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Apollo Winter Tyres to the Rescue in Yorkshire Crematorium for Halifax Funeral Company

Apollo Winter Tyres to the RescueApollo Winter Tyres

 

In early November we received a phone call from a local undertaker, Melia Funeral Services,here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in England UK.

winter tyres

Hearses with their new winter tyres  fitted

No problem there, because throughout the year the company normally just have a puncture now and then. This is due to the fact that their hearses do not do much mileage and usually drive at a snail’s pace, when driving to the cemetery or crematorium.

However this call was different, Melias wanted to buy two sets of Apollo Winter Tyres for their hearses. The reason for this was that the hearses were getting stuck on the incline to the chapel in Elland crematorium, and were getting a little embarrassed when getting stuck. We thought it was a bit funny at first but they had obviously given the problem some thought and were not prepared to get stuck this coming winter. I actually visited this crematorium  to take a look for myself, but the incline is not that steep. I think it is because the hearse drives really slowly. In a normal car you could probably take a run at this and clear it easily, even without special Apollo Winter Tyres fitted. The strange thing is that last winter was the mildest for twenty years and the snowfall was minimalistic. The funeral company have

apollo winter tyres

they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

kept the tyres on all year round and now that we are approaching the new cold spell, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

Apollo Winter tyres fitted

Here in Halifax we are in a very hilly area and sell many sets of these wheels but this is the most unusual reason that I have heard of, the hearses came in and we fitted 2 sets of 22560R16 Apollo Winter Tyres and the hearses won’t get stuck again.(we hope?) .

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Winter Tyres Business and Battery business 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.

 

Apollo Winter Tyres

Park Wood crematorium in Elland

Ferrari Bald Tyres- Driver with Bald Tyres Loses Control in the Rain, Luckily getting out of trouble

Ferrari Bald Tyres

Ferrari Bald Tyres; Wet roads and bald tyres do not mix

Many drivers do not know how much tread they have left on their bald tyres.Thus, in fact they never check their tyres at all. As a result, if you want to minimize the chances of a tyre related accident.Naturally, it is important that you check your tyres at regular intervals. So, or have them checked out at your local tyre- centre.

We are noticing here at Pellon tyres in Halifax. That drivers of the larger more expensive cars such as Mercedes and BMWs. In fact, are the people who neglect their tyres the most. For this reason, what they do not understand is that major tyre companies. Such as Continental tyres are now making tyres that need replacing at 3mm tread depth.

When the 3mm level is reached. Then the tyre  becomes technically “bald”. For this reason,this is probably what happened to the driver of this Enzo Ferrari. Hence, below 3mm the tyre has No more “Sipes”.These are the tiny slits in the tread. Thus, that allow the tyre to dissipate the water on wet roads. So the message is “Change your tyres at 3mm” not the 1.6 mm level that the law requires.

Change your bald tyres at 3mm tread depth

Ferrari Bald Tyres

Ferrari Bald Tyres;These bald tyres were off a BMW and should have been changed at 3mm not zero tread left

“Last month.On my cross country drive. I stopped for a few days in Denver. Hence, to visit some of my friends that live there. They love to drive just as much as I do so we decided to take both of their Ferrari F430 coupes out for a spirited drive. One of my friends had new tires arriving 2 days after our drive was planned because he had been driving the car so much the tires were bald.

We were struggling to keep up with our friend in the other 430 because the wet roads made it almost impossible to keep traction. The video doesn’t show how fast we are actually going but keep an eye out during the video and you’ll see we are going at a pretty quick pace Thankfully we narrowly missed so many objects like the guardrail, telephone pole, and oncoming traffic which was scaring me because I thought we were going to slide into the oncoming lanes!,becaause of the Ferrari Bald Tyres...http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/09/ferrari-f430-driver-with-bald-tires.html

Eric Roberts

GOODYEAR AQUATRED- Wet Weather tyres that combated Aquaplaning

Post updated  8/3/2014

Original Goodyear aquatred lost grip as the tyre wore down

In 1991 Goodyear tyres took the tyre world by storm, by introducing the “Goodyear Aquatred Tire”, 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 making motoring in the wet much safer than it had previously been. The first tyres were good when they were new but as the tread wore down, then the centre groove “that was a major part of the  design”, lost its depth, thus not allowing the water to get away as quickly. This meant 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 that they had a problem with the new tyre and brought out the “Goodyear Aquatred 2 “ tyre. This tyre was re-designed and was brought out with a harder compound, this solved the problem of the tyres wearing quickly. The new tread compound was enhanced by the inclusion of a wider and deeper band down the centre of the tread pattern, the new tyre also had a modified shoulder. The new tyre was aimed at the family saloons and were available from 13 to 15 ins tyre sizes. 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 a other wet areas and in my opinion the world 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

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Huge tyre bubble-What caused this tyre bubble on this TYRE ready to “Blow Out”

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013

 Huge tyre bubble;Worst case of an egg on a  tyre I have ever seen

The lump or Huge tyre bubble in the picture is the worst I have ever seen. This egg is caused by the separation of the tread layers and the air pressure inside the tyres casing lifting

Huge tyre bubble

Firestone tyres of this period were susceptible to separation problems and many tyres ended up with a bubble or egg on the tread area or side wall.

up the tread. We call it an egg because normally all you get is a lump developing about the same size as a chicken egg.

This problem is not a tyre fault, but usually starts out as a nail hole that has not been filled properly after the repair has been carried out. The next thing is that water gets into the steel belt under the tread rubber and starts to oxidize (rust). The rust then starts to spread through the steel wire, eventually leaving a kind of cavity between the tyres casing and the tread rubber. This in time will cause a Huge tyre bubble to develop on the tread of the tyre.

This type of problem is common on part worn tyres that have not been pressure tested, as they should be. We have noticed that we are having more customers complaining about this type of problem and it is usually on second hand tyres that they have just bought.

In the early stages of tread separation, the tyres on the car will make the car have a tendency to pull to one side, this is because the tyre is out of shape and will start to give the driver increasing problems as he does a few more miles.

Some people think that these problems emanate from buying cheap tyres, but this is not true. Most new tyres are made to high standards at is very rare that we have any tyre related problems these days.

When I was younger I was an examiner for the City and Guilds examination board and all sorts of  problems came up and were used in the exams as examples, of faulty  manufacture. One of the main problems was in fact “tyre separation”, but in those days it was caused by lack of cleanliness, when the tyres were built from their various components . If dust and dirt happened to get in between the layers of vulcanised rubber then the process would not work, rather like if you get dust on a piece of sticky paper then the paper doesn’t stick properly.

The tyre would look fine until after a few hundred miles on a car an egg would start to develop

Also cracks would appear on the side walls or near the bead this was also due to dirt on the new rubber during the tyres manufacture. This has now been improved and tyre companies have much more hygiene and cleanliness in their factories , giving us much better quality tyres.

In the 1960s Firestone tyres had a big problem with the steel wire that they used in their radial tyre

and thousands of tyres were recalled when they all developed Huge tyre bubble on the tread areas .(not as big as the one on the picture though)

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.

 

Huge tyre bubble

Huge tyre bubble on this tyre the biggest i have ever seen

4×4 Tyres-Which are the right ones for you ? Consider the excellent General 4×4 Range

 Customers are still not sure which 4×4 tyres to choose

4x4 Tyres

4×4 Tyres; Mud terrain tyre on a Land Rover Defender. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article is a follow up from one that I did a few years ago. One of the problems that we have at Pellon tyres, comes from the owners of 4×4 vehicles who are not sure which or what tyres to fit to their vehicles.

In our area of Halifax in the Pennine foothills, we have several types of different terrains to cope with. Choosing the right tyre can be difficult.

Every tyre a manufacturer makes is designed with specific strengths in mind. How well it performs to these strengths depends on the construction methods, materials used and the technologies applied in the design and testing process. 4×4 tyres by definition introduce even more variables than these into the mixing pot. For our area we recommend a 50/50 or a 40/60 tread ratio between a normal type summer tyre and a rugged off road tyre. To make it a little easier to select the right one, a good place to start is to think about what you intend to use your 4×4 for. Many people used to say the Land rover as just a status car, where others such as farmers need Land-rovers for more practical uses, so a different tyre application is needed.

If you are intending to use your vehicle off road then you need to determine just how extreme the terrain is likely to be and how much time you are likely to spend on it. Farmers would be doing far more off road work and therefore would require a much heavier tread pattern on the tyres.

Off Road Grading Index for 4×4 tyres selection

To help our customers we use a very good visual guide called an (off road Grading Index) or ORGI for short, and then grade all the 4×4 tyres accordingly on our stock compute so that we can tell customers exactly which tyre is the best for them. The ORGI guide assigns every 4X4 Off Road tyres we feature with an off-road competency rating between 1 & 10. From here it is possible to disregard certain tyres as unsuitable and narrow the field of selection down. It works of an easy to understand scale from 1 to 10 depending on how tough you want your tyre to be, an excellent grading system. I hope this will be of help to all my customers who own 4×4 and SUV vehicles and want General 4×4 tyres.

4x4 tyres

ORGI chart

 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.

Contact 5 CONTINENTAL TYRES-Sees the introduction of anew premium tyre.

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

End of March sees the launch of the Continental tyres Premium Contact 5contact 5,Continental tyres ready for Daytona races

The press from all the leading motoring journals met In  Barcelona for the launch of the New premium Contact 5 tyres.This new tyre is designed for all types of cars from small

Continental have and will always be one the Worlds front tyre companies, in tyre development the new Contisport 5 is no exception to this rule.

family saloons to the luxury end of the market.

Continental tyres are constantly improving their products, along with the other leading tyre manufacturers. This is to keep in step with the ever changing designs created by modern car makers, especially in Germany and Japan. The new premium Contact 5 is a few steps further on in development from the sports Contact 5. The new premium Contact 5 boasts much better braking distances in both wet and dry road conditions and has the same rolling resistance as the eco contact 5,making these tyres a whole lot better than there predecessors’.

The new tyres come with a few added benefits to add to better contact with the road during braking. They have what they call a 3D edge. The new design also includes a new type of shoulder zone, which reduces energy loss along the shoulder zone. All these extra features give the new tyres a lower fuel consumption, helping the motorist to reduce their fuel costs, it is expected that this could be as much as 12%, a good saving.

Continental tyres have also designed a more flexible side-wall to give increased comfort for the car drivers and with the addition of whisper bars the tyre is much quieter compared with the other tyres in Continentals extensive range.

Once again I must praise Continental for another wonderful tyre product, another step thanks keeps them in number one spot as the Worlds finest tyre maker. Please click the link a learn more on Continental tyres web site...www.continental-tyres.co.uk/passenger

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.

General Van Tyres- Well known German tyre company Bring Out New “VAN TYRE”

General Van Tyres

Euro Van 2 new tyre from General Van Tyres

General tyres (part of the Continental tyre group) are keeping up in the lucrative van tyre market with a splendid new tyre, the Euro Van 2 tyre. The market for this product is huge, with the massive increase in the modern van market surging ahead.

Tyre manufacturers. Have now to make heavy duty versions of new car tyres. Because of the speed and comfort, that the new vans are capable of doing. Therefore, gone are the days of the smoky old diesel vans. Chugging along, holding the rest of the traffic up. For this, reason, these days vans can out perform, many cars and the tyres need to be of higher speed.Thus and load ratings. To cope with the extra performance that these modern vans can supply. General Van Tyres have taken all this into consideration.

The new General tyres Euro van is no exception. The newly developed tread pattern helps give the tyre higher mileage and better traction giving the tyre excellent handling on dry roads and a more improved braking performance.

General Van Tyres

For better comfort. General Van Tyres have developed the tyre with staggered tread grooves. Thus, on the shoulder reducing the noise. Giving a better comfort level to the driver. Noise reduction is also important for the green credibility of the tyre. In particular. With the new tyre labels coming out soon. Hence, that gives all tyres noise pollution levels. naturally, to help verify how green the tyre is.

As far as van tyres go this General Van Tyres product is one of the best van tyres that I have come across. People think that there is not much difference performance wise in van tyres, but they would be wrong in thinking that. The most important thing is to look at whatever make of tyres that you have on your van. The van tyre market is one of the most neglected of all the tyre markets. Van drivers usually work for other people, and they do not look after their tyres. So having a good brand of General Van Tyres in the first place is critical, because they are going to get abused, running at low and high pressures at high speeds are usually the norm for the van, only coming to garages when the need replacing due to lack of care.

The new General tyres van tyre will cover almost 90% of van tyre sizes

General Van Tyres

 

 

Eric Roberts

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips-start of by looking after your tyre pressures.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips; Start with your tyre pressures

The first important thing to do to look after your tyres is to have the correct pressures checked on a regular basis, I prefer to have them checked every week, but at least every two week

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

tracking is crucial when looking after your tyres

is better than not at all.

Make sure that you have yours checked by a professional company, it is important that you fit the correct mix of, are their radials? Are they directional? Never mix different

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

Caravan tyre blowout due to under running under pressure

Types on the same axle for example directional with non-directional, or asymmetric the wrong way round. This is one of the problems with buying your tyres on the internet; you will not know which tyres are right or wrong until you come to have them fitted, it is a gamble that you may not want to take.

While you check your pressures, you should test the tread depth; drivers should have 1.6 mm of tread across ¾ of the tread width from the centre out, once again your local tyre dealer will do this for you, or you can purchase a simple depth gauge from your local auto DIY store.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

You should always look out for any damage to the tread and side walls, look for cuts and chunks missing out.if you are not sure to get some good advice.

Make sure that your wheels have had to balance; there is nothing worse than having a shaky steering wheel when driving on the motorway. If your tyres look to be wearing off on the edges, have your Car Wheel Alignment checked out, you may soon find out that your new tyres have worn out too quickly, so have your alignment checked out perhaps when having a service.

Look out for severe weather conditions such as snow in the forecast. If you are experiencing a severe winter, you may think about fitting proper Winter tyres for safety. If you are caught out in snow or ice do not skid too much, this will also damage them, I have witnessed a  tyre ripped apart from continuous skidding.

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips;  Check your spare tyre and wheel changing equipment?

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips Check your spare. If you have got a car without a spare make sure you have enough emergency inflator liquid in your boot. Make sure you can change a wheel on your own, this may prove paramount in an emergency. Also, make sure that you have a jack and wheel brace that is in good condition when you use it.

Finally, if your car does not drive right or feels strange when cornering, it could be dodgy tyres, centres or even worse a steering problem so get them checked out.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. They can leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station. We are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads -Bald tyres are just Accidents Waiting to Happen

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; More and More Bald tyres are not getting replaced in the Recession

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Eric Roberts MD of  Pellon Tyre and Auto Centre in Halifax West Yorkshire, has never seen so many dangerous tyres that have been removed, from customers wheels in 40 years of running a tyre business.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times but to cut back on buying a car tyre will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger, especially with the weather turning wetter as we go towards September and Autumn and Winter approaches.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

English: Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Two vehicle aquaplaning due to flash-flooding over Kooringal Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The combination of wet roads and bald tyres makes for an accident waiting to happen. The name for this is AQUAPLANING; This is when your tyre is separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. Therefore, your tyre does not grip.

Because of the absence of tread on the tyre. Then the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied. Hence, this is the cause of many motorway crashes.Of course,  you may have also seen F1 cars during a race. Because in dry weather conditions, the racing cars are equipped with bald tyres (called slicks). Accordingly, when the weather turns wet, the cars are replaced with tyres that have a tread pattern. Thus the same principals apply for the regular car owner. Therefore, it is highly dangerous to drive on a “BALD” tyre,  and also illegal.

Not only “BALD” tyres? But tyres down to the “STEEL BELT.”

A more pessimistic scenario has recently developed. We are now removing tyres from customers cars. That have gone past the “BALD” stage. Hence,  down to the “STEEL BELT”. As a result, this is now a sombre position to be in. We at Pellon tyres stress that you should have your tyres checked at regular intervals. You may be putting your families, and other drivers live’s at risk.Thus, driving about on tyres in this state.

Eric RobertsBald tyres-Wet Roads members of TYRESAFE.ORG

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. For this reason,We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Therefore, we also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are available to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Consequently, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Tyre down to the steel belt

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; a badly worn tyre next to a new tyre

Bridgestone SUV tyres-More Information About Bridgestone SUV and 4×4 Tyres

Pellon tyres in Halifax rate the Bridgestone SUV tyres very highly they are a popular choice for SUV and 4X4 owners and are good in summer and winter conditions depending on the tyre you choose.

Bridgestone SUV tyres Dueler Sport (4×4 tyres)

The excellent Bridgestone SUV tyres Dueler H/P Sport (Highway/Performance) is designed for high powered luxury 4×4’s and SUV’s such as BMW ,Audi and Volvo. Bridgestone SUV tyres bring out many tyres to suit this type of vehicle range in their effort and strive for perfection and keeping up with changes to tyre technology to suit modern car designs and performances. This tyre is available in tyre sizes up to 27545Y20 and is a popular choice at Pellon tyres on the modern SUV2s and 4x4”s.

Bridgestone 400

The Dueler Highway / Luxury 400 is another high performance SUV tyre. This is another great tyre from Bridgestone tyres available in 25565T17 for the more robust vehicle.

Bridgestone REO31

The Bridgestone tyres  Dueler highway / Luxury 400 is a high performance SUV tyre. The REO 31 tyre is specially designed to fit the Lexus range of cars and is available in tyre size 23555V18. This tyre is mainly a summer tyre with a lighter tread pattern for motorway and suburban driving conditions.

Bridgestone Dueler 688

This Bridgestone tyreswill give you a smooth and quite ride, excellent for wet weather traction and long tyres life. This tyre is available in 21565S16.

Bridgestone SUV tyres

Bridgestone SUV tyres;All-terrain tyre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bridgestone tyres Dueler 684 4×4 tyre

The 684 tyres are designed for those looking for good road stability and speedy motorway performance. It is this balance that has made it one of the most popular Bridgestone tyres , 4×4 tyres fitted as original equipment to a wide range of 4X4 vehicles. Pellon tyres have sold many of these tyre as replacements for OE fitments and are very popular amongst their 4×4 tyre customers.

Bridgestone Dueler 694 AT

Bridgestone tyres  have produced this rugged and stylish all-terrain tyre.  With outstanding performance. The Dueller 694 was designed to meet the growing demand from urban drivers for all-terrain patterns. A great new tyre keeps the capability and appeal of an aggressive all-terrain look, while providing good performance on the road. This tyre gives great performance on the road and off the road, say attending an agricultural show or in bad weather such as snow, a popular tyre from Bridgestone.

Bridgestone Dueler 693 AT

Due to the Advanced tread pattern grip that cuts through mud, sand, dirt and snow. This is a typical Bridgestone tyre design success story. The Bridgestone tyre gives excellent wear resistance and enhanced on-road driving performance, which is complemented with optimum off-road traction. The Dueler 693 offers robust off-road capability, smooth on-road comfort and all-terrain versatility. Therefore, an excellent product suited for the hilly terrain of West Yorkshire, hence its popularity at Pellon tyres.

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

Bridgestone SUV tyres

Bridgestone SUV tyres;The excellent Bridgestone tyres Dueler 694