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Bulldog Security wheel clamps for Caravans, Motorhomes, Cars and 4x4's.

Did you know that you can now buy your Bulldog Euroclamp wheel clamps for your leisure vehicle directly from Hometyre. We have made a partnership agreement with Bulldog, to supply all of their security items to you the leisure vehicle owner. In some cases we will even come and fit them for you if you require help.

The full list of items is shown on the Hometyre website, (Click here) it includes wheel clamps for both steel and alloy wheels, as well as lockable security stands, GPS trackers, wheel levelers and security chains. All of these items are backed up by Bulldogs 5 year guarantee, they are easy to use, have a ultra reliable security lock and are Insurance approved.

Bulldogs security clamps were even awarded the What car? - Best value buy award. Our prices even include free carriage to any UK Mainland address.

Should you also be in the market for new tyres and or Tyron safety bands, then that is another area in which Hometyre can help you, as we are primarily a mobile tyre service, so we will come to you at Home, storage area, or even a camp site to fit these items for you at no additional cost. In fact we often beat most fixed site tyre depots on cost.

Unsure of what you need then give us a call on Freephone 0800 783 9310 or Mobile friendly on 0333 444 5454.

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Citroen Locknut removal

We had a call today from a customer who had problems with his locking wheelnuts. He had bought a used Citroen C4, but when he came to remove the wheels lock nut he found that the removal 'key' did not fit. He took the vehicle along to his local garage, who tried to remove the locknuts, but ended up breaking part of them off. They then wanted £70 per wheel (total £280) to drill them out for him. This is when he did an internet search and found Hometyre.

I went round to his home in Worthing, and Lock_nut_17took a look at the lock nuts, these are a type that are typical of both Citroen and Peugeot, I have removed many of these, so I wasn't too worried about the damaged one.

Once I prepped the wheels, it took around 20 mins to remove all four nuts using our specialist tool. I then replaced the missing nuts with some new nuts that the customer had already purchased and torqued them all to the correct settings.

Finally I checked all the tyres on the vehicle and gave a report to the customer. The Hometyre price for this service is £80 plus vat. which is a lot less that the garages £280 quotation.

Should you have a problem with your locking wheel nuts, then give us a call at Hometyre, so far I have removed all locknuts without fail during 2013 and 2014.

 

Another pothole statistic.

Had a call from a new customer today to say his Volkswagen Touran has been left at a friends house with a flat tyre as he had hit a pothole. Luckily for him I had a 205/55R16 tyre in stock and was able to get out to him this afternoon. He was hoping that his tyre would be repairable, but it was not, as it had a split on the inside wall of around 80mm in length. He was lucky that he had not damaged his alloy wheel.

I fitted the new tyre, checked all the other tyres which although they were all low on pressure, they were in good condition. I corrected the pressures, then checked the wheel alignment. The toe in/ toe out on this vehicle is supposed to be +/-zero, this vehicle was showing +5, so it was way out of tolerance.

I soon had it back within the manufacturers correct settings, and took it for a test drive, just to ensure that it felt good and that the steering wheel was straight. All was 'ok' and the vehicle was given back to a happy customer.

 

Fiat 500 tyres

One of today's jobs was to replace a tyre on a souped up Fiat 500 running on 245/35R17 Falken FK452 tyres. The customer had hit a pothole and split his tyre as well as buckling the alloy. His car was in a local garage, where the had beaten the alloy back to shape, but were having trouble sourcing the right tyre. Hometyre contacted our suppliers and had a new Falken tyre delivered the next day. fiat_500_Arbath

The tyre arrived at 08:45 this morning and by 9am I was in the garage fitting the new tyre. Since there was still a slight wobble when I checked the wheel on the balancing machine, I suggested that it be fitted to the rear, to eliminate any vibration being felt through the steering wheel.

Had the customer come to Hometyre directly, we would also have checked the tracking on the vehicle, as chances are that a hit like that will have knocked it out of alignment. This was left for the garage to do as it was their customer.

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Driving on tyres while flat ruins them!

Should you be unfortunate enough to get a puncture, try not to drive on it while flat unless absolutely necessary. Even driving 1/2 a mile can damage the side wall of the tyre. This is not always evident when looking at the tyre from the outside, but once you take the tyre off the wheel, you will see that the inner structure has disintegrated. I always think that it looks like desiccated coconut . See PhotoTyre_damage_inside

Should you have a slow puncture, then make sure you keep the tyre inflated as you can then continue to drive, until you can get to a place to have it repaired. A repair is a far cheaper option than buying a new tyre, and as long as there is no structural damage to the tyre, then a repair should be possible, as long as the hole is not on the sidewall or shoulder of the tyre.

New vehicles and even some older ones, are now fitted with some form of puncture warning system. (TPMS) Should this light up, don't ignore it, you tyre is flat even if it doesn't look like it.

Runflat tyres have very thick sidewalls, this makes it especially difficult to tell that you have a pressure loss, and you do need to rely on the TPMS system to warn you about the flat. Except that with runflats you cannot get them repaired, they are designed to let you continue driving (for a short distance) until you can get a new tyre.

 

Firestone aims to be a main player in the UK during 2014

American tyre giant Firestone has announced that it is to take on the UK with more force in 2014, to 'become one of the main players in the tyre market'. A Spokesman for the company said that the marketing will draw on Firestones historic experiences, combining the Formula One inspiration of John Surtees & Jim Clark, plus the Indy 500 association and a number of world land speed records.

The new Firestone Destination 4x4 tyre will be unveiled in June, along side a concerted effort to increase brand awareness and ultimately sales. The famous Firestone badge will play a prominent part in the companies marketing efforts.

Andy Dingley, the North region communications manager said "We see our Firestone offering as playing a pivotal role for us in 2014. The brand is powerful, endearing & we believe it can become one of the main players in the tyre market. There is a great sense of heritage associated with Firestone and from our research, we know that it is steeped in tradition and respect, with an association with genuine quality. We really do feel that we can offer motorists a product to be sure of, which will compliment our premium Bridgestone range perfectly".

In all, a total of 49 Formula One races were won on Firestone tyres, with drivers such as Ludovico Scarfiotti, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi & Mario Andretti, all taking the podium top spot.

 

MAXXIS adds the Victra Sport VS01 to it range.

Maxxis Tyres have extended their high performance range with the launch of the Victra Sport VS01 tyre. Maxxis developed this latest addition to the range after receiving unprecedented demands from people driving high performance vehicles. Maxxis developed this latest tyre to meet these demands and to ensure that it stays at the forefront of the tyre industry.tyre_image_vs01_l

Vertical ribs have been embedded in the centre of the tread to enhance the grip, these ribs also enhance the strength and improve traction, while at the same time delivering outstanding wet & dry handling in all weather conditions.

Driving stability and excellent high speed sport performance provide the driver with extraordinary contact and manoeuvrability. Streamlined transverse grooves and strengthened shoulder blocks ensure outstanding grip & precision while steering and are designed to reduce deformation of the tread blocks during sharp turns,enhancing wet handling and to minimize the chances of hydroplaning. (Aquaplaning).

Derek McMartin confirmed: "Our research and development teams work around the clock to ensure that we continue to provide our customers with the very latest in technological innovation." The launch of the VS01 promises to be one of Maxxis' most significant launches in years.

If you are looking to buy Maxxis tyres take a look on the Hometyre website as we can supply and fit these tyres at very competative prices.

 

British drivers could face on-the-spot fines in Mainland Europe if using the wrong tyres.

While we in the UK have been experiencing a mild winter so far, many European countries have had severe wintery weather. This means that UK drivers who venture onto the roads using normal summer tyres will not get enough grip for safe driving on braking in snowy or icy conditions. Some countries will allow you to drive on Summer tyres as long as their is 4mm of tread, but should you cause an accident or become stuck then you are liable and your insurance company may not pay out.

In Germany some drivers are liable for on-the-spot fines if their vehicle becomes stuck in slippery conditions due to having the wrong tyres fitted. hometyre_vital_for_winter_months Most Germans will have winter tyres fitted from November right through to April.

The Department of Transport says UK drivers are free to drive abroad, but their vehicle must meet the general technical requirements for each country you visit (Or pass through). Drivers are urged to select winter tyres if they are venturing into Europe. They should also make sure that there is sufficient tread depth remaining, as well as making sure that they carry a spare wheel (Which must also be in a good condition).

Winter tyres work better on wet roads, in slush, snow, frost and ice, they are designed to give better grip in temperatures of below 7 degrees Centigrade, enabling the driver to stop in shorter distances and to help keep control of your vehicle. Unlike normal summer tyres where the rubber compound hardens in these lower temperatures losing flexibility and therefor has less grip.

Hometyre have a mumber of winter tyre packages available, from just the tyres to complete sets of tyres and wheels. Give us a call to see what option is best for you.

Should you be considering driving to Europe this winter then you can check each countries requirements here.

 

Aquaplaning now that winter is here.

The grooves around the circumference of a tyre, are mainly designed to disperse water, this is one of the reasons that Tyre dealers often recommend changing your tyres when they are down to 3mm of tread depth. A new tyre comes with around 8 ~ 12 mm of tread, depending on the type of tyre, the deep grooves easily allow water to escape when you drive through puddles, allowing the tread blocks to remain in contact with the road and give you grip. Once the tread wears down to around 3mm, even though you are still legal, there is not enough space to allow the water to escape, the tyre then loses contact with the road as it 'floats' on a cushion of water, and you lose grip, causing you to aquaplane. This is especially seen on modern vehicles, where they have wide wheels, as the area in contact with the road is spread over a greater area, and the tyre can 'float' more easily.

The legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm of tread depth over 3/4's of the tyre and all around the circumference, but at this shallow tread depth, in the winter months, you really are putting your and other road users lives in danger.

Correct pressures in a tyre can also have an effect, as with the wrong pressures even less of the tyre is in contact with the road.

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This tyre has almost no grooves left, there is no where for water to escape, so it builds up as a cushion at the front of the tyre, and will eventually cause the vehicle to aquaplane. The customer called me out to change his tyres, as he said that he felt that he lost control every time he went out in the wet.

 

Keep your tyres in top condition

Your tyres are your only contact with the road, keeping them in top condition will make your ride safer, will make them last longer and will save you fuel. Here are some tips on how to best maintain your tyres:

1. Ensure you have the correct size tyres for your vehicle. Some people will put wider tyres than are recommended, this can affect the handling and as such the safety. I have even seen cars with different size tyres on each wheel.

2. Check your tyre wear, the legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm over 3/4 of the tread. Even at depths of 3mm or below, your vehicle will have less grip, especially in the wet where there is a chance of aquaplaning. The grooves in the tyre are the only things that remove water from beneath the tyre when driving on a wet surface.

3. Ensure you have the correct tyre pressures as recommended for your vehicle. The pressures are often listed on a sticker that can be found inside the door frame, or in the fuel filler cap. Incorrect pressures will cause uneven wear and can increase your fuel bill. Tyre pressures should be checked every couple of weeks, not as many of my customers do, every year or so.

4. Have your wheel alignment (tracking) checked and adjusted as required. It is often recommended to have your alignment checked every time you have new tyres fitted, or if you ever hit a kerb or pothole. Incorrect alignment will affect your tyre wear and your vehicles handling and this will increase fuel consumption.

5. Correct wheel balancing will reduce the level of wear on your tyres, and will make your vehicle drive a lot smoother. An unbalanced tyre will vibrate at higher speeds (Usually around 65~70mph. you will often feel this as the steering wheel will vibrate.

6. If having new tyres it is always best to have them fitted in pairs on the same axle. Otherwise a vehicle with differing tread depths will not handle so well. If you have a 4x4 and you have more than 4mm difference in tread depth on the same axle, this can cause the diff to think that one wheel is slipping, and it will increase drive to that wheel. eventually ths will cause damage to the diff.

7. Tyre valves, are made out of rubber just like the tyres, even steel valves have a core with a rubber ring. Valves like tyres deteriorate over time, you should always have new valves fitted every time you change your tyres. Leaking valves will cause air loss, which leads to uneven tyre wear.

8. If you have two sets of tyres (Winter / Summer), then make sure the stored tyres are kept dry, ideally at a stable temperature, and away from sunlight.

This can also be said of your spare tyre, generally as it is kept in a boot, or under a vehicle, it is not in the best condition. Ideally a spare tyre should only be used as a get you home tyre, and should be changed back to a new tyre as soon as possible.

9. Should you need advice as to the best tyre for your vehicle, then give us a call at Hometyre.

 

Summer to Winter tyre change over.

I was called out to a new customer in Slindon on Friday, not only was he new to Hometyre, but he had only just moved into the area, and had found us through a google search. He was booked in for 2pm, but since I was running early, I phoned ahead to see if I could arrive at 1pm. He was happy with this as he had a few jobs to do in town that afternoon, and this gave him more time.

When I arrived the car a Mercedes CLK was waiting for me on the drive, with his set of old winter tyres. This car has the same size tyres on front and rear, but the wheels rims are different, so you have to make sure the correct wheels go back in the right order.

I soon had the car jacked up and the old summer tyres removed (marked up as to where they had come from), new valves inserted, winter tyres fitted (Yokohama 245/45 R17's), Pressures set accordingly, wheels balanced, and put back on the car. I put his summer tyres back in his garage, the locking wheel nut back into the boot, before completing the Hometyre tyre report, and his invoice. Payment was taken using his debit card and our chip and pin machine, then his receipt was immediately emailed through to him.

Another satisfied customer, who has said that he will be calling me back in the spring to swap the tyres back.

It must have been a day for tyre changes as I ended up doing 3 sets that day, and all to new customers. Not only do they not have to transport 4 big tyres to a tyre depot and wait around for the work to be done, but they were able to stay at home and get on with other activities.

 

Thinking of buying Budget Tyres?

Most new cars are sold with Premium tyres as standard, and as a rule it is recommended to stay with this type of tyre if you can afford to. But many owners wonder if the cost justifies the performance.

What car? did some tests to see if half the cost means half the quality. The tests were carried out using a Vauxhall Merviva.

test 1, stopping distances in dry conditions at 70 mph.

The premium tyres on average stopped around 48 -50 meters, while the budgets stopped within 52-53 meters. Not so big a difference (5 meters max).

test 2, stopping distances in wet conditions at 70 mph.

Premium tyres stopped between 59 - 64 meters, while the budgets stopped between 68 - 84 meters. This was a shocking difference, with the average difference being 14 meters.

Tests 3 & 4, were on lateral grip ( the premium tyres did show better grip) and in noise level (they were all very similar).

The tyres tested were, Premium: Michelin, Continental & Goodyear. (£58-£70).

and the budgets were, : Arrowspeed, Ovation & Sunew (£37-44).

What car? Went on to say the small number of tests show that there is a difference in quality, especially in the wet. But certainly not half the quality, even though they are half the price.

Michelin UK, commented that even though they were pleased with the results, they say the tests didn't take into account fuel efficiency & longevity.

Personally, I would prefer to be safer and would cite wet braking as a major factor in my choice of tyre.

 

Maxxis tyres Drift to success

Maxxis, the official partner of the British Drift Championship recently discussed its role in this fast growing motorsport.

While this sport is still in its infancy, Maxxis has supported the sport and their usage of the Maxxis MAZ-1Drift tyre, where previously most drifters would have used part worn tyres, many are now using fresh rubber. The extent to which tyres are damaged is testimony to the forces they endure, while still offering progressive grip and safety to the drivers.

Maxxis' involvement as a British drift car partner is a clear indicator of the progress that drifting is making here in the UK. Gaining sponsorship from a supplier like Maxxis assures the drivers of a continual supply of good tyres, which improves their drifting abilities, which aids skills and competition standards. Maxxis support Team Japspeed, who can be seen at Bovindon raceway in Hertfordshire.

The British Drift Championships are run with a series of tiers; Super professional, Professional and Semi-professional, with teams regularly contacting each other for advice, as they all want to promote the sport.

We at Hometyre have even supported a drift car weekend held in Portsmouth, we sent two vans to help out with all the tyre changes. Should you be considering a drifting event, then give us a call, to see what we can offer.

When it comes to Maxxis tyres, we have promoted these for long time, I run my van on Maxxis and get good mileage, and good grip.

We have the following Maxxis tyres available on our website: MAP1, Victra Sport VS01, Victra MAZ1, Victra MAZ3, M36, M36, Victra MAZ4S, Victra PRO-R1, MAZ1-Drift, MAPW2 (Winter tyre), & the UE168 (Van tyre).

There are also a series of 4x4 tyres Such as the Bighorn, Mudzilla, Trepador, Creepy Crawler, Bravo, etc Give us a call to discuss options and what is best for the type of driving you do.

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Dunlop Winter Response 2 tyres, ideal for smaller cars.

This year Dunlop launched a range of tyres specifically aimed at the smaller car, with sizes for 14 and 15 inch wheels. The winter response 2 tyres follow on from the successful Winter response tyres and pick up in areas of performance, where the latter left off.

Several innovative features have been incorporated into the Dunlop Winter Response 2 tyres to make them safer for driving in the winter.

They are equipped with 45 degree shoulder blades, which enhance the grip on snow and ice when cornering, as well as having the innovative Reverse Snow guide tread block pattern. This ensures that snow from the surface is captured in the central part of the tread, resulting in an increase in the contact area.

They offer enhanced braking responsiveness and improved handling especially on wet and icy roads as well as in the snow.

Fuel efficiency... has been a cruicial factor in the design, the tyre shows less deformation in comparison with a standard tyre of the same size, as a result rolling resistance decreases, leading to more fuel efficiency.

The Dunlop Winter response 2 tyre is available in 22 different sizes ranging from 155 / 55 R14 to 195 / 65 R15, with the majority of these sizes attaining a 'B' rating in the wet grip European tyre labelling.

In the first few months of 2013, the AA rescued over 7000 vehicles that had become stuck in snow, ice or mud. The long range forecast for this year is similar, so if you don't want to become a statistic, consider fitting winter tyres to your vehicle this year.

Hometyre recommend fitting winter tyres for customers who rely on their vehicle for work or for those who regularly make essential journeys.

Our vans are fitted with winter tyres, so we can get to you wherever you are located to fit your new tyres.

 

Are your tyres fitted correctly?

This year checks in Ireland as part of their Mot found 8000 tyres had been fitted backwards. Even here in Sussex I often see tyres on cars that are fitted wrongly, I followed a vauxhall Zafira today that had one rear tyre facing the wrong way.

Most people do not realise that some tyres can be handed. There are three basic types of tread pattern on tyres:

Conventional, these have a tread pattern that can be fitted to a wheel rim facing either way. They can also be placed at any position on a vehicle.

Assymetrical tyres have a tread pattern that differs from one side to the other. These tyres have the wording 'Inside' and 'Outside' printed on the side walls. As such they have to be mounted on the wheel rim the correct way around. Once correctly fitted to a wheel, these can be mounted on any position on a vehicle.

Rotational tyres generally have a 'V' shaped tread pattern, they have the wording 'Rotational' printed on the side walls. These have to be mounted on the car with the rotational arrow facing the correct way.

The rotational tyres are the ones that are most often wrong as it is the car drivers who swap their wheels around trying to improve tyre wear, but they don't always realise, that rotational tyres must stay on the same side of the vehicle.

If in doubt about your tyres have them checked by a reputable tyre depot.

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Spare tyre, have you checked yours?

Its not often that you need to use your spare tyre, but when you do, you need to know that is in good condition and is inflated to the correct pressure.

I often check spare tyres and can find them with pressures as low as 10 PSI, and when this is a spacesave that is supposed to be 60PSI then it is way under pressure. If you were to drive on a tyre this low, you risk damaging it, with the possibility of having a blowout while driving.

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I also see many spare tyres with cracks on the sidewalls, where they have been left unused and unchecked in a boot for years on end.

Most people don't realise it, but the rubber of a tyre kept in a boot and not used deteriorates faster than a tyre in constant use.

If you had two tyres of the same age the one not in use is more dangerous than the one in constant use.

When not in use, atmospheric gases have a more damaging effect on the tyre (whether new or not), such gases harden unused tyres and make the rubber more brittle. Then when you evenruallly use the tyre it could disintegrate and cause an accident.

The tyre in constant use counteracts the atmospheric gas effect as it rolls and flexes. For this reason, if you need to use your spare tyre, then you should drive at reduced speeds when using it, and revert back to the original tyre (Repaired) or a new tyre as soon as possible.

Since this effects any tyre even a new one, that is why you should be sure that any tyre you buy even from a tyre depot should not be more than 5 years old when fitted. We at Hometyre get our tyres 'fresh' from the wholesalers as and when we need them, we do not keep old stock like some tyre bays.

Furthermore this is another reason not to buy part worn tyres, as they are often more than 5 years old.

 

Winter tyre swapping or fitting

I have already been busy this week swapping existing customers vehicles over from Summer to Winter tyres. As well as fitting new winter tyres for some customers.

The temperature has already dropped, and while out today I was caught in a hail shower (Winter is on the way). If you have never had winter tyres, then now is the time to consider having them fitted, as temperatures drop below 7 degrees C, the rubber in summer tyres harden and braking distances increase. Winter tyres are made with more Silica in the compound allowing them to stay supply in these lower temperatures, thus improving acceleration, handling and braking.hometyre_vital_for_winter_months

Many drivers of rear wheeled vehicles, such as BMW's, Mercedes & Porsches will greatly benefit from the additional grip they will get by having winter tyres fitted.

Even if you own a 4x4, winter tyres can make a great difference in the amount of grip, this was shown in the auto Express magazine this week when they tested a Ford Kuga fitted with winter tyres and one with summer tyres on a ski slope. The Kuga with Summer tyres only managed to get up 12 meters before it slid back 9 meters, the Kuga without 4x4 engaged but fitted with winter tyres managed to go 110 meters, and with the 4x4 engaged managed to get all the way to the top of the ski slope.

I have already fitted winter tyres to my van, so I will have no problems getting to you whatever the weather. You can order your winter tyres directly on line, choose the date and time you want the fitting, and we will come to you. Once fitted with your new winter tyres, the old tyres can then be stored away ready for the spring.

For more information on winter tyres click here.

 

More part worn tyre companies being caught out

Trading standards across the country have been checking up on Part worn tyre dealers who sell to the public. The latest checks of 10 sites found that most were starting to follow guidelines and they had no major issues. But one site caused major concern, last Friday along with the police they raided the site, to check the tyres on sale. The police were asked to accompany the trading standards officers due to previous resistance. Two men at the site were arrested under the customer protection act and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Checks in the site found tyres for sale that were ten years old, some that were defective in terms of tread, as well as some with nails and screws still in them.

A local councillor said "Traders who adhere to the rules and sell used tyres to the public in the right way had nothing to fear. But in situations like this, there are two problems; firstly you should not be ripping off the public. And secondly and more importantly here, is a matter of safety. Lives were being put at risk, if you are a rogue trader we will catch you and we will deal with you.

Members of the public should be aware that they will ultimately lose out by buying such products".


This is why we at Hometyre will not sell of fit part worn tyres, you do not know their history. Have they been repaired/patched, or have they been taken off a crashed car, where they may have suffered internal structural damage? New budget tyres are not that much more expensive when you compare them per mm of tread left, and at least you are safe in the knowledge that they are in good condition.Sidewall_repair A Part worn tyre patched on the sidewall, this is not to British standards and should be considered as dangerous.

 

Part worn tyre, worst bulge

I was called out to a customer today who had part worn tyres fitted to his car two days ago costing £20 each, by the next day he had noticed a slight bulge in one tyre, then by the next day the bulge had grown to the size in this photo overnight. It almost looks like a second tyre underneath the main tyre.

Part worn tyre bulge

I then checked the other part worn tyres on the car and found problems with all of them....

2nd tyre had a 20mm split within the tread (Mot failure - dangerous)

3rd tyre had a screw still stuck in the shoulder (Mot failure as well as being unrepairable and dangerous)

4th tyre was legal but had problems in that it had 6mm of tread on the outside edge and 2mm on the inside edge. Also all 4 tyres did not have 'Part worn' printed on the sidewall which is illegal.

This is one of the reasons that we at Hometyre, often tell people NOT TO BUY PART WORN TYRES.

Last month a Trading standards officer visited two part worn dealers, accompanied by a tyre expert and 45 tyres that were for sale were chosen at random to be given a visual check (This check will not show any structural faults only obvious faults seen by eye). They commented that the results were both disappointing and frightening. None of the tyres had the 'Part worn' marking on them, making them illegal, although not a safety issue. Of the 45 tyres checked 20 were found to be dangerous, with the following faults:

4 still had objects penetrating the tyre.

4 had temporary repairs using string in the hole.

3 had patches over holes, but not the correct patch plugs as recommended by British standards.

3 had side wall damage with cuts still evident.

2 had structural damage that was visible.

1 was kinked and had a distorted bead.

1 the inner liner had seperated from the tread

1 had heavy cracks within the tread.

1 was still punctured.

The tyre expert commented that "These were serious faults that could have resulted in accidents or fatalities"

Part worn SPECIALISTS (And I use the term 'specialsts' loosely) will often tell their customers that they source their tyres from Germany, as the Germans have different laws to the UK ... I have heard two suggested laws

1. The Germans must change all their tyres if one has a puncture, so the other good tyres are thrown away!

2. When selling a car that has been used as a demonstrator, a garage must first change all the tyres, and put new ones on, then throw away the other good tyres.

This is utter rubbish, the Germans do not throw away perfectly good tyres, if anything they look after their safety more than us in the UK, they will insist on good quality tyres, will try to have all four tyres on a vehicle of the same make and tread pattern and they will often change tyres before they reach the legal limit.

The truth is that most part worn tyres come from tyres that are scrapped in the UK. Tyre dealers remove dangerous tyres that should not be repaired, and send them to recycling centres, these places sort out the ones they think they can 'fix' and sell them to part worn dealers. Some tyres come from cars that have been in accidents, there is no way of knowing what internal damage has occurred to that tyre.

Would you still buy part worn tyres if they were called 'Part safe tyres'? My customer was lucky, he saw the bulge, and decided that 'New' tyres were the way to go. How many other people are driving around on dangerous tyres? Why risk your life, buy new tyres, at least you can be assured of the quality you are getting.

Photo below was a cracked part worn tyre fitted to a car to help it pass its MOT!

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Don't rely on a cars technology

How often do you check your tyre pressures? Or are you one of these drivers that has some form of tyre pressure sensor in your car.

There are two basic types of pressure sensor, the most accurate is the TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring sensor), this is a sensor that is part of the valve, and is placed inside the wheel. The sensor usually sends a signal to the cars inbuilt monitor every few seconds informing it of the actual pressure within the tyre. Once the pressure drops below a set figure (3 ~5 psi) it sends out a warning which usually displays on the dashboard. The main problem with this type of sensor is that they rely on a battery which is sealed within the valve unit, once the battery expires, then the unit needs to be replaced.

We at Hometyre can replace these units for you at prices that beat most main dealers click here for more info.

The other type of sensor works through the ABS system. It measures the rolling resistance on each wheel and should a tyre deflate, it will measure the rotational drag and report this as a problem. This system is not as accurate as the valve system, as it tends to take a 10 psi drop before it flashes up a warning. The problem is that if the pressures drop slowly, the system doesn't often pick it up, or if two tyres are punctured at the same time, it will not show.

This was evident on a mini I was called out too last week, both rear wheels were badly corroded leading to slow air leaks, the system didn't realise that both rear tyres had deflated (especially as they were Runflat tyres) and the owner drove on them damaging both tyres. He had relied totally on the system to warn him that his pressures were low, and never actually checked his tyres himself. The result was that he had to have two new expensive runflat tyres.

TPMS sensor valve Photo shows a TPMS unit inside the wheel.

 

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