Technolube – Avanced Lubricant Technology

Technolube Oil Range

The recent launch of the Technolube motor oil range by A1 Motor Stores, was a runaway success for both the members and their customers. The range comprises eighteen different grades of semi and fully synthetic engine oils covering all the latest manufacturer specifications for vehicles made in Europe, the Far East and the US. The range is available in 1 and 2 litre consumer sizes, with 20 and 199 litre sizes available for the trade.

The main reason for the success of this new range, has got to be the dedicated Technolube website, where customers are guaranteed to find the correct grade of oil for their vehicles simply by entering the registration number. With the proliferation of new grades of oil in modern petrol and diesel engines, it is essential that the correct grade of oil is used when topping up or during an oil change, so as not to invalidate the manufacturers warranty.

To further promote the Technolube brand, A1 Motorstores are running a National Consumer Competition to win a holiday of your choice worth £5000. Terms and conditions apply but entry to the competition is simple:

Just purchase a bottle of Technolube oil and enter the barcode online at the competition will run from the 1st April to 30th June 2014.

The full Technolube oil range is available to buy online from our website, with FREE UK delivery!


Good Luck!




Ten Simple checks you can do yourself

The reason for the MOT test is quite simply to check that your vehicle meets the required road safety and environmental standards, so that it can be driven safely on the road. It is a legal requirement once the vehicle is three years old and then every year after that. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) “Around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOT due to simple things such as faulty bulbs, too little tyre tread, or even empty windscreen washer fluid bottles”.

MOT Test station

You really don’t need to be a mechanic to carry out a few basic checks before the MOT and they should only take you ten to fifteen minutes. Once you’ve completed these checks, you will have a much better chance of passing the MOT test first time round and not failing on something silly such as a faulty bulb or blocked washer jet. Apart from these simple checks, one of the most important things you can do is to have your vehicle serviced regularly. At least once a year and ideally just before the MOT is due. That should then pick up on any major problems which could lead to an MOT failure and will also help it to pass the emissions tests.

  1. Lights – by far the main reason for MOT failures, yet one of the easiest to fix! Check all the lights are working correctly, especially the headlamps dipped and main beams. Don’t forget to check the fog lights and their respective warning lights on the dashboard. When checking the brake lights, it’s much easier if you can get someone to help. If not you can always reverse up to a garage door or similar, so you can see the reflection when sitting in the drivers seat. TIP: If there’s a light out which comes back on when you bang it, don’t trust it. It’s probably a faulty bulb or a bad connection and is certain to let you down in the middle of the MOT. So get it fixed!
  2. Tyres – another major cause for failed MOT’s. Visually check the tyres for excessive wear or damage, making sure to check the inside tyre walls which are more difficult to spot. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm , this should be in a continuous band around the circumference of the tyre and cover three quarters the width of the tread. Of course the deeper the tread the safer the tyre, especially when driving in winter. Make sure the tyre pressures are correct and at the same time, it’s a good idea to check that all the wheel nuts are secure. TIP: Correct tyre pressures prevent excessive and uneven wear, and can actually save you money on fuel costs!
  3. Windscreen and Mirrors – windscreens must be free from cracks and other damage within the driver’s field of vision, although small stone chips are acceptable. Rear view mirrors both internal and external, should be secure with no damage to the glass and capable of being adjusted. Make sure that you have a clear view through the windscreen with no obstructions or distractions such as objects hanging from the rear view mirror.
  4. Windscreen wipers, washer fluid and washer jets should all be inspected. Wipers should be in good condition, with no damage or splitting. We recommended that wiper blades are changed every twelve months, so if they are showing any signs of wear, replace them or they could damage the screen. TIP: Sometimes, wiper blades can be a bit tricky to change, don’t worry as we offer free fitting at our store in Warrington! Make sure to check the washer jets are working correctly and clean them out with a pin if necessary. Top up the windscreen washer bottle with a good quality seasonal screen wash.
  5. Seat belts and seats should be checked for signs of wear or damage. Check that they operate correctly and that the seat belts are secured correctly and showing no signs of fraying along the edges. Make sure the seats are secure and slide freely on their runners.
  6. Warning lights and the horn should all be checked from inside the car with the ignition on. Check the ABS and Air Bag warning light operation by checking that they illuminate when the ignition is on, then go out and remain out when the engine is running. This method can also be used for most of the other warning lights on the instrument panel.
  7. Check the condition of the front and rear number plates. They must be in good condition and fixed securely. Make sure there are no cracks or splitting that will allow water ingress which will lead to failure of the plate and then failure of the MOT! Also check that the spacing of the letters and numbers on the plates are correct and that the BS standard is clearly shown. DRB Car Spares are approved number plate suppliers registered with the DVLA, so if you need any help or advice, just ask us.
  8. Brake Fluid – make sure you switch of the engine, then open the bonnet. Refer to the owners handbook if necessary, then check the brake fluid reservoir level. Top up as required. TIP: If the level is unusually low or you have to top it up frequently, it may be that you have a leak. This could prove to be very dangerous so should be checked out immediately.
  9. Fluid leaks – while the bonnet is up and the engine switched off, it’s a good idea to check around the engine bay for any fluid leaks. If you see any fluids or leaks that obviously shouldn’t be there, make sure you investigate further and fix the problem.
  10. With the engine running, check the exhaust system for any leaks (noisy or blowing). Give the engine a rev and check the exhaust  outlet for excessive smoke which could lead to a failure with the emission test. If you’re not sure, then many additives are available in store which will help to reduce emissions. We will be glad to advise on the most suitable products for your particular needs. Finally now would be a good time to visually check under the vehicle, especially under the engine/gearbox, for any other fluid leaks not visible from above.

Failing an MOT test can be both frustrating and inconvenient but most of all it can be costly! So follow these 10 simple steps and pass that MOT first time!

Happy Motoring!

For more information about the MOT test:

For more motoring advice and tips check out the ‘Motoring Advice’ section on our website:

Welcome to our Blog

A brief introduction to DRB Car Spares & Accessories, who we are and what we do:

Established in 1981 by the present owner Dave Burrows, DRB has grown to become the largest independent car parts and accessory dealer in Warrington and the surrounding area. Serving both motor trade and retail customers, the store boasts over 5,000 sq. ft. of retail and storage space, with over 20,000 products stocked and almost instant access to many more.

We are committed to supplying quality products and well known brands from all the major manufacturers, both in the UK and around the world. We also offer a price match with our competitors in store, and on our website we offer free delivery to the UK.


DRB are an Official Partner with Thule of Sweden and have a dedicated showroom in store where many of these exciting leisure products are on display. Only by touching, feeling and generally playing with these products, can you fully appreciate the quality, practicality and great design of Thule. The product range consists of roof bars, roof boxes, cycle carriers and carriers for just about everything you can put on a car or van! We also stock luggage, back packs, cargo, snow chains and general accessory products. All of these Thule products can be fitted free if required at our Warrington store, by our resident ‘Thule Expert”

We are official number plate suppliers, registered with the DVLA. We can make and supply all types of number plates in store, usually while you wait. You will need to produce ID and proof of ownership though, before we can make the plates, so please check with us before travelling.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff have worked for DRB Car Spares for many years, (over 158 years between them!) and are always on hand to offer help and advice wherever possible. They will also offer to fit free many items purchased in store, such as wiper blades, bulbs and batteries (subject to vehicle check)

DRB Car Spares & Accessories  are proud to be members of A1 Motor Stores. This is the largest association of independent car accessory retailers in the UK and ensures that our prices remain competitive at all times!





A1 Motor Stores Launch New Technolube Oil Range

Developed by A1 Motor stores, this brand new Technolube range covers all the latest grades of semi and fully synthetic motor oils to meet the requirements of the latest generation of vehicles with exhaust after treatment devices.

Low SAPS (low sulphated ash, phosphorus and sulphur) engine oils are safe for catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters (DPF’s). Detergents in standard engine oils can form ash on combustion which can lead to the DPF becoming clogged by soot, damaging the filter and impairing engine emissions and performance. It is essential therefore, that low SAPS engine oils are used for petrol and diesel vehicles fitted with exhaust treatment systems. N.B. Excludes mineral oils.

The Technolube range consists of eighteen different grades, which meet the requirements of all the latest engine manufacturers specifications.


The full range of 1 and 5 litre Technolube engine oils are available in store, and on our website with free UK delivery:

For more information on the Technolube range and to find the correct oil for your car, just enter your registration number on the Technolube website:

Driving on snow and ice? Top ten driving tips from DRB Car Spares & Accessories!

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Our ‘Top 10 Tips’ for driving on snow and ice

  1. Before setting off, make sure the windows are clear of snow and ice and check that your tyres are in good condition with at least 3mm of tread. The deeper the tread – the better the grip!
  2. When driving off on snow or ice, do so very slowly and in second gear to prevent the wheels from spinning. Try and keep the revs low by changing into a higher gear as soon as possible.
  3. Drive at a steady pace that you feel comfortable with, but not too fast that you risk losing control. By driving in a higher gear than you normally would at a certain speed, you will be able to keep your revs down.
  4. Think ahead, to avoid making any sudden decisions such as braking too hard or accelerating too quickly. Accelerate slowly and brake gently!
  5. If you do have to use the brakes, try to avoid stopping completely. It will be much easier to start off again if you keep the wheels turning and don’t lose momentum.
  6. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front, you may have to leave as much as ten times more than in normal conditions.
  7. Try to stick to the major roads and those that you know will have been gritted. There is a much better chance of those being kept clear of ice and snow.
  8. Never attempt to brake on a bend as this is when you are most likely to lose control and start sliding. Always try to brake in a straight line wherever possible. If you should find yourself skidding or sliding, be prepared to ease off the brakes and accelerator, and steer into the slide until you have the vehicle back under control.
  9. ABS brakes will help to prevent you skidding and bring the car safely under control in slippery conditions. If you don’t have ABS on your vehicle, then be prepared to ease off the brakes in order to steer more accurately.
  10. If you do find yourself stuck in snow with your wheels spinning, it is possible to get moving again by rocking the car gently backwards and forwards using the gears. If this fails then you will probably have to resort to digging away the snow from the around the wheels. For this reason, if you regularly drive in areas with heavy snow, it is always a good idea to carry a folding shovel or snow chains/socks in the vehicle.

For more tips and advice on winter motoring, visit the ‘Expert Advice’ section on our website: