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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Photo shows the removed locknut.
The Corona virus and how it affects our work
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.
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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.
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.
I 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.
Why should you fit new tyres to the rear?
When most people buy new tyres they often fit them to the front as they believe that these are the driving wheels and must have the best tread, are less likely to suffer a blowout and can cope better with the rigors of steering, accelerating and braking. Although these reasons sound logical, they are in fact wrong and could cause serious trouble for the driver especially in wet conditions.
Tyres are designed with grooves to help evacuate water from the tread area, allowing the tyre to grip the road, as tyres wear you can get to a situation where not enough water can escape through the grooves and the tyre will float on the water or as it is correctly known 'Aquaplane' or ' Hydroplane'.
With new tyres fitted to the front and worn tyres at the rear, the likelihood is that the rear will aquaplane first and will cause over-steer. The rear tyres lose traction and the rear of the vehicle begins to slide. Over-steer is very difficult for any normal driver to control and braking can make it worse with the vehicle spinning round and possibly crashing.
If you fit new tyres to the rear and old tyres to the front, the front should aquaplane first, this will cause under-steer. The vehicle will continue in a straight direction, even if you are trying to steer right or left. This is easier to control and by easing off of the accelerator and braking lightly, most drivers will soon get the vehicle back under control.
We at Hometyre will always recommend fitting any new tyres to the rear of your vehicle, should this mean that we have to swap all the tyres around, then we will do this for a small charge, included in this small charge is the re-balancing of the old tyres as they are moved to the front.
Another downside to fitting new tyres to the front, is that you leave the older and more brittle tyres on the rear of the vehicle. 90% of punctures occur in the rear of the vehicle and if you have the older tyres on the rear when the object pierces the tyre it is more likely to burst, resulting in a blowout. However, if you have the newer rubber on the back, it is more likely to absorb the object and close itself around it, potentially preventing a dangerous accident.
We would also recommend replacing both tyres on the same axle at the same time if the tread of the older tyre on the vehicle is considerably lower than the tread of the new tyre. This will result in better handling, greater control and good levels of stability to your vehicle.
Mounting tyres correctly along with balancing reduces vibration which gives a smoother ride and can help save your shock absorbers from any early damage.
A brand new Car tyre comes with 8mm of tread, and even though the legal limit is 1.6mm, it is recommended to change your tyres once they reach 3mm. As your tread depth decreases, the chances of aquaplaning increase, as do your braking distances. This is even more noticeable on cars with larger wheels and wider tyres.
Wear bars are placed at points all around a tyre in the grooves, these are set at approx. 2mm. Should you find that your tread is level with the wear bar, then we would recommend changing your tyres as soon as possible.
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If you need new tyres fitted at your home or work address, give us a call today on 0333 444 5454!
Electronic Wheel Balancing on a Mercedes S Class
One of todays jobs was to check the wheel balancing on a Mercedes S Class. The owner had been getting vibration through the steering wheel at speed. He took the car to a local garage in Emsworth, they re-balanced his wheels, but also told him that the rims were badly buckled and needed refurbishing.
The car was still vibrating at speed, so he decided to call us at hometyre to get us to swap the tyres over to a second set of rims. I jacked his car up and removed the first of the wheels. I couldn't see any buckle so before I took the tyre off I decided to check the rim and the balancing. So I set up the balancing machine put the wheel on and gave it a spin. The rim was perfect (No buckle) but the balancing was 35g out. This is enough to cause vibration through the steering wheel.
I showed the customer, who wanted me to correct the balancing and put the wheel back on the car. He then wanted me to check all of the other wheels. The next wheel also was perfect for shape, but was 40g out of balance. Again It was corrected and put back on the car. I checked the other two wheels, they were 30g and 70g out.
Once they were all corrected, the owner took the car for a drive along the A27, 'no more vibration'. He was happy with the results, but disappointed that the local garage had not been able to balance the wheels properly.
I wrote out the invoice for balancing of the wheels and took a payment using our on board card reader. Should you have vibration problems, then give us a call on 03334445454 and let us re-balance your wheels.
VW Golf Tyre pressure Monitoring system reset. (TPMS reset)
If you get a low pressure warning light on your dash, although this light may be an indication of a puncture, that's not always the case! It could be that you simply may have low pressure in your tyres, or you may have just replaced a tyre and the light needs to be reset.
You can only reset the light when at standstill, to do so, follow the below steps:
Turn your key to the on positive (engine off)
Inflate all of your tyres to the correct pressure - you can usually find this information on the inside of the fuel cap or the drivers door.
To reset the light on 2012 ~ 2014 models follow these instructions:
Locate the reset button within the glove box, press and hold it until you hear a signal.
For 2015 ~ 2020 models:
On the main touchscreen using menu, Press the CAR button. Tap SETUP, then go to Vehicle Settings. Select TYRES Tap the SET button. Select CONFIRM to store the tyre pressures. You then need to drive the vehicle for around 20 minutes at a consistent speed of over 20mph for the system to calibrate itself and show the exact pressures.
Should you have a problem where one of the TPMS sensors has failed or been damaged, then we can repair or replace the sensors. Call us on 03334445454 and we'll book you a to-the-minute appointment at YOUR location to suit YOU!
If you're in need of replacement tyres, you can also order these online and request a FREE TPMS CHECK in the basket!
How to Reset your Ford Fiesta Tyre Pressure Warning Light.If you lose pressure in a tyre or change any tyres on your Ford Fiesta and it is fitted with TPMS sensor valves, then you need to first adjust all tyres to their correct pressures (check the label inside the passenger door frame). Of course if your TPMS warning light has illuminated on your dash, then you perhaps need to call us and arrange a mobile tyre technician visit to investigate the reason!
CALL 03334445454 for assistance.
However, if it's just a lack of maintenance and you'd like to carried a manual reset - here's how!
Switch the ignition to the 'On' position, then depending on the age of your Fiesta either:
If it has a central Screen
Press the Menu button
Scroll down to 'Vehicle settings' and press OK
Scroll down to 'Tyre Monitoring' and press OK
Then press and hold the OK button
After a few moments you should be given the message 'Tyre Pressure Reset'
Then drive at over 20 MPH for 2 minutes and the new actual tyre pressures will be displayed
If it has the Dash screen.
Press the down arrows to 'Settings', press OK
Press down to 'Information', press OK
Press down to 'Tyre Pressure' , press OK
Click on 'reset', Press OK
Use back button to go back to the beginning
Then drive at over 20 MPH for 2 minutes and the new actual tyre pressures will be displayed!
Badly fitted tyre in Barnham
One of the jobs today was to re-balance the front wheels on a Fiat 500 as the customer was getting vibration through the steering wheel when driving at 50 mph.
I soon had the vehicle jacked up and removed each front wheel in turn, taking it into my van and putting it on the electronic balancing machine. This did show that the wheels were out of balance and I then added the appropriate weights to the rim to counter balance any errors. Once complete each wheel was put back on the car and the bolts tightened to the correct torques.
As part of our service we then check all other tyres on the car for condition, tread depth and pressure, with a report being sent to the customer by email. Pressures are adjusted in line with the cars recommended settings.
While doing this check I noticed that one of the rear tyres had been fitted on the wrong way round with the wording 'Side facing Inwards' on the outside of the tyre. The car was only two years old and these were still the original tyres as supplied with the car as new. Which means it must have been fitted wrongly at the factory, but not only that, but it had obviously been missed at the pre-delivery inspection and at the cars first service.
I advised the customer of the problem and he asked me if I could take the tyre off and put it back on the correct way. So I Jacked the car back up, removed the wheel, took the tyre off, flipped it over and refitted it, inflated it to the correct pressure before balancing it and putting it back on the car.
Once complete I took a card payment from the customer and emailed through the report and receipt.
Should you need new tyres, wheel balancing, a wheel alignment or a puncture repair then give us a call at Hometyre on 03334445454. Or click here to check out or website.
There is no need to go to a tyre depot: Why queue, when we come to you.
Subaru locknut removal
I had an emergancy call out from a customer in Worthing with a Subery Legacy. He arrived at work to find his tyre had gone flat. He went to put the spare on only to find that his locking wheelnut removal socket was missing so he could not change the wheel.
He called us at Hometyre for assistance. I arrived at the address and the customer met me at his car, I took his keys and told him I would call him when ready and he went back to work.
The car was fitted with McGard locknuts with revolving collars. We have specialist tools to remove all types of locknut. It took me around 35 minutes to get the locknut off, jack the car up remove the old wheel and fit the spare. I also checked all the other tyres, and nflated them to the correct pressures.
I then wrote up a report, completed the invoice and called the customer. I took a payment using our onboard card reader and emailed the receipt to the customer. Job done.
If you need a locking wheelnut removal, call us at Hometyre on 0333 444 5454.
Do you need to check your tyre pressures?
At Hometyre, we check the tyre pressures in all tyres when working on your vehicle, and through this we often find that most people don't check and adjust their pressures on a regular basis.
As an example, a Lexus I went to today had only 15psi in all of the tyres, yet they were supposed to have 35psi all round. When I told the owner, his answer was that the car had just been serviced, so did the garage forget to inflate them. He was surprised when I told him that it was not part of a service, and tyre pressures were the drivers responsibility. Not only that, but if it was left to a yearly service, then the tyres would have lost a lot of air over that time. A cars manual will say that tyre pressures should be checked every week. A simple pressure gauge can be bought in any car accessory shop.
Drivers also rely on the TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) to warn them that they need to put air in their tyres. This is not what TPMS systems are for, they are to warn you of a puncture.
There are two types of TPMS system
This works off of the cars ABS system it can tell that one tyre is dragging compared to the other tyre on the same axle. The problem is that it is not so accurate and needs around 10psi difference before it shows up as a light on the dash. Also if you don't inflate your tyres regularly and both tyres on the same axle go all the way down to zero then this system wont call it up as a problem.
These work off of battery operated sensors fitted inside the wheel, sending a signal to the cars computer every 3 seconds. It will signal an air pressure problem if the pressure in any tyre drops by more than 3psi. The problem with this system is that you should reset the TPMS system every time you inflate your tyres. (Some cars reset themselves every time you drive them).
With these direct systems the sensors only have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years, they are also fragile and can easily be damaged when filling up with air. We at Hometyre carry both spare parts and complete sensors on board our Van's and can easily repair or replace sensors.
Still it is still down to you the driver to check your tyres yourself on a regular basis, if you need more information just give our team a call on 0333 444 5454.
Audi tyres in Storrington
My last job of the day was an Audi A6 in Storrington the owner wanted to have all four tyres replaced with budget tyres, plus have the best of the old tyres fitted on the spare. The existing spare rim has a small crack in the alloy and the existing tyre on it has a split.
I started on the four new tyres, jacking the car up and removing the wheels one by one. The old tyres were removed and the new ones fitted, they were inflated to the correct pressures, balanced and fitted back on the car, tightening the bolts to the correct torque setting.
Checking the old tyres I found one of them was only a year old and still had 6mm of tread left. This would be fitted to the spare. Because of the small split in the rim, the owner wanted to keep the wheel as a spare only, but it needs to be able to stay inflated. To help with this I added a liquid rubber sealer to the rim before mounting the tyre. Once inflated any excess sealer was pushed into the split which helped seal the tyre to the rim.
Due to some uneven wear on the front tyres I used our supertracker equipment to check the wheel alignment on the car. With this car the trackrods are above the front wheels which makes it difficult to adjust. Luckily the figures showed that the tracking was well within the tolerance for the car and didn't need any adjustment.
Once completed I took a payment from the customer by card machine and emailed a report on the car along with the receipt.
Slow leak caused by corrosion within the wheel
One of today's jobs was a Daihatsu Sirion where both front tyres would lose around 10 psi every week. The owner thought she had punctures in both tyres and called us at Hometyre to fix the tyres or replace them depending on what we found.
I arrived at the address and after getting the car keys from the owner checked the pressures in all the tyres, both rear tyres were fine, but both fronts had dropped considerably in pressure. I jacked the car up and removed the first wheel. This was then taken into my van where I checked all around for a puncture, not finding anything I used a leak detector liquid, which showed bubbling from around the edge on the tyre. I then deflated the tyre and removed it from the rim. Checking the rim it was easy to see bubbles in the lacquer inside the rim, this was allowing air to leak out causing the problem.
I wire brushed the area back to bare metal and then applied a bead seal, which is like a liquid rubber. A new rubber valve was put into the rim, the tyre was then replaced back onto the rim and inflated to the correct pressure. The bead seal fills any small imperfections between the tyre and rim drying to form a rubber seal.
The wheels was then balanced and put back on the car. I then went through the same process with the other front wheel, which turned out to be the same problem.
Once complete, I made up a report for the customer, which will be emailed to her. Payment was taken using our onboard card reader.... Job complete.
Ford Fiesta Tyres and TPMS replacement.
I was called out to a job in Tangmere, the owner of this Ford Fiesta had a punctured tyre, but had then driven the car for around a mile to get it home, totally destroying the tyre.
Since he was about to sell the car, he decided to change all four tyres. I arrived at the job and saw the shredded tyre, the problem was that because he had driven on it, he had actually damaged the TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensor) cracking the main housing. Since the car was on a 2015 plate, it has to have fully functioning TPMS sensors to pass an MOT.
Luckily we at Hometyre carry complete sets of replacement TPMS sensors along with a diagnostic tool that can scan the data off of the old sensor and replicate that data onto a new sensor.
I removed the old sensor and removed what was left of the old tyre, I then programmed the new sensor and fitted it to the wheel rim, before fitting a new tyre, inflating it and balancing it. It was then fitted back on the car, and i moved onto the other tyres. Once they had all be replaced and the wheels put back on the car, the nuts were then all torqued to the correct settings.
I then took the car for a test drive to ensure that the TPMS sensor light had disappeared off of the dash.
Once everything was OK, I then completed a report, took a payment using our onboard card reader and emailed the invoice through to the customer.
The problem with painted wheels
Today I was called out to a Land Rover Range Rover in Pulborough with nice black 22" wheels, the TPMS light kept coming on, letting the customer know there was a tyre pressure loss. The owner called us at Hometyre as they thought they had a puncture, we also took a new Continental Cross Contact LX Sport tyre with us just in case it wasn't repairable.
I soon had the vehicle jacked up and the wheel removed, took it into my van and checked it over. I soon found the problem, the wheels had been painted black, but hadn't been done all that well! The paint was lifting in some areas inside the rim, allowing a small air seepage.
The only option is to send down the inside removing all of the loose paint. Once clean, a sealant is added, the tyre re-fitted and inflated. It is then re-balanced using our fully mobile wheel balancing equipment and the wheel put back on the vehicle, finally the nuts are torque to the correct setting for the vehicle.
Painted wheels often have this problem if they are only given a light rub down before painting, the ideal option is to have the wheels powder coated, this is where they remove all of the old paint using an acid bath, they then repaint the alloy and bake the wheels giving a stronger finish.
If you have a problem with newly painted wheels in the West Sussex area, give us a call today! We are happy to come out to see if we can rectify the problem!
0333 444 5454
Does your TPMS light come on at odd times?
Tyre pressure sensors are designed to go off when there is a pressure drop, so that you can be alerted of a puncture. With indirect systems that work off the ABS system, that pressure can be as much as 10psi before the alarm goes off. With the direct system where there is a sensor fitted to the valve in the wheel the pressure drop can be as low as 3 psi to cause an alarm.
With winter approaching the change in temperature will cause the pressure in a tyre to drop and this can be enough to set the alarm off. It is recommended to inflate your tyres by an additional 2 psi at this time of year. You should also check your tyre pressures on a regular basis, a cars manual will tell you this should be done weekly, but if you do it every fortnight you would be better than most people.
At the same time don't ignore the TPMS sensor light as it may be a puncture. If the light comes on you should check the pressures in your tyres immediately, as driving on a flat tyre will destroy it.
Should your sensor valves break or stop working due to a depleted battery, then we at Hometyre can replace them for you. I carry spare parts for most sensors, as well as an array of new sensors in my van, as well as a diagnostic tool to check and programme new sensors.
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