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Audi team up with Hankook
The premium tyre maker Hankook is now also providing original fitment tyres for the new Audi RS 4 Avant, this has a powerful V6 bi-turbo engine, which now has 600Nm torque and weighs 80kg less than its predecessor and is bound to live up to the expectations of sports car drivers. Permanent all-wheel drive in combination with 19 or 20 inch tyres on all wheels guarantees the necessary traction and power required for accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.
The first vehicles were delivered at the beginning of the year are being fitted with Hankook Ventus S1 evo² with noise-absorbing "sound absorber®" technology in 265/35R19 98Y XL (Standard) or 275/30R20 97Y XL (optional).
Hankook Ventus S1 evo² provide very sporty handling to match the Audi RS 4 Avant. Hankook engineers have made sure that comfort and durability have not been neglected despite the focus on high grip and precise handling.
Hankook's flagship tyre was able to demonstrate not only its sportiness, but its durability, comfort and safety too. Short braking distances and an above-average performance in the wet were achieved through the advanced styrene-polymer-silica mixture used for the tread. In addition, the multiple tread radius technology and lightweight rayon carcass always guarantee optimum tread contact for the best possible contact with the road during operation. The innovative DTM inspired 3-layer block design with its special staircase arrangement of the outer rib blocks thus ensures consistently high grip even as the tyre wear progresses, thereby guaranteeing very good traction and braking performance throughout the entire lifetime of the tyre.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Hankook tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
New VW Polo team up with Falken as OE fitment
Volkswagen have selected Falken as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the sixth-generation VW Polo.
Falken will be supplying its premium tyre models AZENIS FK453, SINCERA 838A ECORUN, ZIEX ZE914A EC and the winter tyre HS449 for factory fitting.
"The range and attributes of our tyres complement the broad requirements of the VW Polo. From tyres for drives seeking a sporting ride through to tyres for drivers whose priorities are energy efficiency and mileage, we will deliver tyres to suit every application." comments Christian Stolting, Key Account Manager OE at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH.
The Falken FK453 has delighted sporty drivers with the ultra-high-performance tyre also succeeding in convincing the test teams at german motoring magazine Auto Zeitung. The FK453 has been praised for its top performance in agility, braking and high speed in wet conditions on the test circuit, rating the tyre 'Highly Recommended'.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Falken tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
How Long Should You Keep Your Winter Tyres Fitted?
Our first full-on wintry blast for 2017-18 across the UK hit mid December. The severity was mixed, with the Midlands being hit hardest. Arguably this came quite early as recent history has tended to hit us with adverse weather much later in the winter months. It wasn't too long ago that snow fell in early April shortly before record high temperatures were recorded later in the same month!
Already we've had a number of clients over the country booking us to replace their summer tyres back on over the coming days. The consideration being that as temperatures appear to be settling above 7C more often than not, that they will prematurely wear the winter tyres out if left fitted.
While winter tyres work best at 7C and below, they will still provide excellent grip and braking safety at temperatures above this point. Weather in the UK can change rapidly, as we all know, and it's most often these times that catch out motorists unexpectedly.
Our advice is to keep winter tyres fitted until at least mid-March and possibly longer the further north you live in the UK. Unless you are an exceptionally high mileage user, the benefits far outweigh any potential small increase in wear rate.
Unsure whether you should still consider fitting winter tyres mid way through winter? Consider one of the increasing range of All Season type tyres we have available. Offering performance in ALL weather conditions year round, these tyres don't need to be swapped over at all. Call us for more information.
Potholes and Punctures!
The New Year brings a busy start across the Hometyre network! The recent bad weather and low temperatures has given rise to an increase in the number of potholes in the roads - causing considerable tyre damage and punctures.
For Hometyre clients though, a quick call to the team and their car is soon made roadworthy while they carry on with their working (or relaxing) day.
A sudden deflation after a pothole strike will often signal bad signs for your tyres future. Sidewalls get pinched and rip apart in severe cases.
Even if nothing appears to go wrong though, it's vitally important that you check, or have someone check your tyre(s) for damage. Sometimes an impact can damage the internal components of your tyre and cause a large bulge to appear on the sidewall (inner or outer). Left unattended, this will eventually blow out fully and often catastrophically. Don't leave it to chance.
Hometyre supply and fit tyres for cars, 4x4s, caravans and light commercial vans at your home or work address. Wherever possible we attend
Tis the Season to Check Rubber....
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It's got a ring to it...?
On a serious note though, with all the fuss and panic over Christmas shopping, food shopping and planning, planning planning etc, it's really easy to neglect your car at this time of year. With the shorter and colder days here too, we're all less likely to wash the car or bother to check it over before a journey.
A few minutes braving the cold though could well save you far more than just a few points and a fine...
At this time of year, your tyres are super important. Low tread means low grip, poor steering and poor braking - all things you really don't want to suffer out on the roads.
Did you know that in every tyre there are little blocks in the grooved area of the tread? These blocks (called TDIs Tread Depth Indicators) are preset at 2mm, which is the lowest point you should run your tyres to. If any part of the tyre is flush with one of these blocks, it's time to replace. Easy!
And remember, if you're busy, we bring the entire fitting centre directly to you, wherever you are and at spcific times of day to suit. With low prices and ultimate convenience - make sure that travelling this winter is safe and surefooted.
Hometyre also supply a full range of all-season and winter tyres too. Call us for more information. 0800 7839310
Auto Express name Michelin CrossClimate+ as Best All-Season Tyre
After extensive independent testing by Auto Express Michelin's CrossClimate+ has been named as the best all-season tyre.
The publication tested eight all-season tyres and concluded that the CrossClimate+ was 'best suited to UK conditions'.
'In Wet braking it needed 1.5 metres less than the next best,' the report said, while in the dry it 'took more than four metres less to stop' than the nearest competitor.
It was the quickest by almost two seconds around the handling track where 'it was precise, required much less lock and let us get on the accelerator earlier and harder'.
Jamie McWhir, car and 4X4 technical manager for Michelin in the UK, said: "We're really pleased with these results. When the CrossClimate was launched more than two years ago we knew it was an ideal tyre for the UK, where winters tend to be wet with only occasional snow."
"The CrossClimate+ has gone even further across a whole range of performance criteria, which means there is no need to compromise in either the summer or the winter - and it delivers safety and comfort right down to the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. It's testament to our commitment to research and development and we're very proud of it."
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Michelin tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Tyre pressure monitoring system checks
National Tyre Safety Month continues with TyreSafe reminding drivers to not rely solely on tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
While this valued technology has been proven to improve road safety by advising of a change in tyre pressure, drivers need t check their TPMS is working and be aware that is does not warn drivers of the condition of their tyres. While typically reliable the system can fail and batteries in the wheel-mounted sensors can run out.
All new cars sold are now fitted with TPMS as mandatory. To check it's working, drivers need to ensure the TPMS symbol comes on with all the other warning lights when the ignition key is turned and goes out after the engine starts.
Regrettable, too many drivers are ignoring the warning lights as the number of MOT failures due to faulty TPMS systems rose by over 200% between 2015 and 2016
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said "The introduction of TPMS was a valuable step forward in tyre safety but drivers should be more aware of it and the warnings it is capable of producing. Tyre Safety Month is the ideal time to learn exactly what is does so you don't rely on it to warn you of defects it simply cannot detect. Don't have a Bad Air Day double-check your TPMS system is working as it should."
Hometyre offer TPMS checks, can advise on battery life and can replace fully systems or service parts.
It's Seasonal Swap Over Time
It's October! And while we're still clinging onto a few warm days and airing arms and legs in t-shirts and shorts (with rapidly diminishing frequency), it's just a few weeks until some potentially nasty cold weather is greeting us during travel times...
If you're already accustomed to making the seasonal switch from summer tyres to winter tyres then it's time to plan ahead and book us in during October. If the weather turns abruptly, it can get pretty busy very quickly!
If you've never considered using winter tyres and you rely on your vehicle for work/university/school run etc, then consider the benefits:
A cold weather tyre performs best at 7C and below. The design and composition of the tread and rubber means that unlike a summer tyre which hardens at lower temperatures, these tyres remain supple and grippy throughout. The tread blocks (sipes) act like a centipedes legs, forcing there way onto the road surface in wet /slushy and even in snowy conditions. Braking distances are massively improved, as is cornering stability. All very positive attributes for winter driving.
There's also now the uprise of the All Season tyre too. These tyres offer good year round capabilities - a kind of jack of all weathers - but master of none! A great option for the urban motorist who is unlikely to suffer serious extremes.
Whatever your winter motoring rubber requirements - call us for help and guidance. We're even prefered suppliers of the world-beating NOKIAN Wnter tyre range too. 08007839310
National Tyre Safety Month 2017
National tyre safety month kicks off with the question "Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?"
A study conducted by TyreSafe suggests as many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures, increasing vehicles' fuel consuption and the risk of being involved in an incident. Not only does the vehilce become more difficult to control, the amount of tyre in contact with the road can be halved. If it isn't touching the road properly, a tyre's grip is compromised, meaning it takes longer to stop, espcially in the wet.
A tyre can wear 10% more quickly if it's 10% below the manufacturer's recommended settings and the extra effort needed to turn the wheels means the vehicle burns more fuel. Research by TyreSafe shows an extra £600 million is potentially being spent on fuel bills by drivers because their tyres are under-inflateds. It's also adding the amount of CO2 the vehicle burns.
To reduce the risks while driving and save themselves money, drivers are reminded to check their air pressures at least once a month and before long journeys.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said "Keeping tyres properly inflated is easy to do, keeps drivers and other road users safe, and saves money. It's a win-win situation so it's remarkable how many motorists don't ensure the pressures are correct for the vehicle and the load it is carrying. Tyre Safety Month is the ideal time to start the routine of ensuring every driving day is a good air day."
Vehicles typically have two tyre pressure settings. These will need to be adjusted depending on whether the vehicle is fully loaded or has a light load. Most vehicles have these displayed either in the fuel filler cap, door shut or even glovebox, but the will certainly be in the owner's handbook.
Nexen Tire to supply OE tyres to a Number of European carmakers
Leading global tyre manufacturer Nexen Tire has announced that it will be expanding its original equipment tyre supplies in the European market.
The Nexen N'blue HD Plus will be Supplied as OE tyres o a number of European carmakers, including Škoda, Volkswagen and SEAT.
The new upgraded Volkswagen Polo, a compact hatchback and one of Volkswagen's best-selling models will be fitted the N'ble HD Plus in size 215/45R17 95W. They will also be fitting this in sizes 205/60R16 92V and 215/60R16 95V on the new compact SUV Volkswagen's T-Roc.
The N'blue HD Plus will also be fitted to the SEAT Ibiza in the size 215/45R17 91W in addition to SEAT's first SUV Ateca in the size 215/60R16 95V.
"We are proud that our products satisfy the requirements of global carmakers in Europe," said Nexen Tire. "Nexen Tire will contiue to expand its presence in the global market through its commitment to innovation and quality.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Nexen tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Mobile Tyre Fitting in Norwich and Norfolk
New area goes 'live' September 20th! Hometyre have further extended UK coverage to now include a large part of Norfolk too. Concentrating within the areas between Norwich and Thetford, the local team are now ready to repair and replace tyres with the same dedication, enthusiasm and service as is available elsewhere across the UK.
We're looking forward to working with private motorists and business customers alike - offering our full range of services including:
- New Tyres for car, 4x4, van, caravan, motorhome and trailer
- Puncture Repairs carried on site to BSAU159 standards
- Full Wheel Alignment using state-of-the-art laser technology
- TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) Repair, Reprogram and Replacement
- Locking Wheel Nut Removal Service
For Local bookings CALL 01603558404 or 03334445454
New SUV Winter tyres by Falken
Falken is expanding its winter tyre portfolio with the new EUROWINTER HS01 SUV. Like the EUROWINTER HS01, the SUV models have been developed using state-of-the-art technology to deliver top directional stability, superb aquaplaning resistance and excellent grip in wet, icy and snowy conditions.
"A winter tyre specifically for SUVs is the logical continuation of our strategy of supplying an extensive product portfolio for growing and profitable market sectors," says Andreas Giese, Senior Manager Division Corporate Planning at Falekn Tyre Europe GmbH. "We have also expanded the EUROWINTER HS01 and EUROWINTER VAN01 rages by adding more sizes; there are now 77 new car sizes and 17 light truck and van sizes. This will boost our market coverage in these sectors."
The EUROWINTER HS)! SUV is now available in 12 sizes, with a further 27 to be added to the catalogue in 2018. Falken will supply the EUROWINTER HS01 SUV in rim diameters 16 to 19 inches, in series 55 to 70 and in speed rating H, V and W.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Falken tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
All Season or Winter Tyres for 2017/18?
Are you starting to think about the (sorry!) forthcoming winter? If you're a regular winter tyre user, at some point in October you'll no doubt be making the switch back off your summer rubber in preparation for the cold season.
Tyre manufacturers have recognised that across Europe - and particularly in the UK, the winter season has changed. Prolonged sub zero temperatures and extreme weather appears to have been replaced by a colder version of August! While there is no real substitute for proper cold weather tyres to handle true wintry conditions on untreated and less well used roads, there is certainly a good case for a tyre that can be kept on year round and offer a good range of capabilities.
Enter the ALL SEASON tyre. Many manufacturers now have a range of all season offerings across popular sizes. These tyres bridge the gap between a summer and winter tyre and provide a level of performance in both seasons without particularly compromising on wear rates, comfort, noise or fuel economy.
These probably represent a great alternative for urban motorists who wish to retain the peace of mind and surefootedness of a winter tyre at low temperatures without the need for biannual swap overs and tyre storage associated with true winter options.
Of course if the weather does deteriorate to conditions that we last experienced back in 2011, or you rely on your vehicle daily, for whatever reason, then the investment in a full set of winter tyres will prove invaluable.
Whatever your preference, we're happy to offer our best advice and a range of options to suit. Our mobile service allows you to swap over summer to winter tyres at home - saving you the cost of storage facilities (provided you've got a little space to keep them, of course).
Hometyre are preferred suppliers of arguably the finest winter tyres available - NOKIAN. Manufactured in Scandinavia, Nokian invented and have continuously developed this product over many decades. Call us for more information.
The Michelin Cross Climate All Season & the Nokian WRG2 Winter Tyre
Winter Tyres by Nokian
From their invention of winter tyres in 1934 Nokian Tyres have continued to lead the way with a full range of car, van & 4x4 tyre and bring safe, innovative, high performance winter products to the global market.
A completely new portfolio of products for 2017 from Nokian Tyres include the WRD4, WRA4 and the Nokian Weatherproof, the first year round tyre carrying the 3PMSF taking All Season, Beyond All Seasons.
Nokian Tyres have created a unique innovation in their SUV products with an Aramid Sidewalls, increasing reliability and durability by implementing staple Aramid fibres to the sidewall which are also used in military and aerospace applications.
Hometyre are an authorised UK dealer and fit the full range of Nokian tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
New Yokohama Winter Tyres
With winter fast approaching, Yokohama offers a comprehensive range of premium winter tyres ideal for driviers of all cars, 4x4s and light commercial vehicles lookingincreased saftey, preformance and guaranteed mobility throughout the winter.
New for 2017, the first Yokohama brand winter tyre to use the advanced "BlueEarth" fuel-efficient technologies, the BluEarth W*drive V905 has been designed to meet Europe's increasingly stringent environmental regulations. The tyre features a directional pattern with wide grooves and a new compound offering superior stability and performance on snow, ice and wet roads, Ideal for drivers of perofrmance cars, medium sized cars an SUVs. The BluEarth W*drive V905 is available in sizes from 15"-22".
Also from Yokohama's W*Drive winter tyre range, the W*drive V902 tyre is specially constructed using a flexible polymer compound with a unique high-rigid asymmetric tread design to drain water, snow and slush effectively while 3D shaped sipes provide excellent traction in a wide range of temperature zones, for drivers with RunFlat tyres Yokohama offers the W*drive V902 ZPS (Zero Pressure Systen) winter tyre, featuring all the same benefits, with the added reassurance should a puncture occur.
From Yokohama's recently expanded all terrain, 4X4 and SUVtyre range, the Geolandar A/T G015 showcases the latest compound technology and new tread pattern. Festurign the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, a trusted mar that the tyre is suited to winter driving. The G015 offers improved grip in wet, icy and snowy conditions. It is optimised to deliver better wet braking, improved hydroplaning resistance, greater wear resistance and lower noise.
The W*drive WY01 allows vans and other light commercial vehicles to continue to operate in the most reacherous of winter conditions. This tyre has been optimised for wet braking and handling, delivering excellent performance on both snow and ice with excellent durability.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Yokohama tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
All Season Tyres
With the weather becoming a little more sporadic and seasons not necessarily falling when expected, the use of All Season tyres is growing in the UK.
Pirelli has developed a range of All Season tyres for cars, SUVs and vans.
For the car solution, Cinturato All Season, is a tyre that works equally well throughout the year and offers the highest standards of safety on every road surface. It is perfect in summer, without any of the performance drop-off seen by winter tyres in warmer conditions, and works just as well in non-extreme winter conditions, as typically seen in towns and cities. The Cinturato All Season delivers its very best performance in those conditions where having either a summer tyre or winter tyre would be a compromise.
For SUVs Pirelli offers the Scorpion Verde All Season, which like the Cinturato All Season, is designed to provide optimum performance in both summer and winter conditions. This tyre is homologated for a range of high-performance vehicles including the Porsche Macan, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC90.
For the vans the Carrier All Season have been developed. This tyre also carried the snowflake symbol on the sidewall signifying it's suitable for winter use in markets where legislation requires drivers to change to winter-specific rubber. In selected sizes the Carrier All Season also benefits from Pirelli's innovative safety system 'Seal Inside'.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Pirelli tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
New 8am Opening Time!
Great news for the early birds!
We're now open to take your calls from 8am Monday to Saturday. Get your day organised and your Hometyre visit booked early.
Goodyear chosen for brand new Volkswagen Arteon
Goodyear has announced the award winning Ultra-High Performance Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tyre, equipped with the latest SealTech technology, has been accedited by VW for OE fitment on the new Arteon.
Goodyears SealTech technology is their latest extended mobility solution, based on a post-cure sealant technology. SealTech seals puntures up to 5mm diameter in the tread area of the tyre. The SealTech marking will be visable on the sidewall of the tyre.
"We are proud to broaded our portfolio and to introduce Goodyear SealTech on the new VW Arteon. There is a growing interest in extended mobility solutions from both vehicle manufacturers and consumers, and we continye to invest in the development of technologies such as SealTech to fulfil that demand." Says Nick Harley, Manaing Director OE Consumer Goodyear EMEA
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Goodyear tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
It's Summer! (But Don't Go Getting All Complacent....)
It'd be easy to neglect the car a little at this time of year - certainly without the worry of frosty mornings, slippery roads and bleak skies.
For the sake of a few simple checks though, a whole host of problems and hassle can be avoided during your holiday travels....
5 Easy Checks for Peace of Mind Summer Driving
1. TYRES. (Oh come on, you knew we'd start with these!)
Get those pressures checked. Low pressure increases fuel consumption and places massive strain on your tyres. Couple this with extra weight such as luggage etc and problems could lie ahead. A visual check will highlight low tread, cuts, bulges and perishing. How old are your tyres? 6-7 years and you really need to think about renewing! Make sure (if you have one?) that the spare is fit for use and the tools required to change it are present - including the locking nut key...
Modern cars are so much more reliable mechanically than they used to be but they still need regularly checking for coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid and oil levels. Don't forget the washer bottle either. Add some detergent to break down the bugs.(and it's not a bad call to carry water reserves for you too! Traffic jams in the heat aren't pleasant!)
3. CONTACT NUMBERS
Create a list in your 'phone for travel related numbers. Are you in a breakdown scheme? Do you have your insurers details? Obviously you need 03334445454 for tyre related stuff!
4. GLASS and MIRRORS
Good vision is absolutely vital to safe motoring. Bright sunlight on grubby glass can cause huge restrictions in vision. Easiest way to clean them? Spray on normal window cleaner and use newspaper to wipe it off! Something about the paper soaks up all the grease and leaves glass crystal clear!
5. LIGHTING & WIPERS
Last, but not least, grab a friend do operate the controls and do a light check around the car. Those brake lights will be vital if you're on foreign roads. Don't forget,you may need to carry spares legally too!
TIP: Indicators should flash orange! If they look white then the bulbs need replacing...
Check your windscreen wipers are cleaning the screen properly and the rubber isn't split.
TIP: Use window cleaner on a soft cloth to wipe down the rubber blades to remove dirt and debris
Too many holiday makers jump in their cars all geared up for a well earned break - only to waste hours or even days due to perfectly avoidable issues.
Don't forget to check that your MOT and service is up to date before travelling too!
Aged Tyres? What's it all about?
You may have heard the name Frances Molloy in the press recently? It's not a name synonymous with tyre safety historically. Sadly she'x only become a serious campaigner due to the loss of her son after a bus crash. The results of the crash investigation laid blame solely on the catastrophic blow-out of one of the vehicles tyres.
At present, there is no legislation in place to prevent the use of aged tyres on any vehicle and yet the risks to us all are massive. Let's explain...
For most people, a tyre is just a thing that has to be fitted in order to use a vehicle. There's not a great deal of thought placed on the huge role it plays in the prevention of an early termination to your life each and every time you drive, or are driven in a vehicle. In fact, while our government (one of very few left in Europe) actually allows the sale of used tyres to unsuspecting motorists and fails to monitor the conditions of these sales at all, it's almost easy to understand why so many people are completely complacent in their thinking about tyre safety. If the government appears to think that there's no issue in allowing unscrupulous traders to sell dangerous scrap as 'part worn' then why should we worry?
Well worry we should. You see a tyre is made from predominantly rubber - a natural product. Throw in a whole host of other materials as well of course but mostly rubber. Like any natural product (ourselves included) rubber ages from minute one. From soft and elastic it becomes harder and more brittle with age. Add the elements of weathering, road abuse and forces of acceleration and that tyres working lwindow rapdily diminishes with every year.
Back to Mrs Molloy's son. The bus he was travelling had tyres on it that were over ten years old. One reached the point of no return and let go. He died as a result. This should not have happened and could have easily been avoided.
Every tyre is marked with a date code. A four digit number that denotes the week and year of manufacture. Mrs Mooloy is campaigning hard for new rules to be introduced to prevent the use of tyres over ten years of age - and we fully support her.
Every year we fit thousands of caravan tyres up and down the UK. Owners of these vehicles change their tyres at 5 years of age. WE can honestly say that we've never replaced a worn out caravan tyre. In fact sometimes they look like new!
We've not been guided from above about the importance of tyre safety - so naturally, most of us disregard it - until it's too late.
The TYRED campaign is gathering momentum and should this be recognised and passed, we can only hope that tyre saftey finally gets the recognition it has deserved for so long.
- Tyre Info
- How to Check Your Tyres
- UK Tyre Laws
- Tyre Data and Symbol Guide
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- Winter tyres & Seasonal Tyre Swapping
- European Winter Tyre Regulations
- Vehicle Manufacturers Tyre info
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