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Ambulance conversion.

A second hand Ambulance/transporter being lovingly restored as a camper van. Almost a complete refurbishment is required to bring it the required comfort level needed.

The outside is in excellent condition for the year of the vehicle, a Renault Master. The front tyres (Michelin) have a good even tread with 6ml  left on and only two years old.

The rear tyres are six  years of age, with severe cracking and perishing. Especially on the outer side wall which  are so bad they look as though they have been slashed with a knife. 

They were replaced with Continental Vanco 225/65/16c commercial tyres.

Once the interior is completed this ambulance/camper will give miles of joy in the years to come.  

 

Free tyre & pressure checks

Here is a brief description of what we do and why we do it. 

We offer free tyre and pressure checks for employers in the area who offer car park spaces for their staff. This service highlights any defects on tyres which may have gone un-noticed by the drivers.

The reason why we offer this service?

Most people do not check or consider the safety aspect of their tyres on a regular basis, often leaving it until their car is due an MOT or it goes in for a service when' the garage' points out that is need of attention.!

Using 'the garage' can not only be a n intimidating experience especially to the females and the unassuming male! but also a costly one.

An MOT will only look at the legal tread depth of a tyre to pass, whereas the condition of the is overlooked. Rubber is a natural product and has a lifespan of around 5 years, during which time the rubber begins to perish. The tyre should then be changed, regardless of the remaining tread depth to avoid any hazardous experiences. The tyre may start bulge in the weakened tyre wall often resulting in a blow out if left un-checked. 

We very strongly about the safety of drivers and particularly the un-necessary accidents caused due to worn out tyres. Did you know that the breaking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only minimum trad depth is almost 12m longer than a new tyre at 50mph? Quite scary!

We realise many people are very busy and do not want to take up their valuable time at weekends by spending time in a dirty garage waiting room......

Hometyre come to you, so taking the hassle out of the whole process.

The service we offer will only advise on issues that need attention:excessive wear, uneven wrar, perishing rubber even flat tyres are the main problems wr find. Hometyre pride themselves on offering a trustworthy service and does not pressure sell if any work needs to be carried out.  

 

Vehicles that lose their locking wheel nuts.

All Hometyre mobile tyre service vehicles are equipped with specialist locking wheel nut removal tooling to safely remove security devices where the original removal device is no longer able to be used or has been lost.

How we do it !

Where the nut or bolt has NOT been overtightened when previously installed, our technicians use two different means of removal.

1. Invasive. Where a tool is used to quite literally break into the head of the item and force it off with torque application. This method may permanently damage the locking wheel nuts/bolts and replacements may be required.

.2. Non-Invasive. Where a unique tool is used to mould to the shape of the installed device and replicate the missing/damaged item. This will not usually damage the locking device at all.

This service cannot be booked online - please call our support team now for POA on 08007839310 or 03334445454 

 

Latest technology in Goodyear/Dunlop Tyres

Tyre giant Goodyear Dunlop have announced a breakthrough in microchip technology for car and tyre development.

Utilising a chip embedded into a tyre and information relayed real time back to the cars onboard computer, it is now possible to use accurate live information relating to tyre temperature, pressure and performance in order to vastly improve driver awareness and safety.

The battery-less system sends data that enables the cars central computer system to automatically refine control algorithms according to the dynamic changes occurring within the tyre throughout the course of every journey. It is stated that improved braking distances, corner control and all round driveability will be felt.

The system has been tested using the leading Dunlop SportMaxx RT range of tyres and distribution into the marketplace will be announced shortly.

 

The Ultimate Tyre

You'd really need to own the type of car worthy of a tyre of this calibre - otherwise it'd be a bit of a waste - but for the road and track going type of motorist, the new MICHELIN PILOT SPORT CUP2is something else!

Now offering up to a 50% longevity improvement on track (not to mention the potential for faster lap times) than its predecessor the PILOT SPORT CUP+, the new product is once again a road legal ultra-high performance monster of a tyre.

 Fitted as original equipment to some of the worlds most incredible cars including theMercedes SLS AMG Black and the Ferrari 458 Speciale, this tyre has even had a completely new development created for it to make it more distinguishable visually too! 

Michelin Velvet Technology® was created to use light absorbing techniques in order to enhance images and information on the sidewall! Flash or what!Described here by Michelin: "Perfectly synchronised to the demands of the best sports cars. Lower rolling resistance for better fuel consumption.Road legal reduced tread depth tyre for road and track use.Fitted as original equipment to Porsche 911, GT2, GT3 and the BMW M3Dual tread compounds. Motorsport outer compound for outstanding dry grip, "full silica" inner compound to optimise wet grip.

Road legal reduced tread depth tyre for road and track use.Fitted as original equipment to Porsche 911, GT2, GT3 and the BMW M3.Dual tread compounds. Motorsport outer compound for outstanding dry grip, "full silica" inner compound to optimise wet grip.Not the cheapest of tyres though, as you'd expect! Check out this 305/30R20 Porsche fitment  available for fitting by Hometyre today from £382.65

 

Locking wheel nut issues.

After realising the customer had a puncture, he tried to change the wheel for the spare at the side of the road. It soon became apparent that he could not find the locking wheel nut. And because of this he had to call out a recovery vehicle to him home. 

Because of the extra charge for the recovery the customer had to wait a week before he could call out Hometyre to remove the locking wheel nuts. The customer tried to remove the nuts himself to no avail. Hence causing more damage.

The removal took an hour and forty five minutes, and the tyre with the puncture was repairable. But because the customer is on benefits again he was unable to get the tyre repaired. So the spare was checked and swapped for the flat tyre. 

Always keep the locking wheel nut save so there are no unfortunate costs to a normal puncture repair. 

 

Tyre and pressure checks

After another successful free tyre and pressure check day, it highlighted the poor condition of the amount of tyres on vehicles. Seven vehicles where checked and five of those were in need of tyres being replaced. 

One particular Suzuki Grand Vitara needed all four plus the spare replacing. The amount of cracking and perishing was the worst i have seen. From 4X4 to Citroën C1 and all needing wheel alignment, due to the uneven wear on the treads.

Because the tyres are made from a natural substance ie rubber, after a period of time it starts to deteriorate. If the vehicles are not doing a lot of miles the tyres will need replacing before they wear out the tread.

Regular checks will identity these issues.  

 

The reason for considering new tyres.

Tyres are constructed using mostly a natural product - rubber. From the date of manufacture, rubber naturally ages and deteriorates. From new the product is in its most durable and elastic state. Even without use, over a number of years rubber will harden and perish. Your tyres may have already covered many thousands of miles and have remained mounted to your wheels for a number of years too. The stresses and strains your tyres are put through each and every time you drive are significant. Couple this wilth the effects of low level ozone and ultra violet light year round as well as crater like potholes and kerb impacts to contend with, your tyres may already be close to breaking point. Unfortunately, often the only real indicator of a tyres current suitability is determined by its failure. Hot, sunny weather often gives us drivers a sense of security on the roads. Grip naturally improves and cornering speeds tend to rise. Our safety - and that of other road users - is wholly reliant on the ability and condition of our tyres to perform. High ambient temperatures, hot road surfaces and higher speeds result in higher tyre pressures (air expands in heat!).  Notice how many more cars, vans and caravans you'll be seeing on dual carriageways, motorways and A/B roads on hot days? Older tyres already strained and more brittle are unable to deflect foreign objects or absorb them without failing in dramatic fashion. Strips of rubber and steel are often found spread across the road where the tyre has simply been unable to contain the air pressure within and consequently tears apart. Motorists can avoid the dangers and hassle of roadside blow outs by checking the age and condition of tyres before use. Check out our "How to check your Tyres" page for more info.Hometyre supply and fit new tyres right at your home or work. No hassle - no fuss and plenty of good information and helpful advice! Call us! 08007839310 from a landline or 03334445454 from a mobile.
 

Tyre awareness on Caravans

It's time when the Caravan contingent start hitting the UK roads. But the question is are they serviced and ready? Many overlook the the tyres in depth, ie the condition and the age of the tyres. Even though the tread may look excellent,the age of the tyre is paramount. The recommended age for renewing the tyres is now 5years. Because they are stood over the winter months in storage the tyres being a natural substance deteriorate, and part of the process is cracking and perishing. Regular checks are paramount. We also recommend the fitting of Tyron bands when possible. The Tyron bands are fantastic invention, not only can they save the owner thousands of pounds but they could more importantly save there life's.
 

Part worn/part safe

One of the worst we've ever seen!

Part worn perils

A very recent visit to a customer in need of help has once again highlighted the serious dangers associated when buying used tyres. The owner of this object had paid £80 for a set of replacment tyres. This one was 14 years old None of the others were fit for road use either with varying unrepairable punctures and damage.That was £80 spent on scrap tyres that could easily have cost the owner and his family their lives. Scary.

The obvious question is that, would you sell your tyres if they still had life in them and you didn't need to??  

 

Preparation for caravan season

While winter hasn't yet imposed it's full potential on us all, you may well already be starting to consider the spring and summer season ahead?Caravans and motorhomes typically remain dormant and static for five or six months from October through to March. It's during this period that potential issues will start to arise and cause you problems at time of next use.It is vitally important to have you vehicle properly checked over before recommissioning. After all, you don't really want to spend the first six hours of your long awaited holiday camped up on a hard shoulder - or worse! Early preparation is the key!1. Even after taking time and care to prevent ingress of damp into your vehicle, this can still occur. It's always best that soft furnishings are removed during prolonged storage but if that isn't possible, check all items thoroughly for signs of mould or mildew - this could lead to a source of a leak or run off area for condensation. A good wash and proper drying out of the vehicle should get it all fresh!2. Check window seals for a build up of moss or mould. These often retain moisture and will quickly bloom when left unattended. Clean back all the seals on both faces and use a mould/mildew remover to get stubborn marks off. This will also help create a better seal for the colder evenings out and about!3. You should really call upon the services of a reputable mobile caravan/motorhome service mechanic. These guys know what to look for and what to pay particular attention to to maximise your safety. If you use gas - which most do - a Corghi approved technician would be preferable to cover all the bases. Water pipes, gas pipes and heater units can all be covered at the same time as well as ensuring the vehicle is properly ventilated! Braking systems and wheel bearings should both be in perfect working order - as should the towing mechanism. While a good DIY mechanic can check these items, it's always best to use a professional!4. Ensure your tyres are up to the job! Good tread is not an indication as to the tyres suitability or condition. Rubber is a natural product and ages from the moment it was manufactured. Ideally, a tyre should be replaced at six years of age - regardless of use or mileage. Prolonged periods remaining static - especially outdoors - can have a dramatic effect on a tyre. Bleaching from the sun can cause extensive perishing of the sidewalls and tread area and the tyre can literally change shape from round to a 'D' shape having sat in one position for months on end. Did you know a tyre has a date of manufacture stamped onto the sidewall? Read here for more info. 5. Consider adding TYRON bands to the safety features of your caravan/motorhome. They offer real peace of mind and many insurers will also offer premium discounts with proof of fitment too! Find out more here or call us for more information on 01743 8611836. Don't forget to check your towing vehicle too (for caravanners). No point going through all the necessary precautions and preparations if the vehicle you are towing with is unprepared. Towing a caravan adds considerable strain on engiine/suspension/brakes/drivetrain and tyres. Any fault or failure on any of these components could have very serious consequences. Ideally try and tie in a full annual service on your towing vehicle just before the holiday season begins - this will avoid further costs! Ensure your tyres are also in good condition - not too old - and that the best ones are fitted to the rear too! Inflate them to the correct setting and don't forget to lower them back down again when your towing is completed for a duration of time.Many of the incidents and accidents involving leisure vehicles are a direct result of poor maintenance and preparation. It really is worth your time and safety to get it right before you turn a wheel!Written by Hometyre Group 16/01/14 All Rights Reserved 
 

Locking wheel nut disaster in Burnley

After noticing the tyre inflation warning light coming on her BMW 3 series coupe ,the customer called Hometyre to check for punctures. After arriving at her place of work we noticed the rear tyre was leaking on the outer side wall. On removal of the wheel nuts it soon became apparent that the nuts were extremely over tightened.  

In trying to loosen the nuts the two foot breaker bar was bending in the process. And when the locking wheel nut was attempted it snapped in half completely. After a period of time trying remove the remaining locking wheel nut the only option was to have it drilled out completely in a appropriate garage.  

This is the reason why all wheel nuts are torqued to the correct setting for that particular vehicle. Eventually the tyres were removed and the rims cleaned replaced with 235/45/18 Maxxis VS01.

 

Flat start to Monday morning.

After realising his wife's car had a puncture and being unable to take the wheel off the three year old Ford Ka, he discovered the wheel was siezed on solid. He was unable to remove the wheel so he called out the professionals:. All the wheels stuck due to corrosion were removed and cleaned.Hometyre East Lancs mobile tyre fitters. Once we arrived we assessed that the car needed two replacement tyres.

The punctured tyre was down to the minimum tread depth along with the opposite tyre. So both were replaced with Maxxis 195/50/15 and swapped to the rear. The rear tyres were taken off and fitted with new valves and rebalanced. All the wheels stuck on due to corrosion were removed and cleaned

If you have a puncture call out the professionals and save yourself time and effort:

Hometyre East Lancs freephone 0333 444 5454/0800 783 9310

 

A common theme

Could this be and become a common problem?These tyres were replaced today on a customers vehicle. The car is a 2012 Mercedes CLK with 30k miles on the clock.The gentleman was unsure how to check his tyres properly but recognised that some of the bulges on the front tyres were perhaps cause for concern. The problem facing many motorists now seems to give rise to this worrying trend of vehicles running on seriously worn/damaged tyres.The issues:1. Service intervals on modern vehicles due to developments within components durability and oil technology have increased to over 30,000 miles in some instances.2. Traction control, ESP and intelligent braking systems, coupled with vastly improved internal noise transmission mean that drivers are less aware when tyres have gone way past the usable and safe window of operation.3. New vehicles only require an Mot after three years. These annual checks for many motorists often represent the only time in a calender year that tyres are properly inspected.4. Wide tyres on low slung vehicles are often very difficult to properly inspect for many motorists. The nature of the suspension set up of many modern vehicles to improve cornering means that inner sections of tyres often wear away much more rapdily than the outer. 5. People are busy making a living to pays bills and often simply overlook something which can often feel fairly trivial but can be a very real killer.Those that have had lives lost or forever altered would always wish for the chance to do it differently a second time round. This particular driver was obviously quite shocked to see the extent of the wear and damage and very relieved not to have suffered as a result - certainly given the wet of late. A series of reasons had occurred as to why these tyres were allowed to go this far.The scare should prevent this happening again for this driver though. Folks, the message may be coming from a tyre retailer so some may just disregard this - but if this scenario sounds familiar to you or someone you know, just take a few minutes to look into it!Wherever you get them replaced and whoever by, it's simply not worth the risk to leave them to chance!
 

Tyre awareness day

After arranging to do a free tyre and pressure check at a local business centre, twelve people came forward with vehicle details. All vehicles were checked for pressure and tyre wear  ranging from a Kia Picanta to a Mercedes C Class. All but two vehicles had tyre wear issues such as low tread to badly perishing. From budget brands ie Events to Continental and Michelin.  One vehicle had two 14 year old tyres  a badly perished 1 and a odd winter tyre fitted. 

If you are not  able to check the tyres regular then get professional advice.  Not only for legal reasons but for your own safety reasons.  

 

Tyre awareness

One tyre ordered,  but 3 tyres were needed.  After arriving to replace a  tyre on the Ford Fiesta, it became apparent that the customer needed 3 tyres due to either no tread or being badly perished. 3X 195/55/15 Matador tyres replaced the Kumho ones.

Regular tyre and pressure checks could have prevented the costly outcome.

The narrow cobbled street where she lived didn't help with tyre wear because the owner was having to park on the kerb, causing damage to the side walls of the tyres.

Regular tyre and pressure checks saves money and more importantly saves lives.

 

Mobile Tyre Fitting awareness

I spent most of yesterday leaflet dropping to local businesses in the Accrington, East Lancs area to highlight awareness of my Mobile Tyre Fitting, Puncture Repair service.  On 3 separate occasions I indicated that some vehicles were in desperate need of new tyres as they were either illegal (less than the minimum 1.6mm) or unroadworthy.

New tyre replacements are being arranged for later this week for an Audi A4; 4 x 225/50/17 Continental Premium Contact 2, a VW vanette; 4 x 215/65/16 Nexen N'blue and a Ford Transit; 2 x 215/65/16 Goodyear Efficient Grip SUV.

If you need someone to check that your tyres are still safe and road worthy then give us a call on 0800 783 9310.

 

Bad start to the day

After getting ready for work the customer realised she had a puncture. After taking the wheel off it became apparent the tyre had been driven on for some time. The inner sidewall was badly damaged, and once I'd taken the tyre of the rim the inside of the tyre was full of disintegrated rubber. Therefore I was unable to repair it. 

Luckily I had a replacement in the van a Sunny 195/55/16. A budget tyre but still a tyre to get the customer back on the road.

The tyre with the puncture was a Continental with excellent tread but unrepairable due to being driven on whilst flat for some time. Regular tyre checks can prevent costly repairs and replacements. 

 

Fist car eye opener

A 18 year old birthday surprise was a Ford Fiesta 1.2L. After driving it for the first time she noticed it pulling to left  and having a bad vibration on the steering.  A wheel alignment and balance was recommended.  On setting up the laser alignment equipment, it soon became apparent just  how far the tracking was out. Once that was adjusted the four wheels were rebalanced.  On one of the wheels it had a inner tube fitted inside a tubeless tyre, which was taken out and replaced with correct valve and balanced with only 15grms of weight, not 135grms.

 The four tyres all looked new but having had a closer inspection the year of manufacture varied between 2002 and 2005 thus meaning the oldest tyre was twelve years old.  The customer was recommended replacing the tyres asap. 4 Nexan NBlue 185/55/14 have been recommended for the amount of milage that the vehicle will be doing. 

 It just goes to show that tyres can look new but on closer inspection they can be old and unfit for purpose not to mention safety aspect.

 

Repeat customer in Clitheroe

A repeat customer in Clitheroe with a Vauxhall Zafira has had a third tyre replaced. Due to hard times he his changing the tyres 1 at a time. The first being the worst etc. Although the tyres are legal they have started to perish on the sidewall due to age and deterioration. Event 205/55/16 although a budget brand its still adequate for the customers needs ie low mileage. 

Not only should the tread depth be checked regularly but the condition of the tyre is just as important, if not more so.  

 


 


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