February 3, 2017
Replacing your tyres 0
There are various elements that determine how quickly this happens: your driving habits, whereabouts you live and how well your tyres are maintained all play a part.
When should I buy new tyres?
It’s a good idea to inspect your tyres regularly – at least once a month. Beneath, we’ve put a few things to help you decide whether it’s a good time to replace your rubber.
- Uneven wear patterns: Check your treads for uneven wear patterns. These are a good telltale indication to problems either with your tyres or the vehicle itself.
- Tread wear bars: Most tyres have tread wear bars – these are bands of hard rubber that are only visible when your tread depth has gone beyond the limit for safe driving, this is generally 1.6mm.
- A bulge or blister: If your see either of these appearing on your tyre’s sidewall, get it replaced ASAP. Quite often these are early indicators of a failure and could potentially be dangerous.
- A tyre has gone flat due to a blowout.
- Lacerations or any other significant damage.
- Sidewall or tread punctures which exceed 0.64cm. Punctures any larger than this cannot be repaired. Likewise, tyres worn below 1.6mm should also be replaced.
Tips for buying replacement tyres
- Replace all four tyres at once. It’s not a bad idea to change all of your vehicle’s tyres at the same time. For the best possible handling and control all tyres should be the same type and size, unless the vehicle manufacturer indicates otherwise.
- Make sure they match. If you’re only changing two of your tyres, make sure they match the ones you’re keeping – and that this is permitted by local laws and the vehicle manufacturer.
- Prioritise the rear axle. If you are only replacing half your vehicle’s tyres, put them on the rear wheels. This leads to better traction and stability when you drive.
- Radials and non-radials. If both need to be fitted to the same vehicle, put the radials on the rear axle.
- Don’t mix. Never put radials and non-radials on the same axle.
- Different speed ratings. It’s not a good idea to fit tyres with different speed ratings. However, if this does happen, they should be fitted with like pairs on the same axle.
- Load-carrying capacity. Make sure the replacement tyres equal, or have a greater load-carrying capacity to that specified by the original equipment manufacturer.
What happens to my old tyres?
In Europe, the U.S. and Japan, 90 percent of old tyres (also known as ‘end-of-life’ tyres) are recycled – usually for energy recovery purposes.
Before you take steps to replace your vehicle’s tyres, always check with the manual and follow the recommendations made by the vehicle manufacturer. Your vehicle’s handling can be significantly changed by a change in either tyre size or type.
Tyres are routinely checked as part of all services offered by Servicing Stop. If our mechanics feel that your tyres are in need of a change; your service advisor will keep you fully informed.