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Continental SSR Tyres in Edinburgh - 2 new Sport Contact 5 fitted to Mercedes GLA

Hometyre Edinburgh went out to a customer earlier in the week who needed a pair of brand new Continental Sport Contact 5 SSR fitted to their Mercedes Benz GLA.


SSR is a technology by Continental, it stands for 'Self Supporting Radial', the aim of the self-supporting sidewall is to prevent it from being compacted between the rim and the road surface when it is not pressurised.

Rims capable of taking run-flat tyres have an additional inner lip that retains the bead of the tyre, therefore preventing the tyre from slipping off the rim and allowing it to be supported in the event of a puncture.

If you get a puncture when running on Conti SSR tyres you can drive up to 50 miles at 50mph which will allow you to get to a safe place and avoid those expensive recovery costs!

However, as with other run-flat technology if you do suffer a puncture unfortunately it cannot be repaired and having to invest in a brand new tyre.

If you want more information on run-flat tyres or want to book an appointment to get your tyres replaced, call us on 0333 444 5454.


Pirelli Tyre fitted to Mercedes CLS in Balerno

Hometyre Edinburgh got called out to a customer in Balerno who had a puncture in the near side rear tyre of their Mercedes CLS.

The customer had originally booked in through our website, we call every online order we receive just to confirm details of the booking, in this case the tyres on this vehicle are sometimes off-set (different front and rear size) so it was definitely worth a call to the customer to check they had got the size from the tyre with the puncture and to confirm it was a rear tyre.


Unfortunately this puncture was outside of the legally repairable area, so we fitted the Merc with the tyre we had on board for the customer.

A new Pirelli P Zero 285/30R19 was fitted at the customer's work address whilst he carried on with his day, a quick payment taken on the card machine and we were all done!

If you need tyres in Edinburgh and surrounding areas just call today on 0333 444 5454!


It's not too late to think about Winter Tyres!

The lighter nights may be creeping in but we're still experiencing frosty mornings and low temperatures!

Here in Edinburgh one of our repeat customers called us just before Christmas and asked if we could pop round once the festive season was out of the way to swap his summer tyres for his trusty winters.

We made an appointment on a date and to a time to suit him and once the New Year had come around one of our first jobs of the year was this customer!


We fitted his winters from last season, before fitting last year's winter tyres we always check they have adequate tread depth and are not starting to crack and perish. This customer had stored his winter tyres and kept them in great condition so we put them back on the rims and he was ready to hit the cold roads of Edinburgh!

If you have a set of winter tyres in storage and just haven't got around to having them fitted for this winter, call us today! We can come out to your home or work address to cause the least disruption to your busy schedule as possible!

Call us today! 0333 444 5454


New Tyres for Kia Stinger in Livingston

Earlier this week at Hometyre Edinburgh we went out to a customer in Livingston to fit a full set of brand new Nokian Winter Tyres to a Kia Stinger.

The customer sent in an email enquiry to our team in the office asking for some information on winter tyres in a 225/40R19 for the front and a 255/35R19 for the rears, after receiving a quotation they confirmed they would like to go ahead with the Nokian WR A4 to be fitted at their home in Livingston.


Despite being passed the longest day of the year, temperatures have already dropped since we saw the New Year in so having winter tyres fitted to your vehicle is still a very sensible idea! When temperatures are below 7 degrees C the tread rubber will harden and eventually freeze, this means the tyres become much less adaptable to the road surface, resulting in a loss of grip. Winter tyres also help reduce braking distance in icy conditions which can make a huge different in your levels of road safety up in Scotland at this time of year!

If you are interesting in fitting your car with winter tyres, it's not too late! You can have them fitted now and when you need them swapped back for your summer tyres in the spring, you can simply store them and have them swapped back over around October time.

For more information call our team on 0333 444 5454! 


Get Into The Groove! Tyre Safety Month 2018!

It's Tyre Safety Month and here at Hometyre Edinburgh we're doing all we can to promote the importance of CHECKING YOUR TYRES!

Watch this video if you need a little help with how to check yours!


Easter Eggs???

With Easter upon us I thought I'd link it to a bit of topical information about tyre damage. Of course when you live in a city you are more aware of what goes on in it than you are in others but one of the most common comments I hear from customers is that Edinburgh has more than it's fair share of potholes than anywhere else. Right or wrong there is certainly a plague of the little devils inflicting irreparable damage to Edinburgh tyres. For many this manifests itself as instant deflation due to a tear in the sidewall whilst others may remain mobile with a less immobilising but equally as terminal condition commonly referred to as an "egg" in the sidewall.

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The bulge is commonly the size and shape of the top of an egg and is where structural damage has occurred to the tyre and it's strength has been compromised. Don't be fooled just because the rubber looks intact and there is no puncture, this is terminal for the tyre and more sinisterly can be lurking in that dark and unseen world of the inner sidewall or the side of the tyre that faces in to the car.

One thing's for sure, these "eggs' on your tyres have compromised it's safety and should be replaced without delay. The bulge is a symptom of the breakdown of the structural integrity of the internals of the tyre which is where it's reinforcement and strength comes from. The tyre is struggling to maintain the pressure of the air contained within and just a touch from a kerb or further impact from another pothole could well be enough to cause it to give way immediately.

Further to this, whilst driving, the air pressure within a tyre increases due to the generation of heat from the friction created between the tyre and the road, this increase in pressure maybe more than the compromised tyre can handle and ultimately ends in a blow out which, when driving at speed, can have serious consequences.

So in the run up to Easter spend a little time and have your own egg hunt and give your tyres the once not forgetting to check the inner sidewall. If you are unsure just give us a call for some advice and if necessary we can arrange to come around to give you a free tyre inspection. Our mobile tyre service covers Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders so no matter where you are across the region, peace of mind and convenience is literally on your doorstep.


Winter Tyres Still Proving Popular

With some temperature fluctuations predicted and the prospect of a White Christmas diminishing with the predicted "warm" front moving in this week there has been no abatement in the demand for winter tyres across the UK and even without the snow in the Edinburgh, Lothian and borders region it seems many people are playing safe and ensuring their vehicles are equipped to deal with the low temperatures this time of year. Certainly last week there was a significant uplift in their demand and I fitted quite a few sets.

It's not just in snow that you'll find winter tyres are going to improve your car's handling, if you are driving on summer tyres then every degree that the temperature drops below 7°C their performance is compromised whereas if you had winter tyres, below that temperature they are performing at their best.

Winter tyres are an investment but they will extend the life of your summer tyres and, most importantly, the rubber compound and tread design will be working better to keep you safe over the cold and damp winter season.

The main thing is that you take a little extra time to check your tyres out as whilst they may have been alright over the summer it's just quite possible that they may be struggling in the damp slippery conditions that currently prevail and a new set might be in order. If that is the case give us a call and we can discuss your options and we'll ensure you get the tyre that not only suits your demands but suits your pocket as well and as always we'll come to you and fit them at a time and place most convenient for you.


Correct Wheel Alignment. It Won't Change Your Life But.......

I had the pleasure of attending (on separate occasions) 2 vehicles in Penicuik, Midlothian over the last week to fit new tyres and check and correct their wheel alignment. A Citroen C5 had it's 2 front tyres worn down to the chords on both inner shoulders so clearly something out of kilter there and then a Ford Focus had it's driver having to hold the steering wheel off centre in order to drive straight. In addition, the Citroen's driver said the car felt very unstable when driving at speeds in excess of 40mph on open roads.

Once the new tyres were fitted both cars received a free alignment check using our industry leading laser Supertracker system and, unsurprisingly, they were measuring considerably adverse to their target setting. 

Because both jobs were being carried out on the customers' driveways, not the Health & Safety hazard of a commercial garage, I was able to let them see and talk them through the results of the check which put them in an informed position to help make a decision on how to proceed.

After carrying out the necessary correction work to get the vehicles back "on track" both owners took their cars out for a test drive and upon return their smiles were beaming. Now clearly this wasn't going to be a life changing event but after considerable time for them both combatting their vehicle's misalignment and now experiencing it driving straight, true and more stable the pleasure of driving had been restored. Add to that the fact that their tyres are now more likely to get a longer life and better fuel consumption due to reduced friction it really was a positive result all round.


We're Well In the Zone for Winter Tyres

Less than a month to go until mid-winter and it would be easy to think it's probably too late for those winter tyres you've been umm-ing and aah-ing about since the nights drew in and the tee shirts we're packed away. Well trust me it's not too late.

The average temperature across Edinburgh for the last week has been just +5ºC and you can bet the further outreaches of East, Mid and West Lothian it has been less. Below +7ºC regular (non-winter) tyres loose their effectiveness and winter tyres come into their own.

We have a comprehensive range of winter tyres available to suit all budgets so give us a call to discuss your seasonal tyre options. If you already have a set of winter tyres and have still to get them fitted, take the convenient option and book a home fitting through Hometyre.


No Tread Sensors Just Yet

Technology in cars is progressing at breakneck speed, sensors and systems monitor what's happening not just inside your car's engine and drivetrain but many vehicles now have their own spatial awareness and know exactly what's around them and can alert you of impending dangers even before the driver realises they are there.

Tyres have recently been the beneficiary of the development of monitoring systems and every new vehicle must be fitted with a system that monitors tyre pressures and alerts the driver to any variation. Whilst these systems have come along in leaps and bounds in recent years, there has yet to be a system installed in cars that can monitor tyre tread depth. Devices do exist that can examine the condition of a car's tyre tread, but at the moment they are hand held and as such requires a user to scan them over the tyre and they are rather pricey, but safe to say there's no system available that will continually monitor tyre tread condition and warn of an impending change or danger.

Suffice to say for the time being checking your tread depth is something that will continue to be done visually and the only technology you may need to use may be a torch, mirror and a device, such as a 20p coin that can confirm tread depth.


It will require crouching down if you're going to do it properly, a procedure one of my customers in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian hadn't executed fully, much to his misfortune, as the rubber on the inner shoulder of the tyre had worn so much that the reinforcement chords were the only part of that portion of the tyre in contact with the road and, trust me these have no grip and are certainly not airtight. Totally oblivious to this fact, the driver had assumed it was just a routine puncture but on my arrival an initial tyre inspection revealed the Ford Fiesta would be needing a new 205/40/17 tyre as clearly repair was not an option. The good news for this particular driver is we could get him back on the road within an hour with a full tyre report and a recommendation for a further change on the opposite tyre due to the same symptoms.

So until the tyre tread monitoring system is a standard fixture on cars I would recommend a monthly inspection making sure you cover the full width of the tyre, putting the front wheels on full lock will help you get a look at that crucial hidden inner portion. If in any doubt about the roadworthiness of your tyres, give us a call and if necessary we can book in a free tyre inspection and we'll come to you to give you our professional advice.


Rural Tyre Change for a Stable Hand

Looking after horses requires commitment and dedication, looking after a number of horses belonging to other people requires not only the aforementioned but a lot of hard work. I had the pleasure of visiting a Livery Yard in East Lothian to replace two 155/75/14s on a Citroen C1 for the manager of a stables whose early start for the horses and subsequent second job later in the day meant that time to go and get some much needed tyres was not only difficult but downright inconvenient.

We were out in the rural location on a wet and gloomy morning, the two tired and worn tyres were replaced, rotated front to rear for safety and the little Citroen's tyre health was restored and all the equine duties were completed (the latter not by me I must add) as our mobile service delivers the ultimate in convenient and hassle free tyre replacement. 


The TPMS Saga Continues Apace

Last week saw issues with electronic tyre pressure monitoring system valves temporarily disable two car owners vehicles. The issues were temporary because a quick call to Hometyre and we were able to attend both customers, one at home the other at work, diagnose the source of their problems and rectify immediately with minimum fuss and inconvenience and, you can be pretty sure, at a considerable cost saving over the main dealer.

The first customer had a Kia Piccanto in Slateford, Edinburgh who had topped up their tyres with air at a local petrol station and on removing the air hose had inadvertently bent and broken two valve stems.


In this case we were able to replace just the stems on both the affected wheels.

The second car was a Mazda 6 in Tranent, East Lothian where the customer's electronic valve had succumbed to corrosion, the top of the valve had began to crumble and the valve core had also stuck as a result of the corrosion, similar to that in the image below.an56_1b

Unfortunately in this case the stem was an integral part of the unit so it required the replacement of the electronic sender unit which has the valve stem permanently fitted. We were able to supply a new complete valve assembly and programme the new sender unit on site.

So far I have yet to come across a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) valve issue I have been unable to resolve, so if your electronic valves are corroded, broken or just simply not working, visit our website for more information and give us a call on 0333 444 5454


Electronic (TPMS) Valve Rescue

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System valves have stopped a couple of my customers in their tracks over the last couple of weeks. For most car owner these devices will function quite happily in your wheel, monitoring the tyre pressure and alerting the driver should there be a drop in pressure, for an unfortunate few, however, when these malfunction or break, the results can, quite literally, bring you to a grinding halt.

Electronic failure, be it through a low battery or a faulty circuit, can be managed temporarily by taking a manual reading of the tyre pressure with a gauge at the valve, correcting if necessary, then proceeding your journey with caution. A call to us and we can attend your vehicle and replace the valve and electronic unit and your tyre pressure monitoring system will be functioning like new in no time.

Structural failure, usually caused by a snapped and/or corroded valve stem is normally more disabling as it is unlikely that you will be able to get any air to stay in the tyre. A Jaguar owner in Edinburgh had a similar situation last week in that they suspected they had a puncture and called us out to assist them based on that premise. On arrival a leak test discovered that the valve stem had broken about half way up and was leaking air from there rather than a problem with the tyre. As we are equipped to deal with all issues relating to tyres we were able to programme and fit a new valve there and then which ensured the system was restored to full functionality and all at a considerable saving over a main dealer without the hassle of having to take the vehicle into to a garage to have the necessary repairs carried out.


Caravan Season Has Arrived

Just hooking up and hiding off after the winter layoff is not recommended and fortunately most caravan owners are discerning enough that they complete a thorough inspection before the first trip of the year. Age as much as distance takes it's toll on caravan tyres so make sure you cast a detailed eye over them when completing your annual check and if you have any concerns or doubts give us a call and take advantage of our free inspection service and what's more your caravan won't even have to turn a wheel as we come to you and can give you our expert opinion on site at your home or wherever your caravan is stored.

There has been a notable uplift in caravan tyre fitting across Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders over the last couple of weeks including one owner with a brand new caravan having Tyron Bands supplied and fitted by us. 

Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or visit our website  and see how we can help you with all your caravan and trailer tyre needs. 


One Phone Call is All it Takes

Sunny Edinburgh New Town was my destination at lunchtime yesterday, unfortunately for me it was not in one of the many fine restaurants for an alfresco lunch but it was a pleasant encounter with a dutiful father whose daughter had had an unplanned coming together with a kerb on her way to college. Dad stepped in, let his daughter get on with her studies whilst he sorted out getting the stricken Fiat 500 back on the road.

 Within minutes of the phone call to us we were winging our way to the suppliers to procure a 185/55/15 tyre in order to restore the little car back to roadworthiness. We were with the driver's father in no time at all and within 30 minutes of our arrival in Edinburgh City centre the Fiat was ready, fitted with a new tyre, just in time for college finishing. 

 Chatting with the father he had initially envisaged having to call and wait for a breakdown truck to then in turn transfer him to a garage to then have to wait to get a tyre fitted then have to go back to pick his daughter up and take her back to the car (if the tyre shop/garage was fortunate to have the tyre in stock). I'm sure you'll agree that last bit would have been a tedious, logistical nightmare , even just to read let alone carry out. Fortunately by using our services, one phone call is all it took and the car was back in working order without it having to move and in considerably less time than using a breakdown service.

For the most convenient solution to tyre replacement get in touch  and remove the usual disruption of having to go to a garage.


A Welcome Sight for a Commuter

A last minute call out last night to Musselburgh Train Station where a flat tyre had brought a commuter's journey home to an abrupt halt. Armed with a replacement 205/55/16 tyre for the stricken Audi A4, I managed to be on site within 10 minutes of first contact.

 On arrival the driver had already sought assistance from a friend who looked on in despair as the threads for the wheel nuts had apparently "disappeared". Calm was quickly restored as a quick inspection from myself assured them not to worry, the brake disc retaining screw was missing and the wheel hub had simply turned within the disc when the wheel nuts were removed so with just a turn of the hub whilst holding the disc, the threads were back in line with the corresponding holes in the disc.

 Further good news for the customer followed when I inspected the tyre and found it to be a repairable puncture which would restore their homeward bound journey in about half an hour.

 The relief was palpable as our  puncture repair charges saved money for the customer over a new tyre and was a welcome relief as they were expecting to have to organise a breakdown recovery truck which, as we all know, normally comes with a sizeable cost if you're not a member of a roadside assistance organisation.


Whether You Call it Tracking or Wheel Alignment, We Can Help

Well after spending the weekend meeting some great people at the Ingliston Revival Festival it was back to the normal day job last Monday. Aside from fitting tyres I was in Penicuik carrying out Wheel Alignment on a Ford Transit Luton Van. Some major corrections were required to the steering geometry after a local garage had recently fitted new new track rod ends but unfortunately they didn't have the equipment to carry out proper alignment for their customer. Within a short period of time they had worn through a set of front tyres and after fitting a new set they called us in order to prevent them going the same way. With our Supertracker 4-wheel laser alignment system we were able to set up the vehicle to the manufacturer's specifications and ensure the new tyres and their vehicle have a long and happy relationship. 


A Premium Service at a Competitve Price

I had the unfortunate experience the other day of one of my domestic appliances breaking down on me and whilst I consider myself an expert in my field, when it comes to white goods, even my wife has more technical knowledge than me (what clothing goes at what temperature in the washing machine is a mystery to me). Anyway suffice to say I had to call someone in to repair it. The local technician who attended was very competent and professional, whilst being reasonably priced and to be honest I would have no hesitation in recommending him. I ask you to bear with me as there is a point in these meanderings. The cost of the service was £40 simply for attending the job, then £40 per hour (minimum 1 hour charge) plus parts and then add on VAT. It does annoy me when clearly as a domestic customer I don't get quoted the price including VAT as ultimately I have no choice to pay it or claim it back. So before any work is carried out it's going to cost me at least £90. Now I am not about to be detrimental to the business that i used, quite the opposite as they carried out the job to a high standard at a competitive price 

 Anyway, it got me thinking in terms of what we at Hometyre deliver to our customers and the price we charge. In terms of a service with minimal material cost, for a puncture repair (so no tyre cost involved) we will attend your preferred location and carry out the repair to the affected tyre, inspect all the other tyres on the vehicle, ensure they are in a roadworthy condition and inflate to specified pressure all for the current price of £36 (and yes that does include VAT). This price is standard regardless of distance across the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders area. So you may be in Whitburn, North Berwick, Peebles or the centre of Edinburgh the charge is the same. The same applies to having new tyres supplied and fitted, there is no call out charge and you will find our prices are extremely competitive and in many cases are better than those you will find at a garage or tyre fitting centre.

 To further help our customers save money we have lowered our prices on tyres across our range so visit our website or give us a call and find out how cost effective having Hometyre take care of all your tyre needs will be. Add the convenience of you not having to drive to and waste time at a garage the choice to use us is simple. In fact the hardest decision you'll have to make is which tyre, from our massive range, you would like to have fitted, but don't worry we are here to help you make the decision that is best for you.


Don't Get Caught Out

With the holiday season almost here it's only natural to get caught up in the festive mood and it's a time when we put our physical, mental and financial resources into making the Christmas period one to remember for our nearest and dearest and, of course, ourselves.  With all this going on it's easy to forget the less seasonally themed important things in life and keeping yourself safe and equipped for the road is probably down your list of priorities until you get caught out and your tyres either fail to perform, or maybe get flagged up by the law enforcement authorities in a winter safety check.


The best cure is prevention so before you start shopping for the turkey, stuffing ingredients, mince pies and mulled wine, give your tyres the once over. The chances are you'll be fine but I have come to the aid of many a motorist who has been caught out by the failure of a worn out tyre of which they were blissfully unaware because they hadn't completed a simple visual check.

Here at Hometyre we are on hand across the Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders region to help you out in times of tyre trouble.  Mobile tyre replacement is not only the most convenient, cost-effective and hassle free way to replace your tyres but because we come to you, you won't have to sit around in the tyre fitting bay wasting valuable Christmas preparation time, you can get on with making those mince pies whilst we take of your tyre replacement. We don't have blue lights so we're not an emergency service but rest assured we will always do our best to help our customers in time of (tyre) difficulty. One phone call or a visit our website is all it takes so you don't get caught out over the festive period. Click on this link to find out when our Sales Team are available to take your call over Christmas and New Year. Have a Happy and Safe Christmas


Make Tyre Checks a Routine

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when the majority of motorists used to have to complete regular and frequent checks to their cars in order to keep them in good working order. These checks would be as frequent as weekly and, if not completed, could result in lubrication points on suspension and steering for example running out of grease and significantly increased probability of excess wear and failure. This is a real contrast to modern cars where in many cases manufacturers don't need to see your car for servicing until you have completed 20,000 miles. Advances in manufacturing and technology have made components last longer, needing less attention from their owners and making today's vehicles much more reliable.

 For convenience this is great for motorists but the downside is that we have become increasingly detached from potential failures and dangers on our vehicles. The only input many of us have into the running of our vehicles is filling up with diesel or petrol and the occasional top up of the washer bottle. Unfortunately one of the simplest but most effective checks for ensuring your safety is sadly neglected as our vehicles become pillars of reliability, that check is the condition of our tyres. There is no specialist equipment required, can be completed in a matter of minutes and will contribute so much more to the well being and safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users than say, choosing between regular and super unleaded petrol for example, ever will but we will almost certainly spend less time doing the aforementioned.

 Turn your front wheels onto full lock to enable you to get a good look at the full width of tyres.tyre_tread_resized_2

Those little square rectangles within the grooves are tread depth indicators which, to ensure you remain legal, act as a guide by indicating when the tread on the tyre reaches 2mm by sitting flush with the top of your tread at that critical point. This, however, should not be your only point of reference when completing your inspection, check the tread over the complete width of the tyre as it is not uncommon for the tyre to have sufficient tread depth across the centre but for the outer or inner "shoulder" of the tyre to be completely worn through. This situation can and will seriously compromise your tyres' ability to displace water and can lead to loss of control in wet conditions. The 20p piece check is one that is commonly recommended as a good guide. Simply insert the edge of a 20p coin into the tread grooves and use the border as a guide to suitability of tread depth.


The border of the coin that contains the inscription is 3mm, if any part of the border can be seen above the groove then your tyre is over 78% worn and it's performance is significantly reduced and replacement should be considered. In addition complete a visual check of the general condition of the rubber both across the tread and the sidewall. Check for cracks, tears, rips, bulges and objects embedded in the tyre. If in doubt give us a call as we can arrange a suitable time to complete a comprehensive tyre inspection for you 

As I mentioned earlier, these simple checks can be completed without any equipment and by any motorist at home without having to wait until you put your car goes in for it's service. By doing this you then have the ability, if they need replacing, to do so without feeling obliged to get them done by the main dealer/garage completing the routine service. Being without your vehicle whilst it is in the garage for servicing and indeed tyre replacement is both inconvenient and time consuming. Fortunately help is on hand for the latter, as Hometyre can deliver a fully mobile tyre fitting service and are offering motorists throughout Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders a real cost effective alternative to taking your vehicle in to a garage to have it's tyres replaced.

Our vans are fully equipped to complete tyre replacement without any compromise on quality or service and in reality as the service is one to one you, as our customer, have our undivided attention.


Give us a call or visit our website and find out how much of those valuable commodities of time and money you can save by having you tyres fitted using our mobile fitting operation and find out what all of our increasing band of loyal customers have discovered, that Hometyre really is the future of tyre replacement.


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