How Often Should You Change Your Tyres?

How Often Should You Change Your Tyres

Tyres are without doubt one of the most important parts of any car, as they ensure that the vehicle runs safely, smoothly, and efficiently – with no tyres, you’re not going to get very far.

Being so vital though means that they take a fair amount of punishment, and thus can often wear away and need replacing.

We’ve all been there, taking our vehicles to the MOT centre and then being told we need to put a new set of tyres on the front left corner or all around. It’s a moment we all dread and can end up costing anywhere from tens to hundreds of pounds, but the reality is to stay safe and legal it has to be done.

With tyre wear and replacement being such a common issue that most motorists go through, we thought we would put together a helpful guide to answer any questions that you may have when it comes to looking after your tyres and purchasing new ones.

How Do You Know When You Need New Tyres?

When you have a fresh set of rubber added to your vehicle, you should be hoping to get at least 20,000 miles out of your front tyres on a front-wheel-drive car and should hope for double that for the rear tyres.

As tyres get older, the grip gets worse, and if you leave them long enough they could end up putting you and your family in danger.

How do I check my tyre tread?

To check your tyres tread depth, you can check with any of the three methods below;

  1. Check with a tread depth gauge
  2. With tread wear indicators
  3. With the penny test

No doubt one of the easiest and affordable ways to check if you need tyres is the penny test. As the name suggests all you need to carry out this method is a penny, and tyres of course.

  • Grab a 20p coin and hold it in between your thumb and forefinger
  • Place the 20p into one of the grooves of the tyre.
  • If you’re able to see some of the outer edges of the 20p, then your tyres could be illegal.
  • Perform this test on all parts of your tyre’s tread.

 

What Tread Depth Should Tyres Be Replaced At?

The legal limit for minimum tread depth on your tyres in the UK is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

However, tyre tread is not the only indicator you should be looking for.

Tyre age also plays a big part in when you should replace your tyres.

For years, many people have fell victim to relying on a tyre’s tread depth to determine its condition. But as a tyre gets older, the rubber compounds begin to deteriorate, regardless of the condition of the tread.

How long should tyres last on a car?

It’s impossible to put an exact number on how long a set of tyres should last, as it can vary significantly based on a number of factors, such as:

  • Quality of the tyre
  • How often they’re used
  • Road conditions that they’re used on
  • Weather conditions that they’re used in
  • Vehicle drive train – 4 wheel drive, front wheel drive or rear wheel drive

If you typically drive around 12,000-15,000 miles a year then, depending on the factors above, you should, in theory, be able to get at least 3 to 4  years of usage out of your vehicle’s tyres.

For those of you who drive much less than your tyres may last much longer, however most tyre experts will still recommend that after the 5 year mark you get your tyres checked yearly to ensure that they are safe, and after 10 years they should be replaced as even if they have not travelled a lot of miles they could still be susceptible to problems with age.

Replace your 4×4’s tyres with Milner Off Road

At Milner Off Road, we have a wide array of 4×4 tyres for you to choose from. You can view our tyre catalogue here: https://www.milneroffroad.com/4×4-tyres

Tec4 DPF Cleaner Review Tried & Tested. Does It Work?

DPF CLEANER REVIEW

Tec4 DPF Cleaner Review Tried & Tested.

DPF Diesel System Cleaner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know many people now drive a ”modern diesel car” and we dread the DPF light pinging up on our instrument panel. It’s going to be costly, right?

Unfortunately, mine popped up a few days ago on my Audi 2.0TDI and the standard ”regen” or regeneration process didn’t work.  *sad face*

Luckily I remembered that Milner Off Road sold the Tec4 Complete DPF & Diesel System Cleaner. At £17 + vat (£20.40) it was well worth purchasing to see if I could get my DPF light to turn off.

DPF Light On Fault

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I am now sharing my experience with the magic that is Tec4 Complete DPF & Diesel System Cleaner.

Please note: I had just filled my tank before carrying out the treatment.

Step 1:
Add one 400ml of DPF & Turbo System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank.
(Red Bottle)
TEC4 DPF Audi Fault

 

 

 

 

 

 


Step 2:
Idle the engine for 5 minutes.
(Don’t forget to take the bottle out and close your fuel flap before doing so).
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Step 3:
On completion turn off the engine and add one 400ml bottle of Diesel System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank.
(Blue Bottle)
Audi A1 DPF Fault

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4:
Take your car for a drive, for a minimum of 20 minutes at medium revs.
(Again, don’t forget to take the bottle out and close the fuel flap).

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Step 5:
Huzzah!! No more light on the dash.

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I will keep you posted as to whether this improves my fuel economy or not. Also whether I find any difference in the day to day running of my car.

So far I am just impressed I didn’t have to go to a garage to have it cleaned or replaced. I can imagine the cost would be extortionate, a bit like a wiper blade from the main dealer!

Recap:

Just to recap, the standard regeneration process did not work. To be honest I was wanting to try this stuff out, after already trying the Diesel Fuel Saver kit on one of my other cars. (Which by the way, also worked a treat).

There are other DPF cleaners on the market which are readily available. However, because I have used Tec4 products before, I know I can trust them.

Here is the link for the DPF Cleaner on Milner’s site: https://www.milneroffroad.com/universal-parts/dpf-cleaners 

And just before you ask yourself the question. No, you cannot remove your DPF. Not only will it make you fail your next MOT, but it is also now illegal.

#DPF #Audi #DieselParticulateFilter #DPFClean

PLEASE NOTE: MILNER OFF ROAD ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE YOU MAY CAUSE TO YOUR VEHICLE(S) BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE. IF YOU HAVE NOT PERFORMED THIS PROCEDURE ON YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE, WE HIGHLY ADVISE YOU TAKE YOUR VEHICLE TO A LOCAL MECHANIC.

Nissan Qashqai Tyre Pressure – The Ultimate Guide

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What are the recommended tyre pressures for the Nissan Qashqai?

See the table below to find out what tyre pressure your Nissan Qashqai needs. You’re probably here because you’ve thought or searched “what is correct tyre pressure for Nissan Qashqai?”. Thankfully in the table below, we have a wide array of tyre pressures for your Qashqai.

VehicleTyre SizeFront Tyre PressureRear Tyre Pressure
Qashqai. 1.6 16v, 2.0 16v Visia Acenta215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 16v, 2.0 16v Tekna215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi Visia Acenta215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi Tekna215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Dualis. 2.0 16v ST215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Dualis. 2.0 16v Ti215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. Sound and Style215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 16v, 2.0 16v N-Tec215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi N-Tec215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 16v Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 16v Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 dCi Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 16v Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 16v Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 16v N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 16v N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 16v Tekna215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 dCi Tekna215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi Tekna215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6i N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0i 16v N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6i 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 dCi 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 TI-L215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 16v Tekna215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Tekna215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Visa Pure Drive215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 DCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Tekna215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0i 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.6 BAR / 38 PSI
Qashqai. 1.2 DIG-T Visa215/65R16 H 982.6 BAR / 38 PSI2.4 BAR / 35 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi Visa215/65R16 H 982.6 BAR / 38 PSI2.4 BAR / 35 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi 130 Premier Edition225/45R19 W 922.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi 110 N-Vision215/55R18 W 922.6 BAR / 38 PSI2.4 BAR / 35 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi 130 Tekna225/45R19 W 922.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai. 1.5 dCi Visa215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai. 1.6 dCi 130 N Tec215/55R18 W 922.6 BAR / 38 PSI2.4 BAR / 35 PSI
Qashqai. 2.0 EU215/65R16 H 982.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi, Visa, Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi, 2.0 dCi Tenka215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6, 2.0 Visa, Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6, 2.0 Tenka215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2.1.5 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6i 16v N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6i 16v Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0 dCi, Visa215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0 16v Visa215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6i 16v Visa215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi Visa215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0i 16v Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0i 16v N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. Visa Pure Drive215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi Visa215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi Visa215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi N-Tec215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6i N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0 dCi N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0i 16v N-Tec Plus215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi Visa215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.3 BAR / 33 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi Acenta215/60R17 H 962.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.5 dCi 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6 dCi 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 1.6i 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0 dCi 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI
Qashqai+2. 2.0i 360215/55R18 V 992.3 BAR / 33 PSI2.1 BAR / 30 PSI

You can order new Nissan Qashqai tyres from our 4×4 tyres section here.

Please note, if your tyre pressure monitor has come on, and you have put more air into your tyres, your tyre pressure light may still be on. Depending on your vehicle, you may need to reset the your monitor to turn the notification/light off.

Have we missed a certain model from the list? Do you think the tyre pressure shown above is wrong and should be different?
If so, please email [email protected] with the details of your vehicle; Make, Model, Year and the size of the tyre you have fitted (Eg. 195/65R15).
We will then make changes accordingly.

Disclaimer: Based on data provided by Experian. Always consult your vehicle handbook for your exact recommended pressures.

What Is Suction Control Valve (SCV) Failure.

SCV Suction Control Valve L200

What Is A Suction Control Valve?

The Suction Control Valve or SCV is responsible for the control of fuel pressure inside common rail engines. It allows only the required amount of fuel to be pumped through the system.
The SCV is a wear item, that is a good part to cross off your list of things to do – just like a cam / timing belt.

How Do I know If My SCV Has Failed?

The suction control valve is often overlooked when you are having issues with your vehicle.
SCVs can quickly become affected by contaminated fuel and dirt which in turn can cause a vehicles Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to cause surging and other symptoms, such as ‘limp mode’.

Suction Control Valve L200

Where Can I Buy A SCV?

Never fear!
Milner Off Road Ltd stock Genuine Suction Control Valves for the relevant models .
To ensure you are supplied with the correct one, please supply your chassis / vin number. This can be found on your vin plate, usually on the bulkhead.

Is There Anything I Need To Know About My New SCV?

After fitting a new SCV.  You may need to a  re-calibrate / relearn.
There is a procedure for it in the manual.

The ECU learns the relation between the suction control valve, of the supply pump drive current and the fuel injection volume.

The learning value is calculated from the suction control valve drive current and the rail pressure sensor output voltage.

You should run the relearn when the engine is idling, any one with a decent plugin diagnostic computer should be able to do it for you.

Website: www.milneroffroad.com 

Still unsure? Email us at [email protected]
or phone the lovely sales team on 01629 734411

Toyota Land Cruiser KDJ120 LC5 Air Suspension to Coil Conversion Kit

KDJ120 AIR SUSPENSION KIT

Awesome New Suspension Conversion Kits For Your Land Cruiser.

Milner’s now stock a Milner Off Road (MOR) brand suspension conversion kit for the Toyota Land Cruiser KDJ120 LC5. The kit is made to the equivalent OEM specifications.
The suspension conversion kit will disconnect the relevant electrics, without the aid of diagnostics. It also replaces the electronically controlled dampers and rear air bags.

The suspension conversion kit has been developed to make fitment as simple as possible, without the need for special tools.
The suspension conversion kit sets the vehicle at standard height and gives it that coil sprung feel and ride.

The main advantage is to eliminate expensive air suspension repairs, by putting the vehicle back to a standard suspension system. Therefore making it more cost effective and the ease of fitting replacement parts.

Toyota KDJ120 LC5 Suspension Conversion

 

 

 

 

 

The kit comes with full fitting instructions, complete with ‘how to’ pictures.
1 x Assembled front shock absorbers plus fitting kits. (Pair)
1 x Rear coil springs. (Pair)
2 x Rear insulator bump stops.
2 x Rear shock absorbers plus fitting kits.

The Air Suspension to Coil Conversion Kit can be found here on our website -> Land Cruiser Suspension Conversion Kit.

If you would like more information on the conversion kit, you can contact us on 01629 734411 or email us at [email protected] .

Motorist’s Facing Stricter MOT Rules.

New MOT

What The Stricter MOT Test Means To You.

As from Sunday 20th May 2018, the new Rules come into effect.
With new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.

Defects found during the MOT are categorised as either:
Dangerous, Major or Minor.

The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is.

MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’.

So Let’s Talk Emissions…

There are stricter limits for emissions from Diesel cars with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

DPF captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars.
Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:

  • Can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust.
  • Find evidence that the DPF has been tampered with.

What can you do before your MOT?

Why not try one of our Tec4 Cleaning Kits?

Diesel Fuel Cleaner Kit:

DIESEL SYSTEM CLEANER

  • Complete Oil  and Fuel system clean.
  • Improves fuel economy.
  • Reduces harmful emissions.
  • Restores lost performance.
  • Reduces engine wear.

    BUY NOW

DPF & Diesel System Cleaner:

  • Cleans contamination from the Fuel System.
  • Restores injector spray pattern.
  • Aids passive regeneration of the DPF and reduces soot loading.
  • Restores lost performance.
  • Improves fuel economy.

    BUY NOW

Petrol Fuel Cleaner Kit:

  • Complete Oil and Fuel system clean.
  • Improves fuel economy.
  • Reduces harmful emissions.
  • Restores lost performance.
  • Reduces engine wear.

    BUY NOW

Tec4 is not just for 4×4 vehicles. Tec4 can be used on any vehicle. If you are unsure which kit is right for you. Give us a call on 01629 734411 or email [email protected] .

Prevention is better than cure! We would suggest getting some TEC4 before it is too late.

If you have any questions about the information above, you can email us: [email protected] or telephone 01629 734411.

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.

Does My Car Need AdBlue?

AdBlue Logo Picture

What Is AdBlue?

AdBlue is a highly purified colorless liquid. It contains demineralized water and urea (32.5%).

AdBlue is used with diesel engines and is also known outside of Europe as DEF, ARLA 32 or AUS 32.

The main active component of AdBlue is ammonia. This is chemically formed by hydrolising automotive urea, which is the main raw material for AdBlue. Urea is also used in the production of fertilizers and many more applications.

AdBlue is used with diesel engines using SCR technology. This technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) reduces harmful emissions (NOx). AdBlue is injected into the catalyst of the SCR system,
where it triggers a chemical reaction with the ammonia. This chemical reaction converts the toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx), into nitrogen (N2) and water vapor (H2O). Water vapor and nitrogen are naturally occurring gasses that are harmless to the environment.

Do I need AdBlue In My Car?

From 2016, most new diesel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, such as delivery vans need AdBlue to be able to comply with the latest emissions legislation.

Many diesel cars registered after September 2015 use AdBlue to reduce emissions. In general, if you own a Euro 6-compliant diesel Audi, BMW, Citroën, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz or Peugeot, it’s likely to use AdBlue technology. There’s often a clue in the car’s model name, which may have ‘Blue’ or ‘SCR’ in it.

Why Do I need AdBlue In My Car?

Your vehicle needs AdBlue to reduce NOₓ emission. Due to the stricter emission legislation, diesel engines need to have cleaner exhaust gases. NOₓ is one of the emissions that causes acid rain. To meet the Euro 6 standards for diesel engine emission the use of Selective Catalyst Reduction-technology (and thus AdBlue) is required. The Euro 6 standards are into force from September 2014 for new passenger cars.

All commercial vehicle manufacturers have to meet the Euro 6 standards for diesel engine emission. Although Euro 5 emission standards could be met by different technologies, Euro 6 standards require the use of Selective Catalytic Reduction with AdBlue.

Here is a quick video that may help you understand a wee bit more.

What Happens If I Run Out Of AdBlue?

If you run out of AdBlue, your car will have limited performance. When you have switched off the car and your AdBlue tank is empty, it will not restart.
Your car, usually on the driver display screen will give you plenty of warnings that you are running low.
Get your AdBlue here: AdBlue @ Milner’s.
Do you need more than 20 Litres of AdBlue? Give us a call on 01629 734411 and ask for Andrew. Milner Off Road are able to get Bulk AdBlue at seriously competitive rates.

How Much AdBlue Do I Need?

Average consumption of AdBlue is generally 5% of diesel use, so you will need to tank much less for AdBlue then you do for diesel. You will use about 5 litres of AdBlue to every 100 litres of diesel.

Is AdBlue Hazardous?

No, Adblue is not a hazardous substance. It has no known significant effects or critical hazards.

What Happens If I Get AdBlue On My Skin?

If AdBlue comes into contact with your skin, wash it thoroughly. Seek medical attention if irritation persists.

What Happens If I Ingest AdBlue?

Ring 111 and drink plenty of fluids.

 

** If you have any other questions about AdBlue or simply need some advise. Give Milner’s a call on 01629 734411 or you can email us here: [email protected] **

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AdBlue And Diesel Cap

How Do I Clean My DPF?

What Is A DPF?

A DPF or Diesel Particulate Filter is a device designed to remove diesel particulate substance or soot (black carbon) from the exhaust gases of a diesel engine.

What Does A DPF Do?

Also known as a ‘soot trap’, the DPF catches the soot from the exhaust gases, effectively reducing the amount of emissions the car creates. Since 2009 it is the law for new diesel cars to be fitted with a DPF off the production line, to help stop the amount of harmful emissions being injected into our atmosphere. Removal of your DPF can result in a hefty fine, up to £1000 for a car and up to £2500 for a light goods vehicle.

How Do I Clean My DPF?

You have a few options when it comes to the cleaning of your DPF.

Regeneration.

Some say driving at speeds of over 40mph for 10 minutes using at least 2500 RPM and sticking in 3rd/4th gear can turn off your DPF light from your dash.
(We personally would not recommend this method)

Local DPF Cleaning Specialist.

Send it to a local specialist. However, you may have to dig deep, don’t expect it to be cheap.

We found a handy tool here: Find a DPF Specialist. 
Or you could choose a carbon clean: Find a Carbon Clean Specialist.
(Obviously, this is the more sensible choice)

DPF Cleaning Additives.

Relatively new to the market, these cleaning additives are now readily available online or at your local motor factors.
In fact, we (Milner Off Road) stock the TEC4 branded additives on our website. Tec4 are manufacturers of high-quality engine treatments and Fuel Saving products, you can find out more about them here.
TEC4 advise vehicles used regularly for urban cycle driving rarely achieve the conditions required for regeneration, resulting in the filter becoming blocked. TEC4’s DPF System Cleaner contains cerine additives which bond to the soot particles reducing the temperature at which they combust, this enables the DPF to passively regenerate during urban cycle driving.
Here at Milner’s, we stock the Complete DPF & Diesel System Cleaner, adding this product into your annual service is turning out to be a popular choice. Not only does it clean your DPF but it also cleans your fuel system. (Please also ensure you use the correct specification oil).

Prevention is better than cure! We would suggest getting some TEC4 before it is too late.

 

Here is a quick video explaining the TEC4 products:

At only £17 + vat it isn’t going to break the bank, making it the perfect solution to your annual service.

If you have any questions about the information above, you can email us: [email protected] or telephone 01629 734411.

Read: Best DPF Cleaner

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.

 

 

Is My Alternator Faulty?

Is My Alternator Faulty?

What Is An Alternator?

Alternators are commonly used in ‘newer’ vehicles. Their function is to charge the battery and get power to the electrical system when your engine is turned on.
The alternator earns its name from the term ‘alternating current’ or AC.
Nearly all alternators are seated using brackets which bolt on to a specific point on the engine.

Is My Alternator Faulty?

You may be experiencing slow start ups, flickering headlights or a warning light on your instrument panel, but is it the alternator?

Milner’s have put together a quick test to help you out.

The Multimeter test.

For this test you will need a multi-meter / multi-tester / voltmeter. These can be purchased online or at your local motor factors, you may even have change left from a tenner.
With the engine switched off, connect the meter to the battery terminals RED positive & BLACK negative. (Do not connect these to the cable clamps)

The meter should read a minimum of 12.3 volts or if you have a good condition battery, it should read at least 12.6 volts.
If your meter is showing below this reading it could be a result of one of the following reasons:

  • The battery is discharged. (Recharge your battery)
  • The battery is low on distilled water. (The water should be 5mm above the plates. DO NOT fill the battery full to the top).
  • The battery has a high internal resistance. (Sulphide plates)

Multi-meter test

IF your battery is in good condition.

Start your engine and rev to 2000 RPM. This will draw power on the battery and cause the voltage regulator to start the alternator working. Let the engine idle and the reading should be:

  • A minimum of 13 volts.
  • Revving the engine will fluctuate the voltage between 13 to 14.5 volts, which indicates the alternator is in good shape.
  • If the voltage when revving the engine stays the same or decreases, then your alternator is more than likely faulty.
  • To test the regulator, repeat the process with the lights, radio and A/C (if fitted) switched ON.
    Rev the engine again to a constant 2000 RPM. The meter reading should read above 13 volts and no more than 14.8 volts. IF the meter reads above 14.8 volts, the alternator is probably over-charging.

If you are unsure on the above, take your vehicle to your local garage and get them to do the test for you.

 

(The above information is a guide only. It is down to the operator to gain the correct voltage tolerances for the vehicle on test. The above tests are for a standard 12 volt negative earth system. A good working battery will show 12.6 volts and a minimum of 12.3 volts.)

Nissan Navara Sagging Rear Suspension Issues.

Nissan Navara Rear Suspension Issues

 

Nissan Navara Rear Suspension Issues.

The model in question is the Navara NP300 2015 onward.

The vehicle itself gets a 4.5 out of 5 stars by AutoExpress, reporting  ”Small bumps are ironed out far more effectively and the floating feeling over sudden undulations is much better suppressed.”
However, while it brings some benefits when unladen, it has been criticised for struggling to cope with anything approaching its claimed load weight of 1 tonne. Further more Nissan state the NP300 has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity.

Despite the claimed stats, opinions from owners are coming in that their Nissan’s are ”struggling” with loads well under the claimed payload. Unmanageable steering and sagging springs are just a few to mention.
Vehicles that are used for work or tow large trailers are proving that the standard rear suspension is much too soft.

Here at Milner’s we developed a kit to abolish the NP300’s flaws / poor rear suspension characteristics.

The Milner kit will restore the vehicle to a more usable ride height when loaded/towing without compromising comfort when empty.

Kit Comprises of:
2 x Upgraded Coil Springs
2 x Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers

(The shock absorbers must be used to overcome the effects of the stronger spring.)

Nissan Navara NP300 Suspension Upgrade Kit

Head on over to www.milneroffroad.com to get your kit.

Comment below with you thoughts or experiences.