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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/

Goodyear Efficient Grip offer Genuine fuel savings

Goodyear Efficient Grip

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Source: www.works-ours-promo-nmf.cu.cc

Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres can make fuel efficient tyres?

Making more fuel efficient tyres, is nothing new. As the owner of my own tyre business for as long as i can remember, i know that in the past years that tyre companies have been made to look for other resources to make tyres out of. The one that sticks out in my mind was the blockade of the Suez Canal in the late sixties. This is a main route for the giant oil tankers from east to west with their giant cargoes of oil.

The world was in turmoil ?

All sorts of ideas were branded about on ,”how governments could save money”. Tyre and other rubber products were affected by this tyre manufacturers had to try and come up with new ideas.In my opinion this was the rise of the budget tyres and car retread tyres also became popular.The 1970’s brought changes in tyre designs including the invention of the safety tyre in 1972 by the Dunlop Tyre Company. T

Goodyear Efficient Grip

This was a great breakthrough. Thus, it meant that the tyre would seal itself  after having a puncture. Hence, caused by a nail or screw. Another breakthrough. Therefore, was the discovery that sipes in the tyre tread would make the tyre safer. Especially, in freezing and bad winter weather.

This now made it possible to make tyres with much less aggressive tread patterns and  with less aggressive tread patterns tyres were much quieter .The largest change and the point that i am getting at brings me to 1973. The oil price problem was one of the reasons that the American car industry changed to radial tyres.

This was the biggest tyre market in the world and the changes were made purely for fuel economy and would have saved billions of dollars, due to the extra miles that the cars would drive by using radial tyres.

Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres are now one of the latest tyre products to come out of an oil crisis. There will be many more in the near future although the price of oil has dropped considerably, who knows?

www.pellontyres.co.uk

 

Apollo tyres India-first started life in 1972-Now in Yorkshire 2015

As far as tyre companies go, then Apollo Tyres India are a relatively young company.

They started out in 1972, in fact, to be precise in September 1972. Apollo Tyres India received the certificate of Commerce in October 1972. They were promoted by Bharat Steel Tubes along with others to manufacture car tyres and tubes, (which were more widely used then, than they are now). Like other tyre companies, they also made conveyor belting.

Which was used mainly in the mining industries?
In 1981 Apollo began an agreement with General Tire International Co., U.S.A, which helped them with technical assistance. This move contributed to improving their tyre products. This lasted up to 1987 when the General tyre company was bought by the giant German tyre company Continental tyres.

Apollo tyres India

About the same time, Apollo acquired a share of another Indian based tyre company by the name of Gujarat tyre Ltd. This move gave Apollo the license to produce its car tyres in another Indian state, Gujarat state. Most Indian states were governed separately, and new permissions had to be granted when companies expanded across state lines.
1989 saw the introduction of the radial tyres for cars and Apollo Tyres India won the contract to supply Maruti cars and also started to produce tyres for trucks.

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Apollo tires India at a recent tyre seminar in Manchester UK

In one of the Indian tyre company’s bravest moves to date, Apollo entered into an agreement with Continental AG, Tyres of Germany. In a joint venture. Apollo opened up a passenger car radial tyre manufacturing plant. The factory had an initial production capacity of 4.7 million car radial tyres each production year. The deal was a 50% each joint venture between Apollo and Continental.
Michelin bought a 14.50% share in Apollo. They indeed set up a joint venture to produce truck tyres and also bus tyres for sale in the Indian market. The venture was a 51/49% split. All these moves were giving Apollo tyres more respectability in the tyre world.

Apollo Tyres India acquires Dunlop Tyres South Africa

In 2006 The Indian Tyre Company bought the South African arm of the split up Dunlop Tyre Company.

The consequences of this were that they sold off. Most of the company including the trademark rights to the Japanese tyre giants Sumitomo rubber industries in 2013.
Perhaps their most expansive move to date was the purchase of 100% shareholding control of Vredestein Banden B.V., Netherlands. This came as a shock to me because this was a tyre company that I was very familiar with and had visited on many occasions.

Apollo tyres India

The Vredestein product was no more than excellent.  I hoped and prayed that this was not just an assist stripping move.

At Enschede lies in the eastern part of Overijssel with over 100,000 inhabitants. A beautiful town that I have visited on many occasions.
In fact, over six million summer, winter and all-season tyres are now made in Enschede, Holland every year. Also, a large number of quality agriculture tyres are manufactured there in addition to the production facilities in India. The two companies have become a

Apollo tyres india
Apollo Tyres India

great marriage and are working well together.
Apart from the failed takeover of Cooper tyres in the USA, that’s about it for

Apollo Tyres India

for the moment. I must say though the Apollo is setting up an excellent network of tyre retailers across Europe, including here in the UK.
For More Information…

http://www.srigroup.co.za/home
http://www.apollovredestein.com/om-apollo-vredestein/history
http://www.point-s.co.uk/

Continental Tyres-Ten Reasons Why they are So Popular here in the UK.

Continental tyres were first made in Hanover, Germany

Continental made soft rubber products and solid tyres for the first bicycles and horse drawn carriages. In 1892 the company then started to make the first Pneumatic tyres in Germany.continental tyres

  • Moving on to 1901 Continental tyres made the first tyre to have a tread pattern. This was for added grip, and it was already clear that the German tyre company were becoming very innovative.
  •  In 1905 not long after the addition of a tread pattern. Continental invented the anti-skid tyre, which was a forerunner the studded snow tyres that we are familiar with today.
  • Continental tyres celebrated their 50th anniversary.They were to be the first German tyre company to add textiles to the tyre product with the addition of cord casing onto the market. Linen was the material that was used before this new method. This discovery was now to be replaced with a more workable cord fibre fabric. At the same time, they started to make large pneumatic tyres fit trucks.
  •  In 1926 carbon black was to be introduced into the tyres compound. This would give the tyres more strength and make them last longer. Once again Continental were leaders in innovation and strove to make a better product.
  •  Continental tyres

  • Had already been involved in early motorsport events. In the mid-1930’s racing tyres were fitted to Auto-Union and Mercedes racing cars with four straight wins in the German Grand Prix. They also were beating numerous speed records. Their tyres were proving to be of exceptional quality even in the early years.
  • The war years saw very little movement from Continental but productions. But in 1945 production resumed after permission from the British government. In 1955 Continental started producing the “tubeless tyres” that would be fitted to most cars.
  • Bringing things more up to date. 1979 would see Continental buying American tyre company Uniroyal.Thus, gave Continental a much larger base in Europe. This would be the start of the German tyre maker. Therefore Becoming so common here in the UK.
  • The Eighties would see more acquisitions, with the purchase of General tyres in America and a cheap tyre brand from Portugal called Mabor tyres. Both Mabor and General were well-known brands here in the UK.
  •  Continental tyres then bought a large share of Czech tyre company Barum, another famous budget tyre brand, along with 50 tyre dealer outlets. At this stage, they were well known all across Europe and not only here in the UK. They had amassed more than 2000 tyre retailers across 18 European countries and were now becoming contenders for the largest tyre company in the World, a feat that they later achieved.

Continental tyres are no doubt the world’s biggest tyre innovators in the world. They have put billions of Euros into tyre research and development.

 

 

Wheel Alignment- Have it Done when you have new Tyres fitted-Win Campbell on Twitter

Wheel Alignment

wheel alignment

Correct wheel alignment will improve handling, road holding, safety, tyre life and fuel consumption pic.twitter.com/V8jytQKBDN

Source: twitter.com

Win Campbell is a well known tyre expert in the Northeast of England in the UK. Like myself he is a big fan of having your wheel alignment checked, especially when you fit new tyres.

It is so important and you could be throwing your money down the drain, because out of alignment will wear away your tyres at one side of the tread and ultimately, cost you money.

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

This is one of the most common two words that you hear in most tyre depots across the UK, Wheel Alignment?
I am pleased that in more recent years the public are getting used to the idea. We try to encourage all drivers who are having new tyres fitted to have a wheel alignment carried out at the same time.
Believe it or not it does save you money in the long run, mainly in tyre wear. Not only will that but your car feel more comfortable to drive. One of the most day to day problems that we get is drivers complaining about their cars pulling to the left or right.
This is due mainly to the car driving over a pothole or curbing the car when parking.

This knocks out the wheel alignment? This is what I mean by better driving comfort, the car becomes more difficult to drive because it is always pulling in one direction or the other. It feels like your steering wheel is not straight. In fact it is the wheel alignment that needs re-adjusting with the steering wheel in the straight position.
Hope that is a bit clearer?
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

Cheap Gas (petrol) Helps Pull the Plug on Electric Cars – TIME

cheap gas

cheap gas

Sales of the Nissan Leaf and other electric cars have dipped thus far in 2015, and automakers have resorted to price cuts to boost interest in plug-ins.

I did not think for one minute that the sales of electric cars would hold  up went he petrol prices came down. Cheap gas is to blame.

Motorists think with their pockets?

If there is any way the motoring public. Hence, can save money on their motoring costs then they will. Accordingly, you have only to look at the large volume of part worn tyres. So, that are sold today to see that. For this reason, drivers will always try to save money. Wherever possible. In fact, they will travel miles to save a few pence per gallon.

I remember when we had previous fuel shortages, the Suez crisis, sticks in my mind. There was all sorts of talk from governments about the environment and how that horrible oil could be replaced, by a greener alternative. What happened?

cheap gas

As soon as it was all over and the price of fuel dropped we all went back to our old habits and the green thing was forgotten about.

I suspect that something like this will happen again with perhaps a few technologies sticking with us. I like the idea of the hydrogen fuel cars and the EV’s with a battery and a petrol engine to carry out the journey when the battery power ran out.

With the fuel price dropping again the fickle public are reverting back to the cheapest cars, using the cheapest fuels and are not really concerned about the environment. The governments have warned us about the environment, but i do not think that we trust them any more.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

All drivers have been penalised in the past years. Especially, with high fuel prices. Cheap gas (petrol) has now returned and is a bonus to us all. Many car owners think very short term when choosing to buy a new car. My belief is that car owners are starting to shun the more expensive electric cars. Because the  cheap gas is the main reason. The problem is that it only takes a world incident to force the prices up again, but many people only think about today. it is going to be a problem for the car makers to solve this problem, unless they bring down the price of the EV’s and other technology driven cars.

Written by Eric Roberts

Source: time.com

H2USA, Department of Energy Announce New Tools for Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Deployment | FuelCellsWorks

h2usa

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Hydrogen filling station

H2USA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two new tools and the release of two reports developed through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling

To follow recent article. Hence, the USA are studying ways of setting up the Hydrogen fuel cell car filling station network. This is well worth a look at ?.Because as far as i know.As expected the Americans are well ahead of anything .

“H2USA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two new tools and the release of two reports developed through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment.  H2USA is a public private partnership co-launched in 2013 by DOE and industry to develop hydrogen infrastructure and deploy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) across the United States”

h2usa

In the USA the Department of Energy. They have launched a private/public joint venture. That therefore, will be looking at ways of setting up a network of filling stations. Thus,  to accommodate the growing possibility of Hydrogen cars.
Her in the UK. For this reason, are also looking at the problem through the eyes of the UK.  Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

As a result, the association have been spurred on by the plan to provide £11 million to support. So for a network of hydrogen filling stations to be rolled out across the UK. This follows a recent successful campaign. As expected, from a group known as UKH2 Mobility, who supports the network of hydrogen fuel facilities.
As you can see from my image. Naturally, there is already hydrogen fuel filling stations. All dotted around Europe. Therefore it will only be a matter of time. Before we see these as common place on the existing forecourts across the world.Thus, similar to the addition of LPG gas pumps.

To bring this post more upto date.  Countries are expecting to roll out the pumps. Henvce,  to be able to sell Hydrogen fuel to motorists.

Source: www.fuelcellsworks.com

Toyota Mira—on the hydrogen highway – A race between hydrogen and batteries- ConsumerReports.org

Toyota Mira

toyota mira

Consumer Reports drives the 2016 Toyota Mira

—on the hydrogen highway. The promise of free fuel for three years makes this fuel-cell car an intriguing option.

This is one of my best bets for the car of the future.Hence, along with the battery driven car. Toyota have indeed spent millions of dollars. Thus , developing the Mira. Which are expected to travel 300 miles. So using the fuel that consists of a high pressure hydrogen gas. As expected, the gas will be stored in two fiberglass  fuel tanks.

This will give the Toyota Mira a big advantage over the battery driven Lithium-Ion cars, that are at present being developed by a number of car makers.

The hydrogen fuel. Therefore, is expected to be eventually rolled out. Therefore, onto conventional filling stations. Thus, across Europe and the USA, including Japan. The car will fill up in a similar manner to LPG cars are now, and only take a few minutes to fill.

toyota mira
Hydrogen filling station

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/toyota-to-launch-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicles-in-us-next-year-2015-domain-b/

Department of Energy (DOE) are looking at setting up a network of Hydrogen fuel stations across America. H2USA are looking at the financial implications and costs of setting up a network.

http://h2usa.org/why-hydrogen

My own opinion is that all the new technologies will be battling it out for the most cost effective solution to fuels for cars of the future. Crude oil prices,will still have a say in the matter. As new oil fields are still being found. Even in the UK. We have found new oil reserves in the county of Kent. I do believe that the fuels such as hydrogen that could run along the same infrastructure as petrol (gasoline), will be the more successful fuel. The sales of battery driven cars are already falling because of the massive drop in petrol prices so the regular driver is only concerned about his pocket and not the environment.

Source: www.consumerreports.org

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility in Hungary begins – Auto Tech- Update-Factory now open

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility-Apollo Tyres’ first European Greenfield plant in Hungary, started today with the foundation stone laying ceremony, start production in early 2017.

Source: autotechupdates.com

In my opinion Apollo tyres are the tyre company to watch out for.

They are very innovative and are reaching forward to expand to the rest of the world with their tyre products.

They are setting up a tyre dealer network here in the UK, and my tyre company will fortunately be a part of that, due to there involvement with Point-S. the European tyre buying group.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Point+S+++Why+be+a+Member

Apollo tyres now here in the UK

As the article says Apollo tyres are making big plans to expand into the European tyre market. The Indian based company have already bought out the Dutch tyre makers Vredestein tyres, who have strong customer base in the UK. Vredestein are the makers of one of the world’s best winter tyres and Apollo tyres will strengthen the brand name by adding their own selection of tyre types and sizes.
Apollo tyres are a good quality brand and will worry some of the establishment during their climb up the tyre hierarchy ladder. The company are aggressive marketers and have already established links with Manchester United, where the Apollo tyres brand will be advertised on match days on the excellent pitch side electric advertising screens that are now very popular around English premiership football grounds.

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo tyres have also established a deal to supply a tyre buying group in the UK, known as Point-S. This is where I come in because Pellon Tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, are members of Point-S and we now carry a large stock of Apollo Tyres, to supply the motorists of Halifax.

 

Tyre awards keep coming for Continental Tyres

Tyre awards & more: Independent journalists, consumer champions, environmental bodies and tyre buyers have one thing in common: they give Continental awards

Source: blog.conti-online.co.uk

Continental really are a top tyre company, with many quality achievements and top tyre test results, winning some of the top tyre awards.

Continental tyres are second to none as far as research and development goes. They are always contributing to environmental issues and trying out new ideas and using different products to use in place of the dirty oil based materials. These are the bad materials that cause greenhouse gases.

Continental also support women’s football. Continental tyres are supporting their third season of sponsorship of The FA WSL and would you believe it they have committed themselves to a further  four years of support from 2014-2018 to partner the women’s game. This also includes support to the  England Women’s Team, The FA Women’s Cup,  and the newly extended  FA WSL and The FA WSL Continental Cup.  In addition, Continental will continue to support The FA Girls Football Festivals; a national programme to increase participation at grassroots level.

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Continental Tyres supporting local female football.

This brings me onto the next football story on a more local level. Continental have contributed and large number of training vests and warm up kits. As well as training aids to one of our local ladies open age football teams. The under tens girls team of the Tingley Athletic football club here in Yorkshire UK.

Continental Tyres and Pellon Tyre & AutoCentre Ltd support Grass roots football
The Tingley U10s Girls received a Continental Warm up Kit to boost their training supplies this week after a kind donation by Continental. Debbie Bastow, who manages the Open Age Ladies team at Tingley. She also works at Pellon Tyre & AutoCentre Ltd, Halifax. It was agreed after a meeting recently with the Continental rep. He said that he would be happy to continue their ongoing support with grassroots football by giving a warm up kit. The kit consists of bibs, balls, cones, bag and pop up goal.
Nicola Smith who manages the U10s has been doing a great job this season. The team is growing in confidence and skills. They are currently looking for new players to join next season and will be training throughout the summer, they play in the West Riding Junior Girls Football League. They generally have matches every weekend. It is a good thing when giant companies like Continental tyres can take time out to help the female game at a local level.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1231/CONTINENTAL