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.

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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.

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Petrol Fuel Cleaner Kit:

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

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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?

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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.

At the end of 2017, a new regulation required on the road real emission test (RDE). Since September 2017, all diesel vehicles are equipped with SCR technology!

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.

 

 

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.

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal? – Here Are Some Quick And Easy Steps To Follow.

Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal? It seems like a daunting task that may turn out to be expensive.
Never fear, here are a few things that you can check. They are really quick and easy – even if you’re not even that car savvy.

Because your tyres play such a vital role, there are some very important and specific legal requirements relating to their condition and maintenance:

  • Tyres must be inflated correctly to the vehicle manufacturer’s and the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Tyres must be free from defects which may put anyone in danger, they must also be fit for purpose.

Checking The Pressure Of Your Tyres.

First of all, tyre pressure guides can be found in a few places on your vehicle.
Most commonly it can be located on your ‘B’ pillar either on the driver’s side.
If there is no sticker on the door, you can usually find the specifications in the owner’s manual or in your fuel cap.
The correct psi is determined by the manufacturer of your vehicle and is different depending on the make and model of each vehicle.

You may need to work out your psi by doing a simple conversion from ‘bar’. The bar is most commonly displayed on the vehicles tyre pressure indicator.
Here is a simple conversion chart for you.

Bar To Psi Conversion Chart

When you locate the pressure guide on your vehicle, you will find that pressure varies depending on the weight of the load within your vehicle.  When you travel alone, the pressure needs to be different from when your vehicle is loaded with family and their luggage, hence the different recommendations.

Example:
In this picture, you can see A and B.
A recommends up to 3 passengers, and B recommends max load or towing.Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

In this next picture, we can see that your vehicles required ‘bar’ is different depending on weight in your vehicle. How many passengers you are carrying, how much luggage do they have?
Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

Now That Your Tyre Pressure Is Correct:

Are your tyres actually legal to be on the roads?
How much will I be fined if they are illegal?

Well, the penalty for illegal tyres is a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre. Therefore you could be faced with a £10,000 bill and 12 points if all four tyres were found to be illegal. Ouch!

Here are Milner’s quick tips to keep you from that hefty fine, or even worse – an accident!

Tread Depth and Legal Tyre Limits.

The minimum legal limit for tread depth on your tyres is 1.6mm.
On most tyres, you can find wear indicators.
There should be an arrow on the side of the tyre wall pointing to where the raised marker within the treads will be, like below.

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Alternatively, you can buy yourself a tyre depth gauge online, or in most local motor factors.
I found quite a few on eBay all reasonably priced, for the bargain price of £3.88 you can have yourself a VOSA approved gauge:

VOSA Tyre gauge

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.

Here is a horrendous example of illegal front tyres that we changed for a customer. This could have caused disastrous consequences:
Are Your Tyres Safe And Legal?

As you can see the tread is barely there and you can see the cord within the tyre.
Did you know that at a tread depth of only at 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra two car lengths (8 metres) to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres.

Defects:

It isn’t just tyre pressure and lack of tread that can cause an accident.
Common defects can be:

  • Lumps or egg type bulges.
  • Tears in the tyre wall, potentially caused by potholes.
  • Tears across the tyre tread.
  • Tyre cord being visible.

Hopefully, after reading this, you will be a bit more aware of tyres and tyre safety.
Safe journeys everyone.

Don’t forget Milner’s can get most makes and sizes of 4×4 tyres for a wide range of vehicles. With amazing prices like ours, why not give us a call for a quote today?
Telephone us on 01629 734411 or pop us an email to [email protected]

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