All Alloy wheels Stuff

All Alloy wheels Stuff

Naturally, wheel refurbishment, will bring your cars wheel virtually back to new. So, the process includes totally stripping down all the old materials. Consequently, down to the original metal. Including, the total wheel both the inside and the outside. Of course and starting the renewing process all over again. All the wheels are resprayed with colour of the customer’s choice. Then they are baked in an oven at high temperature.

The final process is to apply a coating of lacquer. Of course, to give the alloy wheels a further coating for protection.

Steel Wheels-To fit your Winter Tyres on-This is the best way to store and fit your winter tyres

The advent of winter tyres is bringing steel wheels back into circulation?

Many European countries are coming to terms with the fact that they have to fit winter tyres to their vehicles between the months of November and March, to comply with new winter safety laws. Most Europeans keep a spare set of steel wheels already fitted up with winter tyres. The latest country is Luxembourg, in my opinion, the UK will be one of the next countries to follow suit, only because global warming is bringing us all colder winters and Steel Wheelswetter summers, with a need for better and safer tyres to cope with these weather conditions. Steel wheels and winter tyres are a much better option and enable motorists to travel far safer in the winter months than the standard summer tyres that we are all so used to buying.

This new trend in motoring.Probably started off in Germany.Hence, it has sparked off a revival for new Steel Wheels and Tyres Packages. Thus, with a set of winter tyres fitted. So that the driver, can change their set of alloy wheels.Of course, that are complete with summer tyres. Therefore, to a set of Factory Steel Wheels, fitted with winter tyres.Of course, a splendid idea. Thus, one that should be looked by all safety-conscious motorists.

Steel wheels much stronger in winter

We here in Halifax have also noted that more of our customers are purchasing winter tyres and we now run a “tyre hotel”, saving the summer tyres in winter and then changing them back to summers in say March. The trend of buying a set of steel wheels has not yet caught on, but we are starting to see this trend happen here now with more customers opting for a separate set of steel wheels with winter tyres fitted, definitely a thing for the future.

One of the leading steel wheel manufacturers in the World is a Swiss company called KFZ Stahlrad. They manufacture steel wheels for the aftermarket to fit up to 90% of cars and SUV vehicles. The business developed with the advent of the new EU laws making winters a compulsory fitment and have gone from strength to strength now supplying much of Europe with this excellent product.

Steel wheels steel wheels

Another good point to make about steel wheels is that they are much stronger and more resilient than alloy wheels. They may not look as pretty as alloys but are easier and cheaper to replace should you bump one, in say icy winter conditions. Steel wheels are repaired with just a simple hammer, but alloys require specialist repairers with a big repair bill at the end of it.

Steel wheels are also available for a number of vehicles including larger cars and SUV vehicles and are very much worth looking into for your second set of winter tyres for a smooth change over from summer to winter tyres.

 Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Cracked Alloy Wheels-Now becoming a big problem? Can You Repair Damaged Alloy Wheels ?

Post Updated 2nd Jan 2014

Cracked Alloy Wheels;Yes you can repair alloy wheels

Cracked Alloy Wheels; Here at Pellon tyres we are witnessing many of our customers who are having problems with Cracked Alloy Wheels. One of the things that I have invested in, in recent times are new tyre fitting machines that make the fitting of tyres to alloy wheels much easier , with less chances of damaging or scratching the wheels. In fact we had a customer in last Saturday for a new tyre fitting in a new Bentley with wheels worth over £600 each. We actually did a puncture for him and a perfect job to boot, (no scratches thank Goodness).

Cracked Alloy Wheels

Cracked Alloy Wheels;very expensive Bentley alloy wheels(not for scratching)

For the past 6 or 7 years, car manufacturers have been replacing their standard steel wheels with larger alloy wheels to help them sell the new cars with “free added extras”. It is easy to see why alloy wheels have become so popular. Not only do they provide a better ride than steel wheels, but also they look much better and allow the manufacturers to make bigger and wider wheels to fit bigger and wider tyres. This trend has enabled manufacturers to give their new cars and SUVs, a better more attractive look. Another plus side is that alloy wheels are much lighter in weight than steel wheels and help in the quest for more fuel efficient greener cars.

Unfortunately, alloy wheels come with a down side,(although they are very strong they break easily with the weight of the heavy cars). While they do look great and run smoothly, they are also made of softer and less durable material than steel wheels. Some alloys also come in two or more parts as well, split wheels can make the problem worse. Alloys can be damaged easily, and replacement wheels can be very expensive, and in some cars you can not find a matching wheel and may have to buy 4 new wheels. Replacing  Cracked Alloy Wheels may be the safest but most expensive option to the problem, but why would you want to replace a wheel that is only slightly damaged, the bottom line is is that Cracked Alloy Wheels can be repaired, and a repair will always be the cheaper option other than a replacement wheel.

Many of our customers think that Cracked Alloy Wheels can simply be bent back into place with a hammer, but it isn’t that simple. Fortunately, we know a team of experts that are skilled at safely repairing a damaged wheel that will remove even unnoticeable cracks or other weak spots. The wheel is mounted on a special device, and heat, pressure and gentle vibrations are applied to the wheel making the alloy go back into place, without cracking. The wheel goes back to its original state once the repaired wheel cools. The wheel is then washed thoroughly, cleaning off all brake dust and dirty particles that may be trapped in the wheels minute cracks and crevices.

Cracked Alloy Wheels

Cracked Alloy Wheels;A “crack” common on some BMW alloy wheels

Can alloy wheels be welded ?

The simple answer is if the crack is not too big it can be welded by a specialist welder using special alloy welding equipment, it is something that we at Pellon tyres pass on to the experts. We do offer the service to our customers and most of them have the crack welded. We also offer a complete alloy wheels overhaul at a reasonable price, about half the price of buying new wheels and the effect is astounding in fact, they just look like new wheels when they are re-furbished.

For more information about alloy wheels please click the link bellow.


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. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Wheel Refurbishment can improve the look of your cars Alloy Wheels

We all know what a great feeling it is when you just give your car a good clean. I don’t know about you but I am sure that the car always goes better when it has

wheel refurbishment

wheel refurbishment before Alloy wheels before

had a good clean?

This is probably one of the reasons that we clean a customer’s car after it has been serviced. I happen to live about fifteen miles away from my garage in Halifax Yorkshire UK. I very often have to take my friends and neighbours cars in to have them serviced. When I take their cars home, it is surprising how much better the car drives.

I am convinced that part of the reason is because we wash and clean the customer’s car, when we have finished the service. The cars really do seem to drive much better. Our customers have also commented on the difference that a service can have on their car.

This brings me onto Wheel Refurbishment.

Especially alloy wheel refurbishment. Alloy wheels are notorious for degrading. Not only on the outside, but, on the inside too. Most of the time when we remove a tyre from an alloy wheel the inside where the tyre sits will be highly corroded.

We then have to clean of this corrosion,( which is like a white powder and is due to oxidisation, and can break the seal between the

wheel refurbishment

Same alloy wheels after a wheel refurbishment

tyre and wheel causing the tyre to loose pressure) we then apply a special cream, before re fitting the tyre. This has the effect of sealing the tyre onto the rim and enables the tyre to retain its pressure.

If the wheel is really bad, then we suggest to the customer, that they should consider having a wheel refurbishment. Some customers are really proud of their cars and have a wheel refurbishment as a matter of fact, just to keep their cars in pristine condition.

These are the types of customers who also buy our Poorboys car cleaning products and spend hours detailing their cars.

Wheel Refurbishment

Wheel refurbishment, will bring your cars wheel virtually back to new. The process includes totally stripping down all the old materials down to the original metal; this is the total wheel both the inside and the outside and starting the renewing process all over again. The wheels are resprayed with colour of the customer’s choice and then they are baked in an oven at high temperature.

The final process is to apply a coating of lacquer, to give the alloy wheels a further coating for protection.

wheel refurbishment

Guy cleaning his wheels with Poorboys car cleaner

Alloy wheel refurbishment is now getting more popular, mainly because that the price has come down, mainly because there are more companies that are opening up and the wheel refurbishment prices are coming down.

Eric Roberts

Red Wheels-Lamborghini’s show off their wonderful Red Wheels

Red Wheels-Lamborghini’s show off their wonderful Red Wheels

red wheels

Those wheels!


Wow what about those fantastic Red Wheels-Lamborghini’s show off their wonderful Red Wheels

In my opinion wheels are a very important feature of the cars design. A great set of wheels can set a car off.

We are catching onto this now with many start up companies going into the business of wheel renovation and the thing is that you can have any colour that you want, just like choosing paint colour for your lounge.

Red wheels, Green wheels any colour you want

When I first saw this image I was impressed by the wonderful car, but most of all the wheels and tyres are what caught my eye?

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire, we have been advocates of most cars having a smart set of wheels. Unfortunately not all our customers would agree with me. In recent years small businesses have set up to capture this growing niche market.

More and more drivers are realising how bad the wheels on their cars are looking. The main cause of the deterioration of their wheels is the salt that the local authority puts on the roads in the winter, when the cold weather and snow becomes a threat. The salt at attacks alloy wheels and corrodes them.

When the wheels leave the factory on the new cars they are treated with a special coating that protects them for a short while. Continuous use wear away at this coating and the salt attacks the alloy and coats them with a white powder, spoiling their looks.

Red Wheels-Lamborghini’s show off their wonderful Red Wheels

Some makes of car are much worse than other, but all alloy wheels will eventually perish. This corroding also takes place on the inside of the wheel bead area where the tyre is seated.

Before and after alloy wheels refurbishment

This often causes the tyre to loose pressure, as the corrosion separates the tight fit of the tyres on the wheels.

Many of my customers call into my tyre depot thinking that they have a puncture, but the cause is a break in the seal between the tyre and the wheel due to breakdown of the alloy due to corrosion.

The good news is that your alloy wheels can now be refurbished.

Many of our customers now refurbish their alloy wheels. This is carried out by specialist companies that can turn round a set of wheels in about three days. What we do is jack the car up and take off all the wheels. The tyres are then stripped off and placed in storage. The wheels are then taken to the specialist to carry out the work of refurbishment.

This takes about three days. The wheels are then completely stripped of any coatings by sand blasting. They are then subjected to several coatings and finished with whatever finish or colour that the customer has selected. Most people have their wheels finished to match the original alloy colour. This is followed by a final coating of lacquer, which is all heat processed and baked in an oven at high temperature to harden the final finish.

Some of our younger customers choose to have the wheels finished in a bright colour to either match or contrast with the colour of their car. We have had some wonderful results and all

Red Wheels-Lamborghini’s show off their wonderful Red Wheels

Red Wheels

Great looking refurbished wheels finished in Red Wheels and blue




Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels-Repairing Alloy Wheels is Making For Steady Business At Local Tyre Stores

Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels


Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels


Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels and tyres are a major problem everywhere? But you can claim your money back

Of course, this is a story that I have been harping on about for a few years now. It seems that local government highway departments and city government departments are

struggling with the enormity of the problem.

This excellent article is from the Detroit metro in Canada, but the story could be from any city in theWestern World. From a local point of view we have the same problems across the whole of the UK. We are also benefiting from the extra business that this problem is bringing into us, damage to the  wheels and damage to the  tyres.

What to do if your wheels/tyres are damaged !

The potholes also cause damage to the cars suspension and often knock out the cars wheel alignment. Some of the damage can be claimed back from your local authority here in the UK.Potholes

Unfortunately, I do not know how the law works in other countries. However, if you do have pot-hole damage. Firstly, then you should take a picture of the potholes.  Secondly get an invoice for the work carried out on your car. Thirdly, then you can put in a claim for compensation. Of course, to recover your losses from the damage that the potholes have caused.

A few of our customers did this after our advice and were successful with their claim. Because of the rise in the number of damaged alloy wheels. So, we have purchased an alloy wheel straightening machine. I feel that this along with a new tyre vulcanising machine will give our customers a better all round service !

Importantly, improving customer services is always one of my business priorities. Consequently, many damaged tyres can be repaired with the correct equipment ! So, large tyres that are now used on many SUV family cars are very expensive. Getting a nail in the side wall normally means a new tyre.

However, we have now invested in equipment to make use able to repair such damage! Significantly, these repairs are both safe and legal.

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies. So, before starting my first business. Owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger ! Consequently, about anything to do with cars. Including their related products. Finally, that will help my business.

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Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired- This damage could have spread and shattered the wheel very lucky Driver ?

Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired

Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired

Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired


Relaxing. last week I was sat in my small office . Day dreaming and  just looking out of the window. So. I noticed a breakdown recovery truck with a blue car on the back. I never thought more a do about it as we have these broken down cars brought into us all of the time, as most busy auto centres do.

About ten minutes later a member of my staff came in shouting for me to have a look at this wheel..The Damaged Alloy Wheel had come off the car that was brought in on the back of a transporter, a Ford Focus with a sport conversion, up-rated brakes and over size Cheap Alloy Wheels, you know the thing I mean this was a young guys car and a bit sporty.

However the guy had been going at speed and hit a massive pot hole in the road. The impact had caused a massive blow out to both his offside (drivers side) alloy wheel and completely

Damaged Alloy Wheel

Damaged Alloy Wheel;Pot-holes like this are the biggest danger to alloy wheels and tyres

wrecked the tyres and caused severe damage to the alloy wheels. We can have small damages repaired by a local alloy welding specialist. These are very often small cracks that appear on the rims and start to leak air from the wheel and tyre assembly. This is most common on some BMW models and some times we have known BMW replacing wheels free of charge. These small cracks can be repaired successfully, to the pleasure of many of our customers. It has been a bad time for broken and cracked alloy wheels recently due to the large increase of pot-holes on our roads, and so it is good to be able to give our customers the good news when they do not have to buy a new wheel, but we can have their damaged Refurbished Alloy Wheels repaired.

I had not seen alloy wheel so badly damaged ?

We were all amazed at the massive split in the Damaged Alloy Wheel that came off the front. Shockingly, have never seen one so bad. Splitting was almost all round the circumference of the wheel. If you look at the image bellow then  you can see what I mean. Luckily for the customer we have just become a member of a buying group. Now here in the UK called Point S . Fortunately, one of the suppliers we can deal with. Hence, sells TSW wheels Alloy Wheel and Tyre Packages. We were able to supply four new wheels along with two new General Tyres and the guy went on his way a happy driver.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs now including “Wheel Repairs” to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also we sell General Tyres online from our website.  Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. Leaving their car with us for work doing. Of course, we are also an official MOT testing station. Being members of Trading Standards. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

So, 80% of cars now have alloy wheels fitted to them! and as you know, every day thousands of these wheels are incurring minor damage. Of course, from kerbing, potholes. Causing  stone chipping and lacquer discoloration. Predominantly, this damage stands out like a sore thumb. Especially on polished rims. Of course by offering this new service we were looking for a cost effective method. Of course to repair and bring the damaged alloy wheel(s) back to a showroom finish.

Eric Roberts

Damaged Alloy Wheel

Damaged Alloy Wheel;One of the worse damaged alloy wheels i have ever seen

Powder Coating- Our Shot Blasting Service will bring back your old Alloy Wheels to look like New?

Powder Coating

Powder Coating will bring your car alloy wheels back to life and treat your car.

One of the most rewarding services that we offer to our customers, is having their alloy wheels re-furbished and Powder Coating them back to a new like condition.

Powder Coating,alloy wheels

Coloured wheels are another good option after Powder Coating procedure

This service transforms your car wheels back to there former glory. Of course this will make you feel proud of your car again. The alloy wheels look that good when finished. That we have not had one complaint. As a result,all our customers have been highly delighted. Subsequently, with the quality of the workmanship.

The other thing that this service does is to completely shot blast the whole wheel, so that you will no longer suffer from those leaking alloy wheels every time you have a new tyre fitted. The wheels are completely shot blasted inside and outside to take the alloy wheels back to a nearly new state and therefore stopping any leaks that you may have had in the past.

We carry out the full service for you , we remove the wheels and tyres from your car, or if you like you can just bring in your wheels and we will remove the tyres and valves in preparation for shot blasting and then powder coating . Some customers prefer to take their own alloy wheels off or we can do it for you, the choice is yours.

We then take the wheels to one of the best powder coating companies in Yorkshire, who carry out the work us. We are able to negotiate a special price and this helps keep the cost down for our customers.

Powder Coating-Colour chart is available to change the look of your alloy wheels

If our customers would like to see a finished wheel we can show them a sample that we keep in our reception in Halifax,UK. We will also have a small selection of sample coloured alloy wheels so that our customers can see the excellent quality and looks that will enhance the appearance of your car.

We guarantee the refurbished against any faulty workmanship, but up to we have had no problems in the past five years, the guys who carry out the work have a reputation second to none and have been in business for over 40 years.

Please look at this excellent video which shows you the process that your alloy wheels will go through

The whole Powder Coating process from you leaving your car. Including loose alloy wheels. Will take about three days, in total. Of course, we will remove and re-fit the tyres. Consequently,when we get your wheels back we will fit a new valve (not including electric valves) At the same time,also balance the wheels all in with the price.

The price for the complete job including VAT Prices at August 2014

Alloy wheels 16 inch £65 per unit

 17 inch £70 per unit

 18 inch £75 per unit

The price rises by £5 for every inch of wheel after that. If you have any queries or questions

Please give us a call on 01422-362030.