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Car Servicing Tips

Car Servicing Tips-Six Easy Steps for Avoiding Expensive Car Repairs by sticking to basics

Car Servicing Tips; Car repairs need not be that expensive

Significantly, a visit to your local car repairs shop can be even more stressful. Say  than a visit to your local dentist. Perhaps you wont suffer physical pain. But sometimes your car repairs bill. Frighteningly, can leave your wallet or purse feeling pretty empty. Including, leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth. 

Car Servicing Tips

Car Servicing Tips; Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake flued on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

The best way to try and avoid costly repairs. So, is to take preventative maintenance measures and  Car Servicing Tips that will keep your car in the best condition possible.

The foremost thing that you should do is to follow the car manufacturers maintenance schedule. Of course, that will be outlined in your owner’s manual. The best guidelines are always always the ones that are recommended.Of course, by the manufacturer and if you fail to follow those guidelines. Your warranty may be voided for future repairs. Although here in Europe. You are allowed to have your car repairs and  servicing. So, carried out by a reputable garage, that uses original equipment service parts and oils by law. So, without breaking your warranty agreement. Importantly, a reputable garage would be one that operates under the MotorCodes schemes or an MOT testing station.

Always be sure to change fluids

 

Naturally, such as your brake fluid, all the filters and spark plugs (if fitted) to what the car’s manufacturer recommends. It is also a good idea to upgrade your motor oil to a higher performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s overall performance. We keep in several types of oil for servicing as specifications are changing all the time but using synthetic oil is not a bad thing and will cover most modern engines.

Always be sure that your tyres are correctly inflated. This is especially important, because tyres with too little air, or too much, can result in excessive wear with bad handling and may cause a tyre to blow out. It is often recommended that your tyre pressures are checked during every other visit to the petrol station. While this may seems excessive, you won’t be sorry that you have kept your tyres correctly inflated and therefore safer. For reasons of both safety and the expense of new tyres, the extra effort is well worth it.

If you notice any unusual noises coming from your car,whilst driving along check with your owner’s manual for information. Quite often, noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. Your owner’s manual information section will let you know whether or not a visit to the Auto-centre is necessary.

Use a reputable garage for your car repairs

If you find that you do have to take your vehicle in for some Car Repair Advice, be sure that you are dealing with a reputable local company. Check with the other local people and ask your family or friends for recommendations. Also look out for your local Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), as they have very high standards to qualify for membership, and a nationwide warranty system, for if problems occur see your Local Car Repair Garages.

Eric Roberts

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

 

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happy mechanics working on car repairs

Firestone Tyres

Firestone Multihawk tyres that offer great comfort to the modern driver?

Firestone Multihawk tyres

Started in 1900 and chosen by Henry Ford

 Firestone tyres were one of the Worlds earliest mass produced tyres. Therefore, they first used the Ford model “T” mass produced cars still popular today. Since them, Firestone tyres have gone from strength to strength. Now producing some of the best tyres on the planet.

Here at Pellon tyres in Halifax. Therefore, we offer an excellent range of the Firestone tyres. For this reason, we source our stock from Britain’s leading wholesaler. Thus, and offer it online across the country.

New tyres are flooding into the UK from China and the far East. For this reason, Firestone tyres are holding out the opposition. Because of their quality and staying power. Due to the many years of manufacturing experience. Of course, in tyre manufacturing throughout the World.

I have worked on Firestone tyres for many years

Importantly, I have even worked on fitting the Giant tyres that you see on Earthmoving machines. Consequently, Firestone tyres have always been a good product. Increasingly, the great Firestone company also makes tyres for racing cars. So, this is where the development comes from. Of course, to make the Firestone  that we are now driving about on in our cars.

Of course, Firestone, as most people know! Are now owned by Bridgestone tyres of Japan but because of the reputation that goes before them. Firestone has kept the original name.

 Firestone tyres are available online from www.pellontyres.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. Consequently, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.Thus, I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days. Naturally, before starting my first business. For this reason, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products 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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Tractor Tyres

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 driver!

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)

Unfortunately, the driver was called Miroslawa Chmielewski. Subsequently, she was the only person in the car and died at the scene. First of all, the accident took place in Burlington. On the Queen Elizabeth way where the 54-year-old female lost her life.

Earthmover tyre fitter

This incident reminds me of a former time when I was an earthmover tyre fitter. 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! So,we would load the tyres to be fitted onto our trucks and then set off to fit them (about a 2-hour drive) . Indeed 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

 

About Eric Roberts

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

Dunlop Tyres

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

Dunlop Tyres Declining

Dunlop Tyres

Bicycles the first for Dunlop

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

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

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

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

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

In the 1930s Dunlop  went into making other products

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

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

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

About Eric Roberts

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

Dunlop Tyres

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

 

 

pirelli winter tyres

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes.

travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts

Popular Run Flat Tyres-Definitely an Improvement to road safety- KULR-TV

run flat tyres

Popular Run Flat Tyres

Many new models are now equipped with inflator and sealant kits or run flat tires which are designed to go at slower speeds for 50 miles or more after a tire has been punctured.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Run Flat tyres are an interesting subject.

Of course, the problem was that that cars were getting bigger and faster. Consequently, at the same time the car makers were being pressured. By governments to make their cars more fuel efficient and therefore greener.

Car makers were forced to comply with certain regulations ! This meant shedding weight and creating engines. Subsequently, that were controlled by computers . Therefore to really hammer down the emissions. Caused by burning fossil fuels (gasoline or petrol in the

run flat tyres

How run flat tyres work

UK). Subsequently, the car companies looked at all sorts of ways. So, to reduce the overall weight of vehicles including tyres. Importantly, even the tyre companies looked for ways of making tyres lighter in weight. Importantly, and indeed they succeeded.

BMW come up with the Mini Run Flat Tyres

Positively, tyre manufacturers came up with the run-flat tyre ! .Of course, this would mean that cars would no longer have a spare wheel and tyre. Thus reducing the overall weight of the vehicle and reducing emissions. Importantly, if a tyre on a car had a sudden drop in pressure (puncture). Importantly, then the car could have the capabilities to drive on.

Albeit at a slower speed (50 mph) until the tyre was eventually changed. Safety wise, the positives are that the car would not deviate. Therefore, carrying on driving in the normal way. Therefore not causing an accident. So, much safer than a standard radial tyre.   Also you would not have to get out of the car ? Say on a rainy night having to change the wheel when you had a puncture.

Cost was an early problem ?

Early drawbacks are the cost of replacing these tyres is much higher than a standard tyre. A new Run Flat Tyres is required after each incident. Puncture repairs in these tyres are not recommended ?

Incidentally, on long journeys should you have the need to want a new tyre ! Then you only have fifty miles to have the Run Flat Tyres fixed.

In the States the gap between some towns and cities can be hundreds of miles. So you pays your money and takes your choice ?

Since I wrote this article ? Then the run flat tyres have been well accepted by most motorists. Older drivers who prefer a genuine spare wheel can now buy a new tyre and wheel unit for the spare wheel.

Eric Roberts.

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

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

 BMW wheel alignment

What does BMW alignment cost? I was charged $ 65 today (we charge £39.90 in Halifax) just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

Of course, the question of rear wheel alignment. So has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business. Including  the garage owners priorities to what is spent on alignment equipment ! So,will determine whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a 4 wheel alignment machine.

Incredibly, the thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market. But they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another point to look at . Before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have. Some are very large and you could find them difficult  to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction. Of course,similar to an industrial warehouse. With a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines. But a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays. Naturally, when we fit a ramp into the bay. So, we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

2019 Update ?

Recently, we have had a complete re-shuffle and re-arranged our garage space. Consequently, we have fitted a new ramp ! Capable of fitting our new 4 x wheel alignment machine. Of course, in the past I have been known to criticize the investment in these large expensive machines. However, car designs  and price competition have helped to change my mind.

Subsequently, we have purchased a brand new alignment machine and can now reset the tracking on most car models. Including, the BMW range at competitive prices.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results

It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. So in the past, we only offered to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment

Including £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment. Depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car. So, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. Naturally, we take them all on as they come ! Some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

Eric Roberts

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

 

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Lighter Tyres- Yokohama Have come up with the more ECO friendly ADVAN ENV-R2 ?

Lighter Tyres

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

There’s probably no more important part of your car’s handling and safety than your tyres. Well maybe you the driver, and your mad skills are more influential, but your tires rank right up there. There’s not much we can do about …

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

 Performance Yokohama

Lighter tyres

 

In the mad and never ending rush to create and manufacture a light weight tyre, the tyre manufacturers have to come up with some new components in order to make their tyre

products lighter and greener.

This also applies to the car manufacturers who are constantly on the look out to manufacture much lighter, more energy efficient vehicle.

Lighter tyres,yokohama cheap tyres

Yokohama tyres on the racing track

The new technology rush also applies to the mid-range tyre companies such as Hankook tyres, Kumho tyres and Yokohama tyres.

Yokohama tyres  Lighter tyres design

Yokohama Tyre has risen to the occasion and has brought out the second-generation ADVAN ENV-R2 as the Official Spec Tyre that will be used in the 2011 Patron GT3

Challenge by Yokohama tyres race series and the GT3 Challenge Class endurance series.

The ENV-R2 will be put through its paces and power a fleet of Porsche 911 GT 3 race cars at leading North American. tracks, such as Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. The new cheap tyres are much lighter and reduce the amount of fuel that the cars use by at least 20 % and increases recycling capability while still performing at the same high level of the previous tyre compounds.

This is one the many reasons that we became a Yokohama tyre dealer and we highly recommend this product as a much lighter performance tyre, that we can sell at  cheap  tyres rate. Since writing this blog. Then Yokohama decided to take another junction when it came to advertising and supporting small businesses.

Eric Roberts

Lighter tyres,yokohama tyres

 

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres-These Runflat tyres are undoubtedly a serious Safety Feature

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

When I first heard about the Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres concept,

At first, I was a little bit skeptical. So,about how runflats would work? Say when the car was driven at eighty miles per hour on a wet busy motorway. However as time has gone on and with a little more research. Then I have got used to the idea of your car not having a spare wheel. Also the fact that the car does not swerve or deviate as the tyre is deflated at speed.

Now run-flat tyres are just part of the tyre scene. Our customers just accept the fact that if one goes flat and they have to drive home on it. Consequently, then they are going to need a new tyre at some stage in the future. I am a great advocate of road safety. Convinced at  the fact that tyres play a great part in the tyre safety picture.

Run-flat tyres are now part of that picture along with all the other safety features. Hence, that are being produced by innovative tyre companies at the moment. Such as “self-seal” technology. Recently, introduced by Continental tyres, Pirelli tyres and Kumho tyres.

The fact is that run-flat tyres are now being fitted to many cars. Now one of the leading makers of Run Flat Tyres . Of course, are the giant number one tyre company of the World, Bridgestone tyres. One of the growth markets for run-flat tyres is the larger and heavier premium cars. Such as Mercedes and BMW. Who have in fact worked side by side with Bridgestone to help develop this concept of tyre. Naturally which is safe for the driver and just as important to other road users.

Bridgestone Run-Flat tyres

If run-flat tyres are subject to a sudden pressure loss. So, then the car will keep driving in a straight line. Continuing on its journey. Of course,without any mishandling or deviation. So not causing any problems to the other drivers in the same vicinity. A normal car tyre that is subject to an instant loss of pressure would probably disintegrate at speed and because the car to deviate badly, this is, in fact, the cause of many car crashes, this could result in the car colliding with several other cars causing a very bad accident.

Another good point to remember is that there is no need to have to pull onto the shoulder and change your spare wheel? You can drive the car, to your nearest tyre centre. If you are a stranger to the area then I would suggest that you look up your nearest Point-S tyre centre. These centres are dotted all over the UK and are vetted for a fair price and give excellent

Run-Flat tyres

Alex balancing a run flat tyre in Halifax UK

service. Point-S can be found online at www.point-s.co.uk and if you like you can even check out the price on the website, to see what a great deal you can get.

A slight drawback with run-flat tyres is

That once you have detected that the tyre is no longer inflated, then you are restricted to driving at 50mph at a distance of 50 miles, but this can give most people ample time to get to the nearest town and have the tyre changed. Also for the old-fashioned amongst you then the cars with run-flats, do not have a spare, this was

Run-Flat tyres

This Audi TT is been fitted with Dunlop run-flat tyres

originally to give the cars more space where the spare tyre would normally be sitting, also it lightens the weight of the car to help conform with emission controls.

Also, BMW Run Flat Tires Problems now run alongside with the TPMS systems (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems). This warns the driver if the tyres are losing any pressure, or in fact if the tyres have suffered from an instant loss of air. The warning light will illuminate and warn the driver that they have a problem with a tyre. This is a great all round system and is a great safety feature in many new models of cars that are now entering the marketplace, including the SUV models.

Other tyre companies also make the run-flat tyre and I believe that a budget tyre is available made by economy tyre company Wanli. Most of the leading tyre companies now make run-flat tyres and there is now a large choice available.

Eric Roberts

LUMP on your TYRES How Can One of Your Tyres Develop an EGG on the sidewall?

Why Can One of Your TYRES Develop a LUMP on your TYRES

Most car drivers have seen a  lump on your tyres. These lumps may  appear on one of their tyres at one time or another. The first time that I came across tyre with a bubble was in the early 1970s when radial tyres were becoming more popular and taking over from X-ply tyres. The tyre market was a different world in those days. Most of the large tyre companies were American, the likes of

lump on your tyres

The area that has worn out on this tyre is due to an egg forming but the customer knew nothing about it?

Goodyear and Firestone, with Michelin tyres  representing most of Europe along with Pirelli tyres.

The first radial tyres to come onto the market were mainly textile radials

So, these were radial tyres without any steel belt in the tyres construction. In the early days, Michelin Tyres UK was the only tyre company to have a steel belt in the tyres construction.The first being the famous Michelin X, who soon built up a reputation for the high mileage that their tyres produced. These tyres were renowned for doing 60 and 70 thousand miles, before requiring replacement.

Of course, Michelin’s competitors were far behind !

With the textile radials doing only half the miles . Consequently, the race was on to incorporate a steel belt in their own brands of tyres. I can remember some of the disasters that some of the American tyre companies were having. Of course, in their quest for a steel belt and higher mileage.

In the early days of radials, Firestone had a factory in Liverpool producing car tyres. Subsequently, and went into the production of steel belted radials. The tyres that were made in the American factories were known as the “Firestone 500. But Firestone made one hell of a mistake ? So, building the new steel radials in “bias belted” tyre molds ! This together with the wrong type of steel used in their construction. Caused a production catastrophe ! Causing a massive tyre recall. Due to the  belts separating . Giving their tyres a lump on many of their tyre products.  

Similar problems were experienced in the Liverpool factory.

This was to be the first time that I had experienced a  lump on your tyres also known as a bubble or egg appearing on a tyre. The steel belts that were used were not coated with a protective coating of brass and because of that the steel rusted and caused them to come apart and some of them developed a huge  lump on your tyres tread areas. A similar thing happened at Goodyear tyres. Michelin had kept their formula for the steel wire coating a patented trade secret since 1948 and the next twenty years but eventually they relented and leased out the trade secret to the other tyre companies, but the other companies never overcame Michelin supremacy in the steel belted tyre market.

Remoulders start to make steel belted tyres

Remoulding companies then started to make the steel belted radials, but many of their tyres would fall apart because they were using the wrong type of steel belted casings and once again the tyres began to develop a large lump on your tyres or  eggs or bubbles. This would give the remoulds a bad name for many years to come.

I can remember working for a Goodyear retail outlet at the time and we had to change hundreds of faulty ones  due tyre separation and large  lump on your tyres developing giving the cars a very bumpy ride indeed.

lump on your tyres,michelin tyres

The very first Michelin man (scary)

Eventually all the tyre companies sorted themselves out but at a great financial loss, in fact Firestone lost that much money that they were sold to the Bridgestone company in 1988, who still make the Firestone tyre products to this very day, Car remoulds had got themselves a very bad name and were eventually killed off by the “cheap tyre” imports from China. This

lump on your tyres

This is still the Granddad of all lump on your tyres

reduced the price of a new budget tyre and so it became a false economy to buy remould tyres.

Why do we get LUMP on your TYRES in today’s modern tyres?

The problem of the eggs on your tyres is still with us ! But because of the materials that they are now made from and the hygienic factories that tyres are made in. So the egg on a tyre is now becoming very rare.

The most common cause is that a nail or screw can penetrate the tyre tread. Damaging the protective coating of the steel belt. Of course, this will allow tyre steel to become rusty. Which in time oxidizes and allows oxygen and air to become trapped in the layers. Thus causing an egg to appear eventually. Similar to the one on our recent pictures of the car. Interestingly, that was recently presented for an MOT test . In our Halifax tyre depot. Needless to say that if you have a  lump on your tyres anywhere. Importantly, then the tyre must be replaced as soon as possible.

 Eric Roberts

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