We were very busy last week fitting winter tyres.
The majority of last week was taken up by fitting winter tyres for our customers as many motorists are taking the decision to have winter tyres fitted to their vehicles during the winter months.
The week started in Ely where a customer had purchased a set of alloys with winter tyres fitted so called us to balance the wheels and fit them to his BMW 3 series.
The following day we were called to Abington to remove the summer tyres and fit a set of Dunlop winter tyres to an Audi A6.We then headed to Mildenhall where again a customer had purchased a set of alloys with winter tyres fitted so we were called to balance wheels and fit them to a BMW X5.
All our jobs were local on Friday as we fitted a set of winter tyres to a VW Golf in Longstanton and then travelling less than a mile to fit a set of winter tyres to a Jaguar X type.The week ended by visiting a regular customer who calls us each year to fit winter tyres to a VW Touran as the family travel to Europe every Christmas.
Newspapers today are suggesting snow and flooding will arrive during next week.
Depending on which national newspaper you read the weather is turning for the worst next week.One newspaper is suggesting up to four inches of snow will fall in certain areas and another paper is suggesting some severe flooding.Now is the the time to check that you and your vehicle are prepared for bad driving conditions in particular check the condition of your tyres.
New tyre fitted at a business seminar in Cambridge.We attended a business seminar in Cambridge this morning that is helping local business owners to reach local people.The seminar will last all day so one of the presenters asked if we could fit a new tyre to his Suzuki Swift while he continues to promote the event.The tyre is now fitted and our customer was able to continue with his work and was highly delighted with the service.
Winter tyres fitted in Burwell
The first job of the day was to fit a set of winter tyres to a BMW 3 series in Burwell and then we made our way to Waterbeach to fit two Firestone tyres size 155/70/R13 to a Nissan Micra.
We have been giving advice to a customer in Longstanton who owns a Vauxhall Tigra as the tyres are slowly losing air pressure. On inspection we found that the tyres were over five years old and this could be a reason for the air loss so we arrived at an agreed time and fitted two new tyres. While the tyres were off the rim we cleaned the alloys and applied bead sealer as there was slight corrosion appearing and this is another reason why air could be escaping.
New tyres fitted in Histon,Harston and Longstanton and a puncture repair in Bar Hill.We were called to a customer in Harston who required a new set of tyres for a Renault Scenic so we fitted four Falken tyres size 205/55/R17 and our customer was delighted with the cost of the new tyres and was also very happy with our service.We then headed to Bar Hill to repair a puncture on a Vauxhall Tigra. During the afternoon we fitted new tyres in Histon and Longstanton.
Goodyear tyres fitted in Girton,Autogrip tyres fitted in Longstanton and a Conti seal tyre fitted in Cambridge.
We revisited a customer in Girton as while we were fitting a new Goodyear tyre size 195/65/R15 to his VW Golf. He had suffered a tyre blow out and during replacement we noticed that the opposite tyre on the rear axle was actually produced in 2005!
Due to natural ageing, the strength of the tyre would have deteriorated over this time. He thanked us for the information and asked us to return and replace the old tyre.
We then headed back to Longstanton to visit a regular customer who required a new set of tyres on his Vauxhall Zafira which is used daily as a taxi.
He was very happy with the set of Autogrip tyres size 205/55R16 that we fitted last year so he ordered them again. He had two pleasant surprises on payment as the price for fitting was the same as last year and as he was looking back through his records he could not believe that the previous tyres had lasted 14 months - especially with the high mileage that the vehicle does.
Then back over into Cambridge to rescue a customer with a flat tyre where we fitted a new Conti seal tyre size 215/60R16 to a VW Touran!
A good example of why new tyres should be fitted to the rear axle.
A couple of days ago we were called to a customer in Cambridge who needed to replace both front tyres on their Isuzu 4X4.
As always before starting the job we inspected all four tyres and the spare then gave advice accordingly. We advised the customer to have us move the existing rear tyres to the front and re-balance them and fit the new tyres to the rear.
We explained that the majority of punctures occur on the rear tyres as debris from the front tyres is pushed in the direction of the rears - therefore the new tyres will give more resistance to flying debris and in general the vehicle will handle better with new tyres on the rear.
The customer agreed and thanked us for taking the time to explain and gave us the keys to the vehicle so he could continue working.
We started to remove the wheels only to find a screw and a nail embedded in the nearside rear tyre and advised the customer to order a replacement. There was also a nail embedded in the centre of the offside rear tyre which we were thankfullyable to repair.
Whilst our customer was not celebrating the news concerning the rear tyres he was grateful for our advice and stated that if we had not inspected all four tyres he would have most certainly called us or the rescue services out in the very near future!
It's time for that vehicle winter check. In particular your tyres and locking wheel nut adaptor.
Sadly now is the time to consider the general condition of your vehicle as the weather can turn for the worse very quickly.
Firstly check the condition of your tyres including the spare to make sure you have sufficient tread in the event of needing to stop your vehicle suddenly.
The tyres need to be inflated to the correct pressure as this will help you control the vehicle more effectively in adverse weather conditions, as well as operting at their most efficient levels.
We have visited numerous customers recently who could not find the locking wheel nut adaptor. Now is a great time to check the location of the adaptor as without it you will not be able to remove a wheel.
The majority of us will thankfully have no issues during the winter months but it is vital to ask the question "if i got a puncture do i know how to deal with the issue and if not do i know who to call for assistance?"
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A puncture repair in Longstanton and Cambourne and tyres fitted to a Renault Kangoo van in Over.
We were called by a regular customer in Longstanton as his Volvo V50 had a slow puncture in a rear tyre.
We arrived on time and discovered a screw embedded in the centre of the tyre so we were able to perform a puncture repair. We noticed that the alloy was starting to show signs of corrosion on the inside of the rim so we wire brushed away the debris and applied a couple of coats of bead sealer and our customer was highly delighted with our efforts!
We then headed to Over and fitted two new tyres to a Renault Kangoo van and while in the process of fitting the new tyres we had a call from an owner of a Ford Ranger 4X4 who had just noticed that a rear tyre on the vehicle was completely flat.
We arrived within the hour and found a stone had punctured the tyre but as per the first job it was repairable and again our customer was very happy. On completion of both puncture repairs i explained to my customers that there was a good chance that the front wheels had pushed the screw and stone towards the rear axle and that is why we suggest fitting new tyres to the rear.
A new tyre is more elastic and would likely deflect any foreign body rather than absorb it - which is the tendency for older, more brittle rubber!
Michelin tyres fitted to a Renault Laguna near Ely
The first job of the day was to visit a customer near Ely to fit new Michelin tyres size 205/60/R16 to a Renault Laguna. A couple of weeks ago we were fitting two new tyres to a Citroen Relay van when our customer asked us to check the condition of the tyres on the Laguna as our customer is conscious that the bad weather will soon be with us.We found that the existing Michelin tyres on the rear axle while still having decent tread were over five years old so our customer decided to have them replaced.She ordered Michelin tyres again as the existing rear tyres had done over 50,000 miles so she felt it was worth staying with a premium brand.
New Pirelli tyres fitted to an Audi A3 then here,there and everywhere.
The day started very early as we fitted two new tyres to a Volvo V70 in Cambridge and then off to West Wratting to fit two Pirelli tyres size 225/45/R17 to an Audi A3 and then back to Bar Hill to fit a Continental Vanco tyre size 205/65/R16 to a Mercedes Vito van while the owner was installing a boiler in a customers house and this all happened before lunch.We then headed back to base to collect the tyres for the afternoon jobs and the first being to fit three tyres to a Vauxhall Corsair in Cambridge City centre. We managed to avoid the rush hour traffic and we were back in Longstanton at 5pm to fit a new tyre on a Skoda Fabia. All of our customers today were repeat customers who appreciate our mobile service.
Runflat tyres fitted to a BMW 5 series in Cambridge then a puncture repair on a BMW M5 in Cambourne.The first job of the day was to fit two Bridgestone runflat tyres size 225/50/R17 to a BMW 5 series in Cambridge and our customer was very grateful as he did not have to leave the office.We then got a call from a regular customer who noticed a screw embedded in a tyre on his BMW M5 as he arrived at the office.We arrived at a time agreed and repaired the tyre which was a Michelin Pilot Sport and again our customer could continue with his work.We have just collected a new Continental Vanco tyre size 205/65/R16 and we will be fitting the tyre to a Mercedes Vito van while our customer is installing a boiler in Bar Hill tomorrow and again there is now down time as he does not have to leave his customer to get the tyre changed.
New tyres fitted to trade vans in Ely,Cambridge,Over and West Wratting.We have many customers who own trade vans and it is very important that these vehicles are on the move as any down time is a cost to the relevant business owner.For example we visited a customer in Ely who was busy at the office catching up on paperwork so we arrived on time and fitted two Goodyear tyres size 215/70/R15 to his Citroen Relay van.We were called to replace a tyre and repair a puncture on a Ford Transit van in Cambridge and again there was no down time as the contractors were able to continue with their work while we were looking after the vehicle.We were called to a business in West Wratting as one of the vans had a flat tyre and we were able to repair the puncture but during our vehicle inspection procedure we noticed that one tyre was showing 2mm tread depth so a new tyre was fitted and now the vehicle is ready for the winter.
Winter tyres fitted to a Saab 9.3,Kia 4X4 and a Land Rover.The week has hardly begun and we have already fitted winter tyres to a Land Rover,Saab 9.3 and a Kia 4X4 and we are expecting even more calls during the next few days.Some customers already have their winter tyres stored in the garage and are calling us to remove the summer tyres and fit the winter tyres. We are also getting calls from customers who want to know more about the benefits of fitting winter tyres to their vehicles. If you are considering fitting winter tyres or need advice give our team a call on 0800 783 9310 and they will gladly assist you.
Pirelli tyres fitted to an Audi A6 and Toyo tyres fitted to a Range Rover and many more.Our customers are wary that the bad weather and difficult driving conditions are drawing ever nearer so we have been busy getting vehicles ready for the winter months.We fitted two Pirelli Po Rosso tyres size 245/40/R18 to an Audi A6 in Shelford then a couple of new tyres to a catering van in Cambridge,We were then called to a customer in Soham who required new tyres fitting to a Range Rover so we fitted Toyo tyres size 255/50/R20 and the benefit to all our customers was they did not have to leave the home or office.
Hometyre to the rescue again.We had a call from a motorist who had damaged a tyre on the way to work in Cambridge and was in need of assistance and advice.The vehicle was a BMW Z4 and the customer was resigned to the fact that he would be without the car overnight as the tyres for his vehicle are not readily available.We had a full diary but assured our customer that we would get to him before he left the office to discuss the way forward.We arrived during the afternoon as promised and discovered a nasty cut in the sidewall of the tyre and advised our customer accordingly.He decided to replace both tyres so we arrived the next day and fitted two Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tyres size 225/40/R18. Before we left we asked how our customer got to hear about us and it was nice to hear that we were highly recommended by a local garage.
Two BMW vehicles and a Mercedes c class given attention.One of our regular customers has just purchased a BMW 3 series and asked us if we could give our opinion on the condition of the tyres. On inspection we found the rear tyres to be reasonably new and in good condition but the two front tyres were badly worn and alarmingly not runflat tyres unlike the rear tyres. We revisited the vehicle and fitted two Continental runflat tyres size 205/55/R16. We then headed to Oakington to replace a tyre that was damaged on a BMW 1 series and again found a vehicle where the wheel rims needed attention so we wire brushed away the debris and applied bead sealer to the rims.The next job was in Bar Hill where a Mercedes C class had hit a kerb and damaged a tyre. We found corrosion on the wheel rim similar to the BMW so a wheel refurbishment was carried out so no air can escape in the future.
Tyron bands came to the rescue yet again.We were called to a Caravan and camping park near Royston as on arrival at the site a customer noticed that one of the tyres on his caravan was flat and badly perished.Our customer decided to order three new tyres as the remaining tyre and spare were showing signs of age.The wheels were fitted with Tyron bands and after discussions with our customer he was reasonably confident that the blow out took place quite a few miles from the campsite as the couple heard a bang but did not appreciate it was a tyre bursting and only noticed the tyre was flat on arrival at the campsite.The tyre was well perished but still sitting on the rim which is the whole principle of how a Tyron band should work.During our travels we regularly hear stories concerning the benefits of Tyron bands when fitted to a caravan or campervan and this latest incident is a reminder that Tyron bands really do work.
Runflat tyres fitted to a Mini cooperWe were called to fit two Bridgestone runflat tyres to a mini Cooper and our customer mentioned that there was slight air loss from a tyre on their BMW 3 series.We removed the tyre and found the rims to be flaking so we removed debris using a wire brush and applied a layer of bead sealer and this action should solve the problem.We fitted two Nexen tyres to a Renault Clio in Cambourne and then two Toyo tyres to a Peugeot van in Swavesey. We then had a call from a customer who was stranded in Cambridge with a flat tyre and on further inspection of the three remaining tyres our customer decided to order a complete set of Kumho tyres for his Renault Clio.On the way home we had a call from a regular customer who asked us to perform a free tyre check and on arrival we found one of the tyres on their BMW to be damaged so we are returning to fit a new tyre.
New tyres fitted locally and some great feedback.Our first job was to fit two new Kumho tyres to a Citroen C4 in Longstanton as the front tyres were getting low and the mot test is next week.We explained to our customer the benefits of moving the existing rear tyres to the front and fitting new tyres to the rear and our customer thanked us for giving them useful advice.Our next job was in Shelford where one of our regular customers has a reasonably old Mercedes C class and the wheel rims are corroding badly and air is escaping.After removing the old tyres we spent time and effort removing the corrosion by sanding and applying a wire brush to all areas.We then applied two coats of bead seal and left to dry for a few minutes and then two new tyres were fitted.Again our customer was delighted with the end result and is thankful that he will not be losing air pressure on a regular basis.We then headed to Newmarket to fit three new tyres to a Ford Mondeo as the vehicle had failed an mot test due to the tyres and the garage informed the lady to ring Hometyre as in our customers words Hometyre are honest and reliable.
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