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Dunlop Tyres Declining-A Brief History of one of the tyre companies that I worked for !

Dunlop Tyres Declining

Dunlop Tyres

Bicycles the first for Dunlop

So, In the days of Queen Victoria! Britain was going full steam ahead in the industrialized nation that we had become. Inventions were arising thick and fast.

In the year of 1889 cam a patent from John B Dunlop. His company was founded in Dublin. Subsequently, was called the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd. Dunlops company manufactures his very own patent! Called the Pneumatic tyre. Importantly, in those days just for the bicycle.Dunlop Tyres Declining

So, the bike was getting very popular in those days. Well informed people were starting to form clubs for racing. Strikingly, a famous racer in those days was called Willie Hume .Winning seven races on the new Dunlop tyres. Word soon spread, and full production started in 1890 in Belfast Northern Ireland.

Dunlop were able to open up similar businesses in Europe and North America and opened a factory in Australia.They then began having financial difficulties and indeed had to sell off the overseas operations. Furthermore, to this day The company had to split and in Australia they have been a separate company, both making different brands using the same name.

Dunlop UK then opened a large factory in Birmingham the UK. In a short time they started the production of car tyres. Importantly, the Birmingham plant became known as “Fort Dunlop” . Of course, a very famous part of the Birmingham Brummy landscape. I visited the fort many times in the past! Importantly, I was always made to feel very welcome. Consequently, they became a very rich company. Having had Worldwide operations in distribution. Manufacturing included owning their rubber plantations in Ceylon and Malaya.

In the 1930s Dunlop  went into making other products

In the 1930s Dunlop Began diversifying into other rubber products, these were latex, golf balls, and other sporting equipment. They also started making rubber boots and “O” rings. In 1950 they then started making and supplying tyres for Formula 1 cars.

In 1971 Dunlop merged with Italian tyre giants Pirelli to form the biggest companies in the world. By 1984 they once again started with financial difficulties and the company was sold to Sumitomo Rubber Industries of Japan. The tyre brand name was split up over three groups and also all the other products that Dunlop made such as sports goods were sold off to various other companies. That just about brings us up to date,  Dunlop and Goodyear now trade under the same brand names with the same parent company and made in different factories around the World.

Moving forward to 2019 ! Dunlop tyres are in decline. In my opinion Dunlop are certainly not the force they once were. Of course like anything else new tyre companies have moved ahead. Stealing the older tyre companies business with new ideas an enthusiasm. Of course , I am a keen follower of the Dunlop brand and in fact sell many Dunlop Tyres from my Halifax retail depot.

About Eric Roberts

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Hi, I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Happily, I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning 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.

Dunlop Tyres

Dunlop Tyres-Dunlop were a major contributor to the motor racing scene

 

 

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Bald Tyres Can KILL ! Check your Car Tyres regularly-

Bald Tyres Can KILL !

Bald Tyres Can KILL !

Check your Car Tyres regularly; must be checked every week

Bringing this post forward ! We must all be surprised by the increasing amount of rainfall. Consequently, tyres are becoming even more important ! So, the millions of drivers that drive about must have noticed the very heavy downpours that we now experience.

Remember ! Its your tyres tread that moves away the water when driving on these water logged roads. I drive all over the country and am astounded at the amount of water that settles on the roads after these downpours. So, I now think that drivers who regularly use the motorways should be aware of this change in our climate.

All-Weather tyres becoming a must ?

So, the tyre manufacturers are all now making excellent “All-Weather Tyres”. Respectfully, many of our customers do now look at these products and in fact fit them to their vehicles ! Very sensible in my opinion. So in my opinion we should all be looking at all-weather tyres as a standard fitment. Because, with all this extreme weather that are experiencing then your tyres need to be able to cope ! Predictably these extreme downpours will get worse as years go by. Requiring tyres that will cope with the water making driving much safer.

Although this a bold statement it is in fact a true !

Importantly, you should Check your Car Tyres regularly. So on all vehicles including vans . Tyres should be check at least once a week. Including  checking your tyres for  any uneven wear, or bald patches. Significantly, this is usually the first sign of a problem with your steering geometry. Uneven tread wear could even indicate a major issue with the vehicles steering and, or suspension.

So, after checking your tyres and you notice that the tyres tread is wearing off on one side. Then it is important that you have your wheel alignment checked and if necessary adjusted. Of course many cars nowadays require Four-Wheel Alignment ! Consequently, this means that the cars rear as well as front wheels may need adjustment. Particularly common for the modern SUV type vehicles and 4x4s. Regular visual checking will also save you some money. Significantly, a damaged new steering rubber boot (for these kinds of vehicles). Damaged steering parts will cost you well over £120 these days and the prices are still rising.

Having regular checks stops parts from wearing out !

Check your Car Tyres regularly

One of 4 badly worn out

Most lady customers and indeed male customers can call into a local, reputable tyre dealer and have a free inspection by one of the staff. There are no excuses for driving your car fitted with bald pieces of rubber that look like racing slicks on a grand-Prix car.

The car steering wheel feels “out of line” and the car pulls to one side or the other.  This is why you should have your tracking (wheel alignment) checked out. Naturally, including after you have had new tyres fitted. Customers do not understand the amount of hard work that a tyre does.Therefore, and how much punishment that tyres have to take. To when zooming down the motorway at 80 miles an hour ! So you see why its so important to Check your Car Tyres regularly. Bald tyres can kill ! Because they are the only things between you the road and an accident.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips-start of by looking after your tyre pressures.

Start with your tyre pressures

The first important thing to do to look after your tyres is to have the correct pressures checked on a regular basis, I prefer to have them checked every week, but at least every two week is better than not at all.

Make sure that you have yours checked by a professional company, it is important that you fit the correct mix of, are their radials? Are they directional? Never mix different

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

Caravan tyre blowout due to under running under pressure

Types on the same axle for example directional with non-directional, or asymmetric the wrong way round. This is one of the problems with buying your tyres on the internet; you will not know which tyres are right or wrong until you come to have them fitted, it is a gamble that you may not want to take.

While you check your tyre pressures. So, you should test the tread depth; drivers should have 1.6 mm of tread across ¾ of the tread width from the centre out, once again your local tyre dealer will do this for you, or you can purchase a simple depth gauge from your local auto DIY store.

Tyre Tips

You should always look out for any damage to the tread and side walls, look for cuts and chunks missing out.if you are not sure to get some good advice.

Make sure that your wheels have had to balance; there is nothing worse than having a shaky steering wheel when driving on the motorway. If your tyres look to be wearing off on the edges, have your Car Wheel Alignment checked out, you may soon find out that your new tyres have worn out too quickly, so have your alignment checked out perhaps when having a service.

Look out for severe weather conditions such as snow in the forecast. If you are experiencing a severe winter, you may think about fitting proper Winter tyres for safety. If you are caught out in snow or ice do not skid too much, this will also damage them, I have witnessed a  tyre ripped apart from continuous skidding.

Tyre Pressure

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips;  Check your spare tyre and wheel changing equipment?

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips Check your spare. If you have got a car without a spare make sure you have enough emergency inflator liquid in your boot. Make sure you can change a wheel on your own, this may prove paramount in an emergency. Also, make sure that you have a jack and wheel brace that is in good condition when you use it.

Finally, if your car does not drive right or feels strange when cornering, it could be dodgy tyres, centres or even worse a steering problem so get them checked out.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Tyre Care for Lady drivers

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres-New and better materials now used in winter tyres.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Of course, winter tyres are made of different compounds and operate at much lower temperature. So, to rectify this,most tyre makers now include silica in their compounds. Thus enabling the winter tyres to operate at much lower temperatures. So retaining their suppleness in adverse conditions.

Consequently, even the Best Summer Tyres become hard like plastic, making the tyres loose their elasticity and therefore grip. Therefore, some tyre makers such as Toyo of Japan have tried adding grit to their compounds. Helping to create safer Snow Tyres.

Winter tyres have also different tread patterns these are usually more of a block pattern. Including, larger centre groves to dissipate the water and slush. On the positive side, the blocks give you more surface. Of course, they do not clog up with snow, due to the spaces between the blocks.

Most importantly, winter tyres also have many tiny slits known as sipes. Sipes also help to dissipate the slush and water that can clog up your tyres.Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Winter tyres have now become much more sophisticated .

Companies like Vredestein and Nokian produce some of the Best Cheap Winter Car Tyres a Dutch tyre company now owned by Apollo tyres from India, have made winter tyres to a very high standard . This was necessary to comply with other European countries that witnessed snow every winter and the need for say a German motorist to be able to drive his BMW at great speed down the Autobahn to go skiing in Austria or Switzerland on the same tyre.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres Winter Tyres  technology advanced in leaps and bounds.

Silica was added to able the rubber compounds to become much more flexible at lower temperatures. This advance is now used by most of the leading tyre companies.  This combined with computer enhanced tread design has enabled manufacturers to produce a winter tyre. The tyres are now silent on motorways yet very effective in heavy rain, snow and ice. Snow tyres, in my opinion are one of the greatest advances for the motorist of our time. They are a great contribution to road safety. All vehicle owners should consider buying them. This is especially when buying them at the right time. This is  before the price doubles again or indeed before supplies run out. Winter tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com at internet prices.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

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

Lead Acid Auto Batteries-will Not Store for very long without regular charging?

Lead Acid Auto Batteries

You must not store discharged Lead Acid Auto Batteries

Lead acid batteries were a great invention; they have been going strong for over 130 years. Although they may be under threat from today’s lithium-ion batteries, I believe that they hear to stay even much longer, with petrol and electric cars driving side by side. The lead acid batteries have supplied us with Cheap Batteries for the last 60 years, with mass production (mainly from the East and China) lowering the cost of motoring. Customers were able to buy batteries online through the internet.

The advanced battery has been durable and dependable when it is also used correctly. The discharge rate is amongst the lowest in the world and is capable of high discharge rates while

Lead Acid Batteries

Lead Acid Batteries-Smart chargers are now more affordable to buy to keep your battery in tip-top condition throughout the winter period.

Delivering bursts of energy that are capable of starting your car engine on a cold morning.

The big problem occurs when you store your lead acid battery in a “DISCHARGED CONDITION”. The 12 Volt Battery will never re-charge again. The battery has a limited number of fully discharged cycles and will only take a couple of deep discharges. The electrolyte in the battery can easily spill, causing environmental damage if spilt.

Lead Acid Auto Batteries

We have a customer in Lancashire in the UK who has been using cheap car batteries to start large electric generators that are transported, on site. The batteries have been used to start the generators and charged by an alternator when it is running similar to the way a car works.

Lead Acid Batteries

Lead Acid Batteries-generator other generators in Lancashire

 

But when the batteries are left unused

But when the batteries are left stood and unused. Hence, for perhaps 2 or 3 months. Therefore, allows the batteries to discharge totally.Eventually, deteriorate until they can no longer be used. Thus,    the company then wanted to change the batteries under warranty?. This problem will also happen to a battery that is left unused, in a car for long periods. As a result, without been charged.Therefore, the lead-acid car battery has to to be charged fully, at all times. 

Then be tested at regular intervals. Hence, to maintain the charge otherwise, the battery will quickly deteriorate and fail. Even in the warranty period. This procedure also applies to other uses of lead acid batteries. Including, AGM golf batteries, motorcycle batteries and Leisure Batteries all of which, should all be fully charged . These days you can buy a smart charger that will keep your battery in a good state of charge over the winter period, or any other time when the battery is dormant.

Eric Roberts

General Van Tyres- Well known German tyre company Bring Out New “VAN TYRE”

General Van Tyres

Euro Van 2 new tyre from General Van Tyres

General tyres (part of the Continental tyre group) are keeping up in the lucrative van tyre market with a splendid new tyre, the Euro Van 2 tyre. The market for this product is huge, with the massive increase in the modern van market surging ahead.

Tyre manufacturers. Have now to make heavy duty versions of new car tyres. Because of the speed and comfort, that the new vans are capable of doing. Therefore, gone are the days of the smoky old diesel vans. Chugging along, holding the rest of the traffic up. For this, reason, these days vans can out perform, many cars and the tyres need to be of higher speed.Thus and load ratings. To cope with the extra performance that these modern vans can supply. General Van Tyres have taken all this into consideration.

The new General tyres Euro van is no exception. The newly developed tread pattern helps give the tyre higher mileage and better traction giving the tyre excellent handling on dry roads and a more improved braking performance.

General Van Tyres

For better comfort. General Van Tyres have developed the tyre with staggered tread grooves. Thus, on the shoulder reducing the noise. Giving a better comfort level to the driver. Noise reduction is also important for the green credibility of the tyre. In particular. With the new tyre labels coming out soon. Hence, that gives all tyres noise pollution levels. naturally, to help verify how green the tyre is.

As far as van tyres go this General Van Tyres product is one of the best van tyres that I have come across. People think that there is not much difference performance wise in van tyres, but they would be wrong in thinking that. The most important thing is to look at whatever make of tyres that you have on your van. The van tyre market is one of the most neglected of all the tyre markets. Van drivers usually work for other people, and they do not look after their tyres. So having a good brand of General Van Tyres in the first place is critical, because they are going to get abused, running at low and high pressures at high speeds are usually the norm for the van, only coming to garages when the need replacing due to lack of care.

The new General tyres van tyre will cover almost 90% of van tyre sizes

General Van Tyres

 

 

Eric Roberts

Part Worn Tyres Expensive – “You DO NOT SAVE YOU MONEY in the long run”

Post Updated 19th Dec 2013

Part Worn Tyres Expensive-Proof that part worn tyres work out more expensive in the long run

Most tyre experts and motoring organisations are very concerned about the amount of part worn tyres are now fitted here in the UK. The latest motoring organisation to voice their opinion is the very respectful Motorcodes, of which we at Pellon tyres are members (and proud to be so).

 

These Part Worn Tyres Expensive are generally imported from countries such as Germany, where tyres are generally removed at 3 mil. These Part Worn Tyres Expensive look fine from the outside but there is no saying what Part Worn Tyres Expensivedamage lies under the surface of the tread and could be very dangerous indeed. We are effectively buying old tyres from Germany, the tyres that the Germans throw away as no good any more, I cant believe that we would do such a thing. Part Worn Tyres Expensive also offer a danger to other motorists on the road, they put other drivers at risk because people think they are saving money.

In 1994 part worn tyres came under a law called the “Motor Vehicle Tyres Safety Regulations”, these regulations were to ensure that part worn tyres were properly tested and labelled as such, if people buy tyres that have been tested then this is deemed as ok and suitable for the use on roads, but the Part Worn Tyres Expensive we have come across do not appear to have any checks on them and no label. All part worn tyres must be labelled as such. They must have the words ‘PART- WORN’ marked in capital letters. This must be permanent and legible. (I think this is to give other road users the chance to get out of the way

Many more part worn tyres are now sold because of the economic recession. A recent excellent survey regarding how cheap a part worn tyre really is has been studied and written by a tyre industry expert Stuart Carr. I have posted a link to Stuarts blog and I hope you will click to see that

 part worn tyres cost “MORE” than new tyres in the long run in real terms

To finalise any garage that are in Motorcodes will not endorse the sale of part worn tyres.

  http://www.stuartcarr.blogspot.com/         Click this link for an excellent blog

About 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 for 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 MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Tyre Labels Regulations- Drivers are now taking more Notice of Them

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; New European tyre labels yet another cost to business forced onto us by Brussels

As if wasn’t enough David Cameron was telling all of us small businesses that he was going to “cut red tape”, he has imposed a new EU law onto us called a standardised consumer label so

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; consumersThis Michelin car tyre has a highly rated B and B ratio users. That can choose for themselves which product is for their car. “I don’t think so”. Most of my customers here at Pellon tyres in Halifax. Come to us because they trust us. How could you trust a Tyre Labels Regulations on a tyre made in China?. I suspect not. As an update, we are finding that to my surprise.

Hence, our customers are taking some notice of what the new labels are telling them. Tyre manufacturers are also trying to improve their products. Even some Cheap Car Tyre makers are bringing out products with better standards. Thus, according to the labels. In general, though it is the big tyre manufacturers that are winning. Customers look up the ratings before they buy a tyre.Therefore, it is the big boys. Such as Michelin and Continental that are having the most success.

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; new label (easy)

The new system is supposed to be in place for November this year(2012). As a result is intended to help the motorist to choose a rating. Naturally, that has got low emissions and dare I say it better road safety. The same Europe that allows people to sell possible killers. As a result, called “Part worn tyres”, these don’t even have to have Tyre Labels Regulations. Surprise surprise !!!.

WE will now have to have an efficiency label on tyres that display three main points, Rolling resistance, Wet grip and Fuel efficiency. The new tyre label will value from A-G, but not D.I will try to explain what each group means.

 What the new Tyre Labels Regulations means (hope you can take it in)

 ROLLING RESISTANCE

This covers A to G Dis not used, rolling resistance of the tyre and contributes most to fuel efficiency and therefore reduces CO2 emissions and also driving costs. Each letter has a difference plus or minus of 0.42 to 0.56 miles per gallon(mpg) for a car that will do 36 mpg. (I hope you are still paying attention)

WET GRIP

“Wet grip is what it says on the tin” how good is the car at stopping in wet driving conditions and is expressed as the “stopping distance”. The letters used for this are A to G not using D or G, (are you still awake), the stopping distance between 3 and 7 feet when you brake hard at 50 mph. We have had this measured on our forecourt now for five years and no one has ever tried it out yet.

NOISE

The noise that the tyre makes,(nothing to do with our lousy road surfaces its the tyres fault) and is measured in decibels. The more black bars on your Tyre Labels Regulations, the noisier the tyre tread is.

In my opinion, this is more red tape from Brussels, and I will stress that the customer should take advice from his local dealer.

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; New tyre label on an Avon tyre 225/45×17

As an update to the tyre label introduction, i must say that I am pleasantly surprised to see that the motoring public is now showing lots of interest in these names and they are influencing the purchasing decisions of the tyre buying public, I hold my hands up, and I was WRONG?

For more information, please click the link  http://www.etrma.org/

 

 

 Eric Roberts

Tyre Care for Lady drivers

Which 4×4 Tyres- Which are the right ones for your vehicle

Which 4×4 Tyres

Which 4x4 Tyres

Ryan flying through the woods on the General Grabber AT 3 tyres

Which 4×4 Tyres?Changing your 4×4 tyres can lead to a whole new experience

Of course, there is probably nothing wrong with the with the ones that are fitted as original equipment to your 4×4 vehicle. So,the companies that make these cars link together with tyre manufacturers. Naturally, in both research and development to create the 4×4 Tyres will suite your vehicle best. The product that they choose will , be of one that gives excellent performance and comfort for  the average 4×4 driver, as the vehicles are sold to a cross-section of the public.

This, however, does not cater for all the different conditions that this type of vehicle is capable of much more complicated tasks. Average class SUV  drivers usually need the car to have mainly on-road tributes, combined with a little off-road driving. His main driving priorities would be the speed with little noise, the same as a standard type car.

Which 4×4 Tyres

For any deviation from the norm, tyre manufacturers have developed their products into 4×4 tyres that give the driver different responses and attributes in the handling and performance of their individual ones. A typical example of this would say the farmer. He would need a vehicle to get him to say the cattle or sheep markets with a relatively high degree of comfort, but at the same time may have to travel over a rough area to attend to an injured animal. In his case, he is going to need much tougher ones than the guy who has an off road vehicle but just nips to the office or takes the kids to school.

It is also worth pointing out that by using experts, you will be able to get comprehensive advice on not only the type of tyre you need but the correct size and weight loading’s, critical things to know about. We have a full team of specialist 4×4 tyre technicians to back us up here at Pellon tyres.

Which 4×4 Tyres We can help you select the best replacement 4×4’s  for your vehicle.

It is, therefore, important to take advice on which replacement; Which 4×4 Tyres will best suite your car. We at Pellon tyres here in Yorkshire. Are part a Nationwide 4×4 group, we can give you this type of advice. Therefore, we sell all 4×4  brands. So that we can provide real open information as to your needs.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and 4×4 General Tyre industry now for 40 years.

 

Enduro 4×4 tyres-Always a Quality On/Off road tyre at an “Economy Price”

Enduro 4×4 tyres

Enduro 4×4 tyres are a very popular choice for 4×4 vehicle market. Pellon tyres can offer this tyre online at a very competitive price. Indeed this price will often beat the price of remoulding tyres in the same market.

The HT is predominantly a road tyre with just enough off-road ability to make it useful on tracks and non-tarmac road surfaces, such as farm tracks. Just like the AT, it is a proven tyre with a sound record of performance and reliability. Such a good buy in the budget tyre range.

Enduro 4x4 tyres

Enduro 4×4 tyres; the Enduro HT

 

 Enduro 4×4 Tyres

Eric Roberts of Pellon tyres thinks that this is the best value all-terrain tyre that you can get. It is biased slightly towards on-road rather than off-road but by a minimal margin as its off road, excellent performance has been proven by the sheer quality of customer feedback through the four site 4×4 Tyre Centre network. If your budget is a critical issue but you also have a moderate amount of varied off-roading to do when you are not cruising on the road, then this is the best tyre for the job. A real winner its good at the job at a budget tyre price.

These sound quality Enduro 4×4 tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Thus, are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. They also sell tyres online from our website 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 the high standard of equipment and workmanship.