Winter tyres versus 4×4 tyres-Good solid advice about Snow tyres- tested by autocar.co.uk

Winter tyres versus 4×4 tyres

Winter tyres versus 4x4 tyres

Winter tyres versus 4×4 tyres

This has always been a good talking point. However ,to me it is a no brainer. So, if you need tyres and winter is approaching. Then you must consider all-weather tyres or winter tyres.

Winter here in the UK can last as long as 5 months. Of course it has been known to snow in April and even May. So the investment will be well worth it!

Most compelling evidence to me is the great reports we have from customers who have had winter tyres fitted. It is important to realise the safety features that winter tyres have built into them.

Firstly, the tread is a special design

Tread is designed to be more tougher. These tyres look aggressive and actually they need to be! Secondly comes the actual compounds that the tyres are made of. Of course these days “silica” is a great new additive to give tyre more flexibility in cold weather.

Winter tyres do not go hard when the temperature drops below 7 degrees. Sipes are the next great benefit! these are all the tiny slits in almost all winter tyre designs. Significantly, sipes are the thing that clears away the water, slush and snow as you are driving along.

This combined with the tread pattern helps clear away the dreaded winter weather that comes along every year. In my opinion November is the best time to fit your winter tyres. Here in Halifax we are a 1000 feet above sea level and the first snow usually falls in November.

So, if you live in a hilly area then winter tyres are for you. If am sure that you wont be disappointment ?

Which works best in the snow, winter tyres or four-wheel drive? We test two otherwise identical Skoda Yetis to find out which is best. Read a full Skoda Yeti review at http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/skoda/yeti

Varta batteries in yorkshire – We offer Varta batteries at cheap battery prices online, with a next working day delivery…

Varta batteries

We offer Varta batteries at cheap battery prices online, with a next working day delivery…

Of course, Varta batteries are amongst the best batteries in the world. Traditionally, these batteries are made by the famous Johnson controls in various factories across the EU. Updating they have now been bought out ?

Varta car batteries come in three distinct qualities.

Lower end of the car battery market comes the Varta Black. So, which is a most suitable battery for the regular car that’s perhaps over five year old.

Secondly, comes  the Varta Blue (the one in the image). Importantly, this battery  is more upmarket. Consequently, for vehicles with electric windows and mirrors.

Lastly, comes the Varta Silver. Award winning battery, which is the top of the range. So, for both starting and supplying power. Importantly, to the cars with many electrical components.

Varta also have an excellent range of EFB and  AGM Start-Stop batteries. Of course, for the cars that are coming out with Stop-start systems. Also adding  such technology such as the new hybrids.

Here in Halifax we also stock many other Varta battery products.

Including things such as truck batteries, leisure batteries and motorcycle batteries. Naturally, they all come with an excellent guarantee and can be shipped all over the UK. Of course to most post codes. This can be done by our online battery shop www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. Online payment can also be made with a next working day delivery by courier.

Wheel Alignment Safety Features-A message from the Tyresafe.org organisation.

Wheel Alignment Safety Features

To ensure a car drives safely, efficiently and behaves as the vehicle manufacturer intended, it’s important that its wheels are correctly aligned. However, through everyday driving, or factors such as hitting a kerb or a pothole, the wheels can become misaligned, bringing a host of tyre related problems. During […]

Wheel Alignment Safety Features

Wheel Alignment Safety Features

Of course, yet another great article from the Tyresafe.org organization. In my opinion, Tyresafe are the number one organization that promotes tyre safety here in the UK.

So, Wheel alignment, helps to promote these safety tips. Hence, to ensure a car drives safely. Accordingly your car should operate efficiently. Importantly, and behaves as the vehicle manufacturer intended it to. One of these safety standards. Therefore, is that it’s important that the vehicles wheels are correctly aligned. Accordingly to the manufacturers specifications.

Correct wheel alignment of your vehicle also stops the  car pulling to the left or right. Given these points, some drivers are having a daily battle trying to keep the car in a straight line. So, if this is your problem then have the alignment adjusted!

To me, there can be nothing worse than to have your car pulling to one side when driving along. Wheel alignment is the primary cause. Hence, when having new tyres fitted it is worth a little extra money to have your wheel alignment checked and adjusted.

Click here to view original web page at www.tyresafe.org

Michelin UK Tyre Makers-factory never tyres of Dundee – Evening Telegraph

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Michelin UK Tyre Makers-Just like their tyres, Michelin ,keep rolling on. They never seem to bang a big drum about themselves — they just get their head down and get on with the job. That’s how they arrived in Dundee.

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Consequently, this is the tyre factory that I had completely forgot about?  The Michelin tyre factory in Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Of course, Michelin, made their first tyre their  on November 6 1972.So, in the next  four years from them starting. It is important to realize, that the giant French tyre company. Had, manufactured the  five millionth  tyre! a great achievement.

First thing to remember is, the factory capacity was increased in 1978. So, many different car tyres were made their. Including ,the then new run-flat tyres as far back as 1983.

The factory is due for further expansion. Another key point is that it will be one of the few tyre manufacturing plants. Hence, in the whole of the UK.

Michelin’s UK head office and commercial headquarters is in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Stoke site used to manufacture truck tyres and I think Earth mover tyres,(but i could be wrong about that). I do remember visiting the factory in Stoke to collect some earth mover tyres, but they could just have been stored there.

I know that they manufacture tyres in Ballymena (northern Ireland), because they have recently threatened to close the factory, but i think that government help has postponed the closure.

The famous Michelin truck remoulds are still made in Stoke, along with their training centre and offices. There was a time when no other tyre manufacturer could touch Michelin with the quality of their truck carcasses(a name for the old new truck tyres that could be used again as a remould).

Of course Michelin still make car tyres at their factory in Dundee, Scotland. Subsequently, this factory makes over 7 million car tyres. Which are exported all over the globe. The factory is also famous for saving energy with the building of wind turbines. Helping reduce emissions and lower its carbon footprint.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/michelin-tyres-set-their-targets-high-as-far-back-as-the-thirties/

http://www.michelin.co.uk/about/michelin-in-the-uk

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016-Vredestein dealers are not happy with supply chain.

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Why are winter tyres necessary? And what is the difference between discount winter tyres and Vredestein premium tyres? Vredestein joined forces with Autoblog to create a video to find out the answers. The video is part of this year’s winter campaign ‘driving safely below seven degrees’, which aims to […]

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Although we are now half way through the 2016 winter. Hence, I would like to comment about the Vredestein supply chain. Of course, as far as I am concerned, there has not been one?

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire, UK. As a result, made the right decision to start to sell the Mother brand of Vredestein, Apollo tyres. This decision meant that I have had a good supply situation. Especially of winter tyres.

However, my friend in Huddersfield, decided to continue selling the excellent Vredestein tyre brand. As stated, Apollo bought out Vredestein a couple of years ago now. I did fear that things would change?

Apollo tyres changed the Vredestein management, making some redundancies. Things like this always happen as the mother company starts to throw their weight about and make changes.

As I have said, things like this always happen. As a result of the takeover, then Vredestein tyre supplies began to run short. Tyre retailers, such as my friend in Huddersfield were very badly let down. Thus, by lack of Vredestein stock available.

Lets hope that things improve in 2017, but i doubt it?

Eric Roberts   writer of the Pellonautocentre blog

Why are winter tyres necessary? And what is the difference between discount winter tyres and Vredestein premium tyres? Vredestein joined forces with Auto blog to create a video to find out the answers.

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres | Blog | Practical Motorhome

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres

Checking the tyres on any newly-purchased motorhome is critical, writes Nigel Donnelly, a few weeks into ownership of his T25 VW campervan

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres,have yours checked

This article has reminded me about the importance of tyres for the motorhome?. I must admit that i envy the owners of these homes on wheels and it is a thing i must look at for the future.

The motorhome market has just exploded in recent years, replacing  the once popular caravan for use on holiday adventures. These vehicles come in all shapes and sizes and it is no surprise that so do the tyres?

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres check out the load ratings

The new style motorhomes come in all shapes and sizes, including large ones with twin rear axles, that can carry large weights.

All tyred out-Motorhome tyres
This tyre was a car tyre fitted to a heavy caravan, causing it blowout under weight stress.

These are the main ones to look out for?

It is very important that you take your tyres really seriously and take a good look at tyre sidewall markings. if you buy a second hand motorhome please make sure that the previous owner has fitted the correct tyres before he sold it to you.

Most reputable motorhome companies will have checked to see if you have the correct tyres fitted, but it is your responsibility to double check the tyre size and just as important the load ratings and ply ratings.

Some tyre companies such as Michelin even make a special tyre to fit motorhomes, called the Agilis Camping. This tyre has a great tread pattern to ensure that your motorhome does not get stuck in a field or other off road situation. The tyre also has the correct load ratings for such a heavy vehicle and so are well worth looking out for.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Michelin/Agilis+Camping

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Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres-What are run-flat tyres?

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Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

Bridgestone DriveGuard run-flat In some ways, car makers see the spare wheel as a necessary evil, but run-flat tyres are one solution that means a spare wheel doesn’t need to be carried. Spare wheels take up space, and modern car design increasingly likes to use every available millimetre so […]

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

When run flat tyres first appeared. Hence, the tyre companies gave us all sorts of reasons for their very existence. Therefore I was very sceptical when they first came out. In fact I must say that I did not think that they could possibly keep going.

I gradually got used to them. As a result of educating myself. Thus, about a more in depth understanding as to why this development was necessary. The original reason was to do with the environment.

Consequently, a very slim spare wheel would be much lighter than the regular wheel fitted to the vehicle. Many things were tried by car manufacturers to reduce the overall weight of the car. Hence, in some ways, car makers see the spare wheel as a necessary evil, but run-flat tyres are one solution that means a spare wheel doesn’t need to be carried.

Eric Roberts

Bridgestone Driveguard Run Flat Tyres

Bridgestone Drive Guard Run Flat Tyres

Spare wheels take up space. Modern car design increasingly likes to use every available millimetre. So there isn’t always room for one. Space-saver spare wheels take up less boot space. While many car makers substitute a spare wheel for a puncture repair kit. However, these aren’t much use if you’ve got anything worse than a nail in the tyre, as the sealant solution is only really designed to fill small holes. So rather than carry these alternatives, some car makers offer run-flat tyres on their cars as a means of getting you home should you suffer a puncture.

Brakes grinding-Dont let them get this Bad or have a brake squeak on dual wheel pickup truck

Brakes grinding

brakes grinding
Broken discs like the one in the video and the ones that we came across on this Skoda are a rare occurrence. Regular servicing would pick up the early signs of brake deterioration.

Brakes grinding

This is the worse example of brakes disintegrating that i have ever seen? Hence they were fitted from new on a Skoda car. Of course, the driver must have been very deaf. Because he brought the car to us, saying, “that his cars brakes felt a bit spongy”?

As a result, when we removed the wheels. Thus, we found that the front discs were completely shattered. Of course, and in separate parts. Very similar to the pickup in the video.

Believe me this is no way to look after your car, in fact it is shear neglect and damned right dangerous.

Brakes grinding, a common thing ?

Firstly, the most common brake noises that come from cars are grinding noises. later, a bad bump noise. Especially, when the brakes are pressed hard.

Brakes grinding

Squeaking noise when braking, is also a common inquiry, but this is just a build up of brake dust and a good brake clean will usually cure the noise.

Some cars still have disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, although the trend is to have disc brakes all round, Another problem is when the driver asks about brake drum noise. As I say this is normally at the rear of the car and means that the brake shoes will need replacing, or cleaning getting rid of a rust build up on the actual drums, which can cause a grinding noise.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/citroen-ds3-pulls-in-with-grinding-brakes/

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New Car Tyres-Keep Your Car in Perfect Condition with New Tyres

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New Car Tyres

It’s vital that you are able to drive safely, and your tyres can cause many problems if they are not in good condition. A reliable garage can offer you services for tyres in Petersfield . Their goal is to help keep your vehicle in great condition by providing you […]

New Car Tyres

From the point of view of a tyre retailer. Hence, It is important that you drive your vehicle safely. For this reason, that looking after your tyres is imperative for your families well being. Including, the very important aspect of “safety”.

Therefore a good connection with your local garage is a must. In  Halifax Yorkshire, then we have the excellent Pellon Tyres. As expected this garage has been around for many years, “Forty” to be precise. Pellon Tyres main aim is to help the customer to keep their cars in the best condition.

There tyre care policy is second to none. All types and makes of new tyres are cold. Of course, the tyre company do related work. So such as puncture repairs, wheel balancing and wheel alignment to name few.

There are a few ways that you can tell when your tyres are in need of care. Perhaps you have noticed a certain tyre is lower than the rest, or it is flat. This is usually caused by a puncture and can either be repaired or replaced. Maybe your car pulls due to bad alignment. Wheels that are not balanced well can cause excessive wear for your tyres and make it more difficult to keep your grip on slippery or wet pavement. In some cases your tyres may just be showing general wear-and-tear. No matter why you need new tyres or repairs the professionals can ensure that your wheels are kept in peak condition.

Eric Roberts

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Timing belts are Important

Timing belts are Important

When it comes to car servicing, Timing belts are Important/cambelt is the most important serviceable part of a car’s engine. pic.twitter.com/0mBknuJpGN

There is no doubt that your cars Timing belts are Important. Consequently, this is another reason why you should take in your car for regular servicing . Importantly, at regular intervals.

You may ask what servicing has to do with your timing belt?

The truth is that all good garages (including my own garage)here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. On the positive side  will check out the timing belt changing times . So, when carrying out a service..

Timing belt change intervals, are recorded on the computer data that we have to keep nowadays. These systems act as the timing belt interval replacement guide, and keep in all the interval times and other important information, such as how many hours labour it takes to fit one.

This timing belt replacement time will be used to give our customer a price and perhaps time for them to save up for job doing. Although it is not a mega expensive job it will usually also mean that you will also need a price for the timing belt and water pump replacement cost.

The water pump is usually a part of the same system

So, is also better to be changed at the same time. Of course,  the timing belt also drives the water pump and is better changed. Avoiding a water leak in the future. Having to repeat the same job in the too distant future.

Also if you have a leaking water pump then it is best policy to change your timing belt at the same time.

Some models of cars have metal timing belts which do not require the same attention, but the workshop manuals will tell your garage this.

DO not ignore the advise of Timing belts are Important, because the end consequence will mean a damaged engine,(at least)

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/what-happens-when-your-timing-belt-breaks/

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