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Bridgestone OE run-flats now on par with conventional tyres – test – Tyrepress.com Tyrepress.com Run-flat tyres have often been blasted for the inferior comfort they deliver, however a recent European test gives hope that puncture avoidance may no…

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Of course, as many of you motorists know ! Who happen to own a car with run-flat tyres. So these tyres can be very noisy.

Naturally, this is mainly due to the very hard and rigid side-wall. Consequently, that helps the car tyres act as a semi solid structure. Enabling the run-flats to stay in a straight line when the tyre is de-flated.

Bridgestone tyres have managed to minimise this hard ride by using different compounds in crucial areas of the tyres. Thus enabling them to work at a much lower tone and also give the driver a more comfortable ride.

Can run-flats be repaired ?

One of the grey areas with Bridgestone Run Flat. Of course,  is whether or not they can be repaired ? Simple answer is they can in fact be repaired. So as long as it is within the parameters of a normal road tyre. As long as the repair is withing the legal tread area. So, the Bridgestone Run Flat Technology tyres may be repaired. But only in certain conditions (Depending on the distance and at what speed the car was driven after the puncture occurred).

Significantly, if the tyre has been driven on whilst run-flat ! Then we will not repair the Bridgestone Run Flat. So if the customer just notices a nail or screw in the tyre, then we will repair the tyre. By using conventional tyre repair methods. If in doubt ! You should consult your nearest run-flat authorized dealer to have your tyres inspected. Of course, Pellon Tyres in the Halifax area of the UK.

Before attempting a Bridgestone Run Flat repair, consult the vehicle owner’s manual for restrictions. The vehicle manufacturer may restrict the use of repaired tires on its vehicles. For more info click here

 

Eric Roberts…

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Bridgestone car tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . So, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering 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. Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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MOT Chaos Continues-DVSA urges motorists to bring MOT forward

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MOT Chaos Continues

So this attached article is all about the chaos that the Government caused by issuing the six month exemption of your cars MOT Test! Of course during in last years lockdown. Many garages and MOT centres are now short of work because customers have brought their MOT tests forward. To explain most customers of garages would have their cars serviced at the same time. Now because of rush then garages are have a void in their work schedule. Including us at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax .

So, in there wisdom then the DVLA are advising motorists to bring their test forward. The Months with a void are now May, June and July. Because garage customers had their cars tested early then a huge void has occurred. These cars are not due to have a test until August, September ang October. Meaning to me that the six month MOT exemption has completely thrown out the systems balance.

Businesses find this difficult to balance out and will be paying staff to be stood around . In my opinion the government should compensate garages to help them through this period until the Autumn.

Where are the DVLA telling the motorists ?

The attached article writes about the DVLA urging motorists! Unfortunately, I am wondering where this advice is going to be published ! I watch TV and listen to the radio all the time but have not yet seen any sign of the DVLA advising drivers. So, urging drivers to anything. I suspect that what they mean is that we the local garage have to tell our own customers that getting an early MOT would be possible.

Another garage owner that I know says that he has been realy messed up by the government decision to the six month MOT extension. Frighteningly, he says that he has had no customers since March wanting an MOT test. He like me suspects that it will be like this until late August. The DVSA are doing nothing to help and I suspect garages will be closing down!

Finally, I believe that a six month extension was not at all necessary! The six months grace meant that millions of drivers taking the micky! Like my own garage then thousands of MOT centres are only doing a couple of test a week! This also includes the busy garages. I believe that the action that the government took is now causing the industry big problems. So, support should be given to MOT stations. Because we are loosing revenue whilst still having to pay for MOT equipment and staffs wages. This has been awarded to other industries requiring financial aid during these difficult times.

Financial Incentives could be the way

Finally I think that the government could offer a financial incentive to try and get to have an early MOT test. Otherwise drivers will not be prepared to have their cars tested early. Understandingly, most motorists leave there MOT test to the last minute normally. Most have a fear that the car may require expensive repairs and so as I say leave the test until the last minute.

The DVSA is urging motorists with a vehicle MOT due in August, September, October and November 2021 to bring their vehicle in for a test during May, June or July instead. It comes as MOT predictions

Source: DVSA urges motorists to bring MOT forward as exemption chaos continues

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Customers Satisfaction Ratings-Blowing our own Trumpet! Pellon Auto Centre Halifax UK

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Customers Satisfaction Ratings

I must admit that in most of my years as a garage owner then customer satisfaction ratings were never known. Of course up to the advent of the modern computers then there was no such things as ratings fro your customers. So its become a thing of the future! And why not. Importantly, it is one of the best indicators that your business is doing well. Whatever type of product or service that you are selling.

Another happy positive is that when you have high ratings then its no coincidence that your business will be thriving. Anyhow thats my experience! Consequences, also set out other parameters, that give will the thriving business the best results. In my opinion number one factor is having the right staff. Especially when in the garage situation.

Garage owners just dont get it !

Of course the  garages of today have got a lot to thank for the starting of the “Kwik-Fit” era. Coming out of an American idea from the infamous Tommy Farmer, then fast fits brought the garage industry into the 21st century. Incidentally we do still have the dirty back street type of garages and scruffy second hand tyre shops for all to see. However the garages that prosper will have all the right mixtures of ideas and cleanliness that the modern driver s are looking for. This also reflects on the particular garage businesses ratings of customer satisfaction.

These days of consumerism mean that we all have to try harder, be more polite and generally “bend over backwards”. So to keep our ratings high. Consumers are very savvy  and will freely give a business a good review. Strangely enough there does not seam to be a middle of the road review! At least not with us at Pellon Autocentre. Most reviews are in fact 5 stars which is excellent for us. However, we get the odd customer who will give us just a 1 star rating.

I must confess that I used to hate this. Although very rare then it is all part of system. We will never please everybody! Now I take the time to look into this. So, when we receive a low rating then I now investigate the poor result. Then first thing that hits me is that my excellent staff always know about the circumstances. I truly believe that there is a certain type of person who is never going to be happy.

Whatever and wherever they go, these people are trouble.

So, I know before I say anything that my staff know exactly what has happened. Believe me or not it is always the customer that has caused the problem leading to them giving us a 1 star rating. Importantly, we do make mistakes! After all we are only human. But a good garage will handle any problem in the correct manner. Always changing a possible bad situation into a good outcome. This includes all our garage services and products. Including tyres and associated services. and MOT testing.

Finally we do have good reviews on Google and Facebook. But in my opinion our online tyre portal www.pellontyres.co.uk is the most accurate and is not open to any low score abuse from “keyboard warriors”. Subsequently, trying to knock your reputation by giving a false low score. Bellow I have published our excellent results and would like to thank our great customers. So, for taking the time and energy to give us the results that all businesses dream about.

Net Promoter Score Results

What does your NPS score mean?

Your NPS score tracks customers on how they represent your company to their family, friends and colleagues.

  • A negative score means you have more Detractors than Promoters and your organization is unlikely to grow.
  • A NPS score of above 0 is considered to be good.
  • A NPS score above 50 is considered to be exceptional. This also indicates that awareness of your organization will grow through word-of-mouth marketing.

The NPS score is calculated by subtracting the percentage of Detractors (those who scored your fitting centre as a 0-6) from Promoters (those that scored your fitting centre as 9-10). This generates your Net Promoter Score.

Many Thanks from me and all my excellent staff for their contribution to having great Customers Satisfaction Ratings.

Eric Roberts

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Pirelli Cinturato Tyres-about the new Rover 3500 fitting Pirelli Tyres

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The Pirelli Cinturato tyres from The great Italian tyre company

Hi i love to show off my old tyre adverts this Pirelli Cinturato advert is no exception.

Of course, the Pirelli Cinturato Tyre range have  been in use since I was a tyre fitter. Unfortunately, way back in the in the early 1970 s. Consequently, this type of tyre was a popular choice. Especially on the MGB sport cars and Alfa Romeos. Significantly,  the most popular size was 165×14 radial tyre. But the tyres were used on many Italian imported cars in those days such as Fiats which were fitted with the Cinturato tyres. It all kicked off, when Rover brought out a car with a 3.5 litre engine under the bonnet. To balance the car out with a new type of suspension, the knew that they would have to use radial tyres.

The Rover 3500 was to come out with Pirelli Cinturato Tyres fitted as one of the original equipment tyres. The Pirelli Cinturato Tyres came out with a twin steel belt and a further belt that was made out of Nylon. Nylon was a fairly new material back then and was renowned for its strength and elasticity. The Pirelli Cinturato Tyres, was known to us as the CN 36 and was remembered for its strange looking tread pattern. The pattern was almost like a winter tyre pattern.

Because it had a steel belt it was always going to give the driver a good mileage on his car.

In my opinion the block like tread pattern would have been very noisy on certain roads, as i say it looks more like a winter tyre. In fact i can remember some of our customers complaining about the  Pirelli P4 Tyres. So,being on the noisy side.  

The Rover 3500, also cam out on Dunlop tyres, and these were said to have a quieter ride. The Dunlops had a rib pattern around the tyre circumference and so drove much quieter.        

Pirelli have these days been famous for their involvement in the F1 motor racing scene. Of course, also keeping up with the tyres for modern vehicles including the run-flat tyre range.                                        

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Caravan Tyre Pressures-Why making sure caravan tyres are inflated is very important

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It advises vehicle owners to check the Caravan Tyre Pressures with an accurate pressure gauge before every journey and if possible with cold tyres.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

This rig is a good example for caravan owners to check their Caravan Tyre Pressures at regular times.

Importantly, you should increase and decrease your caravan tyre pressures before and after every trip. Significantly, it is very important to do this before say your holidays. Of course, when the caravan may be fully loaded. So, then you must lower the caravan tyre pressures. Consequently, when you return and unload the weight.

So, we have all seen many caravan rigs travelling down the motorway swaying from side to side. Because the main reason is the tyres are under inflated. Often causes accidents ! So please check and correct your caravan tyre pressures and fit a TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system) if possible and be safer on the roads. A brilliant web site to visit for advice is...www.tyresafe.org

Continental tyres are releasing a Tyre Pressure Check system which will help to sustain the length of  a tyre’s life-cycle. At the moment it is being tested at the port logistics and other goods handling locations, but is expected to be used in applications such as caravans where slow and continuous loss of pressures are one of the most common causes of tyre punctures.

“Regular maintenance checks on the caravan tyre pressures are time-consuming and cost-intensive, and therefore often neglected – with

serious consequences,” said Dr Michael Maertens, managing director.

The new TPMS system can be fitted on almost all types of  vehicles that are fitted with pneumatic tyres from all of the manufacturers.

In contrast to comparable systems, Conti-Pressure-Check system is located inside the tyre, where the  pressure and  temperature are monitored all the time by a sensor.

All the data that is received via the sensor is sent by blue -tooth to a mounted central receiver. This receiver will processes the information and then sends it  directly to the display in the driver’s cab. In my opinion this would be a perfect system for a towing vehicle.

Such as a caravan or a trailer. Significantly the tyre pressures that may fluctuate between the actual caravan tyre pressures. Of course, will show the driver immediately when to inflate the tyres correct pressure. Consequently, this type of  monitoring means the risks of blowout accidents are reduced. reducing the site of a crashed caravan torn to pieces. Hence turned on its back on the side of the highway. Ruining the peoples holidays.

A Continental CST spokesman says

So, that making sure of the  right caravan tyre pressures not only extends the tyre’s life and makes it safer, it also ensures that the vehicle has  lower energy consumption ,but this will mean a better thing for the environment, since CO2 emissions will be cut.

See on www.etyres.co.uk

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Neglect car servicing-at your own peril – Daily Nation-Pellonautocentre

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Daily Nation Neglect car servicing at your own peril Daily Nation If you simply asked a garage for a major car servicing, and handed the car over with a flat spare, one rear wheel five psi below pressure, feathering wear on one front tyre tread, a screw…

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 Neglect car servicing advice from Africa

I know that I keep going on about how important car servicing is. But its good advice when I see other countries preaching the same thing. So this article comes from Africa! Giving the  motorist some good points that affect all car drivers. Importantly to have your car serviced. Of course, there may be some serious underlying problem with your car.

Especially, about hidden problems that you do not know about. Significantly, that a service should pick up. The main neglect that we come across is Car Brakes problems, for example leaking brake cylinders that are undetected could lead to a sudden brake loss, and heaven knows what that could cause, so please have your car servicing done at regular intervals. Please do not Neglect car servicing?

If you would like some advice  about your cars servicing intervals then here you are .

From my advice I would like to stress that the newer your car is then the fewer services the car will need. Most of today’s modern cars that our customers drive are supposed to be serviced every 12000 Miles Per Year. Or at least once a year. Some of the older models require more Servicing a Car, but we tend to check out the service booklets and service the cars accordingly.

After three years, your car should have averaged say 12000 miles every year, but many drivers do not do that amount of miles, so in that case i would advise you once again to stick to the mileage regime and not the time scale. In my opinion it is best practice to stick to the cars service manual. If you do Neglect car servicing and exceed the miles, say if you use your car for work purposes then you should have the 12000 mile service once a year, or at least make sure that the car has a major service.

But most importantly please make sure that the car has the oil and filter changed, as oil contamination can always run into other more major problems. Also check the time or mileage that your timing belt needs changing, this can be the major problem if you Neglect car servicing , if your car requires it, most do and have a brake check. if you have a 12000 mile yearly service, then all this will be taken care of.

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Check Your Tyres – do not wait until 1.6 mm is left before changing your tyres ?

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Pistonheads. comhi ! 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…

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This is always good advice” check your tyres”

 

Of course, here in the UK and most of Europe. Hence, it is Bank Holiday season coming up ! Time to Check Your Caravan Tyres . So, the legal limit is 1.6 mm across 3/4 of the tread from the centre outwards, if you are above that then

So, the important thing to remember is ! Consequently, that most cars today have cars fitted with tyres.  That do not have any sipes, once you get down to 3 mm of remaining rubber on the tread area.

Of course, the sipes are the very small slits that you can see all over the tyres. These sipes help get rid of the water. Importantly, between the tread area and the road surface . Significantly, they are are one of the most important thing in tyres safety design ! So Check Your Tyres .

Without them you are running on “slick tyres“. Subsequently, 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 alone.

Sipes are the tiny splits that are purposely designed.

So to help dissipate the water. Hence, between the tyre and the road surface in wet or snowy weather. Of course, their are thousands of them in any typical tyre design. But they only operate 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 type of sipe, is shaped so that the bottom of the sipe is wider than the top. As a result, similar to a keyhole design. This comes from the fact that as the tyre wears. So, and the depth of the grooves and sipes are reduced. Then the sipe width is increased. So, retaining the overall volume.

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

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Yokohama Tyres 19545×16-One of my Favourite cars- Citroen DS3- calls in for two new Yokohama Tyres

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Yokohama Tyres 19545×16 have proved to be a good seller to the younger tyre market and that’s where we missed out in the past.

We started to sell Yokohama  about ten years ago but we found it a difficult product to sell. Yokohama as now were very big sellers of wheel and tyre packages, and it was a

thing that we found hard to sell here in Halifax, at the time we did not know that this particular product was one of the first things to be sold on the internet and the market for wheel units were bought by the younger drivers online from a company in Macclesfield selling cheap Yokohama Tyres 19545×16 and wheels online.

We then fell out with Yokohama tyres and concentrated on other tyre companies. This was before we joined Point-S. Point-S are an independent tyre dealer group here in the UK. And gave us the chance to buy directly from the tyre manufacturers for the first time in a few years.

This opened the door for Yokohama tyres again

And we started to deal with them for a second term. This time we were aware of the internet and could price up our tyres competitively. With special price structures we were able to sell this excellent product at very competitive prices and we are now able to offer our customers a good deal for an excellent product. Yokohama Tyres 19545×16 have proved to be a good seller to the younger tyre market and that’s where we missed out in the past.

This driver of this White Citroen DS3 specifically asked for Yokohama Tyres 19545×16 for his car and were definitely the tyre choice for the younger driver. I would also like to take this chance to thank Yokohama for the very professional manner that they showed when fitting my tyre depot with brand new signage and display materials.

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Bridgestone Jaguar Tyres-celebrates finishing new Jaguar XJ220 tyres with a documentary film

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Bridgestone Jaguar Tyres

Importantly, one of the greatest cars ever made is the Jaguar XJ 220. Unfortunately, many of the car experts, did not like the car and were very disappointed when the car fist came out. The new Jaguar came out fitted with a V12 engine. As a result, the engine was mounted at the rear . making the car suitable for racing use. Indeed a version of the XJ 220 the XJR 9 . Went on to win the prestigious Le mans 24 hr race .

This has been a special project for Bridgestone tyres . Although Bridgestone Jaguar tyres are available for all Jaguars tyre needs. Then the development of tyres for the XJ 220 was to become a special project. In fact it was stated that no profit was to be made on the sale of these tyres.

The XJ’s  tyres

Consequently, were originally the sizes of 255/45zr17 and 345/35zr18 and could cope with the cars top speeds of over 200 mph. Consequently, owners of these cars could not buy new tyres, as they were not made and unavailable.
As a result of the tyres being unavailable then Bridgestone have now started to make the tyres available again. Including the Potenza RE031. Of course, Incorporating sports performance with ride comfort, the Potenza RE031 is original equipment (OE) on selected vehicles. Original equipment (OE) on Lexus RX330.
 

After months of development, Bridgestone has finished creating new tyres for Jaguar’s iconic 1990s supercar, the XJ220. The tyre manufacturer partnered up with Jaguar specialist Don Law Racing to create new rubber for the turbocharged supercar, the British firm also supplied the original pre-production car that Jaguar originally used for testing.

Source: Bridgestone celebrates finishing new Jaguar XJ220 tyres with a documentary film | Evo

Bridgestone are now proud suppliers of tyres for the whole jaguar range going into 2022.

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Noisy Car Brakes-Nice Red Citroen DS3 Pulls in with a Grinding Brakes Problem?

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I was surprised to see this nice looking red car 

Been the owner of a busy garage has many” ups and downs”. One of the more nicer and pleasant aspects of the job is to see the the number of different cars and car models that would appear in any given week.

This past week has seen cars as diverse as a Rolls Royce Wraith ( which was one of only 220 cars produced) to a Wolsey Hornet Mini from the late sixties, not counting the everyday cars such as Ford Fiestas and VW Golfs. Early on in the week we had a car made by Citroen, the DS3 call in to us with rattling Car Brakes. The was in my favourite  colour a very bright red, ( I love red cars). We put the citroen car with the Noisy Car Brakes on a ramp and removed all the wheels to check the Brakes, and sure enough the front pads were worn down to the metal and the friction from having “metal to metal” had also damaged the front discs. The rear brakes were cleaned and checked and were good for further use.

We contacted the customer and was given the go ahead to replace the brakes

Of course, this meant that the customer was getting good quality brakes with a nation wide guarantee. The  job was completed and the customer went on his way. Importantly, I took a couple of pictures because I am a great fan of the Citroen DS3. The colours are very bright and modern looking with a choice of 11 colours and four different roof colours, you can even have colour coded alloy wheels and also different carpet designs. There is also a sports version known as the D-Sport which comes with Blue-tooth and climate control. The car also include 17 inch alloy wheels, the one I looked at came with Yokohama tyres and looked great. They also come out with additional body modifications and really look very stylish.

This car in my opinion is a great tribute to the New Citroen DS3 designers, who had to compete with the BMW Mini and the great little Fiat 500.

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The DS3 is the first in a range of very different Citroen models that put the emphasis on style and personality, along with strong performance and driver appeal. With its stylish look and compact size, it’s easy to see why so many comparisons have been drawn with the popular MINI and Fiat 500. msn cars

“The engine combines strong low-rev performance – 110bhp at 3600rpm and 199lb ft at 2000rpm, enough for a sub-10.0sec 0-60mph time – with a claimed 62.8mpg (combined cycle) and 118g/km of CO2 emissions, which sees annual road tax costing just £20…”EVO