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Auto Motor Sport Tyre Tests
Nokian, the Volvo equivalent of the tyre world, known for their reliability, quality and performance in the wet. But unlike Volvo, Nokian are known for inventing the winter tyre!
In this year's Auto Motor Sport tyre test, the Nokian Wetproof 215/55 R17 94V came first beating the Bridgestone Turanza T005 and the Michelin Primacy 4 in a range of tests. With competitive prices, you'll have the quietest, best dry handling and shortest braking (in the wet) tyre available on the market as shown by Auto Motor Sport.
During the three tests, the tyres are pushed to the edge of their capabilities. A chicane is used to test the dry handling of the tyre and the driver will try and take the turns as quickly as possible for a number of runs. This is then averaged out and noted.
Testing the noise of the tyre becomes a bit more complex. Microphones are set up 1.2m above the ground and 7.5m from the centre. The vehicle must be travelling at 50 MPH when passing past the microphone with the engine turned off to ensure no outside variables affect the result.
Some notable quotes from Auto Motor Sport include "Particularly strong on dry asphalt are Nokian, Pirelli and Falken, who profile themselves mainly with agile, always safe and forgiving driving behaviour." In addition to "The best wet brakes in the test, Nokian and Pirelli stop about 1.2 meters earlier."
If you're looking for quality advice regarding new summer tyres, give us a call on 03334445454!
The Rise of the All Season Tyres!
The UK's climate can be varied and obtuse. One moment, glaring sun with 20-degree heat and the next day it could be -1 degrees with a chance of snow. If you're in Shropshire, this happened a couple of months back.
As our climate changes so rapidly, people are starting to opt for all season tyres on their vehicles. One of the most popular of which is the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season which has been said to have the same grip as the summer Michelin Pilot Sport 4 but can still retain great fuel efficiency.
Due to the Scorpion Verde being more of an SUV tyre, the alternative for a passenger car could be the Firestone Multiseason. Both of these tyres are true all season tyres with outstanding high speed stability whilst retaining the capability to drive in snow and retain good traction and braking performance.
We always recommend that you buy the best tyres for your specific driving style and application. However, in most instances this would mean purchasing both summer and winter tyres which would need to be swapped over in the spring and autumn. All season tyres are perfect for the casual driver as they retain all the positive attributes of a winter tyre and mixes them with the grip and flexibility of a summer tyre.
As the age of the vehicle increases, components typically wear out which can accelerate wear on tyres. For higher mileage users looking for a true all season tyre, the 205/55 R16 Maxxis AP2, for example, is a highly rated mid range tyre. You can use this link to view this tyre online!
If you're looking for an SUV or "crossover" tyre, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season is a great buy. They've has won numerous awards and is often at the top of its class.
Need to know more about all season tyres? Give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or input your tyre size here to find your perfect tyre!
Goodyear Launch Ultimate Tyre Challenger
Goodyear's all new Eagle F1™ SuperSport R & RS goes head to head with the highly acclaimed Michelin Pilot SuperSport
With the rise in popularity of ultra-high performance vehicles and the ever-increasing requirements for more grip and control to lay down huge power and torque, Goodyear have brought to market a product to contest Michelin's dominance in the SuperSport sector.
Designed to be able to perform at track level speeds and conditions while remaining road-legal, Goodyear promote the product's refined power shoulder technology constructed to enhance high speed cornering and improved sidewall stiffness for rigidity at fast speeds. Additionally the "Powerline cover Technology" contained within the tyre maintains a constant footprint to the road or track surface ensuring power is maintained to the drive.
Fitment sizes are not exclusive to the track borne Porsche 911 types though! A vast range of sizes are available from 205 to 305 width and 18" to 21" rim size.
Hometyre Mobile Tyre Replacement & Repair services supply and fit the range of Goodyear tyres including the all new Goodyear Eagle F1SuperSport tyres and our service vehicles and technicians are equipped to handle with care even the largest of sizes. Call for more info.
Release of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5
Goodyear have officially launched the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, their next generation UHP (ultra high performance) road tyre, a follow up from the previous Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.
The Asym 3 provided us with shorter braking distances on both wet and dry roads, increased grip for responsive handling and control and SoundComfort technology by Goodyear resulting in a much quieter ride.
The Asym 5 shows even further improvement on those all important braking distances thanks to the impulse control compound, reduced flex in the tread pattern and active braking. The tyre also features the improved SoundComfort technology, now reducing your vehicles interior noise level by up to 50%.
All these improved features have not compromised ride comfort and is aimed to suit everything from a Vauxhall Corsa to a Maserati Quattroporté.
It was developed with a "highly-refined compound that combines wet weather capabilities without sacrificing endurance or dry handling performance".
"Thanks to a contact patch designed to extend when braking, the tyre's contact with the road increases to a level more usually associated with a track tyre, resulting in wet stopping distances which are a significant 4 percent shorter compared to the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3," Goodyear said in a press statement.
Not all sizes will be released immediately, Goodyear have announced they will be introducing a range of sizes between February and May 2019 with the view to releasing more between June and December 2019.
Goodyear will offer the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 in sizes from 17" to 22" diameter, all of which we are able to fit here at Hometyre, at your home or place of work!
Give us a call today to see if we already have your size available in the new Goodyear release!
0333 444 5454
Images by Goodyear Dunlop
What is the difference between Wheel Alignment and Wheel Balancing?
What is Wheel Alignment?
Wheel alignment, also known as tracking, is a part of general upkeep of a vehicle, in simple terms it is an adjustment of the angles of the wheels back to the original manufacturer's specifications. Static sites carry out wheel alignment by putting the car onto a machine that measures the current alignment and provides calculations which inform the user which wheel(s) require correcting.
Mobile Wheel Alignment
However, here at Hometyre we are able to carry out Mobile Wheel Alignment. This is done by attaching lasers contained within gauges to the wheels which provide a reading. Once the reading has been obtained our clever technicians use the power of mathematics to calculate exactly what needs to be done to correct the alignment.
Mobile Wheel Alignment is not a convenience everyone can offer, this is not down to the process being impossible, it is because many other companies have not invested in the equipment and specialised training required to carry out the work.
We can carry out wheel alignment at your home address, your place of work or somewhere more convenient for you!
Do I need wheel alignment?
If your wheel alignment is not correct, some of the tell-tale signs are listed below
- The car wondering slightly to one side
- Steering wheel not running in line when driving straight
- Visibly uneven tread/edges wearing more rapidly
If you are experiencing one or more of the above, then you may have alignment or misalignment issues.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, it could be worth calling out Hometyre to carry out a free wheel alignment check on your vehicle. Simply contact us on 0333 444 5454, fill out a quick enquiry form on the website or if we're online, chat to one of our agents in the bottom right corner of your screen!
What is Wheel Balancing
Wheel balancing is the process of ensuring that rims and tyres are equally weighted around the circumference. To compensate for any imperfection a process of 'balancing' is carried out. This is when balance weights are applied to the rim which corrects any imbalance.
A sign of your wheels needing balancing is vibration between certain speeds, usually at higher speeds. If you are doing simple A-B driving around towns you may feel nothing, however once you get onto the motorway you may start to experience the vibrations.
Mobile Wheel Balancing
Our mobile tyre fitting vans are fitted with a computerised electronic wheel balancer, these are able to balance wheels on cars, 4x4, light commercial vehicles and even vintage cars.
Book in today!
If you are experiencing any of the problems outlined above, just give us a call today on 0333 444 5454 and book in with your local technician. We cover parts of the UK from Edinburgh down to Brighton and can often come out same day to keep you safe on the roads!
Can I put Car Tyres on my Caravan?
A question we get frequently asked… "Can I put car tyres on my Caravan?"
The answer is, maybe!
Caravans are typically supplied new with commercial tyres, although these may be the same size as car tyres they have stronger side walls as caravans have to be capable of carrying additional weight and for long periods of their life they are stationary.
This means they are bearing weight through a couple of points in the tyre side wall, over time this will weaken the wall. To put this into perspective, imagine you had to carry a heavy bag around on one part of your shoulder for an entire day… your shoulder would grow more and more tired from the pressure as the day went by. This is the same principle as your tyres, if they are supporting such a heavy weight on a certain spot they will begin to get tired.
The way tyres are designed is to be used, not just to stand still. Rubber is a natural product and will decay over time when it is subjected to heat and cold, dry and damp conditions.
Back to car tyres… as I said above the answer is "maybe". If you have a twin axle caravan you are more likely to be able to use car tyres because the weight is spread across two axles and 4 wheels as opposed to one axle and 2 wheels.
Therefore it is important to always check:
- What tyres are currently installed on your caravan
- What your manufacturer recommendation is for that particular caravan
If you are in doubt call a member of our team, we have been working with caravans for many years and will be able to answer any questions you have about the correct tyres for your caravan.
0800 783 9310
Silent or Noise Cancelling systems (NCS)
Manufacturers such as Pirelli and Continental tyre have and continue to develop tyres to be more environmentally noise friendly, giving off less external noise. These can typically be found in larger vehicles such as Range Rovers.
Since 2012, all tyres supplied to the European market have had to come with Euro Tyre Label Information and one of the elements that are required to be published is External Road Noise in dB.
What is NCS technology?
NCS is typically a layer of foam that fits inside the tyre against the Bytol liner of the tread face. This is never seen unless you take the tyre off the rim and it then appears as foam hoop. This lining acts a noise suppressant without compromising the performance of the tyre.
NCS or Silent tyres can generally be repaired if they become punctured (subject to BSAU 159).
Hometyre South Midlands went out to fit 2 of the highest rated NCS tyres, the Continental Sport Silent, to a customer's Audi A6 in Rednal, Birmingham earlier this week.
Another brand which is highly recognised for its NCS is Pirelli, PNCS (Pirelli Noise Cancelling System) technology has been designed with sound absorbing sponge to reduce the frequency filtering through the car, resulting in a higher level of comfort in comparison to traditional tyres.
Are you thinking of fitting NCS tyres to your vehicle? Call us today to check what we can get in your size!
0333 444 5454
Tyres - The Perfect Gift for Valentines Day!
Are you struggling to think of the perfect gift for that special someone?
Have you tried thinking outside the box?
Or outside the circle...
Stay safe this Valentines day and call Hometyre on 0333 444 5454
Tyres for Hybrid and Electric Cars
The market for electric vehicles is only going to get bigger, tyre manufacturers are definitely catching on to this! Several big brand names have started to promote tyres with Electric Drive technology.
The immediate torque of electric vehicles can be pretty tough on tyres, especially when you're looking at a heavier and more powerful model such as a Tesla P100D.
Goodyear have done some testing and they say that "traditional tyres can wear out up to 30% faster on electric vehicles", it is perfectly fine to fit normal tyres to electric vehicles but they will not perform to their highest capability. From their research Goodyear have released the EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology, they claim as well as resulting in improved wear the tyre also offers extended mileage, extended driving range and high load carrying construction.
Another brand who are investing in eTechnology are Continental, they have designed the eContact tyre which offers minimal rolling resistance for higher mileage, better braking performance and low noise emissions. Michelin have released the Energy E-V which boasts similar capabilities with a reduction in rolling resistance and 40% less interior noise.
We don't doubt there will gradually be more competitors in the market for tyres designed to help Hybrid and Electric vehicles run even more efficiently.
Do you need tyres for your Hybrid or Electric vehicle?
Give us a call today on 0333 444 5454
10 Years of Mobile Tyres Fitting for Three of our Technicians!
2019 is a Notable Year for Three of our Mobile Tyre Franchise Owners!
Hometyre West Sussex
A very familiar and trusted face right across the West Sussex area - from Portsmouth to Brighton, Mark (left) has a thriving business with thousands of loyal and very happy customers. Always happy to invite new motorists anbd businesses to receive the Hometyre treatment!
Hometyre North & West London -
You'll see Nick (centre) and Shaun on the streets across the London areas with Dave (second left) the main man behind the scenes. Hometyre has been a familiar brand across the Northwest of our capital for a decade now and looking forward to the next 10 years too!
Hometyre West Midlands
If you've used our services in the Birmingham area you'll recognise Rich ('Woody' second right)! With ten years of mobile tyre replacement services in Birmingham, he's seen cleints from all four corners and all walks of life - from students to premier league footballers and big business alike!
(Group MD Andy Lawrence presents a celebratory cake and bottles of champagne to recognise the achievements of the guys!)
What is the legal tread depth limit on tyres?
At this time of year, the roads can be icy! This results in longer braking distances and reduced grip.
One thing that definitely won't help you in these conditions is bald tyres! See below!
For passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross weight of up to 3500kg the legal minimum tread depth is NO LESS than 1.6mm.
If your tyres are below this the penalty is three points on your licence and a maximum fine of £2,500 PER TYRE.
Despite the legal number being 1.6mm, once the tyre reaches below 3mm of tread it will start to perform worse in wet weather, this is because it is unable to disperse water quick enough to avoid potential aquaplaning and loss of control.
If your tyres are between 1.6mm - 3mm we highly recommend replacing them as soon as possible or if it is not possible to replace them immediately try adjusting your driving style and going a little slower in wet conditions.
Call us today on 0333 444 5454 to make an appointment!
Tyres for your Beloved Classic Car
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!
Is My Car on Run-Flat Tyres?
Earlier this week we had a phone call from a customer in Milton Keynes who was looking to get a new tyre fitted to their vehicle. They gave us the tyre size 225/45R17 and specified that they were looking for a run-flat tyre. Our team member responded by asking what model the BMW was, to which they responded it was an Audi A4.
The reason we assumed it was a BMW is because Run-flat technology was developed to support BMW (and its sister brands, Mini etc). However, over the years some other manufacturers have adopted the technology such as Mercedes on their new A Class, C Class and E Class models and Nissan have trialled it in the Skyline GTR models.
For Run-flat tyres to work the Rims (Steel or Alloy) have to have a retaining lip that the beads sits in (or retains in), this means when the tyre loses pressure due to a puncture the tyre then doesn't go "slack " and deform and go "flat". Run-flat tyres are designed to support the vehicles mass whilst driving for a short distance without the tyre being pressurised.
Your tyre may also say 'RFT' on the sidewall of the tyre if it is a run-flat, see below.
After asking the customer why they assumed it was a run-flat tyre they told us it was because it did not have a spare tyre. A lot of modern vehicles will not come with a spare tyre, this is no indication that it is a run-flat tyre. If the tyre is flat to the floor, much like this customer's tyre was, it will just be a standard tyre.
After a brief conversation about what had happened to the tyre we found out they had hit a kerb the night before and badly damaged the sidewall, unfortunately this meant the tyre was not repairable due to sidewall damage.
So, a new Pirelli 225/45R17 P7 Cinturato was fitted later that day and the alignment checked free of charge. The customer was left with all the other tyres checked for tread depth and pressure, along with being a little more educated on their tyres.
Give us a call today to book an appointment on 0333 444 5454!
Time to Check Your Caravan Tyres!
It's officially 2019 and now the excitement of the festive period is out of the way many of you will be looking forward to planning your summer holiday!
To a large number of people across the UK that means dusting off the winter cobwebs and getting their caravan or Motorhome ready for the season! If you're somebody who loves nothing more than a long weekend away on wheels here at Hometyre we recommend you start thinking about checking your caravan tyres.
Due to such low mileage caravan tyres often don't need replacing due to low tread, a common reason for replacing them is due to them starting to crack. This could be due to age, if your tyres are older than 5 years you should definitely consider replacing them, click here to read about how to check the age of your tyres.
Another reason for this could be from being exposed to UV light, the sun can dry out the rubber and result in it perishing and splitting.
Another thing to look out for is 'Flat Spotting', this is when a caravan has been parked for a long time without any movement, the effect of the weight of the vehicle on one section of the tyre can potentially distort the inner framework of the tyre and result in a 'flat spot'.
If you're unsure about the condition of your caravan tyres, don't forget about the spare too! Call us today on 0333 444 5454 or book your commercial grade tyre replacement online at a location, time and date to suit you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here at Hometyre we would like to thank every single one of our customers for their business in 2018.
We've had a great year and hope you have too!
Here's to more of the same in 2019!
New Year, New You, New TYRES!
Christmas Day is now behind us and 2019 is fast approaching! Have you made a decision on your New Year's resolution yet?
You could be going for one of the classic resolutions - eat healthier, exercise more, save more money etc. Here at Hometyre we can't help you lose weight but we can definitely help you save money with this simple piece of advice…
This year, make yourself this simple New Year's Resolution - check your tyre pressures and tread depths at least once a month. Both of these things have a huge impact on the life of your tyres and can therefore save you a lot of money in the long run.
As well as saving you money on not having to replace your tyres more often than necessary it will also change the way your car handles, improve braking distances and keep you safer out there on the roads.
If you need new tyres, we cover parts of the UK from Edinburgh down to Brighton! Simply put your postcode into the postcode checker on the homepage of the website to see if we can come out to your home or work today!
WOOHOO! Today officially marks the end of the dark nights creeping in earlier and earlier – it’s the shortest day! That means from here the only way is up, the days of driving to and from work in the dark are on their way out.
This also means, fingers crossed, it won’t be long until we start seeing a rise in temperatures too. This means the time to swap your winter tyres back to your summer tyres will also be coming around. Once temperatures start to rise over 7 degrees your winter tyres will stop performing at their most efficient, this time of year usually comes around March.
Our mobile service will come out to your home or work to do the all important swap over so it takes as little time out of your day as possible. Pre-book your winter to summer tyre swap by calling our team on 0333 444 5454.
Christmas Opening Hours 2018!
We all need a bit of time off over the festive period - even our trusty tyre fitters!
Our office opening times over Christmas are listed below
Christmas Eve - 8am - 3pm
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
Sunday - CLOSED
New Year's Eve - 8am - 3pm
New Year's Day - CLOSED
2nd January - BACK TO NORMAL! 8am - 5:30pm
From all of us here at Hometyre, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Welcome to Winter!
We've seen a sudden drop in temperature this week and many of our technicians around the country have been in high demand to fit new winter tyres or swap summer tyres over to last year's trusty winters!
Some of the phone calls we've been taking are from customers driving over to various parts of Europe for skiing holidays. In many European countries winter tyres are required by law, this may sound extreme to some UK motorists because it's not currently a legal requirement here in the UK. Not using winter tyres can dramatically increase the chances of road accidents at this time of year so switching to winter tyres is always a good option.
Do you have winter tyres from last year in storage that you need fitting? Call us today, we can often do same day fitting to make sure you're winter ready for this cold weekend and the winter ahead!
Corroded valve in Thetford
Hometyre Norfolk, the mobile tyre fitting service that comes to you, received a phone call from a repeat customer in Thetford. We had previously been to a Peugeot 207 for this customer and fitted two budget tyres (205/45R17 88W). The customer was having problems with a valve leaking, they could not get air into the tyre. As it happens I was only minutes away and I popped straight round to see what the problem was.
The issue was due to the valve, it was a tyre pressure monitoring (TPMS) valve. The stem of the valve had corroded and snapped, due to the corrosion and age. As the customer was trying to put the air into the tyre, it simply snapped. Corrosion is a common problem with metal valves, especially when you have metal dust caps on metal valves in this cold weather, metal on metal corrodes and gets stuck.
We removed the tyre, in this case you have to take the tyre off as a TPMS valve has a sensor. We removed the valve stem from the sensor and replaced it with a new one.we also fitted a new service kit, which consists of a new valve core, a new valve seal and a new bolt to screw the valve back to the sensor in the alloy.
We provide servicing to valves, more so when we change tyre as the tyre has to be removed. If the seals get old and get dirt inside them, they will start to leak.
We replaced the valve, popped the tyre back on, rebalanced the wheel and returned the wheel to the vehicle with a cheeky little wheel clean.
Another happy customer, he asked us to cheek his other vehicle which was a Landrover Freelander (235/60/18). Upon inspection we noticed that every tyre was pretty old, starting to perish due to their age. We recommended that these tyres were dangerous as when they start to crack they become vulnerable to punctures and tyre blow outs. We are heading back in two days time to fit 4 new budget tyres.
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