All Bridgestone/Firestone Tyres Stuff

All Bridgestone/Firestone Tyres Stuff

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice-Tyre advice for caravan and motorhome drivers.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice- As we all know, summer is coming to an end. Therefore, this is the time of year that caravan and motorhome owners are heading back from their holidays. I am a regular traveller on the continent, especially France.

In my opinion, this is a good time to check your tyres, Naturally, before you park up for the winter. Albeit many motorhome owners carry on travelling all the year round.Especially, to the most southern tips of Europe. Where the weather is warmer that northern Europe.

Bridgestone tyres are also in the game of warning this category of vehicles about tyre care and fitting the correct tyres for their vehicles. Of course, I mean using the correct load ratings for the weight of their vehicles.

I have recently arrived back in the UK after spending a month in France. Thus, I was amazed at a large number of motorhomes that were still on holiday. The roads are full of them. Hence, this gives me more importance to advise the drivers about better tyre care.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Check the age of your tyres, this tyre was made in the fourteenth week of 2011

The motorhome vehicle market has rocketed in recent years.Therefore, I think it is more important to pass on advice to first time owners of these vehicles.

Firstly I would recommend, that any caravan tyre should be replaced after ten years.This does not matter how good the tyre looks from the outside. Naturally, these tyres are well exposed to the elements.Especially sunlight. Sunrays, cause damage to the tyres, by damaging the carbon black. Carbon black is a natural substance; that is in the original tyre mix.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Caravan and motorhome tyres are affected by the weather. This manifests itself, in the form of cracking and crazy paving. As expected, these cracks will eventually start to get larger.Of course, the cracks pose a danger and safety problem and must be removed and replaced with new tyres.

The next important advice is to check the tyre pressures at regular intervals. Of course, you as the driver must check the pressures according to the correct “load ratings”.

We have all seen caravans and trailers leaning to one side with under-inflated tyres. Under-inflated tyres can and indeed do, end in the driver, losing control of the vehicle. Not a pretty site to see a caravan in piles at the side of the road?

Remember the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle, can be found in your owners manual. Also, make sure that you have valve caps fitted and the valves checked for leaking.

Here at Pellon Tyres, we are members of www.tyresafe.org.

Firestone Tyre Recall-1978 “Massive” Tyre Re-call-Cost the tyre company millions

Firestone Tyre Recall

In modern times, starting in the 1970”s Firestone have had mega problems in their Firestone Tyre Recall.

Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are once again an excellent product and take part in many motorsport events.

Firestone tyres originated from Akron Ohio USA.

Of course they originated from the home of Goodyear in Akron Ohio,USA..The company started its life as a tyre maker with just 12 staff.Naturally, they expanded at a very fast rate when they won the contract to supply the new model T Ford. This was in 1906 and they were chosen by Henry Ford himself.

The Firestone tyre company soon expanded to other parts of the World.This including a new factory in Canada and in 1928 they built their first factory here in the UK at Brentford. In the

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Firestone vintage poster before their problems

second world  war years Firestone  were  making other vulcanised rubber products, but after the war reverted to making tyres.

Big problems for Firestone tyres as “tyre treads” began to separate from the main tyre

Firestone tyres were like most other  companies.Thus, trying to play catch up with Michelin  and the “steel belted radial”. 

Firestone Tyre Recall

The result was horrific. Firestone tyres began having major problems leading to a Firestone Tyre Recall with their products.Because, they were  losing their treads at high speeds causing many problems. The problem was thought to be caused by tyre bonding cements allowing water into the steel belt area causing the steel belts to corrode and separate and lift off, usually at high speeds causing many accidents. This Firestone Tyre Recall was a  first major problem, causing over 7 million tyres to be recalled. This problem also occurred in the UK, I remember having to change many defective buckled up tyres in my early days as a fitter whilst working for National company in Dewsbury.

In 1978  Firestone Tyre Recall  had a second massive  recall. Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are now back to be a reputable tyre brand.

Bridgestone Tyres UK  after failed negotiations with Pirelli  of Italy.

Eric Roberts

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

 

 

Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres- a great all-year round tyre performer

Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres

Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres-As I have stated many times, Firestone tyres have had a shaky past. We all now know about the problems of the past with faulty steel belt problems?.

The good news is that since the Bridgestone take over. Then Firestone are reaffirming their status as a leading European tyre brand. The new Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres are heading the company in the right direction. With a tyre that allows the driver freedom to visit anywhere he likes.

Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres

Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres- One of Firestone tyres latest offerings to improve the companies image in the mid-range tyre market.

This Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres. Along with other great tyres in the range including the TZ300 run flat tyres and the Destination HP SUV tyre range. Are helping to establish Firestone as a leading mid-range tyre manufacturer again. Firestone also produces the S790 high-performance tyre for the large sports saloons.

The Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres were introduced at the beginning of 2015. Because, the new tyre offered a welcoming fresh design. It is made of innovative new materials to add a touch of class to the mid-range tyre sector.

Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres

Because, the Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres, comes with a new slogan “freedom to drive” and is aimed at the young at heart, (that must include me?). Consequently, the new tyre is more fuel efficient due to a better rolling resistance and a silica added compound, which is the general theme for most tyre manufacturers these days.

Therefore, Firestone drivers will love the nice comfortable journey on their new Firestone Multihawk 2 tyres. The tyre buying public should have few problems finding a Multihawk 2 to fit their car: We offer these tyres IN my Tyre Shop in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Finally, the tyre will be introduced in 36 sizes for 13″ to 15″ rims, covering more than 95% of EU demand in the small to compact segment cars.

 

Firestone Tyre Sets- Gets the Wheels in the Motion at Indy Grand Prix – WGNO

Firestone Tyre Sets

Firestone Tyres

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Firestone Tyre Sets; Could this be a Firestone Tyres revival attempt?

Firestone tyres have been in the doldrums since a catastrophic era when many f their tyres failed.

I now sell the Firestone product and they are an excellent tyre, now owned by the Bridgestone corporation now, they appear to have turned the corner and are once again starting to show their face, by supporting race events with their tyre products, as is the story behind this article.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1249/FIRESTONE

Firestone Firehawk is one of the best recognised tyre names

In all my working days in the tyres industry. Then the Firestone brand is the one that sticks in my mind. Because of both for good and for bad reasons.

The bad reasons are because of the problems that Firestone has had over the years. With various tyre recalls. Therefore, recalls have taken place of a long period time.hence, at different stages of the tyre company’s history. The first ones I can remember were here in the UK. Firestone manufactured tyres at Brentford, in the south of England. Unfortunately, the factory was shut down in 1980, when 1’500 workers and white collar workers lost their jobs.

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Firestone tyres used in the early days of racing..(picture courtesy of Firestone tyre)

This could have been something to do with the terrible problems that Firestone were having. Nence, with their tyres in the USA. It was in the 1960’s, when I first became a tyre fitter.  I will always remember the problems that Firestone were having in America.Consequently, with their “500” radial tyre. News in those days traveled slowly, but we heard on the tyre grapevine that in order to compete with the new radial tyres, (that were giving far better mileage and road holding), then they had to come up with a new radial tyre pretty quickly?

Firestone Tyre Sets

They tried to get round this by using bias belted tyre molds to produce the radial tyres in. Although the tyres looked fine and showed no sign of problems, they soon started to fall apart when used at high speed. The problem was a problem that haunted some tyre companies for years, “tread separation”. This is when the tread of the tyre comes off and is caused by a few reasons, but in Firestone’s case it was thought to be the molds and the bonding solution.

The bonding solution (cement) is what sticks the tread to the tyre casing. It is thought that this allowed water to penetrate into the steel belt, which in turn rusted causing the tread to lift off, when the tyres built up any heat, when used on the roads.

In 1978 investigators came to the conclusion that it must have been a design fault, that caused the problem and millions of the Firestone 500 tyres were withdrawn, giving the giant tyre company a very bad name.

The giant tyre company gradually clawed their way back, until further problems, nearer our times, in 2001 with the Wilderness AT/ATX and the ATX 11 tyres, which once again all received a mandatory recall and more bad publicity for the beleaguered tyre company.

Firestone Tyre Sets; Firestone tyres better days

In my opinion the better days started when they were taken over by the giant Bridgestone tyre corporation from Japan. They also continued their efforts with motorsport participation. This included the world famous, Indianapolis 500 mile race, which they have won for the past forty years.

The modern day Indy cars can reach speeds of 220 MPH, and have performed perfectly well on the new high-performance  Firehawk. These tyres use competition compounds and are available for track cars as well as street legal cars, and are also recommended for the likes of for Beach Buggies and for Lotus Elan 2s. Lotus 7s. Escort RS I600s and other such

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The Firestone alternate red race tyre.

cars. The road handling is said to be superb giving the driver, competitive balance between speed, cornering, and durability.

 

 

The tyres come out in three distinct types; this information is taken from the Firestone web site

  •  Primary Black-

The primary Firehawk racing tyres offer a competitive balance between speed, cornering, and durability. Firehawk primary tires are used on all three types of track.

  •  Alternate Red-

Visually differentiated by red sidewalls, Firehawk alternate tires have a softer compound than primary tires, allowing for faster speeds and better cornering, but quicker wear. Firehawk alternate tires are used on road and street tracks only.

  •  Rain Grey-

These Firehawk tires were developed for wet conditions and have a grooved tread pattern that improves grip, control, and helps prevent hydroplaning. Rain tires are used on road and street tracks only, as oval races don’t run if conditions are.

For this reason, the Firestone Tyres product is now highly regarded with its past problems way behind.

 

Firestone Tyres

Firestone Multihawk tyres that offer great comfort to the modern driver?

Firestone Multihawk tyres

Started in 1900 and chosen by Henry Ford

 Firestone tyres were one of the Worlds earliest mass produced tyres. Therefore, they first used the Ford model “T” mass produced cars still popular today. Since them, Firestone tyres have gone from strength to strength. Now producing some of the best tyres on the planet.

Here at Pellon tyres in Halifax. Therefore, we offer an excellent range of the Firestone tyres. For this reason, we source our stock from Britain’s leading wholesaler. Thus, and offer it online across the country.

New tyres are flooding into the UK from China and the far East. For this reason, Firestone tyres are holding out the opposition. Because of their quality and staying power. Due to the many years of manufacturing experience. Of course, in tyre manufacturing throughout the World.

I have worked on Firestone tyres for many years

Importantly, I have even worked on fitting the Giant tyres that you see on Earthmoving machines. Consequently, Firestone tyres have always been a good product. Increasingly, the great Firestone company also makes tyres for racing cars. So, this is where the development comes from. Of course, to make the Firestone  that we are now driving about on in our cars.

Of course, Firestone, as most people know! Are now owned by Bridgestone tyres of Japan but because of the reputation that goes before them. Firestone has kept the original name.

 Firestone tyres are available online from www.pellontyres.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. Consequently, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.Thus, I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days. Naturally, before starting my first business. For this reason, 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 that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

 

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Bridgestone Dueler 680 Tyres

Bridgestone Dueler 680 Tyres

Bridgestone Dueler 680 Tyres

Bridgestone Dueler 680 Tyres

So, like most of the quality Bridgestone tyre products. Of course, the dueler 680 tyre. Thus, provides on-road 4X4 enthusiasts with a top performance level. Including the tyres giving high comfort levels . So, normally attributed to ultra high performance passenger car tyres. Firstly,its uni-directional tread pattern design ensures maximum wet performance. Significantly including sporty handling ! Specially, on highways and including secondary roads.

Like their other tyre products this Bridgestone tyre is a real winner.

Digging for further information then the Dueler H/P delivers exquisite sports car-like handling. Thus allowing the driver to unleash the performance potential of your light truck or SUV. Reassuringly, UNI-T technology is applied to the two 20″ sizes. Responsibly, the Dueler H/P offers you exceptional handling ! Especially, in wet or dry driving conditions. Inclusively, they use UNI-T AQ technology in all other sizes. Of course this lets you count on wet performance excellence. Significantly, even as the tyres wears. Importantly, wet braking, wet handling, and noise minimization are all exceptional features of our Dueler H/P. Carefully, engineered to please drivers with an active lifestyle. Lastly this tyre like all the Bridgestone range is available at Pellon tyres in West Yorkshire.

Eric Roberts

Bridgestone Dueler Sport Ecopia Tyres

Bridgestone Dueler Sport Ecopia Tyres

Bridgestone Dueler Sport Ecopia Tyres

Dueler Sport Ecopia Tyres

Importantly, the Dueler H/P Sport (Highway/Performance) has been designed for high powered luxury 4×4’s and SUV’s. Of course, Bridgestone tyres bring many tyres out to suit this vehicle range. So, always importantly, in their strive for perfection.  Successfully, while keeping up with changes to the modern car designs. Subsequently, this tyre is available in tyre sizes up to 27545Y20 and is a popular choice at Pellon tyres.

pellon Tyres are located at Halifax in the foothills of the Pennines . So, these tyres are perfect for the owners of 4 x 4 s and SUV vehicles. Especially in winter! When you could be driving on slippery winter minor roads. Then straight onto the M62 motorway and doing high speeds.

High performance SUV tyre

The Bridgestone Dueler Sport Ecopia Tyres lives up to the high performance basics of your premium Sport Truck or SUV. The non-vent design and aggressive look of the sidewall fit the sleek lines of these vehicles. In fact, the Dueler H/P Sport is an Original Equipment choice in the category. Expect great wet performance with a power traction combination of UNI-T technology and high silica content that helps you drive with confidence in changing road conditions.

Bridgestone Turanza EL42-For the BMW 7 series, X3 and X5 SUV’s

Bridgestone Turanza EL42

Bridgestone Turanza EL42

Bridgestone Turanza EL42

Consequently, the excellent Turanza EL42 tyres have been designed for the BMW 7 series. Including the excellent X3 and X5 SUV people carriers. Significantly,
this tyre gives a smooth and  trouble free ride. Well suited to the busy mum or executive alike. Naturally, a most popular product from bridgestone tyres .

As we all know, summer is coming to an end.

Importantly, this is the time of year that caravan and motorhome owners are heading back from their holidays. So, August is a very busy time on our roads. Of course, I am a regular traveler on the continent, especially France. In my opinion, this is a good time to check your tyres. Naturally, before the arrival of the winter. Albeit many vehicle owners carry on travelling all the year round. Especially, to the most southern tips of Europe. Where the weather is warmer that northern Europe.

SUV vehicles with the Turanza EL42 fitted are often used to tow a caravan. Bridgestone tyres are also in the game of warning this category of vehicles. Especially about tyre care and fitting the correct tyres for their vehicles. Of course, I also mean using the correct load ratings for the weight of their vehicles.

I have recently arrived back in the UK after spending a couple of weeks in France. Importantly, I was amazed at a large number of motorhomes and caravans that were still on holiday. Hence, the roads were full of them. So,, this gives me more importance to advise the drivers about better tyre care.

The caravan/motorhome vehicle market has rocketed in recent years.Therefore, I think it is more important to pass on advice to first time owners of these vehicles. Importantly, you are advised to fit your replacement tyres with the same tyres that are fitted as original equipment.

Eric Roberts

Bridgestone ER30 4×4 Tyres

Bridgestone ER30 4×4 Tyres

Bridgestone ER30 4x4 Tyres

ER30 4×4 Tyres

Of course it is well reputed about the quality of the Bridgestone tyre brand. Consequently, Bridgestone are probably up there when it comes to the worlds leading tyre brands. Hence many of the leading car manufacturers  have many of their tyres on original equipment fitments. Because of this many car manufacturers such as BMW, Mazda, Mercedes . Including, Porsche fit Bridgestone tyre to their top of the range cars.

Importantly, this also applies to the Bridgestone ER30 4×4 Tyres ! Unsurprisingly, this tyre is quiet and stable. Significantly, even at high speeds. Having a built in level of comfort that drivers could really get accustomed to. Additionally, precision and handling in this Bridgestone tyre is at your fingertips. Especially when you need it. Naturally making this an exceptional tyre.

Everyone needs a little luxury.

Of course thats the Turanza philosophy. Hence a great belief that Bridgestone has turned into reality. So, it is easy to imagine yourself cruising in a top-of-the-range saloon car. Significantly, it’s unbelievably quiet, stable. Of course, even at high speeds and has a level of comfort you could really get accustomed to. But precision is at your fingertips when you need it. Lastly a perfect marriage of pampering and performance.

Eric Roberts

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

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

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

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

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

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

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

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

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

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

Run-Flat tyres

Alex balancing a run flat tyre in Halifax UK

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

A slight drawback with run-flat tyres is

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

Run-Flat tyres

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

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

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

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

Eric Roberts