When your vehicle is not performing as usual check tyre pressures first
I had a call last night from a customer who felt vibration from his steering wheel so it was agreed that i would visit him this morning to check the balancing of all four wheels so we could determine if this was the cause of the problem before he took the vehicle to a garage to check for mechanical issues.I found a nail in his front tyre which was letting air escape gradually and as the pressure got lower he started to feel a wobble on his steering.This is a timely reminder for us all to eliminate a slow puncture as the cause before we start thinking about mechanical faults.
For a minute i thought it was summer
I started early this morning fitting four tyres on a 4x4 at a farm near Newmarket and had to remove my jacket when fitting the last tyre as the sun was getting strong.Fitted two tyres to a Porshe in Cambridge in my T shirt and have been wearing it for the rest of the day.Let's hope it lasts until the weekend.
Locking wheel nut problem
I have just rescued a customer who had a flat tyre but his locking wheel nut adaptor was badly damaged and therefore unusable.I managed to free nuts and got him mobile again and he is a very relieved man.
More useful information on caravan tyres
The BTMA (British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association) recommend that caravan tyres be replaced every 5 years and should never be used if they are over 7 years old. It’s also recommended that caravan tyres with a high inflation pressure (above 50psi) should be replaced at 3 years and never used beyond 5 years, according to The Caravan Club.
Check the caravan this weekend
Good news at last on the weather as it seems it is going to be mild this weekend so it would be a good time to check the age and condition of your caravan tyres.If they are older than five years it would be a good idea to change them.
Runflat tyres need a regular pressure check
Some motorists are of the opinion that runflat tyres do not need regular checks for air but this is not the case.I have recently witnessed nails embedded in runflat tyres and the drivers were unaware that the tyres were losing air as the sidewalls of the tyre were not showing any visible signs of air loss.
Yet another weather warning
It is predicted to get a lot colder at the weekend with snow falling in some areas in the uk.If you are on a break or visiting family perform a safety check on your vehicle before you drive home.
A customer who did his sums
A regular customer was remembering what he did in the past for changing tyres and his findings were quite enlightening. The Company has six vehicles and a member of staff was taken off the assembly line for a minimum of two hours each time to drive four miles to nearest tyre fitting site.My customer calculated two hours wages,fuel cost and the two hours lost in revenue that he charged customers for work done by missing staff member.He was horrified by his findings so try calculation for your business and see if you can get under £100.00
Beware of black ice
It is good news that the bulk of the snow has gone but as the roads stay wet and the temperature drops areas of black ice will appear on our roads.It is usually difficult to spot in advance as it is clear in nature and it is more prominent in the early morning and evening as this is when the sun is absent and the temperature drops.If you are unsure on how to deal with icy conditions google 'How to drive on black ice'and you will get lot's of good advice.
Check tyre pressures during this cold snap
It is even more important to check your tyre pressures in the cold weather as your tyres will naturally lose some air as the temperature drops below freezing.
Even spacesaver spare wheels need checking
Yesterday a customer only just made it home as her spacesaver tyre had lost most of it's air as it had been untouched for years. They give the impression that they are solid tyres but don't be fooled as they are not and over a period of time will lose pressure.
Use a twenty pence coin to check your tyres
The tread on your tyres must exceed 1.6mm in depth and if it does'nt the tyre is illegal and therefore could cost you a fine and penalty points on your licence.Place a 20p coin in the tread groove on your tyres and if the outer line of the coin is hidden within the tread you are ok but if it is visible you could be illegal.
Weather warning for next week
Weather experts are predicting bitterly cold temperatures next week with some areas seeing snow.They have advised motorists to take extra care on the roads so it is advisable to give your vehicle a safety check over the weekend.
It is wise to check the age of your spare tyre
A few of my recent customers have left the spare wheel and tyre on the vehicle for a long period of time after they have replaced a punctured tyre.The problem with leaving the spare tyre on the vehicle is that there is a good chance that the spare tyre could be over five years old and therefore could possibly lose pressure as the tyre has aged. With this in mind it is advised not to leave the spare on the vehicle if it has been in the boot for five years or more.
It's going to be cold and frosty this weekend
It looks like the temperature is going to drop dramatically over the weekend so we could be waking up to dodgy driving conditions. It is even more essential that we all take extra care particularly first thing in the morning as the frost is still about and it is very easy to forget that we are actually still in mid winter.
Snow is on it's way to East Anglia
The weather forecast is suggesting we might get some snow in East Anglia on friday so check your tyres now.
Another two good reasons for fitting new tyres to rear
During last week when swapping original rear tyres to the front and therefore fitting new tyres to rear as recommended we discovered that two of our customers had nails imbedded in the rear tyres and they were not aware.We were able to repair both tyres and both customers were delighted that we had decided to move rear tyres and spot problem. Another customer saw us use our soft head mallet to release rear tyres as they had seized on the vehicle and the question followed 'What could i have done if i had a puncture and needed to remove wheel to fit the spare? Unfortunately the answer is Nothing!
Where is winter?
The winter must surely arrive soon and when it does i guess it will be a nasty shock so check your tyres now so you are not left spinning on your drive.
This is a good time to fit Tyron Bands
Many caravan owners are sensibly removing their caravan wheels and storing them in the garage during the winter months to avoid excessive weather wear to the tyres.This is a great opportunity to fit Tyron Bands so you will be safe in the event of a blow out during next summer.Give us a call now and we will visit you at home or your storage unit.
Changing a wheel in the dark
We have been advising motorists recently to prepare for winter driving such as inflating your tyres,checking that the spare is usable,locating your jack and locking wheel nut adaptor. This is all very good if you get a puncture in the daylight hours but more motorists will have problems in the dark now the clocks have changed so carry a torch with your vehicle at all times as there is little point in having all the relevant kit if you cannot see to use it.
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