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Nokian Winter Tyres Winners-Winter Not yet Over? A set of 4 for this Land Rover Freelander GS TD 4

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners


This winter is becoming one of the best years for our customers buying their first set of winter tyres.(Nokian Winter Tyres Winners)

It is probably due to the fact that we have had a run of cold snowy winters. Over the past three or four years and the need for winter tyres are slowly sinking in. We also have a large Polish community in the Halifax area. Of course this is where where my tyre-centre is situated.Polish people are familiar with the need for winter tyres. In fact I think it may now be compulsory in Poland to fit winter tyres from November to march. Hence, the same as some other European countries.

Which winter tyres ?

We have found over the years that as an independent tyre retailer, most customers think in two ways. Either they know exactly what they want, or they will take our recommendations. Of course, as to which brand and at what price to pay for their tyres.

Nokian Winter Tyres

Scenes like this will be common in the UK the first week of March 2018

The majority of our customers come to us on word of mouth recommendations. Because they have received good advice and service in the past. Subsequently, we know this because we do not advertise as such. Perhaps, only through social media sites and internet directories.

In the past when our profit margins were higher we would regularly take out full page ads in the local papers, costing us an arm and a leg, we never really knew if the ads paid off or not.Yokohama Winter Tyres

We have and still do sell many different brands of tyres including winter tyres. In the past two years we have been able to buy our tyres from the major tyre companies because we are a member of a buying group known as Point-S tyres.

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

We were very happy to open an account with Nokian Winter Tyres . Because we knew from experience that this company made excellent tyres, including winter tyres. This will be our third year selling Nokian Winter Tyres Winners and we are pleased with the very good response we had from the drivers who have experienced these tyres in winter conditions. The Halifax area is very hilly, we are in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range and therefore we have very tricky roads. Especially in winter snowy conditions.

The latest car to arrive for a set of four Nokian Winter Tyres was a Land Rover-Freelander 2-GS-TD4. This nice looking car had a set of four 235/65R17 108H  Winter tyres. It’s great when you love the job that you are doing and can write about it in our company blog.

Nokian Winter Tyres Winners

Car fitted with winter tyres

Article written by Eric Roberts

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes.

travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

by Gone-Walkabout Question by Brittiny Hylan: How much should a BMW wheel alignment on a bmw cost? I was charged $ 65 today just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a bmw cost?

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

The question of rear wheel alignment has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business and the garage owners priorities will determine

whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a wheel alignment machine say made by Hunter or a smaller machine say made by Acu-track.

The thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market, but they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another pint to look at before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have, to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction, similar to an industrial warehouse, with a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines, but a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays, and when we fit a ramp into the bay we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results when you do the front BMW Wheel Alignment. It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. We only offer to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment and £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. We take them all on as they come, some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

 

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Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW-OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Of course, it is always good to see accreditation’s given to quality products. Nokian tyres are no exception to this. gaining an approval to fit certain Nokian tyres as original equipment to some BMW models.

The tyre that Nokian are to supply BMW with is the excellent WR D4 winter tyre. Consequently, the tyre will be fitted as original equipment to BMW’s latest “Sports Activity Vehicle” or SAV. Yet another abbreviation to remember?

The tyre size to be used is the 225/55R17 in a “H” rated tyre. As a Nokian tyre dealer this is great news.

My wife and I decided to buy an up market car last year and went for the Jaguar F Sport. We were sick of turning up to meetings in a van?

Anyhow, I decided to fit a set of Nokian winters to the car. So, just to try them out so to speak. I firmly believe that any brand of winter tyres should be fitted before the onset of winter.

My main worry was to be noise the Jaguar F Sport is a very quiet car even on some of our concrete motorways. We went on to fit a set of 255/55V19 XL  Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Wow, the results were excellent. Remarkably, we found that there was no difference in road noise at all. In fact we have now had three snowfalls in the area and many freezing nights resulting in “black ice”. The car has never lost traction once. I always feel more confident when selling a product with my own personnel experience. My new Nokians did not disappoint me ?

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

When SUV’s first came out then it soon became noticeable that they were useless when driving in snow. Especially here in hilly Halifax. So, BMW and Mercedes owners were soon looking for winter tyres to give their vehicles some traction in the snow, ice and wet roads. As a result SUV owners are now more street wise and the Nokian and vredestein winter tyres are among their favorite choices.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The Nokian WR D4 is a new-generation winter tyre that was specifically developed by Nokian Tyres for use in Central European weather conditions. The tyre delivers outstanding grip and comfortable handling even at high speeds. The tyre confirmed to the BMW Group’s stringent criteria for OE approval and is meant for motorists drivers who are looking for quality as well as style and safety in a tyre.

Nokian Tyres has received approval from the BMW Group for its WR D4 winter tyre and this will help the company to grow in central Europe.

Source: OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe – Tires & Parts News

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Bridgestone Tyres Reveal BMW i3 Electric car Tyres In New Tyre Sizes

Bridgestone Tyres
bridgestone tyres

BMW Group announced partnership with Bridgestone tyres, in which one of the world’s largest tire manufacturer has been selected to develop a range of tyres for the BMW i3 electric car.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

New bridgestone Tyres Sizes for BMW i3 Electric Car

Japanese and Worldwide tyre company Bridgestone tyres have teamed up with BMW, the German car maker, to create a new type of tyre which will give an excellent rolling resistance and aerodynamic performance for use on the new i3 electric cars that BMW are producing. The tyres from Bridgestone Tyres will be as the Ecopia EP500 Ologic tyre, and will be available in 4 completely new tyre sizes.

This is a completely different concept to the tyres that have been developed over the past say ten years, which were fatter (more width) and smaller in 15 inch sizes and then 16 and 17 inch sizes, up to what we have today In 18/19 and 20 inch sizes, all of coarse with corresponding  aspect ratios. The aspect ratio is the height of the tyres as a percentage of the width, if the tyre has an aspect ratio of 60, then the tyres height is 60% of the width, the smaller the aspect ratio the wider the tyre will be in relation to the height of the tyre.

Bridgestone Tyres-new sizes

The new sizes will be mind blowing to us in the tyre sector, because they go against all that we have previously seen as far as tyre technology has gone. Bridgestone Car Tyres are even claiming the new tyres are even good in the winter weather and in fact will be making some of them in the Blizzak type winter pattern.

This will be a modern version of going back in time, when older guys like myself used to fit tyres with sizes such 155×16, 185×15, 175×16 and many more with a narrow tread and

tall sidewall, the new Bridgestone EU tyre sizes will be 155/70×19, 175/60×19, 155/60×20 and 175/55×20. The tyre’s long contact patch (relative to its narrow width), revolutionary tread design and compound still ensure outstanding grip in both wet and dry conditions.

In my opinion this is just another excellent tyre innovation from Bridgestone Tyres and will help to keep all the tyre industry players on their toes and also creates much interest in the new revolution that we are having in the auto trade.

Eric Roberts

 

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Performance Car Tyres? are they any Different to the Rest?

So as you can see Michelin Performance Car Tyres have a tyre specific to Mercedes cars with a sidewall marking of MO. This car should be replaced with the exact same tyre (Are they different)

Performance Car Tyres are becoming a category on their own. The reason I say this is because more and more of the top tyre manufacturers are teaming up with the car producers, to develop a tyre that is specific to that car. These tyres have even got markings that specify which car the tyre should fit. Here is a example list of the current tyre markings courtesy of Michelin Tyres UK.

E.g. MICHELIN Primacy HP MO      MO is a Mercedes specific marking
E.g. MICHELIN Pilot Sport PS2 N3  N is a Porsche specific marking
E.g. MICHELIN TM ENERGY Saver *        * (star) is a BMW specific marking

The rest can be seen on http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/learn-share/tyre-basics/how-to-read-a-tyre-side-wallPerformance Car Tyres

So as you can see Michelin Performance Car Tyres have a tyre specific to Mercedes cars with a sidewall marking of MO. This car should be replaced with the exact same tyre as the one that comes off, and it is important that the drivers of these performance cars are aware of this.

The tyres are designed around the characteristics of certain cars and the tyres will complement the cars attributes. For instance performance cars are usually heavy vehicles that can

accelerate and in general go very fast. The Performance Car Tyres on these cars have usually been developed with a softer compound that your standard road use. The tyres are also lighter in weight and this combined with alloy wheels, help make the car more fuel efficient.Performance Car Tyres

If you are the owner of this type of car you should be aware that these Performance Car Tyres do have a part to play in the general performance and handling of your car, so when you are buying your tyres make sure that you are buying tyres that are like for like. The tyre manufacturer will have other tyres in their range that are just the same size and name, but they do not have the car makers sidewall marking on them and so are not the same tyre.

Tyres for performance cars are made to help the car perform better on cornering and steering,

also aiding the cars noise levels on different road surfaces. Other leading brands of tyres that make tyres for performance cars are include Pirelli, Continental and Yokohama tyres, so drivers have a good choice of brands on the replacement market.   

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre and Battery business 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car
Care Centre.

Suspension Arm Bolts-BMW 1 Series Car- Breaks Suspension Arm Bolts


BMW 1 Series Car in for He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts

On one of the worse windy and rainy days of the year, one of our good customers was out and about in his BMW 1 series car, 2008 model and found himself having to swerve his car to avoid a broken branch that had just snapped off a tree due to the high winds.

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW suspension arm bolts showing the sheared off bolt, the other bent

His car skidded and crashed into the kerb, causing damage to the underside of the car, the customer suspected that something had been broken the Front Suspension Arm Rubber Bush, or the Suspension Arm Bolts, and so limped into my garage in Halifax West Yorkshire.

Manager the garage department, Ryan Linton pulled the car onto a ramp to examine the car to see what had happened. He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts, on the multilink suspension that these cars have.

Also the TPMS sensor lights were illuminated and when checking, the tyres were found to be inflated to the wrong pressures. We now think that this could have caused the car to swerve and hit the kerb, when trying to avoid the tree branch.

The problem was discovered and the hub had to be removed and the broken stud drilled out as the stud had been snapped off flush with the hub. The bolt was drilled out and the hole was re-tapped to take a new stud. The other Suspension Arm Bolts were BMW Parts ( supplied by the local BMW dealer in Wakefield, the nearest one to my garage in Halifax) were also changed and the assembly was re-fitted.

BMW car had low tyre pressures

As I have stated we think that the guys low tyre pressures were the cause of the car correctly not handling when he swerved to miss the branch, we also checked and inflated his tyres and he went off on his way three hours later.

Eric Roberts...www.mot-halifax.co.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 high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW rear hub area where the Suspension Arm Bolts sheared from

Winter tyres rush-Massive Push for Winter Tyres

Winter tyres rush


Massive Winter tyres rush

This past few weeks has been hectic to say the least. I think that one of the contributors to this.Was the front page warning of a cold and  snowy weather here in Britain. To arrive over the next six weeks.Consequently, as my readers well know. I am always advocating the need for drivers to fit winter tyres. Of course, onto their cars in November,

Winter tyres rush

Nissan Terrano having 4 Yokohama winter tyres

 

Winter tyres rush

Honda CV having 4 Dunlop Grandtrek tyres fitted

 A popular request was for Nokian Winter Tyres but my customers in Halifax thought they were a bit on the expensive side and so went for our favourite winter tyres, the General Winters.

Winter tyres rush

Of course, we have been selling and stocking Yokohama tyres now for three years. Therefore, we are very pleased at the quality of the products and the competitiveness of the prices.

I have decided to do a sort of collage of some of the cars that have had winter tyres fitted in the past Winter tyres rush weeks, just out of interest really.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Consequently,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Thus, before starting my first business. Naturally, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre.Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Now blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.naturally, are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Winter tyres rush

Citroen Xsara Picasso having a Winter tyres rush buying 4 Yokohama winter tyres fitted

MICHELIN WINTER TYRES – BMW M5 Calls in at Pellon Tyres for a new set


BMW M5 Comes In For a New Set of MICHELIN WINTER TYRES

As the owner of a Tyre centre here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, I am always pleased to see what I would call a special car call in for some servicing or repairs and also for some new tyres. This particular car was a BMW M5 in silver, the guy had heard about how good Michelin winter tyres were,especially Michelin Alpin Winter tyres were and so called into the depot and spoke to my son Aaron.

MICHELIN WINTER TYRES

BMW M5 with its new MICHELIN WINTER TYRES fitted

Apparently these tyres were like gold to get hold of so the guy thought that he would give us a try after he was let down by one of the larger tyre companies, who said that they could get the tyres but after a few weeks. Eventually they admitted that the tyres were unavailable and so he came to us to give us a chance to find the tyres for his M5.

The tyres he wanted were 295/30R20 and 265/35R20 Michelin Alpin winter tyres. One of the problems was the fact that this M5 was fitted with 20inch wheels and not 18 or 19 inch wheels. However we knew that the Michelin winter tyres were available in Germany and because we are a member of a tyre dealer group known as Point-S tyres, we were able to contact a German tyre company who were able to supply us with the Michelin Tyres.

The guy was very pleased with our detective work and Aaron promptly ordered the tyres. They arrived in four days and the guy brought his car in to us for the Michelin winter tyres fitting. The guy is a business man who often travels to Europe and was recommended to buy the Michelin winter tyres for his BMW, as Michelin had put many hours of research and development into the building of these tyres to compliment the BMW M5.

If you own such a car as an M5 only use the recommended winter tyres for that car

In my opinion tyres play a great importance to the car, especially when it comes to high performance cars like this BMW M5. Companies like Michelin Tyres put many hours into developing the right tyres for the right car. Michelin use their great expertise into their racing tyre division and into supplying tyres in massive racing events such as Le -Mans 24 hour’s race in France. All the expertise and development that Michelin gain in these events will be used in developing tyre products for companies like BMW and Mercedes, to be used on their premium cars.

To finalise I would totally recommend that if you are the owner of such a car, then you should stick to the tyres that are on the car from new and when buying winter tyres only use tyres that have been proven for your model, as our customer did on his BMW M5.Michelin winter tyres

Article by Eric Roberts..member of Tyresafe.org

Quality Winter Tyres -Autocar Says that Winter Tyres Really Work for your safety in winter- Etyres

Autocar extols virtues of Quality Winter Tyres

“I was running a long term BMW 1M at the time, and at BMW’s insistence the car was fitted with a set of

The Bridgestone Blizzak Quality Winter Tyres are a great choice.

Michelin Alpin winter tyres.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Winter tyres

There has never been any doubt about Quality Winter Tyres and the fantastic job that they do when winter arrives, no matter what country you live

in. It is always an advantage when great car magazines the likes of Autocar reinforce what us tyre pundits have been saying for years.

The reason that we tend to harp on about Quality Winter Tyres is the safety aspect of the product. These days the cars are getting much faster and powerful and we also have had the Quality Winter Tyresrecent influx of SUV’s and crossover cars. These vehicles are next to useless when it comes to coping with the winter conditions of snow and ice. They are large and powerful and are absolutely useless in the snow without Quality Winter Tyres fitted.

Quality Winter Tyres are now an essential safety commodity, to be used on the modern day vehicles, they will even give you a safety advantage when driving on the motorway on a stinking wet day, and so must be considered before the winter sets in. We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax recommend a couple of makes that have been proven to us over the years, they are Yokohama  and Jinyu , although Jinyu are an economy brand we have tested these on our own vehicles over the past few years.

Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.org

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Cheap Winter Tyres and Car  Battery business now for 40 years. 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.