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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?

Toyo Tyres Launch a new R888R tyre for street legal and raceday cars

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Toyo directional tyre

Toyo Tyres Launch a new R888R tyre

For those who have been following my blogs and articles over the years, and then they will know that I have always been a keen follower of the Toyo tyres products. Over the years I have sold thousands of Toyo tyres and indeed used to buy the tyres in containers, direct from Japan.
I have always tried to maintain a good relationship with a mid-range tyre company that will give us some promotional backing as well as having a good quality product to sell us. At the moment and for the foreseeable future, Yokohama tyres are fitting the criteria that I am always looking for.
Brand consistency has always been my goal, as it is important to sell a good tyre product that the customers can rely on both in quality and supply. It is no good, if your customer has to buy a different brand of tyre every time he or she needs a replacement tyre.

Toyo tyres filled this requirement

At different times in my long career in tyres, Toyo tyres have filled this spot. Part of the mix of a good supplier is the price of the products and also the stability of the price. It is no good if the price fluctuates every time you need new stock and also the popular sizes should have special offers attached on a permanent basis. This factor also gives you customer loyalty, because they know that when they come back to you then the price will be the same or very close to their last purchase.toyo tyres
If I did have any criticism about certain tyre suppliers it would be that they change tyre designs too much, with claims that their new tyre will give them “X” better miles, or they will be able to corner faster. Michelin and Continental tyres are the worse culprits of this, in my opinion, but as a mid-range tyre manufacturer, I would say that Toyo tyres have also been guilty of this. As a tyre retailer we try to offer our customers continuity and value, but this becomes difficult when they are always changing tread designs claims that this new tyre is better than their old tyre.

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Toyo Proxes

It can make you feel daft when every time a guy buys a new tyre, you have to sell him the latest tyre that superseded the last one he bought. One of my main grumbles was when Toyo tyres introduce a directional tyre and ran besides a normal tread pattern. This was also done by other tyre companies along with the introduction of the asymmetric tread design, which meant that the tyre could only be fitted to one corner with the tread facing a certain way, which were marked “inside” and “outside”.
This mixture of tread designs and specific tyres for specific cars started to put me off a little, because I did not think that it was what my customers here in Halifax UK, wanted. Like many of the mid-range tyre companies, Toyo tyres had ambitions to join the top elite tyre companies, by way of supplying the car manufacturers with the Toyo tyres product.
One of the car makers that they were successful with was Audi. Some of the Audi models were coming out on Toyo tyres as original equipment. This also meant that when the tyre needed replacing, then there would be a chance that the driver would replace the tyres with Toyo again and would give them a better market share.

This new drive lead Toyo tyres, to develop a tyre for Audi.

The new 255/35 R 19 96Y Proxes T1 Sport is the ideal tyre for the most powerful Audi TT RS model. With outstanding handling and aerodynamics, coupled to a 340ps engine, the Audi TT RS requires an exceptional tyre and Toyo fitted the bill…http://www.toyo.co.uk/news/item/id/6568
Toyo tyres then developed a tyre that would also become a street legal track racing tyre, the Proxes R8888. This was replaced by a new tyre, now called the Proxes R888R. These tyres although legal to drive on the normal roads, were used in many club championships by would be car racing stars. This new tyre has also been recognised by the French car maker Renault, when Renault Sport fitted the tyre as original equipment on the new Megane R26R model.
The new tyre will be produced in 32 different sizes in the beginning. The new Proxes R888R will give the driver a fast warm up time, with increased dry grip and a sustained performance over multiple laps and heat cycles. A rayon “super-high” turn up ply on some sizes, together with steel side plies, give the new Proxes R888R a more accurate steering response and driver feedback, increasing the drivers control and therefore optimising lap times.
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 Toyo 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.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test – 3D Car Shows-Pellon Tyres

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

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General Grabber AT wins second consecutive local 4×4 tyre test General Grabber dominates Drive Out / WegRy all-terrain tyre evaluation Top scorer in off-ro

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

Source: 3d-car-shows.com

General Grabbers are a winner

Hear in Halifax UK, we are lucky enough to be living in a very hilly area. We are in the foot of the Pennine Mountain range that straggles the centre of the UK. We are also a farming area and the towns and cities soon turn into a rural setting, full of sheep farms in the upper regions.
I am explaining this because these guys are the main ones that buy and indeed need 4×4 vehicles to get them around, especially in winter time. We are in a good central area to be able to sell tyres to these farmers, (and repair millions of punctures?).
The farmers of Yorkshire are well known for not parting with their money, so we have to offer them value for money, as the y always want “something for nothing”.

At one time remoulds were popular for their Land Rovers, but these were in the early days of cross ply tyres, sizes like 600×16 and 750×16 on the long wheel base Land Rovers.
As the years rolled on the 4×4 vehicles became fitted with radial tyre sizes and many new makes of tyres were introduced into the country. Some came from America, where the 4×4 market was huge. Even the normal guy on the street would own a pick-up truck.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

In the beginning the tyres were imported. Hence, by the bigger tyre companies. Such as Goodyear and some of their subsidiaries . Including Kelly tyres. As a result , who were famous in the States for some of their wide and large 4×4 tyres. Thus. it became a big thing to see how large a tyre you could fit on your 4×4 truck. Smaller companies started to import tyres into the UK . Hence, for the 4×4 market. Including Cooper tyres, BF Goodrich and General Tyres.
These tyres had a huge following in the USA. Consequently, were well advertised in the 4×4 magazines. That were being sold here in the UK. This also corresponded with the increase in the popularity of the 4×4 trucks. Thus, that were now appearing here in the UK. Their popularity was kick started by many farmer’s sons. Who were going off the traditional Land Rovers. So then  onto the American style pickup trucks. That were at the time being imported by Mitsubishi and Nissan.
The tyre that was racing ahead in popularity became the BF Goodrich (BFG), which was an on/off road tyre. This means that the tyre was comfortable to drive on a normal tarmac road, but as equally good when driven off road in the fields and mud and snow. BFG were the one to beat but in my opinion became too expensive.

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General Grabber AT2 4x4x tyre

People started to try other cheap tyre products in the 4×4 tyre range and this is where the General Grabber came into its own. General Grabber was at first an American tyre, but became one of the victims of the tyre take over war, and was bought by Continental tyres, to fit into their product range as their 4×4 tyre.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

This is what gave the General Grabber more recognition and it was not long before tyre retailers such as us were selling these tyres to the 4×4 market.
The General Grabber began to outsell the BFG tyres, with their AT (all traction) range of on/off road tyres. The other good advantage they had was that they were also priced in a lower price bracket, which suited the farmers and builders that were the main users of these types of vehicles.

The General Grabber still remains very popular today with updated versions of the tread patterns.
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 Michelin Tyres online from our website

Pirelli tyres to supply BRDC F4 Championship – The Checkered Flag

Pirelli tyres

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Pirelli tyres are to take over the supplying of tyres to the F4 racing teams from Yokohama tyres.

The entrants in the 2015 BRDC F4 Championship will race with the same tyre manufacturer as Formula 1, GP2 and GP3 after officials agreed a …

Pirelli tyres

Unfortunately Yokohama were outbid by Pirelli tyres in their quest to supply F4 cars with tyres in the 2015 season.

Tyres like anything else come with a price.Yokohama were undercut in the pricing game. Therefore, the tyre contract was awarded to Pirelli tyres.

I do not not think that this has any detriment. Hence, to the quality of Yokohama tyres. They have proved to be a great product for F4 in the past. But just a decision made on price.

In my opinion, for what it is worth. I think that it is all coming together at last for the Giant Italian tyre company. This in my eyes includes the full spectrum of products. Thus, from the regular car tyres that Pirelli supply. As a result, right up to The F1 racing tyres and all in-between.
The F1 series did not do Pirelli tyres any favours. Because, they experimented with different treads and compounds.

Pirelli tyres

As in most things one product does not necessarily suit all. Racing teams were up in arms. As things did not go right in the tyre department. But as time went on Pirelli  started to straighten themselves out. I think that the race teams became more confident. After all Pirelli  are a great company and they are no fools. Anyhow, as far as making tyres is concerned.

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Pirelli ice runflat a product probably developed from the car rally scene

Pirelli are expecting the 2015 race season to be run at a faster pace and will adopt a more aggressive approach. The first year in 2013 saw Pirelli tyres taking a few hits as they grappled with the different tyre compounds, that brought them some bad publicity, but 2014 brought them a much quieter year and saw them regain some ground. One of the reasons could have been something to do with the new racing rules that were introduced, taking the ball away from Pirelli  for a change.
Pirelli tyres think that the F1 tyres will be pushed harder again in 2015.

Pirelli tyres

However with the start of the 2015 season, Pirelli tyres are expecting that their tyres will be once again pushed to the limits with the development of the F1 cars engines. The F1 cars are thought to be going to be pushed harder this year which will put extra pressure on the tyres once again.
Pirelli  will be keeping things much the same in 2015. With the possible exception of super soft compound tyre. Which will have a much broader heat range offering the racing teams extra chances in the correct driving conditions. This tyre is going to be used on the rear of the car and will be another short development in the progression of the F1 tyre development.

Pirelli tyres also take over the supply of tyres to F4 racing

In another development.  Pirelli  have secured the contract to supply tyres to the BDRC F4 cars for the 2015 race season. This contract was previously held by the excellent Yokohama tyres of Japan. I have to say though that this is not a bad reflection on Yokohama tyres, the deal was carried out on a purely monetary basis, with a few politics thrown in.

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Pirelli are also supplying a variety of rally tyres to various rally groups and in my opinion are now extending the good name that they are now receiving from tyre development in general bringing out excellent tyre products across the entire car marketplace.
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 Pirelli Tyres online from our website

Source: www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk

 

Pothole Britain-Pot Holes to be tackled with new Government money

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Pothole Britain-Potholes to be tackled at last?

As a keen blogger and the owner of a tyre business and garage, I am always interested in the things that affect my work and over the years one of the big things that have concerned me has been the dreaded “pot holes”.
It is perhaps one of the things that the north south divide has plagued us with. I mean it seems to me that the north has many more potholes than the south. Even going as far back as the Beetles, the now famous lines of, “four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire”, comes to mind.

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Broken alloy wheel caused by hitting a pothole

However I can’t help thinking that although a negative thing, this is always good for business and these pot holes have disabled many a thousand tyres and broken just as many car suspensions and springs.
However it appears that the problem has come home to our MP’s in London and it has been announced that £6 billion is to be allocated to local councils to tackle the problem and try to improve our roads. The money is to be released between 2015 and 2021. This will be additional funding and should help them carry out the work without affecting the tax payers.
For more reading… https://www.gov.uk/government/news/6-billion-funding-to-tackle-potholes-and-improve-local-roads.

Pothole Britain

In my opinion, many of the potholes that we now see in our roads . Thus, have been caused by the huge amount of resurfacing. Hence, that has gone on over the past four winters. Here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire. Many of the gritting trucks have a snow plough attachment. Connected to the front and i have noticed that the small wheels that help the heavy snow shifting blade are missing on some of the vehicles, which can cause the roads to tear and eventually break up, eventually turning into a potholes.

Other causes are when the wet starts to freeze. The damaged area then deteriorates more as the traffic runs over it. Causing the actual hole to appear. The tarmac surface breaks up down to the hardcore and a larger hole then starts to form.

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

 

 

Michelin Winter Tyres- Attachment Mummy

Michelin Winter Tyres

Michelin Winter Tyres

‘It’s not just snow drivers need to be worried about’ @AttachmentMumma looks at @MichelinTyres’ tyre safety research http://t.co/6Sx2LSvAwZ

Source: www.attachmentmummy.com

Wow a great article to read!!!

Michelin winter tyres and Mums

This is a great time for the tyre trade in general. Because of the good vibrations that I am picking up from female friendly organisations. Thus, that are educating their online readers with information about tyre related topics.
The one I have recently picked up on. Has been published by an organisation known as “Mumsnet” and posted on www.attachmentmummy.com .
This organisation interviewed women. Asa result, about their knowledge of winter tyres and tyre matters in general. I have published the questions and answers. Hence, on my blog in the same graphic style. In general the answers were what we could expect.But I was impressed with the number of women. Who did know about tyres and in particular winter tyres. In fact 62% of the ladies that were interviewed. Therefore, said that they would consider buying winter tyres for their cars. This figure falls in line with the big picture . Of the increase in winter tyre sales in the UK. Hence, over the past five or six years and most tyre companies are taking the winter tyre market very seriously now here in the UK.
This has also been driven by a string of bad winter weather, in fact as I am writing this post, the forecast is for bad weather conditions for the next two weeks and this will strengthen the demand for the winter tyre products. Michelin winter tyres are a favourite amongst the big car owners such as the BMW’s and the Mercedes, with the rest of the market being shared by the other companies that manufacture winter tyre products.

Mums buying Michelin winter tyres is not a new thing

The trend of women becoming more advanced in the knowledge of their cars is nothing new to me. I have been writing about the advancement of the female drivers for a few years now. No longer is the car the domain of the man? You only have to look in your own family circle to realise the number of female drivers and car owners that there is. One of the first things a young woman will do when she leaves school or college is to pass her driving test and buy her first car.

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Ladies are now very compitent when t comes to buying tyres

When I was young the girls were not interested in cars and preferred to leave the driving to the boy’s, but now the situation has equalised and a young women is just as likely to buy a car has a young male, how the tide has changed.
This change has been picked up by the large tyre companies, with their adverts now targeting female drivers, such as this joint article, backed by Michelin. Indeed I am convinced that the tyre industry on the whole will be run by a mixture of male and female staff, as females get more and more interested in working in the car industry.
Many tyre companies now employ female staff, indeed my depot managers is a woman and does an excellent job, with the added extra benefit of being able to communicate with our increasing number of female customers.
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

Dunlop Winter Tyres

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New Dunlop winter tyres

A leading manufacturer of passenger, sport, performance, truck and SUV tyres.

Source: www.dunlop.eu

Dunlop are not at the forefront of winter tyres development.

The product is probably as good as any other tyre manufacturers winter tyres but, the are not very well published, at least not in the Yorkshire area of the UK.

I will however do my next winter tyre article about the Dunlop winter tyres product because it is something that i have sold all my life.

Dunlop winter tyres

I think that it must be a nationwide thing. Now that the drivers in the UK are switching to safer tyres in winter time. It has taken a few years to sink in. But all the hard work that the tyre industry has put into the cause is now paying off and as a result Britain’s roads will be a safer place to drive on this winter.
The other countries in the EU have been way ahead of us in the past. Even passing national laws to make drivers fit winter tyres. This move was led by the Germans and quickly spread to other European countries. I know that the islands that make up the UK have a maritime climate. But I am convinced that the weather is now going through a colder stage, making our winters more unpredictable.
We can have cold and snowy weather at any time between November and the following March and so it is best to be well prepared and make sure that your car is also well prepared by fitting winter tyres.

Dunlop Winter Tyres; catching up with winter tyre development

As regular readers of my blogs will know.  I used to work for Dunlop many years ago. Thus I have a soft spot for the one time giant tyre company. Dunlop rally tyres were once one of the favorites. The tyres were fitted on rallies all over the country. The winter tyre market has helped the development, from the trials and tribulations of rallying, learning many things, such as tread design along the way.
Dunlop tyres seemed to fall behind in my opinion and the other great tyre companies led by Michelin moved ahead in the winter tyre market place, developing a large string of great winter tyre products.

Dunlop Winter Tyres

However Dunlop now appears to be catching up with their latest winter tyres the Winterport D4 and D3 and the M3 and the Winter-response tyres. These four winter tyres will cover the range of different performing cars in the market place. From your regular road cars, to the large sedans from Germany, such as the BMW’s and Mercedes.
Dunlop also uses the latest silica compounds and multi sipes to dissipate the slush and water that the winter will throw at them. The new Dunlop’s look a good product to me and will fit into the already huge winter tyre market.
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 Dunlop 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.

 

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion extract in the compound.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Believe it or not my other interest in life other than a garage owner has been my love of nature and keeping different animals as pets. One of my favorite pets to keep in the beginning was rabbits and guinea pigs. These animals have always been a good type of animal to keep when starting out looking after pets. Some people think it is cruel to keep animals in small living quarters, but I am convinced that it set me on the road to become a sensible caring person in later life and as a businessman, passing good attributes onto my staff, to help create a good working environment.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion
The humble dandelion will now be used to help make new tyres.

To get back to the point, I used to walk a couple of miles each morning to collect greens to feed my animals with. One of their favorite greens was the humble dandelion. The thing that many people will notice about the dandelion is that when you pick them, they leek out a sticky white substance. I used to wonder if ever this liquid could ever have a beneficial use, in medicine or industry.
When I grew up and went into the tyre industry I always wondered about the similarity of the dandelion juice and the latex that was drawn from trees to manufacture rubber. It was also similar to a product that was used to self- seal tyres if they had a small puncture with, a white sticky latex type substance.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

I could not believe that now in my later years. Continental tyres have worked together with an organisation known as the “Fraunhofer Institute”. To actually develop this by-product of nature. Latex from the dandelion plant. As a result, into making tyres. Thus  the very thing that has kept me and my family in a living all these years. The molecular structure of the humble dandelion is very similar to the latex. Which is grown for the tyre and rubber industry. Naturally, in vast forests in warmer parts of the world.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion
Russian varieties of dandelions will be grown in vast quantities.

The plants that have been used are a variety of dandelion from Russia. Hence, and can be grown anywhere in the temperate regions of Europe.

They have been grown in vast quantities all around the Continental factories. Throughout the continental Europe. This is a great environmental achievement. So and earlier this year (2014). Then the German tyre company was awarded an environmental and economic prize . Known as the “Green Tec Award” in the automobile category. Something that Continental tyres are truly proud off.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

The humble dandelion was always seen as a weed. hence, to many gardeners . But in recent times has been recognised as been one of the earliest wild plants to flower. Providing nectar and pollen for early bees and butterflies. It now also used in flower schemes because of its early flowering. Besides, where it was once hacked down as a weed. So it is now left in situ to flower. Therefore, this new development from Continental. Will put the dandelion up there with all the other important finds. In the search for a greener planet. Continental tyres are to start building tyres using the dandelion latex

The research has been going on for a number of years now. So armed with a large acreage of Russian dandelion plants. Grown around the tyre factory. They decided to use the new product now known as “Taraxagum”, in the manufacture of some experimental tyres.

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The new material will be called “Taraxagum”

The tyres that are used are winter tyres because they already contain a large amount of natural rubber.

The winter tyres natural rubber has been completely replaced by the new marketing name teraxagum, and will be extensively tested this winter near Hanover in Germany and also in Sweden where the temperature gets very low.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Material and Process Development says… “The development process of Taraxagum has been very promising so far and we are continuing the industrialization together with our partners. We are very confident. That our current research results will be confirmed. Especially, through the tyre tests. So that they will meet the performance targets,”
In my opinion Continental tyres have struck gold. Hence, with this new product. It will also save billions of Euro’s in transport costs. Because the dandelions will be able to grow here in Europe . Close to the tyre manufacturing plants. The new tyres will undergo many trials. Before they a released for sale. A time period of ten years has been mentioned.
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 ContinentalTyres online from our website

Old Tyres Look Like New-Here’s How Scam Artists Make Dangerous

Old Tyres Look Like New

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RECUTTING A CAR TYRE

Cutting corners is a way of life for many shady elements in the car community. For them, if it looks the part, it’s ready to sell off to an unsuspecting victim customer.

Old Tyres Look Like New

Wow i have never seen this before in all my years as a tyre dealer. As a result I am completely shocked at what i see. For this reason, it just goes to show what type of people. Are running these part worn tyre companies.

Re-cut Car Tyres-is it common practice in some countries?

I was truly shocked and amazed at the same time. Hence, when I first saw the video . At first I was outraged at what was going on.So was the writer of the original article. But after a while I cannot help feeling that this practice does actually go on in other countries of the world.

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The video has been filmed with a sense of pride by the guy. Who is doing the actual tyre cutting. It reminds me of the time when I used to re-cut truck tyres. I worked for national company years ago. Therefore, I know that we can re-cut truck tyres.  As long as we stick to the rules and regulations. Hence, that are set out for us to follow. But the practice of cutting car tyres. Indeed, has up to now been unheard of. That is, unless somebody can point out where this is a legal thing to do?

  Old Tyres Look Like New-Cases are now cropping up about many illegal tyres repaired

I am sure that many of you tyre professionals out there. Have come across some pretty bad examples. Consequently, of things that are related to part worn tyres. There seems to be little care or thought towards the safety. Or the law where the part worn market is concerned.
Only last Saturday we had customer call in. So that bought two part- worn tyres and fitted about two weeks before. Only to find that they had completely fitted the wrong size. They were not even a legal match? they were far too small for the car?

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When the customer was questioned as to why he had allowed this he said that the guy told him that it was perfectly alright and he also said that he felt a little threatened by the guys attitude, when he was questioning him about the wrong size.
This sort of thing is just the tip of the iceberg; the worst ones are the bad repairs that have been carried out by these people. We have seen some horrific cases where the tyre has only lasted a few days before blowing out or in some cases these tyres never keep their pressure and the customer brings them into us for sorting out.

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The thing that I cannot understand though is that I have never met one customer who wants to go back where they bought the dodgy tyres, to complain. Perhaps some drivers are so hard up financially that they have no choice but to buy these things, and when problems arise they dare not go back in fear of been intimidated by these people.

Old Tyres Look Like New

They must know that they are breaking the law when they sell the public these things, so do you have to be a special type of person sell them in the first place, looking at the state of some of the premises, it is a wonder that people go there in the first place, but as I say people can and must be desperate to keep their cars on the road, and this includes buying part worn tyres.

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To go back to this video; I cannot recognize the language that the people who are re-cutting this car tyre are speaking, but it could even be here in the UK.
I only hope that these do not make their way to our shores, but nothing surprises me to what lengths these people will go to, to make money. As I have said on many occasions I see nothing wrong with selling part-worn tyres as long as they were processed and sold within the law of our land.
Please take a look at this video and let me know what you think??

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.

This post was written by Eric Roberts and first published on Pellonautocentre blog…http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/?p=33398

Winter Tyres- Nokian Recommend Planning Ahead-For Winter Tyre Products Tire Review Magazine

Winter Tyres- Nokian Recommend Planning Ahead

Winter Tyres- Nokian Recommend Planning AheadWhile spring seems a strange time to be thinking about snow and ice, it’s the best time for dealers to get a jump on winter tire plans.

Winter Tyres- Nokian Recommend Planning Ahead

There is no doubting, that Nokian are perhaps the best winter tyres on the world market. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there winter tyre stocks are depleted as soon as they are produced.

It is therefore frugal to place an order for your tyres straight after the current winter. Consequently, we do not know how hard the next winter will be. So pre-ordering makes lots of sense. Especially in countries where the winters are harsh. Accordingly, countries like Canada and the mountainous areas of North America.

Nokian winter tyres have a great reputation in these countries. Hence, winter tyre stocks could run low. Especially when the winter snow arrives. Steve Bourassa, director of products and pricing at Nokian Tyres recommends dealers such as Pellon Tyres in Yorkshire UK, should stock up with winter tyres as soon as possible.

When there gone ,then there gone?

Eric Roberts

Source: Winter Tires: Planning Ahead – Tire Review Magazine

Winter Run Flat Tyres now available in the tyre Market Place.

Winter Run Flat Tyres now in the Market Place.

One thing about the tyre industry. Moreover, is diversity and flexibility of the products that they produce. Especially, in recent times. All this recent innovation and technology. Thus, has been driven from the car manufacturers. Who in turn have been driven by governments. Hence, to produce tyres that are more safety conscious. Such as the run flat technology. Along with tyres with a greater rolling resistance. This is  to help improve the cars greener qualifications. As a result, such as the new ranges of Eco tyres. That tyre companies are producing in recent times.

winter run flat tyres
Dunlop make an excellent winter tyre for run flat cars

The winter run flat tyres are no exception. It is not that long ago that the run flat tyres came onto the market. I was one of the critics that thought that they would never catch on. But how wrong was I? Now they are part of the everyday garage owner’s life. Subsequently, we are getting these tyres in for customers on a daily basis. Drivers seem to be getting used to the higher prices that they have to pay for extra safety.
This is also includes another recent addition the flexibility of the tyre manufacturers, and that is winter run flat tyres.

European tyre laws would have had to include run flat winter tyres

This new phase in tyre development would have had to be brought on by the tyre manufacturers that make tyres for the car makers as original equipment. Some of the EU countries have to fit winter tyres by law, from November to March the following year, and so this would have left a gap in the market leaving the cars that are on run flats nowhere to go in winter, unless they fitted a normal winter tyre to a run flat rim, which is not recommended and would have caused problems with insurance companies as well as the cars not having a spare wheel.

Nokian run flat winters

Nokian have  always been a fast thinking tyre company and to develop a winter tyre with a run flat capability would have been no problem for them. The winters have been made within their winter tyre range. The Nokian Winters are well known for their compound mixes which includes flexible polymers and this includes silica, in line with other tyre manufacturers. This gives the tyres a better performance in winter temperatures, as well as cornering and braking performance.

Yokohama winter run flat tyre
Yokohama winter run flat tyre

The tread design of these tyres is isometric, with three or four (depending on the width due to the tyre size) main draining channels around the circumference of the tread, giving maximum drainage and snow clearance. These tyres are made to drive a BMW down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at great speeds and then driving up the mountains to a ski resort, without knowing that your tyres are in fact winter tyres, the same now applies to winter run flat tyres, you will have the best of both worlds, safety and excellent service in the winter weather.

Dunlop run flat winter tyres

As another of the world’s finest tyre makers, Dunlop also makes a range of run flat winter tyres. The Dunlops are also available in a couple of different tread pattern, one of the most popular is the Dunlop winter sport M3 tyre. As in line with Yokohama these tyres include silica in their compound mix to give the tyres that extra flexibility in temperatures below 7 degrees, the temperature at where the summer tyre compound will start to go rigid and not function correctly. The tread design also gives great traction and a solid braking and steering performance.

Bridgestone now make a run flat winter tyrewinter run flat tyres

Bridgestone are at the moment the world’s number one tyre maker and it is no surprise that they have been at the forefront of making winter run flat tyres. The tyre comes in the tyre range under which the Blizzak winter tyre resonate from and are designed to fit and compliment the BMW 1,3 and 5 series, not forgetting the Z4 and the BMW Mini range. All these winter tyres are adding more safety, to an already ultra-safe product.
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