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Tyre Pressures are very important for your Caravan or Motorhome

Check the Tyre Pressures of your caravan-Motorhome

Many thousands of people will be getting their caravans and motorhomes ready for the British bank holiday season starting this year with the Easter holiday. This is time when thousands of holiday makers will be checking their tyres and tyre pressures, ready for their first trips away.

We do this every year ,even though we know that we will be stuck in massive traffic jams and hold ups, wherever we go, but especially to the coast. Never the less we do it every year, we Brits yearn to get away over the bank holiday period and the adjoining school holidays.

What we do not all do is to check our tyres and Tyre Pressures ? You would think that it was common sense, but many set off and do not think anything about it. These are the ones that we see on the hard shoulder of the motorway or the grass verge, changing a flat tyre or a blown out tyre on their caravan. The worse culprits seem to be the guys who are going camping and towing a little trailer. These small trailers are usually fitted with 400×8 trailer tyres, similar to wheel barrow tyres. Because they are so small, it is imperative that you inflate them to the correct

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the correct tyre pressures are very important

Tyre Pressures for carrying the weight that you have in the trailer, this will usually be the highest pressure for this type trailer.

I have seen hundreds of these trailers parked up with a wheel missing because of the tyre blown out and the owner not having a spare the same size. If you use this type of vehicle, then you must carry a spare wheel, if you are doing sixty mile an hour and you have a puncture in one of these trailers, then the small tyre will simply disintegrate, because of its small size and the weight that it is carrying, so a spare wheel is a necessity. Also make sure that you are buying a spare wheel for a trailer, these are usually a six ply tyre that are made for highway and NOT a wheel barrow tyre. I have mentioned this because many people make this huge mistake, we have seen this many times.

This is also a important thing to think about when buying a new tyre for a caravan or mobile home. Make sure that you buy the right tyre that has the correct weight carrying loads; It should tell you what tyres to use in the hand book or make sure that you fit the same tyres as your vehicles original equipment.

In the motor homes the tyres are usually of a higher ply rating than normal car tyres. As we all know some of these vehicles are massive even as big as a double decker bus, so it is very important to get the exact tyres with correct ply rating and load rating, in my opinion it is always best to fit the exact same tyres, even the same makes of tyres, as your original equipment. This will ensure your safety and probably your fuel consumption. I know that our customers are on a tight budget but in this instance buying cheap tyres is not an option, if the vehicle is fitted with Michelin tyres then replace them with exactly the same using the same tyre pressures and them unless you are really unlucky you should have a problem free journey as far as your tyres are concerned.

As I have said earlier fuel consumption is very important for the motor home as some of these vehicles will only do about fifteen to twenty mile to the gallon. So having the correct tyre pressures will help to maintain the correct mileage performance. How it works is that if your tyres are under inflated then your vehicle engine has to work much harder to drive along. This is known as “ROLLING RESISTANCE”

Also a good tip is to check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold and also make sure that you have a valve cap fitted, to ensure that the valve does not leak and reduce your tyre pressures.

You should always know what the weight limit is for your type of vehicle and do not exceed these recommendations. Also spread out the weight throughout the vehicle, this will

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A gauge like this one always comes in handy for keeping an eye on your tyre pressures

maximise the stability of the total unit, we have all followed caravans that are swerving about doing sixty mph on the motorway, it is also illegal and dangerous.

Another really important point that is sometimes overlooked is to keep a spare wheel for your caravan or camping trailer. Also try it on the vehicle before you set off on your journey; we have had to help many caravan owners who were stuck on the M62 motorway because their spare wheel did not fit. They may look the same, but they could have different stud holes and offsets, so try them out before you travel on a journey…See more at: http://tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/caravan-tyre-safety/advice-and-information#sthash.CzT5oBqU.dpuf

Have a safe and care free holiday

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

SPARE TYRE and WHEEL WHICH SYSTEM DOES YOUR CAR HAVE?

WHICH SPARE TYRE SYSTEM DOES YOUR CAR HAVE?

As a tyre retailer for 40 years, this is an increasing problem for the modern motorist.When the car manufacturers had to make their cars lighter so that they could hit their emission targets, then they looked at many ways to lighten the weight of their cars to make them lighter including different ways of doing without a SPARE TYRE and  wheel.

The problem has been that the car makers did not come up with any universal and unified method of doing this, and so different cars have differing systems for the replacement of your spare tyre. The problem is that when you buy a car it is the last thing on your mind, to check out the spare wheel system for that particular model of car.

Space saver; flat tyre systems.

This was one of the first ideas to come from the car manufacturers. In theory the idea is not too bad. If you look into your boot you will see a very thin looking wheel. With a thin looking

SPARE TYRE

Space Saver SPARE TYRE, wheel painted bright red

car tyre that actually resembles a motor bike tyre. The wheels are usually painted a bright colour, bright red or bright blue, to distinguish the spare wheel from the wheels on the car. The space saver car SPARE TYRE is a different size to the rest of the tyres on the car, but is the same overall diameter (height) so that when it is fitted to the car then it keeps a balanced driver experience, when the wheel is being driven on. The space saver spare tyre is regulated to 50 MPH when used because the tyre is much thinner and can only carry the cars weight at a slower speed.Once the tyre is fitted it is important to get your original puncture fixed and return it to the car, this will not then restrict your speed.

Run Flat tyre system

The cars that are fitted with Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres  do not have a spare tyre at all. The technology is in the actual tyres. When you get a puncture in a run flat  the increased strength in the tyres structure supports the weight of the cars weight without having any air in. This is only a temporary fix and once again the car must not exceed 50MPH. The other downside of the run flat tyres is that because the tyre has been run on and they are usually damaged beyond repair and a new one is required. The main advantage is though, that if you do get a puncture then you can just drive the car at 50MPH in relative safety without the car deviating and the driver having to get out of the car and changing a wheel.

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The dreaded nail in tyre

Emergency tyre repair kit spare tyre system

This is simply a can of tyre repair solution that you screw onto the tyres valve and it release a solution into the tyre a hopefully seals the hole that has caused the puncture. In my opinion this is the most unsatisfactory system. In the perfect scenario when you just have small nail or screw in the centre of your tyre, then the repair kit would probably work, but this is not the

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Can of tyre sealer and inf-later

usual case, in all my experience, most tyres succumb to side wall damage, or larger repairs that the emergency repair kit will not be able to cope with. The last car that I had with this system was a |Nisan Juke. Because we travel to France a couple of times a year, we needed a spare tyre so we found an alloy wheel that fitted the studs and fitted a new spare tyre, you will also need a small jack and a wheel brace, because these are not supplied by the car manufacturers. This is an easy thing to do if you have a friendly tyre retailer and well worth the effort to cover yourself in case you have a dreaded puncture in the middle of nowhere.  

The main gist of this though is to make sure you know which spare tyre system that is provided with your car and familiarise with it. Some car owners are lucky enough to have the old fashioned spare wheel fitted complete with a jack and a wheel brace.

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.   

JACKING UP YOUR CAR is NOT as Safe as it Used to be ? Be aware of other traffic

Jacking up your car the correct way

You may think that jacking up your is an exact science but believe me plenty can go wrong. Even our most experienced mechanics can make a mistake when jacking up a car. The worse

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Lady’s very often change their own wheel these days

thing to happen is if the jack is placed under a sill and not the re-enforced area just under the edge of car. Most models of car have a special re-enforced part at the front of the sill area and is marked by a notch in the metal to show you where you can jack up your car without it going through the softer sill part of the body just under the car doors.

The jacking points are usually illustrated in the owner’s manual, but if you do not know where the jacking points  are and are not sure, then DO NOT jack the car up, leave to a professional , who knows what they are doing.

If you are confident or stuck somewhere with a flat tyre then this is something that you should tackle. The first thing to do is to make sure that you are on a HARD SURFACE. Please do not try to jack your car up on a grass verge or a field, anywhere that is soft. The obvious thing to happen is that the car jack will just sink, and unless you have some wooden blocks in the car then the job will be hopeless.

Once you have established that the ground is hard enough then you should look for and remove your wheel removing kit from the car boot. This usually consists of a scissor jack, wheel brace and locking wheel nut tool (if your car has one). The car jacking point is marked by a cut out in the metal plate on the front and rear of the car; this shows the strongest place to jack up the car. Once this is all done then you can say a prayer and hope that the wheel nuts are not seized up or over tightened, from the last time that the wheel was removed. If the wheel is over tightened then you may have to get help or call out a nearby garage for assistance.

Some drivers know about this and carry a hollow piece of strong metal tubing in their tool kit to give them leverage on their wheel brace. It is also wise to keep a small thick piece of wood in your tool kit to place on the jack as you start to lift the car. This gives the jack a better bite, instead of the metal on metal of the jack and the car sill.

Some more advanced motorists will keep a small trolley jack in their car for jacking up with

 for a safer jacking experience, in my opinion good preparation is the word. It is no different in the professional garage, we have always to be safety conscious when jacking up cars, either with a trolley jack or on the vehicle ramps, the same should apply to the DIY motorists.

The more experienced person who carries out their own cars repairs should be able to jack a car up by using the steering and suspension jacking points, but it is always a good point to

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Scissor jacks are the most common DIY jack found in your cars tool kit

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Citroen with the arrow showing the jacking point

make sure that you have some good strong axle stands to rest the car on before you commence working on your car and the same applies to a hard surface when lifting the car, all these points may seem trivial but as a garage owner of over 40 years, I have seen many stupid things happen, that were only due to thoughtlessness on the behalf of the mechanic.

When jacking up your Used Cars  you can get a feeling if the thing is not going right, so if you hear any strange creaking noises or metallic sounds then let the car jack down with care and start again, care is the buzz word. I suppose thinking about it; this is why the breakdown services are very busy, there are now many different types of wheels and jacks on today’s modern cars and if you are not sure or confident please join one of the motoring breakdown services such as the AA or RAC here in the UK.

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 have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Flat Tyre-A Woman’s Guide to Changing their own Wheel?

 Women often do change their flat tyre

While sometimes it may be great to play a damsel in distress and have a strong and well-toned man fix your flat tyre, I think every woman ought to know how to change a flat tyre. After all, having your tyre blow is never something anyone plans and you may not have any ready and eager boy scout waiting around to rescue you. There is no need to keep the tyre changing in a man’s domain. Times are changing and you should too. Time to empower yourself and get ready to tackle that tyre!

 1. First of all, if there is a place for you to move your car out of the way move your car there. Make sure oncoming traffic will be able to see you. Turn on your hazards and if you have an

Flat Tyre

Lady changing her own wheel

early warning device, place where it will be clearly visible. Also make sure the place you move your vehicle to is flat and even. Avoid soft ground and inclines. Place some bricks, blocks or large rocks under your car to prevent your car from rolling backwards.

 2. If you have hubcaps, remove them. These are the covers of your tyres. Check you manual on how to remove them. I highly suggest you look at this beforehand and not when you have already blown a tyre.

 3. Next you need to remove the wheel nuts. These are the caps that hold your wheel in place. You will need a lug wrench to do this. The lug wrench is the T shaped wrench that should be together with all your other tools. The shape of the wrench makes for easy leverage, but if your upper body strength is lacking the heft or muscle needed to loosen the lug nuts, you may have to resort to step on the T-arm for better leverage. And remember, left to loosen and right to tighten.

 

 4. Now you need your car jack to raise your car. Most cars have a flat plate behind the front tyres and just in front of the back ones for this purpose. Place the jack under the tyre to be changed and raise it to meet the plate. Double check and make sure your car will be steady once it is raised. Safety is crucial whenever you are working with your car. Now raise your car about 15 cm of the ground. Don’t forget that an inflated tyre will need room so make sure there is enough space for the spare to be placed on.

remove the flat tyre

 5. by grabbing it with both hands, one on each side. Pull it straight and off. Now line up your spare with the bolts and slide it on. Replace the lug nuts but do not tighten them completely. When you have lowered your car, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in opposite pairs. Make sure these are as tight as possible because you absolutely do not want your tyre to come off when you’re driving.

 6. It’s time to clean up and put things back in place. Put all your tools together and place them back where they were stored. Always put them back in the same place so you know right

Flat Tyre,women checking her car tyre

women customer checking her car tyre

away where to find them in case of emergencies. Knowing where all of the tools are before you get into an emergency situation is suggested. Put your flat tyre where you spare one was and make sure to have it fixed right away.

Now that you know how to change a flat tyre, remember to practice prudence before you decide to bust out your inner mechanic. If you find yourself near enough to civilization, it might be wiser to call for help or assistance. A woman alone with her car and a flat tyre could be a signal for the less than honourable to take advantage of the situation. If you have no recourse but to change the tyre yourself, make sure you have some form of protection nearby like pepper spray. Also make sure to call a friend or relative to let them know what happened when your tyre blows so someone is aware of where you are and the situation you are in. This will at least give people you know the information of your whereabouts.

Having your tyres in good condition is one way to avoid a flat tyre. While some causes like a puncture from a nail or other sharp object cannot be avoided, keeping your tyres well inflated and careful driving will lessen the chances of your having to change a flat in the future.

And if you need new tyres, Point-S has over 160 independently owned centres across the UK to help you find the right tyre for your need. Its knowledgeable and professional staff will be able to give you brand neutral advice to help you make the right decision for your tyre needs. And if your car needs other types of auto service, they offer than as well. And because they are part of the Unipart Car Care Centre network, you know they adhere to the core values of:

• An open and honest approach with the customers

• A high standard of work and excellent value for money

• 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

• An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs

 Stay safe on the road ladies!

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 have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes, travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Alpin 5 Winter Car Tyres and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

MOT Testing Horror-As MOT tester discovers rusty holes filled with silicone on kids minibus – Garagewire

MOT Testing Horror

MOT Testing Horror

MOT Testing Horror

Unfortunately, this type story is only too common. I wrote a similar article about a Renault Megane that came into our MOT station in Halifax UK . Drivers will go to all sorts of lengths to try and get their vehicle through the MOT test. Another day we failed a car on having bad sills. The sills looked in good condition but failed the test when the sills were prodded by the tester finger.  From the outside the sills were freshly painted over with under-seal and looked in good condition. However when our tester noticed a small area of rust at one end of the sills. Some of the under-seal had fallen of. Presumably when the car was driven to the testing station.

The sills are a very important part of any car and are subject to rusting and rot. These particular sills were further investigated by the tester and were found to be stuffed with newspapers. The car failed the test and later returned with new sills fitted. As a foot note to that. The dates on the newspapers were from just two weeks before the test date. In my opinion this was just an attempt to try and fool the tester into passing the MOT test. Of course, it did not work?

MOT Testing Horror-Check out Matters of testing blog

Most testing stations carry out the MOT test to the book. This is the only way that we can keep our roads safe. I like to look at the “matters of testing” blog. As a result they show many of things such as rusty and broken cars presented for an MOT test.

Eric Roberts

MOT Testing Horror

 

A GW reader has submitted footage which shows a shocking cover-up, designed to hide dangerous rusty holes on a children’s minibus. The 53-plate Ford Transit was presented for testing at Arif’s Autofix in Glasgow with silicone

Source: Video: MOT horror as tester discovers rusty holes filled with silicone on kids minibus – Garagewire

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

LUMP on your TYRES How Can One of Your Tyres Develop an EGG on the sidewall?

 

Why Can One of Your TYRES Develop a LUMP on your TYRES

Most car drivers have seen a  lump on your tyres. These lumps may  appear on one of their tyres at one time or another. The first time that I came across tyre with a bubble was in the early 1970s when radial tyres were becoming more popular and taking over from X-ply tyres. The tyre market was a different world in those days. Most of the large tyre companies were American, the likes of

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The area that has worn out on this tyre is due to an egg forming but the customer knew nothing about it?

Goodyear and Firestone, with Michelin tyres  representing most of Europe along with Pirelli tyres.

The first radial tyres to come onto the market were mainly textile radials; these were radial tyres without any steel belt in the tyres construction. In the early days, Michelin Tyres UK was the only tyre company to have a steel belt in the tyres construction.The first being the famous Michelin X, who soon built up a reputation for the high mileage that their tyres produced. These tyres were renowned for doing 60 and 70 thousand miles, before requiring replacement.

Michelins competitors were far behind, with the textile radials doing only half the miles and the race was on to incorporate a steel belt in their own brands of tyres. I can remember some of the disasters that some of the American tyre companies were having in their quest for a steel belt and higher mileage.

In the early days of radials, Firestone had a factory in Liverpool producing car tyres and went into the production of steel belted radials. The tyres that were made in the American factories were known as the “Firestone 500, but Firestone made one hell of a mistake and built the new steel radials in “bias belted” tyre molds, this together with the wrong type of steel used in their construction, caused a production catastrophe and a massive tyre recall due to the  belts separating which gave you a lump on your tyres .  

Similar problems were experienced in the Liverpool factory. This was to be the first time that I had experienced a  lump on your tyres also known as a bubble or egg appearing on a tyre. The steel belts that were used were not coated with a protective coating of brass and because of that the steel rusted and caused them to come apart and some of them developed a huge  lump on your tyres tread areas. A similar thing happened at Goodyear tyres. Michelin had kept their formula for the steel wire coating a patented trade secret since 1948 and the next twenty years but eventually they relented and leased out the trade secret to the other tyre companies, but the other companies never overcame Michelin supremacy in the steel belted tyre market.

Remoulding companies then started to make the steel belted radials, but many of their tyres would fall apart because they were using the wrong type of steel belted casings and once again the tyres began to develop a large lump on your tyres or  eggs or bubbles. This would give the remoulds a bad name for many years to come.

I can remember working for a Goodyear retail outlet at the time and we had to change hundreds of faulty ones  due tyre separation and large  lump on your tyres developing giving the cars a very

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The very first Michelin man (scary)

bumpy ride indeed.

Eventually all the tyre companies sorted themselves out but at a great financial loss, in fact Firestone lost that much money that they were sold to the Bridgestone company in 1988, who still make the Firestone tyre products to this very day, Car remoulds had got themselves a very bad name and were eventually killed off by the “cheap tyre” imports from China. This

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This is still the Grandad of all lump on your tyres

reduced the price of a new budget tyre and so it became a false economy to buy remould tyres.

Why do we get LUMP on your TYRES in today’s modern tyres?

The problem of the eggs on your tyres is still with us but because of the materials that they are now made from and the hygienic factories that tyres are made in, and so the egg on a tyre is becoming very rare. The most common cause is that a nail or screw can penetrate the tyre tread and damage the protective coating of the steel belt, this will allow tyre steel to become rusty which in time oxidises and allows oxygen and air to become trapped in the layers, thus causing an egg to appear eventually, similar to the one on our recent pictures of the car that was recently presented for an MOT test in our Halifax tyre depot. Needless o say that if you have a  lump on your tyres anywhere  then the tyre must be replaced as soon as possible.

 Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Car Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

by Gone-Walkabout Question by Brittiny Hylan: How much should a BMW wheel alignment on a bmw cost? I was charged $ 65 today just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a bmw cost?

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

The question of rear wheel alignment has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business and the garage owners priorities will determine

whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a wheel alignment machine say made by Hunter or a smaller machine say made by Acu-track.

The thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market, but they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another pint to look at before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have, to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction, similar to an industrial warehouse, with a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines, but a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays, and when we fit a ramp into the bay we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results when you do the front BMW Wheel Alignment. It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. We only offer to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment and £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. We take them all on as they come, some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

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 have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. 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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Mini Run Flat Tyres-Definitly an Improvement to road safety- KULR-TV

run flat tyres

Angie’s List: Mini Run Flat Tyres

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Many new models are now equipped with inflator and sealant kits or run flat tires which are designed to go at slower speeds for 50 miles or more after a tire has been punctured.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Mini Run Flat tyres are an interesting subject.

The problem in my eyes is that cars were getting bigger and faster, and at the same time the car makers were being pressured by governments to make their cars more fuel efficient and greener.

This meant shedding weight and creating engines that were controlled by computers to really hammer down the emissions caused by burning fossil fuels (gasoline or petrol in the

run flat tyres

How run flat tyres work

UK). The car companies looked at all sorts of ways to reduce the weight and even the tyre companies looked for ways of making tyres lighter in weight, and indeed they succeed.

BMW come up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres

They also came up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres. This would mean that cars would no longer have a spare, because when the tyre on a car had a sudden drop in pressure (puncture) then the car could drive on, albeit at a slower speed (50 mph) until the tyre was changed. The positives are that the car would not deviate and carry on driving in the normal way and therefor not causing an accident and much safer than a standard radial tyre, also you would not have to get out of the car on a rainy night to change the wheel when you had a puncture.

The drawbacks are the cost of replacing these tyres is much higher than a standard tyre, A new Mini Run Flat Tyres is required after each incident, and on long journeys should you have the need to want a new tyre, then you only have fifty miles to have the Mini Run Flat Tyres fixed. Many tyre companies no longer repair Mini Run Flat Tyres.

In the States the gap between some towns and cities can be hundreds of miles. So you pays your money and takes your choice ?

Eric Roberts…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=12361