Goodyears soy-based tyre- technology earns award for the Giant tyre company

Goodyears soy-based tyre

Goodyears soy-based tyre

Goodyears soy-based tyre

Of course Goodyear tyres have always been amongst the world leaders in tyre development. The addition of soy-bean based rubber compound  is their latest innovation. So, soybean oil-based rubber compound is helping Goodyear enhance tyre performance in dry, wet and winter conditions.

When I was much younger. I was fortunate enough to attend a six week course. Thus, at the now closed Goodyear factory in Wolverhampton in the UK. This course covered all aspects of tyres. From production to selling them. This was to set my life in the tyre industry.

Therefore I have always been a keen follower of Goodyear tyres and their latest releases into the tyre world. Including this new soy-bean revelation. For years and years tyres were made from the same old materials in the same old tyre factories. But this all changed with the need to stop pollution and support a better more environmental friendly planet.

Governments paid billions to auto makers to come up with more emission  friendly vehicles. Hence the gauntlet was also thrown out to tyre companies. As a result people like Continental came out with new materials to make tyres greener with a better rolling resistance and lighter in weight. As far as Continental were concerned then they experimented with “Dandelion” sap. The white gooey sap from the “weed” known as the dandelion in the western world, contained a sap that was very similar to the molecular structure of rubber latex.

Just like Continental, a  Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a sustainable type of tread compound using soybean oil. Like the dandelion this is naturally derived, cost-effective when grown in large quantities, carbon-neutral and renewable.

Goodyear’s tests have shown rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily

Of course when mixed in the silica-reinforced compounds now used in manufacturing certain tyres, such as winter tyres. This also improves manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption.

By employing soybean oil in tyres. Goodyear found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable. Especially, in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle’s grip on the road surface. Winter tyres perform much better in the cold because of the addition of this silica based material. Silica makes the compound much more flexible in cold weather. So, Enhancing the grip of winter and all-weather tyres.

Other tyre companies to come up with similar ideas include Yokohama and the use of “orange peel oils“.

Eric Roberts

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Source: Goodyear’s soy-based tyre technology earns award

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Car Exhausts Last Longer-There is No Doubt that Modern Cars Exhaust System Lasts Much Longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Bosal exhaust products are aluminised to last longer

Car Exhausts Last Longer

The good old car exhaust is undoubtedly a distress purchase. it can also be an expensive purchase. However most small to medium cars are reasonably priced and affordable.

Your car exhaust is one of the most unnoticed parts of your car. Of course, unless you are a real car enthusiast. A lot of car enthusiasts actually replace their original car exhaust to better looking twin sports tail pipes.

This improvement also helps to better the car’s performance. For those who just buy cars to get them from A to B then  perhaps they only notice those car exhaust pipes when they start to blow or make a loud noise.

When you bring your noisy car into Pellon Autocentre in Halifax then we will be inspecting your cars exhaust. So we will start the engine and then check your cars exhaust. Hence, from the front all the way to the end of the tail pipe.

Car Exhausts Last Longer

There are many places that your exhaust can blow from. Most of the time, the car’s exhaust system will develop a leak where the exhaust manifold connects to the cylinder head. When you start your engine, there is a thermal expansion and contraction that happens and it places much stress in your exhaust manifold gasket.

leaking exhaust pipes should be looked at as soon as possible. Leaks can be very dangerous. Especially on older cars. Newer cars have on board computers that regulate the emissions. Of course this makes the gases emitted less poisonous than the used to. Therefore it is less likely that you would be able to harm yourself as it would on some older cars.

Car Exhausts Last Longer

Old mild steel exhaust box well corroded

In the older cars then It is a direct path for carbon monoxide poisoning. These older cars are now off the road so self harming is no longer a problem. In the past ten years there has been marked improvement in the quality and longevity of car exhaust systems. Better materials and welding techniques have improved no end.

Car Exhausts Last Longer made by robots

Robots do 90% of the welding, making mistakes a thing of the past. As a result many blowing exhausts would have started out as low quality welding. Once the rust sets in then there is no stopping it and this ends up as a blowing and noisy exhaust pipe. Not too long ago then there were companies who made low quality exhaust systems. Consequently, these were known as budget brands. For this reason these exhausts were ill fitting and did not last more than a year.

These days aluminium systems that are welded by robots. Coupled with the fact that they have to connect up to a valuable catalytic converter. So have seen a huge rise in the longevity of these systems some lasting for up to ten years.

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Michelin versus Budget Tyres

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money-Addison Lee unlocks 20% tyre saving with Michelin Tyres

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money

There is no doubt that by fitting certain tyre brands. Then we can save money? but its not just a case of fitting certain new tyres. Of course, by now everyone knows that you can save fuel and minimize tyre wear. Consequently, by keeping your tyres properly inflated. Also by rotating the wheels regularly.

To make the next big leap in fuel efficiency. Companies like Addison Lee and their drivers can take advantage of next-generation energy efficient tyres. As a result these tyres are been rolled out. Hence, by several industry leaders including Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Toyo.

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money-How much can you save?

During recent manufacturer’s tests. Including the Michelin ones have also shown that Michelin’s Energy Saver range of tyres offer a whopping 8 percent better fuel efficiency. Of course than of competing tyres. In my opinion the Michelin Crossclimate+ also comes into this bracket. As a fuel saver. Although the initial purchase can be more expensive?

Other tyre manufacturers such as Goodyear advertises their Assurance Fuel Max tyres. Provide up to 4 percent more fuel efficiency than standard tyres. It all depends how the tests and savings were scrutinized. These companies use top racing drivers in some of their testing. I have experienced this myself on the Goodyear testing track in Luxembourg.

The new Crossclimate is no doubt an excellent tyre. We have sold quite a few here in Halifax UK. They are unusual in the fact that they are summer tyre with winter capabilities. In fact they even carry the “three peaks” snow marking on the sidewall. Other advantages come in the form of new compound formulas. Thanks to new advanced formulations, silica distribution strategies, and break-through tread designs.

As a result, these new tires save fuel without sacrificing tyre wear. Crossclimates give the driver all-weather traction and most importantly, increased safety. Some of these new tyres like the Michelin’s have actually improved stopping distances and better handling on corners.

Michelin Crossclimate Saves Money and is also a greener tyre.

Off course, by Increasing fuel efficiency.Thus, means that these tyres also reduce harmful CO2 emissions. Michelin estimates that installing a set of their Energy Savers reduces CO2 emissions as much as 2,000 pounds per year. Perhaps about the same as planting 40 trees!

Most major tyre retailers such as Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK. Should now have energy saving tyres, including all-weather tyres in stock. They will have the experience, training and computerized tools. Of course, to help you quickly determine the best brand. Size and style of tyre for your vehicle. Just as importantly  your budget. This is what Addison lee must have given much thought to. So when fitting the Crossclimates to there fleet of cars in London.

I assume that Addison lees also keep a professional eye on tyre pressures and down time from puncture repairs. This attached article gives you an idea of how the company reduced the costs by fitting Michelin Crossclimate+ tyres to there London fleet.

Eric Roberts

Addison Lee has reduced its annual tyre bill by 20% after adopting a Michelin CrossClimate+ policy.

Source: Addison Lee unlocks 20% tyre saving with Michelin | General News

Michelin Tyres Investing-pumped up with £4.5m boost for Dundee factory – The Scotsman

Michelin Tyres Investing
Michelin Tyres Investing

Michelin Tyres Investing

Firstly, this is great news for the Dundee and Scottish economy. As a result, any new investment should be grabbed with both hands. Indeed, this investment cannot be underestimated. Of course, with the onslaught of globalisation.

As a result, the giant French tyre makers are restructuring their other tyre plants in Stoke-On-Trent and Ballymena in Northern Ireland. Thus modernisation of its logistics and warehousing in Stoke. Also, running down of the Ballymena factory by mid-2018.
The proposal to run down the truck tyre factory in Ballymena is said to be the results of a slow down in truck tyre usage in Europe. Of course, said to be caused by the financial crises of 2007.

Stating a figure of a decrease of five million tyres since that time. Tyre imports from China and other Asian countries have also doubled in size in recent years. making the tyre market a tough market to sell into. Modern tyre factories have exploded in recent year. Thus, flooding the market with an excess of millions of tyres. Including the truck tyre market.

Michelin Tyres Investing in Dundee Plant

Michelin truck tyres are in my opinion still the best quality in the world. However, hauliers profits are being squeezed all the time. Hence, committing them to buy cheap tyres for their truck fleets. As a result, premium tyre makers are suffering from the amount of tyres that they make and then sell. Tyre building machines at Ballymena. Are not capable of making the high tech tyres. The amount of investment required to upgrade the plant is prohibitive, particularly at a time when that capacity is not required. So closure was imminent.

The good news is that Michelin are investing in the car tyre plant in Dundee.

Tyre manufacturer Michelin is getting £4.5 million of public cash as part of a £16.5m investment in its Dundee factory, the First Minister has announced.

Source: Michelin pumped up with £4.5m boost for Dundee factory – The Scotsman

Michelin Cross climate short test-UK winter 2016 – YouTube

Michelin Cross climate short test

Michelin Cross climate short test

A good video about the very popular CrossClimate by Michelin. This is different to an all-weather tyre. Hence, Michelin say it is a summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities. Thus, the CrossClimate is well worth a try.

Michelin Cross climate short test

Eric Roberts

 

Pirelli Motor racing-Pirelli expect fewer pitstops in new-look F1 | Daily Mail Online

Pirelli Motor racing

Pirelli Motor racing

 

Pirelli Motor racing

The reason that I decided to put the image of this Pirelli P Zero tyre. Hence, is because in my opinion there is a link between the Fi racing tyre article and the development of tyres for regular passenger vehicles. Pirelli have spent billions of dollars. For the reason, of supplying F1 with their race tyres.

The information that Pirelli can get from taking part in motorsport, is invaluable. Especially, when you discover the number of compound changes that have been made. Thus, over the past few years. These compounds are all recorded and checked out in real life situations.

When a new type of tyre is required. As expected, in recent times. For the new breed of supercars, then Pirelli will and have come up with the new compound and tread design for this speedy class of car.

Eric Roberts Pirelli P Zero tyres 

Source: Motor racing-Pirelli expect fewer pitstops in new-look F1 | Daily Mail Online

How Replacement Front-Brakes Fitted

How Replacement Front-Brakes Fitted-This video explains what we do when replacing Discs and Pads

How Replacement Front-Brakes Fitted

2-How Replacement Front-Brakes Fitted

How Replacement Front-Brakes Fitted. This video gives our customers a good idea, about how we fit their brake discs and pads. Thus you can also, learn how to replace your brake discs and pads onto your own car. For this video then most cars will be similar to this Ford Ranger, that the work is demonstrated on. After watching this you will be able to change your own brakes and possibly save hundreds of Pounds. We do however recommend that you have such important jobs, such as brakes. Are carried out by reputable garages.

Discs and pads are probably one of the most common brake problems. Thus, this includes, brake jobs carried out here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK. The most common complaint from our customers, is a “grinding noise”. Of course, usually front the front of the car. The noise is sometimes terrifying, with customers abandoning their cars. because of this we very have to get the vehicle recovered and brought into our garage.

3-How Replacement Front-Brakes Fitted

The “grinding” is often caused by the brake pads.Consequently, these pads are so worn that they are down to the metal part of the pads.This causes the pads to grind together with the metal discs and make horrific noises. In most cases, it is a relatively simple job for us to carry out. We replace the old damaged brake parts, with brand new quality parts. Quality is important to us. Because we are members of Motor Codes. Motor Codes are now combined with trading standards. This ensures that our customers are supplied with the best service and parts. Customers have also a better complaints system. Thus this protects the consumer from faulty parts and workmanship.

If we are checking your brakes and come across any other problem with the brakes. Then we will contact the customer, with a new pricing quote. We will never carry out unauthorised work.

Eric Roberts

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Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice-Tyre advice for caravan and motorhome drivers.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice- As we all know, summer is coming to an end. Therefore, this is the time of year that caravan and motorhome owners are heading back from their holidays. I am a regular traveller on the continent, especially France.

In my opinion, this is a good time to check your tyres, Naturally, before you park up for the winter. Albeit many motorhome owners carry on travelling all the year round.Especially, to the most southern tips of Europe. Where the weather is warmer that northern Europe.

Bridgestone tyres are also in the game of warning this category of vehicles about tyre care and fitting the correct tyres for their vehicles. Of course, I mean using the correct load ratings for the weight of their vehicles.

I have recently arrived back in the UK after spending a month in France. Thus, I was amazed at a large number of motorhomes that were still on holiday. The roads are full of them. Hence, this gives me more importance to advise the drivers about better tyre care.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Check the age of your tyres, this tyre was made in the fourteenth week of 2011

The motorhome vehicle market has rocketed in recent years.Therefore, I think it is more important to pass on advice to first time owners of these vehicles.

Firstly I would recommend, that any caravan tyre should be replaced after ten years.This does not matter how good the tyre looks from the outside. Naturally, these tyres are well exposed to the elements.Especially sunlight. Sunrays, cause damage to the tyres, by damaging the carbon black. Carbon black is a natural substance; that is in the original tyre mix.

Bridgestone Caravan tyre advice

Caravan and motorhome tyres are affected by the weather. This manifests itself, in the form of cracking and crazy paving. As expected, these cracks will eventually start to get larger.Of course, the cracks pose a danger and safety problem and must be removed and replaced with new tyres.

The next important advice is to check the tyre pressures at regular intervals. Of course, you as the driver must check the pressures according to the correct “load ratings”.

We have all seen caravans and trailers leaning to one side with under-inflated tyres. Under-inflated tyres can and indeed do, end in the driver, losing control of the vehicle. Not a pretty site to see a caravan in piles at the side of the road?

Remember the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle, can be found in your owners manual. Also, make sure that you have valve caps fitted and the valves checked for leaking.

Here at Pellon Tyres, we are members of www.tyresafe.org.