Audi A6 required Continental sport contact 3 tyres
Had a job today in Goring fitting 4 Continental tyres to an Audi A6 this evening. Got to the job at 4:30pm, just as it started to get dark. Managed to fit two tyres in what was left of the daylight, but had to finish the other two in the dark. Luckily our Hometyre vans are equipped for the dark and have an LED light panel in the roof, allowing us to work at night.
So when you need tyres fitting after work, call Hometyre Sussex, I will come at a time that is convenient to you.
Conti sport contact 3 tyres for a Peugeot RCZ in Emsworth.
Lady customer hit a pothole on the way home yesterday, split the tyre on her Peugeot. She filled the tyre with tyre weld, and managed to limp the car home. Went on the internet and booked Hometyre to come to her home in Emsworth and replace the tyre. Continental Sport Contact 3, size 235 / 40 R19, sourced yesterday afternoon, delivered first thing this morning, and now the lady is back on the road. All it took her was a google search and a simple phone call. The easy way to change your tyres, call Hometyre.
Bridgestone Potenza RE070 225 / 45 R17 W tyres for a Subaru Impreza
My first job today was to fit these Bridgestone RE070 tyres to an Impreza WRX, These tyres were specifically designed by Bridgestone as Extreme performance summer tyres for the all wheel drive Subaru Impreza WRX STI and the Honda S2000 (Club Racer). This tyre features a high grip tread compound with an assymetric tread designed to combine traction with handling, the semi slick outboard shoulder enhances its responsiveness and increases lateral stiffness especially when cornering.
The customer had previously used a local garage in Worthing, but they had previously overtightened his wheel bolts, and damaged his locking wheel nut. In the end it cost him an additional £800 to have the suspension removed to get to the back of the wheels to drill the bolts out. This is one reason that we at Hometyre put your wheel bolts in by hand and torque them to the recommended settings.
Interestingly, my second job on a Vauxhall Corsa had a similar problem, where the previous tyre depot had gunned the bolts into the hub and had managed to sheer one bolt in half, leaving two threads to hold the bolt in place. I showed this to the customer and recommended having all of his bolts changed, as the chances are, that if they overtightened them that much, they will all have streached and could also sheer at any time.
When you want the job doing correctly call in Hometyre.
Continental makes self informing sensor valves
Continental have come up with a tyre pressure sensor that can inform the driver if a vehicles tyre pressures need to be adjusted to suit the load it is carrying and by how much. Previously a driver could only go by the information with the car showing a full or standard load setting. This new sensor can detect a weight change within a few hundred metres and will then advise the correct pressure accordingly. This feature could be particularly useful when loading up a family to set off on a holiday, for towing a boat or caravan etc. This feature will not only save fuel, but will also offer active assistance in the terms of vehicle safety. (A correctly inflated tyre offers better braking than over or under inflated tyres)
Pot hole tyre damage
I was called out to a Ford Focus car, it had hit a pothole and had split two tyres. This had happened the night before and the lady had to leave her car in a pub car park overnight, she then found Hometyre using her mobile phone and after a few phone calls arranged for her father to meet us awhile we replaced the tyres. She had tried putting tyre weld into the tyres, but being a split, it just run out.
The tyres were soon replaced
and I advised him that we should check the tracking as a pothole strike, will often put the tracking out of tolerance. The tracking irons were fitted and true enough the laser readings showed that one side was on an angle. The father was quite happy to wait an additional 30 mins, while I corrected the tracking to the manufacturers standards. There is an additional charge for this, but it is worth doing as the car will handle better and if the tracking hadn't been corrected, then the tyres would have worn badly on one side and needed changing far sooner than those on a correctly tracked car.
New tyres for a VW Passat
After going in for an MOT and getting an advisory notice on his tyres, I was asked to fit two new Pirelli P7's to this VW Passat in Havant, for a previous customer. He was at work, and appreciates how he can save time by having his tyres changed while he stays at work. He even paid for his tyres upfront, saving money as Hometyre have even better prices online.
Leaking air in winter tyre
This mornings first job in Chicester was to check a possible puncture in a winter tyre on a Kia Ceed.
After checking all round for the obvious nail or screw in the tyre and not finding anything, I turned my attention to the rim and valve. Using a puncture solution sprayed on the wheel, I eventually found a small split in the valve stem, causing a very slow leak. Once found the remedy is easy, we remove the tyre, replace the valve and refit the tyre, then rebalance the wheel and put it back on the car. Job done.
Slow punctures are annoying for the driver, but don't leave them - as if you drive on a flattish tyre, you run the risk of the tyre rubbing against the rim, which will damage it. Then you will need a new tyre, if you find one tyre keeps losing air, call us out to investigate and solve the problem, before it gets worse.
Audi A4 Cabriolet
One of my previous customers called today to have new tyres fitted to his Audi A4 in Billingshurst today.
He normally has premium tyres, but this time has opted for some medium brand tyres, saving himself around £150 on the pair. After fitting the tyres, I checked the other tyres to find them 18 psi below the recommended pressure. Like many drivers he doesn't check his pressures and leaves them for the garage when his car is serviced. The problem is that under inflated tyres give less grip, and will cause uneven tyre wear.
Wheel Balancing problem
Had a call from a customer in Worthing yesterday, he felt a bumpy / slight judder from the rear of his Nissan Skyline when driving at 40mph. He thought it could be a balancing problem on the front tyres.
i took the wheels off and soon found the problem, there was a slight bulge on the inside of one tyre. This is often caused by hitting a pothole or kerb and the inside structure of the tyre gets damaged causing the air pressure to push out in this weakened area. There is no fix for this other than replacing the tyre, plus it would be an MOT failure.
when you need new tyres or an honest opinion on their condition, go to www.hometyre.co.uk
Subaru Forrester in West Ashling
Called out to a previous customer in West Ashling, who had almost slid across the road and into a ditch, he had noticed his Subaru was a little twitchy on the corners for the last couple of weeks. But after this latest near miss, he decided to check his tyres and found that he was down to 2mm of tread on the fronts. He ordered new GT Radial Champiro's , which I fitted for him on Saturday afternoon.
It goes to show that just because your tyres are still legal (Legal limit is 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the tyre), it does not mean they will still work as well as they should. Generally once a tyre gets down to 3mm of tread, you will start to notice a difference in the handling and especially braking distances in the wet. The grooves in a tyre are needed to evacuate water between the road and the tyre when driving. If the grooves cannot evacuate enough water, then you will lose grip and can aquaplane.
For new tyres to keep you on the road, checkout the Hometyre web site. If you don't see the tyres you would like, call us, as we have other wholesalers across the country, and we will check them for you. (Most tyres can be obtained within a day.)
Not all flat tyres are caused by a puncture
This morning we had an urgent call from a lady in Worthing who needed a puncture repaired as soon as possible, either that or a new Pirelli P7 fitting if it was unrepairable. I was able to get to her within 20 mins of her call, to find this Jaguar with a flat tyre. We took a new tyre as a back up, but it was not required as upon inspection, it turned out that the tyre had a valve that was leaking at the rim causing it to go flat overnight. I soon had the wheel off, stripped down and cleaned up, sealer was added around the rim and valve area, before a new valve was fitted and the tyre replaced. It was then electronically balanced, before being cleaned and fitted back on the car.
The customer was happy, as she had saved the cost of a new tyre, and she was soon back on the road. So if you need new tyres, puncture repairs, locking wheel nut removals or a wheel alignment give us a call at Hometyre, were here to help.
How's that for a Punctured Tyre?
I was asked to check this tyre for a possible puncture in Brighton, as the owner could hear a knocking sound as the wheel went round.
It turned out to be a screw that was so long it was hitting the alloy wheel in the centre.
Even a puncture caused by a screw this size could have been repaired if it had been within the central 3/4 of the tread area.
As it was this screw was too close to the shoulder of the tyre and was unrepairable.
A replacement Dunlop SportMaxx soon had this Audi A4 owner back on the road though!
Fiat 500 with new tyres
Called out to this Fiat 500 to fit 3 new tyres, his wife had recommended Hometyre after using us last year. This job was carried out at his place of work while he continued with his job. I don't know who had previously worked on the car, but the wheel nuts were greatly over tightened, and I had to use a 3ft bar to release them. After fitting the 3 tyres, the wheels were put back on using a torque wrench set at the correct torque. I then checked the other tyre and pumped it up to the correct pressure.
BMW 3 series, having 225 / 50 R16
This BMW in Middleton required two tyres, this is a regular customer who likes both the price and work that is carried out by Hometyre. This shows that Hometyre has loyal customers who appreciate what we do for them. This time the customer has gone for Nexen 'N Blue' tyres as she does not do a lot of driving and last year the 'N Blue' tyres won a European tyre award.
Michelin Primacy fitted to a Mini Cooper
Called out to a Mini Cooper in Chichester today with a flat tyre, where it had been driven flat and had split the side wall. The original problem had been caused by
a screw in the tyre, which would have been repairable if it had been found in time.
I replaced the damaged tyre with a new Michelin Primacy 205/55R17 95V. The customer said that he was impressed with Hometyre for getting a tyre within a few hours, as the last time he needed a new tyre and went to one of the fast fit tyre depots, they took 4 days to get him a tyre.
Why go to a tyre depot, when with one phone call you can get Hometyre to carry out a Mobile tyre change at a place that is convenient for you.
Broken locking wheel nut
I have just been taking a troll through twitter to see posts on locking wheel nuts. It is amazing at how many people post that the garage / tyre depot they use has damaged their locking wheel nut, and put the broken bits back in the box for them to find at a later date.
Should this happen to you and the outlet refuses to help / replace the part, then give us a call at Hometyre. We have specialist equipment to remove locking wheel nuts without damaging your wheels.
Talking to my customers they have been quoted between £115 and £400 to have a garage remove the lock nuts. You can buy a cheap removal tool from the likes of Halfords, but these tend to only work on soft steel lock nuts. If yours are chromed, hardened or have the revolving collars, then save your money as these cheap removers will not work. Plus if you damage the lock nut too much, then even our tool might not work as there will be little for it to work with.
If you have the Macguard nuts (Ones with a flower / clover leaf type pattern then we can remove them, as well as the domed locknuts found on some Jaguars and Landrovers.
Hometyrer Sussex, covers most areas from Portsmouth through to Brighton and up as far a Gatwick. If you are just out of area, give us a call, as we may be in your general area on another job, and it wont' be too far to get to you.
Are you in need of new tyres? Then take a look at the Hometyre website - you can input your tyre size to be presented with a list of tyres and their prices. We show tyres in 3 general categories, Budget, Mid-Range and Premium, Just because a tyre is in the budget area it does not mean it is no good in braking / cornering etc. Against each tyre there is a 'More Info' link which will show the new EU label, this label gives 3 indications: Wet braking, Fuel Economy and road noise. You will find that some budget tyres offer just as good characteristicts as their more expensive cousins.
At Hometyre our budget tyres are quite often classed as Mid range by some tyre dealers, as they have cheaper Chinese tyres. We don't tend to sell these very cheap tyres as they offer little in the way of grip and are not really suitable to UK roads and weather conditions.
So if you want decent tyres at competative prices, check out the Hometyre website. All fitted with a free mobile service .
Buying a used vehicle, check the tyres!
Are you considering buying a second hand vehicle? Most people will take one for a test drive and check inside the engine bay, but how many actually check the tyres? Considering that on some vehicles tyres can cost upwards of £200 each, then you could be setting yourself up for a hefty bill if you haven't checked the tyres first. Or you could use worn/damaged tyres as a bargaining point to get a reduction in the price.
I was called out to a Chrysler today where the customer had recently bought it, and this week one of the tyres went flat. He was hoping for a puncture repair, but once I took the tyre off, we could see damage to the sidewall making it irrepairable. I then checked the DOT code (Date) and saw that the tyre was 12 years old. Upon checking the other tyres on the car, it was soon seen that 3 were 12 years old (One had been replaced last year). All 3 of the old tyres showed signs of cracking on the sidewalls and within the tread. The customer decided to have all 3 replaced as they were dangerous.
Had he checked those tyres when viewing the car, he could have saved himself some money, as all defects were easy to see. For help and advice on how to check tyres take a look here
Ripped off by Part Worn Tyre Company
Had two customers who had bought part worn tyres. Both went out to their cars the next day to find them flat and they called Hometyre out to check them as they were stuck at home and needed a Mobile tyre service. Both originally thought the tyres were repairable, but...
The Audi A3 had a large patch on the side wall which was leaking. Side wall minor repairs are against British standards and once I showed the repair to the customer he opted for a new tyre. As he said, he often carries his wife and children in the car and they cover a lot of motorway driving so he would rather be safe, than have a dodgy repair.
The other, a Vauxhall Astra had air leaking from various places around the sidewall, when I took the tyre off the rim and looked inside there were bad scuff marks and damage around the inside. Yet there was no rubber granules inside the tyre, making me realise the damage had been done prior to the tyre being fitted as it had been cleaned out. This was the worse of the two as the sidewall could have blown at anytime. Again the customer wanted a new tyre and vowed never to buy part worns again. (She though she was saving money, but didn't realise she was putting her life at risk).
Then finally I checked the tyres, neither had 'part worn' written on it, making them illegal, to sell from a retail outlet in the UK.
This is the reason we would never recommend having part worn tyres fitted. Would customers have bought them, if they had been marked 'part safe'?
For new tyres at competative prices, trust Hometyre.
Should UK drivers fit winter tyres
So what are winter tyres, and should you be considering them?
Put simply, winter tyres are designed to work at temperatures below seven degrees centigrade. Contrary to the perception of many Brits, they are not snow tyres – although they will still be far better in the snow than summer tyres.
Winter tyres have two key attributes:
are made from a compound which stays supple at lower temperatures. Below seven degrees, summer tyres become hard
and brittle, which can lead to a reduction in grip as they slip over the road
surface. Winter tyres remain supple and key into the grain of the road surface,
giving them more grip.
2. Winter tyres have a different tread pattern, allowing them to clear more water from their surface and bite into snow and ice more effectively. The surface is covered in as many as ten times the number of sipes – the cuts in the rubber – as a summer tyre.
Winter tyres always need to be fitted to all four wheels, not just the driven wheels. The effect on vehicle handling and braking can be life-saving. According to Michelin, the stopping distance from 31mph on snow is 63 metres in a car fitted with summer tyres, and 32 metres in an identical car with winter tyres fitted.
In Belgium and Holland – European countries with a similar climate to the UK – between 31 and 34 per cent of vehicles were fitted with winter tyres in the colder months last year, compared with just 3.1 per cent in the UK.
Auto Trader’s senior road tester, Andy Goodwin, fitted a set of winter tyres to his VW Golf this year and shares his thoughts:
“ When I noticed the front tyres were almost due for replacement in September, I decided to take the plunge and buy a set of Michelin Alpin A4 winter tyres. These had come top in the customer reviews I had read, and seemed to have the best combination of performance and longevity that I wanted.
“Since fitting the tyres, my confidence in the car has increased. Its grip and stopping power is now so good in the wet and cold, I can be reassured that if the worst should happen, I could brake or swerve, while still in complete control of the car.
“A surprise side effect is that ride comfort has improved too, and while I was expecting a reduction in fuel economy after fitting winter tyres, this has not been the case.
“While it can seem like a lot of money to spend, I plan to use these tyres for as many winters as I can until they need replacing, and because this will help my summer tyres last much longer too, the cost will balance out in the long run. If you have a company car, you may be able to ask your fleet manager to fit winter tyres to your car for no cost, and as this will improve your safety on the road, it could even save your business money in accident repairs and insurance claims.
“After experiencing the benefits of winter tyres both on the road and in a testing environment, I believe most British drivers would be shocked if they felt the difference.”
Here at Hometyre Sussex we have fitted winter tyres to our service vehicles, this will not only keep us on the road serving customers throughout the winter, but will also benefit the safety of our technicians. Take a look at our website for on-line tyre prices, the snowflake symbol denotes winter tyres.
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