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Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres-New and better materials now used in winter tyres.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Winter tyres are made to give more flexibility

they are made of different compounds and operate at much lower temperature. Most tyre makers now include silica in their compounds, this enables the winter tyres to operate at

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Goodyear All Season a cross between summer tyres and winter tyres

much lower temperatures and retain their suppleness in adverse conditions, even the Best Summer Tyres become hard like plastic, making the tyres loose their elasticity and therefore grip. Some tyre makers such as Toyo of Japan have tried adding grit to their compounds to help create a safer Snow Tyres and winter tyres. Winter tyres have also different tread patterns these are usually more of a block pattern with larger centre groves to dissipate the water and slush, the blocks give you more surface but do not clog up with snow due to the spaces between the blocks, they also have many tiny slits known as sipes, these sipes also help to dissipate the slush and water that can clog up your tyres.Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres

Winter tyres have now become much more sophisticated . Companies like Vredestein produce some of the Best Cheap Winter Car Tyres a Dutch tyre company now owned by Apollo tyres from India, have made winter tyres to a very high standard . This was necessary to comply with other European countries that witnessed snow every winter and the need for say a German motorist to be able to drive his BMW at great speed down the Autobahn to go skiing in Austria or Switzerland on the same tyre.

Difference between winter tyres-summer tyres Winter Tyres  technology advanced in leaps and bounds.

Silica was added to able the rubber compounds to become much more flexible at lower temperatures. This advance is now used by most of the leading tyre companies.  This combined with computer enhanced tread design has enabled manufacturers to produce a winter tyre. The tyres are now silent on motorways yet very effective in heavy rain, snow and ice. Snow tyres, in my opinion are one of the greatest advances for the motorist of our time. They are a great contribution to road safety. All vehicle owners should consider buying them. This is especially when buying them at the right time. This is  before the price doubles again or indeed before supplies run out. Winter tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com at internet prices.

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 Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Furthermore, we also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. In addition,we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Nokian Winter Tyre benefits

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

   Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter Tyres

Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter tyres

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

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

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

Winter Performance With, Pirelli Snowcontrol Winter Tyres

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

irelli W210 Snow Control 3 Tyres Available in Halifax

Pirelli W210 Snow Control 3

W210 Snow Control 3

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

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 275/35 R20 102W tyre specifications, review and features

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Tyre Michelin Pilot Alpin PA 4 275/35 R 20 102 W specs, price, review. Michelin tyres for cars.

 

Not many Michelin Pilot Alpin PA 4 customers here in Halifax UK

As many of my readers will know. I am a big fan of almost everything that Michelin tyres produce. Including products they have produced over the years. Therefore, I think that this could be something to do with the fact. Hence, that the Michelin Pilot Alpin was developed with the larger luxury car in mind. As I have said before, Halifax ix a small market town in Yorkshire UK .Therefore does not have that many wealthy people who would buy such luxury cars.

Tyre retailers in say Leeds and York. of course,  do get a larger share of the BMW’s and Porsche’s as we do in Halifax. With this in mind, we do see some of these famous marques in our area. Of course, we have also fitted a few Michelin Pilot Alpin tyres to these type of cars. The drivers that bring this type of car into us for their tyres. are people that trust us with these valuable machines, we do not scratch their alloy wheels, that sort of thing.

The customers who use us also give us good feedback, I have been a tyre retailer now for 40 years and it is surprising how they like to chat to me especially about their tyres, the people with these types of luxury cars are usually very knowledgeable about their cars and so like a chat.

One particular guy owns a business that supply wall insulation and also installs it into buildings.

His business does very well. Consequently, he likes fast, sporty cars. So, his latest car is a Porsche. Fortunately for us, he came to us for a set of winter tyres . So, to fit his Porsche car. For this reason, he was visiting friends in Germany and he normally drives in his Range Rover in winter, but he decided to give the Porsche a run out.

Like me the guy is a very big fan of Michelin tyres, in fact he will not have anything else on his car. He insisted on a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin tyres. The guy’s name is Richard, but the tyres he wanted were not available in the UK. We have some good connections and suppliers in other European countries and so we had a ring round.

To my surprise I found out that Michelin make these tyres in two different tread pattern designs, the asymmetric and the directional. At first I thought that there some kind of mistake as I found this very unusual?. Sure enough when I rang Richard he did know about this and wanted the asymmetric pattern that was recommended for the Porsche models.

Michelin pilot Alpin in two distinct pattern types

When I checked this out with Michelin. They told me that they thought that both Tyre Tread designs had their own successes. Achieving, the end desired result for both types of tyres. Both tyre designs are subsequently, made from what Michelin Pilot Tyres call their Helio-compound rubber mixture, compound 3 G. Which is a compound that is made from sunflower oil and silica and traditional rubber. Giving the tyres more flexible sidewalls. Therefore a better gripping tread surface in cold weather. Especially at temperatures bellow 7c .

Indeed the new MICHELIN PILOT ALPIN has two different tread patterns.

The reason is that we worked simultaneously in two parallel ways: one is made in collaboration with Porsche, the second one in a more common way. The two solutions have succeeded to achieve the desired result. Both of tread patterns respond perfectly to the “ridge-n-flex” philosophy and use the same elements but in a slightly different way.

We finally received and fitted Richards and off he went to Germany with his new Michelin Pilot Alpine tyres fitted.

Another customer that fitted these tyres said that it was the first time that he had bought a set of winter tyres. But he now feels that he can fully measure the benefits. Especially in treacherous weather conditions. Winters are  the difference between getting home safely, or getting stuck in snow.

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

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension
http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Michelin/Pilot+Alpin+PA4

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

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant; Renault cars use Michelin tyres

Michelin Tyres Dominant

Michelin Tyres Dominant

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

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

Michelin Tyres Dominant; The parents of the modern tyre

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

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

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

Eric Roberts

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

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)-and summer tyres-can both give you Temperature Problems

In a strange kind of way I am bringing together related tyre problems. Most drivers will not have heard about either of these potential problems, and some will have.

Both these problems are sort of related, but I will answer them one at a time, starting with TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring systems).

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems have been around for quite a while now. it was developed to compliment  cars that were fitted with run flat tyres or cars that did not have a conventional type spar wheel and tyre.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

TPMS Warning lights can be triggered by tyre temperature drops

When a run flat tyre loses pressure, there is no way of knowing so a special valve with a sender, was invented and when there is a loss of air pressure in the tyre the sensor in the tyre valve picks this up and sends a message to the cars computer which lights up a warning light in the cab and alerts the driver that something is wrong with one of his/hers tyres.

The idea is a simple one really, but it is not that long ago that a driver would not go anywhere without his spare wheel? How things have changed. Now most cars are fitted with this technology and it is very common for us to see on a daily basis.

There is however one thing that has cropped up, those drivers may not know. This is that the Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems in susceptible to temperature changes. This is basic science, when the temperature rises then the air expands and when it cools down then the temperature lowers.

This can affect your Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems valves.

When the temperature drops on cold freezing night, then so does the air pressure in your tyres. They can drop as much as 10 psi on a really cold night. This can then trigger off your tyre pressure warning light in the car.

It may not happen to all cars but it is worth noting that if this happens to you then you will know what has happened. In some cars the light will correct itself and go back out as the air temperature rises, or you could increase the air pressure in your tyres and this will stop this happening.

The second temperature related part is the way a summer tyre acts when they get cold too

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Regular tyre pressure checks are very important

TPMS and summer tyres in the cold

This temperature issue is probably a little bit better known, but here goes. Summer car tyres and winter car tyres have different chemical compositions in their tyre compounds. The main difference is the addition of “silica” compounds into the mix that makes the winter tyres.

The different compounds are there to give different characteristics to the tyres in different weather conditions and heat and cold. Summer’s will get much stiffer and harder in cold weather, making the tyre more difficult to handle when braking and cornering. This change in character starts to come in when the temperature gets below 7 degrees.

The winter tyres with their different compounds will remain flexible and pliable in colder weather and this combined with a tread design that has been developed to dissipate water, slush and snow, makes the winters  the perfect fitment for your car from November to march here in the Northern hemisphere.

If you are looking for a set of tyres for your car at this time of year then I would strongly advise fitting winter tyres, they have been proven time and time again to be the safest option for

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Winter tyres like this Yokohama W-Drive are made of special compounds to cope with any winter weather that may come your way.

your car and your family.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Yokohama Winter 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 and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Winter Tyres-Could fitting them Affect Your Car Insurance?

I always find it strange to hear my customers say “will my car be insured if I fit winter tyres”. I used to think that they were joking at first, but for some reason, they were very serious, apparently it was something that they had read in a national newspaper. When I checked this out, it said that if you modify or change your car from the original specs, then you should

winter tyres, insurance

Kumho winter tyres are very popular.

inform your insurance company, or you could not be insured in case that you had an accident. I suspect that this covers thousands of motorists driving about today, “with what they would consider minor adjustments” to their cars, such as fitting winter tyres, or a “go faster stripe “down the side.

There is no doubt that winter tyres do affect your cars performance, but only for the better by making the car drive with better control and brake better in winter weather from rain to ice and snow. As long as you sick to the same size and the advised load rating for your car, you should be fine and proud to fit the winter tyres.

Insurance companies should give you “discount” for fitting winter tyres

Even this year our customers have asked about the affect winter tyres can have on their insurance, so I thought that I would look into a little deeper and write an article about the subject. In my opinion I think that you should get a rebate from your insurance company if you make your car safer by fitting winters to it. In fact the big debate to me is “are cars with illegal part worn tyres insured” and the answer is NO, but I will look at that in a future article.

The problem has also become an issue with the insurers themselves after a deluge of inquiries from worried car owners, thinking that they would not be insured if they fitted these tyres to their car. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) the problem has been taken up with its members and now over 90% have agreed that they will not increase premiums for their customers that fit the correct winter tyres to their vehicles.

They also agreed that fitting winters to their car made for better road safety over the winter period, in fact many of the other European countries make it a law to fit winters between November and March of the following year, so why should the British motorists be penalized.

A statement from the ABI says; “often motor insurers will not charge an additional premium when their insured customers use winter tyres, provided that they meet, and are fitted in accordance with, the vehicle manufacturers’ specifications and are in a roadworthy condition”

If you are unsure about your own insurance company as regarding their stance on the matter, then you can either ring them up or go to the ABI website where insurers are listed, who comply with “good to fit winter tyres “ruling. The web address is… https://www.abi.org.uk/~/media/Files/Documents/Publications/Public/Migrated/Motor/ABI%20guide%20to%20winter%20tyres%20The%20motor%20insurance%20commitment.pdf

Winter tyres will not incur extra insurance costs

winter tyres

Scenes like this will soon be upon us,so prepare your car for the worse to come.

Have I have stated earlier in this article the insurance companies often increased the costs of your insurance if you modified your car in any way and did not inform them, things like an upgraded modified engine spring to mind. They regarded you as been more likely to have an accident, if you had modified your car and also your car may have become a bigger target to car thieves, so an extra premium would have been charged.

At first when winter tyres became more popular the insurance companies gave out mixed messages, but the ABI can now confirm that winter tyres are a safety issue and are a great improvement when fitted to your car through the winter period.

My own advice would be to inform your insurance company that you are fitting winter tyres. You will, not have to pay any extra premiums. Some companies do require you to inform than a list can be found on the ABI web-site. Nick Starling, ABI’s director of general insurance, said: “Insurers do not want to penalize motorists who take steps, like fitting winter tyres, to improve their safety on dangerous winter roads. Last year cold weather came early and there was some uncertainty for customers about the insurance implications of fitting winter tyres. This commitment clarifies the position for motorists.”

Always fit the same size or a size recommended by your tyre dealer if a direct replacement cannot be found. Good tyre retailers will have a web site for converting the sizes over legally and should be accepted by the insurance companies. Some insurance companies such as Tesco and The Co-operative insurance company state that you are alright to fit winters but you should not oversize them. Over sizing any tyres is not a good thing anyway?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work

winter tyres

Pirelli make an excellent winter tyre.

and parts. We also sell Winter 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 and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Winter Tyres Help-These are the tips you need to drive safely in the snow and ice this winter – Essex Live

Winter Tyres Help

Winter Tyres Help

Winter Tyres Help

Of course, Much of Essex has been covered by heavy snowfall. As you can see in this image. So drivers were well stuck in the horrific snowy conditions of early April. Winter tyres would have helped millions of drivers to safety.

Source: These are the tips you need to drive safely in the snow and ice this winter – Essex Live

Nokian Winter Tyre benefits

Compulsory rubber winter tyres- would cut traffic jams and save lives | HeraldScotland

Compulsory rubber winter tyres

Compulsory rubber winter tyres

Compulsory rubber winter tyres

As we have all experienced this winter has been pretty tough. Especially after the so called “beast of the east” bringing a standstill to most of the roads of the UK. Of course some drivers are sensible and fit winter tyres to their vehicles. I also fit winter tyres to my vehicles. believe me they are really good.

My Ford Transit Comfort is fitted with a set of Nokian winter tyres. Believe me when I say that I never got stuck once. They were truly marvelous ? In fact one Saturday night I had to take my son to his girlfriends house in Wakefield West Yorkshire. The journey normally takes about a half hour. On the way a blizzard hit us ten minutes into our journey.

The snow settled very quickly and vehicles began to get stuck.

Even on the main roads. The scene soon became gridlocked as the snow was blown on high winds. Thus making driving impossible.

Except for my van. I quickly diverted onto the small roads that were not as badly affected by the now deepening snow. The Nokian winter tyres were doing a sterling job. Not once did I get stuck as I took as many back roads as possible. I arrived in Wakefield an hour later. So,dropped my son off and headed back home.

Once  again the main roads were grid locked. One main road out of Wakefield was blocked by a jackknifed  double decker bus. I did just the same and headed home on the back roads without any problems. The winter tyres were perfect? I am sure that there are many similar stories with drivers that were glad that they fit winter tyres. They are a known safety feature and save lives.

Eric Roberts

So, for some 12 years I traveled each January to Helsinki. Hence, and never experienced any delays at Helsinki Airport, even though the snow depth was…

Source: Letters: Compulsory rubber winter tyres would cut traffic jams and save lives | HeraldScotland

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again-Nokian Tyres succeeds again in independent European winter tyre tests –

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again

Of course, Nokian Winter Tyres have become a world wide product name. because of their outstanding ability in winter weather conditions.

Countries with all winter round snow and ice have felt the benefits of fitting Nokian winters for a long time now.

Here in countries like the UK, then we dont get the same snow affected winters as our more Northern counter parts. However Nokian winters will help protect you family in all winter conditions.

In my opinion then safety is paramount. Any driver that finds themselves in a skidding car fitted out with summer tyres will vouch for that.

So there is nothing worse than loosing your car on a wet or snow covered road. Millions of drivers have experienced this, but it can be avoided. Cars are now getting larger and so are the tyres. Ladies love to sit high up with good all round vision of the road. In actual fact so do I ! This is because when we are in a higher up seat position we all feel safer (ask truck drivers!!)

One of the slighter down sides of the SUV’s and Crossover cars is that the tyres are larger and in many cases narrower. This is how they have been developed with the car manufacturers. Of course, these cars are fitted with summer tyres. Nothing wrong with that! until winter comes along. I will never forget the first winter when the BMW and Mercedes SUV’s were on the roads for the first time.

Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again-SUV vehicles were useless in the first snow fall that we had.

Here in Halifax UK where it is very hilly, SUV’s were getting stuck everywhere. As a result our phones never stopped ringing. People were hunting around for winter tyres, they were getting hopelessly stuck. Since then drivers have learned their lesson.

Hence, many drivers are now fitting winter tyres every year. So, just as a safety precaution. These tyres are superb in winter conditions and will enhance your families safety when having to travel in snowy winter conditions.

We at Pellon Tyres recommend any brand of winter tyres. Because, I have personally tested and tried the Nokian Winter tyre brand. These tyres are superb. Not only do they give extra protection when driving in snow and ice, but also heavy rain. Especially on motorways. Another Nokian bonus is that these tyres are really quiet. My family car is a large SUV and the winter tyres do not make any difference to road noise.

Of course these Nokian Winter Tyre Test Winners Again are well worth recommending. Check your tyre size online

Eric Roberts

The premium tyre manufacturer Nokian Tyres has once again earned a series of outstanding assessments this year in independent winter tyre tests performed

Source:

Nokian Tyres succeeds again in independent European winter tyre tests – Automotive World

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW-OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

Of course, it is always good to see accreditation’s given to quality products. Nokian tyres are no exception to this. gaining an approval to fit certain Nokian tyres as original equipment to some BMW models.

The tyre that Nokian are to supply BMW with is the excellent WR D4 winter tyre. Consequently, the tyre will be fitted as original equipment to BMW’s latest “Sports Activity Vehicle” or SAV. Yet another abbreviation to remember?

The tyre size to be used is the 225/55R17 in a “H” rated tyre. As a Nokian tyre dealer this is great news.

My wife and I decided to buy an up market car last year and went for the Jaguar F Sport. We were sick of turning up to meetings in a van?

Anyhow, I decided to fit a set of Nokian winters to the car. So, just to try them out so to speak. I firmly believe that any brand of winter tyres should be fitted before the onset of winter.

My main worry was to be noise the Jaguar F Sport is a very quiet car even on some of our concrete motorways. We went on to fit a set of 255/55V19 XL  Nokian WR SUV 3 tyres. Wow, the results were excellent. Remarkably, we found that there was no difference in road noise at all. In fact we have now had three snowfalls in the area and many freezing nights resulting in “black ice”. The car has never lost traction once. I always feel more confident when selling a product with my own personnel experience. My new Nokians did not disappoint me ?

Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

When SUV’s first came out then it soon became noticeable that they were useless when driving in snow. Especially here in hilly Halifax. So, BMW and Mercedes owners were soon looking for winter tyres to give their vehicles some traction in the snow, ice and wet roads. As a result SUV owners are now more street wise and the Nokian and vredestein winter tyres are among their favorite choices.

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The Nokian WR D4 is a new-generation winter tyre that was specifically developed by Nokian Tyres for use in Central European weather conditions. The tyre delivers outstanding grip and comfortable handling even at high speeds. The tyre confirmed to the BMW Group’s stringent criteria for OE approval and is meant for motorists drivers who are looking for quality as well as style and safety in a tyre.

Nokian Tyres has received approval from the BMW Group for its WR D4 winter tyre and this will help the company to grow in central Europe.

Source: OE Approval from BMW Group to Help Nokian Expand presence in Central Europe – Tires & Parts News