Lighter Tyres- Yokohama Have come up with the more ECO friendly ADVAN ENV-R2 ?

Lighter Tyres

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

There’s probably no more important part of your car’s handling and safety than your tyres. Well maybe you the driver, and your mad skills are more influential, but your tires rank right up there. There’s not much we can do about …

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

 Performance Yokohama

Lighter tyres

 

In the mad and never ending rush to create and manufacture a light weight tyre, the tyre manufacturers have to come up with some new components in order to make their tyre

products lighter and greener.

This also applies to the car manufacturers who are constantly on the look out to manufacture much lighter, more energy efficient vehicle.

Lighter tyres,yokohama cheap tyres

Yokohama tyres on the racing track

The new technology rush also applies to the mid-range tyre companies such as Hankook tyres, Kumho tyres and Yokohama tyres.

Yokohama tyres  Lighter tyres design

Yokohama Tyre has risen to the occasion and has brought out the second-generation ADVAN ENV-R2 as the Official Spec Tyre that will be used in the 2011 Patron GT3

Challenge by Yokohama tyres race series and the GT3 Challenge Class endurance series.

The ENV-R2 will be put through its paces and power a fleet of Porsche 911 GT 3 race cars at leading North American. tracks, such as Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. The new cheap tyres are much lighter and reduce the amount of fuel that the cars use by at least 20 % and increases recycling capability while still performing at the same high level of the previous tyre compounds.

This is one the many reasons that we became a Yokohama tyre dealer and we highly recommend this product as a much lighter performance tyre, that we can sell at  cheap  tyres rate. Since writing this blog. Then Yokohama decided to take another junction when it came to advertising and supporting small businesses.

Eric Roberts

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

 

Tyre Shop-Small Garage-Does Internet Marketing Really Work? now better with Googles changes

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

What advertising did we use in the past for the Tyre Shop-Small Garage

When I say Tyre Shop-Small Garage owner. I mean a garage or tyre shop that probably employ’s say from 2 up to 12 staff. Relating this to my own experience of owning three or four garages. Thus, throughout my past 40 years as a Tyre Shop-Small Garage owner.

Back in time. So, like many cars orientated entrepreneurs. Hence, that started their own businesses in the Auto trade. Promoting your tyre shop was limited to a few choices. As a tyre shop  owner. Our advertising budget was very limited. At first we depended solely on “word of mouth”. Including a small advert in the “Yellow Pages” . At the time, who were very pro-active at trying to sign up small businesses. Talking them up for larger adverts.That the tyre shop did not actually needed. I think “over selling” is the keyword here?

 I remember the first time that I wanted a small ad in “yellow Pages”. Of course we were constantly pressured into taking out more additional advertising space to compete with the bigger nationals.

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

Tyre Shop-Small Garage; Can a small garage or tyre shop like this one, hold out on internet marketing

In the end, they finally convinced me to take out more advertising.  With the help of spreading out the payments over a twelve-month period.  I never did know whether or not the ads worked or not. But the economy was doing well and so were we. So, in the end, I don’t think we really knew the Yellow pages effectiveness?

However, the larger companies of the seventies and eighties began to expand at pace. We were sort of pushed to compete. I saw myself as an entrepreneur and not just a tyre shop owner.

After a few years in business we  did almost everything to a car. Including servicing, tyres, engine diagnostics and not to forget Mot testing. Following the footsteps of say Kwikfit, with their American car servicing model. Imported to the UK by Tommy Farmer.

To compete we were drawn into newspaper advertising.Many a week we would buy a full page advert in our local newspaper. Covering all our services. So, over the years, we grew into having three local depots.

I am sure that many of my readers can relate to what I am saying, because so many auto-centres sprung up around the country and many had developed the same business model that still exist today, with a similar Marketing Strategy. however time went by a things remained pretty much static with people having a dabble into radio advertising and a little TV, but generally this media was a little too

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

expensive, with the radio stations once again trying to up-sell us all the time, offering better time slots or Small Business Marketing plans(at more expensive prices), but in general we left these advertising medias to the larger national companies and stuck to the newspapers, that is until we were dragged into the world of the Internet.

This was to become a crazy time for the tyre shop owner. The World was flooded by new companies offering us the World. I did not have a clue, but once again as an entrepreneur who owned a garage, I jumped in “head first” and tried to do everything I could to embrace the internet and bring my business into the 21st

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

This is now an up to date tyre shop.

century. There would be no more press advertising, we had to have a web-site, and this was going to be the future?

Well, so I thought, I completely forgot about the advertising budget and just threw thousands of pounds at this new concept trying to get a better Marketing Mix, that would rule the World and change the way that businesses operated for good. I actually thought that once we had our own website, then we would grow and grow. But of course, we didn’t: we did grow but only through the old favourite “word of mouth”. I just did not know anything about the search engines and, in particular, Google.

In the mean while the big tyre and garage companies with cash to spare started to hire “IT” men

and I as the boss started to learn about “SEO” search engine optimisation. I began taking in what I could in this alien World and began to be succored in by these “we will get you to the top” internet companies, buying links and traffic, as cheaply as I could.

Things never got much better, with my website struggling to get to page three and four and all the top tyre companies hitting number one spot and pulling in all the business. We did sell one or two things, but we were not getting any ROI (return on interest).

This was all four or five years ago and I am still hammering away at SEO, but I find that I actually enjoy writing articles for my blog, and in recent times Google are changing things that in my opinion will help the small business compete better against the big boys. My spammy link building got me into loads of trouble with Google and my site was downgraded, as were millions of other even larger sites, due to Googles huge Panda and Penguin search changes and I believe it will give the smaller business like ourselves a much better chance to compete and rank higher.

I have just finished reading an article about the advertising spend for the small business on… http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2326399/Avoid-SEO-Hype-Why-Small-Businesses-Should-Focus-on-Return-on-Investment

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

I have now come to a different conclusion about my businesses promotional work and have decided that we should concentrate on social media, especially Facebook and my blog, as I

have mentioned in an earlier article.

I am also going to take notice of what Google are saying and only writing the best content that I can (within my educational limits), and also I will be starting to revert back to some of my earlier successful business periods and have done a deal with our local paper “The Halifax Courier” and have advertised on our very own local radio station “Phoenix Radio”. Both these companies gave us a great deal and at the moment the big companies are battling away on the internet. I have a good feeling that we may just sneak under the wire  and win back some business the old fashioned way?  I since received a Google penalty for outbound links, but after weeks of going through and checking my blog, Google revoked the penalty and i am once again on track.

Eric Roberts

 

   

 

Leisure Batteries Storage time again as Winter approaches?

Leisure Batteries Storage

It is storing your Leisure Batteries Storage time

Leisure Batteries Storage

The extremely mild weather here in the UK. Has brought out all the spring flowers,(earlier than normal). It is also bringing out the caravan and motorhome users, into thinking about their first 2014 trips out. Hence, judging by the amount of leisure batteries that we are selling at the moment.

Normally we see a surge of sales and inquiries just a few weeks before Easter. But this year the sales are coming early. One of the most popular batteries that we sell. Thus,to the caravan and campervan (RV) fraternity is the XV31 110 amp leisure battery . This battery is made by a battery manufacturer in South Korea. This also covers smaller battery sizes, including XV 23, XV 24, and XV 27 and, of course, the XV31. This battery along with the LV26, and along with the smaller LV 22 are made by Johnson Controls . Of course one of the World’s leading battery developer and battery manufacturer.

This year is a particularly good time to buy this Leisure Batteries product. Because due to the mild winter.Subsequently, the sales of car batteries have dropped off. Meaning the leading battery companies are well down on sales of car batteries.So,are looking forward to the next battery season. Which includes the sale of leisure batteries, motorcycle batteries, mobility scooter batteries, golf cart batteries. Including, other seasonal things such as lawn mower batteries. Of course, the guys who are lucky enough to own a classic car. Classic car batteries are huge sellers.

Leisure Batteries Storage

What normally happens is that the owners of these types of battery-driven machines equipment will get them out as soon as the weather improves and start getting warmer, which is normally around April time here in the UK. But this year we are about three weeks to a month in front, due to the mild weather. In fact, I have recently seen a butterfly and many bees flying about and also the grass on my lawn needs cutting for the first time after the winter.

People all over will be getting out their golf and gardening equipment only to find that their battery is flat and will not work. Most of the time the battery will recover when it is charged, but people are reluctant to charge their battery throughout the winter months. Up to recent times, the battery chargers were of the old fashioned types that you put onto your battery

Leisure Batteries

A very small Bedford camper van in the South of England.

and then took off when the battery was fully charged but these days you can buy what they call “intelligent battery chargers”. These chargers are made by well-known companies such as Ring Electrical and “Numax”, and are well worth the investment. What you have to do is find out the correct amps that you require for your size of the battery, remove the Leisure Batteries from the caravan or lawn mower, whatever it is on, give the Leisure Batteries a clean and if it is not a sealed battery, check the levels.

You can then connect the leisure battery to the smart charger

, (preferably in a frost free place) and leave it to charge all the winter long. The charger will then keep your leisure battery charge topped up to the correct levels and automatically switch on and off when charging is required. This way you will end up with a nice clean fully charged the battery when the time comes to use it.

Eric Roberts

 

MOT Testing Horror-As MOT tester discovers rusty holes filled with silicone on kids minibus – Garagewire

MOT Testing Horror

MOT Testing Horror

MOT Testing Horror

Unfortunately, this type story is only too common. I wrote a similar article about a Renault Megane that came into our MOT station in Halifax UK . Drivers will go to all sorts of lengths to try and get their vehicle through the MOT test. Another day we failed a car on having bad sills. The sills looked in good condition but failed the test when the sills were prodded by the tester finger.  From the outside the sills were freshly painted over with under-seal and looked in good condition. However when our tester noticed a small area of rust at one end of the sills. Some of the under-seal had fallen of. Presumably when the car was driven to the testing station.

The sills are a very important part of any car and are subject to rusting and rot. These particular sills were further investigated by the tester and were found to be stuffed with newspapers. The car failed the test and later returned with new sills fitted. As a foot note to that. The dates on the newspapers were from just two weeks before the test date. In my opinion this was just an attempt to try and fool the tester into passing the MOT test. Of course, it did not work?

MOT Testing Horror-Check out Matters of testing blog

Most testing stations carry out the MOT test to the book. This is the only way that we can keep our roads safe. I like to look at the “matters of testing” blog. As a result they show many of things such as rusty and broken cars presented for an MOT test.

Eric Roberts

MOT Testing Horror

 

A GW reader has submitted footage which shows a shocking cover-up, designed to hide dangerous rusty holes on a children’s minibus. The 53-plate Ford Transit was presented for testing at Arif’s Autofix in Glasgow with silicone

Source: Video: MOT horror as tester discovers rusty holes filled with silicone on kids minibus – Garagewire

New Type of Battery for Storing Solar Power Energy for night time use| MIT Technology Review

New Type of Battery

new type of battery ,cheap battery

Solar panels should be fitted to every south facing property

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solar energy battery stack

Aquion manufactures New Type of Battery, long-lasting batteries for storing renewable energy. (Demo: #Aquion manufactures cheap, long-lasting batteries for storing renewable energy.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Another New Type of  Battery for solar energy  Hits the Road

Mount Pleasant in Pennsylvania will be the site for the production of yet another new type of battery. The company will be known as Aquion Energy and will start producing a new type of battery. Consequently, that was invented by professor J Whitacre. So, from the material science department of the Carnegie Mellon University.

These new type of battery is expected to cost about the same to produce as lead-acid ones. Naturally, that are in common use today for a multitude of applications. But are expected to last twice as long. They  will be primarily used for the storage of the suns power generated . Significantly, from Solar Panels for Electricity and  Turbines. Offering a storage facility for homes in rural and isolated areas. Knowingly, that use the off grid powered by the sun. So, which  supplies and require storage for night use and bad weather when the sun is not available. At the moment these people use different types of lead-acid ones and fossil fueled engines powered by diesel as standby supplies when the sun does not shine for whatever reasons.

For the reasons that I have explained this new type of battery

So, is expected to be used in countries that do not have an electric grid, but are expected to get electricity in the near future and because this new type of battery will be available for storage, then these countries will save a huge amount of money by running diesel generators when the sun does not shine and at night. I am sure that Africa will be one of the first places to benefit from such inventions.

The new company have also used ingenious ways of saving money during the manufacturing process of the new batteries, using machines that were originally used for making aspirin pills to make the thin plates used to make the positive and negative electrode materials. They also use parts from a sweet wrapping machine to pack the electrodes together to collect current.

The company expects to start full scale production in early 2014 and hopes to make enough batteries to supply 150 solar powered villages.

new type of battery,Trojan battery bank for large scale storage

Trojan battery bank for large scale storage

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. So, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Consequently,I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres-These Runflat tyres are undoubtedly a serious Safety Feature

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

When I first heard about the Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres concept,

At first, I was a little bit skeptical. So,about how runflats would work? Say when the car was driven at eighty miles per hour on a wet busy motorway. However as time has gone on and with a little more research. Then I have got used to the idea of your car not having a spare wheel. Also the fact that the car does not swerve or deviate as the tyre is deflated at speed.

Now run-flat tyres are just part of the tyre scene. Our customers just accept the fact that if one goes flat and they have to drive home on it. Consequently, then they are going to need a new tyre at some stage in the future. I am a great advocate of road safety. Convinced at  the fact that tyres play a great part in the tyre safety picture.

Run-flat tyres are now part of that picture along with all the other safety features. Hence, that are being produced by innovative tyre companies at the moment. Such as “self-seal” technology. Recently, introduced by Continental tyres, Pirelli tyres and Kumho tyres.

The fact is that run-flat tyres are now being fitted to many cars. Now one of the leading makers of Run Flat Tyres . Of course, are the giant number one tyre company of the World, Bridgestone tyres. One of the growth markets for run-flat tyres is the larger and heavier premium cars. Such as Mercedes and BMW. Who have in fact worked side by side with Bridgestone to help develop this concept of tyre. Naturally which is safe for the driver and just as important to other road users.

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

If run-flat tyres are subject to a sudden pressure loss. So, then the car will keep driving in a straight line. Continuing on its journey. Of course,without any mishandling or deviation. So not causing any problems to the other drivers in the same vicinity. A normal car tyre that is subject to an instant loss of pressure would probably disintegrate at speed and because the car to deviate badly, this is, in fact, the cause of many car crashes, this could result in the car colliding with several other cars causing a very bad accident.

Another good point to remember is that there is no need to have to pull onto the shoulder and change your spare wheel? You can drive the car, to your nearest tyre centre. If you are a stranger to the area then I would suggest that you look up your nearest Point-S tyre centre. These centres are dotted all over the UK and are vetted for a fair price and give excellent

Run-Flat tyres

Alex balancing a run flat tyre in Halifax UK

service. Point-S can be found online at www.point-s.co.uk and if you like you can even check out the price on the website, to see what a great deal you can get.

A slight drawback with run-flat tyres is

That once you have detected that the tyre is no longer inflated, then you are restricted to driving at 50mph at a distance of 50 miles, but this can give most people ample time to get to the nearest town and have the tyre changed. Also for the old-fashioned amongst you then the cars with run-flats, do not have a spare, this was

Run-Flat tyres

This Audi TT is been fitted with Dunlop run-flat tyres

originally to give the cars more space where the spare tyre would normally be sitting, also it lightens the weight of the car to help conform with emission controls.

Also, BMW Run Flat Tires Problems now run alongside with the TPMS systems (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems). This warns the driver if the tyres are losing any pressure, or in fact if the tyres have suffered from an instant loss of air. The warning light will illuminate and warn the driver that they have a problem with a tyre. This is a great all round system and is a great safety feature in many new models of cars that are now entering the marketplace, including the SUV models.

Other tyre companies also make the run-flat tyre and I believe that a budget tyre is available made by economy tyre company Wanli. Most of the leading tyre companies now make run-flat tyres and there is now a large choice available.

Eric Roberts

LUMP on your TYRES How Can One of Your Tyres Develop an EGG on the sidewall?

 

Why Can One of Your TYRES Develop a LUMP on your TYRES

Most car drivers have seen a  lump on your tyres. These lumps may  appear on one of their tyres at one time or another. The first time that I came across tyre with a bubble was in the early 1970s when radial tyres were becoming more popular and taking over from X-ply tyres. The tyre market was a different world in those days. Most of the large tyre companies were American, the likes of

lump on your tyres

The area that has worn out on this tyre is due to an egg forming but the customer knew nothing about it?

Goodyear and Firestone, with Michelin tyres  representing most of Europe along with Pirelli tyres.

The first radial tyres to come onto the market were mainly textile radials; these were radial tyres without any steel belt in the tyres construction. In the early days, Michelin Tyres UK was the only tyre company to have a steel belt in the tyres construction.The first being the famous Michelin X, who soon built up a reputation for the high mileage that their tyres produced. These tyres were renowned for doing 60 and 70 thousand miles, before requiring replacement.

Michelins competitors were far behind, with the textile radials doing only half the miles and the race was on to incorporate a steel belt in their own brands of tyres. I can remember some of the disasters that some of the American tyre companies were having in their quest for a steel belt and higher mileage.

In the early days of radials, Firestone had a factory in Liverpool producing car tyres and went into the production of steel belted radials. The tyres that were made in the American factories were known as the “Firestone 500, but Firestone made one hell of a mistake and built the new steel radials in “bias belted” tyre molds, this together with the wrong type of steel used in their construction, caused a production catastrophe and a massive tyre recall due to the  belts separating which gave you a lump on your tyres .  

Similar problems were experienced in the Liverpool factory. This was to be the first time that I had experienced a  lump on your tyres also known as a bubble or egg appearing on a tyre. The steel belts that were used were not coated with a protective coating of brass and because of that the steel rusted and caused them to come apart and some of them developed a huge  lump on your tyres tread areas. A similar thing happened at Goodyear tyres. Michelin had kept their formula for the steel wire coating a patented trade secret since 1948 and the next twenty years but eventually they relented and leased out the trade secret to the other tyre companies, but the other companies never overcame Michelin supremacy in the steel belted tyre market.

Remoulding companies then started to make the steel belted radials, but many of their tyres would fall apart because they were using the wrong type of steel belted casings and once again the tyres began to develop a large lump on your tyres or  eggs or bubbles. This would give the remoulds a bad name for many years to come.

I can remember working for a Goodyear retail outlet at the time and we had to change hundreds of faulty ones  due tyre separation and large  lump on your tyres developing giving the cars a very

lump on your tyres,michelin tyres

The very first Michelin man (scary)

bumpy ride indeed.

Eventually all the tyre companies sorted themselves out but at a great financial loss, in fact Firestone lost that much money that they were sold to the Bridgestone company in 1988, who still make the Firestone tyre products to this very day, Car remoulds had got themselves a very bad name and were eventually killed off by the “cheap tyre” imports from China. This

lump on your tyres

This is still the Grandad of all lump on your tyres

reduced the price of a new budget tyre and so it became a false economy to buy remould tyres.

Why do we get LUMP on your TYRES in today’s modern tyres?

The problem of the eggs on your tyres is still with us but because of the materials that they are now made from and the hygienic factories that tyres are made in, and so the egg on a tyre is becoming very rare. The most common cause is that a nail or screw can penetrate the tyre tread and damage the protective coating of the steel belt, this will allow tyre steel to become rusty which in time oxidises and allows oxygen and air to become trapped in the layers, thus causing an egg to appear eventually, similar to the one on our recent pictures of the car that was recently presented for an MOT test in our Halifax tyre depot. Needless o say that if you have a  lump on your tyres anywhere  then the tyre must be replaced as soon as possible.

 Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Car Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

Mixing Tyre Technologies-Does your car have the wrong tyres?, Hub – THE BUSINESS TIMES

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Mixing Tyre Technologies

The question posed by this article in “The Business Times” is about the mix of tyre manufacturers technologies. Hence when it comes to mixing different tyre brands to the larger and now popular SUV vehicles. In my opinion it is yet another grey area in the crazy world of tyres. “Should we do this” and “can we do that” is a question that I hear every week.

So, the advent of the SUV has certainly opened up a new can of worms. Over the last decade tyre manufacturers have introduced a string of new tyre products. Consequently, pressure was brought on the tyre makers from governments wanting the car manufacturers to make greener and leaner cars. As a result, then tyres had to become lighter in weight and larger in circumference to give less “rolling resistance“.

Coincidentally, the SUV’s came out about the same time. The SUV’s had much larger tyres and it looks to me that new technology tyres were to be developed with these vehicles in mind.

Tyre makers were looking for all types of new materials to add to the rubber latex. Thus, trying to lighten the tyre weight. Continental tyres came up with the milk like substance extracted from “dandelions“. It was found that the milky substance found in the dandelion was of the same molecular make up as the latex . Now Continental are growing vast areas of these plants near their German tyre factories.

Mixing Tyre Technologies

Other finds include the Yokohama tyres use of orange peel oil. However I dont really want to get too technical. The issue is should we mix these different tech tyres on the same vehicle. Especially if the tyres were developed along side the car manufacturers. Of course the SUV’s are now big and powerful, made by all the worlds leading luxury car makers.

Have we now got to the stage when it is important that we stick to the same tyres as the original equipment ones. As a tyre dealer for over forty years, then I am beginning to think so. The attached article explains about the specific tyres that are made for certain SUV’s. Thus, tyres like the Bridgestone Alenza and Italian brand Pirelli’s Scorpion series.

This class of vehicle are also fitted with specific tyres such as the Yokohama Blu-earth RV-02. So, even Nokian are making a winter tyre for the SUV the Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Should the specific tyre types be compromised. Personally I do not think so?

When I am on the front line dealing with customers, then I always tell them to the best of my ability. In this case then I would recommend that the car should be on the same tyres that were fitted as original equipment. If they choose not to then it is their responsibility going forward. I suppose looking at it then this is a problem with buying your SUV tyres online.

Mixing Tyre Technologies

The registration number lookup only tells the buyer the size of the tyre and not what the SUV should have on. Subsequently, the best way is for the car owner to take the information from the tyre sidewall and order exactly the same tyres. Definitely a very grey area?

Eric Roberts

THE BUSINESS TIMES – WHEN was the last time you wore your Manolos to go jogging? Chances are, never (unless the loss of some bet was involved). By the same token, it’s just as easy to have the wrong tyres fitted to your car.. Read more at The Business Times.

Source: Does your car have the wrong tyres?, Hub – THE BUSINESS TIMES

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

by Gone-Walkabout Question by Brittiny Hylan: How much should a BMW wheel alignment on a bmw cost? I was charged $ 65 today just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a bmw cost?

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

The question of rear wheel alignment has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business and the garage owners priorities will determine

whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a wheel alignment machine say made by Hunter or a smaller machine say made by Acu-track.

The thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market, but they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another pint to look at before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have, to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction, similar to an industrial warehouse, with a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines, but a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays, and when we fit a ramp into the bay we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results when you do the front BMW Wheel Alignment. It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. We only offer to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment and £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. We take them all on as they come, some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

 

See on www.bimmertalk.com

Mini Run Flat Tyres-Definitly an Improvement to road safety- KULR-TV

run flat tyres

Angie’s List: Mini Run Flat Tyres

KULR-TV

Many new models are now equipped with inflator and sealant kits or run flat tires which are designed to go at slower speeds for 50 miles or more after a tire has been punctured.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Mini Run Flat tyres are an interesting subject.

The problem in my eyes is that cars were getting bigger and faster, and at the same time the car makers were being pressured by governments to make their cars more fuel efficient and greener.

This meant shedding weight and creating engines that were controlled by computers to really hammer down the emissions caused by burning fossil fuels (gasoline or petrol in the

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UK). The car companies looked at all sorts of ways to reduce the weight and even the tyre companies looked for ways of making tyres lighter in weight, and indeed they succeed.

BMW come up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres

They also came up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres. This would mean that cars would no longer have a spare, because when the tyre on a car had a sudden drop in pressure (puncture) then the car could drive on, albeit at a slower speed (50 mph) until the tyre was changed. The positives are that the car would not deviate and carry on driving in the normal way and therefor not causing an accident and much safer than a standard radial tyre, also you would not have to get out of the car on a rainy night to change the wheel when you had a puncture.

The drawbacks are the cost of replacing these tyres is much higher than a standard tyre, A new Mini Run Flat Tyres is required after each incident, and on long journeys should you have the need to want a new tyre, then you only have fifty miles to have the Mini Run Flat Tyres fixed. Many tyre companies no longer repair Mini Run Flat Tyres.

In the States the gap between some towns and cities can be hundreds of miles. So you pays your money and takes your choice ?

Eric Roberts…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=12361