Musings of a MotorNut
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.
MotorNuts are Nuts about cars – especially exciting new ones, so we are taking a look at what’s in store for 2018.
1) Super SUVsThe influx of super SUVs continues with facelifts from Land Rover Discovery SVX and Nissan Juke and new models from most of the big players including a Volkswagen T-Cross, Mercedes GLE 4x4, Citroen C5 Aircross and Jaguar I-Pace.
2) Budget BusterSticking with the SUVs, set to shake up the market for a second time is the budget busting new Dacia Duster.
3) BMW boomBMW has an exciting line up for the year including the new z4 which is looking particularly menacing and a highly anticipated facelift for the much loved 3 series as well as the launches of the X7, X4 X2, i8 and 8 series.
4) Awesome AudisAwesome new Audis due out this year include the compact SQ2, the sizeable Q8 and the new electric e-Tron as well as facelifts for the Q3, A1 and A6.
5) Face lifts for FordsFord have facelifts for their favourites Focus and Fiesta as well as their SUV Eco Sport plus we love a Mustang, and there’s an even better beastier looking one of those on the way too.
6) Super duper super carsSuper new super cars from the fastest SUV the Lamborghini Urus to face lifts for favourites the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, Aston Martin Vantage,Ferrari Portofino and a re-launch for the TVR Griffith
Also due out in 2018 are:
Alfa Romeo ‘5 Series’ rival
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Bentley Flying Spur
Citroen C5 Aircross
DS 7 Crossback
Honda CR-V Hybrid
Hyundai i30 Fastback
Mercedes AMG GT four-door coupe
Range Rover PHEV
Renault Megane RS
SEAT large SUV
SEAT Ateca Cupra
Suzuki Swift Sport
Toyota Land Cruiser
Vauxhall Insignia GSi
Volkswagen up! GTI
Do you like to run risks or do you like to be prepared? What would you do if you got a flat tyre? Do you have a spare wheel or a repair kit or neither?
Over the last few years more and more manufacturers now sell their new cars without a spare wheel so as many as two thirds of newer cars now don’t have one
Instead manufacturers are providing various repair kits or tyre foam or slime which has limited success depending on the damage or cause of the flat.
MotorNuts are a leading supplier of Road Hero space saver spare wheels and we sell lots day in, day out.
A recent conversation with a new customer highlighted the real costs of not having a spare when he got a flat tyre on the dual carriage way on a family day out.
- Our customers first port of call was to phone his breakdown provider who couldn’t get to him for a number of hours so instead he had to phone for an emergency call out to be towed off the dual carriage way. Cost - £150
- Disheartened by the breakdown provider and with time ticking he found a mobile tyre fitter who he called out to get him back on the road. As they don’t do mobile repairs he provided and fitted one new tyre - £200
- In all the delays he had to feed his disgruntled family whilst they waited — £50
- After all the headache and cost he ended the process £400 lighter still with no spare wheel. If he had a space saver he could have simply changed to it and had the damaged tyre repaired at a garage for around £15.
He is now the proud owner of a space saver... you don’t make the same mistake twice.
1. Roundabout standoffs
Ok so we all know that you give priority to the person on your right but what happens at a mini roundabout where there’s someone coming from every direction therefore everyone is on everyone’s right? Normally this is when the dreaded standoff occurs...you go, no you go then everyone sets off at once – we’ve all been there! We propose everyone inches forward equally and all be it very slowly teeters around the roundabout equally at about 3mph. Politeness Vs eagerness, which wins out?
2. Car headlights
Which ones should we switch on when, to flash or not to flash and full beam etiquette – it’s all a bit of a grey area, all be it a well lit up one?
- It’s the introduction of day time running lights back in 2011 that has started the lights on, lights off confusion I think, as now all new cars come with them on as standard.
The law states head lights must be used (which in many car cases are different to the day time running lights) when it’s dark and visibility is low – the suggestion is 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise as well as in heavy rain and fog.
- Flashing – many road users are all too flash happy using it as there preferred mode of communication or aggression! The Highway Code says: ‘Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.” So maybe a simple hand wave would be better?
- Full beam is suggested to only be used on rural roads or roads where no street lighting is present but never when cars are in front of you or coming from the other direction. If using your full beam always be alert ready to flick them off as soon as you see another car so as not to dazzle. The same rules apply on the motorway and with more council turning streetlights off you may be tempted to light up but remember the rule...because it’s not often on motorways there are no cars in front or on the other side of the carriage way.
3. Blind spots
All drivers have a blind spot, that small area where mirrors and peripheral vision don’t just quite meet. Blind spots can easily hide cars and cyclists and you need to be especially aware of checking them when setting off and on the motorways before changing lanes. Van and Wagon blind spots are a big one, we’ve all seen the ‘if you can’t see my mirrors I can’t see you’ stickers on their back ends – well its true so hang back, no one likes a tailgater particularly one they can’t even see!
4. Just good manners
So we’ve discussed over enthusiastic flashers and that perhaps a good old wave or similar hand gesture would be better. It’s not just helpful or good manners, its safe and often letting people out and acknowledging them for doing so for example can avoid others sparking road rage situations.
5. Parking in the wrong places or spaces
Everyone’s been left aggregated by where another car has parked whether it be in the wrong place or just badly parked.
A personal pet hate of mine is the misuse of ‘mother and BABY spaces’ yes emphasis on the word baby, the wide spaces are for mums needing to get their little ones out, especially babies in their carrier car seats NOT people without kids or people waiting in the cars with their kids or in my opinion for people with 10 year olds perfectly capable of exiting a car by themselves! Same can be said here for disabled parking spaces although the misuse of these is even worse as they are a legal requirement for blue badge holders.
Parking on the kerb...this is also a no go, you’re not meant to do it - but what do you do in residential areas where parking with all four wheels on the road, as the law states, means blocking the road.
That’s a can of worms we’ll just leave open there for you