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Tyre Wholesaler Micheldever tells pitfalls of Part Worn Tyres

Micheldever Takes a Safety Stand on Part Worn Tyres Part worn tyres are a potential accident waiting to happen according to Mark Harley, Retail Operations Director, at Micheldever Tyre Services. “Tyres removed from vehicles are usually taken off for a reason,” said Mark. “They may have hidden damage which is only likely to be revealed when the car is driven down the road. The reality is that they pose a real road safety danger, are not fit for purpose and in fact offer very poor value for money.” According to a recent Auto Express survey, arranged in conjunction with TyreSafe, the cost per millimetre of a part worn versus a new tyre was getting on for twice as much. Micheldever and its 63 Protyre branches have instigated a policy of disabling all tyres removed from cars and vans. This is achieved by drilling two holes in the sidewall of the tyre thereby ensuring that they do not find their way back onto UK roads. The disabled tyres are then responsibly disposed of by the company according to the requirements set out under the Responsible Recycler Scheme. The extent of the danger posed by these tyres was underlined last year by Birmingham Trading Standards. They found that alarmingly 90% of the tyres they examined failed to meet the minimum legal requirements.

 

Part worn tyres - Beware

A survey of used tyres - often called part worn tyres - has shown that many are potentially dangerous.

TyreSafe (a not-for-profit organisation) carried out a study which involved the purchase of 50 random part worn tyres from retailers across the UK. It found that 98 per cent were being sold illegally as they did not meet current requirements, but more seriously, over a third of the tyres were found to contain potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.

"Despite clear legislation it would appear from our investigation that the sale of illegal part worn tyres is a very real problem and needs to be tackled head on by Trading Standards as a matter of urgency. Those who sell illegal part worn tyres need to be educated and stopped as it really it could be a matter of life and death," said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

One tyre in its investigation was described as having the "potential to kill" as it still contained a metal object penetrating 5cm through the tread in a manner which was likely to result in sudden and total tyre failure had it been fitted to a vehicle.

Other serious safety breaches included dangerous and unsafe repairs, exposed cords, bead damage and evidence of runflat damage. TyreSafe says that, last year, there were more than 1,200 road casualties where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor.

We have to agree. We know new tyres are expensive – and as cars have ever wider tyres, the prices keep going up - but part-worn tyres are a gamble. A part-worn tyre could come from a legitimate source, but most people use their tyres until they are worn out and then replace them. How many MOT failures, for example, have tyres in good condition that you would be happy to use? Given the difference in how long a new tyre will last, you will normally get your money back in the long run. For advice on the best tyres for your vehicle, call Hometyre on 0800 783 9310 or check out our website www.hometyre.co.uk

 

Don't scrimp on tyres

Which? Magazine recently studied tyre usage in the uk, and found that during this economic downturn many drivers are buying used part worn tyres. The problem with this is you do not know the history of the tyre. Why was it removed from its previous vehicle? Many tyres have defects internally with the tyres substructure, and this isn't always visible on the surface. If you are buying a part worn tyre, Ask to see the inside of the tyre, and refuse any tyres that show damage, patches, or strain marks. also check the dates on the tyres, as many part worn specialists often sell older tyres. in general any tyre that is over 5 years of age, should not be fitted. Which? concluded that the tyre is one of the most important parts of your vehicle, as it is the only part in contact with the road. o why scrimp on this essential part. You would not fit part worn brake pads...... Would you?

 

Boat trailer tyres

Do you tow a boat traier? If you do, then when was the last time you changed the tyres. like a caravan, the rubber on trailer tyres deteriorates due to lack of use, and standing in the same place for long periods of time. Ideally you should be changing the tyres every 7 years whether there is tread left or not. Once the rubber starts to deteriorate, it will happen fast, and splits will appear on the side walls or even in the tread itself. Don't become a statistic with a blown out tyre on the side or the road. If in doubt as to the age of your tyres, have a look on the hometyre website, where is shows how to read the DOT code.

 

Flat Tyre ? It may be your alloy wheel.

Just because you have a flat tyre, don't assume it is the tyre at fault. I was called out to a BMW X5 today with a flat tyre, upon inspection I found a crack on the inside of the alloy wheel. This can easily happen if you hit a pot hole. In this case the customer had also driven on the tyre when it was deflated damaging the inner sidewall, so he will now need a new wheel and a tyre.

 

Tyre checks can avoid Bank Holiday breakdowns

Millions of drivers are expected to be hitting the roads this Spring Bank Holiday weekend but those failing to check their tyres before heading off risk motoring misery.

That’s the warning from TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, as the country gears up for an extra-long Bank Holiday weekend, giving many a well-earned opportunity to visit family, friends and loved-ones.

“We want people to enjoy their holidays and arrive safely at their destinations, so that’s why we’re urging them to do a few simple tyre checks before they head off and this includes the spare wheel as well. The great news is that these inspections are quick and simple yet pay real dividends,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

The three key aspects of TyreSafe’s advice are checking the tyre’s Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth (ACT).

 

Bank holiday weekend, ensure your tyres are prepared for your travel.

With a bank holiday looming, How many people have checked their car tyres before commencing on a long trip. Most will check oil and water levels, but how many will check their tyres. Not just for air pressure, but also check for tread depth, splits or bulges. Don't leave it till the last minute to order your new tyres, give us a call at Hometyre to get your vehicle prepared for your trip.

 

Locking wheel nut adaptor

I was called out to a customer who had broken their locking wheel nut adaptor and needed to change a blown tyre. He had bought a new adaptor through his local Ford dealer, it took 4 weeks to come, so he wasn't able to use his car for a month. I was called out to change the tyre today, only to find the new adaptor didn't work. Rather than wait another month, he asked me to remove the lock nuts using our specialist tool. He then replaced the lock nuts with standard nuts. It shows that waiting around for a replacement adaptor isn't always worth the wait. Had he called Hometyre last month he could have been back on the road within a day.

 

Falken's new High Performance tyre

Falken is preparing for the UK launch of what it calls its strongest and quietest ultra high performance tyre, the Azenis FK453. The new tyre succeeds, both numerically and in Falken’s line-up, the FK452, a tyre Falken says has been revered by many car enthusiasts for its blend of performance and affordability. With the launch of this latest product, for the first time the Japanese tyre maker is offering Y speed rated fitments suitable for use at up to 186mph or 300km/h. The new range will be available in a total of 62 sizes, including a 20-inch version, to fit sports and performance cars such as the VW Golf GTI, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, Porsche 911 and Audi RS5

 

Morris Minor

This afternoon is going to be fun, I am going to put new tyres on a Morris minor that has been garaged for a number of years. The owner has decided to get the old moggy back on the roads, and as part of the restoration, he needs a rolling chassis, so new tyres are the starting point.

 

Part worn tyres, 'the dangers'

Used tyre scandal Think you’re getting a bargain with a discount part-worn? Think again, as we expose the shock state of some of the tyres on sale Auto Express report by Julie Sinclair

Yes, they’re usually dirt-cheap – four new tyres can cost anything up to £1,000, so it’s hardly surprising that motorists buy an estimated four million part-worn tyres every year, cutting this bill in half on average. Bargain, surely? Apparently not.

Auto Express joined forces with campaign group TyreSafe to investigate the sale and condition of these cut-price, part-worn tyres in the UK, and we were horrified by what we found. Our investigation revealed a thriving black market in illegal, and in some cases lethal, second-hand tyres being sold to unwitting, cash-strapped families.

Yet these part-worn tyre retailers aren’t selling in secret – they have premises on busy high streets and their products are plastered all over the Internet. They also litter big-name auction sites, like eBay.

So you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that part-worn tyres must be safe to buy and fit to your family car. But you’d be wrong. As part of our joint investigation, TyreSafe bought a random sample of 50 part-worns – half sourced online, half from high street retailers – and then inspected them back at base.

Independent tyre expert Ted Foreman – whose job it was to put them under the microscope – instantly told us all but one wasn’t even legal. Unlike the rest of Europe, the UK has strict rules on the conditions of sale of part-worn tyres. The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations Act 1994 – part of the Consumer Protection Act – dictates the acceptable repair, tread depth and overall condition of rubber.

It also stipulates labelling and traceability: repairs to the rubber should carry the name and registration number of the garage that did the work. These were missing on all of our repaired tyres. Part-worns must also be ink stamped ‘part worn’ on the sidewall to show the tyre has been checked and meets all of these legal requirements. Only one of our 50 tyres bore that seal of approval – and if our sample is representative of the tyres sold across the UK, that’s a mere two per cent of the entire part-worn tyre stock.

It also means that in 98 per cent of cases, motorists buying these tyres would have no way of knowing if they were safe or not. And they could be pretty certain the seller had not adhered to UK regulations – even though part-worn tyre outlets reassure their customers to the contrary. Auto Express rang six retailers across the country at random, posing as a potential customer, and was told in each case that the tyres had been checked.

Worse still, the omission of the ‘part worn’ stamp on our sample of tyres was the tip of the iceberg – and icebergs are an accurate analogy, because our part-worns appeared in good shape to the untrained eye, but hide an array of dangers. Most had glossy black rubber and healthy tread patterns; all our tyres had at least the legal minimum 1.6mm of tread.

Ted explained: “In many cases, these tyres look great. They have loads of tread and could fool you into thinking they’re a bargain. But when you buy them, you inherit their dodgy history – every time they ran up a kerb, every accident, every time the owner drove on them under-inflated.”

Ted told us driving on under-inflated rubber damages the tyre structurally, and this accumulates over time. “If you pump them up, next time they’re under-inflated it tops up the damage you caused first time around, and eventually leads to a blow-out,” he said.

He added that most motorists wouldn’t get a chance to inspect a part-worn tyre before it was fitted, either. “You need the tyre to be removed from its rim to inspect it,” he warned. “That’s where the safety hazards lie hidden.” Ted carried out his inspection using the same safety checklist that retailers are meant to use before selling these tyres. And he found some shocking faults.

More than one third had shoddy, illegal repairs, tears or punctures that had been botched or ignored before the retailer sold them to us, posing as drivers wanting a cheap tyre to get our car through its MoT.

In some cases our stooge was a family man; in others we used a younger man posing as a cash-strapped student. But age and family status were clearly no bar to selling dangerous, illegal tyres. One of our tyres was a death trap. Ted pointed out a rusty nail, which was quite clearly sticking 5cm through the inside of its sidewall. “That could kill you,” he warned. “No doubt about it.”

Our sample also included illegal, unplugged punctures, patched on the inside. Ted compared these to open wounds. “There’s steel wire running through,” he said. “It’s like bones in a skeleton. If the protective layer of waterproof rubber is compromised, this metal will be exposed, rust and perish from the inside. This one looks like it’s been fixed with a bicycle puncture repair kit.”

So how are part-worn tyre retailers able to operate without detection or penalty? eBay didn’t seem interested in the vendors selling part-worns via its site. We sourced half of our sample from such sellers, but eBay refused to comment when we approached it.

The Office of Fair Trading couldn’t help, either, even though consumer protection is one of its remits. It suggested we contact Trading Standards, which is responsible for policing these dubious sales practices at a local authority level. But an online search for regional clampdowns revealed little, if any, action.

So these retailers are left largely unchecked, even though they face fines of up to £5,000 for flouting rules on part-worn tyres. TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: “Although a number of clear regulations exist which permit the sale of part-worn tyres, our investigation makes it obvious these are not being adhered to.”

He demanded that Trading Standards act “as a matter of urgency”. But Trading Standards may have missed the boat, claims the Tyre Industry Federation (TIF) – an independent body tasked with lobbying Government on unsafe practice in this market. It says the Department for Transport (DfT) is about to take full responsibility for all tyre regulations, including part-worns, and is appointing an agency as early as next month to enforce them. The legislation is being reviewed and tightened in preparation for this, too.

TIF chief Graham Wilson told us this would be a wake-up call to rogue traders. “The DfT will want the agency it appoints to commit to a certain level of enforcement. It will want to know how many site visits and how much mystery shopping are planned.”

Taking a gamble on a part-worn tyre is a risk that doesn’t necessarily pay off, either. We measured the tread depth of our sample tyres and compared them to the price paid to calculate a pence-per-millimetre tread figure. We then did the same for a brand new tyre of the same size, with the maximum 8mm tread depth, using an average quoted new tyre price. Surprisingly, in more than half the sizes we examined, it was better value to buy brand new tyres.

This rang true for one self-confessed part-worn tyre buyer. Colin Smith, of Wolverhampton, W Mids, told us that a cheap set he bought for his Vauxhall Calibra “lasted only 500 miles”.

“On closer inspection, I realised what a big mistake I’d made,” he said. “The tread was uneven; one showed heavy wear in the centre and the other was worn on the outsides. The previous owner clearly hadn’t run them at the right pressure.” Colin added there was a cut in the tyre sidewall, too – enough to bring an MoT failure, or three points on your licence and a fine.

But when he swapped them for another used set, he didn’t fare much better. “These didn’t hold their pressure,” he said. It turned out paint on the rim had stopped the tyre from sealing properly. A clean solved this, but Colin is still disillusioned by part-worns.

“My Vauxhall Astra Coupe has always had new tyres. Its original set lasted nine years and 55,000 miles,” he said. “So you get what you pay for.” That’s something all drivers would do well to bear in mind before they shell out on a set of potentially lethal part-worns.

Visit www.tyresafe.org for advice on part-worn tyres.

Average part-worn vs new tyre costs

Part-worn New Tyre size Tread Price Cost per mm** Price Cost per mm** 165/70 R14 3.84mm £20.00 £8.93 £30.60 £3.99 165/65 R14 5.17mm £40.00 £11.20 £30.31 £4.12 175/65 R14 4.90mm £24.67 £7.47 £30.22 £4.29 195/50 R15 5.17mm £25.00 £7.00 £32.69 £4.72 175/65 R15 4.25mm £22.50 £8.48 £37.37 £7.74 205/50 R16 3.95mm £18.33 £7.81 £41.36 £4.78 205/55 R16 4.00mm £43.10 £17.96 £37.72 £4.81 195/55 R15 5.42mm £23.00 £6.02 £39.82 £4.99 185/60 R14 5.17mm £14.75 £4.13 £31.96 £5.11 175/65 R16 4.50mm £20.00 £6.90 £95.52 £5.84 155/70 R13 5.06mm £9.14 £2.64 £26.36 £5.89 165/80 R13 5.00mm £13.75 £4.04 £27.44 £6.22 165/65 R13 4.50mm £10.99 £3.79 £25.54 £6.46 155/65 R14 4.84mm £20.00 £6.17 £30.78 £14.93

*To legal limit. **To legal limit, based on tread depth of 8mm.

 

Part Worn Tyre Scandal | Why Shouldn't You Buy Part Worn Tyres?

Think you're getting a bargain with a discounted part-worn tyre? Think again, as we expose the shock state of some of the tyres on sale. Yes, they're usually dirt-cheap – four new tyres can cost anything up to £1,000 and above, so it's hardly surprising that motorists buy an estimated four million part-worn tyres every year, cutting this bill in half on average.

Bargain, surely? Apparently not.

Auto Express joined forces with campaign group TyreSafe to investigate the sale and condition of these cut-price, part-worn tyres in the UK, and were horrified by what they found.

For more information on the work done between TyreSafe and Auto Express, click here.

You can also visit the TyreSafe website by clicking here, they're a profitless organisation, offering tips and advice on how to keep your vehicle road legal and safe out there!

If you do the maths, part worn tyres can often be MORE expensive than brand new tyres! For example, a 175/65R16 tyre fitted part worn for £20.00 with 4.5mm of tread would work out at £6.90 per mm (based on reaching the legal limit of 1.6mm). Whereas the same tyre bought new with 8mm of tread on for £95.52 would work out at £5.84 per mm of tread if worn to the legal limit.

As well as not being cost efficient, they're extremely unsafe! The main reasons for part worn tyres entering the UK market is from overseas vehicles, accidents or theft. Nobody gets rid of a perfectly good tyre without a serious reason! You wouldn't wear someone else's used underwear, so don't put their tyres on your car!

Remember, your tyres are the ONLY point of contact your vehicle has with the road surface, don't make compromises.

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National Motorhome Show - Peterborough

Hometyre turned up in force to support the National Motorhome show in Peterborough last weekend. Unfortunately the weather did its best to ruin the weekend, and we had rain most days, with many Motorhomes having to be towed out of their pitches. The rain didn't dampen the Hometyre spirit, we we were still seen around the site fitting tyres, tyron bands and TPMS systems (as well as removing locking wheel nuts for a day visitor). When not working we had a "Hometyre Convoy" around the site, which kept the visitors amused, and brought us a lot of attention. Looking forward to next year, and hope the weather improves.

 

German researchers develop an "Adaptive Tyre"

Are you fed up of having to change your summer tyres for winter tyres at the first sign of snow? Or of being caught out on a long car journey by sudden changes in the weather?

That may soon be a thing of the past, according to a group of researchers at Leipzig university, who are developing the world's first-ever "intelligent" tyre which automatically adapts itself to the prevailing weather conditions even while you are driving.

A team of researchers headed by Detlef Riemer at the University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig unveiled the "adaptive tyre" at this year's Hanover Fair, the world's biggest industrial fair taking place in the north German city this week.

"Today's choice of tyres are always a compromise between the ability to brake and petrol consumption," Riemer said.

"The car driver has to take into consideration every sort of weather condition and you can't change tyres while you're driving."

But Riemer's "adaptive tyre" is equipped with electronic sensors which recognise different sorts of terrain -- whether motorway or un-tarmacked roads -- and whether it's dry, raining or snowing.

And accordingly, the tyres' profiles are automatically raised or widened accordingly, even when the car is in motion.

"That means your car is always equipped with the best possible tyre and noise and petrol consumption are automatically optimised, too," Riemer enthused.

"The driver no longer has to think about adapting their tyres. The tyre itself 'thinks' too."

The tyre is still a long way from a finished product and research is still ongoing, notably on the materials that can be used for the moveable parts of the tyre's profiles.

"But we've patented it already, just in case," Riemer said.

 

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Michelin tyres

The History and Story Behind Michelin Tyres The story of how two brothers came up with the idea for removable pneumatic tyres is fascinating. It is sometimes the case when one simple thing happens that then leads on to bigger things, and this is so true of how Michelin tyres came into being. The two brothers were Edouard and Andrė Michelin and they lived in Clermond-Ferrand where they ran a rubber factory.

One day the two brothers were asked by a passing cyclist to repair a punctured tyre. They discovered that this was actually glued to the rim of the bike wheel. Not being put off by this fact, they removed the tyre, which took over three hours to do and then proceeded to repair it. This of course, then had to be re-glued to the rim and then left for the night in order for the glue to dry. The next day Edouard Michelin decided to give the bike with it’s repaired tyre a test run, unfortunately the tyre did not hold up for more than a few hundred metres. But this whole episode had so intrigued Edouard and his brother, that they set about finding a way to fix tyres to rims without the need for any glue. This was to be the grand beginnings of the Michelin tyre era.

In 1891, the brothers took out their first patent for pneumatic tyres that could be easily taken off rims and the long distance cyclist Charles Terront was the first person to use this type of tyre when he competed in the Paris-Brest-Paris cycle race of the same year.

Over the next few decades, the Michelin brothers made many innovations to tyres and all were met with a great amount of success. One of these innovations was the radial tyre which back in those days was called the ‘X’ tyre. Together with Citroen and their ‘traction avant’ and the 2CV very much in mind this tyre was developed and then used on these vehicles. Michelin had previously purchased the Citroen operation in the thirties when the company had been declared bankrupt. The amazing thing is that this same tyre is still available for the 2CV in these modern times.

During the 20s and the 30s, the Michelin company ran many rubber plantations in Vietnam but their employees were very poorly treated which led to the now very famous labour movement called Phu Rieng Do. The conditions the workers were expected to live and work in were described by some as being ‘hell on earth’ with workers dying in great numbers, no one will ever really be know how many workers died during this period as records were falsified. But this was all soon to come to a head with a rebellion of 5,000 workers stopping the production of rubber for four whole days. This was the first labour movement directed by the Vietnamese Communists.

As early as 1934, Michelin had invented a tyre that would still run even if it was punctured. This tyre had a foam lining and was called a run-flat tyre or self-supporting tyre. The company went from strength to strength and in 1988, Michelin bought the tyre and rubber divisions of the B F Goodrich Company, an American tyre company that had been founded back in 1870. This acquisition included part of the company which supplied tyres to the Space Shuttle program. Then two years later, Michelin also purchased Uniroyal, Inc, another old established Australian company. Since then the company has just got bigger and bigger throughout the entire world.

 

Michelin tyres win Which? green award

Which? magazine has awarded a 'Best Buy' certificate to an eco-friendly car tyre designed by French manufacturer Michelin.

The firm's Energy Saver wheel was given the accolade following a test of summer tyres by the consumer campaign group.

Results of the trial were published in the magazine's April issue, and overall it found that the 65/70 R14 T tyres performed best in categories such as wet and dry handling and braking, wear and external drive-by noise.

It is the company's fourth version of environmentally friendly tyres. It has been structured and designed to enhance fuel consumption which in turn decreases the amount of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Steve Dolby, Michelin's product marketing manager, said it was a great result for the firm and "emphasises the Balance of Performance philosophy" that they include in their tyre designs. He went on to explain that it means "no one area of performance should negatively affect another".

"It is also interesting that the Which? test focused on criteria that will appear on tyre labels when the legislation comes into effect later this year. This should help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing tyres, based on important considerations like safety and the environment," he added.

 

Michelin energy saver is Which? best buy

According to honest John of the Telegraph the Michelin Energy Saver have been voted the Which? magazine best buy.. See full story below.

Michelin Energy Saver Tyre is 'Which?' Best Buy also Michelin Alpin 4 Judged Best Cold Weather Tyre by Which

Honest John Fri, 13 Apr 2012 Michelin's Energy Saver tyre has been assessed as ‘Best Buy’ in independent summer tyre tests by 'Which?' magazine.

The test of 165/70 R 14 T tyres, for the April issue of 'Which?' magazine, rated summer tyres in all main areas of performance including wet and dry handling and braking, external drive-by noise, fuel consumption and wear.

The Michelin Energy Saver is the Company’s fourth generation of “green” car tyres which replaced the previous Energy range and is designed to improve fuel consumption, and thus reduce CO2 emissions, by reducing rolling resistance.

Due to Michelin’s focus on ‘Balance of Performance’, the low rolling resistance performance of the Energy Saver does not come at the cost of performance in other important areas like safety, handling and driver comfort.

Steve Dolby, Michelin’s product marketing manager commented: "It is interesting that the Which? test focussed on criteria that will appear on tyre labels when the legislation comes into effect later this year. This should help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing tyres, based on important considerations like safety and the environment’.

The Michelin Energy Saver is designed to equip a wide range of cars in the market – including city cars, family cars, and MPVs. The range covers tyre sizes from 14” to 16” with speed symbols of T, H and V.

HJ's own FIAT 500 is on 185/55 R 15 Michelin Energy Savers, which currently show very little sign of wear after 13,000 miles on the car.

 

Tyron bands incorrectly fitted

I have just been out to change the tyres on a caravan that has tyron bands previously fitted by one of the larger fast fit Tyre depots. It looks like they had not known what they were doing, as they were fitted upside down. What is the point of fitting a safety device, if the fitter does not know what he is doing and fits it incorrectly! Should you have tyron bands fitted or are considering having them fitted, then give us a call at Hometyre, we are recommended by Tyron UK, and have been trained by them.

 

Tyron bands fitted upside down by local dealer.

Called out to change the tyres on a caravan this week, it was already fitted with Tyron bands. When I took the old one off, I saw that they had been fitted upside down by the previous fitter. That is why you should choose Hometyre, we have been taught how to fit them correctly. Why pay for this safety item, then have it fitted by someone who is incompetent?

 

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