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Michelin tyres fitted to a Peugeot and a BMW M4

The day started by visiting a regular customer in Sawston who required a new Continental runflat tyre for a BMW 3 series and while we were there we repaired a puncture on a Honda Jazz.Next it was to Cambridge as a tyre on a Ford C Max was losing air pressure so we fitted a new tyre and also cleaned the wheel rim and applied a coat of bead seal.We then headed for Cambourne Business Park to fit two Michelin tyres to a Peugeot 208 for another regular customer.We have just left a customer who has recently purchased a new BMW M4 who was under the impression that the vehicle was fitted with runflat tyres.Yesterday a rear tyre was losing air pressure so the customer continued on his journey only to find that the tyres on the vehicle were not runflats.We have fitted a new Michelin Supersport tyre this morning and it has reminded us that it is advisable to ask about tyres when buying a new vehicle.
 

If and when the snow returns the four Continental tyres we fitted yesterday will certainly help.

Our first job yesterday was to visit a regular customer in Cambourne who had recently changed vehicles and as we like to educate our customers in general tyre related issues they were in a position by reading the Dot code to determine that all four tyres on the vehicle were over five years old.There were no issues with the condition of the roads in the Longstanton area but it was a surprise to see that a reasonable level of snow had fallen in Cambourne and vehicles were slipping and sliding due to the treacherous conditions. We arrived at our customers house at the time agreed and fitted a new set of Continental Contact 3 tyres to their newly aquired Nissan Note.
 

Pirelli tyre fitted to an Audi A6 and a couple of interesting jobs sorted.

We were called to Granta Park by a new customer who had a slow puncture on a rear tyre on an Audi A6 and after doing a water test we discovered a small slit near the shoulder of the tyre so a new Pirelli tyre was fitted to the vehicle.We then visited a customer who works on a construction site in Cambridge and required new tyres for his Renault Trafic van.While we were in the process of fitting the new tyres we discovered that an existing tyre was a different size to the others so after a quick visit to a local supplier our customer now has a full set of new tyres which are all the same size.We were then called by a school teacher who had recently purchased a second hand vehicle but both front tyres were losing air pressure.On removing both tyres we were shocked to find tyre debris inside the tyres as the vehicle had been driven for a period of time with under inflated tyres.We replaced both front tyres and we are returning next week to replace both rear tyres as they were constructed in 2005 and we will surely have the same issues in the near future if they are not replaced soon.
 

New tyres fitted to a Honda near Ely and a BMW near Cambridge.

The first job of the week was to visit a new customer near Ely and supply and fit two new tyres to a Honda Civic while our customer was busy in the house.We then headed to Newmarket as a regular customer had clipped a kerb in a VW Golf and damaged a tyre.We arrived at the agreed time and fitted a Dunlop Fast Response tyre size 205/55/R16. While we were fitting the tyre we had a call from another new customer asking if we could replace a Bridgestone runflat tyre on a BMW 3 series as the warning light had indicated that a tyre on the vehicle had lost air pressure during the weekend.To the delight of our customer we were able to collect a replacement tyre from a local supplier and our customer is now back on the road.
 

Flat tyre on a VW Golf near Newmarket and then three new tyres fitted in Haverhill.

We visited a regular customer near Newmarket who had a flat tyre on a VW Golf and as they were unsure on why the tyre had deflated we took a new tyre with us.On arrival we found that air was escaping between the wheel rim and the tyre. The first job was to check for any damage to the tyre as it not advisable to refit a tyre that is showing signs of being used when air has been escaping.There was no signs of physical damage and the Dot code told us that the tyre was constructed in 2014 so we now concentrated on the wheel.We removed all the debris from the inside of the wheel and applied a couple of coats of bead seal and refitted the tyre and now the problem has been solved.We then headed to Haverhill to fit a new tyre on a Citroen Picasso and two new tyres to a Mercedes.
 

Four Firestone tyres fitted to a Toyota Yaris and four new tyres fitted to a Horsebox.

Our first job of the day was to fit a complete set of Firestone tyres to a Toyota Yaris for a regular customer near Cambridge.We visited the customer before Christmas to fit winter tyres to another vehicle as our customer was spending the holiday period near the french alps.We were asked to check the condition of the tyres on the Yaris and found all four tyres to be old and showing signs of wear so we arrived back today to fit a new set of tyres to the vehicle.We then headed to Histon to replace a set of tyres on a horsebox as the existing tyres were over ten years old and losing air pressure.Trailer tyres are similar to caravan tyres as they do low mileage and it is advisable to replace them after five years as while there is sufficient tread showing cracks will appear on the sidewalls as they age.
 

Dunlop tyres fitted to a Honda CRV near Royston.

The first job of the day was to fit a complete set of Dunlop tyres to a Honda CRV vehicle for a new customer near Royston. Our customer had recently purchased the vehicle from a friend and was very happy with the general condition of the vehicle but the only issue was that all four tyres were low on tread depth.We were able to determine from the Dot code that all four tyres were the original fitment and they had lasted very well as the vehicle had clocked up 41,000 miles. The customer thanked us for our feedback and stated he would be recommending us to friends and family.We then visited another new customer who had a screw embedded in a runflat tyre on a BMW 1 series so we fitted a new Bridgestone tyre to the vehicle.The next job was to visit the owner of a printing company in Cambridge as the front tyres on his Ford needed replacing so we fitted two new Nexen tyres and moved the existing rear tyres to the front to reduce the chances of a puncture.
 

The Dot code on the sidewall of a tyre can usually tell a story about the condition of your tyre.

We were called by a new customer last week who required advice concerning the rear tyres on a Kia Sorento as one of the tyres had been losing air pressure for a period of time and the customer needed advice on the general condition of the other tyre. On arrival we found that both rear tyres were the original fitment and they were constructed in 2006 and therefore would need replacing.We arrived yesterday at the agreed time and fitted two new tyres and checked the front tyres and the spare tyre.The customer mentioned that the vehicle had been taken to the garage that sold the vehicle on two occasions to investigate the air loss issue with no great success.We explained that by looking at the Dot code it would have highlighted the age of the tyres and also confirmed why they were losing air pressure.The customer sighed and said that it would have been nice if their friend had mentioned Hometyre a couple of months ago and therefore saved them a couple of wasted trips to a garage.
 

New tyres fitted,wheel repair and a puncture repair in Cambridge today.

The day started by fitting a new tyre to a Mercedes Vito as our customer had a blowout at the weekend.When removing the spare wheel we noticed that the valve was showing signs of age so we replaced the valve much to the delight of our customer.We then headed to a customer who was losing air pressure from a wheel on his Toyota Celica and this is due to corrosion inside the wheel rim so we thoroughly cleaned the inside of the rim and applied bead sealant and hopefully this will solve the problem.We were then asked to investigate a flat tyre on a Ford Galaxy where fortunately the screw was embedded in the centre of the tyre so a puncture repair was performed.
 

The new year has started as the old year finished with Hometyre keeping motorists safe on the roads.

During last year many of our customers commented on the high level of service and advice we gave them and it is great to see that existing and new customers are calling on our services in the new year.The first job of today was to visit a regular customer in Cambridge who had hit a kerb during the holidays creating a cut on the outside wall of a tyre on their Ford C Max so we arrived at the time agreed and fitted a new Bridgestone tyre size 205/55/R16.The next job was to visit a new customer near Newmarket who had also damaged a tyre on a Suzuki 4X4 and again we arrived at the time agreed to replace the damaged tyre. We then headed to Cambridge to visit a regular customer who was losing air from a tyre on a Renault Laguna and fortunately we were able to repair the tyre. Next it was another new customer who is new to the Cambridge area and it was nice to hear that a local garage had given us a recommendation so we fitted two new tyres to a Vauxhall Corsair and gained another regular customer.The last job of the day was to visit a regular customer in Longstanton where we fitted a couple of new Maxxis tyres to a Saab 9.3
 

The week began by Fitting Pirelli tyres to a Mercedes then it was puncture repairs,Wheel alignments,Winter tyre swaps and rim cleans.

The week began by visiting a new customer near Saffron Walden who had damaged a front tyre on a Mercedes SL Class so we arrived at a time agreed and fitted a couple of Pirelli P Zero tyres as the other front tyre was low on tread.During the week we visited new and existing customers and carried out a variety of tasks to keep our customers safe on the roads. We are still fitting winter tyres as our customers prepare for adverse driving conditions and we have also carried out a couple of wheel rim cleans as air was escaping from between the rim and tyre due to corrosion. We rescued a new customer who had shredded a tyre on an Audi A4 but was unable to change the wheel as the locking wheel adaptor was damaged so we managed to remove the wheel with our specialist equipment much to the relief of our customer.We also carried out numerous puncture repairs and wheel alignments and finished the week by fitting a full set of Toyo tyres to a Land Rover Discovery near Newmarket.
 

A very busy November fitting winter tyres in the Cambridge area.

November was another busy month with a good proportion of our jobs being the removal of summer tyres and the fitting of winter tyres as our customers prepare for the winter months.Our customers really appreciate the feedback we give them as we are removing the summer tyres as they then know if all the summer tyres can be refitted in the spring or some new tyres will need to be ordered.The job we did on saturday was a good example of this as we informed our customer that a rear tyre on her Peugeot 207 was constructed in 2007 and had a small screw embedded in the centre of the tyre and also at some time a puncture repair had been performed. She very sensibly decided to replace the tyre with a new one when we return in the spring to refit the summer tyres.
 

Yesterday we were here there and everywhere and today nice and local.

Yesterday the day started really early as we attended a local business gathering in Cambridge and on leaving a fellow attendee noticed a tyre on their Chevrolet was low on air pressure so we inflated the tyre to the correct pressure and informed the driver that we would visit them at the office later in the morning to investigate further, after fitting a couple of tyres in Cambridge. On arrival at the office we discovered a screw embedded in the centre of the tyre and therefore we were able to perform a puncture repair to the delight of our customer. We then visited a customer near Newmarket who unfortunately had hit a kerb and damaged a tyre so we fitted a new Bridgestone D Sport size 255/45/R20 and again the customer was delighted with our response time. Next it was to West Wratting to fit a new tyre to a van that had also hit a kerb and damaged a tyre. Whilst in the process of fitting the new tyre we had a call from a regular customer who works in Cottenham asking us to call and repair a slow puncture on a Honda CRV. Today the jobs have been more local as we started the day back in Cottenham fitting a couple of Yokohama tyres size 225/55/R17 to a Subaru Forester and then heading off to Swavesey to fit new Pirelli P Zero tyres size 265/35/R20 to an Audi A7.Then after a couple of small jobs locally we finished the day back in Longstanton fitting new tyres to a Renault Trafic van.
 

Continental tyres and Pirelli tyres on a couple of Audi A5 vehicles in the morning and a rim refurbishment in the afternoon.

We were called by a customer near Newmarket who owns an Audi A5 as he required a couple of new tyres on the vehicle.We arrived at his house at the agreed time and fitted a couple of Continental Sport 5 size 255/35/R19 and before leaving we checked the condition and air pressure of the other tyres including the spare which was a space saver wheel.We then headed back to Cambridge to a customer who also owns an Audi A5 and this customer asked us to fit a couple of Pirelli P Rosso tyres size 255/35/R19 to the vehicle and as our previous job we checked the other tyres including the spare. Next it was to Sutton as a customer woke up to a flat tyre on his Toyota Avensis and called us to investigate.There was no apparent damage to the tyre but we discovered that the inside of the wheel rim was corroded so we cleaned away the debris and applied a couple of layers of bead seal which should solve the problem.
 

It is important to check your tyre pressures regularly even if they are runflat tyres.

We visited a customer today who owns a BMW 5 series and like many other motorists he presumed as the tyres are runflat tyres the technology within the vehicle will alert him if a tyre needs inflating and therefore he has never added any air since he purchased the vehicle.During our vehicle inspection procedure we found all four tyres to be low on air pressure and explained to our customer that the tyre pressure sensor in the vehicle will probably not alert him if the reduction in air pressure is gradual.Our message to all motorists is to check your tyres on a regular basis whatever the make or design and remember to also check the spare if you are carrying one.
 

A cold snap to the morning so this is the time to check your tyres and emergency equipment.

This morning was a reminder to us all that the extreme cold and frost are not too far away as there was a cold snap in the air first thing.This is the time to check that all your tyres have sufficient tread depth to cope with the winter conditions and it is also important to check that if you are carrying a spare wheel that the tyre is in good condition and inflated to the correct air pressure.If your vehicle is not fitted with a spare now is the time to consider your plan of action in the event of a blow out on your journey.If you have any concerns or questions relating to winter driving give us a call on 0333 444 5454 and we will gladly give you our thoughts.
 

We have revisited three customers from Friday so they are safe on the roads.

We have visited two customers in Newmarket this morning and a customer who lives in Cottenham as our visits to all three on Friday highlighted issues that needed urgent attention.Our first job on Friday was to visit a customer who was feeling vibration on his VW Touran and he asked if we could check the balance of all the wheels.We discovered that two tyres on the vehicle were over six years old and one of the tyres was badly deformed hence the vibration on the vehicle so we returned this morning to fit two new tyres to the rear axle.The second job on Friday was also in Newmarket where a customer had a small screw embedded in the centre of a rear tyre on his Ford Mondeo and he asked us to call and repair the tyre.Unfortunately he had been driving the vehicle for a couple of weeks with the slow puncture and when we removed the tyre we found severe cracks on the sidewall so we fitted the space saver wheel and returned this morning and fitted a new Nexen tyre size 235/40/R18.The last job on Friday was to visit a regular customer in Cottenham who had ordered two new Hankook tyres size 195/50/R15 for his Ford Fiesta.While moving the existing rear tyres to the front and balancing them we discovered a screw embedded on the shoulder of a tyre so again it was back today to fit a new tyre. Our customer thanked us for our attention to detail as he was unaware that the tyre had a puncture and he could have suffered a blowout on a journey.
 

Newspaper article reports that it could be the end of spare wheels in car boots.

An article in a national newspaper is reporting that current research reveals that nine out of ten new vehicles are now sold without a full size spare wheel as standard.Around a quarter are fitted with a space-saver tyre which cannot be used for long distances and less than half come with a repair kit which usually comprises of an air pump and sealant.Other alternatives include cars fitted with runflat tyres that are reinforced to allow the motorist to continue driving on a puncture for a limited time.The trend has led to a huge rise in the number of tyre related call outs to breakdown organisations.We at hometyre are seeing a dramatic rise in the amount of calls we are receiving where our customers are stranded with a puncture and have no spare wheel to fit.If during the winter months you find yourself in this unfortunate situation give our team a call on 0333 444 5454 and we will get to you as soon as possible.
 

The week ahead is looking like another busy one fitting new tyres in the Cambridge area.

We thought it might be a little quieter this week as it is half term but we are already booking appointments for the days ahead.Tomorrow we are fitting a Bridgestone runflat tyre size 195/55/R16 to a Mini Cooper as a rear tyre is losing air pressure and it is not advisable to repair a runflat tyre as the strength of the sidewall might be compromised.Our next job is to fit another Bridgestone tyre size 215/65/R16 to a Nissan Qashqai for a customer that works at a school in Histon.Then it is back into Cambridge to fit Nokian winter tyres size 215/45/R17 to a Lexus SC.We will be then heading to Burwell to repair a puncture on a Ford Fiesta and as always we will be taking a replacement tyre in the event that the flat tyre cannot be repaired.The customer has asked us to balance the remaining three wheels and as always before leaving we will have checked the condition of the spare tyre. We have just taken a booking for later in the week from a regular customer who has three vehicles that require summer tyres removing and winter tyres fitted.
 

We are assisting two customers near Cambridge who have suffered blow outs and have no spare wheel.

We were called by a new customer who had a large hole in a tyre on his recently purchased Skoda Octavia so we arrived first thing this morning and fitted a new Continental Sport Contact 5 size 225/40/R18 to the vehicle.The damage was very close to the shoulder of the tyre so it was not repairable and the sad news is that the vehicle is reasonably new and the tyre had the full 8mm tread depth.

We then had a call from a regular customer who suffered a blow out near Oxford last night and unfortunately his Seat Ibiza has no spare wheel fitted so the rescue services brought him back to Cambridge on a low loader. We have ordered a new Nexen tyre size 185/60/R15 which we will be fitting at his house this afternoon.

 

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