You can bring your wheels to us without the tyres, or we can strip and refit the tyres and re-balance the wheels using stick on weights and placed on the inside of the wheel.
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There are three main reasons why maintaining the right tyre pressure is important. The first is safety. Tyres that are under inflated can overheat; while over inflated tyres can lead to poor handling on the road.
The second reason is cost-efficiency. Over or under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly. Vehicles with under-inflated tyres also require more fuel to maintain the same speed.
The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment or ‘tracking’ involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. These are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.
Rubber valves deteriorate with age and use. During use the valve may become damaged or worn but will inevitably deteriorate through ageing and the force it is subjected to while driving. They are relatively inexpensive yet vital to the performance of tyres. It’s therefore recommended by manufacturers to replace valves every time your tyres are changed.
Correctly balanced wheels help to eliminate vibration and avoid premature wear caused by an imbalance in the rotating wheel and tyre assembly. Vibrations happen because of the structure of a wheel assembly. Two slightly imperfect units are joined to form one complete assembly, and there is usually uneven weight distribution – heavy spots cause the wheel to wobble from side to side.
This means that wheels need to be balanced using small weights that smooth out weight distribution and stop the vibration. The first sign that your wheels may be out of balance is when your steering wheel starts to wobble above a certain speed.
Remember also, you should not automatically include the spare tyre in the rotation sequence. Some spare tyres are specifically manufactured for emergency and temporary use only; check your vehicle handbook for details.
It’s also important to be prepared for changing a tyre, which you may need to do in fairly difficult locations (such as at the side of a motorway in the rain). You should also familiarise yourself with the location of the car jack and the spare tyre before you need to use them in a real situation. Ensure also that you have a wheel brace as well as a good, inflated spare tyre.
Spare tyres can be full-size or temporary space saver ‘mini spares’. ‘Mini spares’ are designed to take up less room in your vehicle and to get you home, but not to be driven on for long periods. Many of the space savers can not be used at speeds over 50mph; consult your space saver wheel or vehicle handbook for specific details.
Tyre repairs are covered by BSAU159f:1990 which splits repairs into two categories – minor repairs and major repairs. The British Standard also defines limits to the location, size and number of repairs that can be carried out and makes recommendations also on the repair materials to be used.
A tyre must always be checked thoroughly before it is repaired. If the tyre displays any of the following, it should not be repaired; Illegal tread depth (below 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre tread throughout the entire circumference)