Dunlop Tyres-A Brief History of one of the companies that i worked for.

Dunlop Tyres

Dunlop Tyres

Bicycles the first for Dunlop

In the days of Queen Victoria Britain was going full steam ahead in the industrialized nation that we had become. Inventions were arising thick and fast.

In the year of 1889 patent from John B Dunlop. His company was founded in Dublin and called the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd.This company manufactures his very own patent the Pneumatic tyre, in those days just for the bicycle.Dunlop Tyres

The bike was getting very popular in those days, and people were starting to form clubs for racing. A famous racer in those days was called Willie Hume who won seven races on the new Dunlops. Word soon spread, and full production started in 1890 in Belfast Northern Ireland. Dunlop were able to open up similar businesses in Europe and North America and opened a factory in Australia.They then began having financial difficulties and indeed had to sell off the overseas operations. Furthermore, to this day The company had to split and in Australia they have been a separate company, both making different brands using the same name.

Dunlop UK then opened a large factory in Birmingham the UK, and in a short time they started the production of car tyres, and the Birmingham plant became known as “Fort Dunlop” a very famous part of the Birmingham Brummy landscape. I visited the fort many times in the past and was always made to feel very welcome. consequently, they became a very rich company and had Worldwide operations in distribution, manufacturing including owning their rubber plantations in Ceylon and Malaya.

In the 1930s Dunlop  went into making other products

In the 1930s Dunlop Began diversifying into other rubber products, these were latex, golf balls, and other sporting equipment. They also started making rubber boots and “O” rings. In 1950 they then started making and supplying tyres for Formula 1 cars.

In 1971 Dunlop merged with Italian tyre giants Pirelli to form the biggest companies in the world. By 1984 they once again started with financial difficulties and the company was sold to Sumitomo Rubber Industries of Japan. The tyre brand name was split up over three groups and also all the other products that Dunlop made such as sports goods were sold off to various other companies. That just about brings us up to date,  Dunlop and Goodyear now trade under the same brand names with the same parent company and made in different factories around the World.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I

Dunlop Tyres

Dunlop Tyres-Dunlop were a major contributor to the motor racing scene

Dunlop Tyres

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.

TYRE WEAR-What you should be looking for on your tyres

TYRE WEAR

TYRE WEAR

Your TYRE wear should be checked once a week

Most ladies are not sure about checking  there tyres for wear. Come to think of it , neither do most men. So.the easiest way is to call into your local tyre and auto centre. of course, they would be only too pleased to check them for you.

You must look for premature uneven tyre wear. This is usually the first sign of a problem with your steering geometry. Consequently, could even indicate a major problem with the cars steering and, or suspension. Naturally, the first sign is that you will see a bald area appearing at the inside or the outside of your front tyres.

So, if you do notice that the tyre is wearing off at one side. Of course, it is important that you have your wheel alignment checked and adjusted.

If your tyre is wearing at the centre then you are running you tyres with too much pressure. For this reason, this needs to be adjusted. With the attention to making sure that  the correct pressure used for your model of car. Some cars nowadays have fall our wheels aligned, this means that the cars rear as well as front wheels may need adjusting, this is particularly common on the modern SUV type vehicles and 4x4s. This regular visual checking will also save you money as a new tyre for these types of vehicles will cost you well over £120 these days ,.

By having each one checked at regular intervals you will spot uneven  wear at an early stage and prevent damaged and expensive parts from becoming dangerous and costly. Most lady customers and indeed male customers can call into a local, reputable  dealer and have a free inspection by one of the staff. There is no excuses.

Another way that you may about a tyre problem is if you car tends to pull the left or right.

This is only spotted when a new tyre is fitted. Of course, when  the customer drives their car on the road for the first time. Firstly, the car steering wheel feels out of line. Pulling the vehicle to one side. Secondly, this is why you should have your Laser Wheel Alignment checked out. Especially, after you have had a new tyre or new tyres fitted. In other words, most garages have now got Wheel Alignment Machines .

customers do not understand the amount of hard work a tyre does. Including, how much punishment tyres take. In the light of them zooming down the motorway at 80 miles a hour. So you see why its so important to check yours  at regular intervals. safety is paramount!  tyres are the only things between you and an accident. Customers in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire can call in at any time for a free check.

More reading…www.carbibles.com/tyre_bible.html

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres-New and better materials now used in winter tyres.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Winter tyres are made to give more flexibility

they are made of different compounds and operate at much lower temperature. Most tyre makers now include silica in their compounds, this enables the winter tyres to operate at

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Goodyear All Season a cross between summer tyres and winter tyres

much lower temperatures and retain their suppleness in adverse conditions, even the Best Summer Tyres become hard like plastic, making the tyres loose their elasticity and therefore grip. Some tyre makers such as Toyo of Japan have tried adding grit to their compounds to help create a safer Snow Tyres and winter tyres. Winter tyres have also different tread patterns these are usually more of a block pattern with larger centre groves to dissipate the water and slush, the blocks give you more surface but do not clog up with snow due to the spaces between the blocks, they also have many tiny slits known as sipes, these sipes also help to dissipate the slush and water that can clog up your tyres.Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Winter tyres have now become much more sophisticated . Companies like Vredestein produce some of the Best Cheap Winter Car Tyres a Dutch tyre company now owned by Apollo tyres from India, have made winter tyres to a very high standard . This was necessary to comply with other European countries that witnessed snow every winter and the need for say a German motorist to be able to drive his BMW at great speed down the Autobahn to go skiing in Austria or Switzerland on the same tyre.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres Winter Tyres  technology advanced in leaps and bounds.

Silica was added to able the rubber compounds to become much more flexible at lower temperatures. This advance is now used by most of the leading tyre companies.  This combined with computer enhanced tread design has enabled manufacturers to produce a winter tyre. The tyres are now silent on motorways yet very effective in heavy rain, snow and ice. Snow tyres, in my opinion are one of the greatest advances for the motorist of our time. They are a great contribution to road safety. All vehicle owners should consider buying them. This is especially when buying them at the right time. This is  before the price doubles again or indeed before supplies run out. Winter tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com at internet prices.

Eric Roberts

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. Furthermore, 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. In addition,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.

Pirelli Cinturato Radial Tyres-“Born”from Lancia Cars

Pirelli radial tyres were born from the need of Lancia Rally division. Hence, who wanted a stronger lower riding radial tyre for their “Lancia Stratos” rally car. Accordingly, this leads the designers to create a much more durable tyre construction. As a result, both wider and with a much lower side wall. Hence, this Pirelli Cinturato design became very successful. Of course, giving a significant boost toLancia racing”. Indeed Porsche also started to use the Pirelli Cinturato tyre in its racing division.

Pirelli Cinturato to compete with the steel of Michelin

Pirelli Cinturato,Lancia Rally 037

Lancia Rally 037 on Pirelli Cinturato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new Pirelli design leads to the creation of the Pirelli Cinturato. This tyre was created in the 1950s.Therefore, and was originally made from a textile belted construction. This tyre gave great comfort and road holding qualities but as for all textile construction tyres was a little low on mileage and could not compete with some of its rivals namely Michelin who were streets ahead with their steel belted X range of tyres.

Eric Roberts remembers fitting these Pirelli Cinturato tyres in the 1960 s. Eric, was a tyre fitter in Dewsbury. These tyres were mounted on Lancias and for some strange reason were fitted to some MGBs.

The earlier Pirelli Cinturato were used as original equipment on most Italian-made production cars such as the Alfas;

Pirelli Cinturato tyres mounted on MGB GTs

Eric remembers the first time he saw these tyres. They were very unusual at the time.Hence, but things were changing fast in the world of tyres. and we were not that surprised at what came along next”. Thus, the most common size been the 165×14. Pirelli now competes on the World stage with the steel belted radial fitted to modern cars.

Eric Roberts

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

Kumho Tyres Finish First- Peugeot Team First and second in “VLN Race Series”.

Kumho Tyres Finish First

Kumho Tyres Finish First;Peugeot 207”s diesel finish in the first two positions on Kumho tyres

Kumho Tyres Finish First

Kumho Tyres Finish First

Peugeot team Nokia continues to dominate the diesel category in the Nurburgring-based VLN race series. The Kumho Tyres Finish First shod Peugeot 207 coupes finishing 1st and 2nd in the 6 out of 10 round championship in the diesel class of the race since the beginning of the season.

The South Korean tyre makers  used the wet weather tyres to help achieve pole position for the 207 s to cross the qualifying line in pole positions. The first to finish was driven by the trio of Bohrer, Cailliet and Jurgen Nett. Cailliets white car achieved the fastest lap of 9.41 minutes round the 12.9-mile circuit. This was achieved by improved suspension and steering and of course the use of these tyres, Kumho Tyres Finish First on wet weather tyres and dry weather tyres.

Four rounds to go for Kumho tyres

The Kumho team are very pleased with the performance of their tyres. Both in wet and dry conditions. With only 4 rounds to go they are looking forward to the 6-hour race. All the experience that is gained. From such motorsport inclusions is passed on to making Kumho tyres . One of the best and most forward thinking tyre companies in the World. This is used to make a quality product used on to-day’s road cars. Driven by all of us in everyday uses. More product info can be gained from their website, Kumho tyres can be purchased from Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offers car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Tyre developments for the everyday motorists include the  KU39 and the Ecsta Le Sports KU39 and not forgetting the  KH17 .

Kumho rallying

Kumho is also competing well in the 2015 rally season, with a strong showing on the Galway Rally,

Many of the competitors were to choose Kumho rally tyres. This resulted in Kumho Tyres Finish First. Indeed, the top three finishers using Kumho tyres. They were, Declan Gallagher (Toyota Starlet), Michael Conlon (Ford Escort) and John Lynch (Ford Escort). It was also a good result in the historic rally car event. Which was won by Ernie Graham driving the Kumho-shod Ford Escort.

More rally informational updates from the Kumho motorsport website …

“Billy Coleman Young Driver Of The Year 2014’ Dean Raftery had never driven a WRC car before achieving a memorable 6th place overall on last weekend’s (February 6-8) Colm Quinn BMW Galway Rally at the wheel of a Kumho Tyres Finish First-shod BMW Mini. The result was all the more remarkable for the fact that he and co-driver Mark Kane had dropped as low as 18th on the opening day, following time lost to a loose water pipe. Undeterred, the 23-year-old put in a remarkably mature drive, setting a string of top five stage times to finish just four places behind the sister Mini of his illustrious team-mate, five-times Irish rally champion Eugene Donnelly. Raftery’s Colm Quinn-sponsored car was prepared by McGeehan Motorsport and ran on Kumho CO3 and TW02 rally tyres supplied by local motorsport dealer, Ears Motorsport Ireland”.

Pellon Tyres are members of Unipart Car Care centres. Give a Nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. They also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk ,Simply by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are on offer to local motorists.Thus, whoKumho Tyres Finish First go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station. Together with being members of Motorcodes. Motorcodes carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

 

“MICHELIN TYRES” the great Success Story.(Then came Pirelli Tyres)

MICHELIN TYRES

The Michelin X tyre was developed from an idea and then an invention by American named Arthur W Savage. Tyre companies in America were not interested in the idea of radial tyres. Other tyre companies were still developing the bias belted tyre for use on their large “gas guzzling”cars. But when Savage visited Europe he received a warm welcome and his invention was well received.

Pirelli

Early MGBs were fitted with 165×14 Pirelli Cinturato textile radials

and indeed taken up by

Michelin tyres.

The rest of story is in my previous blogs. The next tyre company to try to emulate the great French tyre company was Pirelli tyres of Italy.

Part 3; Catch Up Time first “Pirelli Tyres”

Pirelli tyres were one of the first European tyre companies.Thus, to try catch up with them and in 1951 introduced the now famous Pirelli Cinturato tyre. Michelin Tyres UK  had tried to protect the copy write of the radial tyre.

The Pirelli Cinturato was first made of “Rayon cords”. Thereby, better known as a textile radial. The original tyre came out as the Cinturato CF57 and quickly became a favourite of many top car makers especially in Italy. Companies the like of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati were all fitted with Pirelli tyres.

Pirelli tyres and sports cars became a great combination. Pirelli still use the cinturato symbol on its tyres. Such as the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus and were always looking over their shoulders at Michelin tyres .

MICHELIN TYREs

 

The two tyre companies became great rivals. Pirelli tried to increase their size by merging with other tyre companies. They tried merging with Dunlop and Continental but increased its capacity by buying Armstrong tyres of America .Pirelli tyres were also fitting original equipment tyres to marques such as Aston Martin and Jaguar giving their product a very high profile image.The first time that i came across the famous Cinturato tyres  were fitted to the MGB cars in the mid sixties.

The main problems were on the early Jaguars, i remember having to take these cars to the Dunlop depot in Leeds where a Dunlop technician would have to skim some rubber off the tread area to make the tyre round enough to balance them on a regular wheel balancer.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Pirelli tyres are now available from www.pellonautocentre.com/tyres.htm online with free fitting in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Uniroyal Winter Tyres- To Unveil (Two New 4X4 Tyres)-Plus the MS 77 SUV Winter Tyres

Uniroyal Winter Tyres;Pellon tyres in Halifax would like to introduce the new tyre from Uniroyal tyres,

A member of the Continental tyre group.Uniroyal  are introducing two new models to their 4×4  product range. The new tyres will be called the Rain Expert and the  Uniroyal Winter TyresUniroyal Rainsport 2 . Both these types are developed for the Uniroyal Winter Tyres SUV  market. These tyres are used for on -road use. Therefore, have been developed  to give extra grip to the SUV type vehicle.Especially, in heavy rain and more winter conditions.What Does SUV Stand For ?. Sport Utility Vehicles.
Historically this type of vehicle has been bad to handle in winter conditions and Uniroyal are one of a number of  manufacturers to develop products that will make the SUVs handle better in adverse weather conditions.The new Uniroyal Winter Tyres will be recognizable from the standard road tyres with the “SUV” mark on the  sidewall, and have a different product description on price lists etc.
This new one will be available in sizes from 17 to 20 inch diameter sizes, this covers most of the SUV models on sale today.

Uniroyal Winter Tyres

As a tyre dealer of many years.As a result, I can remember when Uniroyal first became established in Yorkshire. Uniroyal, set up a distribution centre in Seacroft an outer suburb of Leeds. Consequently,with easy access to the A1 motorway.  Becoming, part of the Continental  group. The Leeds depot was then closed. Then they re-located to Pontefract as were Semperit tyres. This was to make distribution easier for the whole group. But this was also to be closed down at a later date.

Uniroyal have also brought out the  MS plus 77 which is said to set a new standard for Uniroyal Winter Tyres. Tyre technology has been consistently designed to operate in  today’s winter conditions on our roads. This new tyre gives excellent grip and road handling features in anything that the weather can throw at them.

Naturally,with excellent performance on wet and cold surfaces and a high level of safety in snow. Of course, it is a new force in winter tyres.

Uniroyal will be well remembered by the excellent TV adverts that became very famous, because of the use of animals including chimps and other primates, which were swing in the jungle using a rope and a Uniroyal tyre. The idea I think, was that the animals did not slip in the rain using the Uniroyal tyres.

These Uniroyal tyres are available now from Pellon tyres

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

 

Best 4×4 Tyres- Which One For You ? You Won’t do much Worse than the General AT2 Tyre.

Eric Robert MD of PellonTyres gives a little information about Best 4×4 Tyres

4x4 tyres

The Goodyear Wrangler an excellent off road tyre.

Best 4x4 Tyres

Best 4×4 Tyres

Tyre manufacturers and the automobile companies work hard. This is to develop the correct tyre for your vehicle. Best 4×4 Tyres that are produced for all vehicles including 4X4 and SUV vehicles are thoroughly tested in all conditions. Probably ,before the vehicles are released into the public domain.
Consequently, most of the Best 4×4 Tyres  developed are for mainly on road driving. Some come  with a small amount of off road capability, but the main emphasis is form the vehicle to have stability with good steering and low noise levels when driving on the road. Such vehicles would be perhaps Land Rover Discoveries.
A problem may occur when a more demanding situation requires a more demanding product. Such an occurrence may happen, say for a Farmer or any person working in a rural environment.

A different type of the Best 4×4 Tyres would be required for this situation. The tyre most likely to react to this situation would be an A/T (all-terrain) . Most noteworthy, these types  are  made by several tyre manufacturers, including General, and Kumho .

Furthermore, one of our best selling, if not the best selling on/off road tyres is the Best 4×4 Tyres General AT2. This all-terrain tyre has been designed with an aggressive, self-cleaning tread pattern that will give the driver of these vehicles much off-road traction, durability and impressive tarmac road performance.

Best 4×4 Tyres

  • 5-row tread pattern with multiple traction edges
  • Directional double v-shaped tread pattern
  • Highly-engineered acoustic tread pattern
  • Snowflake approved and this tyre can be studded.
Benefits
  • Innovative tread design promotes uncompromising off road traction
  • Designed to increase tread life
  • Allows the aggressive tread pattern to remain quiet during road and highway driving
  • Select sizes meet the severe snow service requirements of the RMA and RAC

It is also possible to fit different sizes  to your vehicle and indeed different sized wheels  can be fitted in sets. Another thing, this would be no problem for our experts on the help desk. Therefore this is one of the many reason that give us at Pellon tyres an advantage over other tyre companies, we can just telephone our help desk, to answer every 4×4   problem or fitments query. All in all, we at Pellon tyres can give a great 4×4 tyre experience to our customers and are able to get the best possible advice for our customers.

Finally, it is strongly recommended that the Best 4×4 Tyres are on 4×4 vehicles and are used in identical sets of 4, same size, make, pattern, load index and speed rating”. Consequently, this will ensure safer driving in any conditions

 

Pot-Holes Time Again- Driving over Pot-Holes Damage Your Wheels and Alignment

Pot-Holes Time Again; Eric Roberts explains the importance of wheel alignment on your car.

In the North England we experience many vehicle owners wanting (Wheel Alignment), the primary cause for this is Pot-Holes Time Again in the road and speed humps, this can change the automobile’s steering and suspension settings or smash critical parts such as tyres and steering components.

Pot-Holes Time Again

Pot-Holes Time Again

Potholes, reduce the cars safety and add expensive extra costs,  damaging the tyres prematurely, but by ensuring the wheels are correctly aligned,  and motorists can eliminate the effects of any pothole or speed bump injuries and make sure they stay as safe as possible.
The latest heavy rain will, without a doubt, add to some potholes. Furthermore, these holes cause the destruction. The holes are covered with slush and snow. These holes can cause many safety issues for motorists. Consequently, if a driver knows that they have hit a pothole they must get their wheel alignment checked out, most garages will give you a” free of charge” tracking test and you only pay for the job if the wheel alignment is out.
An added sign that your wheel alignment is out. Will be that your steering wheel is out of line. Often needing all the front wheel alignment readjusting and possibly will take an hour or two to do, you could have an add-on charge, so it may be sensible if you asked for an estimate of the cost.

Pot-Holes Time Again; A further thing you should look out for when having your wheel alignment checked is the possibility of rusted up steering parts.

Most auto centres have to use some form of heating equipment. Heating will free off seized up driving components; The job of heating will take more labour time. A further charge may by added. Once again an excellent auto centre will advise you of this. And give you the option of to have the job done or not, it will be your choice.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. As members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a federal guarantee for all our work and parts. Pellon Tyres sell general tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. They 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

 

Spring Car Servicing-Treat your car to a Spring Treat with a good service

Updated 7/6/2014

Spring Car Servicing; Get Your Car Service After the  long Winter

Spring Car Servicing; Eric Roberts of Pellon Tyre and Autocentre gives his humble advice on good Customer Service on your vehicle or van after our the last cold and wet winter. Even a short engine service will be good for your cars life, and life expectancy, changing your old oil will reinvigorate your cars engine, and prolong its life expectancy.
I think this is the time to think about getting your car serviced, even in these times of recession it will pay you to care your vehicle by having Spring Car Servicing.
This winter as been exceptionally wet on your vehicle. Because of all the torrential rains. We have experienced this spring and winter and the rainy days have probably been forgotten now that Spring Car Servicingwe will be feeling when a bit of warm sun(not yet though we are now in May, and it’s still freezing) on our backs and the spring has arrived.

But your car took some heavy wear and tear on those cold, freezing nights. Your battery, your braking system, your clutch and other items such as the thickness of your cars oil. When your engine is running on thick oil, there is a likelihood of the increase in wear and tear on your engine, and it is important to change the oil as soon as the air temperature starts to rise, this will give your engine an uplift and increase its life expectancy.
Also, the effect that inclement weather has on your clutch and tyres, skidding on slippery surfaces causes massive amounts of premature wear on both these parts of your vehicle; an excellent service will pick up all these points.

Spring Car Servicing

Your Spring Car Servicing should be carried out at a proper service centre, ( look for your nearest Unipart service centre). Many motorists know of a good garage centre and will often pass this information on to their friends and family by word of mouth.
If you are phoning around for prices. I would advise going for the middle range price ( and make sure that the price includes parts and labour).

It is also a good idea to ask the garage/auto centre to keep your old parts for you to examine. Although many of the good centres will do this automatically for you. The cost of your Spring Car Servicing are governed by the size of your car engine. The cubic capacity (CC) usually the prices are split into three, small, medium and large engines. The bigger the car, the more extensive the parts. Therefore, the costlier the service and also diesel engines will be slightly more expensive.
I always recommend that motorists should try and use a garage that may be part of a larger trading group. These organisation often offer excellent guarantees and a sounder peace of mind,” and you cannot beat word of mouth recommendation”. I often give the analogy of buying a cheap tyre”. They look good but never last as long as a premium brand of tyre.
Also with many motorists strapped for cash. I would advise that the least thing you do is to change your engine oil. Consequently, have your brakes checked when you can afford to have your Spring Car Servicing.

Not just a service check your battery as well

If your car battery starts letting you down, change it as soon as possible. Most modern cars have onboard computers. Also, modern engines now have alternators that charge at 14.5 volts and will only work correctly using a maintenance free battery. Your replacement battery should be the best that you can afford, but there are many car batteries for sale at reasonable prices. Try and buy a high-quality maintenance free battery with a three-year warranty at an affordable price; Available at most good websites, with next day

Spring Car Servicing

Spring Car Servicing; parts delivery van

delivery. I hope this is valuable information to you and saves you money on the cost of motoring.