Continental Tyres Engineers-looks at pot-hole damage to tyres- Pellon tyres-strengthen construction?

Continental Tyres Engineers

Continental Tyres Engineers

Pot-holes are an ever increasing nightmare for British road users. Continental Tyres Engineers discuss tyre construction, and explain the implications for tyres.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This Continental tyre came to an end when hitting a hole

As a result, we have the same problem here in Halifax GB. Hence, as the rest of the World. Concerning the “POT-HOLE” problems. Consequently, it now looks like Continental Tyres Engineers are taking a look at the effect these

Continental Tyres Engineers

Continental Tyres Engineers to look at damaged tyre due to a pot-hole in the road near her home

holes have on their products.

Subsequently, the tyre on the wheel in my picture . Was the victim of an Audi . Driven by one of my customers hitting a pot-hole. As a result, on a major road at speed. Resulting in  a very bad experience. Unfortunately, for the Lady. By the way the make of tyre was a  Continental. Of course, she did not blame the tyre . Especially, when I explained to her . What had caused the tyre to blowout,

Here are some facts about potholes from  the http://www.potholes.co.uk/facts

  • Pot-holes are a major factor in causing axle & suspension failure, which counts for a third of mechanical issues on UK roads and costs British motorists an estimated £2.8 billion every year.
  • Authorities currently pay out more than £30 million in compensation claims due to poor roads
  • Road maintenance in England and Wales is underfunded by around 55%, or £1 billion every year.
  • At current maintenance levels, the average frequency for a road to be resurfaced in England is once every 54 years. In Wales it is once every 107 years.
  • If all authorities were given the budgets they need to fix their roads, it would take English authorities 12 years to catch up with the current backlog, and Welsh authorities 14 years.

Continental Tyres Engineers-Thanks  Eric Roberts..

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. As a result,we are members of Unipart Car Care centres . Giving a nationwide guarantee . Hence, for all our work and parts. naturally, we also sell Continental Car Tyres online .From our website www.pellontyres.co.uk .Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering, 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.

 

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Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test-Carried out at the Snowdome with Louise Thompson a Volvo Driver

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

One of my customers is a Volvo owner. Hence, one of my business objects is to talk as much as I can to my customers. I was recommending to him about the benefits fitting winter tyres to his Volvo. he referred to the fact that he had purchased a set of Nokian winter tyres. In addition he explained how he bought the tyres to combat a snow storm in January. However, by the time that he had fitted the winter tyres a bit too late to try them out as the snow had cleared quickly.

He went onto tell me the following- As a result, the bad January snow had all gone . Hence, by the time I got my Nokians fitted to steel wheels. However, there was a light dusting of snow a few weeks later.

Of course, that allowed me to experiment briefly on our very steep driveway. Consequently, our Polo, which had behaved much better than the S60 in the heavy snow. Naturally, would get stuck almost immediately it hit the slope.
As a result, I bought winter tyres for the first time last January. Soon after discovering that the S60 was worse than useless in the snow. Fitted out with regular Michelin summer tyres on 17 inch wheels.

Moreover, as soon as it hit the slightest slope it just spun the drive wheels and refused to move. Regardless of driving style and regardless of traction-control settings.

I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed Click To Tweet

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

There was another incident in February when I hit sheet black-ice on a country road, which had already caused three recent vehicles (one a police car) to be stranded in the ditch and another embedded in a telegraph pole.

Safely for me, I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed . My Volvo had no trouble at all slowing down. Luckily, keeping my car on the road, and driving around the crashed cars.
It is true that in  Europe they are recommended to fit  purely winter tyres.

Although we are now looking to fit more all-weather tyres. I think that the truth is that if you live in hilly district, then proper winter tyres should be used. In countries that are flat then all-weather tyres should be fitted. Therefore ,any upgrade of your tyre in winter will benefit us all with much safer roads.

After my conversation with the guy, I felt better about the public perception. Hence, about the knowledge that more and more drivers are more savvy about winter tyres.

Eric Roberts

 

Apollo Tyres India-Have Apollo Tyres “Bitten off More Than They can Chew ?”Cooper Tyre deal now Over

Apollo Tyres India

Cooper/Avon tyres bought by Apollo Tyres India

As we all probably know by now. Apollo tyres India have made yet another acquisition. Buying Cooper tyres from America, who also own Avon tyres here in Great Britain.

Some City people though are concerned. Thus, about the higher debt burden. As a result, of when the price of raw materials is increasing. So unfavorable  to the tyre industry on the whole. Using  borrowed money for their expansion plans..

Apollo Tyres India

Cooper tyres missed by Apollo Tyres India

This take over by Apollo Tyres India. Therefore,  will fit into their plans to expand into the North American market. Hence, the European tyre market has been complimented. Because of the acquisition of the Dutch company Vredestein tyres. Specialising in producing a large range of winter. Of course, tyres for all vehicle types. In fact a good friend of mine from Alcar tyres in Huddersfield is a Vredestein dealer and to this point has not noticed any difference in trading, since the take over by Apollo Vredestein. It would be interesting to hear from any LinkedIn members to the contrary.

Another Cooper owned subsidiary here in the UK are Avon tyres, who are long standing players in the British tyre market, originally specialising in the motor cycle tyre market, but now covering all vehicles for their summer and winter car tyre market.

Apollo Tyres India

Indeed they are now one of the suppliers to the up and coming tyre retailer group known as Point-S, a large group of tyre retailers in other European countries and now expanding in the UK. As a foot note and an update as we all know the Apollo Tyres India/Cooper acquisition fell through and the take over was aborted. Apollo Tyres India are now strengthening their position in the British market, through Vredestein and are adding their product to the excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme tyres portfolio, which is their main strength in the European tyre market.

  The only problem that I can foresee in the future is that Apollo may close down some of the smaller subsidiaries such as Avon tyres, but to be honest I thought the same about Vredestein tyres and I have been proved wrong, although more and more Apollo tyres are being marketed along side of Vredestein as part of the same company and Avon may not be needed in the long run, who knows ?.

Apollo Tyres India- now have a foot hold in China

Another good move by Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China. This is because of the Chinese factories producing tyres, that were owned by Cooper tyres, producing tyres for both Cooper and Avon, along with their British factory, here in the UK.

In my opinion this takeover by Apollo tyres is a brilliant move  and you can read about the financial implications

Another good move by Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China. This is because of the Chinese factories producing tyres, that were owned by Cooper tyres,

Another good move by Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China. This is because of the Chinese factories producing tyres, that were owned by Cooper tyres, are now one one the main sponsors of Manchester United, since the Cooper take over fell through

of the buyout in the following article…

“After the Cooper Tire acquisition, concerns on Apollo Tyres India biting off more than it can chew have seen the stock nosedive 30 per cent in two days. At Rs 64, the stock now trades at a valuation of about 5.3 times its trailing 12-month consolidated earnings and about 3.5 times the likely consolidated per share earnings for FY14. Although valuations may be attractive, time may not be ripe yet for fresh exposures to the stock. The management expects the acquisition to contribute to earnings immediately. However, the huge debt burden taken on for funding the acquisition does pose a challenge”... http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-wise/stock-insight/apollo-tyres-tread-with-care/article4817714.ece .

Article compiled by Eric Roberts

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.

Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China Click To Tweet

Lithium batteries Good Future- are the big hope for electric cars. Lithium sounds f…

Lithium batteries Good Future

Lithium batteries Good Future

Lithium batteries Good Future

Consequently, Lithium batteries are the big hope for electric cars. Subsequently, Lithium sounds familiar. Not just from Mr Firths Chemistry class. Also. Aren’t Lithium the exploding things in laptops  and banned from flying on airlines.

Fires in these batteries are common place? In my opinion then fire incidents are being swept under the carpet. Hence, and are no longer reported. However only time will tell if these batteries are safe. So and can be recycled safely.

Lithium Ion batteries are very energy-efficient. But do not have a long life cycle. Subsequently, like the Nickel battery. Another “No” is that they And they are pretty expensive to replace. Also,if you have one faulty cell, then you have to replace the entire unit.
( Tesla have solved this particular problem, with replaceable blades in the Roadster batteries. So you can just replace the faulty blade. These electric car batteries only come with the $100K Tesla car. Attached and are not available separately! The Roadster has over 6000 lithium ion batteries. Hence, to power its high speed.). Other instruments including laptops do use lithium batteries. When used in electric cars. Then these problems have been largely eliminated. Thus, by placing the electric car batteries in a stronger casing unit.

Lithium batteries Good Future

As we all know. Governments have been throwing billions into battery development. mostly throwing money at the universities. it has been a success up to a point. However, I still think that the electric car will only be a small part of the total vehicle mix. In the future then the humble lead acid battery will still be going strong. At the moment there are an estimated 20’000 electric cars in the UK. Compared to a total number of 25.6 million vehicles on our roads in 2017.I also find it a funny thought, that 200 electric cars all turn up at once for batteries charging on a motorway service area.

Eric Roberts

Goodyear Tyre Care-as Holiday Travel Season Begins – Sacramento Bee

Goodyear Tyre Care

Goodyear Tyre Care

Goodyear Tyre Care as Summer Travel Season Begins Sacramento Bee Goodyear outlets are distributing the RMA’s “Be Tire Smart, Play Your PART” consumer booklets, which stress the importance of inflation pressure, wheel alignment, tire…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Goodyear Tyre Care

 Goodyear Tyre Care

You should call in to a Auto-centre or your local Goodyear Tyre Care centre and they will check out the state of your tyres, usually for FREE

Naturally, this time of year is when millions of families head out on their  holidays.

Therefore,it is very important to have your car checked over . Including, your tyres.

As a result, you should call in to a Auto-centre . Or your local Goodyear Tyre Care centre. Of course, they will check out the state of your tyres. Usually for FREE. Consequently, if you do want to check the tyres yourself. So, then do not forget things like looking  out for sidewall cracking. Also, if you are carrying any increased loading. Such as luggage or extra passengers. Then increase your tyre pressures accordingly. The pressures should be on the inside of your car door,if not look them up in your cars service manual, once again your local tyre centre will also help you with this. Like many other tyre manufacturers Goodyear Tyre Care will be issuing booklets giving motorists good information about your safety and tyres.

Goodyear Tyre Care-So be safe and have a good holiday

Goodyear Tyre Care are also promoting safety in Europe read more…

“In each country visited by the Goodyear Blimps, we will take the lead in promoting road safety messages using innovative campaigns, high profile events and social media to engage with drivers and their families. The Blimps will be the heroes of a tour that embraces road safety initiatives across Europe” said Hugues Despres, Goodyear Brand Director. Over the coming weeks, Goodyear will reveal full details of the road safety initiatives and major events that will be promoted by their aerial ambassadors, named ‘Spirit of Safety I’ and ‘Spirit of Safety II’, in each country and today reveal the type of events where the European public can get their first sighting of a Goodyear Blimp for over a decade.”http://www.goodyear.eu/uk_en/news/95683-Blimp_roadsafe You should call in to a Auto-centre or your local Goodyear Tyre Care centre and they will check out the state of your tyres, usually for FREE

Eric Roberts

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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 Cheap Goodyear Tyres online

Nokian SUV Winter Tyres-When SUV’s arrived we soon noticed that they were useless in Snow?

Nokian SUV Winter Tyres

 

Nokian SUV Winter Tyres

You should consider a set of winter tyres. Especially in areas where it is difficult to get around in a vehicle fitted with regular summer tyres. Your need for winter tyres will increase.
Because they are a mix of summer and winter tyres. The winter tyres outperform the all-weather tyres by a mile.
As a result, a study put out by the Quebec Ministry of Transport. Showed that proper winter tyres can improve braking by up to 25%. Compared to the all-season tyres and can consequently improve accident avoidance by about 38 percent.
SUV Winter TyresWinter tyres generally have deeper tread with specifically designed patterns that allows snow and slush to be cleared as the car drives through the snow. As a result, that provides more contact to the road surface and thus more control.
Subsequently, winter tyres are absolutely essential for winter driving safety. Some countries snow tyres are often mandatory. Consider renting one with snow tyres in any mountain area. Sometimes it will cost a little extra, but it is well worth paying.When getting out of the city in any higher elevation it is likely you will encounter winter conditions and therefore will require snow tires to get you to where you have to go safely.

Nokian SUV Winter Tyres

Thus many of our customers do fit winter tyres. As a result, these SUV tyres are the most popular tyres that we fit.The winter tyres outperform the all-weather tyres by a mile.Winter tyres generally have deeper tread with specifically designed patterns that allows snow and slush to be cleared as the car drives through the snow. Subsequently, Nokian winter tyres are absolutely essential for winter driving safety. Thus many of our customers do fit winter tyres. As a result, these SUV tyres are the most popular tyres that we fit. As a result, we also recommend General winter tyres.

Part Worn tyre sellers-going under the Radar when it comes to the “Environment Agency” ?

Part Worn tyre sellers

 Part Worn tyre sellers re stacking old tyres are stacked in the view of the public is this is illegal ?

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We are told that the average man spends hundreds of pounds(or dollars).Hence, on car cleaning materials. Actually, I can believe this? one of the reasons being that in the past five years. Thousands of cut price car washing companies have sprung up everywhere. Especially, here in the UK. It has also come to my notice that the same companies are Part Worn tyre sellers

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I think that this has been a very clever ploy. Of course, by these small car washing companies . As a result,they have tied up the fact that car owners would rather have their cars washed than buying a decent tyre.

The car wash people have opened up on practically all the derelict main road sites in the country, mostly old petrol (gas) stations. Here in the UK they also Part Worn tyre sellers and second hand cars. I strongly believe that these people actually do things that are not legal.

Tyre retailers have to abide by the law and dispose of our old tyres legally Click To Tweet

Part Worn tyre sellers

We all pass these premises and even probably have our cars cleaned there, but how many piles of scrap tyres do we see stacked up and left outside ?. This is NOT legal.As a result, we also have to store our scrap tyres in a suitable container, hidden away from the public, these are requirements of the law, but it does not apply to these car wash people.

What happens to the dirty water and detergents. Hence, that comes from the cars that are washed ? Surely, the dirty water should be filtered. Before going down the drain ?. I think that if I wanted a car wash that I would have to follow all manner of regulations. Thus, before the local counsel gave me permission . Therefore, it would be interesting to hear other opinions. but hey! Perhaps I am been just a “law abiding citizen”. Perhaps an “old fart”. But some of these car washers/part worn tyre places. Surely, do not look to fit into a modern health and safety Britain.

 

Are the Environment Agency ignoring this Part Worn tyre sellers developing problem

I also wonder if the EA, “ENVIROMENT AGENCY”regulations are being carried out, once again we tyre retailers are often checked by impromptu visits by the

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“EA” to check to see if we have the correct documents and that we are storing and disposing of our old tyres legally, I know that this is not the case with some of these so called car washes who have got piles of old tyres stacked everywhere in the clear view of the public, in fact it looks to me that the old tyres are there to advertise the fact that they are second hand tyre sellers. Also if they openly flaunt the old tyres, then I wonder if they use waste transfer notes in the correct manner, perhaps they do?.

To conclude I think that these car washes should checked out by the EA , to see if they are complying with the law than we would all be in the same “playing fields” regarding the way these places look and work with proper health and safety laws and Environment Agency laws regarding the way that old tyres are stored and disposed of.

Eric Roberts.

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.

Van Drivers check your brakes-Van Brakes Require Regular Attention; A good informative article

Van Drivers check your brakes

Van Drivers check your brakes

A good informative article about the need to look after your vans brakes? There are many such articles, this is a better one. it shows how important it is to look after your cars brakes and have them serviced at regular intervals. This also includes VANS? Van Brakes Require Regular Attention
Vans are often filled to their capacity and the brakes are used much more and faster than the average cars brakes.

Van Drivers check your brakes

If you are a van driver, then make sure that you have your brakes checked at regular intervals. Van brakes can wear down much faster, and are put under much more road stress than say, the regular family car. I am not accusing van owners of neglect, but they are often pushed to the limit by their delivery schedules. I presume that the large fleets of vans, such as parcel companies, have some sort of night service scheme. Any brake problems can then would be corrected through the night, before it was loaded.
Here at Pellon Autocentre, in Halifax UK, we try to give our van driving customers a quick turn round. The only problem is that Van Brakes Require Regular Attention.

Van Drivers check your brakes at regular intervals

As a result when service times have been stretched. Then it usually means that the brakes will be in a bad way.Of course when the brakes are finally examined.
Worn brake pads lead to worn out brake discs. Hence, if they are left too long without any brake examination. Therefore, worn brake discs can then lead to seized up brake calipers. Finally, causing worn out and leaking brake cylinders. Worn out brake cylinders then lead to contaminated brake shoes . Leading to less efficient braking on your precious van.
Van drivers and car drivers should be fully aware . Thus, having dangerous and un-safe brakes. So the message is have them checked , Of course, at regular intervals.

Vans are often filled to their capacity with goods to deliver. Therefore, the brakes are used much more and faster than the average cars brakes. Worn brake pads lead to worn out brake discs. As a result you must have heard the terrible grinding noise. Hence, that comes from metal to metal. Of course, if they are left too long without any brake examination.

Van Drivers check your brakes Vans also have ABS systems

Van Brakes-Worn brake pads lead to worn out brake discs. Hence, if they are left too long without any brake examination. Click To Tweet

I always thought that the ABS system on vans and cars, was very complicated to understand. Consequently, your van may go into a skid.
As a result, the van steering control is lost. So then van continues in a straight line. Of course, the skid is also picked up by the ABS control sensor. Sending electric pulses  to  the brakes. Thus, this pulsing results in the driver being able to control the car. Hence, out of the skid.
Most vans and cars are equipped with a ABS control on each wheel. Including, an ABS anti-lock control module and an electronic control unit.

In my opinion many of our van drivers are self employed. Of course, this means that the vans are working hard . Hence, to earn a living. Subsequently, it is well advised to try make a special day for your van servicing. Including, a good brake check.

Eric Roberts

 

Lithium-Ion Batteries Updated-Bank of 1440 lithium-ion batteries to make power grid smarter

Lithium-Ion Batteries Updated

lithium-ion batteries

Banks of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

Wall Street Journal

Bank of 1440 lithium-ion batteries to make power grid smarter

NBCNews.com

A bank of Lithium-Ion Batteries Updated- big enough to supply about 500 U.S.

Great way to use lithium-ion batteries

This is one of the most productive ways I have seen. Hence, to produce battery power from lithium technology. Including, the run of things going wrong with this battery type.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-Ion Batteries warning sign

May be coming to an end but only time will tell. Scientists that constructed this giant  bank. As a result, must be confident of its success.Experimenting, by using smaller banks.So before en- barking on this massive 1440 batteries in one system. Also noticing the large amount of fire extinguishers in the image.

lithium-Ion technology is now used on many applications.Therefore, I have just been offered some 22amp golf batteries built with Lithium technology. Of course,I am not sure if they stand the test of time. Thus, regarding the fire problems that they have been only time will tell. Of course,the use of them in battery storage will be strictly controlled by temperature monitoring having on certain aircraft, i suppose devices, so i suppose that the overheating and fire problem will not exist.

To update this post, Lithium-ion batteries are now taking off and are used on a number of applications. These are from portable power drills to golf trolley and mobility vehicles. i still feel though that other technologies will be around in the near future, including our old favorite, lead acid batteries.

lithium-Ion technology is now used on many applications Click To Tweet

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 worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

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Toyo Tyres F1600-Zacharie Robichon first win in an open-wheel car during the Toyo Tyres F1600 stop

Toyo Tyres F1600

Toyo Tyres F1600

Zacharie Robichon writes about his first win in an open-wheel car during the Toyo Tyres F1600 stop at Shannonville Motorsports Park.

Post Updated 6th Jan 2014

Toyo tyres

Toyo have always been one of my favorite tyre companies to deal with. Most of the time over the past 30 years Toyo have been a big supplier of small independent tyre companies such as my own company here in Halifax UK. But like most other tyre companies toyo decided to go down the tyre wholesaler route , to sell their products, thus cutting out us retailers, we also had an option to buy direct, but the tyres became available to anyone to sell and toyo became just another cheap car tyre on the market. The outcome is that retailers stopped sellintoyo tyres  .

Toyo Tyres F1600

English: TV personality Huell Howser rides as a passenger in a 2-seat Indy Racing League open-wheel race car at the 2009 Long beach Gran Prix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Naturally, going onto to sell other similar products, such as General Tyres. We now use Yokohama tyres and Apollo tyres in there place, although Toyo are still a good product and if their policy ever changed, i would take them on board again,”what goes around, comes around” as the saying goes.

Toyo tyres are today still supporting the F1600 race series with their tyre products. Zacharie Robichon is still a prominent contestant.

Eric Roberts.

Eric Roberts

Toyo Tyres F1600,Zacharie Robichon

Toyo Tyres F1600

 

 

Hi I would like to introduce myself. As a result. have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies. of course, before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business.