Tyre awareness day
After arranging to do a free tyre and pressure check at a local business centre, twelve people came forward with vehicle details. All vehicles were checked for pressure and tyre wear ranging from a Kia Picanta to a Mercedes C Class. All but two vehicles had tyre wear issues such as low tread to badly perishing. From budget brands ie Events to Continental and Michelin. One vehicle had two 14 year old tyres a badly perished 1 and a odd winter tyre fitted.
If you are not able to check the tyres regular then get professional advice. Not only for legal reasons but for your own safety reasons.
One tyre ordered, but 3 tyres were needed. After arriving to replace a tyre on the Ford Fiesta, it became apparent that the customer needed 3 tyres due to either no tread or being badly perished. 3X 195/55/15 Matador tyres replaced the Kumho ones.
Regular tyre and pressure checks could have prevented the costly outcome.
The narrow cobbled street where she lived didn't help with tyre wear because the owner was having to park on the kerb, causing damage to the side walls of the tyres.
Regular tyre and pressure checks saves money and more importantly saves lives.
Mobile Tyre Fitting awareness
I spent most of yesterday leaflet dropping to local businesses in the Accrington, East Lancs area to highlight awareness of my Mobile Tyre Fitting, Puncture Repair service. On 3 separate occasions I indicated that some vehicles were in desperate need of new tyres as they were either illegal (less than the minimum 1.6mm) or unroadworthy.
New tyre replacements are being arranged for later this week for an Audi A4; 4 x 225/50/17 Continental Premium Contact 2, a VW vanette; 4 x 215/65/16 Nexen N'blue and a Ford Transit; 2 x 215/65/16 Goodyear Efficient Grip SUV.
If you need someone to check that your tyres are still safe and road worthy then give us a call on 0800 783 9310.
Bad start to the day
After getting ready for work the customer realised she had a puncture. After taking the wheel off it became apparent the tyre had been driven on for some time. The inner sidewall was badly damaged, and once I'd taken the tyre of the rim the inside of the tyre was full of disintegrated rubber. Therefore I was unable to repair it.
Luckily I had a replacement in the van a Sunny 195/55/16. A budget tyre but still a tyre to get the customer back on the road.
The tyre with the puncture was a Continental with excellent tread but unrepairable due to being driven on whilst flat for some time. Regular tyre checks can prevent costly repairs and replacements.
Fist car eye opener
A 18 year old birthday surprise was a Ford Fiesta 1.2L. After driving it for the first time she noticed it pulling to left and having a bad vibration on the steering. A wheel alignment and balance was recommended. On setting up the laser alignment equipment, it soon became apparent just how far the tracking was out. Once that was adjusted the four wheels were rebalanced. On one of the wheels it had a inner tube fitted inside a tubeless tyre, which was taken out and replaced with correct valve and balanced with only 15grms of weight, not 135grms.
The four tyres all looked new but having had a closer inspection the year of manufacture varied between 2002 and 2005 thus meaning the oldest tyre was twelve years old. The customer was recommended replacing the tyres asap. 4 Nexan NBlue 185/55/14 have been recommended for the amount of milage that the vehicle will be doing.
It just goes to show that tyres can look new but on closer inspection they can be old and unfit for purpose not to mention safety aspect.
Repeat customer in Clitheroe
A repeat customer in Clitheroe with a Vauxhall Zafira has had a third tyre replaced. Due to hard times he his changing the tyres 1 at a time. The first being the worst etc. Although the tyres are legal they have started to perish on the sidewall due to age and deterioration. Event 205/55/16 although a budget brand its still adequate for the customers needs ie low mileage.
Not only should the tread depth be checked regularly but the condition of the tyre is just as important, if not more so.
Lancashire Police dog squad kept on the road with new tyres!
Second police dog handler kept mobile this week. A female dog handler had two Bridgestone 245/65/17 tyres fitted on her Mitsibushi Warrior L200 4x4 crew cab.
A straight forward job of replacing two tyres for worn tyres. Two more will be required in a couple of months. Hopefully at her station in Blackburn and not in Kirkham this time!
It's really important to regularly check the tyre pressures on all vehicles. On this type of heavy four wheel drive with really large tyres, incorrect tyre pressures can have numerous consequences:
- Reduced fuel efficiency due to excessive resistance
- reduced handling ability and more difficult steering
- increased likelihood of irregular tyre wear
Not sure what your pressures should be? Call us for help! 03334445454
New years day tyre misery
A customer woke up on New Years day to find he had a flat tyre.
It was new years day and everywhere was closed so he tried to change the wheel for the spare himself. Soon he realised the locking wheel nuts were badly damaged. After trying unsuccessfully for best part of the day the following day he called the professionals out, yes Hometyre!
When i arrived at the customers house not only had he made the locking wheel nuts harder to remove, on one nut he had jammed/wedged a socket on it. As you can imagine this was the mother of all locking wheel nut removals. But after two hours of grunting and groaning I'd removed all four nuts to the relief of the customer.
And after all that there was no puncture, just corrosion on the alloys. This is a very common occurrence on many older vehicles wheels where the paint has eroded or chipped and allowed water in to cause corrosion. In most cases the wheels can be salvaged on site.
If your car regularly loses pressure from alloy wheels without obvious explanation, call us! We can check them and repair accordingly!
All about PC tyres in Hutton
Another Police dog handler needed two tyres for his Nissan X Trail 4x4.
Front two tyres were only twelve months old and needed replacing. Two Hankook 215/60R16 were preferred to the the Continental contact sport 2. As previously, the job was carried out at the Police dog handling headquarters in Hutton near Preston. And as usual the dogs wanted me for lunch!!
For new tyres on your 4x4, van or car - contact Hometyre. We make the whole tyre purchasing process far easier!
Slow puncture in PadihamA Vlovo C 60 with a large screw in middle of the tread could not be repaired due to the locking wheel could not be removed. It was damaged by previous tyre dealers using power tools to remove the said wheel nut. The customer was happy to remove it himself to save costs. Hopefully if he can remove it he is happy to call me out to repair the tyre.
Puncture repairA new VW Golf with only 3k miles.had a screw in the middle of the tread. Because of the location of the screw it was repairable, and the new Pirrelli 202/55/16 P7 was not needed. Saving the customer money in the run upto Christmas. The tyre was repaired outside her office window on a small industrial estate in Blackburn, so there was no loss of work time.
Networking worksWhilst getting to know people at a local networking meeting at Accrington Stanley football club, a landscape gardener asked if I would check is tyres for him. His Peugeot Expert van needed 2 front tyres replacing, in which he asked me to do for him. The following morning I fitted 2X 195/70/14 Triangle GLS on his van whilst he was at a customers house attending to their garden. No loss of work time for him and we get a new client.
Repeat customer in RamsbottomA repeat customer from Egerton near Bolton needed 2 Continental 235/65/18 crossover tyres for his Volvo XC80 4X4. The only problem was he needed it to be done at his place of work in Ramsbottom near Bury. But because we are fully mobile it wasn't a problem at all. Happy days.
Cold callAfter dropping a leaflet off at a small industrial uniton outskirts of Blackburn and Oswaldtwistle, the gentleman asked if could call back to repair a puncture . On which I replied yes of course. But before I left I decided to check the air pressure in all of the tyres, in doing so I found the tyres were either low in tread or badly perished. I informed the gentleman of my findings, in which he then went on to order 4 new 195/55/15 Event tyres. I went back the following morning to fit the new tyres.
Rush to get away on holidayA customer was in a panic to get away on holiday., his Volvo XC 90 4X4 had a puncture on the rear near side. The tyre was not repairable as the customer had been unaware he had a flat tyre, possibly had been driving on it for some time. I replaced it with a 235/70/18 Continental Crossover. The customer was very grateful and very happy to get to the airport on time. From Bolon to Manchester airport is only a stones throw away thankfully.
BMW/M SERIESTwo MAXXIS 255/35ZR 18 Were put on sporty a BMW 3 Series in Clitheroe. The car had two Verdstien, one which had no tread left at all. The other was ok and had at least 5 mil tread left. Because of the size and brand both the rear tyres had to be replaced. The customer was happy to do this and still be in pocket for.
tyres in Horwich Bolton
After arriving at the customer's house in leafy Horwich to fit 2 225/45/18 Nexen 8000 on a Kia Soul, it soon came aparant the owner has had a lucky escape. The 2 tyres I were replacing were the worst I've seen. I will be using the worst as a shock tactic in my networking meetings.
The amount of sidewall damage ie a 8 inch slit on both tyres, a 4 inch gash in the middle of the tread, 2 nails or and no tread at all. After showing the customer the tyres she was mortified and shocked. A happy and a relieved customer was left to ponder on what might have been.
4 new tyres for elderly couple.A very nice elderly couple in Colne had 4 Event 175/65/14 fitted to their cherished Daihatsu Sirion, not a hot hatch but still their prized posession. The tyres were original when the car was manufactured, needless to say the tyres were badly perished and ready to blow at any time. After showing them just how bad and how lucky they were, a cup of tea and sit down was called for.l
4 tyres fitted at police headquarters4 new Nexen NBlue eco 225/45/17. Were fitted to a sergeants Volvo S80. They were fitted at Hutton police headquarters near preston. The meeting place at Padiham had to be changed due to two of the tyres had slow punctures. The sergeant's car was parked in the area of the police dog handling compound. After an hour of being barked at and seen as breakfast the job was done to a very high standard (nervously I must admit).
Hawkshaw Golf GTITwo Dunlop Sport Maxis 225/40/18 90W were put on a Golf GTi hot hatch. One the of the alloy rims had to be replaced and one was being sent away for repair. The owner was putting all the blame on her husband, saying he can't park to safe his life!!.(I do question the blame)
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