Yokohama explains tyre sizes. But in a funny – Normally a boring subject- this time a so not boring way!

Yokohama explains tyre sizes

Yokohama explains tyre sizes


Most people know how tyres are made. Tyres are made from many different parts that are basically stuck together. So, In the trade we call this “vulcanisation”. In other words in order to bond all the various components together. Hence, the not quite finished product needs to be vulcanised. This involves running the tyres through a curing machine. Of course, which bonds all the different components together. Things such as beads, sidewalls and the tread area. This process also adds all the markings and traction patterns on to the surfaces. Such as tyre size and load ratings.

Yokohama explains tyre sizes

Over the years the development of car tyres has become.pretty amazing. Tyres are remarkable things and taken for granted. Thus, no matter how big your car is, it is supported by four patches of rubber. Each not much bigger than your footprint. Despite all the mechanical and computer technology. Now inside a modern car, it is still reliant on good quality tyres. Of course, with decent treads that are filled with the correct air pressure.

Tyre design also includes the ability of the tyres tread to disperse the water quickly enough to maintain a grip on the road. With bald tyres then aquaplaning occurs. Aquaplaning is when a vehicle skids along the surface of the water. Subsequently, giving you very little control over the direction the car is going.

Most drivers will never know anything about tyres, Including the tyre size and sidewall markings. However here  is Jake to explain about it.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch ProblemYokohama explains tyre sizes

To work out the size of your car tyres’ footprint, you need to know that the area is approximately equal to the car’s weight divided by the tyre pressure. For a 2-tonne car, that means the footprint of each tyre is about 7 inches wide by 4.75 inches long. Not very big at all, and remember, while the brakes work to stop the wheels turning, it is the friction between the tyres’ footprint and the road that will actually stop your car moving.

Of course, everyone will need new tyres at some point. But understanding tyre sizes can be difficult ( and BORING). So we’ve made it easy and fun. Hence, with the help of journalist and tarmac rally ace Samantha Stevens and drift racer Jake “DriftSquid” Jones. Put simply, tyre sizes are written on the tyre side wall. Or on your car’s tyre placard and handbook.

Tyres are measured like this- the width across the tread is in millimeters. The sidewall number (known as the profile or series) is a percentage of the width.Wheel size is measured in inches. Those are the three numbers you need to know — and need to pronounce like Sammy does in the video – to sound like you know what you’re talking about in a tyre shop. And yet, Yokohama has a colour system which makes choosing the right tyre tyre is so much easier than figuring out the size – go to www.yokohama.com.au and see for yourself!

Conti Eco Contact 5-Motorists will be Saving fuel with these Continental Tyres

Conti Eco Contact 5

Conti Eco Contact 5

Another one of the great products developed by Continental Tyres

Saving fuel and reducing running costs is important to drivers. Our ContiEcoContact5 eco tyres are engineered to provide the best fuel economy possible.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Conti Eco Contact 5 and Michelin have amongst the best Rolling resistance in the  World of tyres

Rolling resistance is a word that we in the tyre World have been familiar with for many years now. It is only in recent years that the words have come to be synonymous with

Conti Eco Contact 5

Conti Eco Contact 5 fuel savers only perform with the correct tyre pressures

saving energy and less fuel consumption. The Conti Eco Contact 5 is the new fuel saving tyres from the Continental tyre company.

In recent years tyre manufacturers have published the rolling resistance of each individual tyre that they bring out. The tyres have to put the fuel efficiency on the left hand side of the new labels, the best starting at A and then downwards.

Over the years Michelin tyres have always been amongst the top performance when it comes to energy saving tyres with Bridgestone a close second as shown in the figures bellow from the excellent: The daily green website:

The best performer was the Michelin Energy Saver A/S, which delivered 53.8 mpg in a Prius, meaning a 4.74% improvement. The Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 was next, with 53.5 mpg and a 4.12%. On the other hand, both the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X and the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred (terrible name) actually did worse (down .59 and 2.64% respectively) than the control tires… http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/cars-transportation/low-rolling-resistance-tires-461009

Please do not forget though the thing that makes all tyres more fuel efficient is to keep your tyres correctly inflated at all times and that includes the Conti Eco Contact 5Conti Eco Contact 5

Eric Roberts

Conti Eco Contact 5

Eric Roberts owner of pellon Tyres and a Blogger.

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Driving in Winter

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters-New Winter Tyres from Japans Bridgestone Tyre Company.

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone tyres bring out Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

 

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Contrary to this article we find that UK customers DO buy winter tyres

Bridgestone tyres have indeed brought out  new Bridgestone Blizzard Winters. In my opinion this is a step that the other leading tyre makers are making, a more varied amount of winter products.

One of our biggest sellers here in Halifax was Yokohama “W” winter tyres they were very popular sellers.

Another reason that I do not agree with this article is because we are now much more conscious about changing our summers  with winters  because of the colder winters that we are now experiencing.

We have now been operating a “winter tyre hotel” for the past three years,not only does it work for us but it keeps in touch with our customers at least twice a year when they come in for theirs changing.

Bridgestone Tyres introduce a new SUV Winter Tyre

Blizzak SUV winter tyre LM-80

Bridgestone have upgraded their SUV winter tyres range to include the Blizzak LM-80 EVO. Although these tyres have been out a couple of years now, they have proved to be a leader in the SUV winter tyre market.

The old words when describing Bridgestone Blizzard Winters certainly flow when introducing this wonderful tyre product. In line with most other tyre manufacturers, Bridgestone Blizzard Winters have designed

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters

Bridgestone Blizzard Winters an excellent product

these with many sipe patterns to help get rid of the slush and wet that we associate with bad winter driving conditions. They have also added silica to the tyre compound to enable them  to remain flexible when driving in freezing temperatures.

The design is topped up with by adding  a centre rib and extra shoulder  blocks to the  tread area, for extra strength when cornering, giving these larger vehicles better handling and wet braking when driving in winter conditions. Here is some advice about driving in  winter conditions.

Eric Roberts… www.pellontyres.co.uk

Which Tyre Choice-New tyres, Remould tyres or Part Worn tyres?

Which Tyre Choice

New tyres, Remould tyres or Part Worn tyres? Which Tyre Choice

To start off this article, Which Tyre Choice? I am going to say that in my opinion. So, you are better to use remoulded tyres (re-tread tyres have a new tread bonded to the old carcass remould tyres area full bead to bead re-mould ). Hence, than to buy un-regulated part worn tyres. If the part worns are sold under the 1994 laws that govern part worn tyres then that is fine. The 1994 legislation comes under the following law… The legislation

The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994. Set out minimum safety standards for the supply of part-worn tyres. To comply, it is important that you and your staff are fully aware of these Regulations.

“Under the Regulations. it is illegal to supply any part-worn tyre that is capable of being fitted to a motor vehicle or trailer unless the conditions detailed below are met”..

Which Tyre Choice–The full law can be seen on the following link… http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/3117/regulation/7/made

This only applies to the UK of course; the States will have their own legislation. Remould tyres are a good substitute for the older and vehicles that go off road. Remould tyres were at one time very popular. Older cars and vans and the increase in cheap imported new tyres from China.So, put an end to many remoulding companies here in the UK.

Which Tyre Choice

Tyre remoulding plants like this are very clean and modern and produce a safe product, would this be your Which Tyre Choice

Another good point about remoulds. Consequently, is that most tyres fitted to aircraft (large or small) are fitted with remould tyres. Of course, and the same applies to trucks. Many of the trucks that you see hurtling down the highway. Will be fitted with remould or re-tread tyres. You may have noticed the strips of tread. That are discarded at the side of our motorways, these are the tread that has stripped off the tyre carcass usually due to the tyre having a puncture or it has been run under inflated which has caused it to overheat and therefore come apart.

Which Tyre Choice-New tyres are what they are

brand new tyres and therefore will be extremely safe to use .the failure rate of new tyres is very low, in fact I have not seen a genuine faulty tyre for a few years now. Remould tyres are also very well made by the few companies that remain making them, the failure rate for car and van tyres is a bit higher than new tyres, bur still not worth bothering about. As I said earlier the problem I have is the sale of un-regulated part worn tyres, otherwise you will be safe on new or remould tyres.For further Which Tyre Choice and tyre safety information see…www.tyresafe.org

 

 Eric Roberts

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22 Amp Mobility Batteries saved the day for Child’s Christmas Present

Two new 22 Amp Mobility Batteries saved the day.

Every now and then we get a letter from a customer who needs our help. Sometimes we do not know if they are genuine or just some person trying it on. Last Christmas we learned about

22 Amp Mobility Batteries

22 Amp Mobility Batteries ready to go

a lady in Lancashire called Eileen. I bumped into Eileen when delivering a battery to a customer’s house and she was in the property next door, tending to her friends horse (cleaning the stables out). Eileen looked very short and I noticed that she had no legs.

When Eileen saw the battery signage on my van she came over and told me that she had a wheel chair but could not afford to buy any. This tugged on my heart strings and as soon as I got back to Halifax, I sorted out two new 34 amp Lucas mobility batteries at took them back to Lancashire to give to Eileen as a Christmas present. I had to leave the batteries with the guy next door because Eileen was not at home, but a couple of days later, I received a very nice thank you letter in the form of a Christmas card from Eileen.

mobility batteries

Child’s tri-cycle fitted with his new 22 amp mobility batteries

Then a similar thing happened just before this Christmas 2013. We received an e-mail from a guy in Devon who was making a three wheel electric bike for his sons Christmas present.  He had problems with another online company who had sent him the wrong batteries. For some reason the company could not be contacted online or by telephone. I also tried out this company, but could not get any reply.

Mobility batteries sent out to Devon

His son was a very ill young man and so this bike was going to mean the World to him as he needed one with a small electric battery driven engine, his son could not peddle like a healthy child could. The guy was desperate and had no money and asked us for help. I remembered what had happened to Eileen the year before and so decided to give him two 22 Amp Mobility Batteries, which fitted his bike.

The guy in Devon was over the moon and could not thank us enough for our help. His son had a Christmas present that worked thanks to the 22 Amp Mobility Batteries and I was pleased to be able to help someone in distress.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own 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. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Pellon Tyres encourages Halifax’s drivers to check tyres during holiday period before Festive travel

Pellon Tyres Encourages Halifax’s Drivers

Pellon Tyres Encourages Halifax's Drivers

Pellon Tyres Encourages Halifax’s Drivers

With the Christmas lights on and holiday plans in place. Pellon Tyres is urging Halifax’s drivers to check their car’s tyres. Before they head off on Festive visits.

Staggeringly, research has revealed more than half of all tyres are below the recommended settings. Which is especially dangerous when a car is fully-laden with family. Plus the luggage and gifts on board. Low air pressure in tyres makes a vehicle more difficult to control. Reducing the amount of grip with the road. So, increasing braking distances and the chances of aquaplaning.

Car manufacturers typically recommend two air pressures for the vehicle.One with a light load and the other for use when it is fully-loaded. The settings can be found in the handbook. Including filler caps or even on the pillar inside the door. Pressures should be adjusted when the tyres are cold. Consequently, not when the car has been driven for any significant distance. Ideally less than two miles.

Pellon Tyres Encourages Halifax’s Drivers-Check if you have legal tread limits ?

While adjusting pressures. Pellon Tyres is also advising drivers to check the tyres have enough tread. The legal limit is 1.6 mm but if the owner is in any doubt. Hence it should be checked.

For those who don’t feel confident doing that themselves. Pellon Tyres is offering a free Christmas Period tyre check. Pellon Tyres will also ensure there condition of the tyres is roadworthy. Of course, with no lumps bumps or embedded objects in them.

As an official supporter of TyreSafe. Halifax’s Pellon Tyres has been campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of regular tyre checks. So to minimise the risk of a tyre-related incident for 30 years.

Eric Roberts. MD, Pellon Tyres, said: “Far too many accidents are caused simply because drivers haven’t checked their tyres. Before they take to the road. Even if that results in a puncture or other tyre-related breakdown. Of course, you can be sure the journey will be nowhere near as pleasant as it might have been. Between them, the breakdown recovery services. Attend hundreds of thousands of tyre-related call-outs every year. So you can be sure of a wait before help will arrive.

Pellon Tyres Encourages Halifax’s Drivers-Lets have less accidents

“Pellon Tyres wants Halifax’s motorists to have a tyre safe and Merry Christmas. All are welcome to visit us and let us help them reduce the risks of an incident on the roads during the holiday season.”

Eric Roberts

 

For more information, call 01422-351314 or visit www.pellontyres.co.uk or log on to tyresafe.org for further details on the importance of tyre safety.

About TyreSafe                                                                    

TyreSafe is the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres (registration number 1168354). In 2009, TyreSafe was awarded with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its achievements in raising awareness about the dangers associated with driving on defective and worn tyres.

TyreSafe supports the government’s ACT ON CO2 campaign which promotes Smarter Driving tips to help cut CO2 emissions from driving. Including a signatory to the European Road Safety Charter which aims to reduce road fatalities. TyreSafe is a supporter of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety which aims to make roads safer and save lives.

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/TyreSafe

 

 

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Lithium-Ion Batteries-Could These Be The Truck Batteries of the Future?

Lithium-Ion Batteries,truck batteries

Lithium-Ion Batteries can be made to look like the lead acid batteries that are in common use today.

Lithium-Ion truck batteries in the future ?

Defense Update
TRADEC Evaluates 6T Li-ion Batteries for Military, Commercial Vehicles
Defense Update
Drop-in e6T Li-ion battery Saft, originally developed for military vehicle applications, is now being tested on commercial vehicles.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Lithium-Ion batteries may shortly be used on regular truck batteries

Of course, there is not a day goes by without a new story that relates to new battery technology. So, this story is no exception. Consequently,

Lockheed Martin the defense contractors . Importantly, have chosen French company SAFT. Of course, who are great innovators in the battery industry. Naturally, to configure one of their batteries. The e6T lithium-Ion battery system for use on certain military vehicles. Subsequently, above the use of the traditional lead-acid batteries.

The advantages of using Lithium-Ion batteries, is that they are lighter in weight than a lead-acid battery and the same size, thus making the new type of batteries able to fit into the same truck  batteries compartments without having to do a re-design. The battery is a 25.5 volt capacity and is able to carry out many modern functions such as charging personal items of electronics that the troops will be using, the likes of GPS devices and night site technologies apart from the normal tasks such as starting and lighting duties.

Lithium-Ion Batteries,truck batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries in assembly at Johnson Controls

Other attributes for this new battery can be read in this excellent article.

Calstart who are a Worldwide organisation dedicated to implementation of using technology for cleaner transport by reducing our reliance on oil and producing cleaner air, with less CO2 emissions say that if these trials are a success there will no reason why the new batteries will be able to be used on regular trucks, using a 12 volt system. These batteries will last much longer due to a longer life cycle than the 12 Volt Battery, whilst giving a greater depth of charge, with a fast re-charges, giving a saving on the fuel costs. One that has not been mentioned is the cost of these batteries; this is what will eventually drive any changes in design and technology forward, and only time will tell.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own 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. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Goodyear Vectra 4 Seasons-Winter tyres time is here again check out these Goodyears

Goodyear Vectra

Goodyear Vectra 4 Seasons Winter tyres fitted to Jeep Patriot This time of year we are starting to fit Winter tyres. In the month leading to winter, October/November is the time leading up to much colder weather here in the North of the UK. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and colder.

Jeep Patriot having 4 new Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons tyres fitted

In the past three years. We have had worse weather than normal. With very heavy snow falls. Not as bad as some countries but enough to warrant drivers fitting winter and all season tyres to their cars. The trend in the past few years has been to fit winter tyres. Especially in the hillier district of Northern England. Our Scottish friends have been fitting Goodyear winter tyres for many years now, because they can be virtually certain of having some snow falls all throughout the winter months.

Here in England we have had a run of mild wet winters, I can even remember one year when roses were blooming at Christmas time. But for the time being we have been having much colder winters similar to Continental Europe when the wind has come from the East, from a very cold Russia. On the Saturday morning we had a particularly busy day fitting winter tyres to most cars that came in to my depot in Halifax UK. We also fitted a few different brands, which is always nice to see. Not all our customers go for cheap budget tyres, and some drivers prefer the leading brands.Winter Tyres Important

Saturday was a Pirelli  sales day, everything we sold seemed to be these two brands. One car that caught my eye was a Jeep Patriot, who was having an oil and filter change and four tyres fitted. The tyres were 215/60R17 Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons. These tyres are in fact what it says on the tin, they are not full blown winter tyres but are developed by Goodyear tyres as all the year round tyres.

Goodyear Vectra Winter Tyres-4 Seasons had a good write up from top German Car magazine Auto-Bild

This tyre has had good revues from the German Motor magazine Auto Bild they said that…”    “Top class all season tire. Well balanced and safe on snow, short braking distances on wet, high safety reserves on aquaplaning. Quiet and comfortable, low rolling resistance.” …http://www.autobild.de/

Checking the oil level after oil and filter change

The oil was changed and the tyres were fitted and the customer with the Jeep went on his way.

Article by Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

New Radial Tyres

Performance Car Tyres? are they any Different to the Rest?

So as you can see Michelin Performance Car Tyres have a tyre specific to Mercedes cars with a sidewall marking of MO. This car should be replaced with the exact same tyre (Are they different)

Performance Car Tyres are becoming a category on their own. The reason I say this is because more and more of the top tyre manufacturers are teaming up with the car producers, to develop a tyre that is specific to that car. These tyres have even got markings that specify which car the tyre should fit. Here is a example list of the current tyre markings courtesy of Michelin Tyres UK.

E.g. MICHELIN Primacy HP MO      MO is a Mercedes specific marking
E.g. MICHELIN Pilot Sport PS2 N3  N is a Porsche specific marking
E.g. MICHELIN TM ENERGY Saver *        * (star) is a BMW specific marking

The rest can be seen on http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/learn-share/tyre-basics/how-to-read-a-tyre-side-wallPerformance Car Tyres

So as you can see Michelin Performance Car Tyres have a tyre specific to Mercedes cars with a sidewall marking of MO. This car should be replaced with the exact same tyre as the one that comes off, and it is important that the drivers of these performance cars are aware of this.

The tyres are designed around the characteristics of certain cars and the tyres will complement the cars attributes. For instance performance cars are usually heavy vehicles that can

accelerate and in general go very fast. The Performance Car Tyres on these cars have usually been developed with a softer compound that your standard road use. The tyres are also lighter in weight and this combined with alloy wheels, help make the car more fuel efficient.Performance Car Tyres

If you are the owner of this type of car you should be aware that these Performance Car Tyres do have a part to play in the general performance and handling of your car, so when you are buying your tyres make sure that you are buying tyres that are like for like. The tyre manufacturer will have other tyres in their range that are just the same size and name, but they do not have the car makers sidewall marking on them and so are not the same tyre.

Tyres for performance cars are made to help the car perform better on cornering and steering,

also aiding the cars noise levels on different road surfaces. Other leading brands of tyres that make tyres for performance cars are include Pirelli, Continental and Yokohama tyres, so drivers have a good choice of brands on the replacement market.   

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own 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. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Customers and my Blog Readers

Eric Roberts and Staff at Pellon Tyres and BatteriesOnTheWeb hopes that all our Facebook and Twitter friends have a Happy and Prosperous 2018.