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?
This is getting easier as time goes bye. First, it depends what time of the year , that you are buying your tyres? At the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I would say is the best time to buy all-season tyres.
if you live in an area that may have some snow fall then I would look at a good set of conventional winter tyres. For this reason I would probably choose Nokian winter tyres. Nokian have proved outstanding in winter tyre tests.
For regular motoring and the summer ahead of you. Then perhaps a set of normal summer tyres would be as good as anything. Believe it or not, summer tyres are still the popular tyres that we supply at Pellon tyres here in Halifax UK.
All-weather tyres are starting to get some momentum. Perhaps mainly because of the large amount of TV advertising. Hence, that Michelin Tyres have done in the recent past.
Another great way of using old tyres is to use them as PLANTERS. It is surprising how good they can look when painted, or you can just use them as they are in your back yard.
I am a keen gardener and i am speaking from experience. the tyres hold water and also heat, they are a great growing container.
Waste tyres as Planters are a great idea
Since becoming a keen blogger and searching the internet for ideas and stories about my specialist stories, mainly tyres and all other garage related news items that spring up, I am not surprised at the ingenuity and ideas that the general public come up with when dealing with what many people would see as rubbish.
The rubbish that I am referring to is old waste tyres. Waste tyres have always been an environmental hazard and are still regularly dumped on spare ground and in country lanes, we have all seen them. Whenever we have to pay something to dispose of it, then we will get the dark side of the tyre trade just dumping their old waste tyres.
I have written about this for ages and until the practice stops I will continue to do so. On the other hand I think it is great to see this leveled out by the number of people who are constantly looking for ways of using a tyre when it has reached the end of its life. Old tyres are new used for many things, including children play areas, tile flooring, tarmac additives and many more, but the one use that keeps turning up is the use of old tyres for growing plants in, “planter’s.
Those who know me well will tell you that I too am a keen gardener and now use some old tyres as planters. When I first saw this I shuddered at the thought of using old tyres to grow things in, I think it was because I see tyres every day and were sick of the site of them especially the old ones, which are costing me £1 each to dispose of.
However one spring day I decided to give it a try, but first of all my wife Michelle painted them for me, I think that they look better that way and were more acceptable if they looked a pretty colour. The first crop I grew was in fact potatoes. I did this because I wanted to try to see if I could find another way of not having to earth them up to encourage a bigger crop of potatoes.
When the green stems and leaves grew, I simply placed the same size tyre on top and topped it with new soil.
Waste tyres conserve water and heat
To be truthful the system worked well. I found that the waste tyres absorbed the sunlight and heat from the sun gives an ideal growing climate for the plants. Also the inside part of the tyres, holds water and moisture. The downside to this was the fact that this is the ideal place for SLUGS to live and breed, but I suppose that that is a different story and we all have our own methods of dealing with the slug problem?
I have posted some great pictures of painted tyres, on this article and hope you will enjoy converting waste tyres into planters.
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 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.
When I first heard the word “aquaplaning” in recent times, it took me right back to the seventies. This word became the buzz word amongst tyre manufacturers as the battle for tyre sales dominance took place between the large tyre makers of the time, namely Goodyear and Michelin with Dunlop not too far behind.
I am not sure if it was a word that was made by up the tyre manufacturers, but I can remember that half of tyre kingdom found it a difficult to spell the word? Tyres were beginning to get more sophisticated in the late seventies to keep up with speeds that cars were then able to do.
The new radial tyres were doing better than ever with increasing mileage, especially coming from Michelin. Goodyear tyres were not far behind and in my opinion they had an edge on advertising their tyre products, a sort of Americanism. Their tyre adverts were brash and in your face and included new technical terms such as aquaplaning , often using race car characters and stars, such as Sterling Moss the famous racing driver. Goodyear were also at the forefront of offering there tyre to be used in motorsport, this was also the tactic of Michelin and Pirelli and is still carried on to this day. I can also remember Jackie Stewart extolling the virtues of the Goodyear NCT tyre.
Aquaplaning, is also known as hydroplaning
and occurs when the water between the road surface and your tyres cannot be removed fast enough. This layer of water builds up in front end of the tyres and then the pressure of the water become much stronger than the pressure of the tyre on the road, the result is that the tyres lose contact with the road surface. This loss of traction causes the wheels to slip and prevents the car from responding to steering, braking or accelerating. As a result, it is very likely that your car will go out of control, start to skid or spin. A very, very dangerous situation to find yourself in.
This is why new tread designs were a top priority for the tyre makers, they knew that they were on to a winner if they make a tyre that would cope with aquaplaning and make driving a safer experience. Tyres with a good tread can cope far better than tyres with little or no tread on, but in deep water even new tyres will start to aquaplane if care is not taken.
In 1974 Sir Robert Mark worked with Goodyear in some TV and newspaper advertising sating that (“I believe Goodyear tyres make a major contribution to road safety”) the tyre in question was the Goodyear Grand Prix S. This was perhaps the first time that I had heard the word “aquaplaning” and it became more relevant in the battle to sell more tyres.
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 GoodyearTyres 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 will be rolling out its puncture-resistant Self-seal tyres around the world starting 2015.
It is not just the inconvenience of having a puncture, but the dangerous situation you can find yourself in when running over a screw at say 70mph?
The Michelin self-seal will repair itself instantly and get you out of trouble. It cant however help you if you have a sidewall problem, in that scenario the tyre will deflate like any other tyre would, but it is a step in the right direction, but is not as safe as a run flat tyre.
Continental tyres and Michelin tyres launch a new type of self-seal tyre
Both these giant tyre companies have up with a similar type of product that will give the motorist some kind of protection against their tyre deflating, when the tyre picks up a screw or nail in the tread area of the tyre.
Both companies use a type of soft compound that is located inside the tyre below the tread area and resembles a thick layer tar? The tar looking substance is very sticky and as I have said covers the inside of the tread area and stretches from shoulder to shoulder.
The compound protect against penetrating nails and other Sharpe objects that are up to 5 mm in diameter, but only in the tread area. When a nail goes into the tyre it seals instantly and eliminates the need to stop and change the wheel or even having a tyre repair done at all. This will be bad news to the larger tyre repair companies such as Rema Tip-Top, who have spent years developing different tyre repair materials that we use for repairing punctures with.
Even when there is just a hole in the tread, say if a nail goes in and comes back pot, then the repair material will still seal the hole almost instantaneously, the tyre will not require another repair and can be used without requiring a roadside spare wheel change.
Self-sealing tyre reduces the risk of a flat tyre
These tyres do have their limitations and drivers are still advised to check their tyres at regular intervals for cuts and lumps and bumps, remember the tyre seal does not protect you against any sidewall problems, but only the tread area. They are also not a run-flat tyre and must not be run on if the tyre loses any pressure at all.
Michelin tyres self-seal system is pretty much the same.
The special compound, that sits inside the tread of the tyre and seals nails and screws that penetrate the tread area. Once the hole is sealed Instamatic by the sealing compound then the tyre is deemed to be repaired and as long as no pressure is lost the tyre can be continued running on as a normal tyre.
Michelin say that the self-seal tyres will be used this year (2015) on some VW models and that there is no reason why the system cannot be used on any of its tyre range, without any compromise to tyres performance abilities.
It is important though to remember the self-seal tyres are not the same as run-flat tyres and for the sake of repeating myself they should be checked by a professional if they lose any pressure.
In my opinion for what its worth, I think it only confuses things from a practical point of view? When we have to repair a self-seal tyre, then we have to buff of the area where the repair is required, (a very messy job) before carrying out the repair. Once the tyre is repaired then it can be no longer classed as a self-seal. In fact we have come to a conclusion that like the run-flat tyres the self-seal is not worth repairing and we offer the customer a new replacement tyre.
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 Self-Seal 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.
This is not a weather warning for the UK? Although it is expected to turn much colder in the third week of April. Unfortunately my wife and I are going to Scotland for a short break.
It could even snow? However it just shows that it’s not only the UK that suffers from climate changes. Hot and then cold weather are becoming the norm. My recommendation is to keep your winter tyres on until say May. Anything can happen?
Temperatures expected to drop to as low as -1 degrees Celsius, according to state weather service Meteolux.