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!
Tesla Model X Goodyear Tyre Replacement
We recent had a customer place an order online for a puncture repair or a tyre for their Tesla Model X. After placing the order, the office gave them a quick call to confirm the details of the booking. During the call, the customer was unsure if the tyre they had chosen (if it was not repairable) was right for their vehicle. Some vehicle manufactures require the use of specific rated tyres. In this instance, the customer had chosen a Goodyear Eagle F1 which has T0 written on the side. The T0 stands for Tesla fitment. When comparing a standard Eagle F1 to the T0 fitment one, you will notice that the internal structure, chemical compound and outer pattern has changed very slightly to ensure the least amount of rolling resistance. This helps extend the life of the electric motor and ensures the customer receives the most amount of electric range.
Upon arrival, we always inspect the vehicle to understand what's going on and monitor the tread depths. All four tyres still had a good amount of tread left (about 4.5mm) but, the offside rear tyre had deflated completely. Unlike a petrol/internal combustion vehicle, electric cars have a giant battery pack as the floor which means we have to be ultra careful when jacking the vehicle up as one wrong move could cause a rupture in the pack. In addition to finding the safe jacking point, we use a rubber puck on the jack to help cushion and spread the load. We then removed the wheel in a normal fashion.
The surprisingly light wheel was then taken and placed on the bench in our van. After inflating the tyre, we spritzed it with a mixture of water and soap to identify where the air was leaking from. In this instance, there was a screw atop a small bump on the side-wall of the tyre. The air was leaking from around the screw but the bulge around it was more concerning as this indicates that the chords have been sheared and all the inside pressure is concentrated on that small weak patch. This is not repairable and should be replaced straight away. If the tyre continues to be driven on, it will almost certainly cause the tyre to pop. After finding the fault, we deflated the tyre, broke the bead and inspected the rim for any further damage. Luckily, everything was A-OK and it seemed as though the tyre took the brunt of the damage.
Before installation of the new tyre, the bead was cleaned to remove any debris. The new 285/35 R22 Goodyear Eagle F1 Tesla Fitment tyre was then installed, inflated and balanced on our mobile balancing machine. After being given a quick clean, the wheel was then popped back onto the Tesla, the nuts hand tightened and lowered to the ground where we could torque the nuts to the correct setting.
In usual circumstances, we take payment on our onboard card reader. But, we recent events, we take the publics health very seriously. In order to help protect our customer's we can give you a quick call on the phone to take payment. As for the keys and the locking wheel nut, these are all sanitised before handing back.
Winter to Summer Swap Over for a Ford Kuga in Bathgate
With Summer starting to rear its head, more and more people (including myself!) are swapping their winter tyres to their summer set. Normally, through the winter period, people just swap their winter tyres onto their already existing alloys. But, we are starting to see more and more people purchase a new set of wheels so they can easily swap from one to another. Not only this, but, during the winter months quite a bit of salt is placed onto the roads and this can start to eat through alloy wheels so saving the good looking alloys is always a bonus. Picking up a second pair of cheap steel wheels for example (as long as they fit the vehicle!) is a great way to protect your nice and shiny alloy wheels during the harsh winter months.
As a repeat customer, this chap called in and booked himself over the phone in less than a minute. Choosing a date, time and location to suit him, the office sent the order my way. We arrived at the customer's house and performed a free inspection of the vehicle before hand just to check the wear on the winter tyres and also to see if there was any damage, bulges or punctures that needed to be addressed. The winter tyres were perfectly fine and still had enough tread to last a couple more years! We then proceeded to jack the rather large Ford Kuga into the air and place it on jackstands. We removed one wheel at a time and swapped it with the summer alloy.
However, before installing the summer tyre and alloy, they were given a thorough inspection and then placed on our balancing machine. After balancing, the wheel was then popped onto the hub and torqued to the correct setting. This was repeated for all four wheels.
Normally we would take payment via chip and pin. However, with recent events we are taking the public's health very seriously. After completion, we sanitised the locking wheel nut and the customer's car keys. We then took payment over the phone with the customer still in the house.
If you are in need of a winter to summer swap, need a puncture repair or even a new tyre, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454
Change of tyre for a Vauxhall Adam in Edinburgh
Despite being stuck a home, people are still checking their tyres! This customer was no exception, before heading to the shop, he noticed a puncture on the near side tyre. He immediately called the office to book himself in.
With the tyre in the back off the van, we sprayed it with a combination of water and soap to find the puncture. Much like fixing a puncture on a bike, the soapy water will create bubbles where the air is leaking out. After a couple of minutes of searching, we found the nail hidden in a tread block. Sadly, the nail was sticking out at such an acute angle, it wouldn't be repairable as the plug would not create an adequate seal from the inside. The tyre was then deflated by taken the valve core out and the bead broken. The old tyre was then removed and the new Nexen Nfera SU1 225/35 R18 installed in it's place.
Nexen tyres are our most popular brand as they combine the fantastic performance capabilities of premium tyres whilst retaining a mid-range tyre price. You can search for your sized Nexen tyre here!
Whilst in the van, the wheel was balanced and checked for any damage, corrosion or oddities (just in case!). The wheel was then popped back onto the car and the nuts hand tightened. The Adam was then lowered to the floor and the nuts torqued to the correct setting.
During this time of crisis, we take our customer's health very seriously. After the job had been completed, the locking wheel nut and the car keys were sterilized and placed back onto the customer's doorstep. Throughout the process, we wear sterile gloves. These will be disposed after every appointment. In regards, to payment, the customer can stay inside as we can call them and take it over the phone.
If you're in need of a new of tyres, a puncture repair or a wheel alignment, give us a call on 0131 341 3424 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Update from Hometyre Edinburgh
Hometyre Edinburgh 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.
Two Tyres for a Local Company's Van in Edinburgh
We recently had a repeat local Edinburgh computer company place an order for two near side (passenger) tyres to be replaced as they had hit a pothole.
After placing the order online, the customer was given a quick call to confirm the details of the booking and, more importantly, confirming that they got the size of the tyre directly from the side of the tyre. With the phone call completed, the tyre was ordered for the next morning. Before arriving, we loaded the tyre onto the van and set the route in the satnav. Upon arrival to the customer's location, we noticed that the tyres were wearing heavily on the inside. Before changing the tyres, this was discussed with the customer. We agreed that before the new tyres were popped on, we would correct the alignment by adjusting the track-rod ends to bring the alignment within the manufacture's tolerance.
With the alignment complete, the Nissan NV200 was jacked up. The nuts were then loosened, and the wheel taken off and placed on the turn table in our van. This is where we broke the bead and removed the old, damaged tyre. Before replacing the tyre, we inspected the alloy for any damage that might have occurred after hitting a pothole. Luckily, the alloy was perfectly fine, and it seemed as though the tyre had taken most of the brunt. We installed the new Nexen NBLUE 185/65 R15 and inflated to the correct pressure. Then we balanced the wheel on our mobile balancing machine. This was then placed back onto the Nissan and the nuts tightened to the correct torque setting. Before removing the front near side tyre, the rear offside was switched over to this position to ensure that the customer had the most amount of grip on the rear. The same removal, inspection and replacement service was issued for the next wheel.
The job was completed within the hour and the keys were handed back to the customer at the main reception!
If your vehicle needs a new set of tyres, a mobile wheel alignment service or even a puncture repair, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0131 341 3424 or send an email to email@example.com
Two Tyres for a MINI Cooper in Livingston
Recently, a customer called in to book themselves in for a puncture repair or a tyre. Whilst on the phone to the office, the customer also noted that one of the other tyres was quite low on tread. Confirming the time, the customer choose to have the puncture repair at their work and nearer the end of the day as they could pop home once the job had been completed.
The small, but quite heavy, MINI had the side jacked up in order to remove the wheels. These were taken off the vehicle and placed onto the bench in our van. With a visual inspection of the alloy and tyre complete, we broke the bead and removed the worn tyre. This was then replaced with a brand new Nexen Nfera SU1 205/45 R17 non tyre. (Some MINI's have tyres fitted from the factory, this customer opted to change over to a normal set of tyres after driving the car for a few months).
The balancing of the wheel was complete, the weights installed and a quick clean performed. The other tyres were also loaded onto the turn table to perform a puncture repair. However, as the customer noticed the tyre was on the verge of 3mm tread depth, they opted to swap onto a new tyre. The same process was used, and the new tyre was installed. These were then popped back onto the MINI and finger tightened before lowering the vehicle back onto the floor and tightened using our torque wrench!
Whilst on site, the customer asked us to perform a free wheel alignment check on a BMW X3. After moving the vehicle to a flat location, we installed the gauges and started checking the alignment. The alignment was only slightly off (by 0.6) but, was still within the manufacture's tolerance. After a quick chat with the customer, they decided not to proceed with the wheel alignment on this occasion but to book it in at a later date. The tyres were only halfway through their tread life and the wear pattern still looked good.
If your car has a puncture, needs a new set of tyres or needs a wheel alignment, don't hesitate to give us a call on 01313 413 424 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nokian Winter Tyres for a Skoda Octavia VRs in the Foothills of Edinburgh
Living in the foothills just down the road from Edinburgh can be both a blessing and a curse. The majestic views, tranquil waters and undisturbed quaint roads draw people to live in to these rural areas. But, when you receive a puncture at home, you may not be able to take it down to the local garage. This customer called us up to create a mobile tyre fitting appointment as their rear near side tyre had worn through the cords and deflated. As all four tyres were looking a bit low and living in an area where he experiences a large amount of snow, the customer opted to purchase a set of four Nokian winter tyres.
As these tyres are shipped from the top of Scotland, we asked the customer if he was able to booked a couple days in advance. With a date and time of his choosing, the tyres were ordered. On the day of the booking, we loaded the heavy winter tyres onto the van and set off down the windy roads towards the customer's location. Upon arrival, we immediately inspected the near side rear tyre to assess the damage. As the tyre had deflated whilst the customer was pulling into the driveway, the alloy had caused some damage on the inside of the tyre and not the alloy itself. But, this tyre was set to be replaced, we could hand the tyre to a local eco disposal business. We jacked the long Skoda into the air and started to remove the wheels ready for the installation. Before we removed the tyre, we inspected the alloy and old tyre for any signs of alignment issues or unusual damage. Only being a couple years old, the Skoda's alignment was still in good shape but could do with looking at nearer the end of the year.
Loading the wheel into the van, we removed the valve core, deflated the tyre and broke the bead. After removing the old tyre, we installed the new Nokian tyre, balanced the wheel and placed it back onto the vehicle. With the nuts torqued to the correct setting, we settled the vehicle back onto the ground and asked the customer to give it a quick drive to reset the TPMS system. After the system had been reset the customer was left prepared for the forthcoming snow!
If your tyres are looking a little low, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0131 341 3424 or send an email to email@example.com
Puncture Repair for a Range Rover Sport in Penicuik
With storm Ciara relentlessly battering the country, twigs, nails and screws are being thrown onto the road. Unfortunately this also means that a multitude of customers are experiencing punctures on their vehicle. This customer called in as soon as they got home to get a puncture repair on their vehicle. With all puncture repairs, we take a spare tyre just in case it's not repairable. At the customer's request, we took a Goodyear.
With the tyre in the van, we headed out to the customer's home address. Whilst on rout, we gave them a quick courtesy call to say we were running about 10 minutes early which they were more than happy with! Upon arrival we inspected all five tyres to judge wear and any oddities such as curb, age or deliberate damage being inflicted on the tyre. The only issue was the punctured front near side tyre which looked quite glum as it sat on the floor with no air inside.
Before proceeding, we installed the alignment gauges as we noticed a bit of an inner wear issue. After checking the alignment, taking notes and performing the necessary calculations, it was concluded that the alignment was out by quite a bit! We then jumped from one side to another to adjust the track rod ends to bring the alignment back into shape.
After correcting the alignment, we jacked the vehicle up and removed the offending wheel. This was then inflated above the normal pressure so we can listen for a constant release of air. Luckily for the customer, the screw was right in the centre of the tyre. We then proceeded to deflate the tyre by removing the valve core and place the tyre on the bench. The screw was taken out of the tyre, the remaining hole drilled and smoothed with the Dremel and plugged from the inside with the tyre cement and rubber plug. The stalk sticking out above the tyre was cut to the height of the tread.
Leaving the cement to harden for a couple minutes, we gave the alloy a deep clean ready for installation. The repaired wheel was then placed back onto the rim, inflated, balanced and placed back onto the vehicle where we torqued the nuts to the correct specification.
The customer then took the vehicle out for a quick spin an remarked at how different it felt. After driving a vehicle for a number of months/years, your mind starts to counter the incorrect alignment. When correcting the alignment, your mind notices the difference straight away and alarm bells go off say "That's not correct!" whereas, in actual fact, it is correct!
If your vehicle needs an alignment check, a new tyre or even a puncture repair, give us a call on 0131 341 3424
TPMS Valve Change for a Ford Ranger
We recently had a customer call in to enquire about his tyre going down frequently. He had jacked up the car and inspected the tyre all the way round but could not find any issues. He called us out to take a look to see if were we able to spot the problem. Normally, it's down to a thorn or nail in the tyre but we removed the wheel from the vehicle and pressure checked the tyre and rim and removed the tyre to double check. Upon inspecting the tyre, I couldn't see any visual signs of entry in the tyre on either side. The tyre was re-installed and pressure tested to see if it was something wrong with the alloy itself. This is when I noticed a hissing sound coming out of the valve stem base. I sprayed on a solution of water and dish soap and there right in front of me was the problem. The stem had become worn and was starting to leak air.
Anything made from rubber can deteriorate over time, that's why we say that you need to change your tyres every five to six years. However, one part of tyre eco system (if you will) that people forget about is the valve stem. On an ordinary car with indirect sensors (in the brake hub itself), we can change the valves in the rims without an issue. This part of the routine of swapping the tyres over. However, when the TPMS sensors are mounted directly on the rim(direct TPMS), things can become a bit tricky as there are many variations out there.
But, as our vans are fully equipped to perform a full TPMS change over, we can change most valves without an issue. Although, when you start enquiring for a Bugatti Veyron/Chiron or a Pagani Huayra, things might start to become a bit more complex.
The bead was broken again and the tyre removed.The TPMS unit was then taken off, taken apart and the stem changed over to a brand new unit. It's not too difficult as it's just plug and play. However, it takes time and a patience.
With the tyre back on the alloy, inflated and balanced, we installed the wheel back onto the Ranger and torqued the nuts to the specification. We hopped into the car and reset the system as the tyres all had new pressures.
If your vehicle needs new TPMS sensors, a reset or a puncture repair, give us a call on 0131 341 3424 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Nexen Tyres for a Ford Galaxy
With the festive period almost over, this customer had opted to treat herself buy purchasing a full set of Nexen tyres for her Ford Galaxy. After placing the order on our website, the office contacted the customer to confirm the tyre size and fitting address. With the confirmation completed, we ordered the tyres and booked the customer in at the requested time.
After arriving at the customer's location, I inspected all the wheels to note any damage. As the customer was swapping over to a new set of tyres, double checked the wear on the tyres to ensure the alignment did not need doing. After jacking up the vehicle and placing it on jack stands, we removed the wheels and placed them onto our bench in the van. The tyres were then removed and the fresh new 225/50 R17 Nexen NBlues' installed. After the installation, the wheels were re-balanced due to the different weight composition of the Nexen tyres.
Moving on from the balancing, I placed the wheels back onto the vehicle and manually tightened the nuts to the correct torque setting. Most of the time, these settings can be found in the manual however with some specialist vehicles, a quick chat with the local dealer can yield great results! After being tightened, we carefully lowered the vehicle back onto the ground and handed the keys back to the customer. Despite the bitter northern winds, I was kept warm and snug with constant cups of tea. To which I say thank you!
If your vehicle needs new tyres, a re-balancing or an alignment, give us a call on 0131 341 3424
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