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Tyre labeling- is now considered good for the motorist to check on?

Tyre labeling

tyre labellingTyre labeling is too vague for modern tyres

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eric roberts‘s insight: Since this post was first release. Hence, I have now changed my opinion. As a result of  regarding tyre labeling. For this reason, at first i did not think that the buying public. Would take any notice of the tyre grading’s. But now we are getting many drivers. That are comparing the makes of tyres. Thus, before they make their purchase. Consequently, I did not think that this would ever happen. Therefore, I thought that most people would  buy on price alone. But I admit that i was wrong. I would say that out of all of our  purchasing customers about a third now compare the Tyre labeling ratings. We now show all the different Tyre labeling ratings of all the tyres that we offer on our website, so that our customers can look at the different labels and make a more informed choice of tyre for their cars.

Tyre labeling does not affect tyre virtues

What do i mean ?. Manufacturers have always been torn between two things, Good grip or high mileage. it is very difficult to get the correct balance, we all know about the Michelin “X” when it came out ? it knocked the socks off mileage compared to all the other manufacturers, but also became famous for not been very good in the wet.

This is a great example of the imbalance that can take place between the two things that the tyre makers are trying to achieve. With today’s modern tyre testing techniques these  companies have a much better chance of getting the balances correct. So much so that tyres can now be made for specific car models such as BMWs and Mercedes, who have their own specific ones to aid the cars performance.

What i am getting at is that in my opinion tyre labeling is not a good way of determining how good a tyre really is and is just another piece of bureaucracy that came from the European Union. The tyre companies are way ahead of these stupid labels, that really tell the motorist nothing. Also how true is the tyre labeling on imported economy brands ?

Eric Roberts…www.pellontyres.co.uk

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Tyre labeling

Tyre labeling with the tyre attributes are now becoming more and more popular with the public and to my surprise some drivers are specifically targeting the best advice from these labels and it will make the tyre manufacturers open their eyes to making a better product.

 

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Cross-Ply Tyres for my Morris Minor 1000-First Models Were fitted with Xply TYRES

Cross-Ply Tyres

Cross-Ply Tyres

 Cross-Ply tyres Back to the sixties with the x ply tyres?

Must be remembered that most people are confused about tyres. After all, tyres look the same, so what could the differences be ? Well when the Minor 1000 was first built there was only one type of tyre, I know ! 

because unfortunately I was a beginner tyre fitter in those early days. Consequently,the only tyre about then was the Cross-Ply Tyres  and a few early radials.

Of course, the basic tyre is made of rubber on the outside and there are a number of layers of textile (man-made) fabrics inside. So, the rubber is there to give the tyres strength. With this in mind, some tyres even have a layer of steel belt. Of course, to increase strength still further (the steel was not in cross-plies though). Textile belts are woven sheets . Running  from bead to bead before the rubber tread is vulcanised on the carcass.

In a perfect world, the “tread” on the outside would stay flat to the road in all circumstances. Unfortunately, roads that are driven on are not perfect and the old Xply tyres gave a very bumpy ride, this also applied to cornering, early tyres used to fight the corners and as many Morris 1000 drivers know, in the early days you had to take care when driving on a bumpy road and cornering.

We then started using a more modern tyre called a “Radial “.

I remember what we called the “radial tyre”new “tyre revolution”. Of course radial tyres were to improve the cars handling by as much as 100%. As a result, the radial tyres have a completely different construction. Revolutionizing the tyre industry. Including the comfort of driving. Radial tyres became available in the 1960s. Outperforming the Cross-Ply Tyres in every way.

Minor 1000 owners say that the car was designed for the Xply. This is true, but only because there was nothing else! The car was also designed for the simple style of motoring, but things improved when the radial tyre came out.

It is now very rare to find x plies these days but if you have them fitted do not mix them with radial tyres on the same axle. It is only safe and legal to fit two x plies tyres at the front and two radials at the rear. In my opinion, your are far better fitting a set of modern day radial tyres, If you can afford it. The driving results are astounding. Especially in the wet. If you are a traditionalist you could stick to x ply tyres, but these may not be the cheapest car tyres on sale at the moment.

As always you get what you pay for.

There are some poor quality tyres from eastern Europe about today, that are best avoided, also, please avoid part worn second-hand tyres. Because tyre prices have risen so much and the minor 1000 tyres are now very rare (145×14) Firestone tyres are available for around £60 fitted and have worked well for me over the years,

Cross-Ply Tyres

Morris Minor 1000’s were fitted with 520×14 Cross-Ply Tyres and later were fitted with 145×14 radial ply tyres.

these and Dunlop tyres were one of the first companies to fit radial tyres on to the minor 1000. Many of our leading tyre companies no longer make these sizes, but a few imported makes are available. A few better quality imported makes are available from General and Bridgestone, if any minor 1000 owners wanted a price for these makes we will happily quote a price from Halifax.

The radial ply tyre is a huge improvement on the Cross-Ply Tyres

It has much better grip, better ride quality and lasts much longer, but the tyres are now mainly imported. As I have previously stated it is relatively rare to find Cross-Ply Tyres these days, but they are still available through tyre specialists, such as Pellon tyres in Halifax. But once again if you have a set of Cross-Ply Tyres do not mix radials with them. 145×14 or 155×14 radials are the largest you should fit the normal rims. If you go beyond this you will cause yourself problems with the tyre bellying out over the wheel, your car will be all over the road and is not recommended or indeed safe to do this.

About Eric Roberts

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

Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting

Huge tyre bubble-What caused this tyre bubble on this TYRE ready to “Blow Out”

 Huge tyre bubble

Huge tyre bubble

 Huge tyre bubble;Worst case of an egg on a  tyre I have ever seen

Significantly, the lump or Huge tyre bubble in the picture is the worst I have ever seen.  So, this “egg” is caused by the separation of the tread layers and the air pressure inside the tyres casing lifting up the tread. Of course, we call it an egg !Because normally all you get is a lump developing. Consequently, about the same size as a chicken egg.

However, this problem is not a tyre fault. But usually starts out as a nail hole that has not been filled properly after the repair has been carried out. Naturally, the next thing is that water gets into the steel belt under the tread rubber. Then starts to oxidize (rust). The rust then starts to spread through the steel wire. Eventually leaving a kind of cavity between the tyres casing and the tread rubber. This in time will cause a Huge tyre bubble to develop on the tread of the tyre.

This type of problem is common on part worn tyres that have not been pressure tested

Of late,we have noticed that we are having more customers complaining. Especially, about this type of problem and it is usually on second hand tyres that they have just bought.

In the early stages of tread separation. So, the tyres on the car will make the car have a tendency to pull to one side. Subsequently, this is because the tyre is out of shape. Starting to give the driver increasing problems as he does a few more miles.

Some people think that these problems emanate from buying cheap tyres, but this is not true. Most new tyres are made to high standards at is very rare that we have any tyre related problems these days.

When I was younger I was an examiner for the City and Guilds examination board and all sorts of  problems came up and were used in the exams as examples, of faulty  manufacture. One of the main problems was in fact “tyre separation”, but in those days it was caused by lack of cleanliness, when the tyres were built from their various components . If dust and dirt happened to get in between the layers of vulcanised rubber then the process would not work, rather like if you get dust on a piece of sticky paper then the paper doesn’t stick properly.

The tyre would look fine until after a few hundred miles on a car an egg would start to develop

Also cracks would appear on the side walls or near the bead this was also due to dirt on the new rubber during the tyres manufacture. This has now been improved and tyre companies have much more hygiene and cleanliness in their factories , giving us much better quality tyres.

In the 1960s Firestone tyres had a big problem with the steel wire that they used in their radial tyre

and thousands of tyres were recalled when they all developed Huge tyre bubble on the tread areas .(not as big as the one on the picture though)

About Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

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

Waste TYRES problem improving-Now there are many solutions to the waste tyre problem

Waste TYRES problem improving

Waste TYRES problem improving;Here in Halifax we dispose of 150 to 200 tyres per week.

A few year ago the European Union made it against the law for counsels to accept old used tyres in their landfill sites. This became a big problem for us tyre retailers,where do we get rid of the old waste tyres?

Waste TYRES problem improving

Waste TYRES problem improving;Waste tyres can be used as wonderful flower tubs

It wasn’t long before businesses were set up. Hence, to collect the old scrap and dispose of them. Naturally, in an environmentally friendly way. Thus, with the Waste TYRES problem improving . We were charged £1 an item  to have them collected. Accordingly, this was passed onto the customers. Because the old ones were their property and not ours.

Britain produces well over 100,000 waste scrappers every day.Therefore, methods of disposal had to be found and quickly. The first thing that was done. Was to produce machines that could shred the old casings up. Hence, and separate the steel wire chords for steel re-cycling.Of course, the rubber was made into tyre crumbs and bagged up for re-use. Many of the larger  companies are looking for chemical methods to turn the old rubber into new rubber, so the old chippings can be used make into new products again but although some progress has been made they are still a while away from making it happen, my own personnel experience is that they will succeed and new tyres will be made from the  old rubber all this was to help with the Waste TYRES problem improving.

Waste TYRES problem improving

In the mean time the rubber crumbs from old tyres are now used in a number of things. Some are added to tarmac and used for road surfacing, especially in the USA and now here in the UK. Some are used to power the drying kilns in cement mixing plants. Many of the larger tyres are remoulded this offers cheap tyres to hauliers, remoulds are still not very popular with motorists and there are only a small amount of companies that make remoulds. These crumbs from old tyres are

Waste TYRES problem improving

Tyre dumps like this could soon be a thing of the past?

also made into children’s play areas indeed we have a company here in Halifax that do this. They are also made into carpet underlay and athletic tracks including play ground surfaces.

Old tyres are used under the sea now

One good invention in the USA turns the rubber crumbs into paving blocks, Rubber Flooring and the old tyres are now used under the sea to create artificial barrier reefs and stop tidal erosion. I was critical of the EU at first but for stopping land fill but it has forced us to look for new ways to dispose of our old tyres. I think that in a few years time there will be no “old tyres problem” and disposal will be free of charge, and perhaps they might go back to the old days and start buying the old scrap off us again instead of us having to pay. Also rubber crumbs can be blended with Natural Rubber.

Eric Roberts

Whats Rubber- Without rubber latex there would be no tyres?

Whats Rubber

Whats Rubber-Rubber tyres but what is it?

Rubber is one of those everyday things that we take for granted. We all use things made of rubber in our daily lives. In my case, I see large things made of rubber, namely tyres. Most of the Worlds rubber is manufactured from a white runny substance that is extracted from trees in huge rubber plantations that are grown in the tropical regions of the World. The white substance is called Latex and is obtained from the small trees from slits in the bark that allow the latex to run into collecting cups. These cups are then poured into bigger vessels and collected. The collection of the latex is very labour intensive and requires thousands of people to work in the vast forest plantations that stretch for mile after mile covering many acres.

This simple process marks the beginning of making tyres and all other Natural Rubber products. The latex has to move to storage factory facilities very quickly as it soon sets to a solid from its runny liquid form when it is extracted from the trees. The rubber is then split up to be used in separate products.

When the latex is in the process, of being moved. Such as during transportation. An amount of Ammonia is added which stops the latex from setting, before arriving at the factory for processing. When the rubber reaches the plant, it is allowed to set into sheets and is cut to size for shipping. It is often referred to as “Gum Rubber”.

Way, it is necessary to mix the gum rubber with other chemicals.

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These are usually sulphur and peroxide or bisphenol. This mixture improves the resistance. Preventing the dough from perishing. This process is known as Vulcanisation. Naturally,  was seen as pioneering work by Charles Goodyear back in 1839. He also used carbon black. Hence, to improve the strength of the rubber mix that is necessary for the manufacturing of rubber tyres. Making tyres is a very complicated process of mixing the right chemicals and always needing and heating the rubber mixture using huge machines and would require another article, but I still think it is amassing how a tyre starts out in a rubber plantation as a white liquid and ends up like a tyre.

Creating rubber in the tyre factory is carried out in several ways. Extrusion is one of the most common methods used this is when the rubber is heated and passed through large rollers to mould the rubber. The rubber is then heated and the forced at high pressure through a small hole this method can produce long strands of rubber. Another method of creating rubber is compression moulding. This is done under heat and pressure, however, this time the rubber is heated in a mould. The rubber is then left to cool in the mould, and the rubber creates a replica of the mould. The final way of which rubber can be moulded is a method of injection moulding. This is achieved by heating rubber again which is then injected into a mould and cooled to create the ultimate product tyres.

 Eric Roberts

 

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