Street & Race Tyres for a BMW M2 in Midlothian | Hometyre Performance Tyre Installations at Home
Being one of the most aggressive street legal but race orientate tyres out there, the Pilot Sport Cup2 is one of the go-to products for those who are looking to participate in a track event whilst being able to drive back home. This customer in Midlothian had recently purchased a new set of wheels and street tyres as he drove the vehicle to and from work every day so didn’t want to us the Pilot Sport Cup 2s for daily commuting.
As we’re now in the midst of summer, track events are a plenty and this customer had scheduled a trip this weekend to the local track down south. Before heading off to the event, he wanted us to install the new wheels and Bridgestone’s so break them in. Typically tyres need to be worn down a couple of millimetres to get the optimum stability, water dispersion and heat dissipation. If the blocks are new with plenty of height, you’ll experience more lateral movement compared to those that have been worn down slightly.
After the lightweight semi-slick Cup2 tyres were removed wheels that we removed had TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) sensors installed. If we were to install the new wheels and tyres without the TPMS system, the car would flag this up as an error code. If the vehicle were to go through an MOT, this would fail! Using new sensors, we coded them to the vehicle, bolted them in and reinflated the tyre to the correct pressures.
If you’re looking at purchasing some street tyres for your performance car or need a new set of performance tyres for those track days, give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org!
What Is TPMS and Why Is There an Error on My Dashboard? | Hometyre Mobile TPMS Repair, Service or Replacement Service
TPMS or Tyre Pressure Monitoring System in full, is a system that continually monitors the pressure of your tyres. First used on the Porsche 959, TPMS first hit the mainstream on the 1991 Chevrolet Corvette. Using Run-Flat tyres, the driver of the vehicle would not be able to identify if they had encountered a pressure loss so would need a visual indication, thus TPMS was installed. Now mandated on vehicles manufactured after 2012 (2007 in the USA), TPMS is still a subject very few people know about, let alone know how it works.
There are two different kinds of TPMS, Direct and Indirect.
- Direct systems have the sensor mounted directly to each wheels' valve in the tyre and can monitor the pressure of that wheel every millisecond allowing the driver to be notified immediately in the event of a pressure loss.
One of the down sides to this system is that because of the location of the sensor, over time the unit will be worn down and needs to be changed over. Purely due to the immense pressure and environment that the sensor sits in, some of the components might start to fail. In addition, these sensors are operated off of a battery which lasts (typically) 5-7 years before needing to be changed.
- Indirect systems connect directly to the wheel's ABS ring which relays back to a central computer in the car. These types of sensors are significantly cheaper than the direct sensors but don't allow the driver to monitor each tyre's pressure. These are collated and if one tyre goes down, won't tell the driver which one.
If you've seen the below on your dashboard, there could be a genuine issue with the vehicle or there could be an error in the TPMS. Firstly, if you're in a safe location, inspect the tyres to ensure that their pressures are all OK. If not, give us a call on 0333 444 5454 and we will try our hardest to get someone out to help!
Alternatively, if the tyres are fine and not showing any signs of pressure loss, there is probably a problem with the system. As there are many ways to reset these systems depending on the model of car, the brand and the country, it's not something we can easily write about or generalise. We would advise having one of our TPMS expert technicians coming out to you and inspecting the car! Fancy booking a slot? Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or 0131 341 3424 !
Porsche Pirelli Tyre Replacement in Edinburgh | Hometyre Mobile Performance Car Tyre Changing
With every new generation of Porsche, power, grip and comfort are at the forefront of the engineers’ minds. Whilst adapting the suspension, Porsche worked with several tyre manufacturers to ensure that their tyres can meet their specific requirements in the above three categories. Tyres that have been approved by Porsche for use on their vehicles are labelled N0 through to N7 as well as NA0 through to NA2 (at the moment) as well as a number of other N- ratings, of which you can find out more here!
Having worn the tyres down at a recent track event and before handing the car back to the lease company, the customer in Rosewell needed to change all four! Despite the miserable downpours and hurtling gale, the mood was high as I headed out to the customer’s heated garage. Upon arrival, all the wheels and tyres we checked to assess the wear and tear.
Despite being one of the higher performing Porsches, this model had standard bolts compared to the single spindle style found on the GT3 RS and the Cayman GTS models. The single spindle nuts are designed for track use; Like F1 vehicles, a technician using the correct tool can quickly remove the wheel and replace with a new wheel and tyre within a few seconds. But, in the real world it take a bit long and some specialist tools such as a giant torque wrench. Usually, passenger cars are torqued to about 120 nm. However, the single spindle Porsche nut is often torqued to about 650nm! You wouldn’t want one of those wheels to come careering off at high speed on a track.
With the new tyres installed and the rain continuing to pour down, I took payment from the customer on the mobile card machine and headed out into the wide world!
If you’re in need of replacing the tyres on your performance car, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or head online to www.hometyre.co.uk to select your tyres today!
Caravan Storage Tyre Changing in Edinburgh | Hometyre Mobile Caravan Tyre Changing
Snow in April?! Not again! Many of us were hoping that the sun would hang around a little while longer whilst we prepared for the summer. Driving through the villages over the past week, we have seen a plethora of caravans out and about being washed, inspected, and stocked up on essentials for said heat wave that was apparently coming soon.
One major things that people miss when preparing their caravan for the is the tyres. Blowouts are increasing year on year as caravanning becomes more popular and checking the only point of contact on the road has never been easier!
This customer had seen that their caravan's tyres were starting to deflate. On further inspection he found that there were cracks in the sidewall and tread. As per the caravan clubs' recommendations, it's best to change the tyres once they reach five years old.
But why is this? Often, caravan tyres are left outside in the harsh elements facing drastic changes in temperatures, overexposure to the sun and showers of rain. With an overexpose to the sun, the silicone compounds in the tyre can start to evaporate over the course of several months if not driven on. Tyres need to be driven on so they can heat up evenly and allow the rubber to become malleable again.
Is your caravan in storage or on the drive at home and need an inspection, new tyres or Tyron bands? Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 where one of the dedicated team can help.
Frequently Asked Questions with Hometyre | Mobile Tyre Fitting in Edinburgh
How Do I Find My Tyre Size?
The best way to find out which tyre size you need is to look at your current tyres. You will find the tyre size imprinted on the sidewall of the tyre (e.g. 205 50 R16 98V run flat). You are looking for the width of t he tyre (i.e. 205), the sidewall (i.e. 55) and the rim size (i.e. 17). You will also need the load and speed rating (i.e. 92W) and finally check if it is a run flat or specialist fitment for your type of car (i.e. AO for Audi).
Can My Puncture Be Repaired?
It all depends on how much damage has been done to the tyre. If there is any damage to the side wall or shoulder of the tyre, this would be deemed unsafe to repair as the structural integrity of the tyre has been compromised. The hole in the tyre needs to be less than 6mm in diameter and be in the central 3/4 the tread. If there is no obvious damage to the tyre and you have a slow puncture, it's best to give us a call and we can try and resolve this.
Do You Sell Part Worn Tyres?
No, we do not have a track history for part worn tyres, the risk of fitting a tyre you don't know the history of is too great and we specialise in brand new tyres only. A recent Tyre Safe investigation found that 98% of part worn tyres were illegal; 16% contained dangerous or unsafe repairs; and 18% contained other potentially lethal forms of damage or non-compliance.
What Is Included In The Price I've Been Quoted?
Your quote includes you're chosen tyre, mobile fitting, standard rubber valve replacement*, wheel balancing and environmentally friendly tyre disposal.
What other services do you offer?
Find a full list of our services here
Do you need a mobile tyre fitting? If you've never used our service before and you're a little unsure, just pick the phone up! Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 - we'd be more than happy to answer any more questions you might have and help you choose the right tyres for your vehicle!
Alternatively, you can order online!
*TPMS valve replacement may occasionally incur a small additional cost.
Winter Tyre Swapping in Edinburgh | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Swapping Service
The festive period has finally arrived with many already starting their celebrations. Although most were hoping for snow this year, it looks as though the weather is hovering above the 0° mark with gusts of cold winds. But, this is the forecast for this year, as we saw last year, the first couple of months of 2022 may result in a frozen wasteland. To prepare for the snow and ice, many are now choosing to swap from their summer tyres to their winter tyres. But what’s the difference?
At 7° and below, the silicone compound in the conventional summer tyres starts to harden. If more silicone is present in the tyre, the tyre can remain elastic and malleable to a much lower temperature.
Looking at the tyre, you will immediately notice a difference in the tread pattern. Using larger sipes, bigger/more grooves and larger blocks, this aggressive pattern allows for greater water displacement. In addition, when driving in snow, the smaller grooves allow for a build up of snow. But isn’t this a bad thing? Not necessarily! Think of building a snowman. When rolling the first ball, the snow wants to stick to itself and becomes really sticky. This same principle is used so when the tyre becomes full of snow, it sticks to the snow around creating the grip.
This customer had recently purchased a new set of winter tyres and was ready to swap them over. After choosing his date and time, we arrived on site and started the swap over. However, before swapping over we inspected the summers and winters just to make sure they would be good to go for the next year. Both front summer tyres were starting to look a little low but would last for one more season, this was advised to the customer. With the vehicle jacked up and placed onto jack stands, we removed the wheels, took the summer tyres off, inspected the rims to see if there was any corrosion present (in this instance there was none!) and then installed the new tyre. Before installing back onto the vehicle, the tyre was rebalanced and given a final inspection.
If you’re in need of new winter tyres, need to book a specific time slot for your swap over, give us a call on 0131 341 3424 to book an appointment today!
How to Reset Tyre Pressure Light on VW Golf
Volkswagen have been fitting their Golf's with Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) since 2009, although these systems only became a legal requirement in cars in 2014.
There are two types of TPMS, Direct and Indirect, 99% of Golf's are fitted with INDIRECT TPMS. It's extremely rare to find a Golf fitted with sensors, if they are, it's highly likely an imported vehicle.
Between 2008 and 2014, you're highly likely to find the TPMS Reset button in the glovebox, it would look like the below.
From 2014 onwards, vehicles started to get a little more intelligent! In newer models of the VW Golf, you'll find the TPMS Reset option within the cars infotainment screen, as shown below!
If you've recently had tyres fitted, your TPMS light should have been reset following the fitting. If, for any reason, the TPMS light is still on, simply ensure your pressures are set correctly for your vehicle and the load it's carrying and then follow the reset procedure!
Whether your button is in your glovebox or on your infotainment system, the procedure is the same. Once your tyre pressures are correct, turn the ignition to the ON position (engine off), press the button until an audible "chime" is heard and MiL is extinguished.
As soon as you start driving the vehicle, it will complete the relearn.
For more information on TPMS or if you have any queries on TPMS repair, replacement or reset – call us! You can speak to our team for advice on 0333 444 5454 or book a TPMS Reset with any order for new tyres.
Michelin CrossClimate 2 Release in Europe
Leading on from the grand success of the first generation CrossClimate and the second generation’s success in the north American market, the CrossClimate 2 is now heading to stores in Europe. However, compared to the American product, the European product will be slightly different. Using slightly different materials, this variation will have a 10% lower rolling resistance when compared to the predecessor and uses an advanced Cool Running Sidewall technology to help increase fuel efficiency or electric vehicle battery range.
We hope to see these in our hand soon as we already have an eager list of customer’s waiting!
If you’re interested in an all-season tyre, or are looking at the Michelin CrossClimate range, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to email@example.com
Sidewall Punctures and Tyres Sizes Through the Years | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting
As we progress through time, the average size of tyres is steadily increasing. In the late 90s the average size was 185/60R15. Through the 2000s, the size grew from 205/55R16 to 225/45R17. In this modern era with SUVs becoming more and more popular, we are starting to see a rise in 225/40R18 and even some 19 inch sizes becoming a factory default for certain manufactures.
As the size of the tyre increases, the sidewalls seem to be becoming slimmer and slimmer but nails and tacks somehow still seem to find themselves attracted to these areas. Unlike the main tread of the tyre, these areas are constructed of a multitude of thin chords that hold the pressurised air inside the tyre. If a nail enters this area, the chord is most likely damaged, and a puncture repair won't be able to save the tyre from a bulge and then an eventual blow-out.
This customer called in after their tyre had deflated overnight. After calling the office to choose a preferred date and time for their appointment, we ordered a replacement tyre and headed out to the customer's address. After removing the old tyre in preparation of installing the new Pirelli, we found that someone had attempted to repair this tyre on the sidewall in a previous life. It may have been sold to the customer under the premise of a 'nearly new' part worn tyre. Again, this is why we strongly advocate against part-worn tyres.
If you've encountered a slow puncture or have a nail in the sidewall of the tyre, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tyres for a Range Rover in Edinburgh | New Tyres and TPMS Valves Fitted Mobile
We've had a great week out on the roads of Edinburgh this week! With the weather taking a turn for the better and a reduction in sheltering in the van from the rain!
These Range Rovers both had some new shoes, the Range Rover Evoque had a single Michelin Pilot Sport 4S fitted due to an irreparable puncture.
When we get a phone call for a puncture repair, we ALWAYS take out a potential replacement tyre. If this tyre isn't needed, you don't even need to set eyes on it! We purely bring it for peace of mind just in case your tyre isn't safely and legally repairable. Saving both us and you wasted time!
In this case, unfortunately the tyre had a nail in the sidewall, meaning it was outside of the repairable zone. To read more about what renders a puncture unrepairable, click here!
The Range Rover Sport had a full set of Pirelli's fitted alongside 4 replacement TPMS Sensors. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are now a serviceable item and could potentially cause an MOT failure. If your sensor is not working correctly and a light is illuminated on the dashboard, it causes an immediate failure.
We're able to carry out a free TPMS check when we're fitting new tyres to your vehicle! We can also replace any TPMS components and even full sensors! Saving going to the main dealer for a replacement, also saving some pennies!
Do you need a tyre replacement or TPMS check in Edinburgh?
Call us today, we can come out to a location of your choice, with a to-the-minute appointment. As well as saving you money, we can save time and effort too!
You can also place an order online by clicking here.
If you need help choosing, just call us on 0333 444 5454!
New Yokohama Tyres for a MINI in Central Edinburgh | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting
As though someone has flipped a switch, the weather has been turned on its head with the sun beaming down and flocks of people heading to the parks. Traffic is steadily increasing as more and more people take to the streets to enjoy the warmer weather. But, for people who have been working on the roads through the pandemic, wearing down the tyres on their vehicles has not slowed down.
This customer had recently called in to book an appointment to change over the two front tyres from a budget brand to a Yokohama as they could foresee themselves driving more miles in the near future. During the phone booking, the customer opted to choose the 195/55R16 Yokohama Blue Earth ES32 tyres as they are a rather quiet tyre at just 68 decibels compared to the competitors.
With the booking complete and the customer choosing their preferred fitting address, date and time, the tyres were ordered.
Upon arrival to the customer's address, we inspected the vehicle for any signs of unusual wear. Although being three years old, it's always best to double check the alignment as hitting a pothole, rock or even a curb can cause the alignment to be thrown out.
Upon checking, the alignment was perfectly fine! In addition, the wear patterns looked normal and there were no hidden nails in the rear tyres. From here, the MINI was jacked up and the wheels removed. With the tyres in the van, the valves were removed, the tyre deflated, and the bead broken. The new 195/55R16 Yokohamas installed, inflated and balanced on our mobile balancing machine.
These were then installed back onto the car, the nuts torqued to the correct setting and a final inspection carried out. Having been in the industry for a number of years now, Tony, our technician, has become quote proficient at changing tyres!
Whether it be a puncture repair, wheel alignment or worn tyres, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 to book an appointment!
The Clocks Have Finally SPRUNG Forwards | 'Time' For Summer Tyres in Edinburgh!
The clocks went forwards in the UK over the weekend and we're sure there's not a single one of you that's not overjoyed to see the lighter nights approaching! With the turn of the clocks comes the time to put your summer tyres back on!
If you've been driving around through the colder months with winter tyres, we're sure you've felt the benefits of the better grip to the road surface, reduction in braking distances and all round better handling of a specific cold weather tyre.
However, now temperatures are starting to hit over 7°C as an average, the softer compound of a winter tyre becomes irrelevant and you're not going to see any real benefits! If anything, the rubber will wear faster in the higher temperatures, losing you money in the long run.
Winter to Summer Tyre Swapover Service in Edinburgh
We offer a convenient bi-annual swapover service from the comfort of your own home! We book a to-the-minute appointment at a time and location of your choice! Taking all of the hassle out of visiting a fixed site.
Do you need your Summer Tyres putting back on your vehicle?
Call us today on 0333 444 5454 to book an appointment!
Checking Your Tyre Pressures in Edinburgh
- Safety - Tyres that are under inflated can overheat and will be more susceptible to damage, over inflated tyres can lead to poor handling on the road. Both situations will also increase the wear on the tyre.
- Economy - Over or under inflated tyres can suffer more damage than tyres with the correct pressure, they also need to be replaced more regularly due to increased wear. Vehicles with under-inflated tyres create more drag and this means that more fuel will be used to keep to the same speed.
- Environment - Correct tyre pressures help to maintain fuel efficiency. This means that the less fuel you use the lower the Co2 emissions will be. Also as your tyres will last longer and thus less waste will be produced by not having to change your tyres to early.
How often should I check my tyre pressures?
It is recommended that you check your tyre pressures approximately once per month. It is important to check your tyres when they're 'cold', by this we mean the car hasn't been driven within the past few hours.
If you're driving to a petrol station or a garage to check your pressures, try to ensure it's a relatively close location so your tyres don't heat up too much!
How do I check my current tyre pressure?
To get started, you can find the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle by looking either on the inside of the fuel cap, the inside of the door or the vehicle handbook.
Once you know the correct pressures for your vehicle, simply follow the below steps,
- Remove the valve cap from the tyre
- Push the pressure gauge onto the valve stem until the 'hissing' stops and the gauge gives you a reading
- If the reading is above the recommended psi, you can let air out of the tyres. You can do this by pushing down on the metal pin inside the valve stem with an object such as a screw driver
- If your tyres are under the recommended psi, refill with air until your tyres are showing the correct psi!
Unwrap the Joy of Mobile Tyre Fitting this Christmas in Edinburgh
Christmas is fast approaching, some of us may have done our Christmas shopping back in September but the other half of us will be last minute panic buying in a week or so!
If you're struggling for gift ideas this year… have you thought about giving someone the gift of safety, convenience and a quality service?! Here at Hometyre, we bring the mobile fitting service to your door, meaning you don't have to trudge out in the cold, wet and miserable British December weather to a fixed site.
Instead, you can stay in the dry, warmth and safety of your own home whilst we do the work on your driveway!
Your tyres are the only point of contact to the road surface, meaning they're one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. Your tread depth could mean the difference between a shorter braking distance, saving you from a near-miss, or a longer stopping distance resulting in an accident.
The legal tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm in an even band across the central ¾ of the width of the tyre. Once your tyres drop below this or even get close to this amount, the handling of your vehicle will worsen and the grip to the road surface will not be as great.
We recommend changing your tyres when they reach 3mm, we're more than happy to come and have a look at your tyres if you're concerned they could be below the recommended tread limit, to book an appointment with your local technician just book online or call 0333 444 5454.
As well as checking your tread depths, it's also important to check your tyre pressures! For more information on doing so, click here.
Wire Wheels and Tubes for a Classic Morgan in Musselburgh!
Some classic and vintage vehicles are running round the country with tubed tyres. Now, back in the day this was the best form! Have a puncture? You can just replace the tube. Now, as modern tyre technology progressed, the need for a tube was banished (too much heat can be generated in the tyres) and thus the modern tubeless tyre was born.
We recently had a customer in Musselburgh looking to fit four new tubes to their Morgan 2+2. As these are quite delicate vehicles, the customer chose us to work on it as this is something, we have been trained in. Across the network, we regularly work on classic and even vintage vehicles! You can find out more here
The tube was then deflated completely and installed into the tyre. The tricky part is finding the valve and then threading it through the wheel's hole. Compared to most things to do with tyres, this is quite easy! After pulling through the valve stem, the tyre was reseated onto the bead and the tube installed.
To install the tube is much like changing a tyre, just with a couple extra steps. The vehicle is jacked up and placed onto axel stands, the wheel is then removed from the hub and placed onto the workbench in the van. From here, we deflate the tube and break both tyre beads (top and bottom) the top bead is then removed from the tyre allowing access to the deflated inner tube. The tube is then removed from the wheel and the final bottom bead removed allowing us to remove the tyre completely.
Before installing a new tube, the rim tape is inspected for any damage. For all wire wheels, the inside of the rim has metal spikes from where the wire is terminated and welded. If the tube does not have protection, it can rub against these spikes eventually causing a puncture. During the installation of a new tube, we inspect the tape to ensure its integrity. If needed, we have replacement tape on the van.
After the inspection, the old tyre's (or new tyre depending on what the customer wants to go for) bottom bead is installed back onto the rim and the tube half inflated. Half inflating the tube makes it much easier to install back into the rim as you're not having to fight against the elasticity of the rubber compounds. Whilst battling to install the tube, the valve must also be seated in the correct position. After this, the top bead is re-installed and the tube fully inflated. As with any tyre, the wheel is re-balanced and thoroughly inspected before placing back onto the vehicle.
Finally, the wheel was taken and installed back onto the car, the nuts hand tightened and lowered to the floor. Once on the floor and the suspension settled, the nuts were torqued to the correct setting!
Due to Covid-19, there a now a couple of ways a customer can pay. We have a card machine on the van so they can chip 'n' pin after the job has been completed or, the customer can now pay online via a secure payment portal!
If you are looking at having tubes installed onto a vintage car, or need new tyres, why not give us a call no 0333 444 5454 or send an email to email@example.com!
Wheel Alignment for a Smart FourTwo in East Lothian
With the rain battering the north, lightening brightening our skies and floods to give Noah a scare, working in this weather can be quite challenging. But, we never shy away from helping people as we have protective gear in the van for most eventualities. Although, when the apocalypse does happen, we may not be able to help.
This customer had contacted us during the storm as we had been out to them a week earlier and noted that her alignment was quite off and did need to be adjusted. We booked her in over the phone at her preferred date and time and sent an email just confirming the booking.
Upon arrival, we installed two dishes under the front wheels (to stop excess scrubbing), installed the gauges onto the side of the wheels and set about correcting the alignment. We adjusted the track rod ends to bring the alignment back into manufactures specification.
Correcting a cars alignment is always of great benefit as it stops premature tyre wear, decreases fuel consumption and increases handling on the road.
If you're looking for your wheels to be aligned, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
How Should You Store Your Winter Tyres? Winter Tyres in Edinburgh.
If you've made the decision to purchase a set of winter tyres for the upcoming colder months, you might be wondering what to do with your summer tyres whilst your vehicle is reaping the benefits of having better grip, shorter braking distances and an all round safer performance on the road.
Hibernating your summer tyres is a relatively simple, just follow these easy steps to have a full set of happy tyres when the following season comes around!
- DO NOT store your tyres in plastic - this causes the rubber to 'sweat' which will do it no good over the several months it's in storage
- Instead of using plastic - use a Hessian sack - think back to the sack races on sports day! You can get these cheap enough online and they're the perfect breathable material to keep your tyres in.
- Keep them in a dark room - for example a garage. It doesn't have to be anything pitch black! Just keep them out of direct sunlight and try to avoid storing them outside!
- Move them around - every 4/6 weeks rotate the order of the pile, simply move the bottom
tyre to the top of the pile to give them all equal amounts of pressure! As shown in the image on the right hand side! If you leave them in the same position for the entire winter/summer then it could result in them becoming misshapen.
If you follow the above steps, your season tyres should last you that little bit longer!
Are you thinking of fitting winter tyres to your vehicle?
If so, just give our blog on winter tyres a read by clicking here!
If you're interested in having a set of winter tyres fitted ready for the winter ahead, call us on 0333 444 5454. We'll be happy to discuss options available and help you find the right set of winter tyres for your vehicle!
Puncture Repair for a Mitsubishi Outlander in Edinburgh
The Mitsubishi Outlander, one of the brands most popular vehicles. Although being a heavy beast, the PHEV version can still achieve a 74MPGe on the motorway. This customer had recently called us to book in for a puncture repair or tyre as they had come out to the car one morning to find a flat tyre. With all puncture repairs, we take a spare tyre just in case the tyre is not repairable. As per Mitsubishi's guidelines, they recommend keeping the same brand all round as well as keeping the tread depths the same. If we were to pop just the one new tyre on, this can cause the ASC (Active Stability Control) and 4 wheel drive light to appear on the dashboard. This is down to the axle drive motors (PHEV, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) in the axles as they need to have matching tread depths on both sides to ensure the motors are spinning at the correct speeds. If one side is slightly lower on tread, it will throw an issue into the system because one side has a smaller rolling circumference. Mitsubishi strongly recommends changing all four tyres at once but, replacing two on the same axle is OK as a non permanent solution.
Upon arrival to the customers' house, we inspected all four tyres to record and monitor the wear patterns. All four were at six millimeters which is a good sign they have previously been replaced in a set of four. Using soapy water, we spritzed the tyre and looked for bubbles. This is an easy way to detect the location of a puncture. Sure enough, there was a small nail in the centre of the tread! The car was then jacked up and placed onto jackstands where we could remove the puncture wheel. This was then popped onto the workbench in our van and the bead of the tyre broken. After a quick assessment, we got to work on fixing the puncture.
Using a Dremel, the hole was drilled out slightly and the walls sanded back. We doused the area with rubber cement and pulled the puncture plug through. We then left the cement to dry for 10 minutes. After plugging, the tyre installed back onto the rim, inflated and balanced. We popped the wheel back onto the car where we hand tightened the nuts, lowered it to the floor and finally torqued the nuts to the correct setting.
After completion we took payment from the customer on our mobile card reader. But, in these unusual times, we took all the necessary steps to keep the public safe by using PPE and sanitation wipes on all surfaces.
If you're looking for a puncture repair, four new tyres or even a wheel alignment, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to email@example.com!
Mobile Puncture Repair for a Discovery Sport in Edinburgh
We recently had a customer call in with a puncture. Being stuck at home is never a great thing and with recent events, people are looking for an escape after being stuck in their home for weeks on end. After a quick call to the suppliers, we got the customer booked in for later in the day.
Upon arrival, we inspected the whole vehicle to ensure that there we no other hidden punctures. During the inspection, we also recorded the tyre tread wear just in case the customer had been driving around on unsafe tyres. After the inspection, we jacked the vehicle up and placed it on jack (stands just to be safe!) the proceeded to remove the wheel from the hub.
With the tyre on the work bench, we removed the valve core, deflated the tyre and broke the bead. The puncture was then located on the inside of the tyre. To ensure the best fit possible for our puncture plug, the hole was drilled and smoothed. After drilling, the area was then cleaned ready for the rubber cement to adhere to the surface. Before the plug was pulled through, the cement was left to become tacky, after this the plug was pulled through the hole and the excess chopped off. The cement was then left to cure for ten minutes.
After the curing process, we balanced the wheel, gave it a quick scrub and popped it back onto the car. We hand tightened the nuts and lowered the car back onto the floor. This is where we were able to torque the nuts to the correct setting as specified by the handbook.
The work surfaces, car keys and locking wheel nut were then sanitised and placed onto the doorstep for the customer to collect!
If you're looking at a puncture repair, a new set of tyres or a wheel alignment, why not give us a call on 0131 341 3424 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bead-Seal for a Saab 9-3 in Edinburgh
A couple of weeks ago, we headed out to a customer to perform a winter to summer tyre swap over, during this time, we noted that the front near side wheel had a small amount of corrosion. At the time, it was merely cosmetic and nothing to worry about. But, as the vehicle had been sitting the corrosion has become slightly worse so this customer called us out to perform a bead-seal.
Upon arrival, with all jobs we perform a pre-inspection of the vehicle. We go through all four tyres, plus the spare and take notes of any damage, the wear indication and current PSI. The Saab had recently had all four tyres changed over to its summer tyres so all four had lots of tread left. Only the front near side looked quite sad as it was deflated. We tend to get quite a bit of salt on the roads in and around Edinburgh and most gets pushed to the side of the road. If salt accumulates on the rim (or even on the paint work of the car) it can start to eat through the protective layers and cause rust/corrosion. Where possible, during the winter (after a drive) wash the salt off of your vehicle.
The wheel was then placed on the tyre removal machine, the tyre deflated and the bead broke. After removing the tyre, the rim was inspected for any signs of corrosion or damage. On some areas of the rim there were heavy signs of corrosion but, this can be fixed. The corrosion was cleaned up using a wire brush then a cleaned using isopropyl alcohol. This ensure the best bond possible with the steel. After the clean, the sealant was applied liberally and left to become tacky after a couple of minutes. The tyre was then installed back onto the rim, inflated and re-balanced (just in case!)
After the seal was completed, we left the tyre alone for 10 minutes to let the sealant cure. The pressure was double checked to ensure the bead had indeed been sealed. In regards to payment, we have a card machine onboard the van but, in these ever challenging times, we are trying to keep the public as safe as possible. We have therefore implemented that we call the customer whilst they are in the house and take payment over the phone. This ensures a safe transaction for all. The locking wheel nut key was then sanitised and placed back on the customer's door step ready for collection.
If your car has a slow puncture, a bald tyre or an alignment issue, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to email@example.com!
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