Michelin Truck Tyres-says accidental damage claim rate demonstrates premium reliability

Michelin Truck Tyres

Michelin’s accidental damage guarantee for its regional and construction tyre ranges is delivering on its promise of first class reliability and uptime for commercial vehicle fleets. Michelin has received just 98 claims for damage in the six months from 1 May to 31 October 2016, of which 92 were […]

Michelin Truck Tyres

Michelin Truck Tyres

When I was younger. I used to carry out some tyre work. Hence,  involving trucks and earthmoving plant and equipment.So, one of the first things that I learned.  Was that Michelin were the best.

For this reason, I never saw a genuine faulty truck tyre. Because of the quality of the tyre build and the first class materials. Thus, that were used by Michelin in their tyre manufacturing. Of course, this also included the use of the first time truck casing for remoulding.

Therefore, when it came to making truck remoulds, then the number one make that remoulders wanted, was Michelin. As far as I am concerned, this tradition of excellence has carried on to this day.

In my opinion, this is the reason that Michelin can offer such highly rated warranties. This is in the massive American market. The excellent record that is listed below speaks for itself. I must stress though that this is an accidental damage warranty. I can only suspect that actual tyre warranties, due to faults would have been zero.

As I have stated earlier, this would be because of the expertise and quality of the Michelin tyres build.

Michelin’s accidental damage guarantee for its regional and construction tyre ranges is delivering on its promise of first class reliability and uptime for commercial vehicle fleets. Michelin has received just 98 claims for damage in the six months from 1 May to 31 October 2016, of which 92 were accepted as valid – from more than 54,000 eligible tyres sold on the replacement market.

 

Tyre Tread Scam-Here’s How Scam Artists Make Old Tyres That Are Unsafe Look Like New Again!

Tyre Tread Scam

There are countless scammers looking to make money off of others’ poorly placed trust, but this is the most dangerous scam to emerge in a long time.

Tyre Tread Scam

This type of scam is typical of what people will do to sell part worn tyres.Hence, to the unsuspecting public?

I did a recent article about car tyre recutting about a year ago. Of course, it opened a few eyes. But  this newer video still shows that the illegal practice is going on.

I know all about recutting tyres. I used to do the job, but only on truck tyres. Because truck tyres have much more tread rubber than a car tyre. As expected, they can be recut. This simply means cutting a few more millimeters in the  tread pattern of the truck tyres.

On the other hand, car tyres do not carry a thick rubber layer inbetween the tread area and the carcass of the tyre. Therefore, recutting cannot take place legally.

However a skilled hand can still cut a few millimetres of rubber out of the existing tread pattern. Thus, of a car tyre. This is what is happening in this video. It makes my blood boil and is dangerous and illegal to do this.

There are countless scammers looking to make money off of others’ poorly placed trust, but this is the most dangerous scam to emerge in a long time.Tyre Tread Scam

 

General Grabber AT-Testing-With Freelander 2

 

Testing my new General Grabber AT 255/60/18 on the Land Rover Freelander 2 It`s not the real off road thing,, but I was alone on a sunday afternoon in my .

I have always been a fan of the General Grabber AT tyre. I know that they are good. Because they are popular in my area Halifax in Yorkshire UK.

The area is very hilly. We have many farms in the area. Therefore, we often get severe and snowy winters. The farming community is loyal to the Land Rover. Hence, as a vehicle of preference.So we sell many tyres for these types of vehicles.General Grabber AT

This General Grabber AT testing video is exactly how I would imagine.

For this reason, for the tyre to perform in any condition.Naturally, that is thrown at it. As I said, earlier. Farmers and other country dwellers swear by these tyres. General are now part of the large Continental tyres group.

Another market niche that the General Grabber At has entered is the SUV market. The massive increase in this type of vehicle has definitely increased the popularity of these type of tyres. The SUV ‘s are also driven by lady customers, who put their families first and will pay extra for a tyre that also gives them grip in the winter time.

General Grabber AT

The General Grabber AT fits well into this category, and the tyre has become very popular here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire, where the terrain is very hilly with many small isolated roads. The female drivers want a tyre that will enable them to get the kids to school safely and not get stuck in ice and snow.

The summer tyres that are fitted to the SUV’s are useless in winter weather, and the General Grabber AT tyres will do the trick. One of the disadvantages of fitting tyres with extra grip was the road noise. The General Grabber AT tyres have been modified to run much quieter in normal road conditions and have now become a great all round tyre to fit on your SUV or 4×4.

Eric Roberts

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Old Tyres Biofuel discovery: start-up company breathes new life into old tyres

Old Tyres Biofuel discovery

A green start-up technology company has surprised scientists by producing a biofuel from old rubber tyres that can run turbo-charged diesel engines while reducing emissions by 30 per cent. Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) can produce 3,000 litres of bio-oil from one giant seven-tonne mining truck tyre. It hopes to […]

Old Tyres Biofuel discovery

Old Tyres Biofuel discovery

Of course, in my opinion, this is another step in the right direction. Hence in the battle to turn our waste tyres into green energy. Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) can produce 3,000 litres of bio-oil from one giant seven-tonne mining truck tyre.

As a result, this Australian company are already producing biofuel from old waste earthmover tyres. Therefore, this biofuel can be used to run diesel engines,that are turbocharged. Thus, reducing emissions by at least 30%.

“The process is emission-free and some of the recycled oil is used as the heat source for the production process.

“The process is emission-free and some of the recycled oil is used as the heat source for the production process.

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Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres in successful tests

The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres

Hankook Tire has reported the successful high speed testing of its iFlex non-pneumatic tyre. The South Korean company has been developing the iFlex concept since 2011, and recently fitted its lates…

The The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres contradicts one of my previous articles?

I said that these airless tyres would not be used on passenger cars but now Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres have somewhat changed my opinion.

The i Flex tyres were put the  test on a KIA Ray, which was driven through a slalom course at up to 130 km/h (80 mph).

Hankook the South Korean tyre maker states that its airless tyre performed perfectly well in all the safety and durability tests. This completely throws out my misconception that this type of wheel construction with a tread stuck to it would not be flexible enough to be used on the normal road cars.

The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres known as the “i Flex” is made from polyurethane synthetics(very similar to fork truck tyres) and according to a statement from Hankook, the new units are up to 95 per cent recyclable. A prototype size 155/590-14 (155 mm wide with a diameter of 590 mm) has been used in the testing.

Another similar tyre product now on the market is the Michelin Tweel. This wheel/tyre combination is now in use on garden machinery and plant hire machines. The use of these tyres make it impossible to have a puncture repair.

Punctures have always been a blight on pneumatic tyres, especially on heavy machinery such as JCB diggers where down time is very expansive.

The Hankook Tyres non-pneumatic tyres have now been tested on a car and the test have proved very positive, reaching speeds of 80 MPH. I also believe that the Tweel is now been tested on a BMW car. The results will be very interesting and could change the face of the tyre industry for ever?

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Winter tyre tips-An Insight into the dramatic beneficial safety aspects of winter tyres

Winter tyres can dramatically increase grip on slippery surfaces, such as frozen lakes… Winter tyres are fitted by many of our European cousins during the colder seasons, yet us Brits still mostly stick with summer rubber all year round. Attitudes are beginning to change in the UK, though, and […]

Winter tyre tips

Winter tyre tips

Tyre testing is an essential part of reporting about winter tyre products. Accordingly, these tests are carried out under very strict supervision. In the early days, winter tyres were thought to be just a gimmick. Hence, to help the motorists part with their money.

As time went by, winter tyres were becoming more acceptable. Of course, I think it was becoming recognised that tread designs and the tyre compounds were becoming more relevant. As expected, new chemicals were added to keep the tyre rubber more supple in cold weather.

The cold has always been the enemy of rubber products. Thus, making them hard and rigid. Tyres were no different. Things changed when “Silica” was added to the tread compound. Of course, with silica added, then the tyres became more flexible and therefore more responsive, in freezing cold weather.

Along with different tread design, including many new sipes added, winter tyres became the new buzz word. In the past ten years we at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, have sen a massive rise in the popularity of winter tyres.

The increase in sales has benefited drivers who previously would not had been able to drive their cars in bad icy and snowy conditions. Most of our winter tyre sales came from word of mouth recommendations from friends and relatives.

Until recent years much of the Autocar team was skeptical about winter rubber. They were called a conspiracy designed by the car and tyre manufacturers to get us to part with our hard earned folding for something that we don’t strictly need. But then we tried some, at which point opinions on the subject changed completely.

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Pirelli Tests New 18-Inch Wheels – Tyre Blog – Tyre Blog (blog)

Pirelli Tests New 18-Inch Wheels

Pirelli Tests New 18-Inch Wheels.The car was driven by Charles Pick. Pick completed 14 laps in 1m 44.728s. This was nine seconds better than the time set by Jules Bianchi on the same track in Ferrari with regular tyres.

Although that it is well known that Michelin are fond of introducing 18 inch wheels onto the F1 racing scene, then Pirelli were the first tyre company to make and introduce its brand new 18 inch F1 tyres .At the time, 18-inch wheel and tyre units were only used on normal passenger cars.

Pirelli Tests New 18-Inch Wheels combined with Lotus to  fit the 18 inch wheels and tyres on to the Team’s E22 Chassis and the new tyres were tested  on the Silverstone race track.

The Lotus car was driven by Charles Pick, who completed 14 laps in 1 minute 44.728 seconds. This easily beat the previous record and was nine seconds better than the time that was set by Jules Bianchi on the same track on a  Ferrari which was kitted out with with regular F1 tyres.

Watch out for further tyre developments with compounds and different tyre sizes? The fact that Pirelli tests new 18-inch wheels, in my opinion is a step nearer them being used in further trials and on testing, before the new F1 season begins.

Pirelli tyres are the preferred tyre supplier to F1 at the moment, but it is no secret that Michelin tyres are taking interest in a bid not far into the future. Michelin though are well known to want to use 18 inch tyres. They would also like to leave the choice of tyres on any particular race day to the drivers and teams. This opinion is popular with some drivers but not so popular with others.

Some drivers would prefer to stick to the 13 inch tyres that are currently in use. Others are looking forward to trying out the 18 inch tyres. Only time will tell?

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Pirelli F1 Tyres-France to return to F1 calendar in 2018?

Pirelli F1 Tyres

According to respected sections of the French media, Paul Ricard will host a round of the Formula One World Championship from 2018. France, which gave the world Grand Prix racing, last hosted a round of the world championship in 2008, which was won by Felipe Massa who retired from […]

 

Pirelli F1 Tyres

Pirelli F1 Tyres

It may be that the F1 racing scene, will include a return to France. Accordingly, by next season 2018. Hence, the possibility may take place at the “Paul Ricard” circuit.

It is claimed that the event. As a result,  will take the spot on the calendar currently held by Belgium. Thus , with the Spa race moving to the weekend left vacant by Germany, assuming Hockenheim doesn’t host a race in 2018 either.

This will also be good news for British F1 race fans. As a result, who will be able to attend the race with close proximity to France. First class motor racing in France has always been supplied by the annual Le Mans racing series, this may now be joined by the F1 racing event, Thus, if it comes off.

One of the first to react to the reports was Romain Grosjean, who tweeted: “A Grand Prix at home…” accompanying his words with a number of emoticons showing his joy at the prospect.

Airless tyres Road to the Future ? they are already with us

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Airless tyres Road to the Future?I am not so sure

This is yet another good video to watch explaining the development of the airless tyres?

These tyres are already in use on garden machinery and other larger digger type machines. I do not think they are especially new

Airless tyres Road to the Future
The Michelin tweel airless wheels are already fitted to some plant and machinery.

technology though as similar types of wheels and tyres are used on fork-trucks and road surfacing machines.

The new wheel assemblies are now made from lighter and stronger materials and i do not think that they should be called tyres at all. They are just strips of tread like rubber stuck to a wheel?

The Michelin Tweel concept wheel, is already been used on things such as large lawn mowers and plant equipment such as diggers. This helps to solve the problem of down time due to puncture repairs. When i was younger ,this is what i did. I was on callout to  some of these civil engineering companies that were constantly getting puncture repairs and we had to change the tyres or repair the puncture as quickly as possible.

I must admit that even then i could see the need for wheels with a tread stuck to them, similar to the fork lift trucks that were using such products at the time. The problem then was that the solid type tyres were no good on rough terrain, where pneumatic tyres were needed to take the weight and pressures between the rough surface and the machines.

This is the difference between the old type solid wheels and the new airless wheel assemblies. Are the Airless tyres Road to the Future, well the spokes now replace the job of the tyre sidewall, and the tread that is vulcanised onto the wheel gives the required grip, and so this could be a good idea.

Hankook tyres have already tested their concept wheels on a Kia car with speeds of up to 80 mph. so the idea does look possible. The thing i wonder about though is what will happen to the millions of people who are employed in the tyre industry?

Are these tyre companies just making a “rod for their own backs”?

Eric Roberts

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Michelin ends USA mobile tyre fitting programme

Michelin ends USA mobile tyre fitting programme

The OnSite programme commenced in August 2015 but didn’t achieve the expected unit volumes Visitors to the US-based onsite.michelin.com website are now being met with the message that “this service is no longer being offered.” The mobile programme, whose pilot rollout began last year, promised to take care of […]

Michelin ends USA mobile tyre fitting programme

Michelin ends USA mobile tyre fitting programme

I must admit that this comes as a surprise to me?

Here in the UK, rumour has it that Michelin were looking to buy “home tyre fitting” company, “tyres on the drive”. Hence, this would tie up the ends, after Michelin purchased the online tyre retailer, “Black Circles”. Of course, these acquisitions have thrown the UK tyre market it turmoil. For this reason, the other large tyre players are scuttling about trying to speed up their own expansion plans.

Michelin in the form of Black Circles, have also put the “cat amongst the pigeons” by drastically lowering their online tyre prices. This has caused other online tyre retailers, to bring down the prices to try and compete.

As we all know margins are low as it is. We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK are still sticking to our policy of competitive online pricing. Of course, this is added to our excellent service. This combination keeps my company very busy indeed. As expected, when other local tyre retailers are struggling.

We are very close to the volatile new year period. Accordingly, this is when businesses usually make company decisions. A sort of new year resolution. This is always an exciting time in the tyre industry, as companies come out with new year strategies.

Visitors to the US-based onsite.michelin.com website are now being met with the message that “this service is no longer being offered.”

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