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New Bridgestone A001-Weather Control tyres for a safer all year round driving experience.

New Bridgestone A001

This tyre the New Bridgestone A001 developed for certain European countries

Of course, Bridgestone tyres are the largest tyre company in the World. So, who are always developing new tyre products. Consequently, to suit different weather conditions on our roads. The new tyre the A001 is no exception. This new Bridgestone tyres has been developed for countries that have very wet winter (and summer) climates. Naturally, with the addition of very cold and snowy spells.

This of coarse includes us here in the UK. Including, other European countries consisting of France ,Ireland,Belgium and perhaps Denmark. Subsequently, in my opinion. The new New Bridgestone A001 tyre is really in the class of an all weather tyre. Possibly should be left on the car the all year round. Especially in a very wet summer that we are definitely experiencing in more recent years.

New Bridgestone A001

New Bridgestone A001 tyre


The new tyre achieves this ability to get rid of high water volumes. Including, a large amount of sipes on the tyres edges. As a result, this has also found to be an advantage when facing ice and snowy conditions. Of course, during the hardest winter months.

Bridgestone tyre have also added their expertise in tyre compounds, probably emanated from their days in F1 racing and added “silica” to the tyres compound, this gives the new ones the ability to stay more flexible when the temperature drops bellow the dreaded 7 degree, this is the temperature where summers  start to loose their grip by becoming harder and not allowing the tread to grip.

The new Bridgestone A001 is available in most popular sizes

And is marked as an M+S to cope with all winter conditions and as I say earlier will be best kept tyres on the car as an all-weather tyre not having to change from summer to winter tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Bridgestone has recently launched its A001 ‘all weather tyre’ in the UK. The tyre is designed to cope with the more challenging winter driving conditions whilst at the same time maintaining high performance in the summer months and is available at 400 selected stockists across the UK. Honest John checked with Bridgestone that sufficient stocks are available to meed the current surge in demand”…

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 Cheap Bridgestone Tyres online from our website

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CAR TYRE SAFETY;Tyresafe are number one for promoting car tyre safety



Consequently, Pellon tyres are very proud to be members of “Tyresafe. org”. A huge part of the UK Tyre Industry . Therefore, in my opinion they are the number one organisation. Especially, here in the UK. As a result, for the promotion of CAR TYRE SAFETY. Together with, all the safety aspects concerning the Tyre Safety Regulations.Hence, that can possibly be ascertained from tyres and safety on our roads.

A visit to their web-site is a must for all motorists. Undoubtedly, for great advice about everything to do with tyres here in the UK. Even more, all the website content is constantly refreshed. Therefore, to give constant updates about trucks, vans  and car tyres. Furthermore, the latest video about a family of crash test dummies. Called the “McIntyre’s”. Explains about what motorists should do. Thus, to check their tyres at regular intervals. Also, how to check the pressures correctly, this is clear and precise CAR TYRE SAFETY advice to all motorists and is a must to watch.

More reading from Tyresafe …

“Correct pressure, adequate tread depth and tyres which are in a good condition are vital to your CAR TYRE SAFETY on the road. Taking just a few minutes to regularly check these items can ensure you arrive at your destination safely. What’s more, these checks are essential to ensure you stay on the right side of the law and avoid fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre”  

This article was compiled by Eric Roberts…

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NYPD testing Smart Cars-Possibly to replace the scooters they now use- New York Daily News

NYPD testing Smart Cars

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NYPD testing Smart Cars

Scooters gotta scoot. The NYPD wants to replace its fleet of three-wheeled scooters with Smart Cars, officials said Wednesday.

This is a great idea, but why dont they go the whole way and use driverless cars, or at least small electric cars that are good for the environment.

Just a thought perhaps they will.


Smart cars to replace three wheelers

When you look at the three wheelers. So, that the NYPD use at the moment, they remind me of a squashed up Reliant Robin. The Reliant Robin was made famous here in the UK by the excellent “Only Fools and Horses” TV series. Of course, which went on for a number of years.

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A small Renault electric used for the cities by the French post office

I have been lucky enough to visit New York. Having seen the Police driving about on these three wheelers. Consequently, which are just really covered motorcycles. Given these points, then I was very surprised to see the  company had started out in Nebraska . So, then making 2-stroke engines for the fishing boat industry. They then began to make three wheel lightweight vans and went under the name of “Cushman Motor Works”.

The vans developed over the years are become useful in small spaces.Of course, such as for Mail vans and airport vehicles. Including, for use in factories and of course by the NYPD in New York. As I have mentioned earlier they do remind me of the Reliant Robin three wheelers that we had here in the UK. Even down to the single front wheel and two wheels at the rear.

The Cushman’s are powered by an 18m horse power engine and can reach speeds of 35 mph.So, making it easier to police the narrow streets of the inner cities, than walking about on foot.

Smart cars may take over the three wheelers

We have all seen the little Smart cars bobbing about our towns and cities, and the NYPD have taken stock of nine of them as an experiment to replace the three wheelers with them.

The Smart cars was originally a joint production venture by Mercedes. The giant German car manufacturer and the Swiss watch maker Swatch. However Swatch pulled out of the venture leaving Mercedes to build the car in Hambach, France. Although Mercedes had another Mini car in progress, the MCC or Mercedes City Coupe, they took on the task of continuing with the Smart Cars production in France.

The little cars are made from all sorts of parts that are sourced in Europe. With some having Japanese engines, this is one of the reasons that I wrote this article, because I am very surprised at the NYPD buying non-American products to replace the all American three wheelers.

I suppose you could say that the Smart Cars are an up-marketing project. Because they would give more comfort, with air-conditioning and heating.Including with an airbag for driver safety. Also New NYPD Smart car under testing the response to an incident would be quicker. So, in actual fact the Smart cars workout cheaper than the three wheelers.

Not my usual stuff, but I thought it was an interesting story. I wonder also why did the New York authorities take the chance of using Smaller Electric vehicles that would also help with the cities emission figures?

Eric Roberts

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


But in general the all-weather tyres are great for all year use and much safer for driving on rain soaked motorways.

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 275/35 R20 102W tyre specifications, review and features

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Tyre Michelin Pilot Alpin PA 4 275/35 R 20 102 W specs, price, review. Michelin tyres for cars.


Not many Michelin Pilot Alpin PA 4 customers here in Halifax UK

As many of my readers will know. I am a big fan of almost everything that Michelin tyres produce. Including products they have produced over the years. Therefore, I think that this could be something to do with the fact. Hence, that the Michelin Pilot Alpin was developed with the larger luxury car in mind. As I have said before, Halifax ix a small market town in Yorkshire UK .Therefore does not have that many wealthy people who would buy such luxury cars.

Tyre retailers in say Leeds and York. of course,  do get a larger share of the BMW’s and Porsche’s as we do in Halifax. With this in mind, we do see some of these famous marques in our area. Of course, we have also fitted a few Michelin Pilot Alpin tyres to these type of cars. The drivers that bring this type of car into us for their tyres. are people that trust us with these valuable machines, we do not scratch their alloy wheels, that sort of thing.

The customers who use us also give us good feedback, I have been a tyre retailer now for 40 years and it is surprising how they like to chat to me especially about their tyres, the people with these types of luxury cars are usually very knowledgeable about their cars and so like a chat.

One particular guy owns a business that supply wall insulation and also installs it into buildings.

His business does very well. Consequently, he likes fast, sporty cars. So, his latest car is a Porsche. Fortunately for us, he came to us for a set of winter tyres . So, to fit his Porsche car. For this reason, he was visiting friends in Germany and he normally drives in his Range Rover in winter, but he decided to give the Porsche a run out.

Like me the guy is a very big fan of Michelin tyres, in fact he will not have anything else on his car. He insisted on a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin tyres. The guy’s name is Richard, but the tyres he wanted were not available in the UK. We have some good connections and suppliers in other European countries and so we had a ring round.

To my surprise I found out that Michelin make these tyres in two different tread pattern designs, the asymmetric and the directional. At first I thought that there some kind of mistake as I found this very unusual?. Sure enough when I rang Richard he did know about this and wanted the asymmetric pattern that was recommended for the Porsche models.

Michelin pilot Alpin in two distinct pattern types

When I checked this out with Michelin. They told me that they thought that both Tyre Tread designs had their own successes. Achieving, the end desired result for both types of tyres. Both tyre designs are subsequently, made from what Michelin Pilot Tyres call their Helio-compound rubber mixture, compound 3 G. Which is a compound that is made from sunflower oil and silica and traditional rubber. Giving the tyres more flexible sidewalls. Therefore a better gripping tread surface in cold weather. Especially at temperatures bellow 7c .

Indeed the new MICHELIN PILOT ALPIN has two different tread patterns.

The reason is that we worked simultaneously in two parallel ways: one is made in collaboration with Porsche, the second one in a more common way. The two solutions have succeeded to achieve the desired result. Both of tread patterns respond perfectly to the “ridge-n-flex” philosophy and use the same elements but in a slightly different way.

We finally received and fitted Richards and off he went to Germany with his new Michelin Pilot Alpine tyres fitted.

Another customer that fitted these tyres said that it was the first time that he had bought a set of winter tyres. But he now feels that he can fully measure the benefits. Especially in treacherous weather conditions. Winters are  the difference between getting home safely, or getting stuck in snow.

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

Eric Roberts

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General Altimax Winter Tyres

General Altimax Winter Tyres-arctic tyre review in snow presented by Pellon Tyres

General Altimax Winter Tyres

General Altimax Winter Tyres

These tyres are little known here in the UK. They are in fact owned and made by the giant Continental Tyre company. Pellon Tyres in halifax are a well known General tyre retailer. Including, the winter tyre range from general. As expected, we recommend this product and thus welcome self made videos.Especially, about the way that these winter tyre behaved in bad weather. Including, snow falls. So far the UK has not seen much snow. In Halifax we had a snow fall early on in the year. Since then things have been quiet on the snow front.However, according to the BBc. A reputable supply of weather predictions. We can expect a heavy snowfall this weekend.

My regular readers will know that I am exceptionally keen on my customers fitting winter tyres.Whatever, brand they may be. Snow tyres are much safer to fit on your vehicles.Including, the larger vehicles such as SUV’s, Crossovers and even the regular working vans.

Eric Roberts  General Winter Tyres– The text bellow accompanies the video.

Review during winter storm of general altimax arctic tires.

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Reading Your Tyre Sizes-How to Read a Tyre Size & Understanding a Tyre Sidewall –

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

This video is brought to you by Toyo Tyres. Of course I fell out with Toyo a couple of years ago. However, I still sell Toyo tyres through a third party tyre broker. Of course, whatever business you are in you “never cut your nose to spite your face”. Understanding the letters and numbers on your tyre sidewall can be a bit confusing. Tak. one of Toyo Tyres technicians,gives you an insight. Thus about how to read a tyre size.As a result, Taks simple explanation addresses all the different specifications. hence, that are written on your vehicles tyre. Of course, the sidewall also contains a couple of key features:

  • Tak looks at Tyre Size 255/35/R18 109V
  • The “255” in the first part of the tyre size represents the section width of the tyre.
  • The “35” represents the tyres aspect ratio or height.
  • The “R” stand for Radial in tyre construction
  • The “18” stands for the wheel diameter in inches.
  • The “109” is the load index and represents the tyres maximum load capacity at maximum inflation pressure.
  • The “V” represents the speed rating which is the max allotted speed of a tyre.

For those looking to get some advance knowledge about all the information a tyre can present there is the DOT tire identification number (TIN).

An example of a TIN would be DOT CX91 XX31309

  • The “CX” represents the factory code or where the tyre was manufactured.
  • The “91” represents the size code.
  • The “XX3” represents the options code. The last four digits on the TIN represent the week and year when the tyre was made.

So for instance “1309” means the 13th week in the year 2009.

Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Another piece of information. Naturally, contained on a tyre sidewall is the maximum load capacity. The max load displays a weight at a certain PSI. But this is not the recommended tyre pressure that you should inflate your tires to. Instead follow the manufacturer recommended tire pressure setting as seen on the inside of a car’s door jam.

Hopefully this video can give you some insight on how to read a car tyre.

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TyreSafe Explains Winter Tyre safety

TyreSafe Explains Winter Tyre safety- Another video from the Tyresafe series of safety videos

TyreSafe Explains Winter Tyre safety

TyreSafe Explains Winter Tyre safety

This is the time of year when we in the tyre trade, hammer the public with winter tyre facts. Of course, I am certainly no exception. Hence, I am also convinced that road accidents increase during the long dark nights, combined with bad winter weather. Because every day we hear about road accidents closing motorways and generally giving the motorists a hard time.

I am also convinced, that we are all responsible, for looking after our cars and preparing them for the winter to come. Who knows what the winter weather will throw at us? As a result, one of the important things that we as responsible drivers ,can do is to fit winter tyres onto our cars. We have all seen the carnage and confusion that a heavy snowfall can bring.

TyreSafe Explains Winter Tyre safety

here in Halifax the first thing that happens, is gridlock. Pellon Tyres is situated on a hill. Therefore, when it snows for the first time. The traffic starts to slow down. As expected the buses are the first to slow things down. Hence, the cars following the buses, begin to skid. Every thing grinds to halt. Sometimes the snow may stop and other times it carries on through the night.

The next day we grit our teeth and get ready for the onslaught of drivers wanting to buy winter tyres. I am not complaining, but I do wish that they would give a little thought and fit winter tyres in advance of winters arrival. Wishful thinking I suppose.

Eric Roberts

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Wet roads, cold temperatures, snow and ice can all contribute to potentially dangerous slip ups such as loss of grip aquaplaning and longer stopping distances. See how winter weather tyres can help keep you safe in these conditions with demonstrations from

Winter Tyres-Pellon Tyres

Winter Tyres-Pellon Tyres-Winter tyres continental TS850 snake pass Peak District in the snow

Winter Tyres-Pellon Tyres

My wife was filming this demonstration how affective winter tyres are on our golf mk4 I got 4 rims from a scrap yard. people spend thousands on four wheel drive I spent £270 all in. There was about 7 vehicles abandoned some all smashed up.

Winter Tyres-Pellon Tyres

Of course, this is a great video. Hence it was filmed here in Yorkshire. As expected, the video is a real time film, shot by a normal guy. As a result. of the success of the winter tyres, he decided to load it on Youtube.

here at Pellon Tyres in halifax,Yorkshire, UK we are beginning to see our customers arrive to fit their winter tyres. As expected, many of our customers, take advantage of our “tyre hotel” facilities. In fact, the tyre hotel has become so popular that that we have had to turn customers away.because of the lack of storage.

This is also a time when we have had three mild winters in a row, here in Halifax. Naturally, we never know from year to year what the weather is going to be like. So for this reason winter tyres are still popular in the eyes of our customers. In fact this year we are keeping a larger stock of winter tyres, than ever before. Hence, we have found that tyre manufacturers have increased their interest in making new winter tyre designs.

Winter Tyres-Pellon Tyres-Hundred of winter tyres now in stock

So, i think that this is because of the demand of the public, to fit winter tyres for safety reasons. Of course, it is not usually possible to get to work, without winter tyres on the advent of snow falling.

Therefore, gone are the days when drivers could ring into their boss and say that they were not coming into work because it was snowing badly. This is now not an excuse. Winter tyres are widely available, making driving in snow possible and safer than it has ever been.

Eric Roberts

Replacing Drum Brake Shoes

Replacing Drum Brake Shoes-Most cars are very similar to this 2001 Odyssey – EricTheCarGuy

Replacing Drum Brake Shoes

Replacing Drum Brake Shoes

How to Replace Drum Brake Shoes, 2001 Odyssey – EricTheCarGuy


The reason for showing this video. Hence, is to show our customers at Pellon Autocentre, here in Halifax UK.So what is involved in repairing their cars brake shoes. One of our loyal customers, owns a Honda Accord, 1980 model. The car is in great condition. Of course, cars can break at any given time. Thus this is what happened to Joe.

Joe, had been experiencing squeaking noises coming from the back of his car. Especially when he braked hard. Of course, the noise started off at a low pitch. But the noise became much loud with time.

Brake shoes were always known to be noisy. Fortunately, shoes are being replaced with discs and pads, even on the rear of cars. In my opinion discs and pads are much safer and efficient, than brake shoes. We got Joe to bring us the Handa in. Naturally, we put the car on a ramp and removed all the wheels, to check the condition of all the Hondas brakes.

It is no good just checking the rear brakes, we always check out all the cars brakes.

Replacing Drum Brake Shoes

Sure enough, the rear shoes were well worn and covered in brake dust. The shoes on the rear do not work as hard as the front brakes. But like anything else they do need changing in time.

This video explains about the things that we have to do to replace the brake shoes. Joe had his shoes replaced and went on his way yet another satisfied customer.
Well here it is kids another offering of my most popular subject to date, drum brake servicing. I know it’s long but I’ve put a few extras in it for you that I hope you will like and will help you with other things besides just replacing the shoes. Feel free to comment on anything I might have missed, I know I misspoke on a couple of occasions in the video, forgive me as sometimes my mouth says different things than my brain is thinking.

Apply a small amount of grease to the two 8 x 1.25 mm bolts and use these bolts to remove the stubborn Brake Drum. Two turns at a time. You may want to tap with a Rubber Hammer to help release the Brake Drum. After the Brake Drum is removed, Study the REAR Brake Anatomy.

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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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