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Post by cacaolat » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:24 am

I decided to replace the 2 rear tyres on my BX. even though they still had enough profile left. I thought as these old Michelin Energy's are so old it is better for safety if I put on the same Pirelli P4 Cinturato as I have on the front.
It turns out that both old tyres have screws stuck in them, one which did not quite go through the tyre but the other one was sticking out about 3cm on the inside. I have no idea how long I have been drinving like this.
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Post by electrokid » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:49 am

That was lucky iindeed.

Tyres could become an issue on the BXs - there's a move to make tyres that are over 6 years old an MOT fail - and the rears on a BX hardly wear at all - I had about 40K out of a pair of Michelin Energy on the rear and only removed them to fit snow tyres - they still had about 4mm of tread left which although still very legal if that's the right phrase, they're probably starting to run out of grip at that point.

I'm not a fan of Pirelli after bad experiences - they need to 're-vulcanise' at each use when they warm up to running temperature - probably better on the Citroen than on conventional suspension though.

Year before last I had to throw away the spare wheel -the tyre still had the 'pips' on it - never used - but it was too old to use and the wheel was rusty after sitting under the car for 18 years.
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Post by Defender110 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:19 pm

electrokid wrote:
Tyres could become an issue on the BXs - there's a move to make tyres that are over 6 years old an MOT fail - .
At least our tyres are still very cheap compared to more modern motors so we will be in a better boat than most with cars over 6 year old.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:30 pm

Agreed. I can still get a set of Kleber/Michelins for the BX for about £200 new, fitted, or £104 if part-worns (with 1 yr guarantee).
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Post by Peter » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:30 pm

Tomorrow i get new tyres for the BX,i always buy the standard measure for the 1.4 that is 165/70-14.
I'm verry happy with the Michelin Energy Savers,verry low noice,good gripe, the price is €320.80 (267pound) for 4 incl. balance,new ventile
I've driven 46.000km and there is still 2/3mm on it .
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Post by Way2go » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:31 am

Philip Chidlow wrote:Agreed. I can still get a set of Kleber/Michelins for the BX for about £200 new, fitted, or £104 if part-worns (with 1 yr guarantee).
Have got to say Phil, I've been more pleased than expected with the Klebers having always favoured Mitchies in the past. I'm of the impression they also ride quieter on the modern road surfaces. :D
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Post by cacaolat » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:57 pm

The decision to get Pirellis was purely because I have read the test in "Which magazine" a few years ago. The tyre was the best but then these tests can vary a lot.
So far I am very happy with the Pirellis and the car corners like it is on rails, even on a rainy day.
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Post by MULLEY » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:07 am

Don't get me started on tyre prices, 195/55/16 runflats worked out at approx £150 a corner fitted :x Luckily only needed 2 tyres. I looked up CX tyre prices & they were £250 each, not inc fitting :lol:
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Post by cacaolat » Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:07 pm

Today I have discovered that my wheel has not even been fitted properly
please see the message I have sent to the company today....

I would just like to give you feedback about my experience with this job.
I have had 2 new tyres fitted to the rear of my car. Please see order below, Since the date of the fitting 21.Jan, I have only used my car occasionally for short journeys.
Today I was alerted by another driver that my left rear wheel seems to be falling off the car.
I had to stop and to be sure it is safe to continue my journey had to jack up the car and check if the wheel nuts are tightened properly. They where tight but the wheel was not set on properly before the nuts where tightened so that the wheel was running completely out of true. (wobbly)
On top of this I had my toddler daughter with me , who did not enjoy having to stop on the side of the road on a rainy day.
I had to make the de-tour and return to ...........Tyres. The matter was dealt with quickly and now the wheel runs well again. Although this has been fixed and the guy was professional and friendly this has left me quite upset as I feel the safety of my family was as risk for nearly the last 2 months and I am not sure if the tyre has had any damage which cannot be seen easily.
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Post by kiwi » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:30 am

Dont you guys read your car manuals? :lol:

The suggestion is to rotate your tyres at service intervals only catch though with that is you end up driving on low tread tyres and have to replace all four :lol:

Oh do I mention Nitrogen in this thread :lol: :lol:

and runs out of the thread again :arrow:
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Post by MULLEY » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:23 pm

Sounds like a lucky escape tbh, however, don't you visually check your car tyres/wheels now & again to ensure nothing is sticking into a tyre or check your tyre pressures etc??? I check my tyre pressures fortnightly at the very least, so you may want to start doing this anyway to avoid the situation that happened to you from happening again. Whomever fitted the wheel was clearly incompetant, i'd write a letter of complaint to the place which did this :x
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1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
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Post by Way2go » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:33 pm

MULLEY wrote:Whomever fitted the wheel was clearly incompetant, i'd write a letter of complaint to the place which did this :x
He did! :wink:
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Post by MULLEY » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:15 pm

Sounds like an online form, they barely get any recognition tbh, a good old fashioned letter always works for me as opposed to online.
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2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
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Post by cacaolat » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:18 pm

It must sound like I am not checking anything, but I do have the occasional oil level check, topping up water cooling fluid etc. Tyre pressure too but only once every 6 months, if I am good. The reason is I only ever drive short distances in local traffic. I would certainly check more if I would go on a motorway journey.

I complained by email but not just to an online form but I had the email address of the manager...lets see what the response will be
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Post by MULLEY » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:45 pm

Once every 6mths :shock: Mind you, thats probably twice as many times in a year as your average motorist these days :lol:

Let us know how you get on.
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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