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TPMS Valve repaired on Lamborghini Huracan in Olney

Hometyre Milton Keynes went out to a customer's home in Olney this week to look at a nearside front tyre on a Lamborghini Huracan which had been losing pressure and was starting to go flat quicker and quicker.

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Our standard procedure at Hometyre is to take a potential replacement on board whenever we go to look at repairing a problem with a tyre. This is just in case for any reason we cannot repair the issue, we are able to get the customer back on the road that same day!

In this case it was a problem with the TPMS valve, we carried out a repair to the valve and the tyre was able to maintain pressure again.

Here at Hometyre, we carry a range of replacement parts for all makes of TPMS sensor which means we can always look at repairing the valves when possible.

In this case the customer was very happy with this as replacing the tyre would have been a much bigger cost!!

For further info on sensor valves click here or call our sales team to book your vehicle in today!

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Tyre Blow Out In Milton Keynes!

We received a call from a customer in Milton Keynes who asked for a replacement tyre for their vehicle, they did not mention anything specific about the replacement, just that they required a single tyre.

When we arrived at their home we were greeted with this…

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I think anybody would be able to tell this one wasn't repairable!!!

We looked at the tyre on the other side of the axle as the customer had told us that this one was done at the same time. All tyres will have a DOT code printed on the side-wall, this is a 'date stamp' and will indicate when the tyre was manufactured.

In this case it was '4212' which means the 42nd week of 2012, indicating the tyre was over 6 years old. We could see by looking at the tyre it was perished and cracking, this is a common occurrence for an tyre way past its life expectancy!

You can prevent this happening to your tyres by checking them regularly. Just pop outside and check the dot code on your tyres, have a look for any cracks in the rubber. Check the tread depths, follow our guide by clicking here and regularly check your pressures.

If you think you could be in need of a tyre upgrade, call us today on 0333 444 5454!

 

2 New Budget Tyres fitted to Maserati Levante in Milton Keynes

We received an online order from a customer in Milton Keynes for 2 new Accelera Tyres to be fitted to a Maserati Levante.

The tyres had simply been worn down and needed replacing due to being close to the legal tread depth limit. We fitted 2 new budgets to the rear axle and after checking the two front tyres had the correct pressures and good remaining treat, all wheels were cleaned and the customer was good to go!

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Have you checked your tyres recently?

It’s important to ensure you’re checking them at least once a month, it doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to check your tyre pressures or remaining tread depth. For more information on how to check your tyres, click here!

If you need tyre replacement in Milton Keynes, Bedford and surrounding areas call us today on 0333 444 5454!

 

New Budget Tyre fitted to Ford Focus in Milton Keynes

This morning at around 8:30am, we received a call from a customer in Milton Keynes explaining they had hit a kerb driving home last night and had taken a chunk out of the sidewall of their tyre.

Some damaged tyres are repairable, for example if there is a nail in the centre of the tread it often is repairable but unfortunately due to this being bad sidewall damage we were unable to repair the customers tyre.

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Luckily for our customer here at Hometyre we always take a potential replacement tyre on board, if we are able to repair the puncture we take the tyre away again free of charge. In this case we arrived with the customer for their 12pm appointment and fitted the brand new budget tyre to the vehicle, getting the customer back on the road for the afternoon to carry on with their Monday!

If you hit a pot hole or a kerb and cause damage to your tyre just call us on 0333 444 5454, we can often do same day fitting at your home or work!

 

Tyres for Your Classic Car in Milton Keynes

Our technicians are not just trained to replace your average tyre, here at Hometyre we've worked on our fair share of Vintage Cars too.

With the summer months ahead many Classic Car owners will be looking forward to taking their beauty out to a Classic Car Show, make sure you are checking your tyres in advance of this. The tyres may have ample tread and look fine but if they can potentially crack and perish due to changes in temperature throughout the summer and winter months and due to the vehicle being stood for a long period of time. Rubber is a natural product and needs to be worked and used occasionally to keep it in good condition.

Therefore it is important to check the entire tyre for signs of aging, deterioration etc. If you are in doubt call our team on 0333 444 5454.

See below some images of classic cars we've worked on in the past!

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New Tyre fitted to a Maserati Granturismo in Milton Keynes

Here at Hometyre Milton Keynes we go out every day to fit brand new tyres, repair punctures and many more at our customer's chosen place of fitting, whether that be at home, work or even somewhere like the gym! An average day involves vehicles such as a Vauxhall Corsa, Honda Civic, Renault Trafic and many more! Last week we got called out to something a little different, a Maserati Granturismo!

A customer called our team and reported puncture in his near side rear so we booked him in for an appointment the next day. When we got there we found the below...

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It's fair to say you don't need to be a professional tyre fitter to know if this one was repairable! The customer had run the tyre severely under inflated or punctured and had caused a ripple in the sidewall of the tyre.

We always carry a potential replacement on board in the event of a puncture not being legally repairable, this meant we were able to fit a brand new tyre to the Granturismo and get the customer back on the road!

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If you have a puncture in Milton Keynes, Beford and surrounding areas just give us a call on 0333 444 5454, we can often do same day fitting if not another day with a specific time slot to suit you!

 

Lotus Exige 380 Sport

Hometyre Milton Keynes fitted 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres to a Lotus Exige 380 Sport today.

What a beautiful car to have to pleasure of working on. This car does 0 - 60 in 3.5 seconds, with it's V6 engine 350 bhp engine, so i guess you need tyres to suit.

This is just another supercar to add to the list that we have had the pleasure of changing tyres on.

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Caravan Tyres Fitted in Bedford

Here at Hometyre we were recently contacted by a caravan owner in the Bedfordshire area, our sales team had a chat with him about exactly what he wanted and what time suited him best and a few days later on his chosen day Hometyre Milton Keynes went out to his home address to do the job.

The job went perfectly well and the next day the customer contacted Hometyre via the Live Chat feature asking how they could instantly leave feedback for us because they were so impressed with the service carried out! Things like this are always so good to hear as our main goal is to provide tyres at a low cost with minimal hassle and great customer service! See Sam's review below.

What a difference from the bulk standard Tyre fitting places, Craig knew his business, turned up on time, was informative and professional explaining all about the fitting process. If anyone has a motor home or caravan in storage or at home this is the easiest and safest way of ensuring your pride and joy is looked after to the highest standards. Craig has also got some great stories about his lovely home country of South Africa to pass the time when fitting. Well done Craig, highly recommended!

 

Classic Cars

Hometyre Milton Keynes specialises in supplying and fitting tyres to classic cars.

Over the years we have fitted a number of tyres to great British classic cars like Morgan's. Just the other day we fitted 5 x 165/80 16 Continental CT22 tyres to a Morgan Four Four. The week before that we fitted 4 new tyres and inner tubes to a Jaguar MK 2 that had been restored.

Some of these classic's with wire spoked wheels still run with inner tubes and some now use tubeless tyres. The best way to see if your car has inner tubes and if it is tubeless is to look at the valve on wire wheels. If the valve is a metal one then it is most likey that the wheel rim is tubeless. If the valve is rubber then the wheel will have inner tubes.

Most of the time we fit new tyres to classic cars, not because they have worn the tread out, but because of the age of these tyres. Most classic cars are not used as every day vehicles and we have seen tyres on these that are perishing due to age. Every tyre has a date stamp on the sidewall. For example it will normally be four numbers (0218) which means it was manufactured in Febuary 2018. If your tyre has three numbers (346) then they were manufactured before 2000.

We have also been asked the balance wire wheels on cars like Morgan Plus 4 and Morgan Plus 8. This is very important on classic cars, as they don't have power steering and you feel every bit of vibration from the road surface.

So if you live in the Milton Keynes or Bedford area and you own a classic car, then don't hesitate to contact us for the best advice around.

 

Spare wheels

Do you know if your vehicle has a spare? The amount of customers that Hometyre Milton Keynes attends to on a daily basis that don't know they haven't got a spare wheel is staggering.

9 out of 10 new cars on the road today do not come with a full size spare wheel, instead your vehicle may come with a "space saver spare" which is limited to a certain speed and mileage or a repair kit, which i would say 98% of the time doesn't work. Other cars like BMW, Mercedes and Mini to name a few are fitted with run flat tyres, which in the event of a puncture allows you to get to a safe place and have someone come out a fit a new tyre to get you back on the road.

So why are the car manufactures not supplying full size spare wheels anymore? There are a few reasons that i can think of. Firstly it's cost saving to the manufacture, saving them about £100 a vehicle. Then there is the new Hybrid cars, that are using batteries and electric motors to help drive your car, so space is limited as to where to put the spare. Every car manufacturer wants to have great MPG so by making the vehicle as light as possible helps them to achieve this, hence the can of foam in your boot, a lot lighter than a spare wheel.

If you have purchased a new car recently make sure you check to see what is in your boot, so that you don't get a surprise when you do end up getting a flat tyre.

Another thing that Hometyre Milton Keynes has noticed is the amount of van owners out there, that do have a full size spare wheel fitted underneath their vehicle that won't be able to get out when the time comes due to the carriers being seized up. The fact that the spare is fitted underneath the vehicle it is open to the elements and the carriers or holders often rust and seize. I would advise van owners to get their spare wheel out at least twice a year and check it over, this way you keep the carriers free and it allows you to have a good look at the condition of the tyre.

So go out to your car or van now and check what kind of spare wheel you have in your boot or underneath your vehicle.

 

Tyre Age

Now that the weather has warmed up the caravans and motorhome owners are getting ready for their summer adventures.

Hometyre Milton Keynes has already started fitting new tyres for some of their caravan customers. Remember to check the date stamp on your tyres, every tyre sold in the UK has to have a date of manufacture stamped onto the sidewall.

We recommend changing your caravan tyres every 5 years, even if the thread depth is fine. The last thing you want is a blowout at the start of your holiday. If you have recently purchased a second hand caravan make sure you check the date stamp on the tyres, sometimes on second hand caravans you will find this on the inside wall, this is done to disguise the age of the tyre.

We also fit tyron bands and TPMS systems to caravans and motorhomes for that added piece of mind.

So if you need your caravan tyres checked why not gives us a call.

 

How to relearn TPMS sensors on a Ford Mustang

Hometyre Milton Keynes got a call from a customer with a Ford Mustang that was a US import. He had ordered new wheel rims for his car, but needed the TPMS sensors swapped over to his new rims.

I arrived at the customers house, only to find that he had already fitted the new wheel rims and tyres to his vehicle, but had not marked the wheels he had taken off. The TPMS warning light was on, and i had no idea which wheel and sensor had come off which side. This causes a problem as each wheel has been programmed by the factory and you can't just move them around.

I proceeded to remove all the sensors from the old wheels and fit them to the new wheels. I checked that all the sensors were working with my diagnostic kit. All was good, but now how to programme them to the vehicle??

Once all the sensors and wheels are back on the vehicle and torqued up to the manufactures spec, you need to put the key in the ignition and press and hold the brake pedal. Turn the ignition on and off 3 times and then release the brake pedal. Now you need to turn the ignition on and off another 3 times, you will now hear the horn beep once. At this time you will need a tpms diagnostic programmer. Starting with the front nearside wheel you need to run a diagnostic check on that sensor, once this has completed the horn will beep, now move onto the offside front wheel, and again wait for the horn to beep, carry this process out until you have done all 4 wheels. On the heads up display it should now say training complete. If you turn off the ignition and you hear 2 beeps on the horn, it did not read all the sensors and you will have to start again.

If you now turn off your ignition and start the vehicle up, your tpms light should not be displayed and you are ready to go.

 

Bald tyres and insurance claims

Last week a customer asked if i could do a tyre check for him on his BMW i8. Both his front tyres were on the legal limit, Hometyre Milton Keynes replaced both tyres at his work. 3 days later he sent me a text with a picture of his car . . . he'd had an accident! Not his fault but he was very grateful that he had had new tyres fitted.

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This got me thinking whether your insurance would be void if your tyres are below the legal limit. The answer is YES.

You are most certainly not covered if you are driving a car that is not roadworthy and bald tyres mean exactly that - the car is not roadworthy.

If it's a minor accident and no one checks your tyres as part of the insurance process,you may get away with it, even though you would still be an irresponsible driver for putting your own and other peoples' lives at risk! The bottom line is if your insurer finds out they could easily void your insurance claim and also claim back any compensation they've already paid to you.

If you have a bigger accident and the police are involved or there is damage to property you might find yourself prosecuted and even end up paying insurance company costs such as vehicle storage and assessment fees. If someone is injured or dies you may face a jail term.

So please be aware if you are driving around on bald tyres - your insurer has the right to take your money and void your claim.

There were so many people on the roads during the recent snow who took chances at intersections or roundabouts but were clearly unaware of the difference in their speed or stopping capabilities. Please make sure that you don't become a statistic and that you take care and drive safely at all times.

 

TPMS on a Vauxhall Astra GTC

Hometyre Milton Keynes attended to a customer's request for 2 new rear tyres to be fitted to a Vauxhall Astra GTC in Middleton Milton Keynes.

When I arrived the customer explained to me that he also had a problem with his tyre pressure monitor system (TPMS). The near side front tyre was not displaying any pressures. I got out my I Sensor TPMS reader to read the sensor. There was no problem picking up the sensor, but it was not displaying on the dashboard menu. I then tried to read the near side rear sensor and found that this sensor was not transmitting a signal. With this in mind I discovered out that someone had moved the front wheels to the back and not reprogrammed the sensors.

I removed the rear wheels and to replace the tyres. When I removed the near side rear tyre, I found that the sensor was damaged, problem solved!

I then slotted a new I Senor into my programmer and promgrammed a sensor for a Vauxhall Astra GT, fitted it to the wheel rim and fitted the new tyre. I then replaced the rear tyre on the other side of the vehicle, but I still had the problem of the vehicle reading the wrong TPMS sensors. What was going on?

These now had to be reprogrammed to the vehicle's ECU. To do this you have to go into the menu settings on the dashboard and scroll down until you find "relearn tyre pressure sensors". Then click on this setting and the horn will beep twice. You then go to the nearside front tyre with your I Sensor programmer and go to diagnose sensor. The horn will beep once, continue to the nearside rear and repeat the process until the horn beeps once. This process is then continued until all wheels are done. Once this process is complete start the vehicle and check that all the tyre pressures are now showing on the menu screen.

I completed this process and test drove the vehicle. Another happy customer!

 

Happy New Year

2017 was a great year for Hometyre Milton Keynes. We had the pleasure of fitting tyres to some spectacular cars and some very interesting jobs along the way.

The highlight has got to be fitting track day tyres to 2 McLaren 675LT super cars, both of them were going to be used at Silverstone race track. We also repaired a puncture on a McLaren MP4 12C that i often see driving around Milton Keynes.

We fitted a lot of tyres to some Morgan 4/4 and Plus 8 and balanced their wire spoked wheels. Some of these Morgans are still using inner tubes as opposed to tubeless tubes. Fitting 4 new tyres to a limited edtion Lotus Evora, a few Porsche's and an Audi R8 we certainly had our fair share of sports cars.

With TPMS now coming out on all motor vehicles we had a few of these to deal with. I can remember replacing a TPMS sensor on a Bentley Continental in Bedford at less than half the price the customer was quoted by the agents.

With all the snow around in mid December we saw a great increase in winter tyre sales and with more snow predicted in early 2018 i am sure we will see these sales increase even more. Winter tyres have become a lot more affordable now days and their popularity is certainly on the increase.

Keep your eye out for the Hometyre mobile tyre van driving around Milton Keynes and Bedford in 2018.

 

Hometyre fitting tyres in and around Milton Keynes

Hometyre Milton Keynes has been fitting tyres, repairing punctures and surprisingly fitting Tyron bands and new tyres to caravans at this time of the year.

As the roads are getting colder and more slippery i have seen an increase in customers hitting kerbs. This does not only damage your tyres and will need a replacement, but it also upsets your vehicles suspension geometry. Most people are unaware that the slightest bump into a kerb upsets your front wheel alignment, which in turn will cause uneven tyre wear, which in turn will lead to premature tyre replacement.

We have also seen an increase in customers with large vans like Mercedes Sprinters and Citroen Relays with front wheel alignment issues and seem to be struggling to get their tracking adjusted due to the size of the vehicle. Not many garages are able to get these vehicles onto their ramp, due to the size. Hometyre Milton Keynes offers mobile wheel alignment for these customers, using specialized tools and lazer gauges, we can track and align most vans up to 3500kgs.

The other faults we have noticed is customers TPMS warning lights coming on. In some cases it has just been down to the cold weather and these customers not checking tyre pressures on a regular basis. Just because your vehicle has a TPMS system fitted don't rely on this before you check your tyre pressures. This system is fitted to vehicles to alert you there is a problem with your tyre, not that it's now time to check your pressures!

 

Another busy week in Milton Keynes

Hometyre Milton Keynes has had a busy week servicing customers in and around Milton Keynes and Bedford.

The week started off by me replacing 4 tyres and inner tubes on a 1972 Morgan 4 in Cranfield, before moving on down the road to Wobourn Sands to fit 2 Pirelli PZero Rosso to a Audi A5. The old tyres that i removed were so badly worn on the inner edges that the cords were showing through.

I immediately suspected that the wheel alignment was not within the manufactures specification, after checking and adjusting the alignment, i carried out a quick diagnostic check on the vehicles TPMS system

Back in Milton Keynes I went around to see a customer with a VW Cadyy that had a slow puncture. After inspecting the tyre i found that the rubber valve was perished and was leaking air. A quick check on the other tyres, found that the tyre on the opposite had the same problem. I removed both tyres and replaced both valves. This is a common cause of slow punctures.

The next customer was in Knowlhill Milton Keynes, a Range Rover Sport with 275/45 21 Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres. As this vehicle was having new tyres fitted it is recommended to replace the TPMS valve kits, which i did and carried out a diagnostic check on the system.

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From Supercars to Vintage Cars

The last few days Hometyre Milton Keynes has worked on some very impressive motor cars.

It started with a customer who picked up a puncture in his Mclaren MP4-12C. I grabbed a Pirelli Pzero MC1 305/30 R20 and headed off. I removed the wheel from the vehicle and found a nail right in the middle of the tyre, as the tyre was quite new and had 6mm of tread left, we decided to repair the puncture. Fortunately the TPMS system had alerted the customer that his tyre had a pressure loss and he was able to stop the vehicle before the tyre got damaged. We repaired the puncture and refitted the wheel. We then reset the TPMS system and carried out a full TPMS system check. Another happy Mclaren customer.

Later that day I attended a customer who had a Morgan 3 and needed 2 front tyres replacing. The Morgan 3 has a tyre size of 4.00X19 on the front. We removed both front wheels and proceeded to remove the tyres. As the customer was having new tyres, we decided to replace the 2 inner tubes as well. After replacing the inner tubes and tyres, Avon SM MK II were fitted, we balanced up the wire wheels and fitted them back to this classic. All of this done at the customers home. 

 

Lotus Evora TPMS problem

Last week I was called out to a customer in Milton Keynes who had a problem with a tyre valve on their Lotus Evora. When i got there I discovered that the metal valve stem had broken off and the tyre was flat on the ground! The customer had gone to the local filling station to check his tyre pressures but had trouble removing the metal cap fitted to his valve stem - as a result he ended up breaking the metal valve off. 

I proceeded to remove the wheel and tyre to assess what needed to be done. The Lotus Evora has a TPMS system fitted as standard. With some vehicles the TPMS system is in two parts - the sensor and a valve stem. On this particular model the valve and the sensor are a complete unit and lucky for him this is not a problem for Hometyre Milton Keynes as we stock a full range of TPMS valves. I reprogrammed a new sensor and for him at half the price of any main dealer.  I then fitted the new sensor and valve and inflated his tyre before fitting his wheel back to the vehicle and checking that his ECU had picked up the new sensor. We had a good result with all four tyres recording pressures on the dashboard. Another happy customer!

This problem could have been avoided if he had fitted rubber valve caps to the valve stem as opposed to metal ones.  Some people might think that a metal cap looks good but vanity on your car can often cause more problems that they're worth as these have a tendency to corrode onto the valve stem. 

 

4 Yokohama Blue Earth Tyres on a VW Golf in MIlton Keynes

Today I attended to a customer in Furzton, Milton Keynes. They had 2 tyres that were down to 3mm and 2 that were below the legal limit. The customer has a 3 month baby and found it really difficult to go to a tyre center to get their tyres changed so thought of giving Hometyre Milton Keynes a try.

I started by replacing both the rear tyres that were down to 3mm, then moved onto the fronts. When I removed the front tyres, both were worn below the legal limit on the inner edges. I immediately assumed that the front wheel alignment was out.

After replacing all four tyres with new Yokohama Blue Earth ES32 tyres and re-torquing the wheel nuts to 120 NM as per the manufacture's specifications, it was time to check the front wheel alignment. I was not surpised that they were 3mm out of the manufacture's specification.  I then advised the customer that this had to be adjusted otherwise their brand new tyres would just wear out in no time at all.

After giving me the go ahead I continued to adjust the front wheel alignment.  I then cleaned up all their wheels and asked the customer if they minded test driving the vehicle for me. The end result . . . one very happy customer and they can't believe all of this could be done while they sat at home!

 

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