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Ordering Caravan Tyres Online Has Never Been Easier!

Here at Hometyre, we've got Caravan Owners in mind. We know how frustrating it can be when you can't find the size you're looking for online or you can't see available tyres because of a problem with the load or speed rating. So, we've been thinking over the past few weeks and decided to implement a Caravan Tyres tab on the homepage of our website to make buying your caravan tyres that little bit easier!

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If you've been longingly staring out of your window at your caravan for the past 12 weeks, awaiting lockdown restrictions to be eased, we hope you've used this time wisely to prepare your caravan!

We've been inundated with caravan enquiries since travel has started to open back up across the country with people desperate to get their beloved caravans back out on the roads of the UK and beyond.

If you're looking for mobile caravan tyres, just enter your postcode into our handy new feature on the homepage of our website as shown above, then chose your size and brand! Making it even easier to order your caravan tyres over the web, once you place your order you will receive a confirmation phone call from one of our friendly team!

Do you need TYRON Bands removing and refitting, or even brand new TYRON Bands for your Caravan?

We are able to remove and refit your existing TYRON Bands when we're fitting your caravan tyres from the comfort of your own home or your storage site. If you don't have TYRON Bands but you're interested in getting them fitted to your Caravan, click here to read more about them!

If you're still unsure, call us today on 0333 444 5454 and we would be happy to advise you on the best option for you and your caravan!

 

New world, new circumstances.... new tyres?

While we're probably not out of the peril just yet, things certainly seem to be very different than just a few weeks ago - and time appears to be accelerating beyond belief right now! 

Are you making progress back to work? Things starting to take some form of 'new norm' shape? Over the coming weeks and months, you'll no doubt be using your vehicle(s) more and more. Weekend retreats, long distant holidays etc are all possibilities again in the very near future. And of course, you really don't want to take your car to a garage and sit in a cluttered waiting room do you? 

Well, we're here to help. In fact, we've maintained our services throughout the entire pandemic lockdown, offering essential repair and replacement tyre work for thousands of frontline and essential workers right across the UK! And while we're pleased to continue supporting in this way, we're also very much concentrating once again upon our existing and new clients with equal support and enthusiasm!

Our contact free tyre fitting service is offered across all UK areas to ensure we're doing our bit to keep you, and our technicians, safe and preventing further spread. 

So whether you're heading back to work, working from home, or even plotting a future break... don't forget to check your tyres. It is important. It could save you a whole host of issues. It could actually save yours and/other's lives. Honestly it could. And then don't be put off by the experience of replacing them! Call or order online with us and you'll be amazed by how easy the whole transaction actually can be! Try us. You truly won't regret it. We're confident of this! : )

 

Priority Mobile Tyre Fitting Service for Key Workers

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Firstly, we would like to thank all our customers for their patience and understanding during the past few months.

We have been adjusting to an ever-changing world and we have all been trying to do our bit to make these unknown times a little more bearable.

One thing we have been doing here at Hometyre is to prioritise frontline and key workers, as well as thanking the key workers for all of their immense efforts, we would also like to thank our customers for being so understanding if their booking had to be moved to accommodate for an NHS worker, or other essential staff.

Going forward we will be continuing to prioritise key workers and look forward to helping many other customers around the country get their vehicles back on their morning commute!

If your vehicle has been sat on the driveway during the lockdown, it is important to take 5 minutes to go out and inspect your tyres! If you have any doubts regarding the safety of your tyres, give our team a call today! We can get one of our technicians to come and check your tyres before you get back on the road.

Alternatively, if you are continuing to self-isolate, we have constantly been amending and improving our services to offer an entirely contactless tyre fitting experience.

Just give us a call today if you have any questions regarding the safety of a mobile tyre fitting at your home.

 

Contactless Tyre Fitting Post Lock Down

Since the onset of the COVID lock down in the UK, our mobile tyre fitters have remained fully operational across the UK - providing essential tyre replacement and repairs to a multitude of clients both new and existing.

During this time, we've refined the process of attending to our customers vehicles on site at their home or work addresses without contact at all - even making sure that entry to vehicles is minimised and even fully avoided where required.

While the world is now on the path to forming some degree of normality, albeit a new normal, the problem is still out there and social distancing will remain a huge part of our lives for the foreseeable future. The importance of tyre maintenance and safety hasn't changed, but the methods for motorists to do so certainly have, and our mobile service is now at the forefront in terms of practicality, convenience and of course, safety!

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If you're new to the mobile tyre experience - you'll be amazed how easy it all is! You can check out a huge range of products and prices here on our website and place an fitting order - or talk to us for help in choosing the right tyre for your needs and budget. We purposely avoid brand discount offers or promotions in order to ensure that the product provided is the right option for you. We have a huge range of brands and prices to suit all requirements.

Every job is confirmed verbally and in order to make sure that all of the details are correct - and of course to give you the reassurance that a real person is available to talk to at all times! Our technician s are all really friendly, polite and more than happy to be there and looking after you! What's more, we have a booking system that carefully manages logistics and appointments in order to allocate fitting times TO THE MINUTE and at no extra cost whatsoever! No waiting around for 'windows' or a.m/p.m. slots!

The work we do mobile is the same as you'd expect at any fixed site. Our mobile tyre fitting vans are fully equipped to replace tyres, balance wheels, repair TPMS systems, carry out wheel alignment and more. We value communication and prompt attendance and of course will always treat your property with maximum care and attention!

We've been thrilled to provide a priority booking service for our NHS front line workers and other essential workers during this whole period of time and we're looking forward to welcoming more new clients into the future!

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Preparing Your Vehicle to Return to Normal Usage Post Lock-Down

Once the lock-down was announced, many motorists and possibly yourself included, would have placed vehicles into a temporary storage situation - whether it be on the road, in a garage or on the drive. But, did you check the tyres beforehand? If you did, that's great! If not, then it's definitely not too late to pop outside for five minutes, grab some fresh air and double check the tread and condition of your tyres. If you're feeling a surge of freedom, why not check the neighbour's tyres or a vulnerable persons locally too?- (but ask them first, of course!)


Whilst your vehicle is forced to remain mostly parked up for much longer periods of time than normal, it's a good idea to take the vehicle out for a short and local run. This could be to the shop or just down the road. Not only will this keep the engine in motion and all associated parts free, but it will also prevent the tyres from getting flat spots.

 

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Flat spots on tyres occur where steel bands (within the tyre) are placed under one spot of pressure for a prolonged period and causes the band to form a D shape instead of the normal round O! If you headed out with flat spots, you may notice that once the tyre rotated, it might feel as though you were rolling over an uneven surface. Eventually, and with gentle driving, the tyre would warm up and the casing would correct it's shape.

The risk for many - certainly one many caravanners experience - is to get back in the car and straight back up to high speeds, The tyre would be placed under enormous strain while it rotated on these high points and potential suffer a catastrophic failure. To prevent this, just move the vehicle once a week forward and backward but also try to move the vehicle round a corner (if possible!) as this will flex and stretch the structure.

When a vehicle is left outside in an area with exposure to sunlight, the rubber can be damaged by UV light causing drying and subsequent cracking in the side wall and exposed tread areas. Where possible, try to store your vehicle out of direct sun light or even cover your wheels/tyres with a breathable covering.


Before heading back out on the road after a lay up, double check the tyre pressures on all vehicles and adjust to suit. In addition, even though they have been static, check for any foreign objects in the tyre or other visible damage/wear issues.


TIP: Take it slowly when first driving again as you;ll want the tyres to heat up evenly and progressively.

Be aware too that on a first drive out for a few weeks, you might hear quite an unnerving grinding noise when you first apply the brakes!!! This is most likely caused by a thin layer of corrosion that has built up on the exposed brake discs on your car. It's quite normal and several gentle applications of the brakes over a short distance should soon clean them back up to normal efficiency levels! (if the noise persists though - this may indicate badly worn brake components and require proper inspection!)


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If you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0333 444 5454 or send an email to info@hometyre.co.uk!

 

Mobile Tyre Fitting during the UK Lockdown

Here at Hometyre we're doing our best to keep our high levels of service running, we are going above and beyond to prioritise front-line staff during these times and are taking extra precautions to follow social distancing guidelines whilst still bringing the mobile tyre fitting service to your door.

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One thing we have noticed recently is that brand availability and stock levels are ever changing due to warehouse closures and issues with production due to the Coronavirus. We will always aim to provide the preferred tyre to our customer but occasionally we will need to offer an alternative brand, this may differ from the price shown on our web shop.

We will always try to keep our pricing competitive and meet the needs of our wonderful client base, if you cannot find the tyre you are looking for online, you can always call our friendly team on 0333 444 5454. We are still answering your calls from 8am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 12pm on Saturday and whilst the COVID-19 lockdown is on, we are also opening our phone lines on Sunday from 2:30pm - 5:30pm to provide the best service we can.

Everyone here at Hometyre wishes all the best for our customers and we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during these times.

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COVID-19 Update

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Well these are interesting times, aren't they? Following hot on the heels of the Brexit calamity, we're all now faced with a viral pandemic! 

It is of course a serious matter though and we're doing our bit to ensure that we safeguard ourselves and our clients, such that business can largely remain uninterrupted. Our mobile technicians are observing as much precaution as they can in order to maintain service levels and standards.

Our dedicated mobile service allows you to remain within the comfort and safety/security/exclusion of your own location with little or no requirement for close contact with third parties - or even our technician!

Hometyre remains fully operational throughout the lockdown, however we are prioritising frontline 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.

 

Back in Time with Yokohama Tyres

Reinventing the wheel is hard, although Michelin is currently trying with their Tweel. But, reinventing the tyre isn't as hard as it seems. The people over at Yokohama are starting to revive classic tyre patterns for vintage and modern classic vehicles.

When going into a Concours event or even a weekend show, some people want their car to be as stock (original) as possible This means that it won't have been modified or changed in any way shape or form. However, sometimes this achievement can be let down by having tyres with modern tread patterns. Some people ignore this as they want the best performance but, other people scour the internet trying to track down old stock tyres. This can be quite dangerous as the rubber would have perished, cracked and could blow at a moment's notice.

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What Yokohama have achieved is the classic tread patterns combined with modern rubber and structure technology.

Starting the production off, the Yokohama G.T Special Y350 would have been found on older Japanese and European sports cars of the late '60s. The third tyre in the line-up will be the ADVAN A008P which is the original fitment for the 911 Carrera Turbo (930) and can be offered in Porsche original fitment specification, N0.

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The final tyre in the current lineup will be the classic Yokohama A539 which can be found in an assortment of sizes between 12" and 15".

Hopefully we will see more brands jump on board and re-manufacture patters such as the Pirelli P6000 or the Goodyear NCT3.

If your classic car needs a new set of tyres, why not give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or send over an email to info@hometyre.co.uk and we will be happy to help!

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Why does my tyre keeping losing pressure?

If you're putting air in your tyres and keep finding they are gradually losing air but at a faster pace than you would expect, you could have an issue with your tyres. The first of which could be a slow puncture, this could be caused by something like debris or a foreign object piercing the tread of the tyre.

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If this object is embedded in the central ¾ of the tread then there is a chance we could repair it, unfortunately if it is outside of this area it would render the puncture not repairable and we would need to replace the tyre. For more information on whether a puncture is repairable, click here.

Another reason your tyre is losing pressure could be down to a faulty or damaged valve. If you have corrosion on your valve stem it could cause air to leak out of the tyre which will lead to a flat tyre! Loose or dirt-clogged stems could also cause air loss.

You also may experience pressure loss due to impact damage, did you hit a kerb or have a collision with a pot hole recently? Even if this did not occur within the days before the pressure loss, a collision as long ago as a few weeks could be causing problems. When the collision took place it could have resulted in a small bulge or tear in the tyre that has leaked air so slowly you have only just noticed.

You could also have cracked your rim during a collision, once a rim is cracked it could prevent the tyre from sealing correctly, therefore resulting in a loss of pressure.

One thing to remember is that once your tyre is leaking air once, it will not fix itself! It will continue to leak air no matter how many times you continue to put air into the tyre it will not stop leaking out. The chances are, the longer you leave it, the more long term damage could be caused and the more expensive it will be to fix it.

Give us a call today and we can come out and do a full inspection of your tyres, find the problem and rectify it! We always bring a potential replacement tyre on board in case we need it.

 

Goodbye Winter... Hello Caravan Season!

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Are you a Caravan owner in Brighton, Blackpool, Borrowdale or any other desirable areas within the UK? If so, your caravan season preparations are about to become a lot easier! Here at Hometyre we offer a fully mobile service, at your home or at your caravan site, as well as fitting new tyres to your beloved caravan we are also fully trained to fit TYRON Bands.

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How do I check the size of my caravan tyres?

If you're a new customer to Hometyre you will need to know the size of your tyres before placing an order with us, checking your tyre size is easy! It will be located on the sidewall of your existing tyres.

When checking your tyre size it will be in a format such as "195/70R15" or "185R14", the middle part of the first example size (70) is the profile/aspect ratio section of the tyre. If this number is missing, as shown in the second example, from the sidewall of your tyres it means the number is '80'. This example means the width of the tyre is 185mm, the profile is 80% of the tread width and the wheels are 14", the 'C' represents a commercial grade tyre.

Another marking you will see on a commercial grade tyre is something like "104/102", this is the load rating, this tells you how much weight each tyre can take. The higher number is the reading for a single axle and the lower rating is for a twin axle. In this instance a single axle caravan with this size would take a weight up to 1700kg over the two tyres.

To give a better visual example of this, we have created the below image…

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TYRON Bands - mobile fitting in the UK

Have you considered fitting TYRON™ Bands to your caravan or motorhome?

TYRON™ Bands do exactly what they say on the tin! They keep the TYRE-ON in the event of a blowout. When you're towing a caravan, if a blowout occurs you may not notice the initial impact and you run the risk of the entire caravan tipping over on a road which could lead to a major incident.

For more information on TYRON Bands click here

Recommended Caravan Tyres

Budget option - budget tyre brands are constantly coming in and out of stock in the UK, although most budget tyres do the same thing! The majority of caravan owners will generally end up changing their tyres due to age, not tread wear, therefore putting budget tyres onto your caravan can often by the best way to go, especially if you only go on a couple of trips a year with it! If you want to spend money on a good set of tyres, the best option is to do this for the vehicle which is towing the caravan!

Mid-Range option - if you are a caravan owner who hits a larger annual mileage you might be considering something of higher quality for your beloved caravan. A good mid-range option would be the GT Radial Kargomax ST-6000, this tyre has been designed specifically for caravan and trailer usage. It has enhanced sidewall protection and a heavier duty compound allowing it to take the additional weight of a caravan.

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If you're still unsure which option to go for, give our team a call on 0333 444 5454 for more information!

 

Obtuse Tyre Sizes

Tyres can come in all shapes and sizes. From your normal 205/55 R16 to the mahoosive 285/40 R22 and all the numbers in between. But, there are a few select vehicles out there that don't follow the standard system.
But first, what do these numbers mean? Well, the 205 is for the approximate width of the tyre in mm. 55 is the profile (the height of the tyre) and is represented in a percentage format. So, this would mean the height of the tyre is 55% of the width; approximately 112.75mm. Whilst the R16 is the radius of the tyre in inches.

A bit complex eh? Well, thankfully you won't need to measure these! It's printed directly on the side of the tyre so when you call in, just state the numbers and awaaaay we go!

Back to the odd tyres sizes. Now, you've probably seen on most rear wheel drive and performance vehicles that the front tyres are small than the rear. For example, the Jaguar F-Type SVR has 265/35 R20 on the front and 305/30 R20 on the rear. But, why is this? When you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, all the power will be sent to the rear (unless it's a newfangled BMW that can send 100% of its power to the front or rear). Now, unless you have an elephant sitting in the boot, there will be no weight to help squish these tyres to the floor and provide grip. Having wider tyres helps to increase the grip and provides better traction to the road.

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But why don't performance FWD vehicles such as the new Type-R, Megan RS or Golf GTi have larger tyres on the front? Oversteer. Oversteer! Having too much grip on the front and not enough on the rear can result in an unexpected drift around a corner or a complete spin out. Not helpful when going around a roundabout.

However, this didn't stop the folks at Audi from testing it out on the RS3 (from 2011-2015). The front tyres were 255/30 R19 where the rears were 225/35 R19! If you spot one of these in the wild, they are quite rare so keep an eye out, you know what to look for!

Other noticeable examples of weird/unique tyre sizes include the Lamborghini Countach with 205/50 R15 on the front and an insane 345/35 R15 on the rear. Just imagine how wide that is!

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Or, going the other way and increasing the rim size to keep the rolling radius correct, we have the Plymoth Prowler with 225/45 R17 on the front and 295/40 R20 on the rear.

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New 4x4 Brands available from Hometyre!

We are happy to announce we are now supplying and fitting an even bigger range of 4x4 Tyres. As well as existing web brands such as Nexen, Maxxis and Goodyear we are now stocking the well-known 4x4 brands General, GT Radial and BF Goodrich!

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These brands offer a great range of on-road and off-road tyres, from the aggressive top-end of the scale with a BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM3 which is for 100% off-road usage. This tyre has been developed to focus on better mud traction, rock traction and tougher sidewalls. The CoreGard™ Technology helps prevent punctures and splits in the sidewalls, it also boasts a notched shoulder design which improves traction capabilities in the mud and snow.

From the beastly off-road capabilities of the KM3 to something mixed on-road and off-road, such as the General Grabber AT3. This tyre is rated 60% off-road and 40% on-road, an ideal All Terrain tyre for SUVs, pick-up trucks and off-road drivers who wish to find that middle ground between playing on those muddy back lanes to having some good on-road manners!

Finally, the gentler end of the scale, for this you could look at the GT Savero, a 4x4 summer tyre offering 20% off-road and 80% on-road capabilities. This is a great option for an all round 4x4 vehicle that does mostly day to day driving but does have the capabilities for basic off-road driving, suitable for drivers of more modern SUVs looking for good handling, a comfortable ride and lower levels of noise than other 4x4 options.

If you're looking for new tyres for your trusty 4x4 and are still unsure which option is best for you, just give us a call on 0333 444 5454 and our team will be more than happy to help!

 

Does TPMS need to be replaced when I replace my tyres?

TPMS systems remain a bit of a mystery to many of our customers, so we thought we would try and explain it a little better for you! In short, any vehicle from 2014 onwards supplied into Europe, by law, must be fitted with some sort of TPMS system. There are two ways that this can be done - indirect TPMS and direct TPMS.

The process when changing the tyre for a vehicle with TPMS is the same principle whether it is direct or indirect, a system check is always included, however it is recommended that a direct TPMS valve has the seal kit replaced on the sensor valve stem. We also do a diagnostic check on the sensors, this checks the sensor's battery condition and ensures it is transmitting correctly.

Vehicles older than this are typically fitted with standard rubber valves, when we do a tyre replacement for these vehicles the new valve is included in the price. However, with TPMS systems on newer vehicles, it is a little different.

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What are the two different types of TPMS?

Direct TPMS - this is operated by a sensor, 90% of the time it will display the actual tyre pressures for each individual tyre without any issue, it is effectively a radio transmission signal to the cars ECU (Electronic Control Unit), this allows a 'real time' reading to be displayed to the driver.

Newer model such as Mercedes-Benz vehicles operate with direct TPMS, they also use an automatic re-learning system, meaning once you drive the vehicle after a tyre change the sensor will work itself out and adjust to the new pressures.

Indirect TPMS - these don't have sensors, instead they use the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking) ring, resulting in the reading being less accurate in comparison to the direct TPMS. This is triggered by a significant drop in the rolling circumference of the tyre, meaning it must have drop a considerable amount of pressure for it to activate the light on your dash.

VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda (otherwise known as the 'VAG' group) generally operate on indirect TPMS with very few exceptions. When a tyre is changed on these vehicles you must manually reset the TPMS light or it will display a low-pressure warning.

When do I need to replace my TPMS system?

If the valves are a certain age they can become prone to corrosion and leaking, if we think they need to be changed we will recommend this to the customer and let them know which part of the sensor is failing and the differing costs on fixing these, the components can range from a matter of pence up to £100, so it is impossible to foresee this cost.

They may also need to replaced due to damage, this could happen from colliding with a kerb at the wrong angle or by putting air into your tyres a little too aggressively!

If you're still unsure about your TPMS system or whether you even have TPMS, give us a call today on 0333 444 5454 or email info@hometyre.co.uk

 

Frequently Asked Questions at Hometyre

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Can my puncture be repaired?

We take phone calls from around the country every day at Hometyre and we don't think there has been a single day in the history of the company when we haven't been asked this question! The answer is, we cannot give a definite answer until our technician has been out to have a look! We can give an indication by asking questions such as "is the puncture in the central ¾ of the tread?", if the answer to this question is no then our answer would unfortunately be no as well.

For more information on what meets the BSAU159 standards for a repairable puncture, click here!

What we always do in the event of a puncture is bring a potential replacement tyre on board with us. Just because we are bringing the tyre it doesn't mean we have to use it or we will charge you for it, if we can repair your puncture we will simply charge for the repair and take the tyre away FOC!

The only exception to this rule is RUN-FLAT TYRES. Unfortunately we are unable to repair a run-flat tyre regardless of the circumstances, this is because it has not yet been proven that the structural integrity of the tyre remains in tact once it has been punctured.

How often should I check my tyres?

The answer to this depends partly upon your mileage, however we would recommend checking your tyres a minimum of once per month. We know life gets in the way sometimes and it's easy to forget to do this, do something simple like a put a reminder on your calendar for the same date each month to take 5 minutes to check those tread depths and pressures!

By checking the tyre pressures, you can increase the life of your tyres, therefore saving yourself some pennies in the long run! If your tyres are under inflated they will wear heavier on the edges, however if they are over-inflated they will wear more in the centre of the tread.

With regards to your tread depths, once they get to around 3mm we would advise replacing the tyres, although the legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm when your tyres reach this 3mm stage the chances of aquaplaning are increased and braking distances are affected. For more information on how to check your tyres, click here!

Why am I experiencing vibration at speed?

This could be down to several things, the most common of which is wheel balancing, failure to balance will often result in vibration so this is a good place to start! Our vans are fitted with computerised electronic wheel balancers, this is done by applying weights to the wheel to even out any uneven weight distribution.

Another cause could be wheel alignment, if your wheels are misaligned this could cause the car to pull slightly to one side which could then lead to vibration through your steering wheel and uneven tyre wear. Damaged wheels could also be a reason for the vibration, so it's worth checking your wheels for any cracks, breaks or bends!

Is it worth getting winter tyres?

The answer to this one is partly personal preference, if you're doing a lot of miles over the winter months and depend heavily on your vehicle to get you to/from work or if your business, like ours, is fully mobile, winter tyres can be a saviour! Unlike other European countries such as Germany, Austria and Sweden, here in the UK Winter Tyres are not compulsory, however, it may still be worth investing in some. When temperatures drop below 7 degrees Celsius the performance of your summer tyres is reduced, this is partly due to the rubber compound used to make them. The compound used for winter tyres contains a larger percentage of natural rubber and silica which means they harden less. The grooves in winter tyres are also wider and deeper which allows a larger channel for dispersing snow and water, maintaining a better grip on the road.

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Using winter tyres in cold and icy conditions will also reduce your braking distances which could be the difference between a narrow escape and a nasty collision. Here at Hometyre we offer a service to swap your summer tyres over to your winter tyres and sometimes can even offer a storage option. For more information about winter tyres give our team a call on 0333 444 5454.

Which axle to put new tyres on?

If you are having 2 new tyres on your vehicle, we would always recommend fitting them to the rear axle. Even if you're replacing 2 offside or 2 nearside tyres, we will always offer a swap-over (move one of your existing rear tyres to the front and fitting the two new tyres to the rear).

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

If you have any more questions and want to chat to our team just give us a call on 0333 444 5454 or email info@hometyre.co.uk

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Can I change the size of my tyres?

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Cars and light commercial vehicles are designed with a specific wheel and tyre size. And this is for good reason! The specification covers performance, comfort, load capability, handling and most importantly - the rolling circumference. This is the distance a tyre travels in one full revolution.

On some vehicles it is possible to alter the sizing, however on most modern vehicles, unfortunately the answer is generally a NO.

Why, you ask? Well.... there's a number of reasons. Firstly, there simply isn't a great deal of space left within the wheel arches of current cars! As tyres have become larger and wider, space has reduced - massively!

And besides, it's all about the rolling circumference! You can only alter it by around 2% either way or you're going to have issues! We'll come back to that....

Can I change the size of my wheels?

With regards to changing the actual wheel size - for example if you were to change from a 16 inch wheel size to 18 inch wheels, you would generally just need to ensure the rolling circumference stays the same (or within that 2%). If this is something you're considering doing (or even downsizing!) but you're not sure on which sizes tyres to go for (or if it will even work), the best way to get an idea is to call us!

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What happens if I put the wrong size tyres on my vehicle?

If the tyres are too small, the wheels will rotate faster which will have consequences with regards to gearing (how the car delivers power) - and also your speedometer read out will be showing faster than you're actually travelling.

if your rolling circumference is too large then this will all go the other way, the wheels will rotate slower - therefore resulting in your speed showing slower than you are actually driving, which for obvious reasons is not a good idea, nobody needs an unexpected speeding fine in the post!

When would changing your tyre sizes not really cause an issue?

Green-laners (4x4 owners who often modify their vehicles to allow for off road fun) have big 4x4 tyres, With modifications made to the vehicle body, and loads of space, tyre sizes can often be dramatically increased! These guys seldom need to be concerned about comfort, road holding or cornering or accurate speed reading!

Reasons people may want to change their tyre size

Pimp My Ride - large wheels and low profile tyres, this may look good but the major negative behind this is the car may not be designed to carry this size wheel and by doing this to the vehicle it could prematurely wear other components.

Some people change their tyre sizes because they think it will increase grip or performance, which it seldom ever does. On the opposite scale they may wish to narrow the tyres for winter use, if you're on 19 inch wheels you could in some cases go down to 17 inch wheels with a narrower tyre which would allow for a better grip in the snow. Providing that all important rolling circumference remains within its boundaries, this is ok!

Why should I NOT change my tyre size?

There really is no real need! Manufacturers chose these sizes for a reason - let's not question them! If you still need some advice or have some questions on changing the size of your tyres, just give our friendly team a call on 0333 444 5454! Or to order the correct size tyre for your vehicle, head back to our homepage and check what we have in your size!

 

A Fleet of Cars Equipped with Nokian Winter Tyres for Witherbys' Employees in Edinburgh

Witherbys, the oldest maritime publishing company in the world, recently chose Hometyre in Edinburgh as preferred supplier to replace their employee's summer tyres to winter fitments! Coupling convenience with huge cost savings by carrying out the work at their main office instead of their employees having to leave work to visit a fixed site - our mobile service was a simple decision!
Discussions between our main man Tony and Witherbys CEO Iain, led to the agreement to supply and arguably fit the very best winter tyres on the market - Nokian. Iain is committed to providing the ultimate safety and protection for Witherbys employees!
With over forty cars in the fleet there was certainly plenty to keep our intrepid Hometyre Edinburgh team busy for a few days. And while most of the fitting took place at the company's HQ in Edinburgh, Tony also took a trip off site to equip the vehicle of a young lady off on maternity leave!

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Up in Scotland, it's arguably much more commonplace than in the south to swap over summer tyres to winters. These seasonal tyres provide considerably more grip and braking traction at the point of contact with the road, and in particular at temperatures below 7 °C. in addition, Nokian tyres have unparalleled capability in the snow! Hardly a surprise given that the brand originates from Finland and invented the product!!

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Winter Tyre fitting mobile in Edinburgh

Our mobile tyre service makes seasonal tyre replacement simple and cost-effective! Store your summer tyres at home - or at the workplace location at no extra cost! Whether you're a private motorist or run a fleet of vehicles - we have the service just for you!

 

Road Safety Week 2019 – be safe on the roads this winter!

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Road Safety Week 2019 is running from 18th November to 24th November, this is an annual event organised by the road safety charity, 'Brake'.

This is a great way to raise awareness for the importance of road safety, with thousands of organisations, schools and communities taking part!

Here at Hometyre, we are urging you to do your part. You can drastically raise your safety levels on our roads by regularly checking your tyres. Just a few simple checks once a month could help to prevent a serious accident.

CHECK YOUR TREAD DEPTHS

The legal tread depth in the UK for cars is 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tread, if you are stopped and found to be below this then the maximum fine is £2,500 per tyre and 3 points on your licence - which I'm sure you will agree are 2 things that nobody needs.

As well as the hefty financial burden, you are also much less safe on the roads. Your braking distances will be increased and your chance of aquaplaning will also be higher which could lead to a serious accident.

The recommended time to change your tyres is when the tread depths reach 3mm, it's so quick and easy to check your tread depths, just go out to your vehicle with a 20p coin and do the reliable 20p test! When you put the coin in between the grooves if you can see the border around the edge of the coin then your tyres are illegal! If you cannot see it and the 20p sits nicely in the groove your tyres are road legal.

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CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURES

Having incorrect pressures in your tyres can result in them having uneven wear on both sides to a degree where damage can be so great that the tyres needed to be replaced.

With the correct pressure, tyres should last between 10 and 20 thousand miles, not only is it expensive to replace your tyres early, it also affects the vehicles fuel consumption. We all know extra visits to the petrol station are an unwanted expense but more importantly is the effect on the car itself.

Typically the car manufacturer will display the correct pressures in the fuel cap or the inside of the door, if you cannot locate them, you should be able to find them in the owner's manual.

CHECK YOUR TYRES FOR CUTS AND BULGES

You may have a bulge in your tyre and not even realise it! In the UK, we are not short of our fair share of pot holes, hitting one of these pesky things can damage the sidewall of your tyre, resulting in a bulge.

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If the structural integrity of the sidewall is weakened, this can result in a visible bulge, this may not even be an instant thing so make sure you keep an eye on your tyres if you think you might have collided with a pot hole lately!

What to do next...

If your tyres are looking low on tread or potentially damaged - call us today! We can often do same day appointments and due to being fully mobile we can come out to your home, work or any address you like!

Keep yourself safe on the roads and call 0333 444 5454

 

Why can I feel vibration through my steering wheel?

It's not uncommon for us to receive a phone call from a customer in one of our covered areas explaining they are experiencing vibration through their steering wheel. There can be many reasons for this, a few of which are explained below.

Reasons for vibration through your steering

Defect tyres

If your tyres have been wearing unevenly this could cause vibrations and cause the car to pull more to one side. The reason for this uneven wear could have come from misaligned wheels or incorrectly inflated tyres. We offer a fully mobile Wheel Alignment service here at Hometyre and are able to carry it out at your home, work or any location of your choice, saving you a lot of money in the long run!

The tyre shown below was the result of a customer having worn the inside edge of their tyre down to the wire and chords, rendering the tyre illegal under current UK legislation , this is incredibly dangerous for both the driver and other motorists on the roads.

Not only could this have led to a blowout and a potential accident but if she was found with this level of, or lack of, tread, it may result in up to a £2,500 fine and 3 points on their license for EACH tyre in this condition.

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Wheel Balancing

Wheel Balancing - our mobile tyre fitting vans have full balancing capabilities, they are fitted with computerised electronic wheel balancers, and it is done by applying weights to the wheel to even out any uneven distribution of weight. In the wheel rim and tyre Failure to balance will often result in vibration through the steering wheel so is a good place to start!

At this time of year with the temperatures dropping, your balancing weights have an increased chance of coming loose if the wheels had not been cleaned properly which results in the adhesive not sticking correctly, therefore when it's colder they could possibly fall off causing the weight of the wheel to be unevenly distributed.

Damage to the wheels

If there are cracks, breaks or bends in the rim this could also cause the cars transmission to detect vibration, this is something that would need to be fixed immediately. If you continue to drive on the damaged rim it will not only cause damage to the tyre but can affect the suspension and potentially the body work of the car.

Are you experiencing vibration when driving?

If you are, don't leave it too late! Call Hometyre today and we can get your local technician out to you at a time and date to suit you.

0333 444 5454

 

Don’t ‘FAWKE’ about this Bonfire Night!

Remember, remember… the 5th of November…

Whilst you're at it...

BONFIRENIGHT

The nights may be getting darker and the desire to be outside your house after work crouched down on the driveway may be almost non-existent but don't neglect your tyres in the coming months!

How to check if your tyres are legal

One of the easiest ways to do this is the 20p test, as shown below...

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Simply insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth around the circumference of your tyres, if the outer rim of the coin isn't visible then your tyre is safe and road legal! If you can see the rim it means the tread depth of your tyres is less than 3mm and should be checked. If you are worried your tyres are dangerous or may be close to the legal limit, give us a call and we can come out to check them for you!

Why are my tyres wearing unevenly?

If your tyres are wearing unevenly one of the most likely causes is wheel alignment. If your wheels are not properly aligned and your tyres do wear heavier on one side, it can seriously reduce the mileage you get out of them, which will cost you more in the long run. Our mobile tyre fitting vans can do on-site laser wheel alignment at your home, work or any address of your choice!

There could be more to the reason behind uneven tyre wear, another cause is incorrect tyre pressures. If your pressures are too low the tyres could wear more on the outer edges of the tyre whereas if they're over-inflated the middle of the tread tends to wear quicker.

It only takes a couple of minutes to check your tyres so get your 20p and save yourself a pile of 20p's in the future!

If you think your tyres are wearing unevenly just give us a call today!

0333 444 5454

 

Don’t be scary on the road this Halloween – check your tyres!

October has almost come to an end which means today is HALLOWEEN! As well as getting out there to do your trick or treating this evening, why don't you spend a couple of minutes outside checking your tyres! We know the weather isn't the warmest right now but don't let it stop you from ensuring your tread depths are safe and legal!

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One way you can check your tyres is shown above. The classic '20p test', grab a 20p and if the ridge around the edge is visible, your tyres are TOO LOW! If the ridge around the 20p is hidden in the tread then your tyres are safe and legal.

If your tread depths are below 3mm, the performance of your tyres will worsen. Once they reach below 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tread they are completely illegal. Bald tyres are not only dangerous for you but are SCARY for other motorists but can also result in a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 points on your licence PER TYRE.

According to autocar.co.uk

"Poor tyre maintenance was the most common reason for car accidents in Britain last year, new figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) have revealed.

Across the 12-month period, 446 accidents were linked to defective tyres, beating faulty brakes to the top spot by 81"

Which are some scary numbers.

All it takes is a couple of minutes, for more information on how to check your tyres, click here

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Once you've checked your tyres get outside and have a great Halloween!!

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