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Highway Code Update - Towing and Parking Changes | Hometyre Blown or Worn Tyre Replacement Service

Motorists to Be Banned From Parking on Pavements

Although already illegal in a majority of London and being put into effect from 2023 in Scotland, councils in England and Wales will now be given the power to issue fines for motorists who park on the pavement.

Most bookings nowadays are related somewhat to a tyre being damaged from a collision with either a pothole or curb. Bumping into a curb at speed, even relatively low speed can put excess stress onto the side wall of the tyre. Slowly going up a curb straight on (at a right angle) will put the stress onto the main tread area of the tyre, the most reinforced area, and should be perfectly fine. However, going up the curb at an acute angle will pinch the wall, rip the cords then tear the tyre causing either an immediate deflation or a slow leak from the tear. Normally the only way a client finds out about a slow puncture/tear is when the TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) fires up and issues a warning to the dashboard.

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Potholes are becoming rampant as our roads start to crumble from the constant rain and fluctuating temperature causing water to freeze, expand and then erode the earth underneath the road causing a 'cave in' effect. Hitting the edge of these holes can cause serious and instantaneous damage to the tyre and isn't something that can be repaired even if the tyre looks OK from the outside and still has plenty of tread. The reason this can't be saved is that the internal structure by ripping reinforcing cords allowing pressure to build up on the weakened area eventually causing a blowout or bubble on the tyre. In addition to the tyre, the alignment of the vehicle may be knocked out. If incorrectly aligned, the fuel economy of the vehicle, wear rate and safety at speed can all be compromised. Hometyre mobile vans are equipped with gauges to check the alignment on your vehicle. If you've hit a pothole and need a new tyre or a check of the alignment, give us a call on 0333 444 5454.

Rule Changes to Towing

Over the past couple of years, with the advent of lockdown, caravan sales have boomed and reached new heights. Alongside this, increased internet sales have reflected an increased demand for HGV drivers which is now creating a massive shortage. From December 21st 2021, the government will scrap the need for an additional test for towing trailers up to 3,500kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass). By relaxing the rules, the government this will lead to more than 30,000 HGV tests and thus rectifying the shortage. Scrapping the need for the additional test will also create even more popularity in the caravan sector as some fear these tests. But, is this a good idea?

Before heading out this spring or summer, don't forget to check the condition of your caravan's tyres. These are the main point of safety connecting the caravan to the road and it's vital that these are in the best shape possible. You can find more about checking you're tyres here where we discuss DOT codes, specific caravan ratings and Tyron Bands.

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What about tyres? Are there any changes to the laws regarding tyres?

No, not at the moment. With the part-worn tyre industry thankfully becoming extinct, tyre laws have stayed relatively the same over the last few years. 1.6mm is the minimum tread depth for any tyre with 3mm being the suggested depth to change. If stopped with tyres below 1.6mm, the maximum fine is 3 points and up to £2,500 per tyre below this depth.

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All Season Tyres in Basingstoke | All Season Tyres in Hampshire

It's that time of year again! The nights are getting darker, the temperatures are dropping and the average monthly rainfall is creeping up.

Some of our customers across the country, more commonly in the North of England and Scotland, opt for a bi-annual tyre swap service – meaning they run their vehicles on Summer Tyres from around March/April to around October/November and vice versa with their Winter Tyres.

If you don't think the weather conditions Hampshire are worthy of FULL winter tyres, we have a solution for you!

ALL SEASON TYRES

All Season Tyres are designed to do what they say on the tin! Perform in all weather, from hot sunny days to snowy winter conditions. They also offer excellent performance in the wet, due to their commonly directional tread pattern, they can disperse water at an exception rate – reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

You can filter our selection of tyres by using the "All Season" option on the left hand side! See below.

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If you're not sure which tyres would be most suited to your requirements, simply pick up the phone! Call us on 0333 444 5454 – we'd be more than happy to help! 😊

 

Wheel Alignment, What's Wrong? | Hometyre Mobile Wheel Alignment Services in Hampshire

To get the best value for money out of your tyres, having the correct alignment is imperative! Incorrect alignment can cause reduced fuel economy, a reduction in high-speed stability and increases driver fatigue as they constantly battle to straighten the steering wheel. One of the main ways to tell if your alignment is out to check the wear patterns on the tyre. If they're wearing heavily on either edge, then it's a good sign that it does need to be adjusted. Alternatively, if you're driving straight and the steering wheel is off centre then that's also a good indication!

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This customer had recently wrestled with a curb in Basingstoke and subsequently the car had been wearing the front passenger (NSF) tyres inside edge quicker than normal. After calling the office and booking in, we headed out to the vehicle on the customer's drive. Before proceeded, a visual inspection was undertaken to see what was happening, if there were any hidden nails and generally how the tyres were wearing. The vehicle was then driven onto small metal plates (turn tables) which would reduce the wear when continually moving the steering from one side to the other during the adjustment of the track rod ends.

After bringing the alignment back to the manufacture's tolerance, the customer was asked to give it a quick test drive just to make sure everything was good to go! Like most alignment corrections, the customer exclaimed how different it was to drive. After a couple of years of the alignment slowly degrading, you would notice a difference!

If you're alignment appears to be out or if you have a vibration at speed, why not send us an email to info@hometyre.co.uk or speak to one of our knowledgeable experts on 0333 444 5454
 

Locking Wheel Nut Keys, Lost but not Forgotten! | Hometyre Mobile Locking Wheel Nut Removal Service

Locking wheel nuts are an integral part of the modern vehicle. Introduced alongside the alloy wheels, these nuts are meant to deter thieves by being a unique pattern or having an additional piece of security such as a cover or spinning collar.

There are two main methods to removing locking wheel nuts, invasive and non-invasive.

In a best-case situation, we will use the non-invasive method as this reduces the amount of damaged caused to the locking wheel nut. By placing a brass puck on the nut and hitting hard many times, this puck will start to deform and take the shape of the nut allowing us to safely and conveniently unscrew them.

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However, for cases where there has already been damage to the nuts or they have been heavily over-tightened, we will need to use an invasive method. Using a sharp brass insert, this is hammered onto the locking nut’s face breaking into the metal whilst slowly turning using a large amount of force. After a few hits, the nut will start to loosen and from there can be removed by hand.

Hometyre service vehicles do not carry replacement locking wheel nut devices or spare wheel nuts/bolts for any vehicle. Sourcing of these items can be undertaken by request. We only recommend the use of original equipment locking wheel nut systems.

This service cannot be booked online - please call our support team now for POA on 0800 783 9310 or 0333 4445 454 or complete the form below during out of hours times.

 

Self Sealing Falken 'Coreseal' Hits the Market! | Hometyre Mobile Puncture Repairs

Seal-sealing tyres aren't a rare tyre. Quite the contrary. Often found in the bigger SUV market and particularly on VAG (Volkswagen Audi Group) products that aren't supplied with a spare. Self-sealing tyres contain a thick gel like layer on the internal three quarters of the tyre that covers the tread area. In the event of a puncture (below 5mm) this thick gel will be pushed along-side the object creating an airtight seal allowing the user to continue their journey. They may not even notice it's happened!

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Falken, an old Japanese brand from 1983, have been performing research into this area and have created a proprietary system stemming from the above nicknamed 'Coreseal'. Currently these tyres will only be available in Europe in their all-season format (Falken AS210) in both 175/65R15 and 255/45R20 sizes. To ensure the best safety possible, Falken also recommends the vehicle be equipped with a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and that punctures should be checked by a tyre professional should they occur. The main downside to leaving a puncture alone in a sealed tyre is that the object can start to rust or move about causing more damage making the area around the puncture more brittle. This could eventually lead to a blow-out.

We at Hometyre will repair a seal tyre if it is safe and legal to do so, as well as it being of economic value to the customer. There is much more work to repair a self sealing tyre compared to a conventional tyre due to that thick layer of gel. This will need to be scrapped away, cleaned back and the puncture repair performed.

If you're looking at purchasing a set of self sealing tyres or need help with a puncture in one, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 to book your slot! 

 

Slow Punctures on Caravans | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting

Punctures can happen to us all, whether it be on a bike, car or caravan. But, the most annoying type of puncture is that of a slow one. With a normal quick puncture, you can hear and feel the pressure coming from a certain spot. But for those slow punctures, they tend to hide themselves deep in the tread blocks or slowly leak from the bead of the tyre. Often when you're heading out on a long journey and at the worst possible time do they present themselves.

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There are a few different types of slow punctures with thorns, nails and sharp objects being the most common. But, for caravans, age related factors effecting the tyre are normally the biggest issue. When rubber ages, it starts to crack. This is compounded by UV rays from the sun hitting the tyre causing the silicone compounds in the tyre to evaporate. Therefore, storing the tyres in a dark area is the best at help prolonging the life of the tyres. This cracking not only effects the tyre but also the valve. The valve can start to split releasing small amounts of air. As a precaution, during the tyre installation we always replace the rubber valves.

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Another factor that particularly affects caravans is air leaking from the bead of the wheel. The bead of the wheel is where the edge of the tyre sits. If this becomes slightly corroded, air starts to escape gradually causing the tyre to come down. To correct this, we remove the tyre and wire brush the corrosion back to create a flat surface. From here, a thick bead sealing compound is applied.

In general, tyres do deflate over a lengthily period as the tyre shifts and moves in the wheel due to bumps in the road and accelerating quickly. However, if your tyres are going down at an unnatural pace, why not give us a call and book an appointment for a slow puncture repair?

 

TPMS, What is it and how does it help me?

Tyre pressure monitoring systems, or TPMS for short, are now a mainstay for all European made passenger vehicles. As of 2012, all manufactured passenger vehicles must be equipped with either a direct or indirect TPMS system (more on this down below!). In addition, during the MOT, the tester should encounter no errors with this system. These errors manifest themselves via a dashboard warning which can clearly been seen by the driver.

These little devices track the pressures in the tyre and relay the information to the user in the cabin of the car. Extremely helpful if you encounter a slow or fast puncture whilst driving!

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From the above text, what are the differences between the two types of systems and what's mine? Sadly, with each and every new car model that appears on our road, knowing who has which system becomes more and more cloudy and there is no definitive way to tell! Whilst in-direct TPMS systems are generally rubber valved and metal valves correspond to direct systems, the two can cross over. Sadly, it's a little bit of a minefield!

Indirect systems use the ABS ring on the wheel hub to measure the rolling resistance of the tyre. Using a complex system of calculations, the car's computer can then determine what the pressure is. If this resistance drops then this is immediately alerted to the cars display to warn the driver. The main advantage to having this system is that it is cheaper and easier to service. However, the big drawback is that the car won't tell you which tyre has been affected due to these sensors going to one 'central hub' that then relays the information to the car dashboard. If the pressure drops, the driver is warned of low pressure. But, the system does not indicate which one is down.

Direct systems are sensors found in the valve of the wheel hence it being metal! While being powered by a battery, these systems continually monitor the air pressure inside the tyre and alert the driver to any issues or loss of pressure. The main advantage to using these over the in-direct system is that when a tyre is low, the on-board display will tell you which tyre is affected. In addition, the on screen display can show the real time pressures of the tyres and in some occasions, also their temperatures!

However, there are a couple of big draw-backs. These sensors have a battery life. After about five to six years, the sensors need to be replaced. But, as the battery is part of the sensor unit, the whole unit needs to be replaced. This, in turn, comes at a price. Often these systems are two to three times more expensive compared to the indirect systems and thus can be found more commonly on the premium brand vehicles.

If you were looking at servicing you TPMS system, have a puncture or just need some advice, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk where one of our friendly members of staff can help!

 

Slow Punctures, What's Happening!?

The UK is slowly heading back to normality with most waving their kids off to their first day of school in nearly a year. But, one crucial thing that's stopping most people arriving on time is their tyres! As it's 'not important' or 'interesting', most people forget about their tyres until it's too late. With the recent months being an eclectic mix of warm and bitterly cold days, more and more people are encountering slow leaks on their vehicle's tyres although they may not know this unless they check their tyre pressures regularly. Whether it be a nail that's finally reared its head after being hidden for some time or damp seeping into the bead of the wheel causing slight corrosion and this a slow leak. All these things are happening with relatively little attention!

We recently headed out to a customer with a beautiful NSX in Winnall who has been dealing with a slow puncture for a number of days. Unlike most NSXs, this customer opted to use the car as a daily driver through winter, very brave considering the lack of driver aids and being rear wheel drive! Although, the customer had managed to source a set of winter tyres for the vehicle so grip in snow and ice would be several times better compared to summer tyres which start to harden below 7*C as the silicone compound is lower compared to a winter or true all-season tyre!

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Upon arrival to the customer's location, we inspected all four corners to ensure there were no signs of unusual wear patterns (see blog about this here), punctures or any other oddities. After the inspection, which would be recorded in a document and sent to the customer after completion, the Honda was jacked up carefully and the offending wheel removed. Before removing the tyre and performing the repair, we first need to locate what is going on! We first inflate the tyre to its normal working pressure then soak the tyre in solution of soap and water. Air escaping will create small bubbles (or large depending on the puncture size) and from there we can locate the issue. Bead seal issues will present themselves with air escaping from the contact point between the tyre and rim.

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With this knowledge in mind, we can deflate the wheel and remove the tyre. The bead was inspected and as thought, there was some slight corrosion on the rim. Using a wire brush, the area was cleaned back then a thick layer of bead sealant (a thick rubber compound) applied liberally. This will ensure that air is not able to escape from the area again. Although, as the rubber moves during a drive, air will naturally work it way out in minute increments.

Bead seal complete, the tyre was re-installed back onto the rim and, pressurised and then balanced for a final time! We then do a further leak test to ensure any repair is effective. From here, the wheel was installed back onto the car and the nuts hand tightened. Once lowered to the floor, the nuts could be torqued in a star pattern to the correct setting!

If you're encountering a slow puncture, balancing problem or need a winter to summer tyre swap over, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to info@hometyre.co.uk! 

 

Winter Tyres in Basingstoke, Alton, Winchester and Surrounding Local Areas

We may not see snow all that often down South, but this week we were graced with a small dusting thanks to the Beast from the East! We've noticed a pattern in requests for winter tyre prices following the sudden drop in temperature.

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to winter tyres is that they're designed specifically for SNOW and ICE… this is not the case! It works best if you think of them as 'Cold Weather' tyres, once temperatures drop below 7°C, the performance level of your summer tyres will begin to drop too!

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Summer tyres have a harder compound than winter tyres, this will become even harder in colder temperatures, meaning the grip to the road surface worsens. Winter tyres have been designed with a softer compound, meaning when those temperatures are lower, the grip to the road surface is increased.

They're also designed with sipes which help to increase traction in colder and wetter weather, meaning those rainy cold conditions become immediately less dangerous for your vehicle.

As well as fitting brand new winter tyres, we also offer a seasonal swap over service. Meaning we will remove your winter tyres in the Spring and refit your summer tyres and vice versa in the autumn. For more information about storing your tyres during the opposite season, click here!

To check available options in winter tyres for your vehicle, fully fitted at a location of your choice in Hampshire, click here! Or call us on 0333 444 5454!

 

Summer Tyres or Winter Tyres? | Tyre Fitting in Hampshire

Here in the South, we tend to escape the worst of the winter weather, which many other parts of the UK experience. On the rare occasion we do see snow, it almost cripples us as we are not accustom to it!

We have been very fortunate the last few years as our winters have been generally mild with only a hand full of freezing days and very little snow. Enter winter 2020/21 and we have experienced prolonged cold snaps that have seen daily temperatures around zero for several weeks.

What does this mean for our cars and in particular our tyres?

Were you aware that in some countries it is a legal requirement to ensure you have the correct tyres on your vehicle during the year? This is because these countries experience deep winters with heavy snow fall and ice, cold weather tyres are one of the reasons they are able to carry on as normal with several feet of snow when we are paralysed by one inch.

So… what can you do to ensure you're not one of the many that get caught out when the weather turns cold? The simple answer is to fit your car with seasonal tyres. Once temperatures drop below 7°C, it is recommended that we should consider making the all-important change.

Yes, there is a small cost for the service but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

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The Benefits of Winter Tyres

During the warmer months, it is most appropriate to have Summer Tyres fitted to your vehicle, they deliver high grip levels on wet and dry roads, high stability in curves, and optimal mileage performance at warm temperatures.

They have also been designed with a harder compound more suited to warmer temperatures. If you drive your vehicle with winter tyres on during the summer, the softer compound will wear out faster on dry tarmac and need replacing sooner. Winter tyres perform well in all cold weather conditions, ranging from snow and ice to wet and cold dry roads. They provide enhanced braking performance in snowy and icy conditions and feature an aggressive tread pattern, clearing away slush and digging into snow for greater traction.

We can come out to your home, work or a location of your choice to carry out a Summer Tyre to Winter Tyre Seasonal Swapover. You can then store your summer tyres during these cold months and call us in the spring and we will come out to you and swap you back to summer tyres. For tips on storing your season tyres, click here!

If you would like to book in to have a new set of winter tyres fitted, or simply have your existing winter tyres put back on for the coming months, give us a call today on 0333 444 5454!

Or book online by clicking here.



 

Swapping Summer Tyres to Winter Tyres on a Mini in Hampshire

Despite most of the country being blanketed with snow, here in Hampshire we are just receiving the rain. Which is a bit sad. However, this rain is quickly turning to ice. We are starting to see a large volume of customers book in to either have their winter tyres installed or purchase a new set ready for the cold ahead.

Recently, this customer called in to book a summer to winter tyre swap. As their tyres were stored in their garage, we proceeded to book them in at a convenient time to suit them.

Upon arrival to the customer's house, we inspected the summer tyres to ensure they would be in a good condition for the swap over next year. However, we did note that one of the tyres had a cut through to the chords in the sidewall on one of the front tyres. Upon talking to the customer, we made a note in the diary to order a replacement summer tyre when the next swap over was due.

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With the inspection complete and the report send to the customer's email, the Mini was carefully jacked up and placed onto jack-stands where we removed the wheels one by one and placed them on the work bench in our van. The bead of the tyre was broken, and the summer tyre removed. Before installing the winter, the inside of the wheel was inspected for any corrosion. This becomes more common on vehicles passing the 12-year mark and results in air leaking from the bead. To fix the issue, the rust is wire-brushed back and cleaned using an alcohol. After, a thick sealant is applied to the bead and left to cure for a couple of minutes. From here, the installation of the winter tyre is as normal. Its previous valve replaced, inflated and then balanced on our machine.

This process is repeated for all four wheels and bead sealant applied where needed. Once the swap was complete, the wheels were installed back onto the vehicle and the nuts torqued to the correct setting.

Due to Covid-19, we are continually adapting the way we interact with customers. For payment, the customer has the option to pay via our card machine which is sanitised before and after usage. Much like the machine, all work surfaces, keys and locking wheel nuts are cleaned before handing back to the customer.

If you are looking for a new set of winter tyres, a summer to winter tyre swap or a puncture repair, why not call us on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk and one of the friendly members of staff can help you out!

 

Brand New Tyres and a Wheel Alignment in Winchester!

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We received an online order from a repeat customer in Winchester, they were looking for a pair of brand new GT Radial tyres to be fitted to their VW Golf. We had recently been out and fitted the same tyres to the rear axle, the customer was looking to replace their front tyres due to them now being below the recommended limit of 3mm.

Should I fit new tyres to the front or back?

We advised the customer, as we always do, that new tyres are better fitted to the rear axle. This shocks some of our customers as they often get told new tyres are better off being fitted to the front because these are the driving wheels and need the best tread, as well as being less likely to suffer a puncture. Although this may sound logical, it is not the case!

This is because the front axle has the weight of the engine and the steering capabilities which means the rear axle needs all the help it can get! By having the tyre with the newer tread on the rear it will give it more grip to the road surface.

We are able to perform a tyre swap-over for a very small additional cost which will hugely benefit your new tyres in the long run! For more information on why we fit new tyres to the rear axle, just click here

Mobile Wheel Alignment in Winchester

Once we had fitted the new tyres and carried out a tyre swap-over, we popped on the alignment gauges and performed a free wheel alignment check for the customer. In this instance the customers alignment was unfortunately out. Using our laser alignment equipment we are able to physically show a customer how misaligned their wheels are and explain the benefits of having this corrected.

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If your wheels are misaligned when you have new tyres fitted, you could lose thousands of miles off them which is a lot more costly than the price of an alignment in the long run! For more information on wheel alignment, click here.

Or to book an appointment for one of our technicians to visit your home or workplace to check your tyres - call 0333 444 5454.

Alternatively you can

ORDER ONLINE!

 

Mobile Puncture Repair in Hampshire

We recently had a customer call in with a puncture at her workplace. To ensure she was back on the road within the same day, we asked the customer to grab the tyre size and placed one on order just in case.


After booking the lady in, we headed out to her workplace and inspected all tyres before proceeding with the puncture repair. We noted that the near-side rear may need to be changed soon but was not a threat.

The car was jacked up and the wheel removed carefully. With the wheel off the car, we inflated the tyre to the correct pressure. This was then liberally sprayed with soapy water, the affected area then started to bubble. In this instance, it was a small nail in the central three quarters of the tyre. We deflated the tyre, broke the bead and removed it from the rim.

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After further investigation, we found the nail on the inside of the tyre and removed it using pliers. The area was then roughed up to create a better surface for the glue to stick to. Before installing the plug, the hole was drilled out to 6mm. Rubber cement was thinly laid onto the area and left to cure for one minute. This causes the cement to become tacky which is better for the plug to seal against. The plug is then pulled through the air massaged out (to cause a better seal) and the excess rubber sticking out cut off.

The puncture repair was left to cure for five minutes then the tyre installed back onto the rim. This was then inflated, balanced and further inspected (via the soapy water) to ensure the puncture had been repaired. After the final inspection, the wheel was popped back onto the vehicle, the nuts hand tightened, and the car lowered to the floor. We finally tightened the nuts to the correct torque setting and installed a QC sticker.

Due to Covid 19, we are continually adapting the way we engage with customers out in the field. Usually, we took payments via our mobile card machine. However, we are now calling customers from a safe distance to take the card details over the phone.

The keys and locking wheel nut were then sanitised and handed back to the customer. She was over the moon to get back on the road within the same day! It's always pleasure to help people who are stuck.

If you are in need of a puncture repair, you summer tyres swapping to winters or Tyron bands, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk!
 

We're back - from 1st October 2020!

Apologies to all existing customers and all current enquirers during our short pause in operations locally. Our local technician, Al, reached retirement at the end of August and we're now busy completing the build of our new local mobile service vehicle ready to provide full service once again!

Normal service will return very shortly!

 

COVID-19 Update from Hometyre North Hampshire

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Hometyre North Hampshire 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.

 

What is the Legal Tread Depth on Tyres in the UK (on vehicles under 3.5 tonnes GVW)?

NOT THIS!

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We went out to change a couple of rear tyres on a 3 Series BMW in Hook, the customer had called the office and said his tyres were due for replacement on his BMW as they were close to the legal limit… when we got to the job we found the above!

Running your vehicle on bald tyres like this can be extremely dangerous to both you and other drivers on the road.

When your tread depths are below 3mm the way they perform is seriously affected, your braking distances are increased and you will have a lot less grip on the road.

These effects are even more apparent at this time of year with the current weather conditions, the roads can be wet and icy. A correct amount of tread means the grooves in the tread and tread blocks need to be deep enough to efficiently disperse water to prevent aquaplaning.

Aquaplaning is where the water fills the grooves and is unable to disperse, this has the effect of putting a thin film of water between the road surface and the tyre. This then loses grip and causes the wheel to spin in an uncontrolled manner.

The MINIMUM tread depth on vehicles less than 3.5 tonnes is 1.6mm, across the central 3/4 of the tread area and in an entire circumference of the tyre. If you are stopped by the police and found to have tyres that fail to meet the legal criteria you could be faced with some or all of the following

  • 3 Points on your licence per tyre
  • Maximum fine of £2,500 per tyre
  • Potential Insurance Increase

Driving with tyres like this on the road is simply not worth the risk, for more information on how to check your tyres click here and if you think you may be in need of a replacement, call Hometyre today on 0333 444 5454.

 

4 brand new tyres to a Volvo XC90 in Basingstoke

Volvos large SUV people carrier/off roader has been in the marketplace for many years, this older model that has been a good family servant is seen here having 4 brand new Nexen NFera RU1 (255/50r19) tyres fitted at home in Basingstoke.

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The client picked this mid range option as this vehicle no longer has to do the school run, therefore annual mileage has been reduced!

Nexen as a mid range offering is ideal for this kind of application, however, both premium and economy brands are also available at Hometyre North Hampshire.

Call us today on 0333 444 5454

 

2 New Maxxis Tyres fitted to Jaguar XF in Basingstoke

Hometyre Basingstoke was calling out by a repeat customer in Basingstoke to fit 2 new tyres for their Jaguar XF. The customer contacted our fitter and asked for the 2 Maxxis VS01 to be fitted to his Jag the next day at his home address.

We ordered the tyres and got the customer booked in at a time that suited him.

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We fitted and balanced the tyres and after giving the wheels a clean and inspecting his other 2 tyres to ensure they had correct pressures and a good amount of tread left we took payment from the customer and they were back on the road!

If you need tyres in Basingstoke, Winchester, Alton and surrounding areas, call us today on 0333 444 5454!

 

Locking Wheel Nut Removal on Alfa Romeo GT in Basingstoke

We had a chat message come in from a customer in Basingstoke on Tuesday morning explaining how she had been trying to get her locking wheel nut off one of her wheels, she had taken the vehicle to her local mechanic and despite many efforts unfortunately they were unable to remove it.

Luckily for our customer we were in the local area and had some free time to pop over and have a look at the GT to see what the problem was.

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Our customer was at work without access to her mobile so the online chat facility came in really handy for her, she was able to keep in contact with our head office on her PC whilst we contacted our fitter to go and complete the job.

We were successful in getting the locking wheel nut off and with a quick phone call to our customer on her lunch break she was able to pay over the phone and have the work carried out on her driveway whilst she got on with her busy day at work!

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If you have a locking wheel nut problem in Basingstoke just call our head office today on 0333 444 5454 or if we’re online just use the chat box at the bottom right hand side of the page!

 

The things we find in tyres...

Here at Hometyre one of the most common topics we speak to people about on a daily basis is the dreaded PUNCTURE!

Something nobody wants but we don't doubt many of you have experienced at least once. Some of the typical reasons could be a nail in the tyre, or a thorn stuck in the tread, sometimes even a piece of broken glass.

Our fitter Al in Basingstoke came across a slightly less common puncture object on a job a few weeks back…

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A spanner?!

This is definitely not something we see every day!

If you get a puncture and need your tyre repairing or replacing, here at Hometyre we can often do same day fitting. Call us today on 0333 444 5454.

 

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