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Car & Van drivers,  advice update (19/04/2017)

  Spring is here now ! EASTER has been and gone, role on Summer 
   We are in APRIL, the poor weather may stay a little longer, but SUNNY days will soon come with May Bank Holiday not far away. It won't be long before you need to check the caravan / trailer tyres for Summer !
  Also early April is the time to take off your Winter tyres. Don't waist them in the warm weather !
We have an extensive range of tyres for caravans, motorhomes, boat trailers and camping trailers, so give me a call or even better, let me have a look and help assess what you need, or not as the case may be. Don't let your holiday be spoilt with a tyre failure.

 TPMS, Tyre pressure monitoring systems.
   I can usually repair broken TPMS valve stems, usually snapped off by drivers checking tyre pressures and twisting the end off with the connector on the pressure gauge. We have seen quite a lot of that !
   I can also check the correct operation of the sensors with my equipment, thus I can verify if a sensor is faulty or the system is misreading what it is being told (very common problem)
   I carry a range of replacement valve bodies if the original can't be repaired (subject to the valve / sensor being 2 separate parts)
 Any queries, give me a call.

Motorcycle riders  latest advice update (19/04/2017)

IMPORTANT, DUNLOP BIKE TYRE PROMOTION now on, see bike tyre pages !
Take advantage now, May Bank Holiday is almost here, don't miss out on this great chance to save £30 

  It's April, and May Bank holiday weekend will soon be here, Sat 29th to Monday1st May ! 
   Honest, It's Spring, yes it's still a bit cold, wet, but the SUN is going to shine ! May bank holiday Monday is on it's way VERY soon, so maybe it's time to clean those bike, have a look at last years tyres, are they any good, do you need NEW for the coming summer season ? I have a wide range in stock from Bridgestone, Dunlop & Michelin including Pilot Road 4 and the new DUNLOP RoadSmart 3 as fitted to my own bike to cope with whatever the weather brings. Also due in now is the NEW DUNLOP SportSmart2MAX, a hypersport tyre for those of you out there with fast bikes or more balls that I have ! Take a look at YOUR tyres, are they still good to go, or are they past it's sell by date ? Don't get caught in the wet with tyres not up to the job ! If in doubt, call in and let me have a look. Don't take chances on 2 wheels, it is NOT worth it. Falling off HURTS !
 For Adventure bikes
 We carry in stock Metzeler Tourance and Dunlop TrailSmart (50/50 on/off road) in the popular 110/80r19 front and 150/70r17 rears (for BMW GS1200  etc etc).
 I also have many riders that have remove the original 50/50 type tyre and replace with a pure road tyres such as the new Dunlop RoadSmart 3. Road tyres like this give a much better quality of ride and superior road holding, which is big advantage if you only ride on the tarmac road !
Dunlop motorcycle tyre promotion is on again from 01/02/17 to 30/04/17 !
   On Dunlop RoadSmart 3, SportSmart2MAX & TrailSmart bike tyres !    
          This is a £30 discount only on a PAIR of the above named tyres.       
              fitted at the same time on loose wheels (1 front plus 1 rear).           
         The discount will be applied to the invoice at time of purchase.          
Don't let your tyre get like this one to the left !!!!
Not only is it bloody dangerous, it will attract PC PLOD in his road traffic car and we wouldn't want that now would we ?  That exposed wire flashing in the sunlight is just the signal needed to attract their unwanted attention ! This particular rider was horrified when he realised how bad his tyre was after his mate pointed it out, so thanks very much to his mate !
Please note, the legal limit for a bike tyre is still 1mm, but do you want to push your luck so far ?

Food for thought !
Testing has proven that tyres worn to the 1.6mm legal limit can increase stopping distances by nearly a bus length ! Source Continental tyres (Premium German tyre manufacturers) That's the difference between stopping and having an accident !
Think about it now, before its to late

Well, that is free of course. Not sure what you want or need ?  There is no obligation at all, but professional advice helps. My advice comes from over 39 years experience, full City and Guilds training & manufacturers recommendations. Whether you take my advice or not, that of course is up to you, but it is given with integrity & your best interest in mind.  All our work is carried out to the relevant "British Standards". Lastly, my site is designed to inform and help, NOT hard sell.

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On the point of safety,
 When changing a wheel, ie fitting your spare wheel, it is very important to ensure that the wheel nuts are fitted the correct way. This means with the flat side facing you, taper to the wheel !  Look at the picture of the spacesaver wheel on the left. It has THREE nuts on the wrong way and only ONE the correct way. That's the one on the lower right which I turned around for the photo, as this car came in with ALL the nuts on the wrong way. This is not the first time, and won't be the last, but they are very very lucky the wheel didn't fall off !

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