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Tesla Tyres | Electric Vehicle Tyres | EV Tyres Fitted Mobile

We're seeing a noticeable increase of Electric Vehicles on the UK roads and with that comes an increase in demand for Electric Vehicle Tyres (EV Tyres).

According to heycar.co.uk (link) "EV car sales increased by 76.3% in 2021, and there are an estimated 370,000 electric cars (EVs) on the road in the UK and 710,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs)."

They also state that "It is estimated that around 2% of cars in the UK are electric or hybrid as of December 2021.", the way numbers are gradually increasing, we can see that number getting higher and higher as we head towards the ban on new sales of petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030.

The top manufacturers producing EV Tyres (Electric Vehicle Specific Tyres) are brands such as Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental and Hankook.

Bridgestone EP500

Michelin E Primacy

Continental Eco Contact 6

Hankook K127E Ventus S1 Evo2

At present, it's mostly top brands offering EV specific tyres, however mid-range manufacturers are starting to jump on the band wagon. One of our top selling mid-range brands have released their take on an Electric Car Tyre – to read more about this middle of the road offering for your Electric Vehicle click here.

If you're looking for a tyre for your Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron, Kia EV6 and many more – you can filter our available tyres in your size by using our "Electric Vehicle" filter (shown below).

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If you're still looking for a particular tyre and can't find it on the website – just give our friendly team a call

0333 444 5454

We book to the minute appointments at a location to suit you! Bringing the tyre fitting and convenience to your door 😊 

 

Caravan Tyre Changing in North London | Hometyre Mobile Caravan Tyre Changing

Although a rare sight in central London, finding a caravan storage site becomes more and more common the further North or East you get. Despite being on the precipice of winter with the weather already heavy with the threat of snow, owners of caravans are still contacting us to ensure that they are ready to head out as soon as the weather turns for the better in the spring.

Whether it be motorhomes, single or twin axle caravans, we can source tyres and head out to your storage site (as long as we are allowed on!) and change the tyres there and then.

Unlike the main reason for changing a car tyre, age, not wear, is the ultimate killer of caravan tyres. As per the Caravan Club’s recommendation, tyres to these vehicles, should be changed around the five-year mark. Due to the low number of miles and often being stored outside open to the elements, these tyres will perish and start to crack faster than those being stored inside or driven on a daily basis. But why is this? UV rays penetrate the side of the rubber and after a long exposure, will start to evaporate the elastic compounds cause ‘rot’. However, in some instances, although the sidewall of the tyre may look perfectly fine the tread may be a different story as the tread blocks start to delaminate from the carcass of the tyre.

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If you’ve got Tyron bands installed, that’s also no issue as all of our vans are fully equipped to remove, inspect and re-fit these during the installation of the tyres! So if you’re looking at purchasing a new set of caravan or motorhome tyres, book online for your preferred date and time here!

 

Wheel Balancing; What, Why and When? | Hometyre Mobile Wheel and Tyre Balancing Service

Although tyres may appear round, they aren’t! Created from a single strip of rubber, there will always be a spot in the tyre that is heavier where the two ends overlap. You’ll particularly notice this on lower quality brands with a clear visible line down the side of the tyre. Compare this to a Michelin or Pirelli for example and this line will be almost invisible as steps are taken to ensure the tyre is as ‘round’ as possible. Overall, regardless of the brand, it’s very rare to install a tyre onto a new wheel and not need it to be balanced! Even high-end carbon fibre/CNC wheels succumb to human nature and have small areas of imperfections.

There are two main types of balancing: Static and Dynamic

Static balancing means that the object will be balanced in its axis of rotation. If said wheel has an imbalance, the heavy spot will naturally want to fall to the bottom when spun. This is countered by placing a weight on the opposite side to match the drop, this will now balance out.

Dynamic balancing is a little more complex and even harder to convey in text. Unlike static balancing where the weight is placed in the central area of the wheel, dynamic balancing considers variations on the side of the tyre instead of the ‘average across the tread’.

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Unless you are using a pre-statically balanced tyre or a thin vintage tyre, all modern wheels and tyres should be balanced on a dynamic balancing machine. Balancing by this method ensures greater accuracy compared to that of a static balancing machine. The reason tyres should always be balanced is the aforementioned imperfections will manifest themselves via vibrations through the steering wheel and suspension components at higher speeds.

If you’re experiencing a vibration at high speed or if your tyres are wearing on the edges, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or head over to Hometyre.co.uk to book an appointment online!

 

Blown and Shredded Porsche Tyre Replacement in Enfield | Hometyre Mobile Tyre Fitting

Stemming from the Roman era, London’s roads tend to be in good nick with little to no potholes. It’s only when you start venturing out of town that you come across craters the size of the Mariana Trench. Unfortunately for this customer, this pothole snuck up on them in the night and shredded one of the tyres. Most mobile companies can certainly help with this but we aren’t most companies. Due to the nature of the cars in London, we carry the single spindle torque wrench designed to remove and tighten these F1 style nuts often found on high performance and exotic cars.

After arriving at the customer’s house, we inspected the other tyres to ensure no damage had been caused during the ‘off-road ‘experience. The front tyre had sustained some visual damage (cuts to the side-wall) but had not gone through the protective layer. We jacked the Porsche up, removed the offending wheel and placed it on our van ready to start work on getting the customer back on the road. We removed the valve core, deflated the tyre and removed it from the rim. Before installing the new tyre, the rim was inspected for any cracking, corrosion or general damage. Fortunately for the customer there was no damage to the wheel.

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The new 305/30R20 Pirelli PZERO N0 Porsche fitment tyre was then installed, inflated, balanced and then given a quick clean to remove the brake dust. The complex task of installing the wheel could now begin. A brief run down would be to; install the wheel onto the hub, torque to the required torque setting, reduce the tightness a quarter of a turn then torque back up to specification. A more detailed article can be found here!

With Covid-19 simmering down, we still maintain social distancing and ensuring the card machines are cleaned before and after use.

If you were looking to book a mobile appointment at your preferred location/date/and or time, why not contact our friendly sales team on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

Part Worn Tyres - The Dangers Of Part Worn | Mobile Tyre Fitting

Part Worn / Second Hand Tyres

Do you understand the difference? Should you buy them? What are the risks?

Part Worn Tyres

We do not sell part worn tyres. Our decision not to sell part worn tyres comes as a result of extensive research undertaken by a number of organisations.

It is estimated that 3.5million part worn tyres are sold in the UK every year. Part worn tyres come from 3 key sources:

Overseas

Regulations in certain other European countries require tyres be changed when they have 3mm of tread depth on them 1.4mm more than the UK. Additionally, in many European countries there is a legal requirement to change from Summer to Winter Tyres.

Many of the tyres removed have 3mm to 6mm of tread depth left on them, it is largely uneconomic to store these over the winter period and then to refit these. Many of these tyres find their way to the UK to be resold as part worn tyres.

This creates significant problems for the UK in that at the end of their life they must be destroyed in an environmentally friendly way. Research has shown that in 2009 Germany exported 69,000 tones of used tyres, it is believed that many of these came to the UK.

Scrap Yards

Old or badly accident damaged cars are sold for scrap. The tyres are often removed from these vehicles to be recycled into the tyre market.

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Tyres that are removed from vehicles by reputable tyre fitters will normally be stored on site before being removed for disposal through environmentally friendly way. Sadly, these stores are often rifled and tyres with any level of legal tread depth - without discussion on why the tyre has been removed for instance because of irreparable punctures or due to damage caused by hitting pot-holes. Some tyre fitting businesses have taken the step of eliminating this problem by drilling holes in the sides of scrap tyres to ensure that they cannot be reused as tyres.

The regulations on Part Worn tyres are part of the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulation 1994. The onus is on the reseller to test the tyres to ensure they are safe and to then apply a vulcanised patch to confirm this has been done and to mark the tyres clearly as PART WORN. Some of the tyres which are part worn will have been repaired however there is no competency test for a "properly repaired" tyre and no traceability on the test examination.

Hometyre do not sell part worn tyres, however should you wish to purchase new tyres start your search here!

Part Worn Tyres are a False Economy

Research by TyreSafe (a profitless organisation) has shown that those who buy part worn tyres will buy tyres at least twice as often and that they will pay significantly more per mm of tread. Tyre Safe reported that a part worn tyre will cost £6.33/mm of tread while a comparable, in quality terms, new tyre would cost £5.32/mm.

Another significant factor is the tyre age Bristol City Council prosecuted 1 part worn tyre dealer for selling a tyre that was 16 years old to a customer who didn't even realise that the tyre was part worn.

Research by Auto Express in 2012 discovered some of the hidden problems of part worn tyres where they had often been damaged in collisions or in scrapes with curbs and pot-holes. This tyre of damage can severely compromise the structure of a tyre and make it more liable to a rapid deflation. TyreSafe also recorded that 98% of part worn tyres are sold illegally.

If you want to a book a to-the-minute appointment at a location to suit you, call us on 0333 444 5454

OR

ORDER YOUR TYRES ONLINE!

 

New Tyres for Electric Porsche Taycan | Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric Tyres Fitted Mobile

The Porsche Taycan is a high-performance car which relies on having equally high-performance tyres. We went out to a customer in North London with an All Electric Porsche Taycan which was heading towards the end of the lifespan of its original tyres.

This particular customer had bought this vehicle from new and was happy with the usage she had got from the original fitment Goodyear Tyres, which came on the Taycan.

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She opted to replace them like-for-like with brand new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asym 3 (NF0) . This 20 plate Porsche was fitted with 265/35R21 (101Y) on the fronts and 305/30R21 (104Y) on the rears.

As well as fitting a brand-new set of shoes, we also carried out a free wheel alignment check for the customer. On this occasion it turned out the alignment (tracking) did not need adjusting, good news and peace of mind for our customer at no additional cost!

Do you need tyres in the North London area? We cover Watford, Edgware, Enfield, St Albans, Stevenage and surrounding local areas.

Call us today on 0333 444 5454

or

ORDER YOUR TYRES ONLINE!

 

Centreless Wheel Balancing In North London!

Typically found on older Peugeots and Citroen models, these companies experimented with different wheel designs. Sadly there are no advantages or disadvantages with having centreless wheels, the only difference is trying to find a company to help balance and that’s why we are here!

We were recently called out to an MGB GT that shook when driving above 60 miles per hour. The customer called in to our office and got himself booked in for a check at his desired time at his home address. Despite not technically being centreless, this MG still needed a different balancing system to the conventional method.

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After the thorough inspection of the MG, the wheel nuts were loosened slightly and the whole vehicle carefully jacked into the air. Jacking from the front to rear, jack-stands were placed under the MG to hold it tight. Once jacked into the air, the knock-on spinners were taken off and the nuts holding the wheel on removed fully. As the customer felt vibration at certain speeds, this would be down to the balancing of the wheel.

The conventional method of balancing a wheel is removing the central dust cover (on the wheel) and threading it through a cone on the balancing machine and clamped into place. Giving the wheel a spin, the machine then finds the heavy spots. Whether it be a brand-new wheel with a brand-new Michelin tyre, there will always be a slightly heavy spot from where the rubber used to make the tyre is connected to itself to create a full circle. This area needs more reinforcement to ensure the tyre does not split open whilst driving!

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Balancing a centreless wheel is much the same process apart from the adaptor being different. Looking like a ‘spider’, the adaptor is installed onto the machine and the spider arms moved into the correct position to accommodate the bolt holes thus allowing the technician to securely clamp the wheel.

Centreless wheel balancing is something very few companies offer as it’s an investment most companies do not want to undertake. However, at Hometyre, we are more than willing to go the extra mile to help motorists stay safe on the road.

If you’re looking for a centreless wheel balancing service, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

Peugeot 206 Locking Wheel Nut Removals in North London

We recently had a customer call in to book a locking wheel nut removal appointment as they recently purchased car did not have a key from the dealership! Sadly this seems to be a common occurrence...

Upon arrival to the customer’s house, we inspected all four tyres (included in the service) for any signs of unusual wear, cracking or punctures. Both front tyres were perfectly fine however, the two rear tyres were starting to become quite old and were perishing on the sidewall. We spoke to the customer who then ordered two new rears tyres to be fitted at the weekend at an appointment time of their choice!

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There are two main ways in removing locking wheel nuts if the nut has not been overtightened, see below;

Invasive: Using a hammer and a brass spike, the aim is to break the head of the nut off with a high torque application. This method may permanently damage the locking wheel nuts/bolts and replacements may be required.

Non-Invasive: A unique brass cover is placed on the nut and hit multiple times to mould around the shape of the offending installed device. From here, the nut has a high chance of being removed.

In both circumstances, we can’t offer a 100% guarantee of successfully removing the nut and will need the customer to sign a disclaimer before the attempted removal.

The chance of removing the nut is greatly increase if no one has attempted to remove the nut prior to us arriving. However, if other tools such as welding, drilling or hammering the nut off have been attempted, the chance to remove is greatly diminished.

As this customer had a Peugeot 206, the nuts have a unique collar on the stem then detours potential thieves from removing the nuts. On the flip side, this makes removal of the nuts quite a bit more challenging as this collar needs to be shattered off before the brass nut can achieve maximum grip resulting in a high chance of removing them!

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If you’re looking for a locking wheel nut removal service, why not speak to one of our team on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

TPMS Error Lights!

A few months ago, the requirements to pass the MOT’s test changed slightly to include factors affecting the TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) units. All cars registered after 1st January 2012 are required to show no TPMS warning lights on the dashboard. If a light is present, this is an automatic fail. But, not having a warning light on the dashboard does not mean there aren’t any errors!

Sometimes, a unit can have an incredibly slow leaky valve or even dead battery and yet the system does not pick this issue up. For example, this customer checked their tyres on a weekly basis but encountered a nail during one morning drive to work. As the TPMS unit had a dead battery, the error was not reported to the dashboard and the customer continued to drive with no knowledge of the tyre being under inflated and going flat! Luckily for the customer, there was only visual damage to the alloy. Although, the tyre was completely shredded. The customer was booked in for as soon as possible at their workplace where we replaced the tyre and changed the old non-functioning sensor for a new unit.

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In order to change the unit over, we must have the old unit. From the old unit, we can extract the DNA and copy it over into the new system. From here, the new sensor is installed back into the wheel and the system reset. A relatively simple process if you have the knowhow!

Speaking of resetting TPMS systems, sadly there is no ‘one process fits all’ solution. After a few miles, one vehicle may self-learn and calibrate the sensors. Another vehicle may require you to press a button hidden in the glove box. It’s always best to look at your owner’s manual to double check what to do.

If your TPMS system is displaying errors, not functioning or needs its parts serviced, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send an enquiry to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

American Imports in London - The Dodge Challenger R/T

Up and down the country, we often come across weird and wonderful vehicles. Despite being one of the largest manufactures in the world, we very rarely come across the Dodge brand. We do however, come across their parent organisation's cars (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) quite often. In this instance, a customer had booked in over the phone to our office for two new rear tyres on their Dodge Charge R/T, a 5.7 V8 high performance sedan from the US of A.

Normally, American import vehicles tend to have odd sizes. For example, this sedan had 275/35R20 on the rear, a Ford F150 Raptor on 315/70R17 or a Chevrolet Camaro on 245/50 R18. Finding these tyres can be a challenge but, normally with a little luck, we can track them down.

This customer's Yokohamas' were tracked down from up north in Edinburgh. Upon arrival to us, we booked the customer in at their preferred time and loaded the tyres on the van. Before installing the new tyres, we provided a free tyre inspection of the vehicle to ensure the alignment was on point and to see the general condition of the tyres.

After locating the jacking points, the vehicle was safely raised into the air and the wheels removed. These were placed on the bench in our van and the valve cores removed to let the air out. To be safe, we stand away from the air rushing out just in case there is a small piece of gravel hidden in the valve. This can cause a bit of a bruise of it hits you in the right spot! Deflated, the bead of the tyre was broken and removed from the wheel. Before installing the new Yokohama tyre, the wheel was inspected for any signs of damage. This could be corrosion or dents. But, due to the nature of the vehicle, this customer took special care of the body work. No issues were found! The new Yokohama V103 was installed, the valve core replaced and inflated to the correct pressure. Before installing back onto the vehicle, the wheel was balanced on our mobile balancing machine.

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This swap process was repeated for the other rear tyre before installing back onto the vehicle where the nuts were hand tightened. At this stage, these are only hand tightened to ensure the wheel is located correctly on the hub. In addition, if we were to tightened whilst there was no load on the wheels, they could be torqued incorrectly. To counter this, they are hand tightened in the air and torqued in a star pattern to the correct setting. 

Whether it's a supercar, a super-car or an American import, we are able to work on most, if not all brands! Looking for a puncture repair or a set of new tyres, why not give us call on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk


 

Are you feeling the PRESSURE of Christmas? | Mobile Tyre Fitting London

Although this Christmas might not be quite the festive period we're used to, we still have some flexibility which allows us to see our loved ones this Christmas!

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One of the things which comes alongside Christmas visits is a car full of presents! If you're loading your car with heavier weight than usual this season, make sure your tyre pressures are adjusted accordingly!

How to find your recommended tyre pressures.

You can find information about the recommended tyre pressures for both your front and rear tyres in your vehicle handbook. Alternatively, there is something a sticker on the inside sill of the driver's door.

How to check your tyre pressures

If we're carrying out a tyre fitting for you, regardless of whether it is for 1 tyre, 2, 3 or a full set, as a part of our service we will check the pressures and remaining tread depths of ALL the tyres on your vehicle. Including the spare if the vehicle has one and it is accessible!

If you want to check your pressures yourself, it's easy! Just follow the simple steps laid out below…

  • Always ensure your tyres are cold, do not check your pressures AFTER a long journey
  • Make sure you're inflating your tyres to the correct pressures, as mentioned above! One of the options shown will be for 'normal' use, which will apply to most situations. If you're carrying a little extra weight in your vehicle, you can use the fully loaded pressures!

Try to check your tyre pressures at least once a month, this will help you to get the longest life possible out of your tyres and will avoid uneven tread wear in the long-run!

If you're still unsure, need some advice or want to book an appointment with us - call today! We'll be more than happy to help 😊

0333 444 5454

Or order online by clicking here!

 

Planning a trip to Europe this winter? Check their tyre regulations!

The idea of getting on a plane for a short break this winter may not be everybody's cup of tea. However, you might be desperate to get away and more inclined to jump in your own vehicle and head over to Europe for a short break.

If you're planning on driving to France, Switzerland, Germany or any other sought-after European winter wonderland this year, make sure you've checked the specific rules and regulations for the country you're going to be driving in.

Unlike the UK, many European countries have more strict regulations when driving on their road during the winter months and unfortunately pleading ignorance might not get you out of a tricky situation! It is your responsibility to read up on their rules and prepare your vehicle accordingly.

Tread Depth Laws on Winter Tyres

Where winter tyres are required as standard, the minimum tread depth is usually 3mm (except for the Czech Republic which now require a 4mm minimum).

These requirements apply to all motorists. For visitors to some European countries the use of summer tyres with chains is permissible (where local signage dictates their use) instead of winter tyres. You should check with your travel adviser for any changes to local winter tyre regulations before you leave.

It should be noted, however, that winter tyres offer the safest handling and performance not just in snow and ice but on cold wet roads too and should always be fitted as a first choice.

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Most Commonly Visited Countries - LAWS ON WINTER TYRES!

Winter Tyre Regulations in France

Winter tyres are NOT compulsory in France, however in the event of an accident, a lack of winter tyres could be used against you for determining the responsibility for damage caused.

Snow chains are not compulsory either, other than on the French access road to the Mont Blanc tunnel. Here it is compulsory to have snow chains between 1st October and 30th April.

Winter Tyre Regulations in Switzerland

Winter tyres can be rendered compulsory on very specific roads and will be clearly indicated as such via road signage. There are no general mandatory regulations for the use of winter tyres otherwise but the lack of fitment can constitute an important argument in the event of accident or collision.

Snow Chains are compulsory only on indicated roads. Chains must be fitted across a driven axle and must be constructed of metal or a comparably FRA approved material.

Winter Tyre Regulations in Germany

The law on winter tyres in Germany was amended in 2015 to require the use of winter tyres when conditions are icy/snowy. If you are driving in winter conditions, all vehicles must be fitted with winter tyres.

Snow chains must be fitted on the tyres of the driving axle of the towing vehicle, with maximum speeds of 50km/h. Snow chains are allowed on trailers, providing the towing vehicle is also equipped with them.

If the country you are travelling to is not listed above, click here for regulations and laws in all European countries.

If you're still unsure, call our team today on 0333 444 5454 for more information and to check availability of winter tyres for your vehicle!

 

What is the difference between Wheel Alignment and Wheel Balancing?

Wheel Alignment in North London

During normal everyday driving parts of your suspension become worn, rubber bushes deteriorate, springs can become stretched, etc. Small knocks such as hitting pot holes, kerbs, etc. Even a small accident can knock a highly calibrated suspension out of kilter, making the wheels sit at wrong angles.

Wheel Alignment (Tracking), when done correctly, restores these angles to the manufacturing guidelines, ensuring your wheels are straight in line with your vehicle.

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How do you tell if your alignment is out?

  • The easiest way to do this is to take a look at your tyres, uneven wear on the outside or inside edge is a prime indicator.
  • Secondly, you can look at your steering wheel when driving in a straight line; is the steering wheel straight or on an angle? If it's on an angle, then there is a good chance the alignment is out.
  • Does your car drift to one side when you think you are driving straight? This is another good indication that the alignment might be out.

The most visible benefit of a wheel alignment is less tyre wear, and when the tyres do wear down they should wear evenly. Less stress is put on the suspension components, the car will handle better and although small, there will be a fuel saving.

Mobile Wheel Alignment in North London

At Hometyre we carry laser wheel alignment gauges on our vans, we use these along with charts that give the correct manufacturers settings, to bring your vehicle back into the correct tolerances.

When having new tyres fitted it is always worth having your wheel alignment checked, if it is out then have it corrected or pay the price of another set of tyres sooner rather than later.

Wheel Balancing in North London

Wheel balancing is something the tyre dealer does to counterbalance the tyre imbalance from when a tyre is manufactured.

This is done on either a static or dynamic wheel balancing machine. On this machine, it is spun at a given speed. The wheel balance machine then highlights the light side of the wheel, and the tyre dealer attaches weights to this side, to even out the balance.

One way of knowing if your wheels are out of balance is to drive at around 65 to 70 mph, if your vehicle starts to shudder or if you feel a vibration through the steering wheel then that is a good indication that the front wheels may be out of balance. Should you feel a vibration through the seat, then there is a chance that the rear wheels are out of balance.

Alloy Wheel Balancing

At Hometyre if you have alloy wheels we will attach sticky weights to the inside of the wheel, this keeps them hidden and does not cause any damage to the rim.

If you have steel wheels, then we have clip on weights that can be fixed on either side of the wheel.

It is recommended to have your wheels rebalanced after around 6000 miles, as rubber is worn off, or if you do a front to rear wheel swap.

If you need wheel alignment or wheel balancing in North London, give us a call today on 0333 444 5454!

 

COVID-19 Update from Hometyre North London

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Hometyre North London 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.

 

Why are my tyres wearing on the inside and outside edge more than the middle?

This kind of wear normally indicates that your tyres are running with too little air in them. i.e. under inflated.

Too little air causes the tyres to take the weight mainly on the edge of the tyre, thus causing them to wear faster than the centre of the tyre.

This can increase your fuel consumption and lead to premature wear of the tyre and also lead to the risk of a blow out and picking up a puncture

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The correct tyre pressure for your car can normally be found behind the fuel filler cap or on a sticker in the door frame, if it is not in either of these 2 places then the owners hand book will have the info

Keep your tyres in good condition by checking your tyre pressure regularly

If your tyres have worn to much call Hometyre on 0800 783 8310 and we will come to you to change them

 

Why does my steering wheel vibrates at speed?

Have you ever driven your car and you can feel a small (or large) vibration through the steering wheel?

The chances are that your front wheels are out of balance. When a new tyre is fitted to a wheel it is not perfectly balanced due to the construction of the tyre, each tyre can be slightly heavier in one area as a result of a small overlap of the material that is used to manufacture the tyre.

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This can be corrected by balancing the wheel after the tyre is fitted, the wheel and tyre are put on a balancing machine and spun around, they machine can detect minor weight differences around the tyre and then indicate how much weight should be added (and where) to correct this imbalance. Once these weight(s) have been added to the wheel it is spun again to check that the tyre is now correctly balanced.

If you detect a vibration through your steering wheel and you have not had new tyres fitted then the chances are that one of your balance weights has fallen off, this can be corrected by getting them re balanced!

If you'd like us to check the balance of your wheels, give us a call on 0800 783 9310 or, send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

Half Term holidays are almost here

Heavy snow is now falling in the European ski resorts! Great news if you're a skier...

Will you being heading off in your car for a Half Term ski trip?

If you are don't forget to check your car before you go.

A long high speed trip on the European motorway system puts a lot more strain on your car than the general day to day commute.

Small niggles that you can get away with on the commute can mushroom into a much bigger problem in a loaded car that is doing a long high speed journey.

Check all your tyres (spare as well if you have one), fluids, belts, wipers and brakes before you go. It is cheaper to fix these before you go than on the side of a motorway

Don't forget that the temperature in the mountains is significantly lower than back home so don't just check your washer and coolant fluid for levels, also check that it can withstand the cold.

To check you tyres see our tyre checking page on how to do it

To see the European winter tyre regulations see our European regulation page

So have a good time but be safe on your journey!

 

Summer holidays are almost here!

The great British school summer holidays will be starting soon! If you've not checked your tyres and pressures already -  now is the perfect time to do it.

5 minutes spent now could save potentially hours stuck on the side of the road and ruining the start of your much needed break.


Not sure what your pressures should be? Your specific tyre pressures are normally located on a plate on the inside of the door jams or the inner part of the fuel filler cover. If not, they will likely be in the owners manual. If you're still struggling - call us!!

Don't forget to also check your fluids (oil/coolant/brake fluid/Washer bottle) too as these are all vital for safe motoring!

If you need tyres or some motoring help.  just call us here Hometyre on 0333 444 5454. London's No1. Mobile Tyre Fitting Service

 

Why are tyres black?

While you can get tyres in different colours (let's call them novelty tyres) the majority of tyres you will see are the same standard black, but why black? Cars come in many colours so why not the tyres?

The first tyres produced were entirely white due to the added component; zinc oxide. Along with other chemicles, zinc oxide was added to increase traction but had the side effect of making the tyre completely white. As the market shifted towards mass produced vehicles for the general public, people needed tyres to last longer. By adding carbon black to the tread area, it created a more durable surface whilst retaining the cheap production costs of a completely white tyre. This hailed the creation of the white wall tyre.

So why, in particular, is Carbon Black added? Well it does many things. It dramatically extends the life of a tyre (which is why all manufacturers add it) and resists the effect of Ozone and UV light which can prematurely age your tyre (have you ever seen your tyres start to crack and craze? That is called rot and means the tyres need to be replaced)

How does it work? Carbon Black reacts with Ozone and UV to produce heat, this causes the tyre to expand and then when it cools it will contract, this causes less damage to the tyre than if the Ozone and UV light directly attacked the molecules of the tyre compound. Now Carbon Black will not last forever, you can see this on old tyres when they start to go grey in colour, tyres will also still start to crack and rot but at a much slower pace.

So if you have seen that your tyres are starting to turn a nice shade of grey and the tread or the side walls are starting to crack, call Hometyre on 0800 783 93 10 and we will come to you

 

Will you be driving on your Summer Holiday?

When planning for your summer holiday, the last thing on your mind will be your car's tyres. But think of this, your flight to Spain is a couple of hours away and you're already running late to the airport. The last thing that you want to be seeing is a flat tyre on your car. By checking your tyres well in advance, you will save time, money and the possibility of a missed flight.

It's just not the tyres that you need to check, it's also the car in general. For example, low oil and/or coolant levels. If you don't check these regularly, it could cause irreversible and expensive damage to the car. Take one of our sales team for example; he had not checked the oil level in his MINI for a couple of months which then caused massive crankshaft damage. Don't be like Jack, check your oil!

If you are aware of existing problems with your car and you are planning for a long trip these issues will only get worse (and more expensive) to fix over time. Book in as soon as possible to get these problems rectified!

If you're looking at going on holiday, use this link to find out how to check your tyres correctly! In addition, if you are still unsure, call our office on 01743 861183 and talk to one of our experts!

 

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