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All Neutral Tyres Stuff

All Neutral Tyres Stuff

An old customer recently came into our tyre depot in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Fred as we will call him. Bought a second hand car from a lady whos husband had recently passed away. The car had been stood in a garage for a few years. Consequently, the car was in good condition. The mileage was 47000 and the car was a Vauxhall Vectra.
The vectra was in immaculate condition. However, Fred only wanted the tyres checking. The car had two makes of tyres fitted. Accordingly, two were Michelin zx and the other two were both BF Goodrich. The tyres had tell tale “cracking”. Hence, on the bead and shoulder area of the tyres. Cracking is a tell tale sign of aging tyres?

Run-flat Tyres should be used on Taxis- Why run-flat tyres could be the way forward

Run-flat Tyres

run-flat tyres

If you get  puncture problems on a busy main road, do you think you could fix it safely? Run-flat tyres are a better idea, and the compromise in ride quality is a lot smaller than it used to be.

Source: home.bt.com

Many of the new cars that are manufactured today, are coming out on various run-flat tyres.

At first i was not too sure about them, but i am now a fan of the tyres for the safety aspects.

There has been much written about the runflat tyres, but going back to basics, then they are really good safety feature of any car.

Especially when they are used in conjunction with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

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.

run-flat tyres
Changing a wheel could be a thing of the past?

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.

Run-flat Tyres

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.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/runflat-tyres-by-bridgestone-tyres/

Eric Roberts
Hi I would like to introduce myself. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Bald tyres on Mini Cab-filthy animal on Twitter

Bald tyres

bald tyres

Bald tyres on a mini cab pic.twitter.com/Eoqjna09TC

Source: twitter.com

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.bald tyres

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?

When will we ever learn?

Eric Roberts

www.pellontyres.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes 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

Premium tyres- Budget tyres- A comparison about which tyres offer the best value?

Premium tyres- Budget tyres

Why are budget tyres cheaper than premium tyres?

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

premium tyres
Continental tyres are a well-known premium tyre

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 tyrespremium 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.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/BuyingPremiumVsBudgetTyres

Tyre-Wall Markings-things you should know about as a car driver

Tyre-Wall Markings

tyre-wall markings

Important information regarding tyre pressure pic.twitter.com/hPSfLYX1qo

Source: twitter.com

A great instagraph explaining the reasons also showing the tyre markings this is well worth a look at?

Tyre-wall markings are there for the benefit of us all?

It still astounds me that 75% of drivers that come into my tyre business, do not know what size tyres they have on their cars. I also know that many of our customers do like us to check the size for them. This applies to the lady drivers especially.
I think that it is understandable that ladies should not have to bend or kneel to check their tyre size. This applies in winter time more than anything, but we do understand this and would never let a lady have to check her own tyre size.
Male customers do have more knowledge about these things and I think it is about 50/50 of men who know their tyre size and where to find it.
It is important when ordering online that you look at the following information about your tyre size.

Our own website at www.pellontyres.co.uk has a facility for entering your car registration, but this is not always accurate and it is best to double check it with the size of tyres that you can find on the tyre-wall markings. This online information is important because the internet is the best place to buy Cheap Car Tyres.
The following information is about the 20555R16 91W tyre size and is the commonest size of tyre at the moment.

Tyre-Wall Markings

• 205 This is the width of the tyre and is measured in millimeters
• 55 This is the “aspect ratio” of the tyres. Although it sounds complicate it means the        height of the sidewall as a percentage of the tyres width. In this size the aspect ratio is 55%, hence the 55.
• R Stands for radial
• 16 is the measurement of the diameter of the tyres inner rim in inches in this case 16 inch.
• 91 is the load rating of the tyre. This is calculated from a table issued by the tyre manufactures, and simply means the maximum weight that the tyre should carry; in the case of this tyre size it would be 615 Kilogram’s.
• W This is the speed rating of tyre. It indicates the maximum speed that the tyre should do when fully loaded. The W rating can go up to 168MPH and once again is available on a speed rating chart that is supplied by the tyre manufacturers.
• A more recent mark that you can see on the tyre-wall markings is “E4” This is the European type approval marking to show that this tyre has been tested to the highest standards, before being sold in the European Union.
These are no doubt the most important tyre-wall markings for the regular motorist to tyre- wall markingsknow about. It is also important to match your original tyres to the same numbers that are on your car.

Tyre-Wall Markings

Never fit tyres that are below the speed and load rating. Remember that tyres are tested to a very high standard and it is important that you observe these rules. If you have any doubts, call in to see your local tyre retailer, who will be only too pleased to help you.

 

For more important tyre safety information go to… http://www.tyresafe.org/

Car Tyres are NOT created equally – Practical Motoring

car tyres

When it comes to changing your car tyres, you can’t have everything, good grip, long-lasting and cheap – not all tyres are created equal.

Source: practicalmotoring.com.au

A good article as usual from practical motoring. It is not rocket science to know that you cannot have a perfect tyre.

When customers buy cheap car tyres, then they are only going to get what they pay for?

Cheap tyres will not last as long as a premium brand such as Continental tyres. Tyre companies such as Continental have put over 100 years of technology and research and development into their products. Budget Car tyres from mainly China are made from mass production facilities, with quantity and not quality in mind.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/what-our-customers-ask-us-when-buying-tyres/

Buying your car tyres?

Like any purchase that we make, whatever it is then there will be differences in price and quality of the product that you buy.

Buying your car tyres?

Like any purchase that we make, whatever it is then there will be differences in price and quality of the product that you buy.

Car tyres are no exception to this rule?

In general you have a choice of three different types of car tyres, the Budget car tyres, the mid-range car tyres and the premium car tyres. A very good point to make about choosing car tyres is that there are no real grey areas. What I mean is that when you buy say clothing, perhaps a new coat, then it is difficult to really know the quality ratio to the price that you pay. You can go to M&S a buy a new pair of trousers then you could pay a high price for something that is made in a huge factory in China.
Car tyres are more specific. Most motorists have heard of the premium tyre manufacturers, companies such as Continental, Michelin, Avon and Goodyear have all been about for well over 100 years. These car tyres will always give you top quality performance and will be long wearing. There are diversities within this, you will always find someone who was not satisfied with their mileage or road holding, but in general the leading tyre makers make a very good product.
The premium tyre companies have put over a hundred years into research and development to help create today’s excellent products. The down side is that you will have to pay more, these car tyres are often more expensive.

Mid-range car tyres

These are the tyres that are from the up and coming tyre companies of the world, such as Kumho, Hankook, Apollo and Yokohama tyres. These tyre companies also offer an excellent product. They are relatively new tyre companies from the past 20 years and emanate from the east, South Korea and India. These tyre companies produce a good tyre are not very far behind the premium tyre companies, both in quality and in their marketing efforts. This tyre would be the choice of the undecided motorist who are careful with their money, lady customers will very often choose a mid-range tyre.
Cheap car tyres
This is the final category before slumping to part worn tyres. These tyres are made by various tyre companies. Some are in fact made by the premium tyre companies and would be my choice if I had to buy a budget car tyre? Michelin make a tyre called the Kormoran tyres which are made by the Polish tyre company Stomil which Michelin bought/invested in a while back. The tyres are not the same as a Michelin but I am sure that Michelin will have had some sort of input into the product.
Other leading tyre makers make similar products and the rest are from Eastern Europe and China. These tyres will not give the mileage and comfort levels of the last two categories’? They are though a much better choice than part worn tyres and in my own area of Halifax Yorkshire UK, are a very popular choice of tyre and worth buying if you have an older car or just tootle about town. I hope this helps. If you are not sure which category of tyre fall into then just ask the guy in your local tyre depot.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Apollo 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 for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin buys 40 % of tyre web shop Allpneus – Retail Detail Europe (press release) (blog)

Michelin buys

Michelin Buys a 40 % stake in the French market leader in online tyre sales, Allpneus, for 60 million euro.

Source: www.retaildetail.eu

Wow this is a shock?

A tyre manufacturer openly buying into an online tyre business?

In my opinion this will change the ball game and open the door for all sorts of ducking and diving amongst tyre manufacturers and wholesalers.

Will Michelin now miss the tyre wholesales out of the equation. By going online they are certainly missing out the middle man? the tyre wholesalers.

Watch this space

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin buys French Online Company ALLPNUES Throw Down the Gauntlet with the 40% Acquisition

Wow I have been saying for the past two years that we in the tyre trade are living in interesting times, but this announcement is one of the most interesting stories I have yet to come across?

Michelin are going online?

This will be done with a 40% acquisition of the French online tyre retailer “Allpnues”. The michelin buysonline tyre company sold 3 million tyres online last year, which accounts for 7% of the French tyre market.

Michelin to use ATS as the fitting stations

Michelin have also announced that they are going to use their network of ATS tyre depots to carry out their fitting work, across Europe.
When I first read the story I thought that Michelin were just going to supply France and use the French ATS depots, but they say that they will be using all the ATS depots across Europe. I did notice that some of the local ATS depots were not doing any truck work anymore and have been smartened up for retail, and so this has been a plan of theirs for some time.
One thing is for sure, this will kick off repercussions amongst tyre wholesalers and will there be a big rush from the other tyre manufacturers to compete on the same lines. This effectively means that Michelin are missing out the middle man, which at the moment, are the big tyre wholesalers.
I can remember years ago when Michelin decided to go into ASDA to sell tyres. This too caused a huge rumpus and I think that it was ATS who eventually stopped the process and Michelin closed down the tyre shops within the supermarket. This time ATS will be one of the main players and have no complaints.
I also wonder what Michelin will do with other brands that Allpnues also sell? Will they be pushing out their own product? I think so. It is a big investment to make just to sell Dunlop’s and Continentals products.
Whatever happens, it has certainly changed the game big style? But I can’t help feeling that this is the way to go, it makes good business sense and will cut out the middle man as I have stated earlier. It could be the start of another dot/com boom, but in the tyre industry, watch this space?
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes 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 car 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 for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Waste tyres-California re-used them in rivers and beaches to stop erosion.

waste tyres

But efforts to use the trash as building materials offer new hope.

Source: www.hcn.org

Wow this is yet another great innovation, coming out of California?

I must admit that i have seen something like this in the past, but on a smaller scale, and waste tyres were used were left whole. These used on a grander scale have had the sidewalls removed.?

I guess that this makes the wall more stable that leaving the sidewalls on. On a local note the guy who lives next door to my tyre depot in Halifax Yorkshire UK, did a similar thing, but did it with whole tyres. At first it all went well but after a year the whole thing collapsed into the valley bellow.

I am sure that this will not happen in California though, they will have given the problem much more thought. It looks good and uses up waste, end of life tyres,GREAT!

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Tyre+Disposal+Policy

Many new ways of using waste tyres

Over the past two years I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of new ways that have come to my notice to use up waste tyres at the end of their life .
There are many things from fashion items to garden ornaments, and on a larger scale the use of rubber pellets to mix with tarmac to construct new roads and re-lay old ones. It is not too long ago that the world had a gigantic problem, of disposing of the toxic waste tyres, but ingenious ways have moved us on and although things are not perfect then we are moving in the right direction and many great ideas have emerged for waste tyres to be re-used and re-cycled.
This idea used in California is no exception to the rule. The waste tyres are used to build sea walls and buffers to protect beaches and river beds. As you can see in the image the

waste tyres
lady bird planters made from waste tyres

sidewalls are removed, just leaving the centre of the waste tyres intact. These are filled with soil and then planted and they look really good and sturdy.
On a smaller scale people paint the old waste tyres and use in a garden display. I was not sure about this in the first place, but my wife and I had a go and they looked pretty good. The old tyres retain moister and warmth and the plants love this growing environment. We have also been successful in growing vegetables, in waste tyres that are stacked up in three’s and fours. This is especially good for growing potatoes, because you can remove the top tyres to get at the potatoes, when they have grown.
Waste tyres are also used to re-establish coral reefs and it has been found that they make great hiding and breeding places for fish and molluscs, so there may be further under water ideas to be considered for using waste tyres in the lakes and seas of the world.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Apllo 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 for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres-Similar types are offered here in the UK with different names.

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres

Of course, this top ten is compiled in the USA. Thus, we do have similar products here in the UK. Hence, some of the tyre types are the same.Especially, tyres from the European tyre manufacturers. Therefore, this video gives a guide and an insight into what goes on when testing winter tyres.

Therefore, Top Ten Best Winter Tyres, give the consumer. Naturally, some of who are our customers here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

10-Gislaved Nord Frost 100
09-Falken Eurowinter HS439
08-Dunlop Winter Maxx
07-Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c
06-Toyo Observe GSi5
05-Continental ExtremeWinterContact
04-Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II
03-Michelin X-Ice Xi3
02-Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
01-Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8

Video music source credits:
Mike Chino – Dream Chaser [Creative Commons]

Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres-at sites across Devon – Plymouth Herald

Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres

Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres
Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres

The owner of a tyre business has been jailed for 15 months, suspended for two years, after Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres at sites in Devon.

Andrew Mayhew admitted five offences at…

Source: www.plymouthherald.co.uk

This is a common problem these days. Especially, here in the tyre business. Many such examples have come to light in recent years. So, where unscrupulous.Tyre dealers have just filled old premises with waste tyres and abandoned the building.

The last one that I heard about was at Bradford in Yorkshire, UK. The city used to be a large woollen industry city.Hence,  manufacturing all types of materials.Thus, from large manufacturing MILLS. These premises went into disrepair when the clothing industry collapsed. Back in the day.

These old mills are now converted into housing complexes. But some are used for storage. These have been the target of criminals. As a result, who have been receiving money for the scrap tyres, and filling the old mills to the roof.

When are the mills full of the waste tyres the dishonest person just locks the doors and walks away? Leaving the problem, to the local council.

The last old mill had 100,000.00 (one million) old tyres filling it to the rafters. WOW.

Tyre business owner filled an old Airfield?

As I have said, this type of criminal activity is nothing new. A few year ago when new laws were introduced, to control the movement and disposal of the “end of life” tyres a few criminally minded people set up scams, and I was sucked in by this guy.
The guy approached my depot manager claiming to be the owner of a tyre business, dealing with waste tyres and showed him the certificate that was required by law to remove, transport and dispose of waste tyres.

We pay £1 each for waste tyre disposal. Therefore, if he collects 400 old tyres. Then we have to pay him £400.The tyres are then taken to a registered disposal site and are made into tyre crumbs and then re-used in industry.
Unbeknown to my manager the certificate was a fake? The guy was found to be getting the money. But all he did with the old tyres was to pile them up on an old RAF airfield in North Yorkshire, UK.

The environmental agency became suspicious when the old tyre collection began to grow and grow and started to investigate the guy.
He was also found to be dumping the old tyres in the River Calder and burying them on an old farm. He was eventually arrested and sent for trial.

The guy went to prison for five years. Because of the giant scale of the scam.
He ended up doing two years and immediately started the same thing again, only, this time, we would have nothing to do with him and he just floated off, not to be seen since.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/environment.htm

Correct Tyre Pressures-How to tell if your tyres have the correct pressure – Malay Mail Online

Correct Tyre Pressures

Correct Tyre Pressures

Correct Tyre Pressures

 

When we fit new tyres to our cars, then everything should be “hunky dory” . The correct tyre pressures and the wheel alignment will determine the way that your new tyres will wear and the amount of money that you will throw away?

What do i mean?

well you should keep an eye open to see if your tyres are wearing evenly or not. By evenly ,i mean wearing straight across the tread equally. The general problem is with your tyres wearing off at one edge. Either the inner edge or the outer edge. This as most drivers seam to know is usually a wheel alignment problem and can be

Correct Tyre Pressures
Pressure gauges are easy to read

separated with the other money waster, correct tyre pressures.

Correct tyre pressures are usually spotted when it is a little too late and premature tyre wear occurs. We should be checking and adjusting our tyre pressures at least once a week in my opinion, but this is often not the case, and the pressures are neglected.

What are the signs with correct tyre pressures.

Under inflation will wear your tyres away at the edges and your car may not handle very well.

Over inflation, will wear your tyres away in the centre and your car will once again fail to handle very well, usually a hard ride and over steering may occur.

These problems can be corrected by inflating your tyres at regular intervals. If your are not sure about what to do, then it is still important to have the correct tyre pressures and you should visit your local independent tyre dealer. They would be pleased to check that your car has the correct tyre pressures and is safe for the road.

We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax literally drop everything when a customer wants their tyre pressures correcting.

We feel that it is such an important thing to do that  we attend to any customer that wants their pressures checking immediately.

Since writing this article then TPMS systems are now taking over. Hence, the task of warning the driver about falling tyre pressures.

Eric Roberts