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Winter Driving Essentials: Be Safe with MotorNuts

October has so far brought plenty of bad weather with it and there's more predicted to come hot (or rather COLD!) on its heels as winter approaches ever closer. Driving in the colder months isn't generally much fun and, when your vehicle lets you down, then NOT driving isn't much fun either. Luckily, MotorNuts is right by your side with our superlative collection of winter driving essentials.

There are hundreds of items to discover in our collection of winter driving essentials and here are three of the best...

POLYGARD Arctic Screen Wash

Winter temperatures in UK have often dropped below those recorded in Arctic regions at a similar time so the name of this efficient formula is no joke. A highly concentrated glass cleaner designed to de-ice and protect in extremely low temperatures down to -20°C, POLYGARD Arctic Screen Wash is a fast-acting, non-smear formula guaranteed to give crystal clear results.

Available in a multitude of pack sizes from a single five litre bottle to a pallet of 16 containers each containing 25 litres (for a total of 400 litres!), finding the right amount for your requirements is easy. Sometimes, elbow grease is needed for stubborn windscreens so don't forget to check out our range of ice scrapers!

COMMA Super Coldmaster Antifreeze & Coolant

Designed and manufactured by one of the world's largest independent oil companies that has been established since 1965, COMMA Super Coldmaster Antifreeze & Coolant is one of the best ways to protect vehicle engines from freezing as well as corrosion and overheating. The formula is available in many pack size options and in concentrated or ready-to-use form.

MICHELIN Easy-Grip Snow Chains

Available in a range of tyre sizes and to suit most vehicles, MICHELIN Easy-Grip Snow Chains are easy to fit, allowing you to continue driving safely on snow- and ice-covered roads in no time. The chains deliver the maximum possible traction and are available from MotorNuts at an extremely competitive price.

Drive safely this autumn and winter with MotorNuts Driving Essentials: check out the full range on our website.

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Space Saver Wheels & Pothole Puncture Perils!

The number of potholes on Britain's roads is at an all-time high, with more than a 50% increase in reports between 2017 and 2018. Drivers have been warned by the AA that hitting a pothole, even at a 'relatively low speed', can cause serious damage to the wheels and tyres of a vehicle.

As most new vehicles do not come with a spare wheel, (instead relying on tyre slime or foam sealant as a 'replacement'), all drivers are advised to invest in a space saver wheel. MotorNuts supply space saver wheels from trusted company RoadHero and, like every other product on our website, you're guaranteed a competitive price.

Available for most major makes and models of vehicle, RoadHero space saver wheels fit neatly and securely into the storage space located beneath the floor of the vehicle's boot. Designed to reliably deliver a temporary solution to the problem of a damaged wheel, allowing you to continue your journey home or to where the original wheel can be replaced, the space saver wheel is an intelligent investment.

Each RoadHero space saver wheel is supplied by MotorNuts with a wheel brace and a jack, ensuring you have everything you need for quick, easy and fuss-free fitting. With our compliments, you'll also receive a convenient, purpose-designed storage bag so the whole kit is kept together for when you most need it.

If you can't see a space saver wheel for your vehicle on our website then don't despair. just get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable team and we'll do our best to source one for you. Have more questions? Check out the RoadHero space saver wheel FAQs page on our website.

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Choosing the Right Engine Oil

To a vehicle, oil is just as important as fuel: without it, the vehicle isn't going anywhere! Engine oil provides essential lubrication to the many moving parts of a vehicle's engine, reducing friction and associated wear and tear. It also helps to clean the engine of sludge and varnish deposits, ensuring that the vehicle runs smoothly and avoiding costly repair work.

There are many different variants of engine oil, each suited to particular applications. All of the variants begin as simple crude mineral oil, which is refined with synthetic bases and additive to create suitable viscosities and blends. Finally classified as semi- or fully-synthetic, the finished product is designed to meet the requirements set by different car manufacturers. Not using the recommended oil can even invalidate a vehicle's warranty.

Most owners of modern vehicles should be using synthetic engine oil, which has a longer life than it's semi-synthetic counterpart. Synthetic engine oil is more equipped to deal with high temperatures and extreme pressures, extending by significant margins the required interval between services. Semi-synthetic engine oils are cheaper but do not last as long and are typically used only in older vehicles.

Most vehicles are manufactured to use oil of multi-viscosity as opposed to the less common single-viscosity variation. The viscosity of an oil is identified with a number placed before a letter 'W', with another number following (e.g. 10w-40): the lower number indicates a thinner, more easily-flowing oil. The number preceding the 'w' represents oil performance at low temperatures while the number after the 'w' shows performance level at higher temperatures.

MotorNuts is a proud supplier of an extensive range of engine oils, produced by top brands including Millers Oils, Castrol, Granville, Mobil, Lucas and Comma. We have made it easy to find the correct oil for your vehicle but if you need further assistance then just give the expert MotorNuts a call and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

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Diesel Additives: The Forte Triple Treatment Kit

Vehicles that run on diesel require specialist care to ensure that their engines are always in tip-top condition. Here at MotorNuts, we supply a comprehensive collection of diesel treatments and additives from top brands like Millers Oils, MPEX, STP and Forte. In this edition of the MotorNuts blog, we look at the complete diesel detox delivered by the Forte Diesel System Triple Treatment Kit.

The Complete Diesel System Treatment Kit by Forte contains three quality additives, each designed to treat a different aspect of a diesel engine. The kit contains:

DPF Cleaner & Regenerator

Specially formulated to combat soot buildup caused by start-stop driving, this product makes use of a catalyst that adheres to soot particles during the combustion process. After treatment, the particles in the soot filter area will burn at lower temperatures, which helps to regenerate the filter during start-stop driving where exhaust temperatures are low. Stability of the DPF system is improved and soot emissions are actively reduced.

Diesel Turbo Cleaner

Incomplete combustion leads to particles adhering to an engines variable vanes, causing them to stick and reducing the power and efficiency of diesel engines. Forte Diesel Turbo Cleaner, which is compatible with all diesel engines, helps to clean variable geometry turbos without any need for dismantling and also cleans EGR valves.

Advanced Formula Diesel Treatment

The final element on Forte's Diesel System Treatment Kit both cleans and lubricates the entire fuel system, improving overall engine efficiency and power. This reduces downtime and the need for replacement of engine components, whether the engine uses a direct or indirect injection system. Black smoke emissions are lessened, injector spray patterns are restored and fuel pump life is extended, without affecting the diesel fuel's cetane rating.

Check out the entire MotorNuts collection of diesel treatments and additives on our website. Happy driving!

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Breakdown & Emergency Products: The MotorNuts Collection

Nobody likes to think about having their vehicle breakdown but it's an essential consideration to make as it happens to the best of vehicles! The old adage about hoping for the best but preparing for the worst definitely applies and, here at MotorNuts, we stock a comprehensive collection of products designed to get you back on the road in no time. Here is a small selection...

POLCO Trolley JackDRAPER Fuel Syphon PumpMAYPOLE Battery Charger

POLCO Trolley Jack

Suitable for most vehicles from a standard car to a light van or 4X4, the POLCO Trolley Jack is a versatile, reliable product. The jack is manufactured from heavy gauge steel to ensure total robustness and is mounted on rugged cast iron wheels for easy maneuvering. Lifting any vehicle is guaranteed to be a smooth, easy operation, thanks to an intelligent hydraulic system, rotational saddle and cushioned grip lifting handle. Both CE and TUV approved, the POLCO Trolley Jack is super-safe to use and features an automatic safety overload valve for added protection.

DRAPER Fuel Syphon Pump

Every driver knows about the nifty trick of jump-starting, but what if it's not electrical power you need? The Draper Fuel Syphon Pump is suitable for simply and safely transferring diesel, petrol, water and inert liquids from vehicle to vehicle and is easily operated by hand. A one-way valve teams with barbed connectors on each end of the syphon bulb and two long, flexible pipes are included with the kit.

MAYPOLE Battery Charger

It is when there no other vehicle immediately available from which to get a jump start that the MAYPOLE Battery Charger comes into its own. The handy charger has an output of 24A and a battery capacity of 10Ah-250AH, making it ideal for most vehicles, including start/stop vehicles. Automatic multi stage charging is fast and reliable and the charger is supplied in its own tough, compact case with integral handle.

These items can be found in the 'Breakdown & Emergency' section of the MotorNuts website, which also includes space saver wheels, warning triangles, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, hi-vis clothing, jump leads and much more. Discover you options today and look forward to a safer tomorrow!

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Millers Oils: Improve YOUR Vehicle's Performance Today

MotorNuts is a proud supplier of vehicle oils and fluids manufactured by Millers Oils, a brand with well over a century of heritage. Founded in 1887 and still a local employer to this day, Millers was the  first producer of long drain interval oil for trucks and also produced the first diesel specific engine oil for cars.

One of the bestselling products in the range is CVL Turbo, designed to enhance vehicle performance by adding up to 40 octane points to base fuel. The deterioration of pump fuel is leading to more and more engine builders using CVL Turbo from Millers Oils, brought to you by MotorNuts.

CVL Turbo has been shown to provide similar flame front control as, which enables engines to run more advanced ignition timing, without any danger of detonation or pre-ignition. It can be successfully mixed with all types of fuel including leaded, unleaded, LRP; it can also be used with other fuels containing octane enhancing additives, including MTBE, ethanol and oxygenates but for maximum effect should be used in conjunction with premium, higher octane unleaded fuel.

Effective in engines fitted with catalytic convertors and knock sensors, Millers Oils CVL Turbo is sold by MotorNuts in economical 500ml packs at a highly competitive price. CVL Turbo is just one of the many Millers Oils products available from our website and we invite you to browse the whole collection. Look forward to better vehicle performance when you buy Millers Oils from MotorNuts!

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New Product Range: Introducing Dinitrol

MotorNuts is an official supplier of products from a diverse range of companies, each of which have a proven track record of producing reliable items of professional quality. We are proud to announce that our product portfolio has been significantly extended with a range of items from globally-renowned brand Dinitrol, which has a TrustPilot rating of five out of five stars.

Dinitrol was established in Germany in 1937. In the eight decades since the company was launched, it has grown to become a world-leading manufacturer of OEM-approved products, relying on a carefully-selected network of suppliers to retail its goods. Dinitrol produces specialised systems for corrosion protection, vehicle glass bonding, structural bonding and sealing, vehicle body repair and sound and vibration damping.

High and continually increasing demand for Dinitrol products has seen the company grow exponentially; the product range is now available in more than 50 countries around the world. A program of dedicated reinvestment ensures that Dinitrol is always developing new and innovative products for the automotive sector, maintaining and building upon the company's impressive reputation for excellence.

Before MotorNuts agree to become official suppliers of any brand, we take care to ensure that the brand is respected, reputable and reliable. Thorough research into Dinitrol has proved the brand to be all three of these things and we look forward to supplying Dinitrol Products.

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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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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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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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