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Goodwood Motor Circuit track day support

One of last weeks jobs was to support the team at Goodwood at a fun trackday. An outside company had booked the motor circuit for the day as a day out for their employees. 

They brought with them a Ferrari F1, a Porche 911 and a Mini Cooper. They also had use of a further Ferrari, a BMW M5 and an M4.

It was arranged that Hometyre would bring a selection of tyres to fit their cars and be on hand to replace any as and when needed.

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 We also had a set of Michelin tyres for the Goodwood BMW X3 course car used by the Marshalls. 

The plan was to fit the tyres to the course car between any other tyre fitting needs.

As it was, the only track car needing tyres was the  Mini Cooper.  After just a few laps on the track it came in with a flat tyre. The driver thought it might be a dodgy valve as it had had new tyres fitted the day before.  It turned out to be a damaged sealing area on the tyre, this had been caused by whoever fitted the tyre originally. We soon had the tyre removed and a new tyre fitted, allowing the driver to get back on the track as soon as possible.

After this I got on and replaced the tyres on the course car.

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 Should you be planning a track day and want tyre support, then give us a call at Hometyre on 0333444 5454

 

Locknut removal on a Peugeot 308

One of the jobs booked last week was a locking wheelnut removal on a 2016 Peugeot 308.

These  have a locknut that has a spinning collar at the bottom as well as a spinning top, they can be one of the most difficult to remove especially if over tightened. The top spinning part is the bit which engages with the normal removal socket, but if someone uses an air gun on it, or tries hammering the socket in place. Then the top part slides down the shaft and doesn't work anymore.

When I arrived at the job, I asked the customer what had happened. He explained that he took his car to a large well known tyre and car parts place in Bognor to have two front tyres replaced. They changed one, then damaged the locknut on the second wheel. They tried to get if off, but then broke off the top spinning part. They then told the customer that they couldn't get it off and that they weren't insured to try.

One phone call to Hometyre, and here we are!

I first ensured all the other nuts on the wheel were tight to relieve pressure on the locknut. Then using the specialist tools in my van, I was able to remove the locknut within 5 minutes without any damage to the wheel.  Once it was off, I then loosened off the other nuts, then re-tightened them using a torque wrench to ensure they are the correct tightness for the car.

The photo below shows the locknut with the top spinning part removed. 

The customer then took his car back to the tyre depot, so they could fit his second tyre.  He could have had us at hometyre fit a tyre, but unfortunately his company has an account with the place that damaged the locknut and he had to use them. 

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Changing wheel rims on a Landrover Defender

Not all jobs are fitting new tyres or carrying out puncture repairs.

One of today's jobs was an old Landrover Defender that was fitted with 16" alloy wheels, the owner wanted to take the vehicle back to its original condition.

He had bought new 16" steel rims as originally fitted when the vehicle was new. My job was to remove each alloy wheel , take off each tyre and re-fit it to a steel rim, then put that back on the Landrover.

The tyres were big off road tyres with approx' 12mm of tread, making them very heavy. Once the tyres were fitted to the new rims I balanced them using a mix of stick on weights on the inside outer edge and hammer on weights on the inner edge. This way the outside of the wheel rim does not have any weights showing, giving a nice clean look to the wheel when fitted to the vehicle.

Should you have a vehicle that needs new rims fitting to it or just a tyre swap over, then call us at #Hometyre on 03334445454

The photo shows the Landrover with one of each wheel showing. 

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Trailer tyres

One of the jobs this week was replacing two tyres on a double axle trailer. The customer noticed that one tyre had deflated, he tried to put air into it but the rubber valve fell apart. He then went to put the spare wheel on only to find it had the same problem! When he looked at both tyres he realised that they were split within the tread, so he called out Hometyre Sussex to replace the tyres.

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When I checked the trailer I found that all 5 tyres had splits in them and they were 19 years old. The owner only wanted me to change two at the moment, as the trailer is seldom used and does not go out on the road, but is used on a caravan campsite only. I replaced two tyres as requested and arranged it so that there was one new tyre on each side along with one old tyre, with the 5th old tyre left as a spare. That way should one of the old tyres deflate then hopefully the good tyre would still support the trailer. I often find this with trailers that because they do not need any servicing or MOT then the tyres often get overlooked. This is the same with horse trailers, even though they are carrying a persons valuable horse, the tyres on the trailer are not checked. If you own a trailer please check the tyres on a regular basis and if you see any splits or signs of perishing then give us a call on 0333 444 5454!

 

What tyres for my Motorhome?

Have you got the right tyres for your motorhome?

I was called out to replace the front tyres on a Motorhome that the customer had bought recently. The customer had ordered light commercial tyres, but when I checked the specifications it was showing that the tyre pressures should be 80psi. The tyres they had ordered would only take a maximum pressure of 65psi.

To get to 80psi they would need to have Camper tyres, these are designed to take a much higher pressure.

Not only that but when I checked the rear tyres I found that they were also light commercial tyres. When I explained this to the customer, they asked if we could re-order and change all 4 tyres to campers. This was done and it was arranged for me to come back the next day to replace all of the tyres.

Some lighter weight smaller motorhomes can get away with having light commercial tyres.

If you have a motorhome please check that the tyres you have fitted are correct.

Should you have any questions then call us at Hometyre on 03334445454.

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Classic Ford Escort getting new tyres in Sussex

I went out to a repeat customer, he had an old 1970's Ford Escort Ghia Estate.

This car is his daily runner so it gets plenty of use. At its last MOT the rear tyres were called up as advisory as they were starting to perish. The owner noticed that one tyre now had a split in the sidewall, so he decided it was best to get them replaced.

When I arrived at the house, the customer gave me the keys and the locking wheelnut removal socket.

Because this was on old car, I was worried about jacking it up using the normal jacking point on the sill as I have seen these collapse before due to rust. With this in mind I jacked it up under the main suspension point as this is the strongest area.

I soon had the wheels off and into the van, the tyres were removed, new rubber valves were installed and the new tyres fitted. Being an older car the wheels and tyres are quite small compared to modern cars 185/60R14. The wheels were balanced then put back on the car and torqued to the correct settings.

Once complete a report on all the tyres was made along with the invoice. Payment was taken using out chip and pin card reader and the receipt was emailed to the customer. For more information on classic car tyres take a look on our website by clicking here.

Or should you want to discuss your car and its tyre requirements, give us a call at Hometyre on 03334445454.

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All-Season Tyre Fitted in Bognor Regis | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting

Nowadays, finding a new tyre has never been more complex. With hundred, if not thousands of different brands to choose from, finding one in particular can be challenging.

The main thing you need when finding a new tyre is the size. This will be found directly on the side of the tyre and is always three numbers followed by a forward slash then four more numbers. For instance, you might find a 205/55R16 or a 295/30R21. This specification will be on the side of the each and every tyre that is produced so as long as the size is the same, you're good to start searching for a new tyre.

(One thing to note is that some vehicles have a different size on the front compared to the rear. You can often find these on a BMW or a high-performance vehicle such as a McLaren or Ferrari so just make sure it matches to the other side!)

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As well as hundreds of brands, you can now obtain different seasons of tyres. Nokian, the founders of the winter tyre as we know them today have recently ceased importations into the UK but hopefully by the coming winter, we will see more of their products on the shelves! Using compound containing more silicone, and often a more aggressive tread pattern, winter tyres love to grip in the snow and in the summer. The downside to winters is that when driving in the summer, they grip so much that they tend to wear down much quicker!

As an intermediate between winters and summers, in the late 1970's, Goodyear released the first true all-season tyre to allow drivers to confidently use these all year round as opposed to swapping between winters and summers. These types of tyres are perfect for the UK's varied climate. The Met office reported that on average, we receive between 10-15 days of rain each month so having a tyre that can cope with the hot, cold, snow and ice is perfect.

This customer recently called in to book two new all-season Bridgestone tyres after the original fronts had started to wear down and he wanted better grip during the cold weather.

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If you're looking to replace the tyres you have on at the moment, think all-season! Alternatively, if you need help, give us a call on 0333 444 5454 where one of our experienced sales team can help!

 

Jeep TPMS problem

A job this week was a Jeep Cherokee that was having problems with its Tyre pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS), the customer asked Hometyre Sussex to come and see if we could sort it out.

When I got to the house, I had a chat with the customer to find out what the problem was. He told me that he had a new tyre fitted by a tyre depot the week before and since then he was getting a constant light on the dash, additionally on another wheel he had broken the stem on the sensor… it was still holding air but he wanted it replacing.

I checked the wheel with the new tyre first and found that the pressure sensor was missing, the tyre depot had just fitted a standard rubber valve.

At this point it looked like I was going to have to make a new sensor for the car. A check in the boot and glovebox produced the old sensor with a damaged stem, which the tyre depot must have broken and just put it back in the Jeep without telling the customer.

I checked the sensor using our diagnostic tool to make sure it was still working and giving out a pressure reading. It turned out to be functioning correctly and the battery condition was good.

Luckily it was now just a case of replacing the metal stem and fitting it back in the wheel. We carry a range of sensors and replacement stems in our vans, so it was a case of finding the right stem and fitting it to the sensor then bolting it back into the wheel. This sensor has a very thin metal antenna screwed to the stem, this has to be released without damaging the antenna. Then screwed back onto the new stem. Once complete the tyre was inflated to the correct pressure and the wheel was balanced and put back onto the car.

I then got on with the other wheel with the damaged sensor stem, this was tough as the nut holding the stem in place had corroded to the stem and would not come undone. I drilled through the stem which allowed me to break off the nut just above the sensor and remove it from the wheel. Once off it was just a case of replacing the stem as I did on the previous sensor and fitting it back into wheel, and fitting the wheel back on the car.

Once  the wheels were back on the car, I checked all of the sensors and adjusted the tyre pressures, so they were all correct. I was then able to confirm that everything was OK by switching on the car and checking the tyre pressure system on the dash. This all proved to be OK, so I then completed the invoice and took a payment from the customer.

To learn more about tyre pressure sensors take a look on the hometyre website by clicking here.

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Cracked Alloy Wheel - Alloy Wheel Repair in Bognor Regis and Surrounding Areas

We often attend customers who originally come to us with a suspected puncture.

This week in West Sussex, we've had two jobs where the customer thought they had a puncture, only for me to check and find that it was actually a cracked wheel from hitting a pothole.

In both cases the customers asked me to get the wheels repaired for them. In order to do this, we put the car onto an axle stand and took the wheel away to a company that specialises in aluminium welding.

We then remove the tyre and hand the wheel over to them, for an alloy wheel repair, you're usually looking at around a two day turn around. Once the wheel has been repaired, the tyre is refitted and checked for any further issues. 

The wheel is then balanced and fitted back on the car, a report is completed and payment taken.  Depending on the severity of the crack, a wheel can generally be welded 3 times, although there is no hard and fast rules covering this.

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For more info give us a call at Hometyre on 03334445454 

 

Electric car tyres (Tesla, Polestar, BMW i, Porsche Taycan, Audi ETron, VW ID, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq, Mustang Mach-E, Skoda Enyaq, etc)

Choose the right tyres for an electric vehicle.

One of the most important parts of any vehicle is the tyres. These four round bits of rubber only touch the road on an area approximately the size of a post card, yet they are responsible for accelerating, grip, cornering and braking in both the wet and dry in the summer and winter.

Choosing the right tyre for your vehicle is important. At Hometyre, we can advise you in a matter of moments! The starting point with any tyre is finding the right size and specification, for this you need to look on the side wall of your existing tyre, an example it may say 235/35 R18 96Y. But, double check this tyre size just in case a previous owner fitted the wrong tyres by looking in the vehicle manual or on the tyre info label often located inside the door frame or on the inside of the fuel filler lid.

In the case of electric cars, they generally have tyres specifically designed for that vehicle. The structure of the tyre is different as it has to accept higher torques when the car accelerates than a normal petrol or diesel car. An electric vehicle fitted with normal car tyres can find that its driving range will decrease, it can damage the electric motors and the tyres will last around 30% less than if the correct tyres had been fitted.

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I was called out to a Tesla last week, the owner wanted new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 EV tyres all round. He had received a quote from another mobile tyre company that was around £50 cheaper than us, but because he had used Hometyre many times in the past and trusted us, he decided to use our 'more expensive' tyres. When we checked the website of the other company we found they had quoted standard tyres, not Tesla marked acoustic tyres. Further checks on their site showed the Tesla tyres had a much higher cost. (Higher than the Hometyre cost). The customer was grateful that he had gone with a tyre company that knew what it was doing and potentially saving him from having tyres that would damage his car.

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So if you have an electric vehicle, make sure you get the correct tyres for your vehicle.

For more information on EV or Electric car tyres check our website here..

 

Vibration at 65 to 70mph when driving

If when you drive at higher speeds you feel vibration through the steering wheel of your car, this can be due to the front wheels being out of balance.  If you feel vibration through the seat of the car, then that is often the rear wheels out of balance.

Wheels can go out of balance  due to either the wheel rim itself having more metal one one side than the other, or the most common cause whish is the tyre itself having more rubber on one side than the other.  Tyres are produced in a mould that is flat, the rubber is then pulled round and joined this join can thicker than the rest of the tyre causing a weight difference. When a tyre fitter puts a tyre on a wheel he has to balance the whole wheel assembly on a balancing machine.  this indicates where the heavy spot is and shows where to put weights to counter-balance the error.  On steel wheels clip on weights are hammered on and the points indicated by the balancing machine.  With alloy wheels we use stick on weights on the inside of the wheel rim, as clip on weights can damage the paint of alloy wheels causing corrosion.

Last week I had a customer who had just bought a used Mercedes, the previous owner had fitted aftermarket larger wheels and tyres.  But when the new owner drove the car at 70mph he felt a lot of vibration through the steering wheel. Rather than just re-balance the front wheels, he asked us at Hometyre to balance all four wheels.

I first checked the front wheels, one was 135g out of balance,the other was 80g out of balance.  most people will feel vibration when a wheel is 20g out, so these were excessively out. I added the correct weights where appropriate and rechecked each wheel to ensure they were at 0g.  I then checked the rear wheels, both were 30g out of balance, so again I corrected the imbalance.  Once I knew they were all correct, I fitted the wheels back on the car.  the owner took the car for a quick test drive and was happy with the results.

Should you have vibration problems with your car , give us a call at Hometyre and book your car in for a balancing check.  For more information on balancing click here.

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A puncture repair on a Tesla car

A new customer called into Hometyre to ask us to attend to his Tesla Model 3 as he had a flat tyre. He needed the car doing immediately as he was going out on a business trip that afternoon.

Normally we would always bring a tyre with us in-case the tyre was damaged internally or the object in the tyre was in an un-repairable area. We were not able to get a Tesla tyre at such short notice, so we decided to go and see if we could repair the tyre.

I arrived at the customers home and had him unlock the car, I then jacked it up and removed the wheel. After a check I found a screw in the center of the tread, I removed the tyre from the wheel rim and checked the tyre for damage. It all looked OK, so I proceeded and did a High performance puncture repair to the tyre.

Once completed the tyre was put back on the rim, inflated to the correct pressure and the wheel was then balanced before fitting it back on the car. The wheel nuts were torqued to the correct setting for this car (175Nm) it was then lowered and the jack removed. Tesla_model3

I then checked the tyre pressures in all of the tyres, adjusted them to the correct pressures, then checked the TPMS sensors in all of the wheels to ensure they were working correctly. Finally I completed then tyre inspection report and invoice before taking a payment from the customer using our on board card payment machine.

For anyone owning a fully electric car, you need to buy tyres that are designed for use on electric cars. These tyres can cope with the high torques that electric vehicles produce, if you were to fit ordinary tyres to an electric vehicle they would not last long.

For further information check out the Hometyre website about Electric cars by clicking here  or give us a call on 03334445454.

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Do I have runflat tyres? Check the terminology used by some manufacturers...

Run Flat Tyres in West Sussex

A number of cars namely BMW, Mini and some Mercedes have run flat tyres from new. These tyres have thicker sidewalls than a normal tyre, the idea being that in the case of a deflation the tyre is self supporting and can be driven on for around 50 miles at reduced speeds, so that you can get to a safe place or to a tyre depot to get the tyre replaced.

Runflat tyres are generally not designed to be repaired, as it is not possible to tell what damage has been done to the internal structure of the tyre after it has been driven on while flat.

To have Runflat tyres you must also have some form of TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System). This can be either indirect through the ABS system or direct through sensors fitted inside each wheel.

Some owners don't like the harsh ride often associated with Runflat tyres and opt to replace them with normal tyres, although not recommended as it can effect the handling of the car.

The problem comes when buying a used car sometimes there can be a mixture of tyres without the new owner knowing. Not all Runflat tyres have the wording RUNFLAT on the sidewall, some have letters that depict this is differing ways.

Below is a list of the terminology meaning Runflat tyre

RFT = Runflat ROF = Run On Flat

HRS = Hankook Runflat System

EMT = Extended Mobility Technology

SST = Self Supporting Technology

ZP = Zero Pressure (Michelin)

XRP = Extended Runflat Performance (Kumho)

RSC = Runflat System Component

SSR = Self Supporting Runflat

SSRF = Self Supporting Runflat

CTT = Combined Technology Tyre (Dunlop)

DSST = Dunlop Self Supporting Technology

ZPS = Zero Pressure System (Yokohama)

Additionally there are two types that have a steel ring fitted between the wheel rim and the tyre denoted by...

CSR = Conti Support Ring

BSR = Bridgestone Support Ring.

There is also this symbol that can be shown on some tyres it looks a little like a snail.

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Do you need new Run Flat Tyres for your vehicle? Have a look at our website for more info by clicking here or give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or ORDER TYRES ONLINE!

 

Mobile Seasonal Winter Tyre Swap Over in West Sussex | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Swapping Service

It that time of the year again when the weather snaps and turns instantly. Across our network we are already experiencing heavy flooding, downed trees and accidents!

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One of the best ways to ensure you're safe on the road is to check the depth of the tread on your tyres. The lower the tread, the less room for water displacement! If you look at a summer tyre compared to a winter tyre, you can see that the tread is shaped in a V pattern. When the central contact patch of the tyre hits the road, it forces the water out through that V pattern ensuring that it has direct contact with the road and not with the top of the puddle!

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In the case of the tyres above, the summer tyre on the right was coming off of a customers car to be replaced by the winter tyres on the left.  The winter tyres were already on wheels, so just needed a quick swap over to get it ready for the winter months ahead. However, before the wheels were swapped over, the summer tyres were checked for any damage, cracking or unusual wear patterns. This was noted in the free inspection report we at Hometyre supply each customer, the two front tyres were starting to wear down and would need to be changed in the next seasons swap over. We jacked the car up, placed it onto axle stands and them removed the summers. Before installing, the winters were checked over, re-balanced and then inflated to the correct pressures.

If you're looking to swap your summer tyres (or wheels!) to winters, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 to speak to a dedicated member of staff!

 

Electric car Polestar2 having a new tyre fitted

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One of my repeat customers called to say he had a flat tyre on his Polestar 2 and could we repair it.  We took a spare tyre with us just in case it wasn't repairable.

Because this is an electric vehicle, it needs to have specific tyres to cope with the torque produced when pulling away as electric vehicles put full power to the wheels from the beginning.

I arrived at the customers home and soon had the car jacked up and the wheel removed. Once in my van I checked it over and found a nail through the tyre, from the outside it looked like it would be a straight forward repair.  But once I had the tyre off of the wheel I could see that the nail had gone through at an angle and had cut into the sidewall of the tyre, which is dangerous and not repairable. 

The new tyre we brought has the lettering POL on the sidewall to show it is specific for a Polestar.  I soon had the tyre fitted, balanced and checked the TPMS valve before fitting it back on the car. 

Payment was taken for the tyre using our onboard card reader and an invoice emailed through to the customer.

We at Hometyre can get specific tyres for any vehicle, our website has a section listing most of the OE marked tyres that we know of. Some of the most popular are:

TO = Tesla 

MO = Mercedes

AO = Audi 

*  = BMW

J = Jaguar 

N0, N1, N2  = Porsche 

B = Bentley 

With electric vehicles, some of the manufactures are just adding a letter E to their Mark, to show this is designed specifically for their electric/hybrid cars. 

#electriccar #hybridcar #electricvehicle #polestar #tesla  

 

Installing Tyrepal pressure sensors in caravan wheels

Last month one of the jobs I had was to fit tyres to a caravan which was also fitted with Tyron safety bands and Tyre Pressure sensors.

At the time the customer told me that the Pressure sensors had stopped working. This is often the case when these sensors get to around 7 years of age, the batteries inside the sensor has run out of power and since they are sealed units the battery cannot be replaced. The owner told me that he was going to contact the company who supplied the sensors and receiver unit (Tyrepal) to get new sensors, he would then arrange for us at Hometyre to come back out and fit the new sensors.

This week the customer call us up to say he had the new sensors and could we install them. Tyrepal told him that they had programmed the new sensors to his receiver using the code number on it.

I arrived at his address and soon had his caravan jacked up and the 1st wheel removed, once in my van the tyre was deflated and the tyre loosened from the rim. I was able to push the tyre down using a tyron ring. The Tyron bands in the wheel have a special link so that they will fit around the sensor. In these cases, you have to install a tyron band that is 1" smaller than the wheel size to allow for the link.

Once the tyre was pushed down it was then possible to remove the old sensor and install the new one. The tyre was then pulled back up over the tyron band and sensor, it was then inflated to the correct pressure. The Wheel was then put back on the caravan and the wheel bolts torqued to the correct settings. The customer was then able to check the sensor using the receiver in the car. Once he confirmed it was all OK I then got on and repeated the process on the second wheel.

When finished I was able to take a payment using our on-board card machine and send a receipt to the customer by email. Should you need Tyron bands or Tyre pressure sensors installing on your caravan, give us a call at Hometyre on 0800 7839310 (Landline free phone), or 0333 444 5454 (Mobile friendly number).

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Have I got Tyron bands fitted to my Caravan?

Before answering that question, I will explain what Tyron bands are….. 

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 They are two semi circular metal bands that are joined together and fitted between your wheel rim and tyre. They fill up the well in the rim making a flat surface. What this does, is keep a tyre on the rim if the tyre goes flat from a puncture. You are then able to continue driving under control for around 30 miles or until the tyre disintegrates. Without a Tyron band, there is a good chance one edge of the tyre will find its way into the well, when this happens the tyre can come off of the rim and damage the caravan. I have seen caravans that did not have Tyron bands fitted, where there is a massive hole right through to the inside costing ££££'s to repair.

We at Hometyre are recommended by Tyron UK as a supplier and fitter of Tyron products. We carry special rings on our vans to help with the removal and fitting of Tyron bands. Not many tyre depots have this equipment, or even know how to fit Tyron bands.    I often find Tyron bands that are fitted upside-down, have some of the plastic feet missing or are squashing the valve. This is why you should only use recommended fitters.

If you have bought a used caravan and want to know if Tyron bands are fitted, you should look near the valve where the original fitter will have put a sticker. This is done to advise any tyre fitter that there are Tyron bands inside, so the tyre cannot be removed from the rim in the normal way.

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Older tyron band stickers can be small white or red circular paper stickers approx. 20mm in size.


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Newer Stickers are approx. 30mm in size and are a foil sticker.

Tyron_3_sticker You can even find some caravans that have a plastic insert in the wheel arch advising you that a Tyron band is fitted.

Should you have Tyron bands and want your tyres changing, call us on 03334445454.

When buying a set of Tyron bands, you can also purchase a Tyron care kit, this has booklet explaing how to remove and refit the bands in various languages as well as a long reach allen key to enable any tyre fitter to undo the bolts.

If you do have Tyron bands, you should inform your insurance company as some give a discount, as you have an additional safety feature fitted. 

 

Track day support at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

One of the services Hometyre supply is tyre support at track day events.

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  In 2018 I was asked by Redbull if I could support Mad Mike a leading drift driver from New Zealand with his 'Radbull' Mazda MX5, as he was making a promotional film for the Festival of Speed.

I stayed in the paddock area while he went out drifting for the film, then replaced tyres for him between takes. From this we got to know the Redbull team as well as Mike's team of mechanics.

In 2019 Redbull remembered us at Hometyre and asked us back to supply tyre support for Mad Mike who was drfting his new Lamborghini. 20190627_164405

Mad Mike filmed a promotional event for the Festival of speed with a race between him and a Russian KAMAZ truck, which jumps over his car. This was filmed about two weeks before the event and Hometyre was there providing tyre support for the day. Drift_Kamaz_jump

I was then asked to attend the Festival of speed for all 4 days to support Mad Mike and all for the other drift cars in the paddock, where they put on drift shows as well as going around the track. There were teams from the UK, (The most famous being Ken Block with his Hoonigan), teams from Japan, America and the Arab emirates.

After the event Lexus ran a track day for some of their prestigiousLexus_RCF customers and again we were asked to support this one day event where their Lexus RCF cars were doing laps of the motor circuit at high speed. Professional drivers would go out and show the customers how to drive, they would then move to the passenger seat and observe the customers driving on the track. Some of the cars had blow outs and limped back to the pits where we replaced the tyres ready for them to go out again.

This month in 2021 Hometyre Sussex was requested by Goodwood to attend the Festival of speed again to supply support to the teams doing drifting during the event. These drift cars can go through a set of tyres in one run around the track as they do doughnuts at various areas around the track in front of the spectators.

20190706_062520_resized This year there were no drift shows in the paddock so tyre usage was less. Due to covid restrictions Mad Mike was unable to attend the event, so there were only UK based drivers namely.

1. Baggsy in his2019 Nissan GT-R although he had engine problems on day two and had to use his older Nissan Skyline for the last two days.

2.. Kevin Quinn in his 2001 Nissan Silvia 515.

3.James Dean in his 2008 BMW E92 M3.

4.Martin Richards in his 1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

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5.Paul Smith in his 2013 Toyota GT86.

6.Alex Claudin in his 1968 Dodge Charger LS6 (Crashed on day Three).

7.Ian Bizz Phillips in his 2004 Nissan 350Z

Plus 3 others.

We also fitted tyres to the Jaguar team for the car they use to drive on two wheels up the hill, these tyres are inflated to 80 psi to support the weight of the car.

Over the event we swapped slick tyres for rain tyres for a Subaru Impreza, as well as fitting slick tyres to the Mustang Mack-E that was trying to set a good time running up the hill.

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Should you have a track day event and need support call us at Hometyre on 0333444 5454

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Goodwood Festival of Speed, Track day support.

One of the services Hometyre supply is tyre support at track day events.

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  In 2018 I was asked by Redbull if I could support Mad Mike a leading drift driver from New Zealand with his 'Radbull' Mazda MX5, as he was making a promotional film for the Festival of Speed.

I stayed in the paddock area while he went out drifting for the film, then replaced tyres for him between takes. From this we got to know the Redbull team as well as Mike's team of mechanics.

In 2019 Redbull remembered us at Hometyre and asked us back to supply tyre support for Mad Mike who was drfting his new Lamborghini. 20190627_164405 Mad Mike filmed a promotional event for the Festival of speed with a race between him and a Russian Kamaz truck, which jumps over his car. This was filmed about two weeks before the event and Hometyre was there providing tyre support for the day. Drift_Kamaz_jump

I was then asked to attend the Festival of speed for all 4 days to support Mad Mike and all for the other drift cars in the paddock, where they put on drift shows as well as going around the track. There were teams from the UK, (The most famous being Ken Block with his Hoonigan), teams from Japan, America and the Arab emirates.

After the event Lexus ran a track day for some of their prestigiousLexus_RCF customers and again we were asked to support this one day event where their Lexus RCF cars were doing laps of the motor circuit at high speed. Professional drivers would go out and show the customers how to drive, they would then move to the passenger seat and observe the customers driving on the track. Some of the cars had blow outs and limped back to the pits where we replaced the tyres ready for them to go out again.

This month in 2021 Hometyre Sussex was requested by Goodwood to attend the Festival of speed again to supply support to the teams doing drifting during the event. These drift cars can go through a set of tyres in one run around the track as they do doughnuts at various areas around the track in front of the spectators.

20190706_062520_resized This year there were no drift shows in the paddock so tyre usage was less. Due to covid restrictions Mad Mike was unable to attend the event, so there were only UK based drivers namely.

1. Baggsy in his2019 Nissan GT-R although he had engine problems on day two and had to use his older Nissan Skyline for the last two days.

2.. Kevin Quinn in his 2001 Nissan Silvia 515.

3.James Dean in his 2008 BMW E92 M3.

4.Martin Richards in his 1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

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5.Paul Smith in his 2013 Toyota GT86.

6.Alex Claudin in his 1968 Dodge Charger LS6 (Crashed on day Three).

7.Ian Bizz Phillips in his 2004 Nissan 350Z

Plus 3 others.

We also fitted tyres to the Jaguar team for the car they use to drive on two wheels up the hill, these tyres are inflated to 80 psi to support the weight of the car.

Over the event we swapped slick tyres for rain tyres for a Subaru Impreza, as well as fitting slick tyres to the Mustang Mack-E that was trying to set a good time running up the hill.

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Should you have a track day event and need support call us at Hometyre on 0333444 5454

 

Wire Wheel Balancing | Wheel Balancing on Classic and Vintage Cars

One of this weeks jobs was a Jaguar E type with wire wheels. The owner had bought the car a year ago, the body was in excellent condition having been restored, but there were problems with the engine. He took it to a Jaguar specialist, who after checking it said that it needed a full engine rebuild.  The work took almost a year to complete as some new parts were required and these proved difficult to source. Prior to starting the engine rebuild the owner had new tyres fitted at a specialist place in Hampshire.

Now that he had the car back he took it out for a test drive and found that he was getting bad vibration once he reached 60 MPH, after checking with his mechanic he recommended that the wheels needed re-balancing. The owner felt that since it was almost a year since the tyres had been fitted and since he felt the original company hadn't balance the wheels correctly, he didn't feel confident going back to them so decided to look for another company. He searched the internet and found us at Hometyre, this showed that we had balanced wire wheels previously, so he engaged us to come and re-balance the wheels.

I arrived at his home and he showed me to the car. After a quick discussion about the correct jacking points on the car, I went ahead and loosened off the central spinning lug nut on each wheel, I then jacked up the car and removed each wheel in turn taking them into my van.

The wheels are put onto our electronic balancing machine with double cones to ensure the wheel runs true. This showed the following out of balance errors:  Wheel 1 was 10g, wheel 2 was 50g, wheel 3 was 25g and wheel 4 was also 50g. I was able to correct these errors by hiding sticky weights on the inner edge of each wheel, that way they are not seen from the outside. Once complete the wheels were put back on the car and the central nuts hammered back on. 

The customer was then going to take the car out for a test drive to test the results.

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