READING YOUR TYRE SIZE
To order your tyres you may need to provide us with the size you require. It's very easy to find out what your tyres size is, even if you have never known before. Just take a look at the side wall of your tyre, you will see a series of numbers as displayed below. Write these numbers down and you're done, it's that easy!
Can't find those numbers on your tyre? No problem, give us a call and we will assist you.
TYRE INFLATION PRESSURE
The tyres on your vehicle are responsible for transmitting different inputs from your vehicle to the road and vice versa. Inadequate tyre pressure maintenance can reduce your car's performance and therefore your safety, putting you and other road users at unneccesary risk.
Regular tyre pressure checks also minimise the cost of driving by improving fuel economy and tyre life. Check your vehicle's tyre placard for your recommended tyre inflation pressures, or ask our friendly tyre technician.
Why is maintaining tyre inflation pressure important?
Tyre pressures naturally decrease with time as air slowly bleeds through the tyre’s inner liner - this is normal. For this reason, tyre pressures need to be checked and adjusted at regular intervals. We recommend at least every 2 weeks for optimum performance or no longer than one calendar month.
◦Correct tyre pressures are essential for optimum tyre grip and overall performance.
◦Correct tyre pressures optimise tyre life, so you will get the most from your tyres.
◦Under-inflation increases the rolling resistance of the tyres and therefore increases the vehicles fuel consumption and tyre wear.
◦Tyre inflation pressure checks can reveal a slow pressure leak that may one day leave you stranded if not repaired in time.
Examples of tyre wear:
STEERING WHEEL VIBRATION OR PULLING
Steering wheel "vibration" or "pulling" can be caused by a variety of issues all of which are hindering the optimum performance of your vehicle and your safety.
Feeling a vibration through the steering wheel or the chassis of a car can be caused by several things. Some are easily fixed and inexpensive, while others may require some costly repairs. Generally, if the vehicle has not been involved in an accident or is not showing signs of suspension or wheel damage, it can be fixed by a simple re-balancing of the wheels and following a visual inspection this is where we would start. Other scenarios may include, but are not limited to a bent drive shaft, buckled wheel, oddly worn tyre or worn shock absorbers.
Steering wheel "pulling" may be caused by a mis-alignment of the front wheels. This is generally the case and after a visual inspection of the tyres and suspension components, we would recommend a simple wheel alignment. Other scenarios could be a difference in tyre pressures from right to left, incorrectly fitted wheels or tyres, seized brake calipers or worn or damaged suspension components, just to name a few.
Either way, the vehicle is not happy and requires immediate inspection and rectification to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Call us today to discuss any concerns you may have about your steering!