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Tyre Safe Advice-www.tyresafe.org – Stay Tyre Safe in Your Caravan

Tyre Safe Advice

Tyre Safe Advice; was set up with the responsibility of raising the awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Tyre Safe Advice is a must for all Motorists

Probably, all motorists should be aware of the organisation known as TYRESAFE.ORG. For this reason, they are a wonderful organisation .Dedicated to Tyre Safe Advice and tyre road safety. Therefore, the web-site is a must for all motorists . Hence, to learn about all aspects of Tyre Safe Advice.

Tyre Safe Advice Caravan Tyres

  • As with all other types of vehicles. Tyres are the only parts of the caravan and motor-homes . That  are in constant touch with the road surface. Because, this small area of footprint where the tyre is in contact with the road. Gives the vehicle the ability to steer and accelerate. While braking and cornering . Hence, in all types of weather .Although caravans do not have to steer or brake. Because they are a towing vehicle. The motor-home has got drive wheels like all other road vehicles.
  • caravans however do carry weight. So it is very important for the owner . Of course, to thoroughly check their tread and pressures .At regular intervals .Increasing the pressure when the caravan carries more weight. Say when the owner goes on their holidays. How many times do we see a caravan or trailer leaning over . Or swaying about on the carriageway. Well this is due to a deflated tyre or a caravan with the incorrect pressures . All this sort of Tyre Safe Advice . Therefore, is available on the TYRESAFE website . Including, much more valuable information for the motorist to gather . Thus, about their tyres and safety related issues.

Tyre Safe Advice

  • To update this post, although we give excellent Tyre Safe Advice,we have seen the usual crop of caravan accidents that were probably due to the incorrect tyre pressure or the caravans just requiring new tyres. Even so ITyre Safe Advice am convinced that there is a completely good solution to the problem and that would for the caravan manufacturers to fit runflat tyres as standard. The solution would be far better than those awful rim bands that take an inexperienced tyre fitter a lifetime to fit and remove. when a new tyre is  fitted.
  • We are all used to runflats now and have bought special fitting machines for the job. I can not believe that the people who make the caravans have not thought of this before in my opinion it is not rocket science and would be a great safety feature when coupled up with a tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS .

Tyresafe has also many affiliated members including one of their recent members the Camping and Caravan Club

Eric Roberts…

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

 

Check your Winter Levels-Also -Check your Tyres and Wheel Alignment

Check your Winter Levels and have your wheel alignment checked after winter driving

Check your Winter Levels

Check your Winter Levels;Steering geometry is a very important part of your cars upkeep and maintenance. The very least you should do is to check the wheel alignment when new tyres are fitted or when the car is serviced make sure that this is part of the service and that it is carried out in a correct manner.

Check your Winter Levels to shake winter off of your car
Richmond Times Dispatch
Some garages recommend a wheel alignment — which can cost around $80 — or a tyre rotation as part of your spring maintenance.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Wheel alignment and a tyre rotation is good advice ?

This is good advice from the Richmond Times Dispatch article. As winter ends and we are approached by the spring time it is good sound advice to have your steering wheel geometry carried out on your car.

  • This is because most car drivers will have driven over a pothole or speed bump that was covered in snow, and would have had the tracking knocked out by the slightest impact . Most cases you would not have known and your tyres will wear away at one edge or the other, causing premature wear and in some cases affecting your cars steering and the position of your steering wheel.
  • The cost here in Halifax in West Yorkshire UK is around £29.90 for the average saloon car and tyre rotation will only be at the £20 mark. it is also worth noting that wheel alignment goes under another name here in the UK, it is also known as “tracking”.
  • After checking your steering geometry, it is important that you check (or have checked for you) your engine coolant levels.. make sure that you have the correct level of anti-freeze for the upcoming winter weather. It is really  important that you check Check your Winter Levels such as the engine coolant level at regular intervals – weekly if possible – it’s an easy job to do. Your levels should not change and if you find that you are having to top the levels up, then it is possible that you may have a leak on the cooling system. The thing is, that you never know when bad weather will affect you and your car, so Check your Winter Levels.
  • If you have a leak then it is better that you find out about it at home rather that miles away whilst driving down a motorway. loss of fluid could mean that  engine will overheat causing your engine major problems, or at least blowing your cylinder head gasket. if you are not so sure about the amount of antifreeze to put in your cars radiator filler tank, then seek advice from your local garage or Unipart Car Care centre, if you live here in the UK.
  • Also make sure that you keep your window washer bottle topped up with de-icer screen wash, there is nothing worse that a frozen windscreen when driving along and your washer bottle and windscreen keeps freezing up, so that you cannot see a thing in front of you. The beginning of the 2014 winter has brought us the usual mixed bag of cold followed by mild air hitting the UK from the Atlantic.
  • We have have a mixture of conditions from warm days to freezing cold days with light snow. I am always amazed at the resilience of our drivers, who have once again beaten our expectations, by preparing their cars so  Check your Winter Levels for the winter ahead.The drivers using winter tyres has risen year after year and i put this down to “word of mouth”advice from motorists who have experienced the value of this product in snow and ice.

Many thanks Eric Roberts… www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all

Check your Winter Levels

Check your Winter Levels;Tyre pressure checks are also very important

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

See on www.timesdispatch.com

Post compiled by Eric Roberts a member of Point-S

Peugeot 206 Bushes- “Looked like the Back Wheels were falling Off”

Peugeot Rear wheels rattling about due to Peugeot 206 Bushes

Peugeot 206 Bushes

Peugeot 206 axle refitted with new Peugeot 206 Bushes

One of the many phone calls that we receive was from a lady in distress in a local town called Batley here in West Yorkshire UK.

She said that another motorist had pulled her up, because her rear wheels looked to be coming off. She called us for assistance and we recovered the car to our Halifax Garage.

The red coloured Peugeot 206 duly turned up and we hoisted the car onto one of our two poster ramps. We soon discovered that the 2007 Peugeot 206 Problems had a common problem for this car, the Peugeot 206 Bushes had collapsed.

Peugeot 206 Bushes

Peugeot 206 Bushes rear axle removed

What we do is to keep a whole axle unit in stock from another Peugeot 206 and we recondition the axle fitting new Peugeot 206 Bushes and any other part that needs replacing, we find that this is the easiest way to complete this job, to change the whole unit. We then rebuild the broken axle in a quite moment ready for the next one that comes in.

If you live in the UK you can sometimes see the rear wheels on the Peugeot 206s

Splaying out from top to bottom. This is the first sign of the bushes going, or it is often picked up on the cars annual MOT test, by failing the rear axle bushes.

For more information about the Peugeot 206http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_206

To conclude we fitted the reconditioned rear axle including the new Peugeot 206 Bushes and the car went away as good as new.

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

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

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

Bilzzak 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.

Eric Roberts… www.pellontyres.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Tyre labeling- is now considered good for the motorist to check on?

Tyre labeling

tyre labellingTyre labeling is too vague for modern tyres

Brain twister  labeling is fraternal against the taxidriver.: .RXP http://t.co/3ZC6K6aCDx

 

eric roberts‘s insight: Since this post was first release. Hence, I have now changed my opinion. As a result of  regarding tyre labeling. For this reason, at first i did not think that the buying public. Would take any notice of the tyre grading’s. But now we are getting many drivers. That are comparing the makes of tyres. Thus, before they make their purchase. Consequently, I did not think that this would ever happen. Therefore, I thought that most people would  buy on price alone. But I admit that i was wrong. I would say that out of all of our  purchasing customers about a third now compare the Tyre labeling ratings. We now show all the different Tyre labeling ratings of all the tyres that we offer on our website, so that our customers can look at the different labels and make a more informed choice of tyre for their cars.

Tyre labeling does not affect tyre virtues

What do i mean ?. Manufacturers have always been torn between two things, Good grip or high mileage. it is very difficult to get the correct balance, we all know about the Michelin “X” when it came out ? it knocked the socks off mileage compared to all the other manufacturers, but also became famous for not been very good in the wet.

This is a great example of the imbalance that can take place between the two things that the tyre makers are trying to achieve. With today’s modern tyre testing techniques these  companies have a much better chance of getting the balances correct. So much so that tyres can now be made for specific car models such as BMWs and Mercedes, who have their own specific ones to aid the cars performance.

What i am getting at is that in my opinion tyre labeling is not a good way of determining how good a tyre really is and is just another piece of bureaucracy that came from the European Union. The tyre companies are way ahead of these stupid labels, that really tell the motorist nothing. Also how true is the tyre labeling on imported economy brands ?

Eric Roberts…www.pellontyres.co.uk

Members of Point-S

 

Tyre labeling

Tyre labeling with the tyre attributes are now becoming more and more popular with the public and to my surprise some drivers are specifically targeting the best advice from these labels and it will make the tyre manufacturers open their eyes to making a better product.

 

Tyresafe Partworn Campaign-About the dangers of buying Part Worn Tyres-www.tyresafe.org

Tyresafe Partworn Campaign

Tyresafe Campaign

Tyresafe Campaign

Post updated  2/2/2014

Tyresafe Campaign about part worn tyres; are just not worth the money ?

eric roberts‘s insight:

Pellon tyres are a member of Tyresafe and are concerned about part worn tyres

For all tyre safety matters this is the web-site to look at . So inwardly digest what they are saying.

Before buying Part worn tyres you must look at what they have to say?. To prove a point, the Tyresafe Campaign . By buying sample part worn tyre products from all over the country. Thus, working out the real worth of part worn tyres . Hence,  the facts are startling. As a result, you should not be buying these tyres. Unfortunately, not only could they be dangerous . But” pound for pound” they are not worth the money . Consequently, that you will pay out for them .

What constitutes a part worn tyre to be sold legally?

Many local council trading standards officers . Are pursuing part worn tyre outlets . Frequently, prosecuting the ones that are breaking the law. Not least Warwickshire County Council. Part worn tyres must be checked for cuts, bulges, exposed tyre cords . So, should have no foreign bodies embedded in them . Such as nails and screws. For this reason, they should be clearly marked as part worn tyres. Including, with a minimum tread depth of 2 mm all round. Before they can be sold.

Trading standards officers often pretend to be genuine customers and go round buying part worn tyres, to be tested. Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service said:

Tyresafe Partworn Campaign

“Whilst all the tyres we purchased passed the tread depth test, only one was stamped as ‘part-worn’ and two failed because of tread separation or slow pressure loss, neither of which would be obvious to a consumer straight away. Our advice is that it’s always safest to buy brand new tyres, but if you are buying part-worn, make sure the tyre has been tested, check the tread depth, look out for lumps and bumps and keep an eye on the tyre pressure”

For this reason, we have had many of our own customers . Who have paid up to half the price of a cheap new tyre . Than for a part worn. Thus, only to find out that the tyre has only lasted them for a couple of weeks. Complete false economy? This The Tyresafe Campaign is most welcome?

Eric Roberts

 

See on www.tyresafe.org

RT @Tyresafe: If you’re thinking about fitting part worn tyres, take a look at this quick movie first http://t.co/S9YjRbyH

 

Tyresafe Campaign

Car tyres Online- Which car tyres prices should you go for online,cheapest or best?

Helping you out with car tyres selection

Car tyres Online

Yokohama are one of the best Car tyres Online products a a reasonable price.

For consumers who are looking to purchase new or spare tyres online, choosing the right online site for the purchase is key to getting the lowest prices, and top quality. When choosing the Car tyres Online to buy, not only do you want to look for the lowest price, but consumers should also look for the top tyres on the market. So, when comparing car tyre prices online, making sure you compare the best brand such as Continental tyres or Firestone tyres , the car tyres with the best depth and tread, and the car tyres which are going to last you for the most miles when driving, so that you do not have to constantly replace them.

In order to save on the Car tyres Online prices you are purchasing , consumers have to take the time to find the right online retailer for the purchase. Comparing online sites, and choosing the one which has the most extensive product selection, the best brand names, the various car tyre options to choose from, a site which is well reviewed and rated by other consumers online, and of course, the online site which offers the lowest and most affordable car tyre prices to their consumers. Keeping each of these factors in mind, prior to purchasing, is something all consumers should do, if they want to save, and if they want to find the right Car tyres Online for their car.

Depending on the car you drive, the tyres you will purchase are also going to vary. So, keeping this in mind, and making sure the tyres you are buying online come in sizes and tread depths for all cars, is also something to consider when choosing the tyre. Whether it is a pick-up or a traditional family saloon style car, knowing which ones you need, and where to find the lowest car tyre prices for them, are some factors to keep in mind when you choose to shop online for the new ones for your car. The size, and the dimensions of the tyres has to be correct when choosing them online, so keeping the price in mind, and what style you are looking to buy, are things a shopper has to consider when they are making the product selection, and when they are determining which tyres are going to be the best option for their car. Yokohama tyres are an excellent choice, combining quality with price.

Comparing various car tyres,

different brands, and finding the top names in the industry such as Avon tyres, all for the cheapest car tyre prices online, are the main factors a consumer is going to look for. But, taking the time to find those which are highest in safety rating, the right size for your car, the most durable car ones on the market, and those which are rated the best car tyres in the industry, should also be factors to keep in mind when shopping for new ones. By considering each of these factors when choosing new tyres, consumers are bound to find the lowest car tyre prices, and they are going to find that the top Car tyres Online retailer is going to offer the variety and prices they hope to pay. Please get the correct size for your car as you may regret it if you are the one who makes a mistake and ends up with the

Car tyres Online

A good choice of stock in essential

ones that you dont want, believe me this does happen.

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

Car tyres Online

Busy tyre stores at Car tyres Online retailer

Locking Wheel Nuts-Drivers can never find them? Love them or Hate them ?

Locking wheel nuts are an every day problem.

One the biggest problems we encounter almost every day is the dreaded “locking wheel nuts”. These are the little blighter’s that fit onto your alloy wheels to prevent the wheels from being stolen. The problem only becomes a problem when the customer forgets where he last put the nut that is the part that fits onto your locking wheel nut to remove it from your wheel, (if you get what I mean).

locking wheel nuts

types of locking wheel nuts

This is the little beast that our customers forget about until it comes to wanting some new tyres fitted. We have to search high and low to find the little ******, but some times it can be found and so we have to remove it by force. We have now purchased a small Locking Wheel Nut Removal Tool which does help us remove the locking wheel nuts, but it can still be a difficult job to do. Some wheels have a very narrow hole where the nut or stud fits, that makes it almost impossible to fit a tool onto the locking nut to help remove it.

In general we can remove one in about ten to fifteen minutes but some take much longer to remove. For this service we charge the customer £29.90 a set to remove and a similar price for a new set of locking wheel nuts. This is for the average car and some of the bigger cars cost much more.

It pays to look after your locking wheel nuts

In general it pays to look after your lockers. One of the commonest scenarios is when a customer buys a second hand car, make sure you know where the lockers are kept and even if there is one at all ?. Do not forget that you could be without a locker in say a motorway tyre blowout , then you would really be stuck, it happens on many occasions ask the AA or the RAC.

The cost if a special tool that we have to buy to remove the locking wheel nuts. The tool is made by a Yorkshire company called “Dynomec Ltd” and is designed specially for removing the nuts when the tool part is lost or broken, other types of nuts are removed by a socket or another nut is welded to the nut on the wheel to give extra leverage and the broken or lost nut can then be removed. Some can take over an hour to remove but we never give in.

locking-wheel-nuts-love-them-or-hate-them

new locking wheel nuts  ready to be fitted

A demonstration can be seen on http://www.dynomec.co.uk/index.html in order to see what we have to do to remove your damaged or lost locking wheel nut.

Also see it on Youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFXfEhTi8VU

Article written by Eric Roberts member of   Point S

Checking Your tread depth-on your car tyres is most important…Pellon tyres

Checking Your tread depth

Checking Your tread depth Car tyre that was NOT checked by the owner ?

Checking Your tread depth

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This damage was not spotted because the owner did NOT check the tyres?

 

Checking Your tread depth  will contribute to your cars performance. It is very important to check them at regular intervals and inflate them to the correct pressures.

Your personnel safety and  performance together with the driving comfort are three of the most important reasons why drivers should Checking Your tread depth and the pressures  on a weekly basis.

The picture above is a good example of a tyre that was not checked. The main problem of this car was the fact the cars steering geometry was all wrongly set, this cars steering was clearly out of alignment and needed tracking (wheel alignment).

if you check yours on a regular basis you will spot the  wearing of on one edge, especially on the inside were it is more difficult to spot. This one in the picture was worn down to

Checking Your tread depth

Checking your pressures every week is very important.

the steel belt, and the driver would have certainly received a fine and points if he had been pulled up by the police.

Tread depth of the tyres

This is also an important point to make. The legal limit in the UK is 1.6 mm for Checking Your tread depth, but most manufacturers including Yokohama tyres do not put the sipes that dissipate the water down to the full depth of the tread, in fact it becomes “bald” when it has 3 mm of tread left, this applies to many of the performance cars. If a careful eye is kept on them, then they should be changed when the tread that is left is at 3 mm. although not illegal they become very dangerous in wet weather and will

Checking Your tread depth

Checking Your tread depth

When checking your tyre pressures you should always look out for bulges and cuts, like the one in the picture

need replacing. You should also inspect your side-walls for any bulges as well as Checking Your tread depth , that can be caused by clipping the kerb or going down a pot-hole. Also look out for any cuts or nails and screws that may have penetrated the tyre but not gone right through the tread, this is an accident waiting to happen.

In general you should have your pressures checked at regular intervals I would recommend every week if possible or at least every two weeks. If you drive an SUV or up-market saloons,  keep an eye open for the 3mm depth of your tread appearing, although there is no markings they will appear to look bald. When this happens you should replace them with new ones.

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

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Wheel balancing Facts-Car Drivers are still not sure What WHEEL BALANCING IS ?

Wheel balancing Facts

Wheel balancing Facts; in the beginning?

Wheel balancing Facts When I first started working in the tyre trade. Then, wheel balancing was not as important . Especially, on the old x ply tyres on slowly driven cars. Hence, as it is on today’s fast cars driving on the fast highways. For this reason, we used to spend hours trying to balance Jaguar wheels. Thus, on old “spirit level” wheel balancers. In times gone by the Jaguar was about the fastest British car out . Consequently, Jaguars came out on Dunlop tyres . This was a textile radial the size was Er70Vr x15.

The problem was that Dunlop could not get the tyre to balance correctly. Therefore, all the tyres had to go back to Dunlop to be skimmed on a special machine. Thus, to make the tyres circumference what you may call “round”. As I have said, a special machine had to be made to perform this. For this reason, all Jaguar wheels were done in this way.
Nowadays we used very sophisticated machinery. Exclusively, to perform the wheel balancing. Moreover, these machines are computerised and very accurate. Pinpointing the exact place where the weight should be attached.

It is now very rare that a wheel would need re-balancing. Even more, once the new tyre was fitted and the wheel balancing was done. For this reason, we have all experienced the  vibration of their wheels. Especially, wheels that say, looses a weight. Balancing,  also causes problems with your suspension and steering parts. Apart from annoying the driver. Therefore, it is important that you get the wheels balanced again. Preferably, as soon as possible.

Wheel balancing “wobble” is very distinctive

The vibration or wobble caused by an out of balance wheel is easy to identify. Your car will drive normally until a certain speed is reached , balancing Facts say 50 mph and start to vibrate through your hands on the steering wheel, the car will normally drive through this to say 60 mph and then feel perfectly normal, this is your wheels that are out of balance.

Sometimes the facts state that vibration comes through your seat, this is usually your rear wheels that are out of balance, most other things that can vibrate on your car such as faulty brakes, will be a more violent vibration and will start at low speeds and be very noisy , if this happens stop your car a seek some advice from a skilled engineer or your nearest Auto-centre.
To summarise  balancing Facts can cause your tyres to wear prematurely and also feels uncomfortable when driving any good Tyre centre will correct the problem in half an hour and have you on your way in no time.
Please watch this great video from you-tube…

This post was written by Eric Robertswww.batteriesontheweb.co.uk