The TPMS Saga Continues Apace

Last week saw issues with electronic tyre pressure monitoring system valves temporarily disable two car owners vehicles. The issues were temporary because a quick call to Hometyre and we were able to attend both customers, one at home the other at work, diagnose the source of their problems and rectify immediately with minimum fuss and inconvenience and, you can be pretty sure, at a considerable cost saving over the main dealer.

The first customer had a Kia Piccanto in Slateford, Edinburgh who had topped up their tyres with air at a local petrol station and on removing the air hose had inadvertently bent and broken two valve stems.


In this case we were able to replace just the stems on both the affected wheels.

The second car was a Mazda 6 in Tranent, East Lothian where the customer's electronic valve had succumbed to corrosion, the top of the valve had began to crumble and the valve core had also stuck as a result of the corrosion, similar to that in the image below.an56_1b

Unfortunately in this case the stem was an integral part of the unit so it required the replacement of the electronic sender unit which has the valve stem permanently fitted. We were able to supply a new complete valve assembly and programme the new sender unit on site.

So far I have yet to come across a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) valve issue I have been unable to resolve, so if your electronic valves are corroded, broken or just simply not working, visit our website for more information and give us a call on 0333 444 5454


Electronic (TPMS) Valve Rescue

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System valves have stopped a couple of my customers in their tracks over the last couple of weeks. For most car owner these devices will function quite happily in your wheel, monitoring the tyre pressure and alerting the driver should there be a drop in pressure, for an unfortunate few, however, when these malfunction or break, the results can, quite literally, bring you to a grinding halt.

Electronic failure, be it through a low battery or a faulty circuit, can be managed temporarily by taking a manual reading of the tyre pressure with a gauge at the valve, correcting if necessary, then proceeding your journey with caution. A call to us and we can attend your vehicle and replace the valve and electronic unit and your tyre pressure monitoring system will be functioning like new in no time.

Structural failure, usually caused by a snapped and/or corroded valve stem is normally more disabling as it is unlikely that you will be able to get any air to stay in the tyre. A Jaguar owner in Edinburgh had a similar situation last week in that they suspected they had a puncture and called us out to assist them based on that premise. On arrival a leak test discovered that the valve stem had broken about half way up and was leaking air from there rather than a problem with the tyre. As we are equipped to deal with all issues relating to tyres we were able to programme and fit a new valve there and then which ensured the system was restored to full functionality and all at a considerable saving over a main dealer without the hassle of having to take the vehicle into to a garage to have the necessary repairs carried out.


Caravan Season Has Arrived

Just hooking up and hiding off after the winter layoff is not recommended and fortunately most caravan owners are discerning enough that they complete a thorough inspection before the first trip of the year. Age as much as distance takes it's toll on caravan tyres so make sure you cast a detailed eye over them when completing your annual check and if you have any concerns or doubts give us a call and take advantage of our free inspection service and what's more your caravan won't even have to turn a wheel as we come to you and can give you our expert opinion on site at your home or wherever your caravan is stored.

There has been a notable uplift in caravan tyre fitting across Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders over the last couple of weeks including one owner with a brand new caravan having Tyron Bands supplied and fitted by us. 

Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or visit our website  and see how we can help you with all your caravan and trailer tyre needs. 


One Phone Call is All it Takes

Sunny Edinburgh New Town was my destination at lunchtime yesterday, unfortunately for me it was not in one of the many fine restaurants for an alfresco lunch but it was a pleasant encounter with a dutiful father whose daughter had had an unplanned coming together with a kerb on her way to college. Dad stepped in, let his daughter get on with her studies whilst he sorted out getting the stricken Fiat 500 back on the road.

 Within minutes of the phone call to us we were winging our way to the suppliers to procure a 185/55/15 tyre in order to restore the little car back to roadworthiness. We were with the driver's father in no time at all and within 30 minutes of our arrival in Edinburgh City centre the Fiat was ready, fitted with a new tyre, just in time for college finishing. 

 Chatting with the father he had initially envisaged having to call and wait for a breakdown truck to then in turn transfer him to a garage to then have to wait to get a tyre fitted then have to go back to pick his daughter up and take her back to the car (if the tyre shop/garage was fortunate to have the tyre in stock). I'm sure you'll agree that last bit would have been a tedious, logistical nightmare , even just to read let alone carry out. Fortunately by using our services, one phone call is all it took and the car was back in working order without it having to move and in considerably less time than using a breakdown service.

For the most convenient solution to tyre replacement get in touch  and remove the usual disruption of having to go to a garage.


A Welcome Sight for a Commuter

A last minute call out last night to Musselburgh Train Station where a flat tyre had brought a commuter's journey home to an abrupt halt. Armed with a replacement 205/55/16 tyre for the stricken Audi A4, I managed to be on site within 10 minutes of first contact.

 On arrival the driver had already sought assistance from a friend who looked on in despair as the threads for the wheel nuts had apparently "disappeared". Calm was quickly restored as a quick inspection from myself assured them not to worry, the brake disc retaining screw was missing and the wheel hub had simply turned within the disc when the wheel nuts were removed so with just a turn of the hub whilst holding the disc, the threads were back in line with the corresponding holes in the disc.

 Further good news for the customer followed when I inspected the tyre and found it to be a repairable puncture which would restore their homeward bound journey in about half an hour.

 The relief was palpable as our  puncture repair charges saved money for the customer over a new tyre and was a welcome relief as they were expecting to have to organise a breakdown recovery truck which, as we all know, normally comes with a sizeable cost if you're not a member of a roadside assistance organisation.


Whether You Call it Tracking or Wheel Alignment, We Can Help

Well after spending the weekend meeting some great people at the Ingliston Revival Festival it was back to the normal day job last Monday. Aside from fitting tyres I was in Penicuik carrying out Wheel Alignment on a Ford Transit Luton Van. Some major corrections were required to the steering geometry after a local garage had recently fitted new new track rod ends but unfortunately they didn't have the equipment to carry out proper alignment for their customer. Within a short period of time they had worn through a set of front tyres and after fitting a new set they called us in order to prevent them going the same way. With our Supertracker 4-wheel laser alignment system we were able to set up the vehicle to the manufacturer's specifications and ensure the new tyres and their vehicle have a long and happy relationship. 


A Premium Service at a Competitve Price

I had the unfortunate experience the other day of one of my domestic appliances breaking down on me and whilst I consider myself an expert in my field, when it comes to white goods, even my wife has more technical knowledge than me (what clothing goes at what temperature in the washing machine is a mystery to me). Anyway suffice to say I had to call someone in to repair it. The local technician who attended was very competent and professional, whilst being reasonably priced and to be honest I would have no hesitation in recommending him. I ask you to bear with me as there is a point in these meanderings. The cost of the service was £40 simply for attending the job, then £40 per hour (minimum 1 hour charge) plus parts and then add on VAT. It does annoy me when clearly as a domestic customer I don't get quoted the price including VAT as ultimately I have no choice to pay it or claim it back. So before any work is carried out it's going to cost me at least £90. Now I am not about to be detrimental to the business that i used, quite the opposite as they carried out the job to a high standard at a competitive price 

 Anyway, it got me thinking in terms of what we at Hometyre deliver to our customers and the price we charge. In terms of a service with minimal material cost, for a puncture repair (so no tyre cost involved) we will attend your preferred location and carry out the repair to the affected tyre, inspect all the other tyres on the vehicle, ensure they are in a roadworthy condition and inflate to specified pressure all for the current price of £36 (and yes that does include VAT). This price is standard regardless of distance across the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders area. So you may be in Whitburn, North Berwick, Peebles or the centre of Edinburgh the charge is the same. The same applies to having new tyres supplied and fitted, there is no call out charge and you will find our prices are extremely competitive and in many cases are better than those you will find at a garage or tyre fitting centre.

 To further help our customers save money we have lowered our prices on tyres across our range so visit our website or give us a call and find out how cost effective having Hometyre take care of all your tyre needs will be. Add the convenience of you not having to drive to and waste time at a garage the choice to use us is simple. In fact the hardest decision you'll have to make is which tyre, from our massive range, you would like to have fitted, but don't worry we are here to help you make the decision that is best for you.


Don't Get Caught Out

With the holiday season almost here it's only natural to get caught up in the festive mood and it's a time when we put our physical, mental and financial resources into making the Christmas period one to remember for our nearest and dearest and, of course, ourselves.  With all this going on it's easy to forget the less seasonally themed important things in life and keeping yourself safe and equipped for the road is probably down your list of priorities until you get caught out and your tyres either fail to perform, or maybe get flagged up by the law enforcement authorities in a winter safety check.


The best cure is prevention so before you start shopping for the turkey, stuffing ingredients, mince pies and mulled wine, give your tyres the once over. The chances are you'll be fine but I have come to the aid of many a motorist who has been caught out by the failure of a worn out tyre of which they were blissfully unaware because they hadn't completed a simple visual check.

Here at Hometyre we are on hand across the Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders region to help you out in times of tyre trouble.  Mobile tyre replacement is not only the most convenient, cost-effective and hassle free way to replace your tyres but because we come to you, you won't have to sit around in the tyre fitting bay wasting valuable Christmas preparation time, you can get on with making those mince pies whilst we take of your tyre replacement. We don't have blue lights so we're not an emergency service but rest assured we will always do our best to help our customers in time of (tyre) difficulty. One phone call or a visit our website is all it takes so you don't get caught out over the festive period. Click on this link to find out when our Sales Team are available to take your call over Christmas and New Year. Have a Happy and Safe Christmas


Make Tyre Checks a Routine

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when the majority of motorists used to have to complete regular and frequent checks to their cars in order to keep them in good working order. These checks would be as frequent as weekly and, if not completed, could result in lubrication points on suspension and steering for example running out of grease and significantly increased probability of excess wear and failure. This is a real contrast to modern cars where in many cases manufacturers don't need to see your car for servicing until you have completed 20,000 miles. Advances in manufacturing and technology have made components last longer, needing less attention from their owners and making today's vehicles much more reliable.

 For convenience this is great for motorists but the downside is that we have become increasingly detached from potential failures and dangers on our vehicles. The only input many of us have into the running of our vehicles is filling up with diesel or petrol and the occasional top up of the washer bottle. Unfortunately one of the simplest but most effective checks for ensuring your safety is sadly neglected as our vehicles become pillars of reliability, that check is the condition of our tyres. There is no specialist equipment required, can be completed in a matter of minutes and will contribute so much more to the well being and safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users than say, choosing between regular and super unleaded petrol for example, ever will but we will almost certainly spend less time doing the aforementioned.

 Turn your front wheels onto full lock to enable you to get a good look at the full width of tyres.tyre_tread_resized_2

Those little square rectangles within the grooves are tread depth indicators which, to ensure you remain legal, act as a guide by indicating when the tread on the tyre reaches 2mm by sitting flush with the top of your tread at that critical point. This, however, should not be your only point of reference when completing your inspection, check the tread over the complete width of the tyre as it is not uncommon for the tyre to have sufficient tread depth across the centre but for the outer or inner "shoulder" of the tyre to be completely worn through. This situation can and will seriously compromise your tyres' ability to displace water and can lead to loss of control in wet conditions. The 20p piece check is one that is commonly recommended as a good guide. Simply insert the edge of a 20p coin into the tread grooves and use the border as a guide to suitability of tread depth.


The border of the coin that contains the inscription is 3mm, if any part of the border can be seen above the groove then your tyre is over 78% worn and it's performance is significantly reduced and replacement should be considered. In addition complete a visual check of the general condition of the rubber both across the tread and the sidewall. Check for cracks, tears, rips, bulges and objects embedded in the tyre. If in doubt give us a call as we can arrange a suitable time to complete a comprehensive tyre inspection for you 

As I mentioned earlier, these simple checks can be completed without any equipment and by any motorist at home without having to wait until you put your car goes in for it's service. By doing this you then have the ability, if they need replacing, to do so without feeling obliged to get them done by the main dealer/garage completing the routine service. Being without your vehicle whilst it is in the garage for servicing and indeed tyre replacement is both inconvenient and time consuming. Fortunately help is on hand for the latter, as Hometyre can deliver a fully mobile tyre fitting service and are offering motorists throughout Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders a real cost effective alternative to taking your vehicle in to a garage to have it's tyres replaced.

Our vans are fully equipped to complete tyre replacement without any compromise on quality or service and in reality as the service is one to one you, as our customer, have our undivided attention.


Give us a call or visit our website and find out how much of those valuable commodities of time and money you can save by having you tyres fitted using our mobile fitting operation and find out what all of our increasing band of loyal customers have discovered, that Hometyre really is the future of tyre replacement.


Locking Wheel Nut Woes?

If you lived through the 80s then a car sitting on bricks minus it's prized and, at that time, rare alloy wheels was a relatively frequent sight. Prior to this time even luxury cars would come with steel wheels and depending on the level of trim a set of plain or fancy wheel trims. This began to change in the early 80s when vehicle manufacturers began to offer alloy wheels as a chargeable option, not just on top of the range models, but even on a small hatchback.

To try and combat the alloy wheel thieves and protect car owner's investments, manufacturers and dealers started to fit their cars with the now common place locking wheel nut which required a specifically patterned "key" to enable it's removal.

The effectiveness of this idea was such that just about every car fitted with alloy wheels now comes with locking wheel nuts as standard and it's success is pretty evident in that a car up on bricks is now an extremely rare site on our streets. Of course the other point of view is that so many cars now come with alloy wheels that they are no longer as desirable to thieves.

There is (isn't there always?) a downside to these cunning alloy wheel thief thwarters, the keys used to remove them can be prone to failure and you normally find out at the most inconvenient time possible. The actual nut itself normally has hardened steel used in it's construction to prevent their easy removal without the key, the key however tends to be made of a softer metal that doesn't stand up well to frequent use and, particularly, to being over torqued.

So the bad news is that they can be prone to failure, the good news is that Hometyre offer a mobile service where we can come to you and help you out with a solution at the time when you need it the most. We use tooling which invariably leaves no or minimal signs of the work carried out, has an excellent success rate and provides you with a service that has a considerably less lead time than trying to source a replacement key, for which yours will be one of a myriad of possible patterns that may apply to your car.

Just last week I was called to Edinburgh Airport to help out a car rental company who had three cars where previous customers had lost the locking wheel nut keys. This had rendered the vehicles unsuitable for rental reducing the company's available fleet and incurring car park charges whilst the cars sat idle. With a considerable amount of patience, determination and of course the extensive tooling we carry on our vans, twelve removed locking wheel nuts later, the rental company had three vehicles back on fleet and a considerably reduced car park bill.


It maybe as simple as one locking nut or, like the above customer, a number of vehicles that require their locking nuts removed, don't despair there is a solution across the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders region with the added convenience that we come to you eliminating that all too daunting prospect of a costly visit to the garage. You will find our prices competitive and in most cases cheaper than a garage, one of my customers was quoted £200 per hour by a main dealer for locking nut removal, we could probably complete the whole job for less than half that cost.

Give us a call to discuss your needs then sit back and relax as we will take care of the rest.


The Mercury's Dropped and Road Conditions Have Changed.

Forward, reverse, left, right and most importantly....STOP! The final execution of all those manoeuvres in your car rests entirely on your tyres. The hard facts are that if your tyres aren't up to the job, your ability to complete any of the aforementioned moves will be severely compromised. Without wishing to understate the importance of the condition of your tyres outside the current season, you can be certain that, as the temperature drops, the roads are damp and slippery and winter makes it's presence felt, anything other than a set of tyres in good condition will be found out.

The ideal solution is to get a set of winter tyres fitted for the simple and undeniable fact that they are specifically designed to cope with the conditions we experience this time of year. The same way as you wouldn't (sensibly) wear a pair of flip-flops to walk down the street in the depths of winter it would be unreasonable to expect a set of tyres to perform across such a differing range of conditions as we experience in mid-summer as those in mid-winter, particularly when you take into consideration the speeds it is possible to achieve in a modern motor vehicle.

Of course a set a winter tyres does present an initial financial outlay but by using them over the winter months and refitting your summer tyres in the warmer months it can be possible to extend their life by up to double as the miles travelled on each pair is spread across your two sets.

The rubber compound of winter tyres becomes more effective than summer tyres at temperatures of 7˚C and below. Here in the UK we are well used to t-shirts one day and overcoats the next so it's quite possible that temperatures will rise above 7˚C before the clocks go forward, but I can pretty much guarantee that we will be languishing in the lower levels of the thermometer gauge more than we will be close to the double figures so the sensible choice to cope with the overwhelming majority of the coming season's weather is winter tyres.

The good news for motorists across Edinburgh. Lothians and Borders is that here at Hometyre winter tyres are a speciality. A comprehensive choice of brands across all price ranges is available to you and with one phone call or visit to our website it can all be arranged, then all you need to do is sit back as we make our way to you at home or work confident in the knowledge that you're tyres will be ready for the worst the winter weather can throw at you.

Tyre replacement for South-East Scotland had never been easier, from Whitburn to Eyemouth, South Queensferry to Galashiels, we are here to take the stress out of getting tyres fitted. So if it's winter or summer tyres , puncture repairs  or wheel alignment, our mobile service is here for you, check out our website  or give us a call on 0333 444 5454. 


A Varied Couple of Weeks

Summer arrives early and somewhat fleetingly for us up here North of the Border and we get a couple of weeks head start on the rest of the UK when it comes to summer vacation, that also means we have to get over our summer hangover a similar time before the rest of them as well and the last couple of weeks has brought a busy and varied number of situations that we Hometyre have been uniquely positioned to resolve.

Whilst passing through Musselburgh the other day my route took me past the Racecourse on race day where there was a number of Private Hire Taxis outside awaiting passengers to exit after the final race. One of the drivers of the aforementioned taxis noticed the distinctive Hometyre livery on the van some distance up the road and promptly proceeded, with some enthusiasm, to flag me down to see if I could assist him with a locking wheel nut problem.

Upon inspection of the driver's side front wheel, there had been some previous and somewhat destructive attempts made to remove the offending item with no success.

The issue, as with many of these type of situations, had been the over tightening of the locking wheel nut which meant on trying to remove it the "key' was unable to gain sufficient purchase to turn it and it had ultimately broken. Over tightening can defeat even the most determined of mechanics/technicians upon which point they tend to resort to destruction in order to remove. At Hometyre we never let frustration overcome determination and after expending considerable time and effort, determination and a desire to succeed enabled me to remove the locking wheel nut.

The result of the over tightening had been the failure of the wheel bolt to grip the wheel hub as the splines on the head of the bolt had been "smoothed off" in it's initial tightening and the subsequent removal attempts. To leave the bolt in place without a nut on the end would have meant it would have been loose and possibly foul the brake calliper, disc or other equally vital component. Fortunately due to the comprehensive tooling I carry on board I was able to cut the bolt off allowing the vehicle and it's owner to travel onward to it's base. 2 days later I attended the owners house to fit a new tyre to replace the worn out one which could not be removed previously as the locking wheel nut had prevented it.

With over a 90% success rate across, not just within the Edinburgh and Lothians region but across our network, our locking wheel nut removal service is able to help the majority of motorists who have issues with broken or failed keys and is a lifeline where this is preventing the removal and replacement of punctured or worn out tyres.


Some August Highlights

The weather across Edinburgh and the Lothians has been,as usual for this time of year, somewhat variable over August which keeps our Festival goers guessing as to what to wear on a daily basis.

Whatever weather we are experiencing Hometyre Edinburgh has been busy across the region looking after the tyre needs of visitors and residents alike.

The discerning caravan owner is now pretty much set for a summer of touring with, hopefully, a suitable set of tyres on their travelling home but don't forget we are still here to help you out with in the unfortunate eventuality of a puncture.

For our car owners we have been attending events from a simple (but inconvenient) puncture repair to a Mini for a Fringe Festival visitor who was greeted with a flat tyre before their long journey back to South West England to a local office worker taking advantage of our both convenient and comprehensive range of services by having "the works" (a bead refurbishment, a puncture repair, a new tyre supplied and fitted and a wheel alignment check). Both of these customers benefitted from the fact that they didn't have to leave their location to get any of this done, the festival visitor had the work carried out at their holiday accommodation and the office worker had it done in the car park at work.

Our Locking Wheel Nut Removal Service continues to be both popular and, in my experience, one of the most successful in the business borne out by this recent event. I had completed a tyre replacement at a local commercial garage in Penicuik and on completion the owner of the establishment asked if i could look at a vehicle where the locking wheel nut key had failed. Both his garage and another sizeable, long established and respected garage in Penicuik had attempted to remove them to no avail. Always one for a challenge I had a go and within 20 minutes had all the locking wheel nuts removed. Unfortunately in the previous attempts to remove them, the locking nuts had been distorted and the alloys had suffered some damage in their "enthusiasm" to remove them, had they called us first the likelihood of the damage would have been drastically reduced and 2 garage visits would have been unnecessary.

So a quick snapshot of some of our activities across the region to give you a taster of what we can do and it's not just in Edinburgh and it's close neighbouring towns we serve, among those we cover are Whitburn, Livingston, Bathgate, North Berwick, Dunbar, Haddington, Pathhead, Gorebridge, Peebles, in fact we cover the majority of the Lothian and Borders region.

Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or visit our website and find out he we can bring convenience and first class service to your tyre needs.


Additional Benefits of a Front to Rear Swap

For many of my customers the subject of swapping their old tyres to the front and the new tyres being fitted to the rear comes as both a surprise and, after discussion, common sense in equal measure. The reasons for doing the front to rear swap are well documented and a search on the internet will show many respected motoring authorities covering this subject and endorsing carrying out this operation and I will always discuss it with you before proceeding. For two of my recent Edinburgh based customers both have benefited from the opportunity it gives me as a tyre technician and the customer as the vehicle owner to give the tyres a really thorough inspection, more so than if the tyres were inspected on the car. The two customers in question both had sharp foreign objects imbedded in the tyres that were to remain on the car. One had a nail that had penetrated right through the tyre and was, albeit very slowly, leaking air. The other had a sharp piece of metal that was sitting in the groove of the tread of the tyre which had penetrated down to the steel belted radial but not through the inner skin but further tyre wear would have put pressure on the object and a puncture would've been inevitable. Thankfully both because we had removed these wheels off the car the offending objects were removed, necessary repairs carried out and, at the very least, an inconvenient roadside puncture sometime in the future averted. As well as a good inspection I also checked and rectified, where necessary, the tyre pressures and ensured the the wheels were balanced to ensure smooth motoring and prolonging tyre life all carried at the customer's home.

Out of town or in the city, we can help!

Rural living provides an idyllic lifestyle and a getaway from the crowded pressure cooker that is working in town, for others who have lived their all their lives, it's seldom something they are keen to give up.

Internet shopping, whether it be for your weekly groceries or something larger like a shiny new 65" television, has made the whole out-of-town lifestyle much easier. There are still many things, however, that those who live in the countryside have to head to their local town to take care of. The good news for our rural residents in the Lothians and Edinburgh's environs is that tyre replacement and tyre related services is something you can add to your list of those tasks which can now be completed in the comfort of your own home.

Last week I visited a farmhouse in rolling countryside to the west of Balerno where a local dog walking service had all four tyres replaced by us at Hometyre. She was absolutely delighted with not only the convenience of the tyre fitting centre being brought to her doorstep but the fact she could select the tyres she wanted without any pressure as she always felt the atmosphere somewhat intimidating when entering a garage.

So if you're living out-of-town, in town or indeed anywhere in between give us a call and get the tyre fitting centre to come to you. We operate across the Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders region supplying and fitting tyres up to a massive 24" whether your house is up hill or down dale, we can help you.


Caravan Tyres and Valves

The year marches on and spring is pretty much in full swing with the warm summer months within sight on the calendar. The Easter break has been the trigger for the annual dust down of the caravan and a chance for a quick trip away whilst the kids are off school. Unfortunately over the last couple of weeks I have had to come to the rescue of two caravan owners who were caught out and had to delay their short break by a day because they hadn't checked their caravan over before their planned trip.

The problem, in these cases, was not the tyres but the valves. They rubber had simply perished to the point that they were cracking and ultimately unable to contain the air within the tyre. The good news is that we offer a comprehensive service to maintain your caravan tyres across the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders region and these customers were, after a quick call to Hometyre, heading for their short break with only the minimum of delay.

So if your planning a trip away with your caravan make sure you check not just the internals but have a lock at those tyres and give the valves a quick "wiggle" and remember, don't leave it too late. If you're in any doubt, give us a call and we can come and check them for you and advise accordingly. Our service is fully mobile so you don't even have to move your caravan before your fully confident it's tyres are roadworthy and we have a wide range of caravan tyres to suit all uses and budgets and we can also supply and fit Tyron Bands.

Caravan Tyre Checks

Half term is here, Easter is just around the corner and soon those long summer days will be tempting you to get your tourer out on the road to experience the great outdoors.

Here in the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders region we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to caravan facilities, particularly on the coast roads where sites jostle for position with golf courses for our area's number 1 leisure activity. Most likely your tourer will have been hibernating over the winter months and with the more "seasonal" weather beckoning, it is time to bring it out of it's deep slumber and give it a thorough health check before you hit the open road.


A quick internet search will give you a decent list of things you should check before hooking up and heading out on the highway and I pretty much guarantee, without exception, they will all include checking your tyres. Age tends to deteriorate caravan tyres before tread wears out so that visual check should include looking around not just for signs of age-related deterioration but also look for that all important date of manufacture, it will appear in abbreviated numerical form detailing week and year of manufacture such as 4115 which would mean it was manufactured in week 41 of 2015. There are varying opinions on when a tyre has past it's useful life in terms of age, but the general consensus would be to seek new tyres at 5 years but even more importantly, do no use this indicator in isolation, it would quite clearly be unwise to continue using a tyre that is only 3 years old but visually looks unroadworthy.

If you have any doubts about your caravan's tyres suitability and condition we are more than happy to come along and carry out a detailed check. We cover the whole of the East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Edinburgh and Borders region and are fully equipped to resolve all your caravan tyre related issues and whilst we are checking your home from home we can inspect the tyres on your towing vehicle to make sure you have a happy and safe touring season this year.

At Hometyre we have a passion for caravan tyres and take very seriously your safety when towing, to give you real piece of mind we also recommend the use of Tyron Bands, a proven method to assist you in controlling your caravan in the event of a deflation whilst driving. Further details on these items can be found on our website and our vans have the necessary equipment to fit these on site. Give us a call to discuss any of your tyre related issues and don't forget we come to you, so your caravan tyres need not move an inch until you are happy that they are fit to do so.


Spare Wheel?... Sorry not supplied.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 new cars sold are not supplied with a full size spare wheel, out of these 25% have space savers, some have run-flats but 50% of them come only with the contingency of a repair kit, which is essentially a canister of sealant and a small battery powered compressor.

Those of us with the latter can only hope the next time they suffer a puncture that it fulfils the criteria that these kits are able to resolve. Should your tyre have been deflated by a damaged sidewall due to being kerbed or a sizeable cut in the tread or sidewall, then your repair kit will be rendered useless, as unfortunately they are realistically only able to handle the smallest of punctures. Further to this once the sealant has been applied, in most instances, it will result in what could have been a repairable tyre consigned to the recycle bin and the car owner having to fork out their hard earned money on a brand new tyre.

Manufacturers typically save around £100 when they sell their new cars minus a spare and obviously add to their profits when an individual selects a spare as a chargeable option. It is also stated that not carrying a spare wheel increases the fuel economy of a vehicle, typically estimated at around £12 per year.

Sadly, I come across many instances where car owners have driven on a punctured tyre, as they have had no other option. Not only preventing what could possibly have been a safe repair but more importantly risking an accident as they don't have proper control over their vehicle. It would therefore be worth considering purchasing a spare wheel suitable for fitting to your car and having a tyre fitted to it. This would ensure you're never stuck in an emergency and you increase the possibility of the puncture being repaired as you haven't incurred any further damage caused by driving on a flat tyre.

We have an extensive range of tyres to suit all purposes and budgets, don't forget because we are a mobile service we will come to you and fit it for you. In addition should you incur a puncture and it is safe to do so we can carry out a repair to BSAU159 standards.

When purchasing aftermarket items for your vehicle it is always advisable to seek professional advice to ensure suitability and compatibility.


Winter Tyres

It's been an unusual winter so far with temperatures being unseasonably warm to the point that spring flowers are beginning to peek through the ground thinking it's their time to flourish. Mother nature, however, has decided that it is time (rather belatedly I might add) to bring the temperature down to something a bit more appropriate for this time of year.

Now it may be the point of no return for our beloved spring flowers but it's not too late to make a sensible switch to Winter or as they're sometimes called Snow Tyres. You only need to drive a few miles inland from Edinburgh to be transformed into another world of Winter Wonderland or Hell depending on your point of view. It's important to remember though that a swap to these tyres doesn't require that you live in a climate akin to the Swiss Alps. Quite the contrary, whilst they cope with snow covered ground much better than standard tyres they offer considerably better handling across all road conditions, be they ice, slush or wet in temperatures below +7°C.

Let's make no bones about it, the winters normally in our area on the East Coast of Scotland where the Scandinavian winds come racing across the North Sea very seldom have temperatures in excess of +7°C for any duration so a switch to winter tyres during this season really makes sense especially when you consider that you are 5 times more likely to skid on snowy/icy road conditions and the likelihood of an accident on wet roads in winter increases by 250%.

There is obviously an initial financial cost involved in purchasing a second set of tyres but it should be considered that the mileage covered over a year on your summer tyres will be reduced thus lengthening their life. I'm seeing many of my customers across the Lothians and Edinburgh making the switch since the mercury has plummeted, feel free to give us a call to discuss your winter tyre options, or indeed any tyre related matters, on 0333 444 5454.


Get Me to The Church on Time...Please

Whilst passing through Edinburgh's Fort Kinnaird shopping centre the other day I passed a stricken 1932 Daimler sitting with a worried looking driver and a white ribbon looped around it's bonnet. A quick look around this lovely old car showed it was immobilised due to a flat tyre. Now if ever there was a case deserving of the Hometyre treatment this must be it.

The clock was sitting at 13:20 and there was a bride expecting her wedding car to arrive at 14:00 to convey her to the church. Unfortunately the driver has no jack or tools and every phone call for assistance he had made had gone unanswered. The use of the word worried in the case of the driver was probably an understatement.

The sense of relief from the driver and the gathering crowd of concerned, but ultimately helpless, onlookers was palpable when I pulled my van up behind the car. The driver looked up to the sky as if to say there really is a God.


Unfortunately the first wheel I put on was flat and the valve of the inner tube had perished but those canny car makers of 80 years ago had the foresight to fit this car with 2 spares. Within 20 minutes we had this old lady back on four, fit for purpose, tyres and she was ready to do her job.

Hopefully the bride was none the wiser, as I'm sure she had plenty of other things on her mind, but we can be confident that, due in no small part to Hometyre, she did get to the church on time.



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