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Goodyear Tyres Early Days

Goodyear Tyres Early Days-How things were In the nineties.

Goodyear Tyres Early Days

Goodyear Tyres Early Days- no longer number one in 1990.

So, in 1990 the French company Michelin tyres. Bought out another tyre company called BF Goodrich tyres of America.This was a good acquisition for Michelin because Goodrich had previously merged with Uniroyal tyres. So making a massive tyre manufacturing conglomerate.

of course, in Goodyear tyres early days. Consequently, Firestone tyres and General tyres had suffered declining sales volumes. Subsequently, at the hand of Goodyear tyres dominance. Especially, in the radial tyre market. Firestone were taken over by Bridgestone tyres of Japan.

GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

The famous Goodyear Eagle emblem

 General  were bought out by Continental  of Germany.

Due these amalgamations. These bigger companies had now grown into the same size as Goodyear tyres. So,  having an impact on Goodyears sales. Goodyear, had their fingers in other non-tyre ventures. Including the “All American Pipeline”. This company was producing operational losses and was costing Goodyear over $3 billion of debt. However, Goodyear tyres were slow to react and make changes . Resulting in the appointment of a Mr C Gault as chairman of the company.

Goodyear tyres were now suffering. Consequently, between 1989 and 1991 they shed over 12000 jobs, 10% of its workforce. Redundancies came mainly from the white collar section of the workforce. The giant tyre company also set about restructuring its factories with some closures and others being modified, this reconstruction of the company was estimated to save Goodyear tyres over $250 million a year in savings.

Goodyear tyres believed adamantly in the research and development programs

Of course, they kept up the spending on new tyre development. Something that GOODYEAR TYRES  were very passionate about. The company started to bring out new products on the back of these new developments. Passionately, new tyres began to emerge. First ones been the The Goodyear Eagle GT and the Eagle GA. I remember these tyre well, they were modeled for the more luxury cars in the early nineties. These new products helped Goodyear tyres to regain the market share that they lost to the Michelin group and in 1992 they restructured their debts to a more manageable amount of around $1.5 billion.

 Another great new tyre to come out of Goodyear tyres in the early nineties

 Of course, was the “Aqua tread”, which was an all season tyre sold around the World and will be remembered by older drivers. The new tyre was launched simultaneously across the globe. I remember attending the Goodyear tyres launch on their test track in Luxembourg and the tyre became a huge success.GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

the excellent Goodyear efficient grip tyre  Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Bald Tyres

Bald Tyres-and Rain Soaked Roads = AQUAPLANING

Bald Tyres

Bald Tyres

Tyres like this are dangerous and presented to us on a fairly regular basis?

Bald Tyres-Change your tyres at 3 mm to avoid aquaplaning

As we all know, then this has been one of the wettest days of the year here in the UK. I say this because when I was driving along the M62 motorway I noticed that many parts of the motorway were flooded and had large areas of standing water. On all the carriageways. This meant one thing to me “AQUAPLANING”.

Unfortunately, we know in the tyre industry. That many motorists are putting off buying new replacement tyres. All our sales figures are down. So the mixture of bald tyres on these very wet roads is a disaster waiting to happen. As I am writing this blog some motorists will be experiencing aquaplaning when driving along the motorway at speed with no tread left on their tyres, as I say this is a disaster waiting to happen and it will happen, “mark my word”

What is aquaplaning on Bald Tyres ?

Bald Tyres

A glass road is used to film the tyres on test by the tyre manufacturing companies to test for aquaplaning. this picture shows the tyre from underneath as it drives over the flooded glass road.

Of course, aquaplaning is a word that became synonymous with a Goodyear Tyres advert in the 1970s. Now becoming a very important word.because of our changing climate and faster roads with increasing traffic numbers. Aquaplaning, means that your wheel loses contact with road surface. In affect, due to a thin layer of water between the tyre and the road surface.

The driver loses control of his car very often causing an accident. Certainly, a good tyre with more than 3 mm of remaining tread.Of course, will push the water away as the car drives through the water at speed.  Giving good grip and safer driving  conditions. All the leading  manufacturers design their tyres with aquaplaning (Driving in Wet Weather) as one of the main aspects of design.

Michelin  have even developed a system called “the anti-surf system” to enable their products to give maximum grip when going through areas of static water on the roads, this system is built into the Michelin Pilot sports 3. This tyre has also got added shoulder design to help push the water away and help delay the onset of aquaplaning.

 

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Goodyear Tyres Early Days

Goodyear Aquatred- Wet Weather tyres that combated Aquaplaning

Goodyear Aquatred

Original Goodyear aquatred lost grip as the tyre wore down

So, in 1991 Goodyear tyres took the tyre world by storm. Of course, by introducing the “Goodyear Ultragrip GW3”. Chiefly, this tyre was to combat the problem of aquaplaning. This  was designed to disperse the layer of water that builds up between the tread and the wet road surface. So, making motoring in the wet much safer than it had previously been.

The first tyres were good when their tread was new. But as the tread wore down, then the centre groove “that was a major part of the  design”. Hence, lost its depth, thus not allowing the water to get away as quickly. Meaning, that the tyre became less responsive as it wore down in wet weather.

To combat this Goodyear Aquatred tyres were modified by design       

GOODYEAR AQUATRED

Goodyear aquatred

Goodyear tyres  recognised 

Of course they knew that they had a problem with the new tyre. Notably, they brought out the “Goodyear Aquatred 2 “ tyre. This tyre was re-designed and was brought out with a harder compound. Solving the problem of the tyres wearing quickly.

So, the new tread compound was enhanced by the inclusion of a wider and deeper band. Of course, down the centre of the tread pattern. Of course, the new tyre also had a modified shoulder.Aiming the tyre at the family saloons and were available from 13 to 15 ins tyre sizes.

To be sure, the Goodyear aquatred had many advantages over the normal summer tyres. It was far superior in braking and accelerating whilst driving in wet conditions at fast speeds. The tyre was very suitable for very wet countries such as us in Britain and became very popular.

The tyre was a great success in Northern Europe

Because of its performance in the wet weather. Then in my opinion,became a safer place.Because of the extra safety features that this tyre brought to us. The tyre was also very quite to ride on although it had a very heavy tread pattern compared to other standard tyres. Millions of people liked the new security that the tyre offered, and although not a cheap tyre it sold very well, giving families piece of mind, especially in wet weather, the kind of weather that we are experiencing at the moment, very heavy rain with flooding. They were also good in snow and ice conditions, and were originally going to be launched to coincide with the Winter Olympics .

Goodyear aquatred brought out No 3 in 2000

The concept of a directional tyre that dispersed water at a fast rate continued with the advance of the Goodyear aquatred 3 tyres. This tyre was not much different to its predecessor. It had more refined noise levels and better grip, but by then other tyre companies were bringing out tyres of similar design and the Goodyear aquatred family just drifted away and Goodyear Car Tyres took another path in its tyre development program.

For more excellent information about these Goodyear aquatred tyres please click the links bellow.

 http://happysandy.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/goodyear-the-aquatred-launch/

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Continental Tyres Winners

Continental Tyres Winners- A Popular Choice for many motorists

Continental Tyres Winners

Continental Tyres Winners;Many motorists decide that they would like to fit Continental tyres on to their vehicles.

Continental Tyres Winners

Continental Tyres Winners

Many motorists decide that they would like to fit Continental tyres on to their vehicles. These tyres are a popular choice for those people who live in the wetter areas of the UK. This is because this is just one of the many good points that we bestow on the brand of tyre made by Continental  fitted to their vehicles as it has been proven to perform well in these weather conditions.

A large number of accidents that have resulted in personal injury. So. have  that happens when roads  are very wet and slippery. You’ll also find that road accidents are twice as likely to happen. Of course, on the wet road too . Including another important factor ! not to forget is that most of these vehicles will be running on bald tyres.

Because of these accidents. Drivers, tend to go for tyres that will keep them as safe as possible. Especially, during the bad weather. So, helping them to minimise the risk of being involved in an accident. It’s so important to make sure that you’re taking extra care. Especially, when driving in bad conditions Finding, that many people on the roads are driving. Consequently,without the correct tyres fitted to their vehicle.

Most people tend to think that the reason why driving in wet conditions

So, causes accidents. Because of the spray and through loss of visibility.Of course, the main danger is the risk of aquaplaning (Continental tyres are a great wet weather tyre). The cause for aquaplaning is a lair of water that forms between the tyre and the road and is then and this reduces your tyre’s grip and means that contact is lost with the road, the car could then go out of control causing an accident.

The way that Continental Tyres  have been designed. Of course, makes sure that they  perform to their best ability. Most importantly, when the weather outside is very wet. Tyres works is to disperse as much water away from the road as possible . So,by using centre drainage channels and having many water dispersing “sipes” therefore they will successful increase the grip on the wet road. You’ll find that aquaplaning with this brand  is at its minimal and dramatically decreased.

It still worth remembering though that your Continental Tyres must be in good condition with a good tread area, a bald tyre whatever the make will be dangerous on all road conditions.

Do not forget that the UK is traditionally a very wet country and also treats road safety as very important and although Continentals  are an excellent brand any new tyre will be a thousand times better in all driving conditions than a “bald” tyre. It is most important at all times of the year to have your tyres checked at regular intervals and always invest in a good make of tyres such as Continental tyres.

About Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

Continental Tyres Winners

Continental Tyres Winners;the conti premium 5

 

A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES-A048 are a winner for Yokohama tyres

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

recently developed by Yokohama tyres to beat the tough conditions on such rallies and eventually help produce the winner, a great achievement for A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES. 

Yokohama tyres are much involved in the field of motor sport and this is why they are amongst the Worlds leading tyre makers.

A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES

Yokohama Advan tyres in action on an F4 car racing at Snetterton in Norfolk.

 

 

One of their latest feats was to supply the tyres to winning car driver Toshi Arai taking part in the Rallyof Scotland, driving his Subaru in the Production Cup category. Although this happened at the end of last year ,I have not yet had time to do a A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES tyres blog.

The weather on this rally was very changeable, with heavy rain and sunny spells for most of the race . This made the going on the gravel stages very slippery and tough and not very consistent. This caused many drivers to spin out of control and there were many crashes and competitors having to drop out. The main tyres used in this event were the gravel tyres the A053, this was recently developed by Yokohama tyres to beat the tough conditions on such rallies and eventually help produce the winner, a great achievement for A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES.

Here at Pellon tyres this week we helped a customer out of a dilemma, he had bought a set of new alloy wheels and Yokohama A048-R new tyres. These A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES are made by Yokohama to suit all motor sport needs. These tyres will give a superior control in both wet and dry driving conditions and are specially important to the amateur track day drivers. Any way this customer called out a mobile tyre fitter to fit his A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES but the fitter could not fit them as they were too difficult to fit.

We were able to fit his Yokohama tyres ?

A048 YOKOHAMA TYRES

tyres for the Honda S 2000

He then brought his tyres and wheels to us at Pellon tyres for us to have a go. Alex and the other lads had to problems fitting and balancing the wheels they were truly professional. Our customer is going to use the wheels at a track day in Oulton Park, driving his wonderful Honda S 2000 sport car. We hope he has a great days racing and thank him for some pictures of his car for my blog.

About Eric Roberts

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

 

Michelin Sports Tyres-Pilot Sports 3 Tyres another great tyre from Michelin

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin Sports Tyres; New pilot sports three tyres will become another winner from Michelin tyres

As a Michelin Sports Tyres dealer. Hence, for the past 40 years. Therefore, I have always admired the tyre products that Michelin tyres have produced. Michelin Sports Tyres have in my opinion been at the forefront. Thus, of car tyre technology and tyre innovation.

Michelin Sports Tyres

Michelin tyres x section showing how the tyre is built

 

As the tyre buying public will know. Michelin tyres have never been famous for selling cheap car tyres. In fact, they are often the most expensive. But in my opinion. For this reason, you have to pay for a top quality product.  Michelin tyres are a top product.

If its cheap tyres that you are after. Thus, you won’t get Michelin tyres. So, when it comes to cheap car tyres. Then you will be looking at other brands. Hence, not Michelin.

Michelin Sports Tyres. hence, have devoted hours of time and money in their commitment to the motor sport. Hence, and they have used all their knowledge in making better and better car tyres. Michelin tyres have always been the company to follow by their competitors; this is why they have maintained the higher price range compared to the other top tyre manufacturers.

 New pilot 3 Michelin Sports Tyres no exception

Michelin Sports Tyres

the new pilot sport 3 tyre

This latest tyre from Michelin is no exception. The all new pilot 3 comes with a new “anti-surf system”, this gives optimum tyre grip in all wet conditions including deep standing water, the type of conditions that you may get when heavy rain has flooded the road due to a blocked drain. The pilot 3 just cuts straight through without any deviation in the driving, as you know when this happens the car tends to pull towards the kerb, but not the new Michelin sport3.

This new tyre also comes a new rubber compound which gives fuel savings and higher mileage keeping its excellent wet grip capabilities, as stated above. Michelin Sports Tyres are committed to lowering the CO2 emissions as low as possible on all its tyre products and this will be shown by putting the “GREEN X” marking on the sports 3 tyres. This emblem will prove that Michelin Sports Tyres are aiming to cut fuel consumption on its newest tyre products including the new Sports 3 tyre.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

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

 

Try Different General 4×4 Tyres-On your 4×4 vehicle and you may enjoy a new experience.

Post Updated 20th Dec 2013/27th March 2016

There’s probably nothing wrong with the normal tyres on your 4×4 vehicle? Try Try Different General 4×4 Tyres

Try Different General 4×4 Tyres-The tyre manufacturers have worked closely with the vehicle manufacturer to ensure that the best level of performance and comfort can be achieved in the tyres that they provide.

Try Different General 4x4 Tyres

Try Different General 4×4 Tyres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most motorist spends most of their time on the normal tarmac roads, the tyres fitted to a vehicle at the factory are also made to provide a certain amount of off-road capability, but the main priorities will be for stability at speed, good steering control and very low noise on the road.

Many off-road 4×4 tyres will perform very well on the normal tarmac roads, but they have a very heavy tread and can be much noisier and the ride can be bumpier and less comfortable. This varies according to the specific 4×4 tyre and the patterns used in the 4×4 tyres tread design.

So these good road tyres are not the correct product for the 4×4 tyres drivers who have more individual needs and bigger aspirations. This includes the owners of ultra-high-performance vehicles who require the highest grip possible or 4×4 owners that need to venture off the road for more fun ?

Whether you are going off road to enjoy wide open spaces, across lanes and streams or scrambling across the specific terrain, for work or sport, correct tyre selection becomes very important and a whole host of new things has to be considered. Remember that road surfaces are tarmac. Off-road surfaces can be hugely different, from muddy fields, peat bogs to rocky ridges, they all offer a more challenging experience if you fit the correct 4×4 tyres on your vehicle.

MAKE SURE YOU GET the RIGHT 4×4 tyres

Choosing the incorrectly sized tyre with a less aggressive tread pattern can mean danger as well as being costly to your pocket and will reduce your tyre performance. For example fitting a mud terrain 4×4 tyre to your vehicle will give excellent levels of grip in the extreme “off road” conditions, but will cause a huge increase in your braking distances and will reduce steering responsiveness. An all round bad experience for you and your vehicle.

Try Different General 4x4 Tyres

The excellent General Grabber AT tyre

You may not always be able to fit a more aggressive tyre in your size it is not always possible to fit the most appropriate tyre for your needs by using the original tyre size recommended for the vehicle. You can buy a wheel and tyre package that fit you 4×4 there are certain conversions for 4×4 vehicles that our experienced 4×4 adviser’s can advise you on.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry 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.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre-Michelin Tyres Invent Airless “Tweel Tyre”,Now used on Plant vehicles.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

For as long as we can remember tyres of all shapes and sizes have always to filled with air-filled rubber tubing. This is to put it to its simplest terms. As a result, the latest tyre designs are a far cry from the old cycle tyres.  Mr Michelin first made these in France well over 100 years ago.

Michelin looks for models for the future

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre substitute will now be available for many of the small urban vehicles.These are used in cities across Europe. They will replace the conventional rubber tyres .

as a result, almost all the leading tyre companies are looking for the concept tyre designs for future urban cars and Michelin tyres are no exception. The first idea started to come out of the Michelin Laboratories in about 2005. The new concept was to become the “Tweel” a simple cross between the tyre and the wheel, this is where the name comes from, the “T” from the tyre and the Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre.

The Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre looks like a giant bicycle wheel, probably a futuristic version of the original solid bicycle wheel that Michelin worked on over 100 years ago. The tweel has a solid hub, with spokes and an outer rim. Materials that are used, will be manufactured, using a polyurethane type substance, which is a hard material and light in weight. The tyre tread is stretch fitted onto the spokes in a rubber band similar to the tyres mounted on fork trucks. This construction looks very solid yet flexible. These have the spokes absorbing all the shocks, just like air would do in a tyre, but having the advantage of “not having punctures”.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

In addition, Michelin, has been testing different cars with the tweel fitted. Furthermore, this  includes the Audi with good handling results. They admit though that they are still in the early stages of development. I think it is good to try other materials to try out to replace rubber products. A large amount of oil, is used for making tyres? and we are running out of oil ?.

Please click on the link bellow to read more about the TWEEL from MICHELIN TYRES

 http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

 

 

About Eric Roberts

A self-introduction. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Furthermore,I used to work 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. I am also a keen blogger.Writing about anything to do with cars and  products that will help my business.

Bridgestone Air Free Tyres-Excellent for Puncture free Plant Hire vehicles.

Tokyo Motorshow unveils the new Bridgestone Air Free Tyres

Bridgestone Air Free Tyres-A brand new concept. Has appeared at the Toyota Motor  Show, Thus, a brand new tyre that does not need any air the Airless Tyre . The new tyre is made of totally different materials.Especially, to the  conventional tyres made of rubber compounds.

Bridgestone Air Free Tyres

Bridgestone Air Free Tyres-new Bridgestone concept tyre and wheel in one

For this reason, they are  made up of Thermo- plastic resins.Hence, this material is very flexible with great durability and is 100% recyclable.

The tyre (if we should call it that) will be free of punctures.Naturally, the run flat concept could be a thing of the past .

Although at this stage I am not sure. Therefore, to the extent that this product has been tested. My own theory. Is that it will be used for tripping around towns on little “green” energy saving cars. Michelin has also developed a similar concept tyres. Thus, called the Tweel as shown in the image.

Bridgestone tyres claim that the new resin that makes the tyres can be melted down and made into new tyres, therefore making the new product much less wasteful than the standard rubber tyres . Another great advantage is that the vehicle that has the tyres fitted will not have to carry a spare, the design means that the tyre can not be punctured,

Bridgestone Air Free Tyres

Michelin tweel wheel

 

another great feature by Bridgestone tyres.

Bridgestone tyres are a great innovative tyre company and I admire their attempts to make a better World.  Eric Roberts.

I think that this new design fits well into the need for change that allows this product to fit into a greener and environmental friendly World, but I don’t think it will be the end all of all our problems produced by the rubber tyre, but it is a good start, it will also put people out of work in the service industry, but we will have a cleaner Planet. For more information and pictures please click the link bellow.

Bridgestone Air Free Tyres could be used on Plant off road vehicles

http://inhabitat.com/bridgestones-new-air-free-tires-are-100-recyclable/

Bridgestone tyres are available online at www.pellontyres.co.uk

 

 

 

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems- TPMS systems will be fitted to most makes of cars in the future.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Tyre pressure monitoring systems will be the “Norm” for all cars

Electric Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are fitted to many car models now. They warn the car driver when a tyre is deflating or flat.Thus, through a warning light on the cars dashboard. Check this link for further informationhttp://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/Tires/Tires+Rating/TPMS

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems; typical TPMS display

 

These devices are excellent and  save you money in the long run. The system ensures the driver that the tyres are correctly inflated . Thus, then you will find that they will wear much better.Therefore, many cars on our roads are driving about with ones that are very much under pressure, this causes them to wear badly and the car not to handle correctly in cornering and braking.

Also, a partly pressurised tyre is more subset able to picking up a nail or other object and causing a puncture or even a blow-out. On the other hand, yours may be over inflated causing the vehicle to roll about when travelling and also creating premature tyre wear due to the over inflation. Picked up with a Wireless Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted to your car.

Correctly inflated tyres.Hence, will also save you costs on your fuel bill. Thus, called “rolling resistance”. Because when your wheels are correct. Then you can save as much as 25% on your fuel bills. So any gadget such as a Tyre Pressure Monitors a tyre monitoring device is well worth it.

Tyre pressure monitoring systems can save your life

To sum this up. The system also ensures that you get better mileage out of your tyres and the vehicle uses less fuel and is, therefore, more economical to run.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Tyresure-Tyre-Pressure-Monitoring-Systems-For-Cars,-Trucks-and-Buses&id=2498053

 

About Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.Hence, we are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee. For all our work and parts.Also, We also sell Michelin Car Tyres online. From our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Customers can use our courtesy cars. Especially, to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Naturally, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Who carry out, equipment and workmanship quality checks.