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Can You Replace Runflats with Normal Tyres?

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We're regularly asked by customers if they can safely change their Runflat tyres for conventional tyres....

This is most commonly down to one of two reasons:

  • The ride is harsh, hard and unforgiving or;
  • The Run Flat tyres are considerably more expensive.

The answer is (mostly*) yes you can. But.... there are a few points to consider:

1. Your vehicle will handle quite differently between the two different types of tyres and it would be highly recommended to replace as a complete set - but certainly an axle pair at the minimum.

2. You do not have a spare tyre! If you have Run Flat tyres fitted they are designed to provide extended mobility in order to travel to a place of safety or a location to replace etc.
So..... if you fit 'normal' tyres and suffer a flat tyre, basically you're stuck! Runflat



This leaves you with a few options:
  • Carry a can of tyre repair foam and a mini compressor and hope that this temporarily seals the problem.
  • Buy a spare (don't forget the tools and jack etc too) to keep in the boot (if space allows).
  • Call out a mobile service or recovery!

3. *If your vehicle is under warranty with the manufacturer still, there could be a risk to certain things being honoured. It's worth a 'phone call to them before making any changes to original specification.

4. When selling your vehicle, you should really inform the new owner of the change to the specification!

And the other way?

Just in case you're wondering if you can retro fit Run Flat Tyres to a car that didn't originally have them fitted - or as an option... it's an emphatic NO!
The wheel that supports a Run Flat tyre is quite different from a 'normal' wheel. It has ridges to 'lock' the Run Flat Tyre in place. You'd also need a fully functioning TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) to support it too!

In Summary

The choice is mostly yours to make. There are clearly pros and cons each way. We're happy to equip as you prefer but we'll always run you through the considerations and may well advise towards a particular type if it seems appropriate and sensible to do so. The technology is impressive and if you ever need to utilise it, we're sure you'll be grateful it was at your disposal.

Whatever your choice, we've got the tyres to suit your style and budget! Click HERE to order online, or call today on 03334445454

 

Tyre blow outs and what you should do.

If you have never had a tyre blow out, you are either very lucky or someone who gnerally looks after your tyres.

Blow outs can be caused by a number of reasons: under inflation is one of the most common reasons. when the tyre is underinflated the tyre bulges outside the rim on either side with the weight of the car pushing down at the same time. This causes friction which causes heat to build up in the tyre causing ripples and eventually the tyre will burst. or if the tyre is too flat the rim will cut through the sidewall and burst. Another reason can be that the tyre has become so worn that it wears right through the chords and wire mesh , eventually bursting. (Can be caused by tracking and or suspension problems). Both of these problems are down to poor tyre maintenence, i.e not checking your pressures regularly ( at least once a month) and not checking your tyre wear, many drivers only take a quick glance at the side of their tyres... ideally they should get down on their hands and knees and check the inside edge as well.

If you have a blow out what should you do?

If you have a blow out on a front tyre, you need to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and attempt to keep the car going in a straight stable line. If possible avoid hitting the brakes too hard as this can help in causing the car to swerve to one side as the blown tyre can exaggerate the pull in one direction. Try to lose speed slowly almost under its own and move across any lanes onto a hard shoulder. Should a rear tyre blow the car will tend to weave across the road, again let the car slow down naturally if possible. You can use the brakes in the event of a rear wheel blow out, as this puts more weight onto the front tyres, taking pressure off the rear.

What to do after a blow out!

Assuming you have made it to the hard shoulder , put on your hazzard warning lights and exit the car on the inside(Passenger side), if possible move further to the side and behind any crash barrier.

If you can fit a spare wheel yourself, then do so, making sure you put a warning triangle approx. 100 yards back from the vehice, and if possible have someone keep a lookout up the road for you. If you can't change the wheel yourself or don't have a spare, then call a breakdown service, they will transport you to the nearest place of safety or to a local garage where you can get a new tyre fitted. Should you be lucky enough to be transported back home, then give us a call at Hometyre, and we will come out to you with a replacement tyre.

Wires showing through the tyre

 

Queen inspires new video

Tyresafe the UK's independant tyre organisation have made a video parody of the Queen hit ' Under Pressure' to make people aware of the importance of checking their tyre pressures. see link www.tyresafe.org/media-centre/multimedia/videos/515-check-your-pressure-video they use lyrics such as "Ch-ch-ch-ch-check your pressure, at least once a month, ch-ch-ch-ch-check you pressure, its not hard to do" The video stars some of the tyresafe employees and campaign volunteers, singing and dancing with tyres and equipment. all the time bashing out safety messages such as "Under inflated tyres affect your handling and grip". All of this is in advance of the main tyresafe 'Tyre safety Month' campaign which starts in October.

Under or over pressure tyres give less grip on the road, this is especially noticeable when braking and cornering in the wet. Wear on under inflated tyres is often seen on both shoulders of the tyre, while over inflation wears out the centre of the tyre. You should check your tyre pressures at least once a month. The recommended pressures are often listed on a label inside the door opening area of your vehicle or on the inside of the fuel filler lid. Should you find uneven wear on one side, this can be a sign of a tracking problem. For help and advice with your tyres go to www.hometyre.co.uk or give one of our agents a call on 0333 444 5454 (Mobile friendly number)

Tyre tracking off

 

MOT's for Caravans

The EU has stated that they would like to see MOT style testing for caravans. This will be debated in the European parliament this Autumn. UK ministers have been quick to defend the caravanning industry as a whole, with Derek Clark UKIP MEP saying"It is the EU again going right over the top with petty rules and regulations. It is totally unnecessary. Caravanners as a whole are very sensible and caring people. They are not going to risk their holiday, still less their lives with a dodgy caravan".

The caravan club which has around 375,000 members across the UK, argues that families towing and staying in caravan, often with young children, are more likely to have their caravan serviced regularly to ensure it is safe. The Caravan club actively supports and encourages measures designed to improve road safety, but has seen no EU evidence that MOT-style testing on caravans will do so. They issued a statement saying "Caravanning is inherently very safe, with extremely low levels of reported accidents, and the overwhelming majority of accidents which do occur are caused by factors such as poor loading, causing instability and driver behaviour, not by factors that would be mitigated by road worthiness testing"

We at Hometyre Sussex, get regular work from Carvanners seeking to change their tyres before they go on the road. Most of them know more about their caravan tyres than many customers do about their car tyres. Most caravanners regularly inspect their tyres for cracks and bulges and check the pressures before a trip.

Having posted this blog two weeks ago, I was called out to a Caravan last week, where the tyres were dated 1989 (24 years old) and it is used regularly.  There were small cracks on the outside walls of the tyre and larger splits within the tread. I asked the owner where he gets it serviced, and it turns out he does his own servicing as he is an Engineer.  He knows that he is supposed to change the tyres every 5 years, but thought they were OK!  Very worrying if this type of caravaner is on the road. It is not only himself and his passengers who he is putting at risk but also other road users. I mentioned MOT's for Caravans to him, he said that if they do come in he hopes that they are cheaper than those for a car, but also felt that they would be difficult to monitor, as a caravan does not have a registration plate. He also couldn't understand why an MOT would be necessary as he checks his brakes regularly. Pity he didn't check his tyres.  Makes me wonder about the gas in his caravan.

Caravan_8

 

Tyre safety messages on motorways.

Due to a number of tyre related incidents on UK roads the highway agency has decided to make use of overhead message boards to promote the importance of tyre safety.

There were 2500 breakdowns on UK roads that were caused by poorly maintained tyres in the months of May and June this year. These incidents have a huge impact on traffic flow, as they cause lane closures, delays and collisions. 'SAFE TYRES SAVE LIVES' is the message that will be displayed on overhead motorway gantries, to reminding motorists to check their tyres for tread depth and pressure before the start of a journey.

Stuart Jackson of TyreSafe said "The new message signs are a great reminder to drivers about the four small pieces of rubber that are responsible for them being able to brake or corner and arrive at their destination safely"

This is backed up by a recent survey carried out by Continental tyres in conjunction with fuel retailer ,Maxol. The survey covered tyre tread depth, and tyre pressures. one in six cars were found to be driving on tyres that were below the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

Tome Dennigan of continental tyres commented "It was shocking to see that one in six cars surveyed were driving on dangerous and illegal tyres. We know that in the current economic climate, motorists have been cutting back on their motoring expenses and some may have been tempted to push their tyres to the limit. however, as your only contact with the road, tyres are such a critical element of your car's overall performance, so our advice is don't gamble with your family's safety by neglecting your tyres"

Continental recommends that optimum time to replace your tyres is when they reach 3mm. Independant tests verify this, as they show that once a tyres tread depth drops below 3mm, the tyres performance drops off sharply.

In relation to tyre pressures, 53% of the cars tested were found to be incorrect. Incorrect pressures can affect your vehicle's handling, overall safety, fuel consumption ride comfort and tyre wear.

For help with your tyres, and any replacements, call hometyre on 08007839310

Driving through Portsmouth last week I saw an overhead gantry sign, that mentioned checking tyre pressures.

motorway_sign

 

Little known tyre facts.

Many people do not know much about the tyres on their cars other than they are round black thingsnand they keep you on the road. The only time they take any interest is when they get a flat on the side of the road, or they fail their MOT. A recent survey showed tha 40% of drivers do not know how to check a tyres tread depth, and another 70% did not know that the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm in the UK. Well here are some other facts:

1. In Formula One, there is only one supplier, currently this is Pirelli, there has been much said about the tyres in recent weeks, and Pirelli has had to produce a tyre that is deemed more safe. It is regularly stated that pit crews can change a tyre in under 3 seconds..... this is not true, they change a complete wheel and tyre in under 3 seconds. The actual tyre change happens back in their main workshops and can take longer that a normal tyre change on a road car, as they have to check each tyre for compression and balance them for similarity before fitting.

2. Some roads since the 1960's have been produced with a mixture of asphalt and recycled tyres, these are quieter by up to 20%. The World Health Organisation found that chronic traffic noise causes at least one in every fifty heart attacks.

3. Since December 2012, it has become obligatory for all tyres produced and sold in Europe to have a EU rating label. This is similar to energy efficiency labels found on household appliances. The label shows 3 points... Wet braking, fuel efficiency and road noise. On the Hometyre website you can view the label information when you click 'more info' on a tyre.

4. It is illegal to store waste tyres in landfill sites. In Europe, since 2006 the EU has made it illegal for either shredded or whole tyres to be left to rot in a dump. Hometyre arrange for all their waste tyres to be recycled responsibly. We even have to have a licence from the environmental agency to carry waste tyres.

5. Many safety features in road tyres come from Formula one. The shape and construction of the carcass come from this sport. Tyres have to stand up to not just going round, they also twist and turn as well as withstanding the strains in braking and accelerating.

6. When choosing new tyres, as well as the actual tyre size, there is also a speed rating, this is denoted by a letter such as H,T,V,W,Y,Z . You can fir a higher rated tyre to your vehicle, but should not fit a lower rated tyre. Your insurance company would regard this as a change in specification, and should you have a 'bump' that is tyre related, they may not pay out!

7. Even runflat tyres need air in them. I was asked by a lady this week if it was necessary to put air in her tyres as they were Runflats. She thought that they never had to be pumped up and you just drove them till they were flat, or the tread was gone. Maybe tyre information an how to check a tyre should be part of the driving test.

Tyre label UK tyre law Jenson Button & Mikke Hakkenen with Hometyre Flat tyre

 

Buying a car with a new MOT?

If you are in the market for a new car and a seller offers you a car with a new MOT, I would still suggest you check the tyres.

Last week I was called out to a Saab 9-3, the owner had just bought it a week previously, and realised that both rear tyres were right on the legal limit. He called out Hometyre Sussex to replace the tyres at his home in Shoreham. When he checked the MOT sheet, they had not even been called up as an advisory for a change. After changing the two rear tyres, I checked the fronts. One was relatively new being from 2011, the other was from 2005 and had small age related cracks all over it, plus one large crack that was right through to the chords. This was not only dangerous but should have been an MOT failure. The owner contacted the garage that sold him the car to complain, but they told him that the tyres were OK last week.

Looking at the cracks in the tyre, I don't personally believe that these just opened up within the last week. It goes to show, that an MOT is only as good as the mechanic checking the vehicle.

As it was we were able to source a third tyre for the customer, and soon had him safely back on the road.

Split tyre by Hometyre sussex How can this tyre pass an MOT?

 

How old are your tyres?

The rubber in tyres deteriorates with age, so new tyres that give plenty of grip will harden over time reducing your grip on the road. This is especially noticeable in the cold and wet.  We would recommend changing any tyres that are 8 to 10 years old, on caravans and horse boxes this can be reduced to 5 to 7 years, as the tyres don't move so often.

Here in the UK we do not have many laws when it comes to using old tyres as long as they have the required tread depth (1.6mm over 3/4 of the tyre and around the whole circumference), have no splits over 10mm and have no chords showing. 

In some countries it is against the law to fit part worn tyres, or even new tyres that are more than 2 years old.

To check the age of your tyres, you need to read the DOT code on the sidewall, this is a 4 figure number that gives the week number and year of manufacture. I.e. 4009 = week 40 in 2009.

Recently I was asked to check the tyres for a gentleman who had been told by his Mercedes dealer that his tyres were 6 years old and needed changing. I checked the dates and they were 3811, so they were less than 2 years old, I advised him that his tyres were safe to continue driving on. Saving him a considerable amount of money.

 

Caravan tyres need checking before you venture onto the roads

How many caravan and Motorhome owners check their tyres before they hitch up and go out on the road? Not too many as far as I see, most rely on their service engineer to tell them when the tyres need changing. Which means that the tyres are only getting checked once a year.

I was called out to a caravan last week where the service engineer had suggested that the tyres needed changing, the owner asked for my second opinion as he thought the tyres were fine. I soon pointed out cracks all around the sidewalls that he had not seen, as well as cracks within the tread area. New tyres were soon fitted and he was ready to go on his holiday. If the owners do check their tyres, then it is often a last minute check as they are loading the caravan ready for their holiday. Yesterday I had such a call, the service engineer had reported a tyre problem and recommended new tyres 2 months ago, then yesterday as the caravan was being loaded, the owner realised that one tyre was now flat. One phone call to Hometyre Sussex at 4pm, to ask could we do anything to help as they are leaving on a holiday the next morning. Luckily, I was able to source tyres and get to them that night, allowing them to carry on and enjoy their holiday.

This is not always the case, as Caravans and especially Motorhomes can have some odd size tyres that are not readily available. 

Please take the time to check your Caravan and Motorhome tyres a week before your holiday, or if a service engineer recommends a tyre change, then listen to them. These recreational vehicles are used infrequently, so the tyres stand for long period without moving. The rubber deteriorates and cracks can soon appear. This is for your safety and the safety of other road users.  If you have ever seen a caravan that has had a blow out on a motorway and tipped over - the resulting damage is considerable, yet alone the cost.

The caravan club recommend changing your tyres every 3 to 5 years if the tyre pressures are over 50 psi regardless of the tread depth, and change them every 5 to 7 years if under 50 psi.

You should also consider Tyron bands as an additional safety feature, they will not stop a blowout, but they could keep the remnants of the tyre on the wheel and allow you to continue driving to a place of safety.  For more information on Tyron bands click here

Cracks on the tyres sidewall found by Hometyre Sussex Hometyre Sussex fitting Caravan tyres

 

4 tyres on an MG BGT in Storrington

Today's customer has a nice old MG BGT, yesterday he decided to clean the wire wheels and when he got close he noticed that his tyres had small splits in the sidewalls. He checked the date on the the sidewall to find they were 16 year old tyres.

He phoned the Hometyre sales team and arranged for 4 new Federal tyres to be fitted with new inner tubes. He also checked the specifications of the car, and found that the tyres fitted were the wrong size (185/R14's). So with our help we sourced the correct size for him. (165/R14's).

I arrived this morning and after a quick chat with the owner, I got on and changed the tyres. With this type of vehicle and these wheels there is only one central spinning nut to hold the wheel on. This has to be removed and replaced with the help of a soft metal mallet. To keep the chrome wheels looking nice, I also did static balancing, where you hide the balance weights on the inside edge of the wheel.

These old cars also run on very low tyre pressures with the fronts being set at 21 psi and the rears at 26 psi. We also checked the spare, to find it was also an old tyre, so I will be going back next week to change that tyre as well.

Should you have an old or modern car, we at Hometyre can source and fit the correct tyres for you, either check out our website, or give us a call, we are pleased to help.

MG BGT, 4 tyres on wire wheels

 

Have you seen our online tyre prices? Compare us to the fast fit depots.

Hometyre Sussex has many regular customers, but not all of you know that we revamped our website and included tyre prices. This means that you can not only check and compare our great prices on line, but you can also book your tyres plus a place and time of fitting at the same time. While on line you can also pay using our secure Sagepay system, this mean that when we turn up in our Silver Hometyre service vehicle all you have to do is hand over the keys and leave us to get on with the job.

On the new website, all you do is enter your Postcode and tyre size, this will then give you a list of available tyres and prices (Don't forget our prices include free mobile fitting, wheel balancing, a replacement rubber valve, old tyre disposal and vat. No hidden extras).

Should you not see the tyre you require, or if you would still like more information, then give us a call on the Mobile friendly number 0333 444 5454, and our dedicated sales staff will advise you as to other options.

Hometyre Sussex changing tyres on a Ford Fiesta

 

Preparing for a driving holiday this summer?

Summer is here at last, and schools will be breaking up in the next week or so. Many families are starting to get ready for their annual holiday.

One of the checks you should be making is your car tyres, this is an area of the car that is often overlooked until it is too late. Tyres can be one of the most important parts of your car when it comes to safety, if you think about it, on an average sized saloon car, the only part that is holding you on the road, it the tread in contact with the road, and this is an area approximately the size of a postcard.

This small area, has to do all your braking, steering and help your suspension over varying road surfaces and conditions. Yet according to statistics, we the British public are one of the worst in Europe when it comes to making sure our tyres are fit for the road, we will often leave the job to the mechanic who checks the car when it goes in for its annual MOT. I reguarly see tyres that have worn way past the legal tread depth, or worse still are already through to the canvas and wire inside. It can be a 3 point penalty on your licence for each defective tyre on your vehice, plus a hefty fine.

Checking your tyres does not take that long, the fronts are the easiest, as you can turn your steering to full lock and check the entire width of the tyre. The legal depth is 1.6mm over 3/4 of the tyre and around its full circumference. To help check the depth, tyre manufacturers put small wear bars around the tyre in the main grooves, these are set at aprox. 2mm, which when your tread is level with these wear bars, that is the ideal time to change your tyres.

To check the rear tyres, you should really get down on all fours, and take a look underneath the car, as they can seem fine from the outside, but the inner edge can often wear away. (For more info take a look at this web page, here ).

Also check your tyre pressures and set them to the correct pressure as quoted in your manual (Sometimes a sticker with the pressures can be found inside the door jamb, or inside the fuel filler lid).

Over or under inflated tyres means that less of the tyre is in contact with the road, reducing grip, and increasing braking distances. So before you head out onto the roads that summer, give your tyres a quick 10 minute check.

Should you find you need new tyres or if you have any questions, give us a cal at Hometyre, we are happy to help,tyres can often be sourced and fitted the same day if necessary.

Wear bars marked by arrows

No Tread left on this tyre Wear bars on a tyre

No tread left on this tyre

 

Wheel nut removal

One of today's customers was a man visiting his parents in Sussex, he had travelled from Devon in his Mazda RX8 and had a puncture on the way, he didn't realise until too late and drove on the tyre until the tyre split. He called us out to replace his tyre, but realised that he had left the locking wheel nut removal socket at his home, in a bag with his cars manual.

He had McGard locknuts and asked us to remove them before being able to replace the tyre. Luckily we at Hometyre Sussex carry a specialist locking wheelnut removal tool that can remove all types of locking wheel nut without causing any damage to the alloy wheels. Once removed I was able to fit his new tyre allowing him to drive back home.

This goes to show that you should always keep your locking wheel nut socket in your vehicle as it is no use at home when you have a flat tyre.

Should you find yourself without your socket or if it gets damaged, then don't panic, call us at Hometyre to see if we have a van near you that can get you back on the road as soon as possible. Some garages can charge by the hour, with some of my customers being quoted up to £400.

So far this year I have managed to remove all the locknuts I have been called out too.

Mazda RX8 lock nut removal plus tyre change.

 

Tyron bands fitted badly

One of todays jobs at the HoneyBridge caravan park was to fit two caravan tyres to a caravan that has had tyron bands fitted previously. The owner of the caravan didn't realize his tyres needed changing, it was his service engineer that pointed out the sidewall cracks to him (Visiable in the photo), and when I checked them I found they were 8 years old.

I broke the seal on the tyres to get at the Tyron bands so I could remove them, to find that they had been fitted upside down by some previous fitter. See the photo, I have circled the arrow, this is supposed to point to the inside of the wheel, not the outside as fitted here. This only goes to show, you should have tyres and tyron bands fitted by professional fitters who have been properly trained as to how to fit them correctly. We at Hometyre Sussex have been to the Tyron UK headquarters to have additional training in the installation of all of their products, so if you want the job doing properly, call us at Hometyre.

Back to the badly fitted tyrons, I was able to remove the tyron bands, fit new tyres and refit the tyron bands correctly, for one very pleased customer. But this does pose a question, most caravan insurance companies give a discount to owners who have tyron bands installed. If these have been installed incorrectly, and you have a blowout, the tyron band does not do its job properly and your caravan tips over, would the insurance company payout?

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Check the inside edge of your tyres

Yesterday I was called out to a Mercedes S Class, where the owner thought he had a slow puncture that could be repaired. As usual we ask for the tyre size and we bring along a spare tyre just in case the original tyre is not repairable. This was one of those cases where the spare tyre was necessary, as the puncture turned out to be a split on the inside edge where the tyre had worn through to the chords and wires. I fitted the new tyre, then also checked the inside of the other front tyre, to find it had also worn through to the chords and would also need replacing. This also points to the fact that the tracking on the vehicle may be out. Hanging the tracking gauges on the wheels soon proved this to be right and I showed the figures to the customer who then agreed to me adjusting the tracking to get the vehicle lined up and running correctly. The actual figures were -10mm, according to the vehicle manufacturers data it should have been +1.7mm. This car had been to country wide fast fit centre recently to have a service, and the owner had asked them to check all the tyres and tracking, yet they had not seen this ?

This goes to show that not all flat tyres are the fault of a puncture caused by a screw or nail in the tyre. Plus as a driver you should get down on your hands and knees occasionally to check the inside edge of your tyres (front & rear).

If you do find a flat tyre, or should you see exposed chords on your tyres, give us a call at Hometyre, we will come out and either repair or replace your tyres as required.

Split

 

Landrover Discovery tyre replacement

One of todays jobs was to replace a tyre on a Landrover Discovery. The owner had realised that one tyre kept losing air, and it was getting worse. There was a small split on the outside edge of the tyre where his wife had hit a kerb and he thought that was the problem.

Once I had removed the wheel it was easy to see thet the actual problem was a screw stuck in the inside shoulder of the tyre. Had the screw been in the central area of the tyre tread, then I could have made a puncture repair, but the sidewalls and shoulders are an area we are not allowed to repair under British standards. So a new Pirelli Scorpion Zero tyre was required. All of this work was carried out at his home while he carried on working.

One thing to point out though when considering a single tyre replacement on a 4x4 vehicle is the tread depth difference on the other tyre on the same axle. If there is more than 4mm difference in the tread depth, then you should change both tyres, otherwise the vehicle will 'think' that one wheel is slipping and will constantly put more power on the other wheel, causing damage to your differential.

For more information on 4x4 tyres and what Hometyre has to offer take a look on the 4x4 page

4x4 tyres fitted by Hometyre Sussex

 

Ford Galaxy locking wheelnut removal

One of the jobs today was to remove the locking wheelnuts on a Ford Galaxy in Brighton. The owner had two tyres replaced last month, so the adaptor key was available then. Today she had a blowout, and when going to put the spare on, found the adaptor was missing. Always check that any garage or tyre depot has replaced your lock nut adaptor if it has been used. (Also make sure they haven't damaged it using power tools)

She called Hometyre to come out and remove the nuts plus fit a new tyre. Our specialist tool soon had the locknuts off, the new tyre was fitted and she was mobile again.

If you have a locking wheel nut problem, give us a call at Hometyre as we can remove all types of lock nut, including the McGard nuts and the hardened nuts with revolving collars, the new spinning nuts fitted to Fords & Volvos, as well as the domed Jaguar and Landrover nuts, all without damaging your alloy wheels.

Do not try the cheap removers sold in auto accessory shops as these only work on a small percentage of soft nuts. In most cases you will just be wasting your time and money. Also if you damage the head of the lock nut too much then even our tool may not be able to work. Leaving the very costly option of cutting the wheel off.

Lock nuts removed by Hometyre Sussex

 

American Corvette tyres

One of today's jobs was to fit tyres to an old American Corvette. The customer had hit a kerb and damaged one tyre, so decided to have both fronts changed at the same time. Luckily when I checked the old tyres they were 12 years old, and were showing signs of deterioration - Cracks within the tread area plus some small cracks on the side walls, even though there was still around 4mm of tread left.

 Being of the age it was, the tyres look big, but are actually only 15" rims (245/60R15).  The customer particularly wanted Hercules tyres with the white writing on the outside. This is a regular customer who trusts Hometyre and has called us on his many vehicles. From and old Volkswagen Beetle to a modern Ford Mondeo.

You will not find tyres like this on our website, but they are still available through us, all you have to do is phone us and let us know what you require. We have around 5 local wholesalers as well as another 3 or 4 across the country, so there is always the chance we can get you a specific tyre within a day or so.  Even getting a tyre from the other end of the country does not cost a fortune with the couriers we use, and we can generally still beat most local tyre depots on price, and delivery.  Also when you buy a tyre from Hometyre all the additional small costs are included (Electronic balancing, Replacement rubber valve, old tyre disposal and Vat)

Inside the Hometyre van with a Corvette tyre

 

Replace your tyres every 5 years says Quintin Willson

Yesterday in the Sunday Mirror Quintin was responding to an emailed question from a reader. The reader asked "The tyres on my Vectra are nine years old. They've got plenty of tread left and look Ok but my garage says they need changing. Are they trying to rip me off?"

Quintin replied "No, your garage is giving good advice. Tyres degrade naturally because of heat, sunlight, rain & snow. You really should change them after five years as the rubber can perish invisibly and could cause a blowout. Those four rings of rubber are all that separate you from a serious crash, so spend money and be safe".

Almost all tyres have a year of manufacture date code stamped on the side wall. It is only one one side of the tyre and is called the DOT code. The date code can look like DOT WACT  K2C  0713, the date is the last 4 numbers in this case it is week 07 2013. (Feb 2013). If it is a 3 number date code like 097 it would mean the tyre was manufactured in Week 09 (Feb) 1997. For more info on tyres give us a call or take a look on the Hometyre website.

Recently I saw some tyres that were only 4 years old and they were already showing signs of cracking on both the sidewall and within the tread area, so jut because your tyres are relatively new, does not mean they can be disregarded. You need to check them on a regular basis.

Should you need new tyres, give us a call at Hometyre, we get our tyres direct from the wholesalers they are not old stock like some tyre depots.

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Peugeot 407 tyres

Today's customer was recommended by a friend who's caravan I had worked on last month. His friend had told him that he could save money on tyres, as well as saving time by having Hometyre come out to his home.

He needed two new tyres on his Peugeot 407 and has opted to have the new Maxxis Pro-R1 Sport tyres fitted. This vehicle is fitted with TPMS Valves, so we have to be careful not to damage them. The customer told me that the last tyre depot he went to damaged one sensor, and they replaced it with a used one that also now needs reprogramming to get it to work.

I advised him that he actually needs to replace the other sensor as it was showing really bad corrosion and the valve stem had corroded and would not come out. But for the moment he just wanted the tyres changing.Peugeot 407 having tyres fitted by Hometyre Sussex

 

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