tire-specificationsWhere do I find the tyre size?

The tyre size can be found on the wall of the tye which contains a huge amount of information.

This diagram explains where to find the Tyre Size

What are speed ratings?

A symbol on the tyre that relates to the maximum speed that the tyre can travel on your vehicle. (add in diagram of speed chart)

What is a load rating?

This indicates a maximum load or weight the tyre can carry

What is tracking/ wheel alignment?

Tracking/wheel alignment insures that your wheels are at the correct angle and direction and are set to the manufactures specification. This insures that you are safe and comfortable while driving; it also reduces irregular wear and prolongs the life of your tyres.

How does the tracking on my car go out of alignment?

By hitting kerbs, or potholes. Poor condition of suspension e.g. Ball joints or Bushes etc.

What is balancing?

Wheels that are not balanced, or are out of balance, generally produce a vibration that is uncomfortable to drive and results in premature wear of tyres.

 

Winter Tyres FAQs

What are winter tyres?

Winter Tyres are designed to give you better grip on Snowy and Icy Roads.  They have significantly more grip than a standards summer tyre and they are also made of a different rubber compound which gives considerably more grip on slippy roads.

Should I fit winter tyres?

Winter tyres will make your car easier and safer to drive through winter, so if you can afford them, we’d recommend you make the purchase.

Are they just for snow?

No. Winter tyres perform better in cold and wet conditions, so don’t think they’re just for the white stuff.

They don’t need to get as warm to perform as summer tyres, so you’ll have more grip on corners and stopping distances will be shorter.

Do they wear faster?

No, and you’ll be avoiding wear on your summer set, so you shouldn’t find you need to replace any tyres more frequently than you are otherwise used to.

 

What do I do with my summer tyres?

Stick them in your garage or shed and we can replace them for you, once the worst of the winter is over.

 

Part Worn V’s New Tyres

Part Worn Tyres: Am I saving Money? Example: A part worn tyre costing E30 has tread thickness of 3.6mm. Therefore, it has 2 mm of useable tread before it reaches the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. This works outs at E15 per mm of usable tread. On the other hand, a new tyre costing E80 has 8mm of tread. Therefore, it has 6.4 mm of useable tread before it reaches the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. This works out at E12.50 per mm of useable tread, and therefore offers better value. In addition to the increased costs in this example, you would have to buy three sets of these part worn tyres in order to get the same life as one new set of tyres.

 

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