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Budget Tyres, Puncture Repair, Front to Rear Swap and a TPMS Check for a Nissan Juke - all done during the COVID Lockdown.

This week I was booked to fit two budget tyres to the front of a Nissan Juke. The day before going. the customer called to say he had a puncture in one of his rear tyres. Because we never know what has caused the puncture or if there is any internal damage, we always bring an extra tyre with us just in-case it isn't repairable.

I turned up at the address and met up with the customer.  Due to the covid pandemic, we wear a mask and gloves, plus we sanitise the card payment machine between each job. Should you be isolating we can do a contactless fitting, with payment being taken over your phone.

The customer explained that he also wanted me to do a front to rear swap. ( Moving the half worn rear tyres to the front, with the new tyres ending up on the rear).

First off I decided to check out the punctured tyre, it took a while to find the problem, there was a small sliver of metal about the thickness of a needle stuck in the tread. Once found it was easy enough to carry out a repair using a plug patch. This is where we drill a 6mm hole through where the puncture was, we then rough up the inside area of the tyre around the hole and glue in a the plug patch which looks similar to a mushroom. The stem goes through the hole and the patch covers the inside, with the whole thing glued in place. Once repaired the tyre is fitted back on the rim, the wheel is balanced, then fitted back on the car. (On the front).

I then got on and changed the other two tyres, finally moving the other rear wheel to the front (Re-balancing it before fitting it).

Once complete I then checked all of the Tyre pressure sensors (TPMS) fitted inside each wheel rim using our diagnostic tool. This gives a readout of each sensor telling me the tyre pressure, temperature and battery condition.

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Ford Fiesta Lock Nut Removal in Worthing | Mobile Tyre Fitting West Sussex

We received a phone call from a customer in Worthing asking for a locknut removal on her Ford Fiesta. The car had a worn out tyre which she wanted replacing, she took it to a local tyre depot who were unable to remove the locknut as the removal tool kept slipping.

She then took the car to the local Ford dealership, they tried in their workshop to remove the locknut but gave up as it was too tight. Following her experience with Ford, she searched the internet and found Hometyre.

I arrived at the job and after talking with the owner I checked the type of locknut, this was a McGard (Like a flower pattern). We carry with us on our vans a selection of specialist tools, in this case I have a Dynomec tool, which when hammered in, deforms and replicates the original removal key.

The tool itself is attached to an impact driver which when hammered in tries to turn the nut to remove it, because this was massively over tightened it took around 20 minutes of hammering to loosen and remove the locknut.

Once completed, I was able to replace it with a normal wheel nut, complete a report on the vehicles tyres and take a debit card payment from the customer. 

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McGard type locking wheelnuts.

 

Jeep Renegade Tyres in Littlehampton

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We were called out to a Jeep Renagade with a flat tyre, the owner was hoping it was going to be a puncture repair and would be repairable. I asked if he had any idea as to why it had happened, to which he said that he had hit a brick step in his driveway. A quick examination showed a 2" split in the sidewall which is, unfortunately, not repairable.

Because we are a mobile service, we always try to bring a potential replacement tyre with us to each job so that we are prepared if necessary. In this case the customer told us in advance that he had Michelin tyres, so that is what we had on board.

The vehicle is also fitted with Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensors and I was a little worried that he may have damaged the sensor when hitting the step. We carry a TPMS diagnostic machine which checks the sensors. In this case it showed that the sensor was OK, I also checked all the other sensors as part of our service check on the vehicle.

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I was now able to replace the damaged tyre check and correct the pressures in all of the other tyres, before completing the job and taking a payment with our on board card payment reader. Finally we checked the customers email address and send a receipt to his email.

For more info on 4x4 tyres click here or for info on Tyre Pressure Sensors click here

 

Tyres for Tradespeople in West Sussex | Mobile Tyre Fitting

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A local builder called us at Hometyre as he needed two 255/60R18 tyres on his VW Amarok, he was working at an address in Storrington and wanted us to come to the work site. He had been recommended Hometyre by a fellow tradesperson who had mentioned we offered to the minute appointments so it was easy to fit us in around his busy work day!

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I arrived at the site and got on with the job of changing the two rear tyres, he then advised me that he also had a punctured tyre under the vehicle and the spare was fitted to the front.

Once the rear tyres were completed I took the punctured tyre out from under the vehicle. It turned out that a piece of flint had gone through the tyre damaging it beyond repair. Unfortunately because we didn't know about this before we arrived we did not have a replacement tyre with us. So we had to come back the next day, since the spare was a new tyre it was decided to get the same make, fit it to the punctured wheel and fit it on the other side at the front and put the old front tyre underneath as a 'good' spare. This would then leave the vehicle with four new tyres.

The builder was happy with the outcome as he didn't need to waste time going to a tyre depot and was able to keep working.

Should you be a builder, carpenter, plumber, plasterer, electrician, painter, roofer or any trades person that uses a vehicle for work, if you need tyres then give us a call at Hometyre on 0333 444 5454.

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Tesla tyres

Recently I have fitted new tyres to a number of Tesla cars, Model X, Model S and Model 3, one thing many owners have not realised is that there are specific tyres designed for Tesla cars. The Tesla Mark - is the letters TO on the sidewall of the tyre. They also tend to be either 'Acoustic' or ' Silent' tyres, these are denoted by small lettering on the tyre. These 'quiet' tyres are fitted with a layer of foam around 25mm thick all around the inside of the tread area, with the idea that the foam deadens some of the road noise.

I had a customer last week who ordered standard Michelin Pilot Sport4 tyres for his Model3, we took an extra set of 'Tesla Michelins' along as an option. I explained the difference between the two tyres to the owner and showed him on his old tyres that they were TO Acoustic tyres. He hadn't realised there was a difference and wanted to have the same fitted again. There is a small price difference, but for some it is worth it to have the correct tyres that are designed to give the best ride for the car.

For more info on Tesla tyres give us a call at Hometyre on 0333 444 5454

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Tyre damage while driving

Last week I went out to a new customer to fit two new Michelin Pilot Sport4 tyres to his Audi A3. I was then surprised to find him booked back in two days later for one tyre, as one of the new tyres had been damaged beyond repair.

I went back to his house to find the spare wheel on the car and the damaged tyre in the boot. 20201108_223712Upon inspection I found that there was a small craft knife blade stuck in the tread. This had caused the tyre to lose pressure and go down. The owner felt a wobble on the first roundabout, but he ignored it and continued to drive on his way to work. It was only when he got to work that he realised the tyre was totally flat and put the spare on.

The tyre from the outside looked OK, but when I took the tyre off the wheel and looked inside, you could easily see that the internal structure of the tyre had been destroyed. ((See photo 2).

I cleaned up the rim, fitted a new valve and then replaced the tyre, finally it was balanced before being put back on the car.

It shows that with todays modern suspensions, most2016_09_20_11.13.31 people don't realise they have a puncture. Which is why since 2012, manufacturers have been fitting cars with Tyre Pressure Measuring Sensors (TPMS). These warn a driver as soon as a tyre looses pressure. These are now part of the MOT check and must function.

For more information on TPMS systems call us at hometyre, we carry parts to repair TPMS sensors as well as having new replacement sensors.

 

Do tyres have a shelf life?

Date stamps on tyres

Since the 1980's, tyres have had a date stamp added to the sidewalls so that you can see how old they are.

During the 80's it was a 3 digit code giving the week number and year of manufacture. So 218 would equal week 21 in 1988. When we got to the 90s and in order to differentiate, they added a triangle to the 3 digits, so 218 (followed by a triangle) would represent week 21 in 1998. It became much easier to remember from the year 2000 when a four digit code was used, so 2108 would represent week 21 in 2008, see below 3507 means the 35th week of 2007.

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The service life of a tyre is usually measured by the amount of tread remaining; in the UK the legal limit is 1.6mm over ¾ of the tread all around the circumference. But we should also be looking at the date code as oxidisation is also a serious concern, and since tyres are made of rubber they degrade with age.

Most consumers in the UK do not know that the date code exists, a survey in 2006 showed that only 4% of drivers realised that tyres becomes more dangerous as they age. A large body of scientific evidence supports that most tyres should be replaced six years from the date they were manufactured. This six year expiration date begins from the day the tyre was made, not from the day it was sold and fitted to a vehicle.

Are your tyres older than you think? Check your tyres and if you're in doubt - call us!
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Tyres age dangerously because a chemical process commonly referred to as oxidisation occurs. This simply means that a tyres components are exposed to oxygen. The oxygen particles cause the flexible components of the tyre to harden and become brittle.

Over time, the tyre will fall apart under normal stress, just like an old rubber band. Because this process occurs naturally, it doesn't matter if a tyre is being used, stored as a spare, or waiting on a shelf in a tyre depot... the breakdown process has started from day one.

How old is too old for a tyre?

This is a subject of much debate within the tyre industry and no tyre expert can tell exactly how long a tyre will last. The results of experience of many tyre manufacturing companies including Bridgestone, warrant their tyres for 5 years from date of manufacture. Based on these understandings many vehicle manufacturers are now advising their customers to replace their tyres after 6 years, regardless of tread depth remaining.

Regardless of its age, any tyre should be replaced if it shows significant signs of crazing, or cracking within the tread grooves or on the sidewalls, or if there is any sign of bulging on the tread face or sidewalls. All tyres should be inspected on a regular basis. Do not wait for a yearly MOT or something to fail. If in doubt about a tyres suitability, please consult your local Hometyre representative we will gladly advise you.

The industry in which the age of a tyre is most prominent is the CARAVAN TYRE section. The Caravan Club advises that tyres on a caravan do not pass 5 years in age. This is because most caravan tyres will not be replaced due to worn tread but due to the dangers of age related cracking in the rubber.

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The Age (and danger) of Part Worn Tyres

Age is another, in a long list, of reasons that at Hometyre we strongly oppose the sale of part worn tyres. Most of these are either accident recovered tyres (where the internal structural damage is not known), puncture damaged and removed from scrap piles, some have even been found to be 15-20 years old too have become brittle and dangerous. Without any current laws in the UK regarding age, part worn sellers can fit pretty much anything they like to your vehicle.

If you're concerned your tyres need replacing due to age, you can either call us on 03334445454 or order your new tyres online using our search box on the top right hand side of the page!

 

Wheel alignment of a Tesla model X

Last week I was called out to a new customer with a Tesla Model X with a puncture in a rear 265/35R22 Goodyear tyre. I went out to meet him at his friends house where I was able to repair the tyre for him. As part of our service we check all the tyres on the car. While doing this check I noticed that the front tyres had worn badly on the inner edges and were almost through to the cords.

I brought out our wheel alignment gauges and checked the car the set up for a Model X should be +1.5mm, this car was at +4.5mm which is why the tyres were wearing badly. Due to time constraints the customer had to get off, so we agreed that I would correct the alignment at a later date.

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He called in and arranged for me to do the wheel alignment on Friday afternoon. We met at the arranged time and I set the car up with disks under the front wheels, checked and adjusted the tyre pressures all round. I then loosened off the locknuts on the tie rods, which on this vehicle are at the front of the wheel.

The Supertracker laser equipment was put on the wheels, the steering wheel was locked in a level position. I then was able to carry out the adjustment, once all the figures were good, the locknuts were tightened back up. All the equipment was removed from the car, and I asked the customer to take it for a test drive. He came back from the test drive with a smile on his face and said that it all felt good. I was then able to make out the invoice and take a payment for the work, with a receipt emailed to the customer. Job done. The front tyres will be replaced at a later date.

Should you have a car where the tyres are wearing badly on one edge, it pulls to one side or the steering wheel is on an angle when driving in a straight line, then you may have an alignment problem. For more info on wheel alignment check out our website click here

 

Buying a used Caravan? Check the tyres before you travel!

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, travel to other countries has become extremely difficult over the last few months. Due to this, many people have been buying second hand caravans and motorhomes, so that they can enjoy a staycation in the UK.

Many people who are new to caravaning do not realise how important their tyres are.

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Because caravans do little mileage the tyres often have lots of tread. But there can be cracks forming between the tread blocks. These can lead to a blow out when travelling. All tyres benefit from constant use, the rubber flexes which is good for the tyre. Caravans stand around for months without moving, the sun beats down on the same spot on the tyre causing further perishing.

We at Hometyre take advice from the caravan club, they recommend changing caravan tyres every 5 to 7 years regardless of the amount of tread remaining. Even some insurance companies are insisting on regular tyre changes. This is because when you get a blow out on a caravan the driver doesn't always realise and continues to drive, at some point the tyre comes off the rim and takes out the side of the caravan causing ££££'s of damage.

Should you need new tyres call us at Hometyre on 03334445454, we bring the entire fitting service to you wherever you keep your caravan (home, storage area or even a camp site).

I was called out to put new tyres on both of the caravans in the above photo, one has replaced their tyres regularly and they were 7 years old. The other had tyres that were 23 years old, they were full of splits, they owner wanted to take the caravan out on the road and called us to replace them.

Another option to consider is adding a set of Tyron safety bands to your caravan wheels, these help keep the tyre on the rim in the case of a blow out. We at Hometyre can supply and fir tyron bands for you. Some insurance companies even give a discount if you have tyrons fitted. For more info on Caravan tyres click here

 

Why You Shouldn't Buy Part Worn Tyres

I had a job today where a customer had a flat tyre on her Audi A2 and wanted me to either repair it or replace it depending on what I found.

When I got to the job I noticed that both of the front tyres were one size and the rears were a different size. They should have been the same size all round for this particular vehicle! I asked why they were different, she told me that part worn tyres were fitted to the rear two days ago.

The part worn place told her that they hadn't got any of the right size tyres, so they fitted the next size up.

One of those tyres was the one that had gone flat. I jacked up the car and removed the wheel, taking it into my van. I then used leak detector to check the tyre, It was soon obvious that there was a small hole in the sidewall of the tyre which caused the leak (Sidewalls can not be repaired).

Audi_2_seriesUpon further inspection I saw a crack diagonally opposite also on the sidewall, ideally this tyre should never have been fitted. All part worn tyres should also have the wording 'PART WORN' in at least 4mm letters printed on the sidewall otherwise the tyre is illegal. These tyres did not have any wording.

The old tyre was removed, a new valve and new tyre were fitted to the rim. I then balanced the wheel, and fitted it back on the car.

As I explained to the customer, part worn tyres have been thrown away for a reason. For this reason we always recommend that you do not buy part worn tyres. Had the owner of this car been pulled over by the police, she could have been fined up to £2,500 and had 3 penalty points on her licence PER TYRE for having a defective tyre.

Don't take the unnecessary risks of buying part worn. Once you do the maths on how many miles you will get from a set of part worn tyres in comparison to that of a brand new tyre, you will soon see new tyres are not only much safer but also much better value for money.

Call us today to book an appointment to have brand new tyres fitted to your vehicle at your home or work place.

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Next Generation Nexen Tyres for the Volkswagen Golf Mark 8

The next generation of Volkswagen Golf is just around the corner. The MK7 Golf came from the factory with a premium brand of tyre, whether if be Pirelli, Michelin or Bridgestone. Depending on what was best at the time, Volkswagen ordered this product and installed it to their vehicles. Now, recent news has come to light stating that Volkswagen has chosen the Nexen N'Blue S for their new generation of Golf, the Mark 8.

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At the time of writing, the N'Blue S has yet to be released to the public, but we can speculate that this will be built on the previous generation N'Blue platform and feature a new and improved tread pattern as well as a evolution in compound. 

In the current line up, Nexen offers two main products for different driving styles. The N'Fera SU1 is a performance orientated tyre tyres with optimised shoulder blocks which help maintain maximum grip during cornering. On the other side, we have the N'Blue HD+ which is a great tyre for motorway mileage as it has the Euro Label information of C for fuel, B for wet weather performance and is only 68 decibels.

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Both these tyres are the original fitment for many brands, ranging from Fiat to Skoda. We hope to see more car manufactures appear with the N'Blue S as their original tyre of choice!

 

Reset your TPMS system on your car

How do I reset my TPMS?

Most cars are fitted with some form of TPMS system, either direct (sensors within each wheel) or indirect (works off the ABS system).. Whenever you reinflate your tyres, or if you have tyres replaced/repaired, you should reset the system. Some cars do this automatically once you start driving, others need you to either press a button, or go into the cars menu on the dashboard.

E.g, In a Toyota Auris, there is a button inside the glove-box that has to be pressed for 3 seconds.

With a Ford Fiesta/Focus you go into the cars service menu on the dash and can reset the system.

Today I was called out to a VW Golf where the customer thought he had a puncture as the TPMS light kept flashing up on the dash. The car has the indirect system meaning the 'sensors' are outside the wheel and integrated with the ABS sensor. I checked all of the tyres and there were no problems with the tyres or valves. When I asked the owner about resetting the system, he told me that he had never done it, in all the years he had had the car. I checked all of the tyres and set them to the correct pressures. I then went into the cars menu and reset the TPMS. I then got the owner to take the car for a test drive. The light stayed off, showing that this was the problem.

To find out how to reset your TPMS system either check your cars manual, or do a search on the internet.TPMS_dash_light

This is the TPMS light.

 

Caravan Sites Are Opening Up After The Lockdown

STAY-CATIONS have become very popular this year, with many people going caravaning for the first time. Before travelling please ensure you check your tyres for the correct pressures, also look for signs of perishing or cracks.

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I am recommended by many of the local service engineers.

Many of the caravans have been in storage sites, some at campsites, the others have been at customers homes. Additionally a couple of the caravans were already fitted with Tyron Safety Bands, which had to be removed and refitted with the new tyres.

Should you have a caravan that needs new tyres then give us a call at Hometyre on 0333 444 5454 or if you are interested in Tyron Bands take a look on our website page.

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Click here for more information!

 

Faulty TPMS sensor valve

A previous customer called us at hometyre Sussex to say he had a problem with a tyre loosing air. We took a spare tyre with us in-case it was something that was not repairable.

When I got there he explained that he had the wheel rims refurbished last week and had since noticed that the tyre pressure kept going down, but didn't know if this had something to do with the refurb or was a puncture.

I jacked the car up, removed the wheel and took it into my van. I checked over the tyre with a leak detector and found the leak was coming from around the valve. I removed the tyre and undid the sealing nut holding the TPMS valve in, then removed the valve. This showed the problem, when they had refurbished the rim and replaced the valve, they had damaged the rubber seal.tpms_stem

We at Hometyre carry spare parts for all types of TPMS valve, and were soon able to replace the stem and sealing nut. The tyre was put back on and inflated, I then rechecked the valve, which was OK. Once the wheel was bolted back on the car, I then checked all of the TPMS sensors using our diagnostic machine. Once this was done I was able to reset the sensor on the car.Nissan_qashqai

If you have problems with your cars TPMS sensor valves give us a call at hometyre on 03334445454. or click here for more info.

 

Badly fitted Tyron band caused a valve to split.

Today I had a call from a couple in a caravan where the tyre had deflated, due to a leaking valve. They had called around a couple of tyre depots who were unable to help, especially as the wheels were fitted with Tyron Safety bands. We at Hometyre work with Tyron bands on a regular basis and a recommended by Tyron UK as a supplier and fitter.

I raised the corner stays on the caravan, and jacked it up, then removed the wheel and took it into my van.

To replace the leaking valve I first had to squash the tyre down using a special steel ring we had made for use with our equipment. This exposes the Tyron band which would allow me to remove it. At this point I saw the problem, the tyron band had been fitted incorrectly and it was positioned across the valve cutting into it. I loosened off the tyron band and removed the old valve, I then fitted a new rubber valve into the wheel rim. I then put the Tyron band into its correct position so it was clear of the valve and tightened it back up. The tyre was then pulled back up over the band and inflated to the correct pressure, I then balanced the wheel and finally fitted it back onto the caravan. It was lowered off of the jack, the corner stays were put back down.... job complete.

This shows that it you are having caravan tyres fitted with Tyron bands make sure you use a fitter that knows what they are doing.

For more information on Tyron bands click here

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A nurse in Middleton-on-sea needed a tyre to get to work, but had lost her locking wheelnut key

We are in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, we at Hometyre are carrying on as normal with new protocols to ensure both our own and our customers safety.

We had a call from a Nurse who had a flat tyre on her alfa Romeo and needed it replacing as soon as possible, so she could get to work. The only problem was that she had lost her locking wheelnut key.

We arranged a tyre from a local supplier and went to her house as soon as possible, a search of the car proved right, that the locking wheelnut removal key was missing. The customer had ordered a new locknut key from the Alfa Romeo dealership which was going to take two weeks to arrive. She needed the car back on the road to get to work, so asked us to remove the locknut and then replace the tyre.

We at Hometyre carry specialist equipment to remove locknuts should the need arise. A check of the locknut showed it was a Macgard type nut, these locknuts have revolving collars, so they are not too easy to remove. Luckily the tool we have, can remove them, it took me around 10 minutes and I had the locknut removed.

I was then able to jack the car up and remove the wheel, it was then taken into my van, the old tyre was removed and a new tyre was fitted, balanced and put back on the car. The wheelnuts were torqued to the correct settings, the car lowered and the jack removed.

We then checked all of the other tyres on the car and inflated them to the correct pressures. A report was written, payment was taken using our onboard card reader. At all times we wear rubber gloves and use sanitisers to clean the cars keys and any part of the car we touch.

For more information on lock nut removals click here.

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The Corona virus and how it affects our work

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We at Hometyre are still working as normal (or as normal as we can during this crisis). Customers are asked to have their car keys and locking wheelnuts ready and put them on the doorstep as we arrive. We can still talk to you at a distance to find out what tyres we are working on or whether there are any special requests.

We wear face masks when dealing with customers plus rubber gloves at all times and these are changed after every job, as well as using sanitisers to keep our hands and equipment clean.Once a job has been completed, we take a payment using our card terminal, this is sanitised between jobs, but there is also the option of us sending you a link to pay online through your phone or computer.

Keys and locknuts are placed back on the doorstep, we spray them with a sanitiser, but we recommend that the customers sanitise them as well afterwards.

Customers jobs are still booked in as normal, but timings may change as we are prioritising any NHS staff who may call in.

Our major wholesalers are still delivering twice a day, plus we still have the opportunity to buy tyres from local smaller wholesalers if necessary.

If you require tyres, give us a call on 0333 444 5454.

#coronavirus #covid19 #staysafe

 

Check your tyre size correctly

A job for wednesday had been to fit 2 new tyres to a Vauxhall Corsa in West Chiltington. The customer had read the tyre size off of one of the tyres on the car, which is the correct way to do it. (Rather than using the number plate system which is only 80% accurate).

Unfortunately she had read the size off of the spare tyre which was on the car but was a different size.

I arrived at the job, and did a quick check before starting the job and realised that the had the wrong size. I also noted that one of the other tyres was right down to the legal limit. I explained this to the customer, and we booked her back in for the following day to have 3 tyres changed.

This is not the first time this has happened, as customers automatically assume that the spare tyre if fitted, is the same size as the main tyres. Another customer had made the same mistake, driving for a month on the spare and kept wondering why the car was pulling to one side.

So if you are booking your car in for a tyre change, please check the tyre on the wheel you want us to change. And remember that with some cars the front and rear wheels can be different sizes. For more info on how to read the markings on a tyre click here.

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Pothole damage in Boxgrove near Chichester

One of today's jobs was a Skoda Yeti with a burst tyre. The owner was driving through Boxgrove this morning and hit a pothole which caused the tyre to deflate quickly. The owner left the car at the side of the road, and called us at Hometyre. Luckily we had a slot available in the afternoon and were able to get a tyre from the wholesaler.

YetiI arrived at the site ahead of the customer who was getting a lift back to the car from a friend. While waiting I checked the other tyres for condition, tread depth and pressure. When she arrived, I asked for the car keys and locking wheelnut, I was then able to jack the car up and remove the wheel. A check of the wheel showed that there was no damage to the rim, but there was a split in the tyre. I soon had the old tyre removed from the rim, a new rubber valve was inserted and a new tyre fitted. It was then balanced and put back on the car, with the wheel nuts being tightened with a torque wrench. Once lowered, I then drove the car back and forth to settle it onto its suspension. I was then able to put my super tracker equipment onto the vehicle and check the wheel alignment. It soon showed that the alignment was way off. The correct setting is +1.2, the actual figures were -5.0

I showed this to the customer who asked me to carry out an alignment as there is no point on driving on new tyres, when the alignment is out as it will damage the tyres. It took me a further 30 minutes to loosen the trackrod nuts and make adjustments to bring the vehicle back in line. Once complete I finished off the report and invoice, before taking a payment from the customer. The receipt was then emailed through to the customer.

For more info on wheel alignment click here

 

TPMS Swap over

One of the jobs this week was for a previous customer who has bought a new Ford Mondeo. The car came with Low profile tyres on 19" rims which he did not like as the ride was hard. He also had a set of 18" rims already fitted with Pirelli tyres, which he wanted to have fitted to his car. The problem was that the19" rims were fitted with TPMS sensors, which need to be on the car to pass an MOT.

He asked us at Hometyre Sussex to remove the larger wheels, take off the tyres, remove the TPMS sensors, then fit them to the smaller rims, and put them on the car.

The original TPMS sensors were fitted to the rims with rubber valve stems, which cannot be re-used. We at hometyre carry a range of sensor service parts and were able to fit new valve stems and fix the sensors to them.

The sensors were then put into the 18" rims, the tyres fitted over them, inflated to the correct pressures, balanced and put back onto the car.

Once complete I then checked the that the TPMS sensors were working using our diagnostic equipment. All checked out to be OK, so I was able to complete a tyre report,and issue an invoice.

Should you have TPMS sensors and need them moving, repairing or replacing then give us a call at Hometyre on 0333 444 5454 of for more info click here.

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