Another locking wheel nut removalWe were called to Cambridge this morning to remove locking wheel nuts from a Seat Ibiza as the car had work carried out at a garage but the locking nut adaptor had not been returned to the vehicle.It would be advisable to check the location of the adaptor when you collect your vehicle from the garage to avoid any nasty surprises when you next need to remove a wheel.
caravan tyres and tyron bandsJust fitted two tyres in Cambridge and the sky is blue and it is quite mild outside so i guess today a lot of caravan owners will be looking forward to the spring.So today is a good time to consider the age and condition of your caravan tyres. It is also a good time to consider fitting Tyron bands to your wheels if they are not already on your vehicle.
Avon tyres fitted to Vauxhall
Fitted two Avon tyres to a Vauxhall this morning and while fitting tyres noticed that all locking wheel bolts was starting to show signs of rust and advised customer that it might be advisable to change them in the near future as if one or more break through age he could have a problem removing wheels.
Fitted Dunlop SP01 tyre todayA regular customer has a problem as he is losing pressure from one of his alloys as there is slight damage to the rim after hitting a pothole.We have cleaned the alloy and applied a couple of layers of bead sealer and fitted a new Dunlop tyre size 195/50/R16 and hopefully solved the problem.We are monitoring on a daily basis and if problem continues the alloy wheel will need to be repaired by a specialist organisation or a new alloy wheel will need to be purchased.
Locking Wheel nut removal on Fiat MultiplaWe visited a family today who had purchased a Fiat Multipla but the previous owner had not supplied a locking wheel nut adaptor so our customer could not get the wheels removed for a service.We turned up on time as always and with our specialist equipment removed all four locking wheel nuts to the relief and satisfaction of our customer.
Land Rover DiscoveryVisited a Land Rover Discovery today that had a puncture that could not be repaired so we fitted a Pirelli Scorpion tyre size 255/50/R18 and after inspecting other tyres on vehicle noticed that one tyre is quite old so customer is monitoring for any air loss.We will return to fit a new tyre if there are any issues with deflation.
Kumho Tyres fitted to Renault ClioVisited a customer near Graffam Water this morning as both front tyres needed replacing so i advised customer that the sensible option was to move rear wheels to front axle so new tyres were at the rear of the vehicle therefore reducing the chance of a puncture.Vehicle now has two new Kumho tyres fitted and all four tyres correctly inflated and balanced.
Mitsubishi ShogunVisited a regular customer today in Cambridge who owns a Mitsubishi Shogun and was experiencing a slight loss of pressure in one of the rear tyres. There was no visible signs of damage to tyre but it was six years old and therefore leaking air so we fitted a new Pirelli Scorpion 285/55/R18 so problem solved.
A really busy dayA full diary so started early and fitted two tyres at Waitrose store in Newmarket and then back to Cambridge for a couple of jobs.Due to fit two Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres to an Audi in Cambridge but customer needed to change location at the last minute so fitted in Girton followed by a job in Oakington then home.All customers happy and set for another good day tomorrow.
Fitting Firestone tyres in CambridgeWent to Cambridge Business Park yesterday to fit two Firestone TZ300 tyres to a Ford Fiesta and noticed that due to low mileage an original tyre was still on the vehicle and as it was over six years old a bulge had appeared on sidewall so went back this morning to fit another new tyre.
What to do if your vehicle hits a pothole
I have just been speaking to a customer who is experiencing a slight vibration whilst driving and it has appeared after her Ford Focus has hit a pothole.I have advised that we first re balance all four wheels and then i will put alignment gauges on to check if alignment is out.There are numerous reasons why you could feel vibration at speed but the first step should be to check wheels are balanced properly.
Lot's of tread but tyres needed changing.
Revisited a customer in Cambridge this morning who owns a Peugeot 207 that is six years old and has original tyres on rear axle.I noticed the age of the tyres when i fitted front tyres before Christmas and advised customer they needed changing soon as they will lose pressure due to their age.Fitted Michelin Saver size 185/65/15 this morning and found nail embedded in one tyre and the other had lost pressure since Christmas.Another reminder that it is not just about the tread on your tyres but the general condition as well.
Tyres lose air pressure with age.Fitted 2 new tyres GT Maxmiler 195/70/15 to a Transit Van in Cambridge this morning and before leaving job i checked the air pressure on the existing 2 tyres and they were very low.There was ample tread on the tyres and my customer regularly puts air in but after investigation i noticed that both tyres were made in 2007 so are losing air due to age of tyres.
Cambridge Tyre Rescue!Out and about on the snow covered roads this morning I rescued a gent who'd hit a pothole and knocked his tyre off the wheel on his Nissan Micra. Having damaged it beyond safe use, I fitted him up with a new Uniroyal 165/60R14 and he was quickly on his way again!
Driving in snowYesterday i visited various web pages that gave advice on best driving techniques for snowy conditions and it was very helpful as over the years i had forgotten some relevant points so if you are unsure on how to drive safely on snow and ice take a minute and have a refresher.
Set aside ten minutes today to perform a winter checkWhile it is freezing outside it is very tempting to let your engine run for a couple of minutes while you get ready and then get in car and drive off.Take a couple of minutes to consider what you would need if you got stranded in bad weather. If all items on your checklist are ticked great but if not get items that are missing today.
A bad luck storyVisited a regular customer in Ely last week and repaired a puncture on his Mercedes and returned today to find another nail sitting in the same tyre at about 3 inches from last weeks puncture repair.A new Continental tyre had to be fitted.
Winter tyres and storage of summer tyresA customer who lives in the centre of Cambridge is keen to fit winter tyres but has no storage space for her summer tyres.No problem as we will store her tyres in a secure area until spring arrives.
BBC Breakfast news this morningA family member has just asked me to quote for winter tyres as fitting them has been strongly recommended on BBC Breakfast news this morning.She has a Mazda 2 and is pleasantly surprised how affordable the whole process is.
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