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Tyre Pressure Sensors Issues?

Tyre pressure sensors have a battery which which can last anywhere between 3-7 years. Hometyre will test the batteries as a standard part of the service using a specialist electronic tool as below:



Besides battery issues, sensors can be damaged in the tyre fitting and repair process!

Have you ever had a repair or new tyre fitted and had an issue with tyre pressure warning lights?!!


This can be due to a proper pressure reset not being performed but also could be down to a sensor that was damaged. On numerous occasions Hometyre has uncovered prior damage that was caused by negligent fitting so do your best to ensure this issue is resolved by whoever undertook the work. By contrast, our technician will trigger all the sensors before we leave the job to ensure they are at the correct pressure and to enable the pressure reset procedure. 


Finally, it is important to note that most sensors have replaceable parts  - namely the valve stem which should be replaced ideally with each tyre change. Why? They can perish or corrode (depending on the material they are made from) leading to air leaks. Unfortunately some sensors will need an entirely new unit should the stem corrode or perish.


For more information on Tyre Pressure Monitoring System issues and how Hometyre can offer you cost effective solutions CLICK HERE!


 

Why Does Tyre Pressure Drop? Mobile Tyre Fitting in Chester & the Wirral

Customers at Hometyre Chester and the Wirral are sometimes nonplussed as to why their tyres have lost pressure when there is no puncture?!!


But with air loss - it's not all about punctures so here are a number of other reasons air could be leaking from your tyres:

Faulty Valve - TPMS or Standard Rubber Valve

A rubber valve could be damaged, split or perished. A metal valve might be corroded. Over-tightening the valve stem can also cause air to leak which is why Hometyre Chester & The Wirral will always use a tool pre-set to the exact torque required. We also carry a set of special tyre pressure sensor valves of all types so will always be able to fit a new one.

Collisions and Impact

If you have hit a kerb or a pot hole then this could have left a small bulge or tear in the tyre which can then leak air slowly. In this case a new tyre is the order of the day and Hometyre can fit a new one for you. There may also have been damage to the wheel - a fracture in the rim can prevent the tyre from sealing properly allowing air to escape. That would mean an alloy repair which Hometyre would be happy to arrange for you.

Rim Corrosion 

Even relatively new alloy wheels can experience problems with slow leaks and occasional flat tires caused by rim corrosion when water and air combine to forum aluminium oxide between the bead of the tire and the rim. Hometyre have the tools on board to remove the corrosion and seal the rim to prevent it from occurring again.

Natural causes 

Temperature Changes

There may be no leak at all as a simple drop in temperature can cause air pressure to drop as the molecules of air contract. When you drive and heat goes through the tyres you will see pressure raised as the air molecules to expand.

Tyres can lose up to 2% of their air pressure for each decrease in temperature of around 5.5°C. However, the reverse is also true and an increase in temperature of 5.5°C can raise your tyre pressure by up to 2%

Osmosis

This scientific term describes how gas molecules (air in your tyre in this case!) can move through a solid (the rubber in your tyre!). The decrease in air pressure is typically around 1-3 PSI per month (Pressure per square inch) This may not seem like much but left unchecked can lead to a dramatic issues with performance and wear. Hometyre would therefore suggest you check your tyre pressure at the absolute very least - once a month.


 

What tyres do I need for my car?

What tyres do I need for my car?


Well size is everything...as far as your starting point goes...


Check the side wall to identify the correct size of tyres for your car as on the image below. 


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A tyre at the wrong size will make your vehicle unstable; there are exception with cars engineered for different front axle and rear axle pairing of tyres but again in this case the pair on the axle needs to be the same size.


What tyre brand should I choose?


In terms of optimum performance the short answer would be choose the original tyres that were fitted to your car. Such tyres have been selected by the car manufacturer to optimize safety and performance. Moreover, some premium car manufacturers develop tyres exclusively for their vehicles alongside tyre manufacturers. These tyres are coded to signify their original equipment status.


Other key considerations 


Price - Budget or Premium


If you generally undertake shorter distances, and cover lower mileage then budget will suffice and conversely premium tyres should be your preference if you rack up the mileage and take long journeys as they will last longer.


Budget tyres are also less likely to perform as well than premium tyres in certain conditions, such as on wet roads giving less effective stopping distances.


Finally - DO NOT BE SWAYED BY PART WORN TYRES. The wear could be unknown and well hidden as could the age leading to dramatically increases chances of rapid deterioration and failure.



Seasonality


Summer tyres, winter tyres or all-season tyres – how do you know which to choose? The type of rubber compound will determines whether a tyre is manufactured specifically for summer or winter use – meaning there's often increased grip and better handling for the different seasons. 


Your Last consideration - Avoid mixing and matching - especially across the same axle!!!


Having different types or ages of tyres on the same axle of your car will lead to imbalances in rolling resistance and grip, affecting how it steers, grips and stops.


For example, a new tyre on your front right  paired with an older tyre (and a different tread pattern) on your front left wheel will lead to uneven grip and rolling resistance.


Avoid mixing winter or on/off road tyres with normal road tyres as they are designed to perform differently in those different road conditions.


AND don't ever mix cross-ply and radial-ply tyres. Their construction is fundamentally different and your vehicle will not have a completely unbalanced stress tolerance - accordingly it is strictly illegal.


 

What pressure should my tyres be?

Pressure pushing down on me

Pressing down on you…


Were Bowie and Mercury concerned about inflating their tyre - who can really say? But let’s just answer the question on so many of our lips:


What pressure should my tyres be?


A common mistake when checking what your tyre pressure should be is to check what it indicates on the tyre itself. As logical as it seems the tyre will display the maximum pressure allowable for the tyre but that doesn’t take into account the load of the vehicle you are driving. 


So please don’t take the tyre pressure setting off the tyre itself! (Most likely over inflation will be the result see below!!)


Ok, so where do I look for the correct pressure?!!





As in the photo for most vehicles you will find the pressure on the sill on the driver side, although sometimes this is on the passenger side, inside the petrol cap and occasionally in the glove box. 


Ok, but it still looks a little confusing!!


That is often because different tyre sizes are listed that could be appropriate for different models of your car. So you will need to know the tyre size and see what the label indicates for your tyre size which will be indicated as below.



If still unsure this handy you tube clip can give you an easy visual walk through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehMwOEgc7uk



Under Inflation and Over Inflation


Under inflated = Rapid wear on outside edges of tehe tyres, they are more likely to overheat and susceptible to damage. 


Over inflated tyres = Rapid wear in the centre of the tyre, can lead to poor handling on the road


In both cases fuel efficiency is decreased and the tyre wear means replacement will be needed sooner.


For further information on Tyre Pressure follow the link below:


https://www.hometyre.co.uk/news/what-should-my-tyre-pressure-be-maintaining-your-correct-tyre-pressures/


 

How Old Are My Tyres? | Mobile Tyre Fitting in Chester and The Wirral

How Old Are My Tyres?

I grow old...I grow old…

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Before answering how you find out the age of your tyres the key question that need to be answered is:

Is there an age limit on tyres?


Ageing tyres deserve a good retirement like the rest of us! And that's even if they've been sitting in your boot as a spare.


Even with tread perfectly preserved and unused on the road, all manufacturers agree that after 10 years your tyres should be replaced regardless of how pristine they appear to be. And it is recommended that if they are older than 5 years you give them a close inspection at least once a year.


Caravan Exceptions


Like women's and men's respective retirement ages there are exceptions with caravans and cars!


For caravan tyres which stand around a lot more having their molecules broken down by the sun and air the recommendation is to retire them at 5 years old and never use beyond 7 years old.


How do you know your tyres age?


So if you want to know your tyres birthday then the sidewall and DOT code is your friend as seen below! This little dude would be celebrating his 5th birthday in the 17th week of 2022! The code shown on the tyre as [1217] resembles a manufacture date of the 12th week of 2017! Meaning this guy will start to show signs of aging pretty soon!

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So you know your tyres birthday but even more importantly: 


Beware the signs of aging 


We can cope with our wrinkles but if you spot them on your tyres it is a matter of the gravest importance, 


It is vital to note the signs of aging as some of this could be premature and indicate your tyres are oxidising, cracking and hardening which could lead to air leakages and worse still - tyre failure!! (aging rubber inner layers delaminate from steel belts rather than flexing with the steel!)


Check the tyre sidewalls and tread for small grooves that look a bit like old vinyl tracks on the music albums.


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Why does cracking on tyres occur? 


Tyres begin to crack when UV light oxidises the rubber causing it to dry out. Tyres contains anti oxidising chemicals but they are only activated when heated when the tyres are moving. Unused tyres deteriorate much faster than used tyres. it may not always be visible on the exterior such as a spare tyre that could have been baking away in the boot like an oven.


How do I maximise use out of ageing tyres?


Rotate older tyres to the front as more heat will be generated activating the anti-oxidising chemicals in the tyre.


Don't allow the spare to sit around unused and ageing, retire a more worn tyre as a spare where you can!

Do you need your tyres replacing due to age? 

Call our friendly team today on 0333 444 5454 to book a to-the-minute appointment or click here to book online!

 

Noise Cancelling Tyres and the Pursuit of Complete Silence

Road noise from cars has always been an issue. With the recent advent of electric cars and the pursuit of a silent car being more prominent, the hunt for the quietest tyre is still burning in the eyes of the manufactures. Evolution of rubber compounds in the tyre is constant but there is only so much you can do within. You need to look beyond.

If you have ever seen an anechoic chamber or a recording studio, you may have seen the walls plastered in odd shaped patters of foam. The foam captures and distorts the noise that is emitted from the object overall reducing the emitted noise. This technology is slowly inserting itself into other platforms such as smart phones but in this application, it is used on premium tyres.

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For brands such as Pirelli, you can now find an inch thick layer of dry foam applied to the inside of the tyre (see the below image). Most garages will not be able to fix this as it's rare, unusual and not financially viable. However, with our depth and breadth of experience, we can safely repair punctures in these tyres.

At the end of the day, it's a normal standard tyre with foam glued to the inside. To fix a puncture, the foam just needs to be peeled back, the puncture repaired as normal and then the foam glued back into place.

Common car manufactures to find this technology on are Tesla, Performance Audi vehicles and Land Rover Range Rovers.

If you have a puncture in one of these tyres, need a set of tyres replacing or just have an enquiry, why not give our friendly sales team a call on 0333 444 5454

 

Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting Service in Great Boughton Chester | New Tyres and Puncture Repair

Hometyre Chester mobile tyre fitting service received a call from a client in Great Boughton, Chester.

We had been to this customer many months earlier when they had been advised by a well known static tyre fitting facility that 2 new tyres were required.

When I inspected the vehicle, the tyres still had 5mm of tread remaining! Needless to say, I advised the customers that I couldn't justify fitting new tyres to the car and to give me a call much later in the year.

The car has just had its MOT and the tester advised that one of the tyres had 2.5mm left. I checked all the tyres again, the rears had 4mm and 5mm and the fronts 2.5mm and 3mm. I recommended the 2 front tyres be changed and the rear wheels swapped to the front as they were 6 years old.

It is also recommended that when fitting 1 or 2 new tyres to a car they should be located on the rear of the car for stability reasons.

To find out more about fitting tyres to the rear axle – click here!

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If you want to book an appointment in your local area, call us on 0333 444 5454

or

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Tyron Band Installation and Caravan Tyres in Chester! | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting

For every week that passes by, the temperatures seem to be increasing gradually. Although, this time last year we did not encounter frost in the mornings!

Lock-down restrictions are currently decreasing, and more and more people are booking holidays across the UK in their caravans. Industry sources say that sale have 2nd hand cancans have significantly increased in 2021 due to uncertainty on foreign travel.

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We are constantly seeing an exponential increase in the number of caravan tyres being ordered through our website with the most popular options being 185*R14 and 175/80R13 *(if there is no middle number present, then the default industry standard is to use 80). In addition to caravan tyres, we are also seeing an increase in customers purchasing Tyron bands.

But what are Tyron bands? Tyron bands are metal bands that fits inside the well of the wheel and prevents the bead of the tyre from coming off if the tyre encounters a blow out or puncture whilst driving. In comparison, if Tyron bands were not present and that tyre did encounter a sudden loss of pressure, the bead of the tyre could shimmy its way off its seat and fall in to the well. removing the tyre from the rim and causing the vehicle to possibly flip or cause irreparable damage.

TYRON_Bands

The process of installing a Tyron band is relatively simple, although, it does take time and patience. As usual, the vehicle is jacked up and placed onto axel stands. From here, the wheel is removed and placed onto the bead breaker in our van. The tyre is deflated, the bead broken, and the tyre removed completely. Before installing the Tyron band, the wheel is inspected for any signs of damage or corrosion. In conjunction with being a steel wheel, as caravans tend to stay static for long periods of time outdoors, finding corrosion on the bead is relatively common. Before the band is installed, the bead is cleaned using a wire brush, de-greased and a thin layer of bead sealant applied.

After the inspection was complete, the circular band was halved to look like a C and moved into position.  The clamps on either end of the band were tightened to ensure the band could not move. A final inspection was under-taken, the tyre re-installed, inflated to the correct pressure and balanced on our mobile balancing machine.

If you are looking at installing Tyron bands to your caravan, motorhome or vehicle, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to our helpful sales team at info@hometyre.co.uk!


 

When should I change my Winter Tyres To Summer Tyres / Summer Tyres to Winter Tyres?

Summer tyres and the driving is easy.

Fish are jumpin'

And the cotton is high….


This weekend marks the official start of Spring 2021! As we wave goodbye to Winter, one common question we're getting asked by our customers is...

When should I change Winter Tyres to Summer?

To give a general answer you use the magic number 7!

WinterToSummerSwap

As in 7 Degrees Celsius!! When the average temperature begins to rise above 7°C, the tread on your winter tyres will begin to wear a lot faster than they do over the summer months. This will result in wearing them out much faster than you would if you were to have them taken off and your summers refitted and vice versa when the colder months come back around.

So... tune into the weather forecasts, keep your eyes on those temperatures alongside your own observations of the Spring sunshine. March and April can be variable, look at a few years ago when we experienced heavy snowfall in March compared to the end of March 2020 when we had blazing hot summer sunshine! Generally, we expect to see the majority of Winter to Summer Tyre Swapovers appearing in our booking around this time of year!


And the reasons for the different seasonal tyres?


Winter tyres are made of a softer compound than summer tyres, meaning that when the weather is colder and summer tyres 'harden' due to the drop in temperatures. Winter tyres are 'softer' resulting in a better grip to the road surface.

For further information and to consider All Season tyres as an option click here!

How do I store my tyres seasonally?

If you're new to the world of bi-annual tyre swap overs, you may be unsure on the best way to store your winter tyres whilst your summers are back on your vehicle. For more information about the best storage options for your tyres, click here

If your summer tyres were worn out at the end of summer 2020 and you ended up disposing of them ready for a new set in 2021, it's time to get ordering! You can either call our friendly team at HQ to discuss the best options for your vehicle or if you know what you're looking for... simply place your order online and wait for one of us to call and confirm details with you!

 

Two Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyre Replacement in Chester for a 911 Carrera 4 GTS

Often found on the GT2/3/Carrera Porsche line-up, these central locking wheel nuts allow a user to quickly change their wheels on the track and also provide improved torque transmission to the wheel.

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Below is a general process of removing the nut;

Before we removal of the wheel, the vehicle is jacked up with the parking brake engaged. Alternatively, the car should come with a clamp that stops the wheel from turning whilst the nut is being removed without having the parking brake engaged. This is optional for the rear but is a must for the front wheels as engaging the parking brake will do nothing to stop these from moving!

Using the supplied cover remover, pop off the cap covering the locking section of the nut. The locking mechanism should be flush with the nut and should be able to be pushed in (and then spring back).

Working in a clear area, we used the breaker bar with the special adaptor installed to loosen the nut. This is then removed from the vehicle and placed to one side. Next, the centering pin is installed onto the exposed spline and the wheel gently removed. Using this centering pin protects the wheel from any damage if dropped onto the hub. But also protects the PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) from any chipping. If chipped, this is a new rotor as they can't be repaired.

With the wheel off, the inspections can begin. Starting with the wheel nut, the spline is inspected for any damage inside and out. The splines should be straight with no gouges, cuts or missing pieces. The grease is also inspected to ensure an even layer is present all round the nut with no high spots. If a high spot is present, this could indicate an incorrectly torqued nut or problem with the nut mating surface (corrosion for example). On the silver cone ring, there should also be no obvious wear marks such as a deep sliver line around the top (narrower) part of the ring.

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Next to be inspected will be the hub. Starting at the hub surface, there should be no pitting and should be smooth to the touch. From here, we move forward to the nipples. Again, these should be smooth with no pitting, score marks or high spots. The main inspection will be for the spline and surrounding cover. The grease should go down from the outer end by about 10mm and should be even all around.

Finally, the wheel's central hole should be inspected for any scoring, wear marks or possible high spots.

After the inspection has been complete, all grease is cleaned back from the nut, hubs and central spline then new Aluminium grease is spotted onto the surfaces and spread evenly using a finger. Remember to use gloves as this process is messy! Some manuals along with some vehicles ask for the nut to be taken apart and the internals stripped of grease and re-coated every couple of seasons.  But please, check your manual.

Once the parts have been re-lubricated it's time to re-assemble! With the guide pin installed back onto the spline, the wheel is installed with care back onto the hub with the female section of the spline being guided onto the male part. After which the guide is removed, and the locking wheel nut tightened down till the central locking mechanism is flush.

With a clear mind and workspace, we used the Porsche calibrated torque wrench to tighten the nut to 650nm. To ensure good accuracy, the nut is loosened off 1/6th of a turn (or 100nm as marked on the nut) then torqued back to 600nm.

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The central locking mechanism should still be flush with the face and should be easily spring back if pushed in.

Finally, the visual cap is re-installed onto the wheel and the car lowered to the floor.

One important thing to note about torquing the wheels is that they must be ambient temperature. If the vehicle has just come off the track and a technician torques the nuts down, they will be too loose as the metal has expanded. Wait until the wheel and nuts are cool before torquing down to the correct setting!

The above is a generalisation of removing and re-installing these specialist nuts. Depending on the vehicle and the wheels fitted, this procedure may differ with the torque settings being the most crucial part. Please double check your hand-book before proceeding!

If you're looking for a set of new Pilot Sport Cup 2s or need a puncture repair, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

Caravan Tyres in Chester & The Wirral | Mobile Caravan Tyres in The Wirral

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For us, we've seen the first sign of Spring! Earlier this week, we carried out our first new caravan tyres of the year for a customer in the Wirral. They had their caravan looked at by an engineer who checked it was in good condition and ready for the upcoming months and hopeful staycation times ahead!

This particular customer had Tyron Bands fitted to their wheels on this caravan for added safety. If you'd like to understand the full benefits of having Tyron bands fitted click here.

Do you need Caravan Tyres fitted fully mobile at your location in the Wirral? Take the hassle out of having to take your caravan to a fixed site and enjoy the ease of having your tyres changed whilst you stay in the comfort and safety of your own home!

Call us today on 0333 444 5454 or order your tyres online today!

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Lockdown 3.0 in Chester and the Wirral | Mobile Tyre Fitting Chester

We will be remaining fully operational, offering mobile tyre fitting throughout Chester, Ellesmere Port, Heswall, Birkenhead and surrounding local areas during Lockdown 3.0, as we have done during previous nationwide and local lockdowns.

Book a contact free tyre fitting appointment in the Wirral today!

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with us, you can do so online by clicking here or call our friendly team on 0333 444 5454. Our office hours remain the same as always, 8am – 5:30pm (Monday to Friday) and 8am – 12pm (Saturday), we will remain closed on Sundays.

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Priority Service for Key Workers in Chester

Once again, we will be prioritising key workers and frontline staff. Please be understanding when booking, if you're working from home and are not a key worker, your booking may be subject to a minor time change to accommodate an emergency booking for a member of frontline staff if necessary. Of course, we will try to avoid this as best we can in order to maintain high levels of service for our entire customer network across the United Kingdom.

If you need a mobile tyre fitting service at your doorstep, in a contact-free, safe and clean environment, call us today. We're able to carry out the entire service, even down to contactless payment, at your own convenience and whilst you stay in the warmth and safety of your own home.

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CALL OR BOOK ONLINE - KEEP YOUR CAR MOBILE WITH HOMETYRE 

*Chester & The Wirral remain active at time of writing but may be subject to change in the event of exposure/isolation etc.

 

Driving Home (Safely) For Christmas 🎄 with Hometyre Chester

Are you heading out to visit family this Christmas? We might not be able to celebrate as normal but the latest guidelines have given some flexibility on seeing loved ones this festive season.

If you're making a long journey this winter, it is very important to ensure you check your tyre pressures before embarking on it!

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Where do I find my recommended tyre pressures?

You can find information about the recommended tyre pressures for both your front and rear tyres in your vehicle handbook. Alternatively, there is something a sticker on the inside sill of the driver's door.

How to check your tyre pressures

If we're carrying out a tyre fitting for you, regardless of whether it is for 1 tyre, 2, 3 or a full set, as a part of our service we will check the pressures and remaining tread depths of ALL the tyres on your vehicle. Including the spare if the vehicle has one and it is accessible!

If you want to check your pressures yourself, it's easy! Just follow the simple steps laid out below…

  • Always ensure your tyres are cold, do not check your pressures AFTER a long journey
  • Make sure you're inflating your tyres to the correct pressures, as mentioned above! One of the options shown will be for 'normal' use, which will apply to most situations. If you're carrying a little extra weight in your vehicle, you can use the fully loaded pressures!

Try to check your tyre pressures at least once a month, this will help you to get the longest life possible out of your tyres and will avoid uneven tread wear in the long-run!

If you're still unsure, need some advice or want to book an appointment with us - call today! We'll be more than happy to help 😊

 

Vauxhall Astra TPMS Reset In Chester-Wirral

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems can come in many shapes and sizes. The most common form of these is the indirect system. This simply means that the car's computer doesn't have a sensor within the tyre and relies on a sensor mounted to the wheel hub. This constantly monitors and calculates the rolling circumference of the tyre. If there are any changes, it flashes a warning on the dashboard to alert the driver.


However, the most well known type of sensor is the one fitted directly to the wheel. From the outside, these look like standard valves but when you peel back the layers and look inside the wheel, there will be a small box. This houses the battery and sensors which constantly monitor the air pressure for any irregularities. As these units are open to the elements, the are enclosed in a seal box, once the battery dies, the whole unit needs to be replaced. Fortunately, our mobile tyre fitting experts have the correct equipment on the van to completely overhaul a TPMS system from head to toe! 

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For newer Vauxhall Astra, (2016 and beyond) see below for a brief on how to reset the TPMS system;


1. Park in a safe place and turn off the engine.

2. Turn ignition ON to the accessories position (the one before total ignition)

3. Navigate to the Vehicle Information Menu by using the MENU button on the side of the turn signal.

Other models may have a navigation button on the steering wheel. Press this to access INFO

4. Scroll down and select the Tyre Pressure Menu

5. Press the SET/CLR button to start the TPMS reset.

If the procedure is under way, the horn will sound once!

If you need help with your TPMS, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk where one of the friendly members of staff can get you booked in! 

 

Tyre Safety Month | Free Tyre Checks in Chester

October is National Tyre Safety Month! TyreSafe, a profitless organisation, annually promotes October as TSM and each year is promoted with a different theme.

This year is no different! 2020 has bought us a film themed Tyre Safety Month, so here at Hometyre we thought we would put our own spin on it. Introducing… "The Tyre's New Groove"!

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You can see the full range of TyreSafe movie posters by clicking here.

Despite the light and fun theme of Tyre Safety Month, it still carries a VERY important message! It is important to look after your tyres all year round, however at this time of year it's worth taking extra precautions on the roads.

Temperatures are starting to drop, meaning the rubber of your tyres will harden and grip to the road surface will worsen. As well as the rubber compound, the road surface itself will become less grippy due to wet and potentially icy conditions. One way to stay safe on the roads is to fit winter tyres to your vehicle. To read more about the benefits of winter tyres, click here!

If you're looking for advice on how to check your tyres and whether you need new tyres fitted to your vehicle, just give us a call on 0333 444 5454! We'll be more than happy to come out and check your tyres for you to make sure you're safe on the roads this winter!

 

Making a heavily loaded car safe

Congratulations to families across Chester and the Wirral on your loved ones A-Level results. If you are moving or helping family move away to University, now is the time to ensure your family car is the safest it can be!

Making that car a potential mini removal van requires a little more consideration for the potentially long and laden journey ahead. For help you can call 0333 444 5454 to speak to one of our friendly team about organising a tyre check and / or follow some of the points below:

  • Ensure your pressures are correct, for the heavier load if the car is full of occupants and luggage. You can find the tyre pressure information on either the driver door sills or inside the fuel filler cap or vehicle hand book. The pressure information is not on the tyres as some might expect!
  • Tyre size information can look like an algebra equation as sometimes different tyre sizes for different models of your car are printed but don't panic - this handy you tube clip can give you an easy visual walk through


  • Ensure your pressures are correct, for the heavier load if the car is full of occupants and luggage. You can find the tyre pressure information on either the driver door sills or inside the fuel filler cap or vehicle hand book. The pressure information is not on the tyres as some might expect!
  • Tread depth should be minimum 3mm across the whole circumference of the tyre. The 20p test below shows you if your tyre has reached the legal limit, if the entire border around the 20p coin is hidden, your tyres are legal! If you can see any of the surrounding border, your tread depth may be below the legal limit and your tyres need immediate attention! For more information on checking your tread - click here!

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  • Check for cracks, bulges, objects stuck in the tread or penetrating the tyre. Also check the age of the tyre - over 5 years might be worth changing.
  • Check your spare tyre is in good condition and at the correct pressure and also have in hand your breakdown cover number just in case.
  • Finally check your oil, water, washer fluid and make sure all lights working including indicators

Hometyre Chester And The Wirral is the safest way to have your tyres changed, checked or a puncture repaired contact free during the pandemic. For any concerns we are happy to talk to you on 0333 444 5454

 

Part Worn = Part SAFE - Mobile Tyre Fitting in Chester

Have you ever considered putting part worn tyres on your car? The pull might be the reduction in price, that short term saving could land you with a long-term risk.

By buying a part worn tyre, you're investing in something in which you have no idea of its history. The image shown below is a photograph I've taken myself of a tyre that has come off a car which was completely written off. To look at this tyre, there are no punctures and no visible damage. However, if you look at the small part of the car you can see in the background, it has been in an extremely severe accident.

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Tread depth on Part Worn Tyres

A brand-new tyre, even a budget, will come with around 8mm of tread on it, which is significantly greater than the legal limit of 1.6mm, a part worn tyre could come with anything as low as this. Tread depth is the crucial factor in what gives the vehicle its grip to the road surface, remember your cars tyres are the ONLY point of contact with the road, meaning they are crucial in maintaining safety, handling and fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

As well as visible tread depth, mileage is another factor, something we cannot visually see a record of. With a part worn tyre, you have no clue into how many miles that tyre has already driven and how much 'time' you have lost from its use.

Once you do some simple maths and calculate the number of miles a part-worn tyre will offer you compared to a brand-new tyre, you'll soon see part-worn tyres are far from cost effective in the long-run!

The dangers of Part Worn Tyres

A shockingly high percentage of part worn tyres have potentially life-threatening defects, head over to TyreSafe's website to read more on how dangerous these tyres can be, or watch this short video

Think of both your own safety and the safety of others on the road around you and AVOID part worn tyres. Give us a call today or have a look online today, if you're wanting to keep costs down, simply opt for a budget option.

 

Caravan Tyres and Tyron Bands in Cheshire West

Caravan Tyres Near You in Chester and the Wirrall:

With the prospects of UK holidays growing, your local mobile tyre fitting experts at Hometyre Chester and The Wirral offer guidance to help ensure your caravan tyres give you piece of mind.

Tyres and Tyron Bands for Caravans in Cheshire West


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What is different about Caravan Tyres?

The main difference between Caravan Tyres and Car Tyres is the sidewall strength, the concentrated weight of the caravan puts more stress on the sidewalls of the tyre therefore they need to be heavily reinforced. Ensuring your tyres and commercial grade on your caravan is more important than the brand of tyre you choose.

Your Caravan Tyre Pressure is extremely important, by ensuring your pressures are correct and regularly checked it will help to minimise tyre shoulder wear and sidewall stress.

These pressures are determined by the Caravan MTPLM (Maximum Technically Permitted Laden Mass), the number of tyres (single or twin axle) and the size of the tyres. It is important to follow the caravan manufacturers recommendations where available, or the advice of your local Hometyre technician!

 

What is The Law regarding Caravan Tyres?

The legal tread depth on a caravan tyre is the same as a car tyre, this is 1.6mm tread depth across the central three quarters of the tread, around the entire circumference of the tyre but as caravans are lower mileage vehicles it takes a great deal of time for the tread to reach the minimum legal requirement. In light of this, the more significant concerns are often ageing, flat spots and exposure to the elements. Click here for more information on these issues.(link)https://www.hometyre.co.uk/news/keeping-your-car-tip-top-during-this-time-of-crisis/

The BTMA (British Tyre Manufacturers' Association) recommend that caravan tyres be replaced every 5 years and should never be used if they are over 7 years old. The Caravan Club propose if your tyres inflation pressure is above 50psi they should be replaced at 3 years and never used beyond 5 years. To check the age of the tyres, you should examine the DOT (date of manufacture) code found on the tyre sidewall.


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The first two numbers indicate the week of the year and the second two will tell you the year itself, so in this case it was the 22nd week of 2018.

How do I Maximise Safety of My Caravan Tyres?

That disastrous moment in motor racing when a tyre works its way off the wheel causing a spin out is not a situation you would ever want to experience while towing your caravan!

 

Fortunately you can have TYRON bands fitted to your wheels keeping the TYRE ON the wheel in the event of a deflation or blow out. It will allow you to steer and brake as necessary for another five miles to get your vehicle to safety.

 

The lightweight bands convert a standard caravan wheel to a safety wheel and typically lower your Insurance costs.


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For more information on Tyron Bands, ordering and prices please click here:

Finally, TyreSafe have created this useful tyre safety video specifically with tips to inspect your caravan tyres and to enable them to last longer too.

 

 


 

 

Are Tyre Shops Open? On the Road Out Of Lockdown in Chester, the Wirral and Surrounding Areas

Are Tyre Shops Open?

The short answer for Hometyre is a BIG YES! While many main dealers have been closed or reducing services around Chester and The Wirral, we at Hometyre have managed to tailor our service on your door step to a safe, efficient, contact free experience. As an essential transport service we are here to keep you on the road as and when you need us!

Our short guide below gives more detail on how we are helping to bring our customers back on the road out of lockdown:

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The Road Out Of Lockdown


A big thanks to all of our NHS and front line worker staff for their sacrifices on the road out of lockdown. And a big thankyou to our Hometyre customers across the Chester, Wirral and Deeside areas for your patience as we have adapted to new ways of working to ensure safety for all.


As we are easing out of the lockdown your local Hometyre offers the following guidance to as you begin making more regular journeys:


As many of us have had cars spending weeks on the drive we firstly recommend checking the condition of your tyres.

We suggest taking your vehicle out for a short weekly run, not only will this keep the engine in motion and all associated parts free, but it will also prevent the tyres from getting flat spots. Also in this sunny weather check for cracks in the rubber caused by prolonged UV exposure. We also suggest the following additional measures for cars that have been inactive for some time.

If you have any doubts about the condition of your tyres, call us, we are happy to help and during the current Corona situation we are happy to visit for free to give you a safety check subject to workload.

So having covered the condition of your tyres, we want you to be assured that we can provide a safe and contactless tyre service on your doorstep.


You leave your keys and wheel but on the doorstep and we do the rest - using the highest sanitary standards and taking payment by typing your details into our terminal which requires no contact whatsoever.


Finally, it is more likely we all will be taking UK breaks and holiday trips in our cars, campers and caravans and so it is worth considering other specific requirements for your safety and comfort which may include repair and replacement of your Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems; Remove Locking Wheel Nuts if you've lost the key; fit Tyron bands to ensure the complete safety of your Caravan Tyres and offer a Free Wheel Alignment Check to ensure the best performance and economy of your tyres.

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Here's to us all getting back on the road again!

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COVID-19 - Hometyre Update

COVID-19

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Hometyre Chester remains fully operational throughout the lockdown, however we are prioritising front-line NHS, police, fire and ambulance workers.

If you have or know anyone that has a dependency on a vehicle for essential supplies, visiting elderly, with *urgent* tyre issues, please forward them to us on 0333 444 5454 or book in via our website www.hometyre.co.uk

In the meantime, take care and stay safe, from all of us at Hometyre.

 

 

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