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Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer-When a rapid tyre de-flation happens on your car

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer-So what do runflat tyres actually do ?

In general, many of my customers complain. Especially, when they have to buy their first replacement runflat tyres. Customers, simply do not understand how these tyres have evolved during the past 10 years of car design. Consequently,its all linked with green house gasses and your cars emissions.

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer and also help to reduce the overall weight of your car. Of course, this is done by not having a spare wheel, jack or wheel brace. So, which reduces the overall weight of the car thus making your car more fuel efficient.

No spare wheel reduces weight

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;How run flat tyres work

Also the fact that you do not have a spare wheel gives you more space in the boot and as stated a lighter load. The runflat tyres are also made from less materials than the conventional tyres. Which also makes them more environmentally friendly.

As far as tyre performance is concerned the BMW Run Flat Tyres are just the same as the conventional tyres. Providing all the benefits of the modern performance tyres. Predominantly, the main difference is that when your car has a puncture while you are out driving.

Then the runflat tyre will not deflate giving your car normal handling and cornering. Therefore reducing the risk of an accident with other road users. So, in other words Runflat Tyres Are-Safer . This is especially important say if you were in the fast lane of the motorway when the puncture occurred. Your normal tyre would instantly deflate making your car very unstable and possibly causing a bad accident, in fact figures show that tyres cause a large percentage of motor related accidents, and the runflat tyres are a big improvement on the accident figures, enabling the driver to keep a straight line when a puncture occurs in one of the runflats. .

These new runflat tyres systems were originally created to keep drivers safe

Because punctures and blow-outs can be dangerous.Accounting  for a large majority of fatal accidents on the road. Apart from safety, a flat tyre can be a real inconvenience. Adding time and cost and sometimes embarrassment to your journey. Changing a tyre is fairly straightforward. But it often occurs at the most inopportune moment. Frighteningly, getting stuck on the side of a motorway.Especially, in the pouring rain with noisy kids in the back seat is really no fun at all! And trying to change a tyre on the hard shoulder can be dangerous in itself, or even impossible if you are disabled or elderly, in fact many drivers have to call out the rescue services to change the wheel for them,

But the drivers with runflat tyres and tpms systems do not have to put up with this

Of course, once the tyre warning light comes on in the cab, they can safely tootle home or carry on with their journey,(all be it at 50 mph, which is the recommended speed once you have a flat on your runflat tyres).

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;Any vehicle fitted with runflat tyres

should also include a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) this will show you whether you tyre pressure has been lost, this is because without this the loss of pressure in your tyres will not be noticed

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;Tyres construction

Of course, Runflat tyres are meant to maintain there speed, handling and smoothness of driving. Particularly, when a puncture occurs. Indeed, even when driving on a motorway. A TPMS is essential to alert the driver to a loss in tyre pressure. To be sure it will indeed becoming part of the MOT test in the near future. Your TPMS works from either a sensor in your wheel , which is usually a special valve or from the cars ABS braking system.

Almost all of the Worlds leading tyre companies Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres make runflat tyres including Continental and Goodyear, cheap tyres can be bought online, but I recommend that you stick to the make that you have on the car at the moment or as a good cheaper alternative we recommend General and Apollo tyres.

Since first writing this post, the the runflat tyre has increased in the popularity of the car manufacturers.

However the public still begrudge paying for them. Consequently, these tyres are now fitted as original equipment to smaller car models. So, the problem start when the cars become second hand and start to need new tyres.

Fortunately,  runflat tyres are now available in “budget tyre” brands. One of the most popular tyre sizes is 205/55R16. Of course this is also a runflat tyre size as well as a conventional radial tyre size. Significantly, this size is available in several brands. Including, the 205/55R16 WINMAX EURUS63 91V RFT at £67 fitted. Chinese tyre manufacturer Jinyu also make the Jinyu YU63 economy runflat tyre range.

So these advancements have helped with the motoring expenses of the not so well off drivers with smaller cars.

There is no doubt now in my mind. hence that these runflat tyres are indeed a great safety feature. Especially when driving on our extremely congested motorway system. Only the other week a poor motorist had a tyre blowout on the M6 motorway. I know because I was caught up in the massive tailback.

Subsequently, it was a lady driver with a very flat tyre caught in the fast lane with a tyre blowout. She looked terrified as the traffic began to back up and during the vehicles recovery. So, I just could not help thinking that if she had runflat tyres fitted then she would have been able to limp the car off the motorway and home. Albeit at 50 MPH. Expressly, these tyres do save lives and get drivers home safely.

Eric Roberts

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Car batteries-Cold weather

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

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Bald Tyres Can KILL !

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

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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

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All Season Tyres

Goodyear Tyre Leaders- Over the Years one of the Worlds Best Tyre Manufacturers

Goodyear Tyre Leaders

Goodyear Tyre Leaders Many changes over the years

Of course, over the past many years that I have been in the tyre industry. Goodyear tyres have always been at the fore front of tyre development and tyre technology. So, the company was started in the USA. Chiefly, after many years of tyre development. Goodyear Tyres were well established in the motoring world . Of course, this is when I started to take an interest in the tyre industry. Suddenly, after I became a failed mechanic (another story).Goodyear Tyre Leaders

In the beginning, I started working for a company by the name of “Tyreservices”. Which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear. It was hoped that Goodyear Tyre could run Tyreservices as a type of dealership. Replicating,the kind of tyre business that Goodyear did in the USA.

Unfortunately, this venture did not work out. Primarily, because in my opinion the British tyre market was was much smaller than the American market. So,to survive tyre retailers had to sell multi-brands to keep up with  the hot competition.

Goodyear were a premium brand

Of course, Goodyear tyre prices were kept highly inflated to try maximise profits. However, Goodyear owned a company called “Kelly Springfield Tyres”who had their own sales force. Consequently,who,operated separately from the Goodyear sales force.

Enabling branch managers like myself to sell Kelly but advertise them as cheap Goodyear tyres with free fitting . This ploy worked very well, all parties were happy. Kelly tyres were made of exactly the same rubber and produced in the same factory as Goodyear Tyre Leaders. This move to sell Kelly helped different branches to compete in their area, selling the Goodyear Car Tyres product but in the form of Kelly tyres.

We also got the chance to offer three grades of Goodyear tyres when they bought “Lee Tyres”, this became the third brand to be sold in the Goodyear name. The problem came when we entered another recession and all our sales dropped due to the lack of money from consumers (the same as it is at the moment). All the three Goodyear Tyre Leaders owned tyre companies began to argue with each other as the fight to sell tyres became tougher. The Goodyear brand became more difficult to sell . So, the sales of the cheap tyre went up. Because that’s all our customers could afford.

Goodyear tyres pay me for a cruise

We at the Huddersfield branch were doing extremely well selling Kelly tyres and I was often visited by the higher Goodyear Tyre Leaders management team to convert my sales to their products. One guy called John Evison was always trying to get the Tyreservices management to pursued me to buy their tyres, but I was a rising star in Tyreservices eyes as I had taken the Huddersfield branch into a £30,000 profit situation from a previous 5 years of losses, happy days ?. This by the way took me on a Caribbean cruise at the expense of Goodyear tyres and a great trip it was.

Eric Roberts

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Goodyear Tyre Leaders

Goodyear tyres still a great name

 

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.

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Continental Tyres Winners

Continental Tyres Winners;the conti premium 5

 

pirelli winter tyres

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre-Still a great 4×4 and SUV tyre option

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre

The tyre less wheel was a hard ride (Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre)

Way back in time when men first started to discover ways of building. So, they looked for ways and means to transport and transfer their materials. Firstly, man has always looked for ways to

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre

Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre; The famous Goodyear logo can be seen all over the motoring World.

reduce the workload. Making things more efficient for themselves. So, moving these building materials and other large objects. Would be too much for men power alone. So man invented other ways to do it. This is why the wheel was created. Of course, to try and make things much easier for themselves !and boy did it work!.

Must be remembered that the real first type of wheel would have been whole tree logs. Thus placed under the large objects to be moved. Consequently, and then levered by thousands of men. Loads were placed over it (such as when the Egyptian Pyramids where made). While the object was rolled forward. Constantly placing additional logs which were placed at the front. 

Chinese people were thought to be responsible for inventing the first wheels . As we see on carts and certainly the Romans used this old technology. Of course, this was much improved . So,by the addition of a metal band around the wooden wheel. Things did not move on for centuries. Consequently, until the rubber rim was invented by Charles Goodyear. The rest as we say is history, that brings right to where we are now driving about on sophisticated tyres.

Goodyear tyres were one of the pioneering founders of the tyre revolution.

Nowadays, there are many kinds of Goodyear tyres. There are tyres for all sorts of different applications such as tyres for muddy roads, snowy conditions, rough roads and several more types of tyres that you can readily find in the market. These tyres are usually made out of rubber and synthetic materials that produce tyres that are durable and road-worthy, such a tough unrelenting tyre is the Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre, specially made for such tough terrains that I have mentioned.

If you are a car or SUV owner it is odds on, that you have a spare tyre in your boot.(Goodyear Wrangler SUV Tyre)

Goodyear Wrangler tyres are easy to drive on, they are an easy tyre ride for giving great comfort to the driver of the 4×4 or SUV owner, they are very dependable, they can last for a long time with proper maintenance (checking your pressures at regular intervals). You must change your tyres when they are worn out, they can cause road accidents that could be fatal

To lower the odds and the risks of accidents, always have your tyres checked and make sure that they are compatible with the terrain you intend to cross. You must check your Goodyear Wranglers for pressure and examine them for cuts and bumps before you wonder out into the great beyond.

Goodyear Car Tyres are amongst the best in the tyre industry and have contributed to road safety over the past century, creating many unique tyre products, the Goodyear Wrangler is one of the best off/ road tyres in the World and competes with other such makes as General SUV tyres.

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery  industry now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now I  own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger.Of course, about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Mid-Range Kumho Tyres-Always try and Ask the Experts for Advice About TYRES

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013/22nd April 2016

Mid-Range Kumho Tyres-Always good advice about Tyres for our customers

Mid-Range Kumho Tyres-Many consumers don’t know enough about tyres to make an educated choice when making a purchase. For most people, the choice comes down to price especially in these times of

recession. Other people want to stick to the same brand that they have always fitted to the car and are satisfied with the performance they have had out of their old ones. We generally find that the customers who come into the depot will take our advice on the products that we recommend. Over the tears, we have sold millions of the round black things covering many brands and as long as we have the trust in the products that we sell, then the customers are prepared to take our advice.

At the moment, we are very big advocates of Mid-Range Kumho Tyres and also General mid-range tyreswe have every faith that the Mid-Range Kumho Tyres Ecsta Le Sports KU39 will perform extremely well and this confidence is passed onto our customers. I have personally travelled to watch racing BMWs screech round the race track fitted with  KH17 and I have asked the car drivers for their opinion about their performance, and I got nothing but praise for these tyre Reviews. This gives me great confidence when selling this excellent product.

Regardless of Tesco Tyres choice, it is necessary that the motorists understand why tyres are so important. Your tyres are your car’s only contact with the road. Even the racing cars with their powerful engines , strongest brakes, or most advanced anti-skid systems such as the racing BMWs, are at the mercy of the tyre’s grip on the road. Every move a driver makes with the steering wheel or brake or accelerator pedal is transmitted to the road through the four contact patches of the tyres. This not very much although tyres are getting much wider on

Mid-Range Kumho Tyres

Mid-Range Kumho Tyres-Kumho KW23 winter tyre

to-days cars

Consumers must select a product that will work year ’round and in most conceivable driving situations. However, motorists often ask their cars’ tyres to do many things, and there are many times a vehicle’s tyres aren’t up to the task.
Selecting the right ones for your driving needs is as important as selecting the right vehicle. The ones that are badly worn won’t be able to displace enough water to prevent aquaplaning Performance Summers won’t be able to get much grip in snow. All-season tyres can’t manage the heat build up in high-speed driving. Passenger car tyres might not be able to carry the heavy load found in a contractor’s pickup.

But before consumers can select the right tyres, they have to understand a little tyre technology first.

Worn tyres won’t be able to displace enough water to prevent hydroplaning. High-performance tyres won’t be able to get much grip in snow, but  winters  will give you the grip in snow that you want, as I have stated find the right ones for the job and you will be safe in the knowledge that you Mid-Range Kumho Tyreshave been advised correctly by tyre experts here at Pellon tyres in Halifax.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

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

 

Best Tyres Revisited

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

Cross-Ply Tyres

Cross-Ply Tyres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As always you get what you pay for.

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

Cross-Ply Tyres

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

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

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

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

About Eric Roberts

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

Balancing Car Tyres- We have all felt our steering wheel shaking?

Balancing Car Tyres

 Many of the older car drivers (including myself) . Of course, will remember the way that Balancing  equipment we used to balance wheels in the old days. The machine was just piece of metal that literally sat on a spindle with a bubble  in the centre.

Balancing Car Tyres

 Of course, where the wheel was put and wherever the tyres tilted.So, a lead balance weight was placed at the opposite side to counter balance the wheel. Until the wheel laid straight across in a flat position. Those days though cars would only do 80 mph maximum. Subsequently, there were very few motorways to test your speed. So perhaps balancing was not so important in those days.

Nowadays if you own a car then you should be concerned about the safety to yourself.

Including, your passengers, and the other people on the road. Tyres are a big investment requiring proper care. Tyre pressure, changing the tyres round on the car and tyre balancing are three important elements, not forgetting the Balance Problems

Looking after your tyre pressures, is very important for the safety of everyone in your car and other road users that may be on the road. The correct tyre pressures are also very important, Under-inflated tyres are more dangerous than over-inflated tyres, but both can be dangerous, so keep the tyres at the correct pressures.. If they are under-inflated they will over heat, this could lead to premature failure and a blow-out at high speed. Whereas over-inflated tyres cause rapid tread wear which leads to poor vehicle handling on the road.

Distributes the mass from the centre out wards on the wheel.

If the weight is not evenly distributed, it will cause vibrations while driving at certain speeds, between 50 and 70 mph is the normal speeds that you will feel out of balanced wheels vibration through the steering wheel also pulling the car to the left or right. This can harm your steering parts by causing premature wear on the parts, this is due to the vibration. The slightest weight imbalance can trigger vibration which needs to be adjusted by a tyre centre professional who use a specialised balancing machine.(we have two).

Our tyre technicians check for heavy spots on the wheel-tyre combination by mounting it on an electric balancing machine which spins the tyre and locates any heavy spots on the wheel. If a side is heavier than the another then the machine automatically picks this up and this means the tyre is out-of-balance. Our machines then tell us exactly where the wheel and tyres are out of balance and by placing a measured lead weight on the opposite side of the heavy spot the tyre is then correctly balanced. Basically a tyre and wheel is out of balance when one section of the tyre is heavier than another.

Balancing Car Tyres

These days we balance every single wheel that we fit tyres to.

This is always included in the cost of a new tyre!  Even if they are tyre  cheap tyres. After the car has been driven on the road . So, there are many reasons for wheels to go out-of-balance. For instance each time you drive your car and the wheel rotates. Consequently, it is possible to loose an original weight. Including, hard braking and acceleration. So causing the tyre to rotate. Hence losing their original balance weights. For accurate Balancing equipment. Then an up-to-date spin balancer is perfect for both static and dynamic balance, we have two wheel balancers on the go all the time, they are wonderful machines and perfect for the fast cars of to days motoring and fast cars.

These cars have now got much larger, wider. Including, heavier tyres and rims. Requiring, the need for dynamic balancing.  Which is possible through a modern electric spin balancer. Most balancing machines provides accuracy to tenths of a gram and we are able to balance any car on the road today.

About Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

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