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Centre-Less Wheel Balancing-Can be a pain in the neck for some Peugeot owners?

Centre-Less Wheel Balancing

Centre-Less Wheel Balancing

Here in Halifax we pride ourselves to be able to do all balancing including Centre-Less Wheel Balancing

Just a short article about the recent occurrence of certain alloys, on cars having NO wheel centres. These are known as requiring Centre-Less Wheel Balancing; this is because the wheel has no centre, just a solid piece of alloy.

The wheel will not fit onto a wheel balancing machine without a special adapter on which we bolt the wheel before we balance it and can be very time-consuming? It can be a very long job. Hence, often taking up to an hour to set the whole thing up and then carry out the balancing.  We, therefore, base the charge on an hourly rate, the same as we would for a mechanical job.

The customers that have this type of wheels fitted. Naturally, are not very pleased. Some of them think that we are pulling the wool over their eyes. Of course, that is until we show them the problem. Then, that is usually the end of the matter. But unless someone else can come up with a better solution, then this is the way that we have to do it.

Centre-Less Wheel Balancing

This does not usually prove a problem to the cars owner. But does become a problem when new tyres are fitted. So, and the wheels require balancing. Normal type wheels fit onto balancing machines through a spindle and the wheel is tightened on the balancer by means of the large locking nut , similar to the type of things used on Formula 1 cars to change a wheel.

The problem came when French car makers Peugeot and Citroen brought out new models. Including, a wheel that had No centres. Therefore, making the wheels impossible to balance.

However, this meant that the Dynamic Balancing machine manufacturers such as Hofmann UK had to make special attachments to their balancing machines that were able to balance these unusual centre-less wheels . This meant that the time to balance these Alloy Wheels more than doubled because of time it took to bolt the wheels onto the machine.

Some tyre dealers opted out of the new equipment needed for Centre-Less Wheel Balancing

Centre-Less Wheel Balancing

Centre-Less Wheel Balancing-Aaron balancing

We at Pellon tyres have always believed in the correct equipment for the job and bought the equipment required to balance these special wheels. We can balance all types of centre-less wheels from all models of cars . www.pellonautocentre.com

Of course, our latest addition to our equipment for servicing the customers tyre needs is our new wheel alignment centre. Enabling us to carry out four wheel alignment on the most sophisticated car models. Including a new machine for repairing damaged alloy wheels.

Eric Roberts

 

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts Shirts for local Football Team

Part of PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts giving back to the community

2014 will be the 25 Year Anniversary of Eric and Michelle Roberts trading in Halifax here in West Yorkshire in the UK.

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts 25 years shirt badge on the Ovenden West Riding reserve shirts

Debbie Bastow, my wife Michelle’s sister has also been with us for all of the 25 years as part time and a full time employee. Debbie started along with Eric when the tyre depot only had two bays to trade from. Over the years the business has grown from the two bays to the present seven bays that we have today.

As part of our celebration PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts  decided to give something back to the community and one of the things is to buy a football kit for local soccer team Ovenden West Riding, with our 25 years logo on the shirts (and very nice they look too).

Like many other tyre centres,  Pellon tyres moved into other areas of the auto trade and started to do other things, such as car servicing and repairs, MOT testing was added later and now they believe they are a complete Autocentre. Most of the changes were brought about by Eric Roberts to combat the effects of the different recessions that have hit small businesses over the past 25 years, and also to become a complete one stop service centre.

Over the years we have seen staff coming and going like most businesses, but we are now settled with our present staff, some who have worked for the company for over 20 years, the longest serving member being Ryan Linton. Ryan is at present in charge of the mechanical department, which includes the MOT testing side of the business. Other long serving members of staff includes Aaron Roberts( Aaron has now left us to become a bread baker). Adam Dale our driver and tyre fitter, Dale Linton ( now an MOT tester), Alex Bray, who is now in charge of the tyre bay and new recruit  Jake Kennedy. Other long term employees are Dave Smith and Tony Tetley, who run our Cheap Batteries Online  department, www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk  .

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

Pellon tyres new Point-s colour’s

One of the biggest challenges to hit the retail tyre industry has been the rise of the internet. Fortunately Eric Roberts was quick to react to the challenges and started the website www.pellonautocentre.com  this was to compete with the national tyre companies selling cheap tyres online, but at a local level, “being a small company we could not compete at a national level but we could fight a battle at a local level”, said Eric Roberts. Pellon tyres were helped by a national wholesaler, Micheldever tyres, to set up a tyre pricing system so that the local public could log onto the website and buy their tyres at the same price as the national companies, thus competing at a local level. This has proved to be very successful and enabled the tyre side of the  business to maintain their tyre sales levels with the aid of the local community.

One of the Ovenden Players showing off their new PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

Pellon tyres join Unipart Car Care Centre

Another great move was to join national garage group Unipart Car Care Centre. This enables a local company to have a national image, whilst still been owned and run as a family business. Unipart also supply Pellon tyres  with excellent service and quality parts, with a national warranty  system that covers our customers, for faulty parts should they break down anywhere in the UK, a great insurance to help our customers.

On a similar theme Pellon Autocentre joined another great national tyre dealer network called POINT-S Tyres. This has enabled Pellon tyres to buy tyres direct from the manufactures, who previously were not interested in supplying a small company tucked away in Halifax, but because we are now a member of a large network, we can buy tyres direct and this has helped us once again to became more competitive.  

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 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.

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Wheel Balancing Problems-Wheel vibrations can damage your car.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? You can tell if yo… (Wheel Balancing Problems feel vibrations under your seat or steering wheel?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Balancing Problems

So, this video shows exactly how we balance a wheel. Some wheel balances  are much more sophisticated than others. However, they are all built on the same principals. Hence to achieve the same end result a good smooth ride ! Wheel balancing is carried out on every single tyre that we fit at Pellon tyres. Including any strip and fits or puncture repairs. Although this video is from the USA. Of course the equipment is international. So we do the same thing using the same type of wheel balancing machines.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems will shake your Blueberry Toyota Steering Wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wheel Balancing Problems are more noticeable when you are driving on the motorway (freeway). Significantly, it can be detected by a strange vibrating feeling. Of course, coming through the vehicles steering wheel. Especially at a certain speed. Usually, say between 50 and 60 mph. You can often drive through the vibrating feeling. Unpleasant, but generally it will not go away, and is most annoying.

Sometimes Wheel Balancing Problems can make you feel the vibrations coming from the cars seat

So, this usually the rear wheels which are out of balance. Other Wheel Balancing  problems with your vehicle can cause a shaking through the steering wheel. Generally though it will be the wheel balancing that causes the vibrations and other balancing problems. Commonly, the main  cause is a lost balance weight. Say, after your wheel has caught the kerb (sidewalk edge) . Logically, the weight may have come off and  this is the most common cause.

Another cause of out of balance wheels can be a buckled alloy wheel. Significantly, caused by the pot-hole problem that we are all having to endure. So, to combat this we have invested in a special machine. Of course to straighten bent alloy wheels back to their original shape. I will keep our customers informed in future blogs.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So 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 Trading Standards, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

Continental Van Eco Tyres-“New” Continental Tyres for Vans and Similar Vehicles

Post Updated 19th Dec 2013

Continental Van Eco Tyres;New Vanco Eco from Continental tyres improves fuel economy

Like most other tyre manufacturers Continental tyres are striving to improve their range to include much more economic and fuel saving tyres for the future. Continental Van Eco TyresIndeed Continental have just completed tests together with ford using the Continental Van Eco Tyres and achieved a much greater fuel efficiency by using this tyre , a great result for Continental tyres.

The new van tyre will have much less rolling resistance than previous van tyres , making this tyre about 4% more economical which means much less emissions. Continental tyres engineers have also designed the new tyre give car like handling by means of more comfort together with better handling on both wet and dry roads.

 Continental tyres first Vanco Eco tyre size

 The first Continental Van Eco Tyres to be made will be in the tyre size 215/75R16 com load rating 113/111 t/l. This size fits most of the popular vans around at the moment including Ford Transits,Mercedes Sprinters and VW T5 range.

Although 4% doesn’t seem a large amount of savings, you must multiply this by the total mileage that the van will do and the huge cost of the price of fuel and this will give the fleet or van owner significant savings. Here at Pellon tyres we have great respect and admiration for Continental tyres products and this new van tyre is no exception. We offer them online at www.pellonautocentre.com

Reduced fuel consumption and lower rolling resistance are the hallmarks of the new Continental Van Eco tyres for light commercial vehicles. Specially developed for vans such as the Mercedes Viano, Vito and Sprinter, Ford Transit and Volkswagen T5, Continental’s VancoEco boasts up to 30% less rolling resistance and a calculated four percent saving in fuel and emissions, than standard versions. At the same time engineers have managed to cut the braking distances on both wet and dry road surfaces making the tyre more car-like in its performance.

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.

 

Continental Van Eco Tyres

Continental Van Eco Tyres;continental tyres new van tyre

Sleepy Drivers-DO Not Drive If You Are SLEEPY ? pull over and have a snooze-Pellon Tyres

Sleepy Drivers

Sleepy Drivers

Dont drive whilst you are sleepy warns Pellon tyres

Many of my customers at Pellon tyres complain that they can not get enough sleep. All I see all day is people yawning. Some of my customers have actually fallen asleep in our reception,

Sleepy Drivers

This road sign should be universal?

when coming in to buy tyres. This leads me to a new report out that a study shows that drivers with a lack of sleep are causing a great danger. This is to other motorists and it is  due to this lack of sleep that is causing dangerous situations for themselves and other drivers. Especially on our very busy roads.

In the USA they have a “Drowsy Drivers Prevention Week”, which is held some time in November. This helps bring out awareness about the problem. Indeed a recent survey has found that nearly all drivers that were questioned have felt like having a sleep while behind the steering wheel. Some time or another causing a serious threat to other drivers.

take a power sleep

I can confess to be one of them. I often have to deliver tyres during the day and often feel drowsy. I pull over if I can and take in some fresh air or have a coffee, they even advise us to try take a power nap where possible.

Once again in America it was found that one in 8 serious road crashes. This involved a drivers that fell asleep at the wheel thus causing the accident and other drivers horrific injuries. Men were found to suffer from drowsiness more than women. Whilst the other dangerous group were the under 24 year olds, many admitted dropping off to sleep at the wheel and drifting across other lanes of the road.

We at Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire

Think that it is important to get at least 7 hours sleep. If you feel drowsy pull in where possible and try to take a power nap . Try do drink some coffee or tea to get some caffeine into your system, or indeed the special caffeine tablets you can get from a chemist. Avoid driving at night and when daytime driving take 2 hour breaks when on a long journey.

Sleepy Drivers; Finally take another driver to talk to if possible, this will help break the boredom and split up your journey thus reducing the risk of sleepiness and possibly an accident.

We at Pellon tyres hope this blog is helpful advice, keep checking your tyres and you can buy online at www.pellontyres.co.uk at internet prices.

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.
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.

 

Driving in Winter

Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter Tyres- Pirelli Tyres Awarded by German Motoring Magazine

   Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter Tyres

Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter tyres

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The giant Italian tyre company were given a “Good” in recent tyre tests.Thus, the tests were carried out by the German motoring magazine “AUTO-BILD.”. Hence, the   tests were carried out by using 19565T15 tyre size.Thus, on a VW Golf saloon. Consequently, the Pirelli Snowcontrol 2 were superb in slush and snow conditions.

A similar test was carried out on the Pirelli winter products. Hence this time by another European motoring magazine “AUTO-ZEITUNG”.  This is excellent for a tyre test.

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The Pirelli Snowcontrol 2 is a directional tyre, having sipes (the small slits in the tread that help to dissipate the water or snow and slush) running across the treat and also longitudinally around the tread. This enables the Pirelli Snowcontrol 2 to clear away the water slush or snow, very quickly thus enabling the tyre to grip and offer stable driving conditions in inclement weather.

Winter Performance With, Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter Tyres

For that reason, the tyres are quieter because of the thin sipe technology used in this tyre. Accordingly, Pirelli Snowcontrol 2 tyres are available from www.pellonautocentre.com online at discount prices.

irelli W210 Snow Control 3 Tyres Available in Halifax

Pirelli W210 Snow Control 3

W210 Snow Control 3

The W-210 Snowcontrol 3 is Pirelli’s Performance Winter/Snow tyre. Specially, developed for compact and subcompact cars. Winter Snowcontrol tyres are designed to improve winter drivability. Including on cold, dry and wet roads with traction in snow and on ice.
The W-210 Snowcontrol 3 molds a high-silica tread compound. Into a directional tread pattern. Providing traction throughout a wide range of cold temperatures. Including all wintry driving conditions.
Features:
  • High-density siping and notched tread blocks increase the number of biting edges to increase traction in snow.
  • internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced by nylon to provide high-speed durability with a polyester body to enhance ride quality.

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelin Tyres Dominant at “Renault Event” at Silverstone Race Track

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant; Renault cars use Michelin tyres

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Dave Smith of Pellon Tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire. Enjoyed a great day out at the Silverstone race track on Sunday. So, Dave took along his two children. Because although the car racing was good, there was also a funfair. Including, plenty of good eating places. Of course, Dave also took a few pictures for the Pellonautocentre blog, (a splendid idea, ).I thought.

Michelin takes a significant part in the Renault event.  Mainly I think because they are both French companies. It still shows though that the most well-known tyre company in the World. Consequently,  still take part in many events. In the past this has made them one of the best tyre products on today’s cars. Including, both production cars and racing cars tyres. I still can not praise them enough. So, in my early days of been a tyre dealer I hated Michelin tyres because their business plans never included the small guys.

Michelin Tyres Dominant; The parents of the modern tyre

All their efforts went to selling the tyre products to larger companies, however over the years I have slowly grown to like and indeed admire the enormous effort and resources that they have put in to help develop today’s modern tyres. We at Pellon sell Michelin tyres at competitive prices online at www.pellontyres.co.uk

Michelin racing tyres are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again, by supplying tyres to other types of racing, including the FE Championships, which are, of course, the F1 version using electric cars.

“Michelin is back as the official tyre supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four levels in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia goes alongside the sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.

Eric Roberts

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

BMW Runflat tyres-“How they Work” they really are a great safety feature.

BMW Runflat tyres  are now a common feature on today’s modern cars. This advice is given by Pellon tyres of Halifax West Yorkshire.

Higher safety levels with BMW Runflat tyres

Here at Pellon tyres we sell all types of car tyres. Of course, including the BMW Runflat tyres. Thus, found on many of today’s BMW and Mini cars. The usual thing that happens when confronted with having to buy

BMW Runflat tyres

The difference between a runflat tyre and a normal tyre

replacement runflat tyres. of course,is the moaning customer complaining about the cost. This is from people who have bought second or third hand cars.Accordingly, such as BMW minis or older BMW’s and Mercedes saloons.

I suppose you can’t really blame them in these days of recession. Of course, the idea of BMW Runflat tyres was to give the car added safety features.Because, that’s what these tyres do. So it’s understandable that the price of the tyre is more expensive. Because the tyre has more materials in during their manufacture.As a result, with research and development costs to recover.

The runflat tyres have special side walls that are made to take the weight or your can when driven on in a deflated state. (IN OTHER WORDS IF YOU HAVE A PUNCTURE, THE TYRE WILL NOT TEAR UP AND ALLOWS YOU TO GET HOME AT A LOWER SPEED).

If you have a puncture this will sometimes be detected by a tyre deflation warning light.(TPMS) Some drivers are not even aware that they have a puncture, only noticing later that the tyre “looks flat”.

BMW Runflat tyres

If you have a flat tyre do not travel long distances or at high speeds. You can check the correct speed from your local tyre dealer or tyre manufacturers, the usual limit is 50mph but check this out for yourself, check for the speed and distance, then you can travel home safely with the flat tyre. Check your runflat tyres regularly

It is important to check all tyres on a regular basis.Thus, preferably at least every week. This is especially important with runflat tyres. If you don’t have a TPMS system you will not notice that the tyre may be flat or at best have low pressure. When run on, “under inflated” tyres may cause the “inner tyre” to be damaged without detection. But this will be detected with regular pressure checks.

To sum up the BMW Runflat tyres are a great invention.But, I can foresee that all cars will have this safety feature in the future. You must expect to pay more for your runflat tyres because you are getting much more for your money and check your pressures at a regular interval at all times, remember you don’t have a spare wheel.

Kumho tyres offer an excellent runflat tyre.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a Nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website for BMW Runflat tyres Prices. 

BMW Runflat tyres

Kumho runflat tyres

General 4×4 tyres- a “Great tyre” at a “Great price” from Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK

General 4×4 tyres (Grabber HP 4×4 tyres)

General Tyres have always been a favourite of Pellon tyres, one of Yorkshire”s leading 4×4 tyre centres. The feedback from their trade and retail customers have helped General 4×4 tyres in producing a class-leading 4×4 tyre such as the legendary XP2000.

General 4x4 tyres

1940 (Photo credit: aldenjewell)

The end result of harnessing all the attributes from their past products. Thus using the latest technology brings you these new high performance road tyres. These products are perfect for the SUV ,owner.  Who wishes to have the best performance for their vehicle also gaining themselves exceptional value for money.

Both the HP (High Performance) and UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyres offer fantastic levels of grip. Also road holding and steering response. They are also exceptionally quiet on the highway. Once again these General 4×4 tyres are a very good mid-range tyre. They are highly recommended by Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire.

General tyres(Grabber UHP 4×4 tyres)

  1. General  tyres have used the XP2000 to help develop the Grabber UHP. Therefore General tyre has always been very well respected by the trade and retail consumers alike.
  2. General 4×4 tyres are well known for producing top class, pure-road 4×4 tyres such as the legendary XP2000. The end result of putting all the attributes of past products and using the latest technology bringing you these new high performance road tyres.
  3. Specially suited and perfect for the SUV, owner who wishes to enhance the performance of their vehicle and gain exceptional value for money. Both the HP (High Performance) and UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyres offer fantastic levels of grip, road holding and steering response. They are also very quiet on the highways and motorways. These tyres are not off-road 4×4 tyres, but road tyres with off road advantages. This tyre is not in the economy tyre range but comes highly recommended by Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire.

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

General 4x4 tyres

The fantastic  UHP General 4×4 tyres