At this time of year, the workshop of reifen popp in hochstadt is like a formula 1 pit stop: on each lifting platform, there is a car on which the mechanics quickly change the tires. The next customers are already waiting with their cars in front of the rough workshop on schwarzenbacher ring. The most stressful weeks of the year have begun for company boss jorg popp and his employees: the changeover from summer to winter tires is once again on the agenda.
As a general rule, drivers should adhere to the "from O to O" rule of thumb, so from easter to october, keep. As an expert popp also stands for quality in his profession. "Reasonable tires, not chinaware", he says. After eight to nine years, you should also get new tires, regardless of the number of kilometers you have ridden.
The legal requirement for all tires in summer and winter is only a tread depth of 1.6 millimeters. For your own protection and that of other road users, however, you should not be too close to this limit. The tread should not be less than three millimeters deep, popp says.
Balancing is recommended
In addition to the change, the tires should always be balanced, the expert advises. "Balancing is always recommended." Because of the valve, curbs or worn rubber the wheel gets out of balance and wobbles. Small weights attached to the rim compensate for imbalance. Customers have to pay an extra 30 euros at reifen popp.
Especially important: the nuts on the tires must be tightened after 100 kilometers at the latest, the expert emphasizes. "Be sure to have them tightened. On every 5000. Car sometimes loosen the tires", he says. This can be caused by dirt in the area of the rim or corrosion.
All-season tires only good to a limited extent
"All-season tires are always a compromise", says popp. They are intended for drivers who do not need to rely on the car. You shouldn’t drive more than 5,000 kilometers a year on tires like these, advises popp.
Not only in winter are all-season tires more problematic than seasonal tires, but also in summer. Because summer tires heat up less, their braking distance is shorter. That all-season tires are cheaper is also a misconception. Because the wear is much higher with these. In addition, the rear tires should be changed once a year with the front ones. And almost no one complies, says popp.
For the stressful weeks when the tires are changed, popp has hired two more temporary workers for his workshop. Otherwise seven workers are employed there.
In the months of october and november, the workshop is like a deaf house. Every day is booked up with tire change appointments. For this purpose, the workshop works on two tracks: some of the lifting platforms remain free for spontaneous appointments.
The rest of the platforms are fully booked with appointments. The most difficult part of this stressful time is the logistics, explains popp: after all, there always needs to be enough goods and the work has to be coordinated.
ADAC experts explain: this is how winter keeps us cold
By gunter flegel
Even if you are one hundred percent convinced of climate change, you shouldn’t rely on it at least when you get behind the wheel: because winter is far from being yesterday’s snow, and drivers have to reckon with slippery surprises on the roads at any time.
The right equipment is essential to keep your car and the weather under control. The ADAC experts explain what needs to be considered in addition to the right tires. Antifreeze gasoline is winter-proof, diesel fuel usually is too, at least at the temperatures common in this country. In the car, however, there are other flussigkeiten, which an ice time does not get good. That’s why winter preparations include having the antifreeze in the coolant checked at the garage and stocking up on antifreeze for the windshield washer system.
The concentrate is evaporated with water in the right ratio, depending on the temperature. Money-saving tip: many car recyclers sell the detergent as a recycling product in coarse canisters at a reasonable price. Seeing light and being seen – this is always important in road traffic, but especially so in the dark season. That’s why it’s a good idea to also have the headlight settings and the function of all the bulbs checked when you go to the workshop to change the tires or check the radiator. Optimally adjusted headlights offer the driver the best possible night vision and do not dazzle oncoming traffic.
Why you don’t need a garage: it should be part of the driver’s routine to check lights and indicators regularly before setting off and to clean the glaziers. Dirt and salt make the headlights "blind. Spare bulbs should always be at hand. Being in the garage.
Visibility the best light is of no use if the car’s windshield is matte has. Regular interior cleaning with alcohol-based agents prevents fogging. Auben guarantees the visibility of the windshield wipers. As soon as it smears, the rubber should be replaced. Ice scrapers and various cleaning utensils, such as a snow broom, are part of the basic equipment for winter driving. Electricity it is right at the top of the ADAC breakdown statistics: the car battery. Cold does not like the power storage at all. High-quality lead-acid batteries are equipped with a charge level indicator, but this is not one hundred percent reliable. Especially after an icy night in the open air and or an accidentally not switched off consumer (radio, light) very quickly "end gelande" can be. If you want to be on the safe side, replace an old battery with a new one now. Rubber plays an important role in winter, and not just for tires. The joy of driving doesn’t even begin when damp door seals freeze on a cold night. This can be prevented by treatment with care products from the specialized trade. They are often not cheap and not exactly environmentally friendly either. The alternative for do-it-yourselfers: heat 30 milliliters of plant oil from the kitchen together with 15 grams of beeswax from the health food store in a warm water bath (do not boil) and stir until the wax has melted. Then put it in a can with a screw-top lid. The home remedy cares for the rubber (and the skin) optimally. Against a frozen turschloss helps only de-icer (spray). Keep it handy in the house, not in the car.
Equipment despite all precautions, there is no guarantee of getting through the winter without a breakdown or a traffic jam. In such a case it is helpful to have winter equipment on board for drivers and co-drivers: warm jackets and/or blankets, very useful because handy and light are the rescue foils from first aid kit or camping supplies. For longer trips, be sure to pack food and drinks. If you live or drive in regions where it often snows heavily, you will need snow chains, and a shovel in the trunk is not a luxury. And: in the winter generally do not empty the tank to spare. Then you can at least leave the heating on in a traffic jam or in the event of a breakdown.