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AVON WINTER TYRES-some advice on fitting studs toyour winter tyres

AVON WINTER TYRES

AVON WINTER TYRES

Why Avon winter tyres?

Last year we had a sort of mild winter compared to the previous two winters, which as we all know were very cold with much of Yorkshire here in the UK covered in snow for long periods. These winters set a trend for us tyre companies. We here at Pellon tyres started the “buy and store” scheme (tyre hotel) for storing customers tyres.

This is when we change your snow tyres into your summer tyres and then re-fit your summer  tyres the following year, so that your winters will last for at least three years. This system became very popular with our customers.

In previous winters motorists used to think that because it hardly ever snows, winters  were a waste of time. This is not so and because of our constant promoting the safety aspect of winters  and explaining that they are designed to cope with all types of poor weather conditions and not just snow, and they also give you greater traction and road-holding on flooded and mud-covered roads, as well as through slush, snow and ice.

 Avon winter tyres

One of the main reasons for the extra grip is that Avon winter tyres rubber compound is specially formulated and now includes “Silica”

One of the main reasons for the extra grip is that Avon winter tyres rubber compound is specially formulated and now includes “Silica” in the compound for superior performance on wet roads, and during the winter months there is plenty of wet weather indeed this year 2012 has been the wettest Summer ever! Of course, if you do live in an area where you could have a sudden heavy snowfall, Avon’s  are specifically designed and made to give you maximum traction.

Avon’s are also designed to perform well on dry roads, too, you should try some this year, wherever you live. From November onward you never know when the winter weather could catch you out, and with Avon’s  from Pellon tyres you’ll be well prepared for whatever the bad weather throws at us.

Some Avon winter tyres advice

This advice is from Avon winter tyres website   http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/car/drivers-winter-tyres-and-driving.

  • Full sets are best – Fit Avon winter tyres – or M+S tyres, as they’re also known – in sets of four. Never mix them with normal road tyres. Studded  tyres should also be fitted as a foursome; mixing studded tyres with the non-studded variety will lead to unstable braking and cornering.
  • Running-in – Non-studded tyres should be used at reduced speeds for the first 60 miles or so. Studded ones take longer to bed in, so keep your speed down for the first 200 miles.
  • Speed ratings – The speed ratings for winter’s  differ from those of regular road ones and very often have a reduced speed capability. Make sure you are aware of the maximum safe speed rating of your Avon winter’s and drive accordingly.
  • Studs on tarmac – Away from the snow and icy conditions they are specifically designed for, studs give reduced road-holding and braking ability. So, on snow- and ice-free surfaces, please do not exceed 62 mph.
  • Keep your studs ‘directional’ – After a period of use, studs develop a pattern of wear that makes them most effective in the direction they’ve been travelling. When you take off your studded tyres at the end of the season, mark them in such a way that when next you put them on, they face the ‘right way”

Bald Tyre Problems-More defective TYRES causing accidents

Bald Tyre Problems

Bald Tyre Problems; illegal tyres causing more crashes

For my sins. I decided to join an online social business site called Linkedin. Of course, I am now glad that I did. Hence, we get some good feedback from the groups that I am in. One group that I joined

Bald Tyre Problem

Bald Tyre Problem; This bald tyre was on a TAXI?

is a tyre-related group. Therefore, I get some interesting things relating to the Bald Tyre Problems. Thus, that are involved in auto accidents.This guy is in America. naturally, the same things relate to us here in the UK.

He says that many of the accidents. Therefore, he has brought in for investigation are tyre related. We often see crashes on our Motorways. Consequently, never get to see what has caused them. In his case.He sees the cars when he tows them to his garage. So for the police and investigators to check the cars out. He can see that the cars have clear  defects that were more than likely the cause of the crash.

Many accidents are caused by illegal tyres, when-when they are  getting near to the end of their  life, it will pick up more sharp objects as they would with a decent amount of tread on, most wheels that come to us for punctures are almost bald, there is no resistance to objects when the  tread is so low. Continental tyres have started to stop their sipes (that is small slits in the tread that dissipate the water) at 3 mm that’s double the legal limit here in the UK. This has meant that to be completely safe you should replace Continentals and other similar top brands at 3mm to be safe.

 Bald Tyre Problems

One of the main reasons that motorists are taking more risks with their tyres and road safety is because of the recession, people are avoiding buying new tyres and risking their lives

tyres

Tyres like these that were just removed from a Mercedes SUV can end up in the second-hand tyre market, we damage the sidewalls to stop this happening.

(and others)

There has been a record amount of convictions for tyre-related incidents (illegal tyres), with over 10,000 convictions in 2010 (I do not have the 2011 figures yet). But they will probably worse.

Many tyres are failed in MOT tests but tyres on the MOT test are a “grey area” and many testers are put on an “advisory”. This means that the customer is just warned that he needs to change some tyres, but they never seem to get changed until months later.

 Illegal tyres carry a maximum fine of £2500 and 3 penalty points for each one 

The UK tyre law states that. A car driven on the road. Must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.Hence, around its entire circumference. Surely even purchasing cheap tyres. It would be better than driving on illegal tyres. Hence, and facing such a large fine?

Your tyres also need to be checked for damage. Splits, cuts or cracks in the side wall can be very dangerous and cause serious problems. Blow-outs can be caused be any of these, however, the most common reason for a tyre to blow is the lack of the correct tyre pressure. When a tyre is underinflated it will bounce along the road, especially when the vehicle is travelling at speed or overloaded. Low pressure causes the tyre become overheated especially at high speed say on a motorway. Hence, when the tyre reaches a high temperature it may explode. In rare circumstances. Then it could even burst into flames. So the moral of all this is to have your tyres checked at regular intervals and don’t leave it too late.

For more good safety information please click on the link bellow

http://www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month-2011

Eric Roberts

 Bald Tyre Problems

Bald Tyre Problems; bald  down to the steel cords

Avon Racing Tyres-A good old British tyre company

 Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

Avon Racing Tyres are a good old British company

It is good news for supporters of British hill climb as Avon Racing Tyres have taken up the gauntlet as sponsors for this seasons events.

Avon Racing Tyres

Action picture from the latest race meeting at Snetterten race circuit in Norfolk UK, as the drivers exchange half way through the race, this is all done in a split second, note the car is an Aston martin and was fitted with Avon Tyres , a great sign of a great tyre.

 

Avon Racing Tyres have always been a favorite of mine , over the years. I have visited their headquarters in Melksham many years ago but I have always been overlooked as one of their dealers. The new season started in February at the Leicestershire circuit and goes on to cover all the other leading UK circuits including Jersey and Guernsey.

Avon Racing Tyres sell to the competitors, but this year have set new competitive prices to enable new entrants to have a go at hill climbing. Avon will subsidies the prices on specific hill climb tyre sizes and compounds.

Avon tyres were bought out by American tyre company Cooper tire and rubber co.

They are also involved in GT racing tyres. This started back in 2006, when Avon Racing Tyres were the sole supplier to the GT cars. Avon have brought out a new one for this seasons event and are saying that the new rubbers will be quicker than there predecessor and have been developed and tested over the past two years.

See the GT race car in the picture. In my opinion their tyres for the normal cars have not changed very much over the years and although Avon Racing Tyres take part in motorsport, they have not passed much onto their normal street cars, and I still class them as a good mid-range tyre but they are still very popular amongst older drivers.Avon Racing Tyres

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Cheap Car 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.

Avon Racing Tyres

Avon Tyres racing slick ready to go

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.

 

Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight- needed Wheel Alignment?

Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight

Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight; Wheel alignment would have stopped this. Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight

Here at Pellon tyres, we are always getting customers cars with bad wheel alignment problems. The latest being a Renault Clio that the client presented to us for an MOT test that they had booked in “online”.The picture in this blog shows precisely the condition that the tyre was in, the tyre was down to the steel belt of the tyre construction, a very dangerous state to find your tyres in. If this customer checked his wheel alignment at regular periods, then the tyre would not have been in that state.

Drivers should always check their Wheel Alignment, whenever you buy a set of new tyres . It is also a great idea to have a wheel alignment when suspension parts will be replaced, or you knowingly hit the curb or going over things like speed bumps in the road. It may not appear so at the time, but your wheel alignment will probably be out of line and cause damage to your tyres.

Wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels

The first static suspension angles that need to be measured and adjusted are the caster, camber, toe, and thrust angle. Another good reason to track your is to straighten your steering back to a level position; All these problems will be solved and corrected through wheel alignment adjustment.

 Renault Clio Steering Wheel Not straight;A great look at a website for more technical motorists is available on the link below; 

http://www.anewtoronto.com/wheel%20alignment.html

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. My previous job was with one of the 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.

Tractor Tyres-fall off a truck-Causing fatal injury to a Lady Driver.

Tractor Tyres

Tractor Tyres

Police in Ontario, Canada are looking for the driver of a truck that lost its load of a “tractor tyres”.

 The Tractor Tyres came off the truck and bounced straight into the front of a car driven by a lady

Tractor Tyres

English: Looking east along the Queen Elizabeth Way toward Toronto, visible in the distance, from the Royal York Road bridge in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

consequently,the driver was called Miroslawa Chmielewski, she was the only person in the car and died at the scene. Firs,t of all, the accident took place in Burlington on the Queen Elizabeth way where the 54-year-old female lost her life. This incident reminds me of a former time when I was an earthmover tyre fitter. We regularly went to Quarries in North Yorkshire to fit the huge tyres that fit Monster Trucks and dumper trucks.The route we took was up the A1 trunk road; we would load the tyres to be fitted onto our trucks and then set off to fit them (about a 2-hour drive) the tyres were massive, so the trucks were up to the maximum weight limit.

One very beautiful sunny day I set off up the A1 about six in the morning, I got about halfway there when I noticed that my truck was starting to go a bit faster, not thinking why, I carried on the journey, only to be pulled up by a police car with flashing lights.He shouted at me in a very grumpy voice that “I had lost half my load of tyres,” when I returned to where they were, I realized how lucky is was that there were no causalities, in fact, the tyres had bounced straight into the field . 

I recovered the tyres and carried on my journey.

 What happened in the accident in Canada, was that the driver went missing, but he would have continued the journey, not realizing that he had lost the tyre off the back of the truck, so far he has not been detected.

The original story can see from the TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE. Please click the link bellow for the full story

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/local/article/1056740–woman-killed-on-qew-after-tire-flies-from-tractor-trailer

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. 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, and I am a keen blogger about
anything to do with cars and their related 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

 

 

 

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES – Self Repairing Tyres from these tyre companies

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES


Never forget that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES; introduce the Worlds first tyre that repairs itself.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES

The total commitment to motorsport has enabled the French tyre company to come up with new ideas and safer products.

This tyre is lined with a  special tread compound.Thus, that can repair a minor penetration of the tyres. Of course within a minute of the object entering the tyre. The tyre is in fact sealed instantly.Naturally, with the minimum loss of the air pressure inside the tyre.

The tyre itself does not loose any of the great benefits. As expected, the new tyre does not have any negative affects. hence such as low mileage caused by the new compound.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES

Michelin tyres cross section

Michelin tyres also bring up a good point. Naturally, about this new tyre being environmentally friendly. So they also bring up the point that the new tyre will not have to be replaced. Thus, when a minor puncture occurs. Hence, saving the necessity to buy a new tyre. I am a bit skeptical about this point , but I may be proven wrong in time as Michelin are a great tyre and would not try things out without many months of testing the new product. The giant French tyre company have recently brought out another great product called the Michelin P ZERO runflat tyre, to add to its safety tyre range along with this self repairing tyre range.

MICHELIN-UNIROYAL TYRES say “this could be a reason for not needing a spare tyre”.

Comments from Michelin tyres say that the most likely market for their new tyre will be in Asia, as this part of the world has more punctures than other parts of the world.Consequently, these tyres are available online at www.pellontyres.co.uk members of Tyresafe.org

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. 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.

 

Right to Repair Law- Could Brexit Affect our Right to repair Laws?

Right to Repair Law

Right to Repair Law;The European unions block exemption rules regarding “garage servicing” came up for revue in May 2010.

The reform was all about setting new rules to take into account the intensity of competition on the markets for the distribution of motor vehicles and spare parts. Also for the provision of repair and maintenance services. It covers cars, trucks and buses, and all types of garage small or large.

The Commission found that competition in the market for the sale of new vehicles is strong. In this light, the current sector-specific rules create an unnecessary straitjacket that prevents

Right to Repair Law

right to repair symbol

car manufacturers from organising their distribution systems as they see fit. The European Commission has therefore aligned the rules applicable to motor vehicle distribution. This applies with those that apply to distribution agreements in other sectors but with a three-year transition period to allow dealers to adapt to the new measures.

Right to Repair Law

Competition on the markets for repair and maintenance and for spare parts distribution is less intense. This is a risk to consumers who may be harmed by anti-competitive practices. This could push up Car Repair Costs when Servicing a Car. The garage Repair and maintenance industry is very important for consumers. Not only for reasons of safety and reliability. But also because repair bills account for 40% of the total cost to car owners. Unlike car prices, the cost of the average repair job and  servicing has actually risen over the past years.

Consumers are feeling the effect of rising repair bills. This also includes  servicing costs during the present crisis. They are more price-sensitive and drive older vehicles that require more regular maintenance. The EU Commission has put in place a tougher regime for these markets. They will make it easier to enforce the rules. Particular problematic issues include holding back technical information and not releasing spare parts, and refusing to honour warranties when consumers have their cars repaired at independent garage servicing facilities.

Independent garages and repairers such as Pellonautocentre are important because they give more choice to consumers. This helps to keep the price of  servicing and repairs competitive by putting pressure due to competitive pricing against main dealers. Also to  authorised repair networks. But for this to happen it is essential that garages can get the

car servicing

car servicing costs would remain stable

technical information necessary to do the repairs and carry out the work on increasingly sophisticated cars with increasing amounts of technology.

Right to Repair Law

Withholding “technical information” will be dealt with directly under the EU Treaty rules on restrictive business practices (Article 101) since. The manufacturers , spare parts and repair shops generally have a larger market share in excess of 30%. In addition, Guidelines also being brought in contain detailed clarifications. As to the notion of technical information, cross-referring to Regulation 715/2007 on type approval of certain cars and all subsequent implementing regulations.

New rules will assure that garage servicing companies have access to technical information for models which are type-approved after 1 September 2009. By making a clear link with the 2007 car type-approvals Regulation. The EU Commission will ensure both consistency as regards access to technical information. For cars put in circulation before that date and allow the presentation of technical information to evolve and continue in line with technical progress.

The EU Commission remains committed to vigorously enforce the rules on access to technical information. This was demonstrated in four cases brought in 2007. This was to ensure that car manufacturers disclose the necessary information to independent repairers and garage servicing facilities. Garages the likes of Pellonautocentre.in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Right to Repair Law

By strengthening the enforcement of competition rules. Including the garage servicing sector and maintenance and spare parts markets. These new laws will contribute to creating a level playing field between car manufacturers and spare part producers and garage servicing.  Thus contribute to lower prices for spare parts. This has to be very good news for the garage servicing , garage repair and spare parts industry. This result must give great pride. To all the different groups and individuals that spent hard earned money lobbying and writing to their EU and local Mps. These new laws are similar to the “right to repair” laws in the USA.

The new “Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation“,  will continue to help lower the cost of” GARAGE SERVICING”for 13 years until 2023.

The EU Commission will constantly monitor the situation in the markets for motor vehicle and spare parts distribution, as well as in the market for the provision of repair and maintenance services including garage servicing companies. The EU Commission will also monitor the application of the Regulation, in cooperation with National Competition Authorities and stakeholders. Once again the UK garage and motor industry can continue to work hard and give the public the service and competitive pricing they deserve.

Eric Roberts Pellon Tyre and Autocentre thinks that the Right to Repair Law, coming from the EU will be kept when our government decides on which legislation to keep and throw out.

Right to Repair Law

garage servicing in Calderdale