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New Continental PremiumContact 6
We are starting to see the new Continental PremiumContact 6 in a wide range of sizes becoming available for supply and fitting. The new PremiumContact 6 will gradually replace its successful predecessors, the ContiPremiumContact 5 and ContiSportContact5 both of which were high-selling models in the original equipment and replacement markets.
The new PremiumContact 6 offers top-class braking performance, particularly on wet roads. The compounding experts at Continental in Hanover have come up with solutions that enable substantial progress in other tyre parameters without having to surrender the tyre's high safety reserves. On the EU Tyre Label the PremiumContact 6 achieves the top "A" rating for wet grip.
The new tyre also presents a 15 percent improvement in mileage compared to its predecessor, and at the same time interior and exterior tyre/road noise is down by as much as 10 percent progress achieved through the combination of an abrasion-resistant polymer compound with a supple tread pattern. Handling and rolling resistance are also respectively three and five per cent better, while wet and dry braking performance remains at the same level as with the outgoing tyre.
Alongside safety and comfort, Continental strove to give the PremiumContact 6 sportier handling than the ContiPremiumContact 5. To this end, Continental's tyre developers adopted the shoulder design from the SportContact 6 and combined it with asymmetrical tread rib geometry. This 'advanced macro-block design' employs long shoulder blocks that support one another, providing additional grip. The resultant complex block structure in the tyre shoulder is capable of effectively transferring very high forces, such as those generated under cornering. The asymmetrical rib structure in the tread delivers a similar level of performance in transferring lateral guidance forces.
"The main requirement of the new PremiumContact 6 is to deliver uncompromising safety," says Prof. Dr. Burkhard Wies, Head of Tyre Line Development EMEA/Americas OE and Replacement at Continental. "Developing a tyre that is so balance that is can meet this demanding requirement and at the same time deliver maximum comfort and precise, dynamic handling, as well as high mileage and low rolling resistance was both a major challenge and huge motivator."
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Continental tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Two New Tyres Released by Firestone
Firestone have launched a new top performing touring tyre and a new van tyre in the space of a few days.
Roadhawk, a tyre built to perform longer and offer drivers best in class wet grip and dry braking, will add to the Firestone range along with the Vanhawk 2. Jake Rønsholt, Bridgestone Europe's consumer managing director, said "Firestone has been producing quality tyres for more than 100 years. We understand what tyres have to go through and we listen to what drivers want. The new Roadhawk is designed to give everyday drivers a high level of safety and long-lasting performance, whatever the conditions."
The new Roadhawk has been tested and proven by TÜV SÜD, the largest independent institute for tyre and wheel technology in Europe and has received the coveted TÜV SÜD Certification Mark.
The Firestone Roadhawk has been designed to provide the highest possible level of wet control with its unique tread pattern and specially-developed compounds. The Roadhawk achieves the top 'A' EU-label grade for wet grip. This even beats many brands in the premium-price tyre segment.
Independent TÜV SÜD tests show the new tyre also provides best in class dry braking performance, with braking distances up to three metres shorted than competitor tyres. Roadhawk is designed to provide long-lasting performance throughout the tyre's life span. Tests also show that the Roadhawk outperforms its competitors in the wet after 20,000 kilometres' wear.
Roadhawk also offers up to 20% better wear performance than its predecessor Firestone TZ300. In addition, construction of the new tyre features a lightweight carcass tuned for low rolling resistance giving motorists the reassurance to lower fuel consumption.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Firestone tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
2017 Caravan and Motorhome Season Coming Soon
It may still be February but the nights are now noticeably drawing out and a few spring buds are breaking through. Not that we couldn't still be hit with a cold snap, of course, but already we're starting to receive plenty of bookings for new tyres and Tyron™ bands from customers preparing their vehicles for the year ahead.
A firm favourite for owners of caravans and motorhomes across large parts of the UK, our mobile services really do make the whole process of replacing tyres so much easier. Order your choice of tyres from a vast range of brands and sizes and we'll make sure we'll only fit the freshest and most recently manufactured tyres that we can.
Whether your vehicle is stored at home or at a designated storage site, our fully self sufficient mobile tyre fitting vehicles will come to you at the date and time that you prefer. Tyres are fitted and balanced on site and your old tyres removed for proper environmental disposal.
And it's not just tyres and Tyron™ we can do for you! We also supply and fit TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) to enable you to accurately monitor real time pressures from your driving seat - a must have when you're out on the roads with your valuable asset
Call the team today for help, advice, pricing and to book your fitting date and time. We're looking forward to looking after you! 03334445454
New summer tyre for Light Trucks and Vans by Falken
Falken presents a new summer tyre tailored for light trucks and vans. The LINAM VAN01 has been added to their product range.
The LINAM VAN01 optimised tread pattern, with large central sipes and a wide flat profile, provides even pressure distribution throughout the footprint area. This boosts grip, improves braking performance and driving stability, and enhances wear life. The sidewalls incorporate optimally positioned reinforcements, which deliver additional durability and help to prevent damage from kerb contact and poor road surfaces. With these great new features, the LINAM VAN01 offers 15% longer service life compared to its predecessor.
The innovative new casing design ensures sidewall contours remain evenly circular, even at high speeds. It also reduces vibration, enhancing driver comfort and ensuring smooth driving and shorter braking distances.
The LINAM VAN01 and FALKEN's winter van tyre EUROWINTER VAN01, both utilised the company's pioneering 4D Nano Design technology. This innovative rubber compound is designed to deliver maximum grip and improved rolling resistance. As a result, the FALKEN LINAM VAN01 offers 16% better rolling resistance compared to its predecessor.
The new LINAM VAN01 will be available in spring 2017 in 21 sizes. FALKEN will market the LINAM VAN01 in rim diameters of 14-16 inches, an aspect ratio of 60-85 and come with speed ratings of R, S, T and H
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Falken Tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Volkswagen Chose Falken Tyres for the new Tiguan models
Falken Tyres have been chosen as the original equipment manufacturer for the Volkswagen Tiguan models.
Falken are supplying ZIEX ZE914A ECORUN 215/65R17 99V will be factory-equip the new vehicles.
German motoring magazine Auto Motor und Sport have described the tyres as "well-balanced in wet conditions, with extremely neutral handling and extremely precise steering. Offering good ride comfort."
"The ZIEX ZE914A ECORUN is an outstanding tyre and an excellent fit for the new SUV class from Wolfsburg's automotive specialists," Enthuses Christian Stolting, Key Account Manager OE at Falken Tyre Europe. "We're delighted that Volkswagen has chosen our tyres as original equipment for a further vehicle model in its portfolio, and regard the decision as confirmation of our tyres' performance."
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Falken tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Survey reveals 53% of Brits cannot change a tyre
A recent survey conducted by an online retailer reveals on average 53% of people cannot change a car tyre.
This can be problematic when you have to change to your spare tyre on the roadside. Although you should not attempt to change a wheel in a dangerous place, like on a motorway, ideally you should pull into a car park or quiet lay-by or side street
Learning the basics of how to change the tyre yourself could help you continue on your journey and have the flat tyre fixed or replaced when you get home.
In your car you should have the following items: jack, locking wheel nut key (if lock nuts are fitted), wheel nut wrench, screwdriver, spare wheel (inflated to correct pressure), owners manual.
First try to park on a reasonably flat area, then put on your handbrake to stop the car from moving.
If your car has a hubcap, wheel trim or covers over the wheel nuts you need to remove this first using the screwdriver. You must then loosen the wheel nuts and locknut about ¼ of a turn using the wrench, this will prevent the wheel from spinning once it is raised off the ground.
The next job is to jack the car up, use the owners manual to find the correct jacking point (some cars have a small triangle imprinted into the sill indicating the correct point) jacking in the wrong position could damage the underneath of the car.
With the jack properly positioned, slowly raise the vehicle until the flat tyre is clear of the ground. You can then remove the wheel nuts.
Next, remove the flat tyre and put it to one side. The next job is to fit the spare wheel, lift the wheel up and place it on the hub, lining up the bolt holes. You may have to raise the car a little higher using the jack to allow for the inflated spare tyre. Replace the wheel nuts and using the wrench nip them up lightly.
You can now carefully lower the jack and remove it from under the car. The next job is to tighten the nuts fully using the wrench , do not over-tighten the nuts by standing on them. Using a torque wrench is the best method of tightening the nuts to the correct setting if you have one. The reason you tighten the nuts when the car is on the ground is because the wheel won't rotate like it would if it were still jacked up in the air.
Once complete remember to put the locknut key back in a safe place (boot or glovebox).
Or call us at Hometyre! Our mobile service technicians can come to you - rain or shine - light or dark. 03334445454
New Hometyre trading area - South Manchester
Hometyre are really pleased to announce further coverage expansion within the UK. We now offer our full range of services for motorists across the South Manchester area - taking in Altrincham, Macclesfield, Stockport, Glossop, Alderley Edge and surrounding areas.
New customers in the area now have access to the only mobile tyre service offering: to-the-minute appointments, new tyre replacement up to 24" including Run Flat options, on site wheel alignment, locking wheel nut removal service, puncture repairs, Tyron band fitting and full Tyre Pressure Monitoring System repair and replacement.
Call today for a quote. 03334445454
New Year opening hours
Please note We will be closed Monday 2nd January 2017
We will be back to normal office hours 8:30am - 6pm Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
Season Greetings from Hometyre 2016
We'd all like to wish our customers from across the UK a very Happy Christmas and safe holiday period.
While there are of course many other things to think about before the 'big' day and thereafter, please spare a thought for your transport. Loading up the car with kids and presents to visit loved ones will put strain on poorly maintained tyres and could give rise to some complications.
Check your pressures (don't rely on the car telling you there's a problem - it doesn't always work like that!) and make sure you have good tread depth available. At this time of year, you need a good 3mm available!
If you need any help, we're here until 12.30pm on Saturday, 24th.
Holiday Period Opening Hours
Please note, the sales team opening hours* are as follows:
Saturday 24th 0830-1230
Sunday 25th - CLOSED
Monday 26th - CLOSED
Tuesday 27th - CLOSED
Wednesday 28th - 0830-1800
Thursday 29th - 0830 - 1800
Friday 30th - 0830 - 1800
Saturday 31st - 0830 - 1230
Monday 2nd January - CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January- 0830 -1800
Wednesday 4th January - 0830 -1800
*We do not have full UK fitting coverage during the holiday period due to technician annual leave. Please call for availability in your area.
New Hankook survey says UK drivers at risk due to tyre safety
1 in 10 UK cars have never checked their tyre pressure and at least half of drivers surveyed are unaware of the legal limits for tyre tread on their vehicle has been revealed by a new study by Hankook Tyres, furthermore despite it being recommended to check your tyre pressure every week, 1 in 5 drivers in the UK are only checking their tyre pressure every 6 months.
The survey delved into driver;s awareness surrounding tyre safety with the poll and found 70% of drivers not changing the tyres on their vehicle until there is a problem or they are advised to, 40% said that tyres are most important to maintain on a car.
With winter now upon us, the research looked into driving in wintry conditions with a massive three quarters of drivers not confident driving in wintry conditions and less than 10% of drivers, which means they could be putting themselves and other road users at risk by under-estimating the distance.
"The number of reported casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents over the last 5 years is 5.677 of with 989 people were killed or seriously injured. Where casualties arise from an accident caused by a vehicle defect, tyres are the single largest contributory factor over the last five reported years, accounting for 36% of the total. 2.2 million cars annually fail their MOT due to tyre-related defects and with the weather getting colder and wintry conditions soon to arrive, it's more important than ever for drivers to have better awareness when it comes to their vehicles and tyres." Stephen Marsh, retail development manager at Hankook commented.
There are some simple checks you can do to your own tyres to make sure they are safe.
Within the grooves of the tread are tread depth indicators (little square rectangles) which, to ensure you remain legal, act as a guide by indication when the tread on the tyre reaches 2mm by sitting flush with the top of your tread at that critical point. However this should not be your only point of reference when completing your inspection, it is not uncommon for the tyre to have sufficient tread depth across the centre but for the outer or inner 'shoulder' of the tyre to be completely worn through, this situation can and will seriously compromise your tyres' ability to displace water and can lead to loss of control in wet conditions. Check the tread over the complete width of the tyre.
The 20p piece check is one that is commonly recommended as a good guide. To do this simply insert the edge of a 20p coin into the tread grooves and use the border as a guide of tread depth. The border of the coin that contains the inscription is 3mm, if any part of the border can be seen above the groove then your tyre is over 78% worn and it's performance is significantly reduced and replacement should be considered.
In addition complete a visual check of the general condition of the rubber both across the tread and the sidewall. Check for cracks, tears, rips, bulges and objects embedded in the tyre.
If in doubt give Hometyre a call as we can arrange a suitable time to complete a comprehensive tyre inspection for you
Say NO to part worn tyres!
Part worn tyres may seem like an attractive cheaper idea than buying new tyres when it comes to having to replace them, but before you go for those cheap used tyres, ask yourself if these tyres are road safe why are they not still on the vehicle? The answer is they are most probably not road safe, statistics show 98% of part worn tyres are sold illegally.
Tyres are not a luxury item that people would just replace as they fancied some new ones. There are many reason they would have been replaced such as uneven wear, age, hit a kerb or pothole and it could look fine from the outside but could be structurally unstable and when driven on there is a high risk of blowout. Majority of part worn tyres are stored exposed to the elements which damage them even more.
The fact is you simply do not know the history of that tyre, but what you do know is someone would not get rid of a perfectly good safe tyre.
As well as the safety issues with part worn tyres, consider that a part worn tyre will not have all of its tread compared to a new tyre, so you will not be getting the full use of the tyre meaning you will be having to replace them more which means the initial saving will not be worth it.
Stefan Hay, Chief Executive of the NTDA, said: "Investigations have highlighted the woeful - and frankly dangerous - current status of Britain's part worn tyre market. Whenever such operations are undertaken, the majority of retailers investigated are proven to be selling illegal products and have little or no expertise. When the product in question plays a vital role in the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users, you have to ask in how many other industries that would be acceptable?
"In the absence of stricter enforcement, and a lack of willingness among part worn dealers to clean up their industry, the NTDA will continue to champion a complete ban on the sale of part worn tyres."
Hometyre stock a good range of brand new budget, mid range or premium tyres at a competitive price, and able to fit them at a time and place that suits you. Don't risk part worn tyres! It's better to buy new and not part worn tyres.
Goodyear take home Auto Express Tyre Test Title
Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen-2 has taken home the Prestigious Auto Express Tyre Test Title.
Goodyear tyre performed best overall in the number of disciplines that were tested including wet, dry and snow conditions, rolling resistance and cabin noise.
The Vector 4 Seasons performed exceptionally well in the disciplines, receiving 1st in wet braking, wet handling, snow handling and cabin noise, as well as getting 2nd in snow braking, straight aqua and rolling resistance. In the wet disciplines braking test Goodyear shone stopping a massive 2 meters ahead of the 2nd place Nokian tyre.
"It takes a balance performance across all our assessment to crown a winner, and that's what Goodyear has delivered here. There's no doubt this product is from the winter tyre school of all-season design, but it does enough in the wet and dry tests to take the overall victory." Kim Adams, who tested the tyres for Auto Express reported
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Goodyear Tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Nexen Team up with Porsche Cayenne
Nexen have announced they will be supplying OE Tyres for the Porsche Cayenne.
They will be supplying the Porsche Cayenne with the N'FERA RU1 225/55R18 109Y XL, this will be the first time Nexen has supplied OE tyres to any of the Porsche car models.
N'FERA RU1 has unparalleled cornering stability and sports handling for high speed driving. In the EU Labelling it has received Grade A for its excellent wet grip. a 3D-Nano Grip technology that maximises the braking capability of a sports vehicle at high speed is applied also with the Fast Reversible Technology which optimises the steering response and durability.
"We are thrilled to supply OE tyres for Porsche for the first time," said Travis Kang, CEO of Nexen Tyre. "As Porsche is a representative luxury carmaker with prestigious design and performance, this approval for the Porsche Cayenne proves the superior quality and advanced-technology of our products."
Nexen also have plans to expand supplies of OE tyres to other Porsche car models.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Nexen Tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Don't Chance it - Check it! - A Message for National Tyre Safety Month October 2016.
DON'T CHANCE IT - CHECK IT!
That's the message being given to motorists in support of this years National Tyre Safety month throughout October.
And we're fully behind the drive to focus everyone's attention on the forthcoming six months potential for cold weather and treacherous conditions.
Even now in early October we can experience bitter cold mornings on the work and school runs.
It's at these times where so frequently bumps and more heavy collisions can occur due to sleepy eyes, insufficiently clear screens etc. Low treaded tyres on slippy surfaces amplify the potential for damage to vehicles and persons alike.
We appreciate that nobody really likes to replace tyres - they're a necessary evil - but did you ever stop to think about how often your tyres actually save your life? They're massively overlooked BECAUSE they continue to perform. That performance window can shut quite suddenly though.
Many motorists will have lived to regret pushing their tyres beyond the limit. Others won't have even had that chance to regret.
We are tyre retailers, so of course we are always happiest to be busy replacing and repairing, but having all seen some of the real horror stories out there, we're also passionate about the safety of our clients and other road users alike.
Hometyre are holding tyre safety awareness days at national supermarket chains across the UK during October in support of Tyre Safety Month.
Two new Winter Tyres from Avon
Avon has launched two new winter tyres WV7 and WT7.
The Avon WV7 will be available in 15 to 19 inch sizes and is H and V speed rated. This is a performance winter tyre with increased sipe density which improves traction in wet weather, snow, ice and slush. The WV7 features backward-facing centre groove to improve traction and forward-facing shoulder grooves and V- slots to enhance braking. The Avon WV7 is marked with the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol 'Severe Snow Conditions'.
The WT7 has been performance tested in Alpine winter conditions and is a premium winter tyre. This will be available in 13 to 16 inch sizes in a T speed rated. The WT7 also meets the 'severe snow' rating.
Avon has also introduced a new winter tyre for vans, the WM Van Tyre has been developed specially for medium-sized vans, due to its high silica content tread formulation it has been designed to provide excellent traction in all winter conditions.
"Despite the high temperatures we are experiencing now and winter seeming a long way off, it's important to ensure our latest winter tyres are available to distributors and customers in plenty of time before the harsh winter months are upon us," said Jeff Schumaker, Managing Director - Cooper Europe who has responsibilities for the Avon Tyre brand. "It's been an exciting year for Avon Tyres, in terms of product development and the resulting new tyre launches across both our summer and winter ranges. With the Avon ZV7 and ZX7 introduced to the product portfolio in April, and now with the WV7 and WT7 launching onto the market, we have an updated core product offering available to our customers."
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Avon Tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Look Who's Number One!!
Huge congratulations to Mark Watson from our West Sussex area for winning a prestigious award with the UK's largest independent consumer organisation Which?.
Mark and wife Lyne have won Trader of the Month by the consumer watchdog's Trusted Traders scheme. Hometyre is the first Tyre Company in the UK to be awarded this accolade, and we couldn't be prouder of them for winning this title.
Mark has been with us since 2009, and has been chosen for the title of Which? Trusted Trader of the month due to his high levels of customer service which can be seen from the 190 plus customer reviews, nearly all of them five-star rated.
"We're always striving to give our customers the best service possible and to win this Trader of the Month title is a great endorsement of all the hard work we've put into the business over the last seven to eight years," said Mark.
"Customers choose us because we go that little bit further. We don't just deal with the problem that we've been called out to fix. We'll check the pressures and tread depths of all the tyres on their vehicle - including the spare - and do those extra little things to ensure their vehicle is safe."
The story behind his business is featured on the Which Trusted Traders Website http://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/articles/september-2016-s-trader-of-the-month-is-hometyre-sussex/
Chelsea FC team bus fitted with Yokohama Tyres
Yokohama is ensuring the team make a safe start to their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with the team bus being fitted with Yokohama Tyres.
The fitment of these tyres on the team's bus is yet another initiative in the partnership which saw the company become the official shirt partner of the club last year.
Yokohama has already fitted its high-performance, premium car tyres to a number of the Chelsea FC teams own cars.
"Equipping the Chelsea FC team bus with Yokohama tyres is an important step in our partnership with the club." "it's imperative that the team have a safe and comfortable journey, so it's pleasing to know that Yokohama tyres are playing a key role in helping to achieve this." Comments David Seward, managing director Yokohama HPT.
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Yokohama tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Michelin Tyres shown to last 5,000 miles longer
Michelin summer car tyres have been shown to last an average of nearly 5,000 miles longer than the average mileage for a group of well-known competitor brands.
The data was collected from extensive trials carried out by the DEKRA Automobile Test Centre in Germany over a two year period, involving Michelin Energy Saver +, Primacy 3, CrossClimate, Pilot Sport 4 and Latitude Sport 3 tyres, other brands tested during the trial were Goodyear, Continental, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Nokian, Pirelli, Hankook and Vredestein.
The results from DEKRA shows a set of Michelin tyres travelled an average of 4,977 miles further before they needed to be replaced.
Michelin's Head of Fleet Andy Fern says "This performance advantage is equivalent to more than three months of additional motoring for a company vehicle before needing to change tyres. That represents a very real saving in expenditure and downtime."
Hometyre supply and fit the full range of Michelin tyres for car, 4x4, and light commercial vehicles. Call today for more information.
Last Bank Holiday of Summer 2016 for England, Wales & NI.
Enjoy the short break this weekend folks. We hope you will already have prepared your vehicles for any trips - short or long in distance. If not, we have some availability across areas of the UK still so please do call in with your requests.
We're open to take bookings for next week tomorrow morning (Saturday) until 12.30pm then reopen Tuesday morning from 0830.
Be safe, and have a great weekend.
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