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.
Tyresafe warns against part worn tyres
Part Worn Tyres and Your Safety
PART WORN TYRES AND THE LAW
Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.), part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offence for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:
The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.
2. Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.
3. The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at
least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.
4. Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark
alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.
5. Part worn tyres which have been retreaded must show the relevant British Standards mark
as applied at the time of retreading alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into
the tyre. Retreaded tyres must also show speed category and load capacity index marks in
accordance with BS AU 144e 1998.
6. Any repair to a part worn tyre must have been carried out in accordance with paragraphs 4-7 of BS AU 159.
PART WORN TYRE ECONOMICS
Many drivers who buy part worn tyres do so because they believe they offer better value for
PART WORN TYRE SAFETY
Adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving on wet roads. The tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between the tyre and the road surface, which is essential for effective acceleration, cornering and braking. A tyre with lower tread depth levels is less
effective at removing water from the road, leading to longer stopping distances and reduced
road safety. Indeed, according to tests conducted by the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association,
braking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only 1.6mm of tread depth is almost 12m longer than a new tyre from 50mph.
money. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Rather than just considering the initial purchase
price, drivers should look at the cost per mm of useable tyre. New tyres are normally sold with 8mm of tread depth whereas part worn tyres may have as little as 2mm of tread. With a legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in the UK, the cost per mm of useable tread of part worn tyres can be considerably more than that of a new tyre. Equally, a part worn tyre will need to be replaced again much sooner than a new tyre meaning further expenditure will be required. Each year in the UK, more than 1,200 motorists are injured in an accident where illegal,
defective or under-inflated tyres are a contributory factor. To maximise the life of your tyres and enhance your safety on the roads, TyreSafe recommends regular checks of your tyre pressures, tread depth and general tyre condition. When replacing your tyres, TyreSafe strongly
recommends the fitting of new tyres.
However, TyreSafe recognises that legislation exists which permits the sale of part worn tyres,
subject to them meeting a number of criteria. You should be aware that part worn tyres that do not meet these legal requirements pose a serious safety risk to you, your passengers and other road users. Recent checks by trading standards found 98% of the part worn tyres they bought to be illegal for sale in the UK.
Daily Mirror joins the call for Part worn tyres to be checked properly.
The dangers of part-worn tyres were highlighted in a report by the Daily Mirror yesterday
Under the headline “Beware danger secondhand tyre dealers”, it revealed that some secondhand tyres bought by watchdogs found that nearly a quarter were dangerous, as well as others being illegal for use in the UK.
According to the report by Andrew Penman, one tyre showed signs of impact damage and was described as “as bad as you get” by the expert brought in by Leicestershire Trading Standards.
Following complaints from motorists, the watchdog bought 17 tyres from 13 suppliers, as well as some online businesses, and found that four were dangerous. Only one was marked “part-worn” as required by law.
The offending firms have been warned about their behaviour and told to expect follow-up checks.
David Bull, Head of Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, said: “It is worrying that almost a quarter of the part-worn tyres sold and fitted during this survey were unsafe.
“It is vital that sellers have systems to check that all part-worn tyres they sell are safe and are fitted correctly.
“We will be doing more checks to make sure part worn tyres sold across the county are safe, as we need to protect the public and all road users. We will prosecute offenders in appropriate circumstances.”
Would you fit part worn brake pads? Then why fir part worn tyres, Yes they may seem a cheap option, but they are part worn for a reason. When buying from a part worn dealer, do they know the history of the tyres? The answer is NO. They buy scrap tyres by the lorry load, and sort out the ones with some tread left. These they sell onto the public. BUYER BEWARE.
Can you trust your MOT centre?
Have just been out to a customer with a Landrover Discovery which had just failed on 3 tyres with cords showing and cuts in the side wall.
We removed all 4 tyres to check and could not find any chords showing, no cuts in any sidewall and all 4 tyres still had 4 to 5mm of tread remaining. The customer decided not to change the tyres and will take it back to the MOT station to see where these faults are.
We wondered if they have mixed the vehicle with another, in which case there may be a vehicle driving around on unsafe tyres with a new MOT !
BMW1 tyres, mobile tyre fitting
Called out to a lady with a flat tyre that she had driven on, the tyre was shredded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle originally had been fitted with Runflats, but a previous owner had replaced them with normal tyres, yet had not added a spacesaver tyre or a tyre weld cannister and compressor. So if you are buying a used car please make sure you have some form of spare tyre or method of getting yourself home. This lady was lucky as we had a Hometyre van in the area and were soon able to get her back on the road.
For new tyres at competative prices go to Hometyre.
Winter tyre check
Time for a winter tyre check
The clocks may have changed recently– but they are not the only thing you should be checking and possibly changing in the days ahead.
TyreSafe has issued a reminder to drivers to ensure that their tyres are legal and safe enough for the winter conditions ahead – with roads likely to become more treacherous due to icy weather
According to Stuart Jackson, the chairman of TyreSafe, drivers should not waste time when it comes to checking the condition of their tyres.
“The clocks going back are a timely reminder to drivers that winter is well and truly on its way and with it, the need for extra care and attention on the road,” he said.
“The cold and damp conditions mean that roads can easily become slippery and dangerous so it’s essential that your tyres are in the best possible state to cope with this.”
In particular, TyreSafe believes drivers should focus on three key elements to maximise their safety on the road.
Firstly, they should check tyre pressures to ensure they are inflated to the levels outlined in their manufacturer’s handbook.
Then they should check the condition of the tyres to ensure they are free from cuts or unusual lumps and bulges.
Finally, they should ensure their tyre tread depth is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm – this should apply around the entire circumference of the tyre.
If you don’t think driving safely is enough of an incentive to check tyre tread depth, then bear in mind that drivers found to be driving illegal tyres could face fines as high as £ 2,500, as well as three penalty points for each illegal tyre. Last month also saw the police checking tyres in car parks across the county, don't be caught out - check your tyres.
While doing a tyre check, take the size off of the side wall of your tyre and check out the online tyre prices, on the Hometyre website.
Old tyres - should I change my tyres?
If you do not do many miles a year in your car, van, caravan or motorhome, you might think that clocking up a low mileage will make your tyres last longer - but this is not the case.
Even tyres have a lifespan and the Sunday Times motoring supplement ingear gave a thorough lowdown on the subject, promoted by a query from KB in
KB wrote: “The tyres on my Land Rover Discovery are 10 years old. I do only about 3,000 miles a year, mostly in town, occasionally pulling a horse trailer, and they are still in good condition. It there any law or insurance condition that says they must be changed after a certain time?”
“As a rough guide, TyreSafe (tyresafe.org), an organisation that promotes tyre safety says most manufacturers agree tyres need replacing at least every 10 years. After that, although your tyres may appear to be in good condition, the sidewalls could be cracking and particularly unfit for the cast of pulling a heavy load, such as a horse box.
“Poor tyres will increase braking distances, give you less grip when cornering and could be more prone to blowouts. If you were involved in an accident, there is a chance that your insurer could use the state of your tyres as a reason to reduce any payout. Direct Line insurance, for example, states: “If you are found to be at fault in the event of a car insurance claim, insurers may take your car’s roadworthiness at the time of the accident into account. As a responsible car owner, it is down to you to ensure that your car is kept maintained between Mot tests.”
“It may be unlikely but, if your tyres are defective, you also run the risk of being charged with “using a vehicle with defective tyres”, which carries a maximum penalty of a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points on your licence for each tyre.
“To confirm the exact age of your tyres, check on the sidewalls for a code in a box following the letters DOT. For tyres made since the beginning of 2000, there are four digits. The first to denote the week of manufacture; the second two give the year. For example, 2804 means that the 28th week of 2004.”
Tired old tyres - Police check in Chichester
Tired old tyres
During the day local officers gave out plenty of useful advice regarding tyre safety and also walked around the store car park asking people to take part in the '20p Pledge', which is an easy and ideal way to check the tread depth of a tyre and make sure that is above the legal required limit using a 20p coin. This is simply done by inserting a 20p into the main tread grooves and ensuring that the outer rim of the coin is covered by tread.
PCSO Jason Lemm said: "We managed to check a total of 63 vehicles during the day with six of these not passing the 20p test. The vehicles that did not pass the test were given information regarding what to do next and a handy reminder sheet including what tyres were below the legal limit."
147 reasons to consider winter tyres
With the nights quickly drawing in, TyreSafe is encouraging motorists to consider fitting winter
tyres, which are the safest option when the temperature drops below seven degrees celsius.
And according to figures from the Met Office, temperatures fell below this crucial marker during
prime commuting hours on 147 separate days between the beginning of October 2011 and the
end of March 2012*.
Winter tyres offer safer motoring because they have been specifically designed to cope with
wintry conditions such as snow and ice, but also more everyday circumstances faced by
motorists, like wet and damp conditions, when the temperature drops below seven degrees
They differ from normal tyres in that they contain more natural rubber and advanced silica,
reducing the hardening effect experienced by other tyres when the temperature plummets.
"While last winter was actually milder than normal, these statistics are ample reason for
motorists to still consider swapping to winter tyres from October to March, in fact 147 very
strong reasons," said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.
Indeed, the 'Time For A Change?' theme, in particular swapping normal tyres over to winter
tyres, is a key part of October's campaign organised by the not-for-profit organisation, which is also encouraging motorists to generally check their tyres to see if they need replacing.
"The roads are particularly busy during the rush hour period so being able to rely on your tyres for safe motoring is essential. Also if you travel down country lanes, the wet leaves add to the snow and slush making driving in summer tyres treacherous. Fitting winter tyres is definitely the sensible option when the temperature struggles to creep above seven degrees celsius, as is often the case in the early morning and evening at that time of year.
"But it's not just commuters whose safety can be increased with winter tyres, as the average mean temperature from December 2011 to February 2012 was only 4.5 degrees celsius, which is well below the all-important seven degrees celsius threshold, meaning every driver would be wise to consider making the change," added Jackson.
To find tyre prices online go to the Hometyre website, or give us a call. www.hometyre.co.uk
Michelin sets up Pitstop challenge at Goodwood
Michelin tyres sets motoring enthusiasts a pit-stop challenge at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend, which kicks off today, is highlighted by the Michelin Pit Stop Challenge.
The tyres company has organised a stand with a replica racing car, fully tooled up and ready for everyone to have a go at changing the wheels.
Hosted by motoring journalist and broadcaster Victoria Macmillan Bell, the Challenge will pit teams against one another in a race to change the wheels on the car – prizes will be given for the best times of the day.
According to Victoria: “Tutored by a team of Michelin experts, the Pit Stop Challenge is open to everyone, and I’d encourage anybody to have a go and see how difficult it is to change a wheel in anything like a respectable time.
“The race is on and I’ll see you there!”
The Pit Stop Challenge is just one of the great events being organised for the three-day motoring bonanza.
For motor racing fans in particular, four times Formula One World Champion Alain Prost will be appearing this year, joining a host of drivers whose careers are closely associated with Michelin.
Prost, whose outstanding time in Formula 1 resulted in four titles, 51 victories, 33 pole positions and 106 podium finishes between 1980 and 1993, grew up racing on Michelin tyres. Also keep your eye out for Hometyre, we will be around the area.
Tyre safety Q & A
Q How important is tyre safety?
A "Tyres are an important component of any vehicle but too many people are still unaware of the key role that they play for keeping their vehicle safe while driving. Improperly maintained tyres, worn or damaged and under or over inflated, are the main risks of making a vehicle unsafe and dangerous to drive. For instance, when the air pressure is low the car does not respond properly while steering and it may swerve off the road."
'Tyres are the only contact between your vehicle and the road' .Q How often should tyres be checked?
A "Drivers should get into the habit of checking the exteriors of their tyres every day before starting the cars to check if there are any visible signs of damage, and remove any stones or objects entrapped in the tyre tread.
"Tyre pressure should be checked at least once a month as air pressure reduces naturally. Tread wear should also be checked regularly by looking at tyre’s ‘tread wear indicators’, as worn-out tread posts grave danger and must be replaced immediately."
Q Can I check them myself?
A "Everyone can easily check the tread wear and the air pressure of their tyres by using a compact tyre gauge and measuring device. I recommend visiting the website www.tiresafety.com/maintenance for a graphical demonstration of how to properly check their tyres.
"If tyres have lumps, bulges or cracks they must be examined by a tyre specialist as this indicates tyre damage. I recommend going to a tyre specialist also if there is an a rapid increase in air loss, noise or vibration since that too indicates damaged tyres, and will most probably require replacing. I strongly urge and advise those that cannot determine the safety of their own tyres to visit their nearest car dealer, tyre dealer or tyre service center for assistance and advice."
Q How do I spot a fake tyre and what are the dangers?
A "It’s very difficult to establish whether fake tyres are of good quality or not, and if they perform and guarantee the same level of safety as branded tyres.
"To avoid buying fake tyres I recommend going to official tyres dealers who will assist you and provide you with the best tyres for your car."
Q How often should I change my tyres?
A "Tyres wear out naturally and must be replaced at a certain point. Tyres have to be replaced with new ones when the tread wear indicator is at the minimum level, normally 1.6mm. To prevent irregular wear and prolong tyre life, I recommend proper air pressure, wheel alignment and periodical rotation."
Q What other advice do you have for motorists regarding tyre safety?
A "Remember, tyres are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. For the driver’s own safety and the safety of their passengers and other drivers on the road, responsible motorists should maintain safe tyres, as well as a well maintained vehicle in total, with regular check-ups.
"Motorists should also be aware of the fact that maintaining correct tyre pressure not only places them in safer conditions, but also has a positive impact on the environment. Driving a vehicle on properly inflated tyres helps to reduce the rolling resistance, which aids in reducing fuel consumption, hence minimizing motorists expenses."
For more information on tyre safety, visit www.bridgestone-mea.com
Jaguar's New F- Type prototype to be shown at the festival of speed
By Paul Hudson Of the telegraph. 22 Jun 2012
A development prototype example of Jaguar's F-type, which is expected to go on sale next summer, makes its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The two-seater convertible will be driven up the Goodwood hillclimb by Mike Cross, Jaguar's acclaimed head of vehicle integrity.
A coupé version is expected to follow the soft-top. All-aluminium construction keeps weight down, while supercharged V6 or V8 engines drive the rear wheels.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "The Goodwood Festival of Speed is focused around the dynamic hill runs where the public can see, hear and smell the cars – this is why we have chosen it as the place to showcase an F-type prototype. The development programme is progressing with vigour and we look forward to showing the world the F-type in production form later this year."
The F-type is currently undergoing development, including extremes of heat and cold and handling assessments, ahead of the launch.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Festival of speed starts this Thursday with the Moving Motor Show, your chance to see some of the latest models on offer, and for the lucky few a chance to drive them. From Friday the main event starts, this will showcase all types of vehicle from F1 down to rare vintage cars. Famous drivers like Sterling Moss, Hamilton, Button, Surtees, etc will be around and up close. Watch them take their cars up the hill climb. Look out for the Hometyre Van, we will be there.
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