560×13 X-ply tyres-Vintage cross ply tyres fitted to these great looking MG cars

Old cars fitted with 560×13 x-ply tyres (takes me back)

560×13 X-ply tyres; On a recent trip to France, I came across some fantastic vintage cars and thought that they would be perfect for one of my blogs.

560x13 X-ply tyres

MG fitted with 560×13 X-ply tyres

The cars were fitted with 560×13 X-ply tyres and reminded me of the time when I was an apprentice mechanic. My first employment as a young mechanic was in a small industrial town in West Yorkshire called Batley. Batley in those days was a very busy mill town and was the home to some famous companies. The best-known company still trades in Batley and is called Fox,s biscuits.

The garage that I worked for was called Phillips Brothers, a small British Leyland garage that repaired most British cars such as MG, and other Leyland marques. As the new lad, I had to fix punctures and fit new tyres; this included the very popular 560×13 X-ply tyres. The tyre service in those days was pretty necessary. Indeed we had to use tyre levers as tyre machines were not available then.

The most standard tyres in those days were 560×13 X-ply tyres

and most were fitted to early M Gs and early Minis . Minis were on 520×10 tyres and then moved onto radial tyres. Foxs biscuits family lived nearby and were one of our best clients, they always bought the latest models out, but would often keep special cars, such as the MG s spotted on my travels which were MG TA and TB. These cars have now become classic vintage sports cars. They were first released in 1936, with a top speed of 78mph and 0-60 in 23 seconds, they could do 28 mile to the gallon and only 3000 were made. In 1939 the TB came out with a new 1250cc engine giving 54 brake horse power, but this model was affected by the breakout of war, leaving only 379 models made. Eric Roberts

560x13 X-ply tyres

MG fitted with 560×13 X ply tyres

 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.

Check your Car Tyres regularly-Some Care Information and don’t forget your vans

Check your Car Tyres regularly; must be checked every week

You should Check your Car Tyres regularly,  on your vehicle including  vans at least once a week. You must look for uneven  wear, this is usually the first sign of a problem with your steering geometry and could

Check your Car Tyres regularly

car having the wheel alignment corrected

even indicate a major issue with the cars steering and, or suspension.

If you notice that the tyres are wearing off on one side, it is important that you have your wheel alignment checked and adjusted. Some cars nowadays have Four-Wheel Alignment, this means that the cars rear as well as front wheels may need changing, this is particularly common for the modern SUV type vehicles and 4x4s. This regular visual checking will also save you money as a new boot for these kinds of vehicles will cost you well over £120 these days and the prices are still rising.

Check your Car Tyres regularly

One of 4 badly worn out

Most lady customers and indeed male customers can call into a local, reputable tyre dealer and have a free inspection by one of the staff. There are no excuses for driving your car fitted with bald pieces of rubber that look like racing slicks on a grand-Prix car.

Another way that you may about a tyres problem is if your vehicle tends to pull the left or right.

The car steering wheel feels “out of line” and the car pulls to one side or the other.  This is why you should have your tracking (wheel alignment) checked out. Naturally, after you have had new tyres fitted. Customers do not understand the amount of hard work that a tyre does.Therefore, and how much punishment that tyres have to take. To when zooming down the motorway at 80 miles an hour, so you see why its so important to Check your Car Tyres regularly, they are the only things between you the road and an accident.

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.

Enduro 4×4 tyres-Always a Quality On/Off road tyre at an “Economy Price”

Enduro 4×4 tyres

Enduro 4×4 tyres are a very popular choice for 4×4 vehicle market. Pellon tyres can offer this tyre online at a very competitive price. Indeed this price will often beat the price of remoulding tyres in the same market.

The HT is predominantly a road tyre with just enough off-road ability to make it useful on tracks and non-tarmac road surfaces, such as farm tracks. Just like the AT, it is a proven tyre with a sound record of performance and reliability. Such a good buy in the budget tyre range.

Enduro 4x4 tyres

Enduro 4×4 tyres; the Enduro HT

 

 Enduro 4×4 Tyres

Eric Roberts of Pellon tyres thinks that this is the best value all-terrain tyre that you can get. It is biased slightly towards on-road rather than off-road but by a minimal margin as its off road, excellent performance has been proven by the sheer quality of customer feedback through the four site 4×4 Tyre Centre network. If your budget is a critical issue but you also have a moderate amount of varied off-roading to do when you are not cruising on the road, then this is the best tyre for the job. A real winner its good at the job at a budget tyre price.

These sound quality Enduro 4×4 tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Thus, are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. They also sell tyres online from our website 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 the high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads -Bald tyres are just Accidents Waiting to Happen

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; More and More Bald tyres are not getting replaced in the Recession

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Eric Roberts MD of  Pellon Tyre and Auto Centre in Halifax West Yorkshire, has never seen so many dangerous tyres that have been removed, from customers wheels in 40 years of running a tyre business.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times but to cut back on buying a car tyre will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger, especially with the weather turning wetter as we go towards September and Autumn and Winter approaches.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

English: Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Two vehicle aquaplaning due to flash-flooding over Kooringal Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The combination of wet roads and bald tyres makes for an accident waiting to happen. The name for this is AQUAPLANING; This is when your tyre is separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. Therefore, your tyre does not grip.

Because of the absence of tread on the tyre. Then the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied. Hence, this is the cause of many motorway crashes.Of course,  you may have also seen F1 cars during a race. Because in dry weather conditions, the racing cars are equipped with bald tyres (called slicks). Accordingly, when the weather turns wet, the cars are replaced with tyres that have a tread pattern. Thus the same principals apply for the regular car owner. Therefore, it is highly dangerous to drive on a “BALD” tyre,  and also illegal.

Not only “BALD” tyres? But tyres down to the “STEEL BELT.”

A more pessimistic scenario has recently developed. We are now removing tyres from customers cars. That have gone past the “BALD” stage. Hence,  down to the “STEEL BELT”. As a result, this is now a sombre position to be in. We at Pellon tyres stress that you should have your tyres checked at regular intervals. You may be putting your families, and other drivers live’s at risk.Thus, driving about on tyres in this state.

Eric RobertsBald tyres-Wet Roads members of TYRESAFE.ORG

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. For this reason,We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Therefore, we also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are available to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Consequently, 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.

Tyre down to the steel belt

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; a badly worn tyre next to a new tyre

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-great to be able to work on these Vintage cars from the past

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine; Eric Roberts and his MOT testers are pleased that the owner of such a valuable and iconic car. 

The car was first bought by a wealthy cotton mill owner from Bradford in West Yorkshire. He bought the car as a gift to his wife. The Rolls Royce, has been kept in “excellent condition”by its present owner ever since. We at Pellon carry out the annual MOT test.
The Wraith Limousine was built by Rolls Royce at their premises in Derbyshire from between 1938 and 1939. It was sold only as a chassis to “independent car and coach body builders”. Who then built individual versions of the body styles for this“great car”.
The Wraith had coil spring independent suspension with large leaf springs at the rear, the car had a six cylinder overhead valve 4257 cc engine, with a four speed gearbox three gears had synchromesh gears fitted.
Drum brakes came as standard and were assisted by a “mechanical servo” driven by the engine from a French designer. This car was fitted with an “hydraulic jacking system” which was operated from a lever under the passenger seat.
Speed depended on the type of body that the car had fitted. Furthermore, the average speed was probably about 80 to 90 mph. Finally, the tyres on the car were 17ins usually Dunlop tyres and the wheels were wire spokes in design.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

The car was in great condition for the mot test.In 1938 the complete touring car would have cost around £1700 to £2000 for a complete car including the body, only 492 cars were built but due to the outbreak of the “second world war” production had to stop. This why some of the cars have later registration numbers. The car that we were working on is registered in 1946 because of the need to hold them in storage until after the war.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-car waiting for the mot test

This car is a “fine specimen” and we are proud to have the car to be MOT tested at our premises in Halifax to have your car tested log on to. www.pellonautocentre.com/mot.htm

Pirelli Van Tyres-New Tyre Range for Camper Van Tyres from Pirelli Tyres

Famous Italian tyre-makers Pirelli Van Tyres have brought out a new range of tyres

Meeting the needs of the modern van and the new van driver. Vans can now do much faster speeds with higher payloads and so need the van tyres to cope with these conditions. Some vans can now carry payloads of up to 3.5 tonnes and require tyres with the capacity to carry these higher loads at faster speeds.

Pirelli Van Tyres “Chrono” van tyre

The new Chrono tyre has been developed by Pirelli Van Tyres .To cope with the demands of the smaller type delivery vans such as the Ford Transit Connect. These smaller types of vans have to deal with increased robustness. While driving at higher speeds. These vans have higher comfort levels for the drivers. In fact, modern vans are not far behind cars in the comfort stakes. Therefore the tyres have to be more flexible. They contain the correct compound for when the vans are loaded and unloaded. At the same time, the tyre must be able to carry loads at speed while also keeping a good mileage record; these vans are working vans, and tyre economy comes into the equation.

pirelli van tyres

The new  Chrono Pirelli Van Tyres lives up to all these standards and is available in wheel sizes from 14inch to 17inch.

Pirelli Van Tyres “Chrono” Camper Van Tyre.
This next tyre in the Italian tyre maker’s range is created for the camper van type vehicle. Camper van tyres are also a must for the Motor Home sector. These tyres have a reinforced structure specially designed for these cars. This structure increases the tyre life from the risk of so-called “flat spots”, which happen when the camper is parked, and then proceeds on its journey at speed.
This tyre also gives improved stability during cornering with higher levels of grip. All in all an excellent product to buy for your tourer and motorhome. The Pirelli Van Tyres come in sizes for 15 inches and 16-inch wheels.

Pirelli “Chrono”4 seasons and “Chrono” Winter tyres

They have also developed the “4 seasons” tyre for use in a regular winter a little of all kinds of weather as in a typical winter. The winter tyre is made to cope with more severe conditions. Load and speed capabilities are of the same standards as the other “Pirelli Van Tyres Chrono” products in the range. Both are excellent products coping with all a winter can throw at them.

Pirelli Van Tyres

All the Pirelli Tyres are available from Pellon tyres Halifax www.pellonautocentre.com “Find the tyres you need at discount prices using the Pellon Auto Centre tyre selector.

 

 

Eric Roberts

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners-Check Your “Caravan and Motorhome Tyres”before your journey

 Easter Getaway for-Caravaners can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Us tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailer vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels and take them to their favourite garage or auto centre and have them checked by a professional member of the team, it is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible

Eater Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; Scenes like this are all too familiar and many are caused by tyres problems

outcome. The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed, we can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the effect of ultraviolet light acting on the carbon black in the makeup of the tyre when the caravan is parked and is more common in Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motorhomes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion and the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage, this is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Eater Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; Tyre (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then check the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by ageing in the sidewalls.
As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours during the Summer months and eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down and small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area and will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard, indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre. Finally, if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked for the correct loading of your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicles require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either General re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Tyre pressures should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt, replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

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. We also sell Caravan 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 a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners

Easter Getaway for-Caravaners; heavy rig having his caravan tyres checked

– This includes Motorhome tyres- before your journey

 

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES; West Yorkshire can not stress the importance of your caravan tyres.

Tyre experts recommend that owners of any trailed vehicles should remove the complete wheel or wheels .Then take them to their favorite garage or auto centre. Check Your CARAVAN TYRESThen have them checked by a professional member of the team. It is important that the wheels  are given a thorough inspection, this will ensure the safest possible outcome. So Check Your CARAVAN TYRES . The most common thing found on caravan tyres is sidewall cracking. This usually only comes to light when the tyre is removed. We can flex the sidewall with the tyre removed from the wheel, and this will show the extent of the cracking. This problem is due to the affect of ultra-violet light acting on the carbon black. This is in the make up of the tyre when the caravan is parked, and is more common on Old Michelin tyres.      This information also applies to motor-homes.

The wheels will be checked for corrosion. Then the tyres will be removed from the wheels and checked for internal cuts and damage. This is most important as unseen damage can become a nightmare scenario. Especially, when going down a motorway at sixty mile per hour and losing complete control due to tyre failure.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

Tire (Photo credit: dav)

The tyre dealer will then Check Your CARAVAN TYRES, the outside of the for damage to the tread area and the sidewalls for cuts and cracks. Also important is to check the age of the tyre, this can be easily done by an expert fitter.Tyres do become out of date after six years and are affected by aging in the sidewalls.

Check Your CARAVAN TYRES

As stated above cracks start to form around the rim area due to the caravan wheels been stood in the Sun for long hours. Especially, during the Summer months. And eventually the carbon black, that is used in the manufacture of the caravan  tyres, starts to break down. Small but deep cracks start to form around the rim area. This will eventually join up to create a very dangerous hazard. Indeed this is one of the most common cause for tyre blowouts on caravans and trailers. Any caravan tyres with cracks and cuts should be scrapped and replaced with a new tyre .Finally if everything is OK the pressures and tyre valves should be checked to the correct loading for your vehicle and trailer.

Another important point is to have the vehicle loading checked on your caravan tyres,

to make sure that the wheel set up conforms to your caravan or trailers recommended weight carrying capacity. Some of the larger heavier vehicle require more heavy duty tyres to carry the extra loading, your tyre dealer will advise you on the correct fitments by advising you fit either re-enforced or larger ply rated ones.
Check Your CARAVAN TYRES pressures, which should always be checked and adjusted when the pressures are cold before every journey. If in doubt replace with new and correct  caravan tyres.

Now Summer is approaching is a good time to check your tyres especially in this mild weather, Beat the Bank holiday rush

Eric Roberts

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

 

Dangerous tyres supplier fined-The tyres had five areas of damage which had not been properly repaired

Dangerous tyres

Dangerous tyres

‘Dangerous’ tyres supplier fined

Cumnock Chronicle

Both of the £20 tyres were examined by an independent expert who reported that one of the tyres had five areas of damage which had not been properly repaired and a nail still embedded in the tread.

eric roberts‘s insight:

Part worn tyres are Dangerous tyres

This article. Hence, in the Cumnock Chronicle . Is of no surprise to all of us genuine tyre dealers. As a result, we are very concerned .About all these back street part worn tyre shops that have sprung up.

Dangerous tyres

This Dangerous tyres was sold as an unauthorised part worn, but only lasted a week before this bubble appeared in the shoulder area.

Especially, in the past couple of years, making some areas look like the back streets of Cairo, (this is what i saw on a recent visit to Egypt),there was a tyre shop on every corner and were inflating tyres with old foot pumps.

Since I did this article their has been a rise in the number of prosecutions for Dangerous tyres against part worn tyre dealers who sell Dangerous tyres that do not come under the law, some dealers do act within the law and i have nothing against this but it is the unscrupulous dealers that should be targeted.

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I am amazed that people in a civilised country like ours would think that they could buy a decent good tyre for only £20 ?. Local authorities throughout the UK and the USA are starting to clamp down on the illegal sale of these dangerous tyres, drivers are not aware that they may be driving their cars with the time bomb of part worn tyres fitted to their vehicles.

Dangerous tyres-thanks Eric Roberts...www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Of course,we are members of Unipart Car Care centres .Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Hence,we also sell Winter  tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk .Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work . Leaving their car with us for work doing. Consequently, we are also an official MOT testing station . Members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

members of tyresafe.org

 

 

Check Your Tyres – do not wait till 1.6mmis left before changing your tyres ?

Check Your Tyres

Check Your Tyres? before the police do

check your tyres

Pistonheads.com

hi ! newbie here on PH, my first post of many – so here goes – after reading the thread on ‘do you wait till 1.6mm before changing your tyres’ i decided to check my treads on my 2010 997.2 turbo cab, they are…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This is always good advice” check your tyres”

 

Here in the UK and most of Europe it is Bank Holiday season coming up and time to Check Your Tyres . The legal limit is 1.6 mm across 3/4 of the tread from the centre outwards, if you are above that then

Check Your Tyres

The new Michelin premier Sx showing tyre sipes

legally you are OK.

The important thing to remember is that most cars today have cars fitted with  tyres that do not have any sipes,up to 3 mm of remaining rubber on the tread area. The sipes are the very small slits that you can see all over the tyres. These sipes help get rid of the water between the tread area and the road surface are are one of the most important thing in  safety design, so Check Your Tyres . Without them you are running on “slick tyres”, the type of rubbers that you see on F1 racing cars that are “bald”. This gives the cars excellent grip in very dry weather but render them useless in wet weather, so the moral of this story is to remove your tyres at 3 mm, for safeties sake. Sipes are the tiny splits that are purposely designed in the design, to help dissipate the water, between the tyre and the road surface in wet or snowy weather. their are thousands of them in a typical tyre design, but they only go down to the 3 mm limit on most modern tyres especially on the new type of SUV and High Performance Car Tyres.

There are many differing types of sipes used in the design when making tyres. Some designed to lock with each other when the tread block moves. This locking together of the sipes enables  the tread block to remain solid  (helping to improve the road holding capabilities of the tyre) whilst still helping the tyre retain its grip in wet conditions. Other types of sipe are known as  keyhole sipes. This sipe,  is shaped so that the bottom of the sipe is wider than the top similar to a keyhole design. This comes from the fact that as the tyre wears and

Check Your Tyres

Check Your Tyres;A Dunlop tyre showing sipes coloured in yellow

the depth of the grooves and sipes are reduced, and the sipe width is increased retaining the overall volume.

Tyre safety Check Your Tyres  information can be found at…www.tyresafe.org

Post compiled by 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. We also sell SUV 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.

 

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