Wheel balancing, also known as tire balancing, is the process of equalizing the weight of the combined tire and wheel assembly so that it spins smoothly at high speed.
Wheel Balancing is a very important part of the care of your car and the tyres in particular.
We have all experienced the niggling vibrations. Especially, when we are driving on the motorway, due to out of balance wheels?
In days gone by tyre retailers, like myself, used to charge extra for the wheel balancingservice. But due to speed and superior suspensions and steering of today’s cars, it is important that we have to balance every wheel, when a new tyre is fitted.
The only other time that you will require balancing is if one of the lead weights comes off whilst driving. On the odd very rare occasion a tyre may go out of shape, but due to the highly mechanised and clean state of tyre factories, this is now very rare.
As a tyre retailer here in Halifax in Yorkshire, wheel balancing has always been an important part of our job. A few years ago balancing was an add on charge , much the same as wheel alignment is today. Today though the wheel balancing in my opinion is much more important.
This is because today’s cars are much faster and travel at higher speeds on our motorway systems. Alloy wheels are also the normal fitment on many of the new cars made today, making it even more important to have your wheels balanced when fitting new tyres.
having your wheels balanced when fitting new tyres is now all part of the job. We no longer add an extra charge for this service. When your car drives out , then your car will be ready to use with the knowledge that the wheels will have been automatically balanced when the new tyres were fitted. It makes no different if the tyres were cheap tyres or expensive tyres, the wheels will have been balanced.
.@PirelliMoto don’t worry our tyres provide optimal #AirGrip. pic.twitter.com/xI6iPSUhFN
This picture of a fling rally is just awesome? it also re-enforces my point about the tyre companies involvement in motorsport . Especially, from the research and development angle.
The advertising factor also comes into to it. Tghus, with the famous yellow and red Pirelli logo. As expected, clearly to be seen on the excellent photo shot from Pirelli motorsport .
Pirelli motorsport are one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers. Hence, in the field of supplying their tyres to the car racing events.
The giant Italian tyre. For this reason, the company manufacture tyres for race events as diverse as “vintage car rallying “to their involvement in “F1” racing.
Like most tyre companies. Pirelli motorsport helps them to try out new products and materials. Of course, that are used in making a tyre. We have all heard about the controversy involving the different tyre compounds in the past two years with F1 cars. This type of thing is just learning curbs and Pirelli have now sorted their problems out.
Pirelli motorsport began involvement in rallying way back in 1973. From then to 2010 Pirelli motorsport tyres have recorded no fewer than 25 rally championship wins. Pirelli motorsport became the official tyre suppliers to the WRC (World Rally Championships) between 2008 and 2010. This gave Pirelli maximum publicity and exposure all around the world.
They then became tyre suppliers to the WRC academy in 2011 and 2012, giving the younger drivers the experience driving on their 8 different types of rally tyres. These range from the “RX” which is a tyre for dry or damp asphalt, to the “Scorpion” which is constructed in the form of the Asymmetric and directional pattern design based on Pirelli’s many years of experience in rallies on gravel roads.
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More reading http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorsport/sheet/scorpion.html
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Tyre pressures are very important?
The big thing that the motorists do not know, is that low pressures equal more fuel consumption?
drivers who do not keep up with their tyre pressures are throwing money down the drain.
WHY tyre pressures are important
because an under inflated tyre has less rolling resistance and will affect your cars performance and reduce your fuel consumption.
We all know that if you have a front tyre that has say a slow puncture, then the car will pull in the direction of the tyre with less air. Wee imagine the effect if ALL your tyres had less air in them.
The cars engine will be working harder to drive your car along and consequently use more fuel.
So it makes sense to get your tyre pressures checked at regular intervals. Your local tyre dealer will do this free of charge. Here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, we have a regular string of customers, who call in at regular intervals to have their tyres checked and inflated. It only takes five minutes and you then know that you are safer and not throwing money away.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes and models of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks from the AA to check our high standard of equipment and workmanship.
Many of us. Including myself, could not foresee the massive rise in the growth of the SUV and Crossover vehicle market. I first saw some of these vehicles for the first time.Especially, when I was attending a tyre testing day in Austria. The tyre dealers that were invited were all Vredestein (now Apollo Vredestein) stockists.
Some of these vehicles are very powerful. Therefore, and sort of went against the trend of greener cars. In general cars were getting smaller.Hence, until the upsurge of the SUV and later the smaller Crossovers
This meant that tyres had also to change. These cars that included Porsche’s and the VW Tiguan. The BMW X5 and X3, the Audi Q5. Not forgetting the Range Rover Evoque. These were all high performance cars and needed the tyres to go with them.
These cars had also to be more environmentally friendly. The tyres became larger in wheel size, some as large as 22 and 23 inch alloy’s. The also had to be quieter with good handling qualities as well as handling the power of some of these vehicles.
Pirelli Scorpion Verde Tyres
Many tyre companies came up with their own designs, including the introduction of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyre. These are truly Eco-friendly SUV tyres.For this reason, the Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyres offers very good rolling resistance. As expected, and is one of the top tyre products to offer this. A better rolling resistance gives the vehicle a better fuel economy and therefore greener credentials.
Pirelli claim that these tyres are much lighter in weight because it uses fewer materials and will last longer than some of its counterparts. The new Scorpion Verde has been tested by VW and the VW group were the first car maker to fit the Verde onto its Volkswagen Touareg SUV.
Pirelli now make an all-season version of this tyre, for the SUV owner who may require more traction in the winter months.
Global tyre giants are successfully employing cutting-edge technology used for the racing Formula 1 tracks to develop high-performance road tyres.
Innovations introduced by global tyre majors, such a
This article is right up my street. it is something that I been writing about for years now? racing tyres.
The gist of the article.Thus, really explains what the difference is between Premium tyres and budget tyres. The premium tyres are made by the giant tyre companies of the world.Hence, such as Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Bridgestone .Also, the lesser known Avon,Kumho and Hankook tyre companies.
All these tyre makers. Therefore, have participated in the world of motorsport. Of course, and the development of racing tyres. This involvement is two fold in my humble opinion. One is for publicity. motorsport brings huge benefits to the tyre companies,(although it is now closely followed by football advertising).
Motorsport has a huge worldwide coverage and is followed by car loving motorists all over the world.
The second is the huge chance for the tyre companies to experiment with different tyre compounds and tread patterns. We have all witnessed the controversy in the recent F1
series with the different compounds used by Pirelli tyres, on their F1 racing tyres.
These are indeed exciting times. Especially, for me in the tyre world. Naturally, as the tyre companies battle for their places and the right. Therefore, to have their tyres fitted onto the cars owned by the regular drivers.
I would also like to be a little controversial and suggest that we make it law that all public transport vehicles be fitted with run-flat tyres. We all know about tragic accidents that tyre blowouts can cause(whatever the reason). I think that all taxis including mini buses, should be fitted with runflat tyres as a major safety feature.
Run-flat tyres should be used on Taxis and Mini buses
I know this will upset the owners of taxis, but we as the public have to rely on the taxi owners to fit good tyres onto their cars. The addition of run-flat tyres would make these cars much safer for the public who have to use them.
At the moment run-flat tyres are more expensive than a normal tubeless car tyre. This however could be short lived ,with the introduction of some economy brands, bringing out run-flats.
This will make the tyres more competitive and bring down the price. I know for sure that many taxi companies here in the north of England now use part-worn tyres. This is just false economy and a safety risk to their passengers. The other option could be self seal tyres, which would also be a safer option.
Bald tyres on a mini cab pic.twitter.com/Eoqjna09TC
Of course, this is common place at my tyre retailing depot. So, every week we see the same thing. Customers coming to us with bald and dangerous tyres. Many of them are worn down to the steel chords and we have seen this even on a mini bus?
So a guy called in with a suspected puncture repair. It was on the inside of a twin wheel Ford Transit mini bus. Consequently, he was on his way to Blackpool, a seaside resort here in the UK.
The inside wheel had a tyre fitted that was a bald tyres and completely worn down to the steel belt, bellow the tyres tread. The driver was a bit shocked when we showed him the tyre.
In another hour he would have been heading down the M62 motorway with a party of ladies on board, that could have ended in tragedy.
This did happen to an unlucky hen party in 2014. When a mini bus collided with a truck on the same motorway. The inquest said that the accident was caused by a tyre that was not safe or suitable for that vehicle.
Taxis are usually well regulated but i know from experience that many of them use part worn tyres that are not legal and its a case of paying your money and taking a chance, as to whether the taxi or mini cab has decent tyres fitted or not.
We are now in 2018 and things have not changed. As a result drivers are still coming to us with tyres down to the steel chords?
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There is no doubt that in the past forty years, since I have been a tyre retailer, the discovery about the humble dandelion, helping to make tyres, has to be up there in the top ten of tyre related discoveries.
What many car owners do not know is the huge amount of raw materials that go into making the humble tyre. Indeed car tyres use a large amount crude oil in the tyres manufacture.
The oil is used mainly for making carbon black, resins and anti-aging chemicals. Also synthetic rubber, which all require crude oil in the manufacturing process.
Tyres also consume large amounts of natural rubber. In fact the average car tyre uses between 10 and 30% of natural rubber in its make-up. The larger truck tyres obviously use much more. Rubber plantations grow in the sub-tropical regions of the world. They grow in such countries as Brazil and Malaysia.
Continentals Dandelion tyres
It is elastic and durable as well as been resistant to abrasion. It is an ideal material for the rubber production that goes in the manufacture of tyres.
Enter the good old dandelion
Due to the fact that we are slowly running out of sustainable materials.Researchers have been looking for alternatives. Continental has been working with the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, to find alternatives to the dwindling rubber plantations.
Continental scientists, were looking for something that had a similar molecular structure to the latex that is produced by the rubber trees. It was noticed that the dandelion plant gave off a similar white milky liquid, when the stem or a leaf was broken. The gardeners amongst us will know this only too well.
Continentals Dandelion tyres
The dandelion also has a very similar crop yield to the rubber trees, producing 1 to 2 tons per hectare.
This type of innovation by the Continental tyre company is going a long way to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and in my opinion is a great step forward.
See more at: http://blog.conti-online.co.uk/taraxagum-dandelion-tyre/#sthash.oR3Qqk4c.dpuf
This is one of the most asked questions that we get form the customers of any commercial tyre centre here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.
I have to admit that the answer is getting more complicated?
Recent years have brought many new tyre manufacturers coming onto the tyre market, bringing greater choice and diversity of products. I have put together e few reasons that in my opinion are the most important.
My first reason stems back to when tyres were introduced and the major tyre companies that were first involved in the tyres development. These great tyre companies, starting with Michelin and closely followed by Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear and Continental are the ones
that are streets ahead in research and development.
Other tyre companies come a close second, but I prefer to stick to the main ones. These are the giants that I have been brought up with, over my past forty years as a tyre service centre.
When premium tyres are compared to budget tyre brands, you are talking the difference between men and boys. Premium tyres are made with over a century of research and development, many of it is carried out by their continues use of motorsport. This enables them to test new products and tyre compounds on the test track before the tyre are used on the regular cars driven by Joe public.
Premium tyres- Budget tyres
Major tyre manufacturers use testing equipment that has developed with their tyres and is not accessible to the countries that are mass produce their tyres. Compounds and ingredients are kept a secret. Budget tyre brands are from basic materials and are mass produced using technology that could be as much as 15 years old.
For the extra money that you pay for premium tyres, you will be getting a product that has been designed and will perform together with the cars of today. Companies such as BMW work together with tyre manufacturers to improve the all-round performance of their vehicles. A top class car will be fitted with premium tyres and not Cheap Car Tyre brands.
Premium tyres- Budget tyres
If the car makers could use budget tyres. Of course, then they would. They know that a premium tyres brand. Naturally, is the only option to match their new car model.Thus, when it is to be launched in the marketplace.
In my opinion, if you have relatively new car. Then you should keep to the make and type of tyre. Hence, that was on your vehicle as original equipment.
Fitting a budget tyre would be no option in my opinion.
The premium tyres and the mid-range tyres
This has been the major development in the last ten years of my tyre retailing life. The development, of the mid-range tyre. These include brands such as Kumho tyres, Hankook, Apollo and General tyres.
These tyre companies. Therefore, have stormed ahead .Having emulated the way that the premium tyre companies. Have been so successful over the years.
In my opinion. This is through motorsport. Also, and probably TV and sports ground advertising. Most of these mid-range tyre companies. Have pushed their products to enhance their competitiveness against the big boys.
And to be truthful, they are succeeding?
The mid-range tyres are bridging the gap between the premium tyres and the budget tyres and are becoming a cheaper option for the driver with a car above say three years old.
At the end of the day, you will pay for what you get. There are thousands of economy tyre manufacturers, and the market is flooded with them. These tyres are great for the driver who does not do much mileage or drives an older car, with a small budget.
So you pay your money and make your choice, but in the tyre world, you do get what you pay for.
Goodyear tests tyres-Goodyears found a way to use rice husks, a natural waste material to be employed for several applications.
Goodyear tests tyres
Nothing new in the tyre world?
Many tyre companies are testing different products, to replace the conventional methods of using petrochemicals to help make the compound that produces tyres.
Continental tyres in Europe are experimenting with using dandelion sap. This fluid is said to have a very similar molecular structure as to the latex that produces rubber. The dandelions are now grown in vast quantities. They are grown in acres of land near the Continental tyres factories in Germany.
Yokohama tyres of Japan are experimenting with the oil from orange peel. Also a waste product, just like the rice husks that could help create natural silica that will help Goodyear test tyres.
For many years now rice husks have been burned and then sent to landfill sites. Goodyear tyre tests have found that this waste product can be made into a type of silica that can be done to mix with the traditional materials that are used in tyre production today.
Goodyear tests tyres
With rice, husks have been carried out over the past two or three years. Thus, and so far the results have been excellent. Naturally, the rice husks derived silica has to be a real impact.
Hence, on the performance of the tyres that have been produced from it.
Of course, the world produces a staggering 700 million tonnes of rice a year. Therefore the disposal of the rice husks has been a great challenge in the past. Thus the traditional way of disposing of the waste. Consequently, has been to burn it and send the resulting ash to a landfill site.
Other ways of turning the rice husk into an environmental friendly way. Hence, has been to burn them to help generate electricity. This combined with Goodyear’s innovation. Thereby, of turning the ash into silicone. So and will undoubtedly help the massive problem of disposing of the waste husks while making a greener tyre.