Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find my tyre size?
If you don’t know your tyre size you can check your vehicles handbook which should include the correct tyre size. If you don’t have this on hand then the easiest way is to check the sidewall of your current tyres which will contain a number pattern, similar to 205 / 55 R16 91V. This breaks down as;
- 205 – The width of your tyre in millimetres
- 55 – The height of your sidewall as a percentage
- R16 – Diameter of your tyres inner rim
- 91 – Load rating of your tyre
- V – Speed rating which suggests the maximum speed when your vehicle is fully loaded.
How can I tell if my tyres need replacing?
The first thing you will notice is the handling and performance of your vehicle will start to suffer. It may not be gripping the road as much as you’re used to, it isn’t handling changes in the weather and it’s taking longer to stop when breaking which is clearly an issue for any motorist.
As well as a noticeable drop in performance you can also check the thread depth which will have worn away through usage. Simply place 20p in the main thread of your tyre and if it covers the border of the coin you should be okay, if you can see the border however you may need to change tyres. If you’re unsure you can always pop down and see us where one of our team offer a free, no obligation tyre check.
Can you change tyres for motorhomes/caravans?
Of course! Caravan tyres are just as susceptible to wear and tear. If your caravan or motorhome needs its tyres replacing you can always get in touch with our team to book a tyre change over.
How do I know if I need wheel alignment?
There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
- The vehicle pulling to the left or right
- Uneven wear on one or both edge of tyre’s
- Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight
- Squealing tyre’s
How do I know if I need my wheels balancing?
Everyday wear on tyres will contribute to an imbalance. You should get your wheels rebalanced when;
- You feel a vibration in the steering wheel.
- When you buy any new tyre’s
- A weight that used to be on the wheels has fallen off.
Can I arrange to swap between summer and winter tyres?
Yes, you may phone us on 01623 770 210 or get in touch with us through our contact form to arrange a tyre switch over. We can book this in as a regular occurrence if you’d like to change them annually.
What does PSI mean?
PSI or pounds per square inch is the measurement for air pressure within your tyre. Different tyres have different recommended air pressure or PSI which you should try to maintain whilst active on the road.
If tyres become over or under flatted your vehicle will not only feel sluggish on the road but could also pose a risk to passengers. If you have any concerns about this you’re welcome to get in touch and ask our professional team.
What are reinforced tyres?
A reinforced tyre is something commonly used for larger vehicles as it’s designed to carry a heavier load. These tyres are perfect for lorries, vans, commercial vehicles and those used to carry large loads from A to B.
What is a run flat tyre?
A run-flat tyre is a pneumatic vehicle tyre that is designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured, and to enable the vehicle to continue to be driven at reduced speeds – under 56 mph (90 km/h) – and for limited distances – generally between 10 mi (16 km) to 50 mi (80 km), depending on the type of tyre.