand Prix: The Results are IN

A massive crowd of well over 140,000 people at Silverstone was delighted to see Lewis Hamilton, five-time winner of the British Grand Prix, storm into first place for a record sixth time. The win is Hamilton's seventh from a total of 10 rounds, puts him a full 39 points clear from his closest competitor Valtteri Bottas in the championship standings and takes him one step closer to his sixth world title.

British Grand Prix: The Results are IN

Hamilton took advantage of a safety car to jump ahead of  Bottas, his Mercedes teammate, in the nailbiting race. His final lap was nothing short of sensational: he achieved a new track record and scored a bonus point for the achievement.

Hotly-tipped Charles Leclerc, driving for Ferrari, ended up finishing third after incurring a 10-second penalty for causing a collision between Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. Vettel crashed into the back of Verstappen, sustaining damage that caused him to drop all the way back to 16th place: Verstappen himself managed to finish in fifth.

Another British driver, George Russel, also enjoyed success at the British Grand Prix. Although he finished in 14th place, this was a career best for the novice driver. Lando Norris, also from the UK, was less successful, crossing the line in a disappointing 11th place on this, his maiden home event.

The prestigious Grand Prix event is extra exciting when it’s on home turf and a highlight for anyone with a passion for cars Though, for almost everyone, competing in such a race is only a dream, we all love and respect our own vehicles just as much as the Formula 1 drivers. That's why we want to keep them in perfect shape, inside and out.

To help you achieve this perfection, we supply the most comprehensive collection of car parts, accessories, tools, oils, treatments, additives and more. Enter your reg NOW and find out what's on offer for YOUR vehicle or check out our list to find your favourite brands.

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Seat Covers: Protect and Preserve

The aesthetically-pleasing exterior appearance of a vehicle is a major factor influencing purchasing decisions and is something that most vehicle owners care passionately about, ensuring that it is always clean and becoming inconsolably upset at the merest hint of scratched paintwork. All too often, however, this level of care doesn't extend to the interior!

At MotorNuts, we love all kinds of vehicles and we want them to look as good on the inside as they do on the outside. That's why, along with a comprehensive collection of vehicle parts, we stock plenty of accessories designed to make car interiors look and feel great. One immensely popular product line we stock is seat covers, which offer robust protection to vehicle seats as well as potentially improving aesthetics.

Whether you own a small car, a giant van or anything in between, our collection of seat covers has something to suit your vehicle, like the from tailor-made to universal fit options which can accommodate airbags and headrests. Our leading seat cover brand is Town and Country, a company that has been successfully trading for over three decades; we are proud to number among their carefully-selected official suppliers.

Fabric vehicle seats are prone to all kinds of staining as well as the usual wear-and-tear. Installing seat covers gives robust, lasting protection against these issues and ensures your car seats have a long service life. You can enter your vehicle details on our website to find out if we have seat covers specific to your vehicle or check out our collection of universal seat covers to suit practically any car or van. The likes of 

Discover your options on our website and get in touch with our team for further information. Want to receive news, features, updates, special offers and more direct to your email inbox? Simply subscribe to our newsletter!

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Campervans: Facts, Figures and Fun!

The campervan, based on the Volkswagen Transporter, is perhaps the most iconic holiday vehicle. Just the sight of one of these classic vans brings to mind long, chilled-out roadtrips and gives everyone that holiday feeling! If you're planning a trip in one of these beauties, then get yourself in the mood with these fun facts...

  • Campervans have been in production for well over 60 years, with more than 10 MILLION of them rolling off the production line in this time
  • With an average length of 4.38m, these 10 million vehicles parked end to end would stretch a colossal 43,800,000 metres, which is enough to circle the globe 1.09 times
  • During the average campervan holiday of one week with two adults, more than 37 cups of tea will be drunk. This is based on research by the UK Tea Council that suggests the average adult drinks 2.85 cups of tea a day
  • Lidos are popular places to visit on a campervan holiday and the three most popular are Saltdean Lido in Bristol, Changford Swimming pool in Dartmoor and Ilkley Lido in West Yorkshire
  • The most popular UK destinations for campervan holidays are in Cornwall and Scotland, followed by Yorkshire, Devon and Cumbria
  • VW campervans are produced in a rainbow of colours, but which is the most popular? According to Danbury Motor Caravans, light blue is the most preferred with 19.1% of campervans produced in this colour. Closely following are sage (15.6%), black (9.4%) and red/burgundy (8.3%)
  • Plenty of celebrities are fans of the VW campervan, including Jamie Oliver, Richard Hammond, Martin Clunes, Robbie Williams and Jo Whiley
  • The UK weather is notoriously fickle and, even in summer, families may find themselves confined to their vans by rain. Board games are surprisingly popular, with chess and monopoly topping the list

Here at Motornuts, we've got everything you need to make sure your VW Transporter is in tip-top condition for your holiday. Check out our website to discover your options and prepare for the staycation of a lifetime!

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Caravans: The Record-Breakers

The caravanning season has arrived and thousands of us are preparing to enjoy a much-needed holiday in our caravans either at home or abroad. To celebrate, here we look at some record-breaking caravans: how does YOURS match up??

World's Largest Caravan

Built way back in 1990 and still not bettered, the biggest caravan in the world was built for Sheik Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. At a full 20m long, 12m wide and weighing over 122 tonnes, the five-storey caravan boasts eight bedrooms and can carry a massive 24,000 litres of water on board.

World's Smallest Caravan

At the other end of the scale, the smallest caravan in the world measures just 2.39m in length, 0.79m in width and 1.53m in height. The vehicle is fully roadworthy and was built by Yannick Read, an inventor and writer from London, UK.

World's Fastest Caravan Tow

Jason Sands of the USA holds this record, after towing a standard caravan at a speed of almost 142 mph across El Mirage Dry Lake in California. Apart from uprated tyres, all of the components of the caravan were left unchanged.

World's Fastest Time to Pull a Caravan 50 Metres

If you think towing a caravan is challenging, try doing it with only your body! That's what Warrick Brant from Australia did when he set this record by using only his own effort to pull a 735kg caravan 50m in just 13.59 seconds.

World's Biggest Lego Caravan

Consisting of 28,630 individual Lego bricks, the biggest Lego caravan in the world was built by Ben 'Brick Builder' Craig in Brisbane, Australia in 2018. The caravan, modelled on a 1973 Viscount Royale, comes complete with stove, fridge and a sink with running water!

Your caravan might not be a record breaker but, with a little help from us here at Motornuts, you can make sure that it is in tip-top condition ready for your holiday. We supply a comprehensive collection of parts, components and accessories designed to fully kit out your caravan; check out the dedicated 'Towing & Leisure' section of our website for the full collection. Happy holidays!

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Space Saver Wheels: Preventing Puncture Panic!

Any driver whose vehicle has suffered from a puncture or blow-out knows just what a lifesaver a spare wheel can be. Despite this, more than half of new vehicles are no longer supplied with a spare wheel, foam sealant or tyre slime taking its place. Such products are useless when it comes to blow-outs or slashes to the tyre wall. The solution? RoadHero.

RoadHero 4 and 5 Stud Steel Space Saver Wheel - Tyre

The RoadHero is a full-size steel wheel that is fitted with a tyre and which fits neatly into the storage space beneath the floor of the vehicle's boot. It is designed to be easy and quick to fit and comes complete with a jack and wheel brace: all of the items fit perfectly into a handy storage bag which is also supplied with the kit.

A space saver wheel like RoadHero is designed as a temporary solution to a punctured or otherwise damaged tyre. Once fitted, the wheel will allow you to get safely to a garage to have your damaged tyre fixed or replaced. Note that RoadHero carries a speed limit of 50mph.

RoadHero 4 and 5 Stud Steel Space Saver Wheel - Tyre

Motornuts is a proud supplier of the RoadHero space saver wheel, which is available for most makes and models of vehicle. It gives drivers peace of mind that, should they suffer a flat tyre for any reason, they will have a safe, easy, rapid and reliable solution immediately available.

We have put together a list of FAQs about space saver wheels for your information so check these out on our website. If you can't see your vehicle represented on the product page then please contact our team at helpteam@motornuts.co.uk or on 01254 778255.

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MPEX Car Paint: Colour with Confidence

Finding exactly the right shade of paint to repair damage to the paintwork of a vehicle can be difficult but here at Motornuts we take all the guesswork out of the equation. Our new partnership with MPEX allows us to supply car paint in over 77,000 different tones including RAL, BS and Pantone colours. Whether you need to repair a small scratch or want to transform your vehicle with a full respray, you'll find the right product on our website.

So, why is there so much difficulty with exact shade matching in the first place? The problem is in the paint itself. Many paints are 2k non-air dried which means that they give a much lower level of accuracy in colour matching. Such paints are prone to chemical reactions and are vulnerable to contamination, both of which issues further complicate the colour matching process.

MPEX paint is a 1k air-dried paint and is therefore of the highest, most professional quality. The formula is manufactured using a tinter system, guaranteeing a precise match every time. Even if you don't know the paint code for your car's paintwork, simply entering your registration number on our website will ensure you get the right colour.

This quality paint is available in three different package size options:

  • Touch-Up Pen: designed for high-precision, the touch-up pen is ideal for repairing small scratches
  • Touch-Up Bottle: if your paintwork has a scratch or chip with a width exceeding 3mm, we recommend using the touch-up pot. Comes complete with a fine, flat brush for perfect results every time
  • Aerosol: for bigger jobs, right up to a complete respray, use the colour-matched aerosol. Its adjustable nozzle will give a body shop quality finish

To help you make the right decisions when it comes to buying colour-matched paint, we have created a list of FAQs and the answers to them. Check out our website for all the info.

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Everything you need to know about Colour Matched Paints

Q – I don’t know my paint code but I need a touch up?

A – We access your paint code using our mixing system - simply enter your vehicle reg, which will bring up the make, model and colour, place your order and we will do the rest

Q – Where can I find my paint code?

A – Your paint code will be in your vehicles hand book and can also be found on a sticker or plate on the car; usually located inside the door frame, under the bonnet, in the glove box or wheel well. You can also check out the handy paint code finder from our paint partners at MPEX.

Q – Can you just get paints colour matched for cars?

A – As well as cars we can match paints for bikes, motorcycles, commercial and agricultural vehicles: we have over 77,000 colours including RAL, BS and pantone shades

Q – I have a classic car, can I get colour matched paint?

A- We can still match paint colours for classic and vintage vehicles but not by registration look up. In this instance we would need you to check for your paint code, or know the colour name... any queries you can ask our expert team who will be happy to help.

*if you have a Rover and for some other older vehicles we would need your paint code

Q- Which size paint is best for which type of scratch?

A – For respray’s obviously an aerosol is what you need, for scratches and chips you can choose either a 100ml pot touch up with a fine brush or a 20ml pen with a needle point pen and super fine brush. The pen is ideal for fine detailed scratches, scuffs and stone chips as the needle point allows just the right amount of paint to be applied and sits nicely in the scratch.

Q – Do I need to use a primer and lacquer?

A – A primer is only required if your chip or scratch goes down to the metal and if any rust is present. A lacquer is recommended in most instances – especially with metallic paints. It should be applied 24 hours after the coloured coat and will give a perfect finish.

Q – How do I get the touch up to look its best?

A – The key to applying a successful touch up is smooth, light strokes and building up layers to the original paintwork level - leave to dry for 10-25 minutes between coats or 24 hours before lacquer.

Q – Can you mix pearlescent paints?

A – Most modern paints are metallic and many are pearlescent and we can mix 99% of pearlescent paint codes. There are a few tri-colour mixes that cannot be matched.

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Antifreeze verses Coolant. What’s the difference?

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Antifreeze verses Coolant. What’s the difference?

So what is the difference between Antifreeze and coolant? (Which to further confuse things is also known as summer coolant).

Your car has been out on the drive all night and the temperature has dropped to -9°C yet the car starts first thing in the morning, even if you don’t. Or maybe this summer you have driven to the Cotê D azure it has been a constant 35°C all day and yet you drive all day without the engine overheating.

Admittedly these are things that most drivers take for granted, after all this is just what cars are designed to do isn’t it?

Well yes and no, but in each of the above situations you can thank your engine coolant additive for this wide range of performance.

Antifreeze is a bright green or yellow chemical that is mixed with the water in your cars engine, radiators and cooling system, it is there to stop your engine from freezing or overheating.

The Technical bit

Antifreeze or coolant is a chemical, usually either Ethylene glycol or propylene glycol which, when added to the water in your engine changes the freezing point and the boiling point of the water. (there are other chemicals used as antifreeze, but we will stick with these two)

With the correct mix of chemical, which is often recommended as 50% water to 50% antifreeze (sometimes referred as 50/50) the water freezing point moves from 0°C to approximately -35°C.

Ok I hear you say, but why antifreeze in the heat of summer? Well, the boiling point of water is also affected by this mixture of chemical and water and increases from 100°C to just over 125°C at a normal engine system pressure of 15lb/in² this is sufficient, in a healthy engine, to stop the coolant from boiling. So, there you are, the same chemical will stop freezing and boiling, by how much will depend on the mixture levels dependant of the mixture levels. 50/50 being the recommended minimum but in some vehicles, it is quite normal to have waterless cooling so ask us if you are not sure.

There is another important characteristic of antifreeze or coolant additives. This is mainly associated with effects of corrosion and sludge creation in your engine waterways, pipes and radiators. Corrosion and sludge will occur if you are using only water as the coolant for your engine. Most modern antifreeze agents include other chemicals to improve heat transmission and reduce corrosion, the chemicals included will depend on the engine’s design and materials. Aluminium engines will require a different antifreeze from iron or steel blocks and engines using a cylinder liner.

That antifreeze doesn't just prevent freezing it is an important component to extend the life of your engine and ensure problem free motoring.

If you are in any doubt about the antifreeze/­coolant you need for your car just give our MotorNuts Technicians a call on 01254 778255 or use our free advice link on any page of the motornuts.co.uk web site and ask a MotorNut we will be happy to help selecting the right antifreeze for your car.

It is worth buying an antifreeze tester from about £12 to check the mixture levels.

We at MotorNuts stock an antifreeze to match the needs of all the modern major car, van, truck and motorcycle engines, including CastrolCommaGranville and Prestone antifreeze/­summer coolants as well as BlueCol specially formulated for classic and vintage vehicles.

 

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all about oils and engine fluids

The expert team at MotorNuts recommend that you should check your engine oil, antifreeze and fluids around once a month and especially before a long journey.

There has never been a better time to top up your oils and fluids as we have gone Nuts and have 10% off across the whole range.

·        Engine oil

Firstly engine oil - choosing which oil may seem very confusing - is it fully synthetic, semi synthetic, and then there is the numbers (viscosity’s) – where to start?

Don't go Nuts... simply enter your vehicle registration in our look up and that will narrow the search to what is recommended for your vehicle, and this information is also in your manual or handbook.

·        Transmission / gearbox oil

Next up - transmission or gear box oil, it is the lesser known sibling of engine oil however equally important for gearbox and axle longevity. Most manufacturers recommend changing the transmission oil between every 30,000 and 60,000 miles.

·        Antifreeze and coolants

Antifreeze and coolants are next. These are essential to maintaining the engine temperature so it doesn’t get too hot or too cold and so is especially important to keep on top of in winter.

·        Brake and Power Steering fluids

The final under the bonnet check is brake fluids and power steering fluids, essential for obvious reasons and easily checked and topped up.

·        Treatments and additives

The MotorNuts team also recommend treatments and additives as they can fix a variety of engine troubles and help avoid costly repairs.

 By simply adding them to your fuel they can work through your engine to clean build ups and maintain performance as well as maximising fuel economy and reducing emissions – we especially recommend running them through before your car goes for its MOT.

 

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Ten top tips for driving in Europe

With your UK driving licence you can legally drive in any European country – and so many of us do with Brits regularly taking their cars to France, Spain, Germany, Italy and beyond, especially for their summer holidays.

When you are driving over seas there are a few essential things you need to take in order to meet their laws, these may differ slightly from country to country but there are some standard requirements for driving in Europe.

 If you fail to meet the laws of the country and aren’t carrying one of the compulsory items they will issue on the spot fines...which is not what you want to be spending your Euros on!

1)      Full driving licence

You need to have both your photo card and your original paper driving licence with you as well as details of your insurance. If you don’t have the photo card licence then you need to carry photo ID (passport) with you in the car as well.

2)      GB sticker

You must display a GB sticker or have a GB plate – these can be bought as stickers, or magnetic badges or you can have it printed on your registration plate -  some countries (Switzerland for example) require both.

3)      A warning triangle

A warning triangle needs to be carried and be handily accessible - if you’re driving in Spain or towing a caravan you need two.

4)      Reflective vest

A reflective vest or high vis jacket must be carried and used in all breakdown situations.

5)      Headlamp adaptors, convertor kits or beam benders

These are the stickers that should be applied to your headlights and we would recommend applying them when getting on the ferry so you are compliant as soon as you disembark in your destination country. It is to make sure that you don’t dazzle other drivers based on the fact that we are driving on the other side of the roads.

6)      First aid kit

A first aid kit is compulsory in Austria and Croatia and advisable in the rest of Europe

7)      Spare bulb kit

These aren’t compulsory but are advisable anywhere you go, if any bulbs go whilst your abroad it is much easier to be prepared rather than risk penalties – or finding a foreign car accessories shop.

8)      Breathalysers

Breathalysers are a legal requirement in France...well they do make a lot of wine?! They are also advisable anywhere you go on holiday and plan to drive as different countries have different units as the legal limits.

9)      Fire extinguisher

Again fire extinguishers aren’t law but are definitely advisable to have in your car at all times, especially when in unfamiliar territories.

10)   Daytime headlights

In Croatia, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland you are required to have your daytime running lights – or standard headlights on in the day regardless of weather or driving conditions.

Whilst a UK driving licence is all you need – not all countries allow 17 year olds to drive; in fact in most of them including France, Spain, Italy and Germany you have to be 18.

We would recommend that where ever you are going to be driving on your holidays you should check out the specifics for that country, as there will be more detail on toll roads and general driving etiquette that will be useful.

As a reminder the speed limits for motorways in Europe are always set in km/h and are: 120 or 130 km/h - 80mph then for rural routes is 90 km/h - 55mph and for urban roads 50 km/h or 30mph.

So whether you are travelling by autoroute, autobahn, express ways, high ways or motorways on your holidays, make sure you comply – we have these handy European driving abroad kit on offer now that will tick all the boxes. 

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