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Toyo Tyres Control Rubber- for Hyundai Coupe Cup in 2015 – Tread Magazine

Toyo Tyres Control Rubber

Toyo Tyres Control Rubber

Toyo Tyres Control Rubber

New post: Toyo Tyres to Be Control Rubber for Hyundai Coupe Cup in 2015 http://t.co/jZPG1DBiXM

 

Toyo tyres ,like so many other tyre manufacturers are constantly dipping their toes into the motorsport scene, at all levels, this article is about Toyo supplying the Hyundai Coupe Cup in the 2015 season using their R888 tyre.

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Toyo tyres backing smaller motorsport races

I have been a great fan of Toyo tyres for many years now and one of the reasons is because of the smaller motorsport events that they supply their tyres to.

They support events such as the Honda V-Tec challenge; these events give the chance to take the first steps into motor racing, for the owners of the performance Honda cars. These Honda owners have got together to create their own dedicated racing series.

Toyo tyres also support the Jaguar Saloon & GT Championship;

These are a group of Jaguar car addicts who are members of the Jaguar Enthusiasts club and organise race events and social gatherings.

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Toyo tyres supporting the BMW championships

The next group that Toyo tyres support are the Porsche Championship; this event was formed in 2010 for Porsche owners with the 924 and the Boxster 3.2s models; Each model, having their own championships. These cars can accommodate a grid size of more than 40 cars and race on some of the best circuits here in the UK. For results you can visit… www.porscheracingdrivers.co.uk/

Other events that Toyo support are the championship events for the six Classic and Historic car championships, which is split up into different classes and engine sizes and the cars compete at circuits all throughout the UK. For further information visit…classictouringcars.com/

One of the most popular events that Toyo tyre support is the Production BMW Championship; this is based on the extremely popular BMW E30 3-series cars, and is run on racing circuits across the UK, I was lucky enough to watch a day’s racing at the Croft circuit in Yorkshire UK. For further reading and the results visit…www.pbmwc.co.uk/  

Other races that Toyo Tyres Control Rubber support are;

The Racing Saloons, BRSCC  Alfa Romeo Championship, Hyundai Coupe Cup, BRSCC MK2 Production GTi Championship, Mondello Park Blackchurch Motors Fiesta Championship,  Rally Sports Association and last but not least the Toyota MR2 championship.

I am fond of this series because I once owned one of these small mid-engine sports cars and loved it. The race is open to the novice and experienced drivers and the cars require very

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Toyo tyre Porsche racing

little modification to bring them up to racing standards, for MR2 results… www.mr2championship.com/index.asp

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. Give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.Selling Toyo Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Hence who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle unveiled

Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai is an electric drive, mid-size four-door sedan powered by hydrogen, with a range of up to 300 miles, refuel time of about f…

 

This is just another part of the big mix of fuels that will power the cars of the near future.

Hydrogen cells are also the favorite of some car manufacturers.Including Toyota now with the Toyota Mirai and BMW. In my opinion Hydrogen will be available at many filling stations in the future.

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Toyota Mirai is one of the leaders in Hydrogen cell fueled cars

It has come to my attention that there are at least three leading car makes that are heading down the Hydrogen fuel road with their cars. I am a keen follower of the market trends and the direction that the green way forward is heading and that includes the battle that is rising between the EV vehicles and battery technology and the Hydrogen cell technology.

Apart from Toyota with the Toyota Mirai  the other two players are Hyundai and Honda. Other car makers have also been involved with Hydrogen including the American giants, GM. Apparently GM have been running a test fleet of them for a few years now, but it is the Far Eastern country’s car makers that are ahead of the field.

There are enemies of hydrogen as well as battery driven cars, but when the largest car company in the world looks interested in something then it is time to sit up and take note. Toyota is a very experienced and successful manufacturer of cars and has made over 5,600 fuel cell-related patents available. Toyota has started off the motion for hydrogen-powered cars to make it to market at a faster pace.

The inclusion of the auto industry is of particularly import to Japan, where Toyota, Honda and Nissan are key contributors to Japans economy and where the industry together accounts for 10% of the national workforce and 20% of exports. To me it is a good thing that Japan are thinking about supporting the home industry and developing these new products will bring stability to the home workforce.

It does though have to make these technologies available to us all eventually, to comply with European and American laws, but I think that the Japanese are thinking about this when

Toyota Mirai , hydrogen battery

Charging stations like this one in Paris are cheaper than a network of Hydrogen fuel filling stations.

they free off the patents for the new technology cars.

The scrap between battery power and Hydrogen is on.

Both systems have their advantages and dis-advantages, for instance electric cars only require plug-in stations, to be re-charged but the Hydrogen cars will require a network of filling station places, but this will mean that they could be just added to the existing gas stations all over the world.

Both cars can claim to have zero emissions but the Lithium-Ion cars are re-charged by “dirty” coal fired power stations and so are not as green as people think, the Hydrogen car only emits water, so until the power supplies are greener then the hydrogen car wins there.

At the time of writing this post both cars are doing about the same mileage and also both types of cars are still expensive to buy. Hydrogen cars can be re-fueled the same as a gas engine, whilst the battery car has to be charged up over a long period, although scientists are working on a faster charge battery all the time.

Only time will tell which idea brings the most success, but you have to admit that it is interesting times that us auto guys live in.

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 www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

MICHELIN Tyres-CrossClimate Tyre for all Weather Conditions

 

CrossClimate TyreEuropean motorists will for the first time be able to purchase a Michelin summer tyre that has been certified for use in winter, the CrossClimate Tyre. Contact Pellon Tyres today for expert advice on this subject.

 

Michelin have always been on the front line when it comes to new tyre developments.

This new all-weather tyre is no exception and just like all other Michelin products over the years will, become a success due to Michelin’s vast army of tyre fans. Michelin have always been a premium brand and have always charged a premium price, but they have resisted lowering their standards and their prices, using only their quality to keep the number one spot in the world tyre industry.

There is a saying in the tyre world” once a Michelin man always a Michelin Man”.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin CrossClimate; is it the new generation of winter tyres

In my opinion this new CrossClimate Tyre, from the excellent Michelin tyre company is part of the next generation of tyres that will eliminate the need to change from summer to winter tyres. It just depends on the sizes and availability for all types of car.

The new CrossClimate will give the motorists a similar experience as summer tyres with good wet and dry braking, with a better fuel efficiency. The new tyre will also have the tread and compound to be able to withstand winter driving conditions and so consumers will be able to have a one stop tyre for all year round driving.

The tyre is ideal for countries that experience a mixed climate all year round, hence the name”CrossClimate Tyre”, such as here in the UK and the Mediterranean countries where one day it could be sunny but also icy first thing in the morning, with spells of snowy weather in-between.

I am not sure of the noise levels on some road surfaces, because this is the downside of having a heavier tread pattern to cope with snow or heavy rain. Many drivers with winter tyres fitted will notice different tones in the road noise when driving on say a motorway, some surfaces are extremely noisy when the car is fitted with winter tyres and you can notice the difference on say concrete and tarmac road surfaces, so I reckon that the CrossClimate will be a little noisier.

We have had what are called “All Season tyres” out now for a few years, that have been used in the same type of driving conditions, but have never replaced the winter tyres which have grown in popularity over the past few years. Other well-known brands with a similar product are Vredestein Apollo with their Quatrac tyres and of course Goodyear with their Vector 4 seasons tyres, all proving popular but not replacing the purpose built winter tyres.

The difference between the Michelin CrossClimate Tyre product and the other similar tyres is that the CrossClimate has been more finally tweaked, by modifying the compounds and tread design, giving the tyres a better braking performance than their counterparts.

Also I think that this is a good way of keeping the profit levels up by constantly bringing out new tyre products that will be more difficult to replicate by other tyre companies and keep ahead of the race to improve safety standards and not just a cheap price.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin CrossClimate Tyre online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

New Concept Tyres;Goodyear Tyres presents battery-charging, shape-shifting tyres at Geneva show – Tyrepress.com

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Although just concept products at this point in time, Goodyear Tyres & Rubber believes two New Concept Tyres it unveiled at this week’s Geneva Motor Show hold potential to radically change the role car tyre…

Source: www.tyrepress.com

They have always been one of the worlds innovative tyre companies. The concept of making electricity from your  wheels is nothing new.

As the tyre rotates an electric charge is generated, through the tyre flexing. The only problem in my opinion is how do you collect this generated  electricity to charge the cars battery up.

This is definitely one for the future and a challenge for the first tyre company to up with the goods. As my blog readers will know , I have always been a great fan of the Goodyear tyre company and I am convinced that inventions like these will help them through tough times ahead in the tyre industry and in connection with the link between tyres and other new innovations within the motor industry.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1258/GOODYEAR

Concept Tyres  Offer us a Glimpse of the Future; also new AA rated EfficientGrip tyres

Goodyear tyres made a splendid start to 2015 with the presentation of three products at the Geneva motor show.

The first product was a present day product, which was an “AA” rated summer tyre, known as the EfficientGrip tyre. This tyre is explained in my recent post… http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/efficientgrip-goodyear-tyres/

This new tyre follows the modern trend of a lighter tyre with less rolling resistance that is made out of modern materials, in this case “silicon”

Two new concept tyres on display

Goodyear tyres also had two new concept tyres up its sleeve, to show the world that the Goodyear Company was still as innovative as ever. These tyres would help car developers to form the modern car of the future. The two new technologies are known as the BHO3 and the TRIPLE TUBE.

Concept tyres 1 the BHO3

This tyre looks at the technology to be able to convert the electricity that is generated by the heat that is produced during the rolling of the tyre, when projected forward. The electricity is generated by the action of the materials that the tyre is made of, usually man made textiles and steel belts. When the tyre flexes as it moves forward, then electricity is produced. The problem will be harnessing this electricity to help charge the electric cars battery.

Electricity can be produced from the action of the cars braking in the present electric cars and the addition of an extra charge coming from the car tyres, would be an added bonus.goodyear tyres new concept tyres

Triple Tube Concept tyres

This second concept tyre is a completely different animal and is very similar to a system that Goodyear brought out about three years ago, then given the name of “AMT” Air Maintenance Technology.

The tyre contains three internal tubes, although they look more like compartments to me, and not the tubes that spring to mind from years ago. These compartments are located beneath the tread area and the tyres shoulder area.

An electric pump, that I presume will be controlled by the cars computer, moves the air around the three chambers, adjusting the tyres to the different road conditions as the car drives along. This is supposed to help with tyre safety and make the tyre more environmentally friendly.

As a tyre guy for forty years, I fail to see what application this new tyre will be used on. We can all rejoice to the demise of the car tube , as they used to be, but the splitting of the tyres into compartments, does not look like a move forward to me, or perhaps I have got it all wrong.

The BHO3 looks like a good idea, but I can’t see how the electricity from a fast turning wheel could be transferred to help charge a battery, but then I am far from being a scientist, so who knows? I do know that tyres in the future will have to be able to transmit much more information and data than we can get now, so let’s hope it will upgrade our industry along with other technical aspects of the future cars.

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 Goodyear Car  Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Yokohama Tyres and Chelsea AFC seal a five year sponsorship deal.

Yokohama seal a Sponsorship deal with the giant Chelsea Football club

The strange thing is that I have just finished a blog about the involvement of tyre companies with professional football clubs and leagues across the world and especially Europe. I have just received a press release from Point-S, that Yokohama and Chelsea Football club have signed a sponsorship agreement that will, enable the display and the wear  the tyre companies logo on the official football shirt, Yokohama Tyres UK branding at the stadium and on the pitch-side, etc., use of logo and players and coach of Chelsea FC to tyre-related various advertising andyokohama tyres,chelsea fc

In my opinion Yokohama Japan are already heavily involved in sport through their supplies of tyres for the motorsport industry. The football scene is what all the tyre companies are competing for, and now the Japanese tyre company has joined the club, big style. This will undoubtedly raise the brand awareness for Yokohama, simply because Chelsea like Manchester United are a worldwide brand and the  tyre products will be seen on televisions all over the globe including faraway countries such as Australia and even China.

The agreement that has been signed will be for 5 years from this year (2015) and will put them up there with the big tyre players. Incidentally I have noticed that the big tyre companies, such as Goodyear and Michelin have stayed clear of such large sponsorship deals, (except of course Continental tyres who were one of the world cup sponsors)with the battle been between the main mid-range tyre brands players such as Apollo tyres and Hankook and including Yokohama.

Chelsea FC is a prestigious football club situated in London and are currently in top place of the English Premier League, under the managership of Jose Mourinho, a guy who speaks his mind, with great knowledge of the game, coaching many great teams in European football. The club has won the English Premier league as many as four times and in the 2012-2013 football season, Chelsea won the Europa cup.

It will be good to see the Yokohama ads on the TV screen

I hope it improves in profile and that we sell more tyres at my garage here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. I know that Yokohama are a success at motorsport promotions, but I have thought all along that they are only playing to a small audience compared to the big attraction, such as this deal with Chelsea FC and I know that it will give them a greater exposure, but I hope that they do not drift away from their motorsport background.

I myself like to watch football on TV and I have noticed the increase in the TV exposure of tyre companies. Last night I watched a UEFA Europa league match between Glasgow Celtic and Inter Milan of Italy and could not help notice the terrific amount of exposure that Hankook tyres had with pitch side advertising boards, even though the Milan players have Pirelli for

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Yokohama also help in promoting their brand at small tyre locations

their shirt sponsors, so it has to be a thing for the future.

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 Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Waste car Tyres are being looked at by the EU Investigating Covering Roads With … Car Tyre Rubber

Waste car Tyres

Experimental road surface in Poland

The European Union is spending €4.5 million on an experiment to turn Waste car tyres into an elastic material that can be put on road surfaces – particularly motorways – to reduce traffic noise, in an experiment that has, so far, hardly scratched the…

 

This idea is not new  but if implemented would use great amounts of our waste tyres.

Waste car tyre may be a problem of the future?

It could be possible that the waste car tyres  problem is resolved in our lifetimes, (I hope). I reported that waste tyre crumbs were being mixed with tarmac to improve the noise levels of the road surface as well as helping with general waste tyres problem.

Now we have some good news coming out of a European Union funded project called “PERSUADE”. The project kicked off in September 2009, and looks to me as though it is a different of substance to the mixture of tarmac with the rubber crumbs.

The new type of material that is made from waste car tyres is being tested for its compatibility with other road surfaces such as tarmac and concrete, in a bid to reduce road noise. The new type of road material was invented in Sweden as far back as the 1970’s and is made of waste car tyres, that are shredded into granules, which are then covered with a synthetic resin, this is then mixed with stone chippings and chemicals that help the final product give a suitable grip to the traffic that drive on the surface.

The difference between this and normal tarmac as we know it ,is the fact that the mix does not contain bitumen, the Bitumen Products as we know comes from oil and oil waste and is not environmentally friendly more reading… http://www.eurobitume.eu/bitumen/what-bitumen

Persuade were given a budget of 4.5 Million Euros, which includes many different countries and work by several universities as well as companies with similar interests to the project.

I must admit that this project came as a surprise to me and I did not realise that such projects were in operation and I have to admit that I am pleasantly surprised that one day the tyre industry will not have to pay for tyre removal and old tyres will be of good use.

After several test tracks a full scale one was built in three EU countries Poland, Belgium and Sweden. These were built with an up to date mixture of the waste car tyres and other

Waste car Tyres

Another test track in Sweden

ingredients. This was in 2014 and up to now  has proved successful with favorable road noise results, but the trials will be ongoing and take into account the winter performance, skid resistance, durability and of course the road noise.

I know that other people in the tyre industry will be very pleased and even excited about these events, and I hope that the news will be as pleasing to them as it was to me, for more information about persuade… http://persuade.fehrl.org/

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 Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. As an update i have found out that the rubber and asphalt mix is approved and used in Canada check out this link…http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/tires/RAC/

City wants to buy your old waste tyres – WRDW-TV

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New money, for old waste tyres. That’s one of the ideas behind a tire drop-off pilot program an Augusta Committee approved this week. News 12’s Jorge Lopez is on your side with how you could cash in if the commission signs off on it.

 

Tyre dumps like this one could be a thing of the past, if the rest of the world take up Augusta’s idea, of paying for your old waste tyres. At the moment tyres a dumped all over the place and it costs local authorities millions of dollars to clean them up. If the people take their old tyres to a designated site they will be paid for the old tyres.

This will be rolled out to the public at first and NOT the tyre retailers.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/environment.htm

Buying your old waste tyres? Not bad if you can afford to

I have been writing about the disposal and after care of the old discarded old waste tyres for as long as I can remember?

It has always been a thorny issue and a huge problem for the end user, the tyre retailer. As a tyre retailer I have no problems with the way that we are licensed, and have to effectively, monitor a tyres life from cradle to grave. We have to dispose our waste car tyres as the law states and most of us do that.

However there are always those who flaunt the law, the same as all things in life and these are the guys who dump the old tyres on any piece of waste ground that is available. We have all taken a stroll through our local woodland and beauty spots only to see piles of discarded tyres.

The problem with old waste tyres is that they take hundreds of years to rot back to nature and so cannot be sent to landfill sites. They are not thrown away by the public, because 99% of the

waste tyres retailer

This guy would be in for $500 by the looks of the size of his load?

The ones that are removed from the public’s cars are retained and handled by the responsible fitting stations, and are disposed of within the law.

In my own particular area if Halifax in Yorkshire, UK, the local council will allow you to take up to four scrap ones to the local waste facility for no charge, it is a free service. But many drivers just cannot be bothered and we see many just thrown at the side of the road, in some secluded area.

This local authority in the USA has come up with the idea of paying drivers for taking their old waste tyres to them after they have had new tyres fitted. This would only apply to the public and to tyre retailers or garages, but could filter back to them?

What I mean is if the local authority gave the drivers say £1 or $1 for each scrap tyre, then you would open the gates to all sorts of scenarios? As a tyre retailer I could give the customers their old waste tyres back to take them to the council and claim some money back. This would save me the fee of £1 that I have to pay for my old tyre removing? A win, win, situation.

But wait? Why don’t they just give the tyre retailer £1 for all their waste tyres and just cut the public out?

One advantage though is that you get the kids looking for old tyres to take back to the local authority and claim their £1 a tyre, it could clean things up a little, that is if they could take their faces out from their computers and tablets? When I was a kid we used to take “pop” bottles back and exchange them for sweets or ice cream. I am not sure about the kids of today? I don’t even think that their parents would be bothered to take them back to the nearest facility.

To conclude; unfortunately I don’t think this idea will work, I would love to be wrong, but I don’t think so.

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 Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Earth-Mover tyres-Man dies as tyres explode at Qld mine – Yahoo!7 – Yahoo!7 News

Earth-Mover tyres

Giant earth-mover tyres like these are fitted with the up most safety and equipment,

Another worker has been killed by an exploding tyre at a Queensland mine, the latest in a string of similar fatalities.

 

This is always a risk?

these giant earth-mover tyres have to be fitted with huge machines and with care.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

From Car tyres to Earth-mover tyres

Believe it or not this was to be only my second move from the car tyre industry. I had worked for the Dunlop retail outlet of National tyres then for about six years and was ready for a move. I did not want to leave the industry that I loved so well, but do to a disagreement with my manager at the time; a chance came my way to learn about the giant earth-mover tyres that were appearing all over the country and the Giant Earth-movers that they were fitted to.

In Yorkshire, industry was booming, we had a vibrant coal mining industry as well as the steel making in Sheffield and the north east, Middlesboro was famous for the big kilns for smelting metals. They were also a surge to build new motorways including the east to west motorway the M62, over the Pennine hills.

This required massive earth-moving machines, some had tracks fitted, similar to army tanks, but many of them were fitted with giant tyres. I remember my first few days, and I was very nervous, but also keen to learn. The first job I had was in the reception, doing a similar job to the one at my previous employment. I was desperate to learn more about these giant tyres, they were the same as a car tyre, but on a much larger scale. We also had to fit tyres to the world’s largest earth-mover at the time in the Welsh coal fields.

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This is similar equipment that i would use to remove earth-mover tyres out on the job

The big difference was the way that they were fitted to the machine. I asked my new boss if I could be a tyre fitter and learn as much as I could about these earth-mover tyres. The boss gave me the thumbs up, but the first thing I had to do was to pass my heavy goods vehicle test as large trucks are needed for transporting and fitting these tyres.

I was paid to take a week’s lessons followed by the test, I always have thought that I was a good driver and after a week’s lessons I passed the test. My boss and I were both over the moon and it was not too long before I teamed up with another experienced and qualified Earth-Mover tyres fitter.

Safety is a huge aspect of earth-mover tyre fitting

I was very impressed at the methodical way these tyres were fitted, on some machines such as the Caterpillar 631 box scrapers; we removed and fitted the huge tyres on the machine itself. On the huge Terex dumper trucks, we would take a wheel and tyre that we had previously built up and change the wheel using the Hiab lifting equipment that we had fitted to the truck. These were the bee’s knees for maneuvering the giant wheels from and onto the giant trucks.

The time passed quickly and I soon began to be the main fitter in a two man team, going all over the UK to fit these giant earth-mover tyres. The one thing that I was impressed with was the safety aspect of the job. Fitting car tyres was relatively easy and you just have to watch your hands and feet, but the earth-mover tyre fitting was a much more disciplined procedure and no risks were taken. We would have massive blocks of hardwood chocks to prop up the machine in case a problem occurred when the wheel was off.

We used nitrogen bottles to inflate and seal the tyres once they were fitted and these would be fully checked and tested all the time. I never had or saw a single accident, in the five years that were to be the best years of my life, I loved the job, it was man’s work and I was as fit as a fiddle and brown as a berry with working outdoors all the time.

This is what I could not believe when I read the story about the guy who was killed fitting the Earth-Mover tyres. Any accident or death is a tragedy, but it made me recall how cautious we were and safety was a number one priority. I wish the guys family all the best and hope they can accept my condolences.

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 Pirelli Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

 

AGM Batteries-Versus Traditional Batteries-VSP News: Kolman’s Korner, Episode 69 –

AGM Batteries

Trojan AGM batteries are being promoted to upgrade the power needs for more powerful cars and trucks.

Brad Bisaillon, director of strategic accounts, North America and Europe, for the Trojan Battery Company, discusses the differences between AGM Batteries and traditional batteries.

 

A good battery video to watch for the Trojan battery fans amongst,us and this includes me.

http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/ourshop/prod_3603081-27TMXWNT-12-VOLT-TROJAN-TRAFFIC-LIGHTS-BATTERY.html

Trojan batteries versus traditional batteries

AGM batteries are once again becoming more popular in the car and transport industry, because of the constant strain that on board computers and other electronics have to absorb on the modern vehicles of today.

This is most evident on the start-stop technology that we use in today’s cars. This system requires many more starting cycles that can only be handled by a start-stop AGM battery. These batteries come to us in the Varta brand, one of the companies that are owned by Johnson controls who are the world’s number one battery manufacturer.

Deep cycle AGM batteries are made with thicker plates and a stronger grid system. They are also practically dry compared to a normal free flow lead acid battery, that are fitted into the regular gasoline engine car, that are primarily used to start the car and also for the cars lighting. The plates are much thinner and perforated with small holes; this gives the battery more power up front to start the car’s engine and is known as CCA (cold cracking amps).

The AGM Batteries have much thicker plates and is virtually dry and is completely sealed. The plates are covered with glass matting that absorbs the acid, making the battery virtually dry and able to take a much larger charge and discharge. This was found to be the best option for the new start-stop technology.

There are now other makes of cars such as the Jeep models that come with an Optima AGM battery that does the same job of supplying a good CCA for starting purposes and also keeping the cars computer system and many on-board electronics fully serviced, by the fact that the battery has a deep cycle capability.

This also applies to the trucking industry. Trojan are informing truck fleet users, the benefits of fitting Trojan batteries to their trucks, replacing the normal lead acid batteries that are fitted as original equipment.

The Trojan  are one of the best quality batteries in the world and are manufactured to alloy very deep cycles, without damaging the battery. The necessity to upgrade the battery comes with the fact that these vehicles use much more power with high demand at certain times, making it necessary to fit a deep cycle battery. The drivers sleeper cab is very often fitted with cooking facilities and even a TV like a mini RV vehicle, and so requires an AGM battery such as the Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy agm battery products online.

 

 

Part Worn tyres-Guilty verdict for illegal part worn tyre seller – FleetNews

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A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn tyres to the public.

 

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn car tyres to the public. Good news for the battle against traders selling these unsafe tyre products to unsuspecting but gullible public.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Part+Worn+Tyres+Policy

Illegal Part Worn tyres

This is one of my pet hates, the fact that people are allowed to sell these illegal part worn tyres and get away with it, (well some of them). This is not the first time that the part worn tyre problem has come to haunt the industry. It last raised its ugly head in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

There was a huge outcry from within the tyre industry, which eventually led to the Government setting certain standards, that would allow part worn tyres to be sold legally. These are listed below courtesy of tyresafe.org.

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offense for anyone to sell Part Worn Tyres UK that do not meet the following principal requirements:

1-   The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.

2- Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

3- The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

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This tyre was sold as used and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

4-  Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.

5- Part-worn tyres that have been retreaded must have one of the following:

BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a retread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a retread on or after 1 January 2004)

A permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer, the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply

The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’

For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present.

A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim.

– See more at: http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/part-worn-tyres-and-the-law#sthash.7yuu0qZi.dpuf

These rules (laws) were brought out to try and make re-used old ones  safer when sold to the unsuspecting public. After a few years things appeared to level off and the industry thought that things had calmed down.

Part worn tyres raise their ugly heads again

Then came yet another recession and the tyre industry began to suffer once again, with the rise again of the illegal waste tyre trader. Small bucket shops began to open up all over the country, selling any old tyre rubbish as Part Worn tyres. I thought that there would be no way that the public would buy from such places, but I was wrong?

Not only was I wrong but these tyres were being sold with total disregard for the 1994 regulations, it is as though they never existed? Many trade bodies have been lobbying our government and people like me have been venting our frustration at the way that these tyres have been openly sold without any regard to safety or the 1994 regulations.

My main concern is purely the safety aspects for the thousands of motorists that buy these things, not knowing there condition or where they came from. It is good however that some trading standards department are once again raiding the premises of these people and prosecuting them for their actions. This is also occurring in the USA, the whole world is finally opening their eyes to the vast safety problem associated with these part worn accidents waiting to happen.

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 Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.