Bald Tyres-and Rain Soaked Roads = AQUAPLANING

Post Updated 28th Dec 2013

Bald Tyres;Change your tyres at 3 mil to avoid aquaplaning

This has been one of the wettest days of the year here in the UK. I say this because when I was driving along the M62 motorway I noticed that many parts of the motorway were flooded

Bald Tyres

Driving your vehicle on flooded roads at speed could result in your Bald Tyres loosing grip and aquaplaning.

 

and had large areas of standing water, on all the carriageways. This meant one thing to me “AQUAPLANING”. We know as the tyre industry that many motorists are putting off buying new replacements. All our sales figures are down, so the mixture of bald tyres on these very wet roads is a disaster waiting to happen. As I am writing this blog some motorists will be experiencing aquaplaning when driving along the motorway at speed with no tread left on their tyres, as I say this is a disaster waiting to happen and it will happen, “mark my word”

What is aquaplaning on Bald Tyres ?.

Bald Tyres

A glass road is used to film the tyres on test by the tyre manufacturing companies to test for aquaplaning. this picture shows the tyre from underneath as it drives over the flooded glass road.

This is a word that became synonymous with a Goodyear advert in the 1970s, but has now become a very important word because of our changing climate and faster roads. The word means that your wheel loses contact with road surface due to a thin layer of water between the tyre and the road surface, and the driver loses control of his car very often causing an accident.. A good tyre with more than 3 mm of remaining tread will push the water away as the car drives through the water at speed, giving good grip and safe conditions. All the leading  manufacturers design their tyres with aquaplaning (Driving in Wet Weather) as one of the main aspects of design.

Michelin  have even developed a system called “the anti-surf system” to enable their products to give maximum grip when going through areas of static water on the roads, this system is built into the Michelin Pilot sports 3. This tyre has also got added shoulder design to help push the water away and help delay the onset of aquaplaning.

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery  industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.

New Radial Tyres-Gave a hard Ride when fitted with wrong suspension?

America was slow to take to New Radial Tyres

The American tyre market was much slower to use the option of radials on their new cars that they were producing. The rest of the world including Europe and the UK were starting to

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; The Michelin X was the first steel belted radial tyre in the World and gave double the mileage, although the grip in wet weather was nothing to write home about.

use New Radial Tyres in much larger numbers, especially in France and Germany with Peugeot and Citroen leading the way, fitting Michelin tyres on most of their early Diane models.

However, things were very different across the pond in the USA. They tended to go for the Bias-belted tyres, to compliment the type of suspensions that were used on American cars. One of the problems they had with the New Radial Tyres was that the precise handling of the radial tyre showed up hidden weaknesses in the American cars.

Ford became the front runners in correcting the problems, introducing “radial tuned” suspension on the new Thunderbird and Lincoln models. This modification enabled Ford to offer radials  as an optional extra, this started in 1967 a couple of years after I started my career in tyres here in the UK. The offers of radials were not taken up very well by the public and one of the reasons was supply problems. Other major car makers followed fords footsteps but were supplying sub-standard radials and suffered quality problems because radials were in their infancy in the states.

Many of the manufacturers had to replace these sub-standard tyres with imported Michelin tyres, Michelin had tyres that were tried and tested without any quality problems. One of the big players in tyre supplies in America was the department store, Sears. Sears controlled about 25% of the American tyre replacement market in those days and that settled down to about 10% because their competitors had started to sell New Radial Tyres. This ate into Sears tyre numbers. Sears had done a deal with the tyre makers Armstrong Rubber company which supplied Sears with their Bias belted products, but things certainly picked up when they started to introduce radial tyres, making them one of the top tyre retailers in the States.

Ford used the first radial tyres in America

In 1968 top Ford officials had a meeting with the Michelin  company to fit their radials to the new Lincoln Continental as original equipment and Michelin would be the exclusive supplier of tyres for this new model. The American public knew that radials  lasted far longer than the Bias belted that the were used to driving on, sometimes up to four times longer. It is widely reported that Ford paid $19.50 for the first Michelins, only $5 more per tyre than for bias belted, this was indeed a great deal for Ford and the first American cars rolled off the production lines on cheap Michelin Tyres 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 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 a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; one Michelin tyres oldest advertising signs

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters-A great video explaining tyres and How Its Made HD

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

As a tyre retailer in Halifax Yorkshire, UK I can tell you that Michelin are not the easiest tyre manufacture to deal with. Therefore, we sell Michelin products but through a third party wholesaler. Over the years I have tried to deal direct with Michelin. But I find that they are not flexible enough for a small tyre business like mine.

Of course, I think very highly of the Michelin tyre products. In my opinion, i think that they are the best tyre in the world. Of course, other tyres are starting to catch them up, but they are well in front at the moment. The text bellow accompanies the video and it is well worth watching.

How Its Made Michelin Tyre

Michelin is a well known tyre brand across the world that is located in Clermont-Ferrand region of France. The company started operation on 28th May, 1889 and two years later, it procured its first patent for the detachable pneumatic tyre. In the year 1900, the Michelin Red Guide was published and in 1911, the Michelin Sports Association was created. In 1916, it had built the first paved runway in the world. During 1920 to 1930, The company’s large rubber plantations were operated in Vietnam and it invented the ‘Micheline’ locomotive and pneumatic tyre for railway cars. In 1934, the tyre maker introduced the run flat tyre, which is also called as self-supporting tyre. This firm had filed a patent for the new radial tyre in 1946 and later adapted its radial technology to truck tyres

Pilot Sport
Primacy LC
Energy XM1+
Pilot Preceda 2
Latitude Tour HP
Latitude Cross

Michelin Sports Tyres-Pilot Sports 3 Tyres another great tyre from Michelin

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin Sports Tyres; New pilot sports three tyres will become another winner from Michelin tyres

As a Michelin Sports Tyres dealer. Hence, for the past 40 years. Therefore, I have always admired the tyre products that Michelin tyres have produced. Michelin Sports Tyres have in my opinion been at the forefront. Thus, of car tyre technology and tyre innovation.

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin tyres x section showing how the tyre is built

 

As the tyre buying public will know. Michelin tyres have never been famous for selling cheap car tyres. In fact, they are often the most expensive. But in my opinion. For this reason, you have to pay for a top quality product.  Michelin tyres are a top product.

If its cheap tyres that you are after. Thus, you won’t get Michelin tyres. So, when it comes to cheap car tyres. Then you will be looking at other brands. Hence, not Michelin.

Michelin Sports Tyres. hence, have devoted hours of time and money in their commitment to the motor sport. Hence, and they have used all their knowledge in making better and better car tyres. Michelin tyres have always been the company to follow by their competitors; this is why they have maintained the higher price range compared to the other top tyre manufacturers.

 New pilot 3 Michelin Sports Tyres no exception

Michelin Sports Tyres

the new pilot sport 3 tyre

This latest tyre from Michelin is no exception. The all new pilot 3 comes with a new “anti-surf system”, this gives optimum tyre grip in all wet conditions including deep standing water, the type of conditions that you may get when heavy rain has flooded the road due to a blocked drain. The pilot 3 just cuts straight through without any deviation in the driving, as you know when this happens the car tends to pull towards the kerb, but not the new Michelin sport3.

This new tyre also comes a new rubber compound which gives fuel savings and higher mileage keeping its excellent wet grip capabilities, as stated above. Michelin Sports Tyres are committed to lowering the CO2 emissions as low as possible on all its tyre products and this will be shown by putting the “GREEN X” marking on the sports 3 tyres. This emblem will prove that Michelin Sports Tyres are aiming to cut fuel consumption on its newest tyre products including the new Sports 3 tyre.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years.

 

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre-Michelin Tyres Invent Airless “Tweel Tyre”,Now used on Plant vehicles.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

For as long as we can remember tyres of all shapes and sizes have always to filled with air-filled rubber tubing. This is to put it to its simplest terms. As a result, the latest tyre designs are a far cry from the old cycle tyres.  Mr Michelin first made these in France well over 100 years ago.

Michelin looks for models for the future

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre substitute will now be available for many of the small urban vehicles.These are used in cities across Europe. They will replace the conventional rubber tyres .

as a result, almost all the leading tyre companies are looking for the concept tyre designs for future urban cars and Michelin tyres are no exception. The first idea started to come out of the Michelin Laboratories in about 2005. The new concept was to become the “Tweel” a simple cross between the tyre and the wheel, this is where the name comes from, the “T” from the tyre and the Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre.

The Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre looks like a giant bicycle wheel, probably a futuristic version of the original solid bicycle wheel that Michelin worked on over 100 years ago. The tweel has a solid hub, with spokes and an outer rim. Materials that are used, will be manufactured, using a polyurethane type substance, which is a hard material and light in weight. The tyre tread is stretch fitted onto the spokes in a rubber band similar to the tyres mounted on fork trucks. This construction looks very solid yet flexible. These have the spokes absorbing all the shocks, just like air would do in a tyre, but having the advantage of “not having punctures”.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

In addition, Michelin, has been testing different cars with the tweel fitted. Furthermore, this  includes the Audi with good handling results. They admit though that they are still in the early stages of development. I think it is good to try other materials to try out to replace rubber products. A large amount of oil, is used for making tyres? and we are running out of oil ?.

Please click on the link bellow to read more about the TWEEL from MICHELIN TYRES

 http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

 

 

About Eric Roberts

A self-introduction. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Furthermore,I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am also a keen blogger.Writing about anything to do with cars and  products that will help my business.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES – Self Repairing Tyres from these tyre companies

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES


Never forget that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES; introduce the Worlds first tyre that repairs itself.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES

The total commitment to motorsport has enabled the French tyre company to come up with new ideas and safer products.

This tyre is lined with a  special tread compound.Thus, that can repair a minor penetration of the tyres. Of course within a minute of the object entering the tyre. The tyre is in fact sealed instantly.Naturally, with the minimum loss of the air pressure inside the tyre.

The tyre itself does not loose any of the great benefits. As expected, the new tyre does not have any negative affects. hence such as low mileage caused by the new compound.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES

Michelin tyres cross section

Michelin tyres also bring up a good point. Naturally, about this new tyre being environmentally friendly. So they also bring up the point that the new tyre will not have to be replaced. Thus, when a minor puncture occurs. Hence, saving the necessity to buy a new tyre. I am a bit skeptical about this point , but I may be proven wrong in time as Michelin are a great tyre and would not try things out without many months of testing the new product. The giant French tyre company have recently brought out another great product called the Michelin P ZERO runflat tyre, to add to its safety tyre range along with this self repairing tyre range.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES say “this could be a reason for not needing a spare tyre”.

Comments from Michelin tyres say that the most likely market for their new tyre will be in Asia, as this part of the world has more punctures than other parts of the world.Consequently, these tyres are available online at www.pellontyres.co.uk members of Tyresafe.org

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.

 

Michelin Tyres Dominant at “Renault Event” at Silverstone Race Track

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant; Renault cars use Michelin tyres

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Dave Smith of Pellon Tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire enjoyed a great day out at the Silverstone race track on Sunday. Dave took along his two children because although the car racing was good, there was also a funfair and plenty of good eating places. Dave also took a few pictures for the Pellonautocentre blog, (a splendid idea, ).I thought.

Michelin takes a significant part in the Renault event.  Mainly I think because they are both French companies. It still shows though that the most well-known tyre company in the World still take part in many events. In the past have made them one of the best tyre products on today’s cars both production cars and racing cars tyres. I still can not praise them enough, in my early days of been a tyre dealer I hated Michelin tyres because their business plans never included the small guys.

Michelin Tyres Dominant; The parents of the modern tyre

All their efforts went to selling the tyre products to larger companies, however over the years I have slowly grown to like and indeed admire the enormous effort and resources that they have put in to help develop today’s modern tyres. We at Pellon sell Michelin tyres at competitive prices online at www.pellontyres.co.uk

Michelin racing tyres are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again, by supplying tyres to other types of racing, including the FE Championships, which are, of course, the F1 version using electric cars.

“Michelin is back as the official tire supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four levels in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia goes alongside the sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.

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 Michelin 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 the high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin Tyres Success Story- the great Success Story of the renowned French tyre company

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Eric Roberts 24-7-2011.

Part 2; The great Michelin Tyres X radial car tyre was “born.”

The next significant milestone for Michelin was the introduction of carbon black in the rubber compound mixture, this not only gave them their black colour but changed the chemical

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Michelin Tyres Success Story; Michelin man sat in a Paris book shop window

The combination of the compound which resulted in the greater longevity in their life. This change happened in around 1917 and in 1919 came the introduction of parallel textile cords this would be known as the “comfort” tyre a few years later and was to become the first low pressure one. Later in 1935 yet other improvements were made, and the “Super-comfort” tyre was born. This procedure enabled tyres to work at even lower pressures for a more comfortable ride; these were the first of their kind in the world. These improvements were of great benefit to Michelin tyres, leading to their next great innovation.

The next great Michelin innovation was to become a World leader and set a standard for the rest of the tyre manufacturers to try and follow. Known to be the Michelin X tyre.

Michelin part owned the then ailing French carmaker Citroen and developed the tyre partly for the new Citroen 2CV. The Worlds first radial was born, the plies that ran from bead to bead were of a textile material, but the tread belt that ran radial around the tyre bead of steel. The French tyre maker could not believe what it had created. Indeed, cross plays the Michelin “X” gave better handling, better cornering, better braking. Michelins were giving double the mileage compared across-ply” tyre.   They gave a much lower fuel consumption and because of the flexible and resilient side walls gave much-improved comfort to the ride of the car, a truly “great invention”.

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Steel belted tyres were the World standard and was creating interest from European car makers. So much so that Lancia became the first car manufacturers to use the Michelin on their Aurelia model. The pattern was soon to be followed by Mercedes and on their 2CV models.

While this was all happening in Europe, the Americans were pursuing a different tyre strategy, but this is in part three. Arthur W Savage was the first man to invent and patent the radial, but when his patent ran out Michelin were the first to pick it up and develop into the “X”. His American contemporaries were not interested in the radial tyre, so the innovation went to Europe and Michelin.

Eric Roberts

Pellon tyres MOT-Lanchester Vintage Car Passes its MOT, not surprisingly in mint condition.

Pellon tyres MOT; presents another exciting car (Lanchester) at Pellon Autocentre for its annual MOT test.(it passed with flying colours).

Pellon tyres MOT; This blog is a short article about the diversity of cars that come to us for MOT testing at Pellon Autocentre, and Eric Roberts would like to thank the owner for trusting such an expensive car into their care.
The car, designed by Mr George Lanchester, who followed an upmarket version of the” BSA ten” from around 1933. Furthermore,they also developed a car known as the Roadrider or the Fourteen before the second world war broke out. Consequently,  Lanchester was bought out by BSA, who also owned Daimler. Furthermore, Lanchesters were made to take second place to the new Daimler models in production.

Sadly the last model of the Lanchester known as the sprite was phased out in 1956.
Originally, the company that made the cars were facing financial difficulties and the bank called in the companies overdraft. Rather than causing an immediate seizure of the companies assets.Consequently, Lanchester cars came out of the BSA factory in Sparkbrook a suburb of Birmingham and because of this, a deal was made to sell Lanchester to BSA. Because the deal finalised in 1931. Finally, Lanchester cars were bought out by BSA for £26,000,

Pellon tyres MOT

Pellon tyres MOT; BSA Scout 1204cc side valve four cylinder engine with a three-speed gearbox and front wheel drive. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ultimately, this sale was considered a bargain by the financial institutions and a fraction of the real value of the company. Lanchester was now the sister company of Daimler and production, transferred to their factory at Radford. Lanchester cars came outfitted with Dunlop tyres known as the” Dunlop Gold Seal tyres”.

Especially relevant, these were also followed by Avon tyres the “Avon Turbospeed tyres” and also Michelin tyres appeared on the market. These days many tyres are imported. A make called “Goodrich Silverstone tyres” are now available from specialist tyre dealers. Finally, I hope that this blog is interesting, we at Pellon tyres Department are very proud to be associated with cars of our past heritage and history.

 MOT by Pellon Autocentre on behalf of car restorers

http://www.horsfieldsofhalifax.co.uk/projects.htm

Pellon tyres MOT

Pellon tyres MOT

“Find the tyres you need at discount prices using the Pellon Auto Centre
tyre selector” and linking it to https://www.pellonautocentre.com/tyres.htm

Electric Car Tyres-Why are they More expensive than your normal car tyres?

Electric Car Tyres

Electric Car Tyres-We were enjoying a busy spell, the other day. There was nothing out of the ordinary, just regular cars in for regular jobs doing.

It was pointed out to me, though, that one of the cars was an electric car. It looked pretty normal, but it was indeed a Renault Zoe EV car. The guy had bought the car for his wife. She only drove local mileage. She was a school teacher and went to school and back, a bit of shopping and no more.

The main family driving was done in his petrol driven car. The car had a blowout and the tyre needed changing. The tyre was a 195/55R16 Michelin energy E-V tyre. The energy and wet grip ratings were a Double-A and the sound was 70 dB (decibels.).

Electric Car Tyres

Electric Car Tyres

To his surprise though the tyre cost him £120, considerably more that he expected? We explained that this tyre had been designed with rolling resistance in mind. Rolling resistance was one of the three considerations regarding a cause for energy loss. The cars aerodynamics and the engine are the two other considerations.

Electric Car Tyres

In my opinion, the best option would be the Hybrid. I just can’t see an infrastructure that would be big enough to charge up millions of cars at the same time?

Is the hybrid the best of both worlds? You can use the battery when driving about town and the petrol engine for longer mileage driving. This car would also give hope to millions of garages and mechanics who rely on the petrol and diesel engine cars for their living. At the moment, it is wealthy people who are buying these electric cars as a status symbol, the “look at me, how green am I” brigade. They mostly look like the type of guys who drive about in Jaguars.

Not all of them but most of them?