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4 Wheel Alignment Liverpool - Facts about tyres

Published on 8/10/2014
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Tyres


Like anything, you need to pay for quality to get quality! It is worth
investing in better tyres as the benefits; make the extra cost outlay
worthwhile. These include lower fuel consumption, lower road noise,
better handling, better grip, longer tyre life and shorter stopping
distances.


EU legislation introduced in 2012 means that all tyres being sold by
retailers now display a label, detailing various performance attributes.
The tyres are given a rating system (similar to that of white goods)
with grades awarded based on how safe the tyres are, braking distances
in the wet, fuel-efficiency and noise levels. The decision on which tyre
to choose has become an awful lot easier.



Tyre Tread / Pattern


The tread pattern works to remove water on road surface, enabling the
tyre to grip steer and accelerate properly. If this worn too low it
will not be effective (see Tread depth).


Asymmetric or directional tread patterns are designed to be more
effective in one direction only, so fitting a tyre the wrong way round
can dramatically affect its performance. Asymmetric tyres have a marking
on the tyre sidewall to indicate which side of the tyre should be
fitted to the outside of the car whereas manufacturers place a
rotational indicator on the side of directional tyres to show which way
round it should be fitted.



Tyre Tread Depth


The UK law requires car tyres to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread
across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire
circumference. However, some tyre safety experts advise that for optimum
safety performance, that consideration should be given to replacing
tyres when tread depth falls below 3mm. Increasingly this 3mm limit is
being voluntarily adopted by company and fleet users, police etc. In the
interest of safety is it not worth it?


Remember – by having your wheel alignment regularly checked you can extend the life of your tyres.



Tyres Pressures


Like alignment settings, motor manufacturers also specify recommended
tyre pressures for every vehicle. These can usually be found in your
vehicle manufacturers’ handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on the
driver’s door sill. The pressures vary from model to model and can also
vary from front wheels to back wheels or according to loading – normal
or fully loaded. So it is important to look them up and set them to the
correct tyre pressure psi (pounds per square inch) or bar.


The pressure should be checked at least once a month and ahead of a
long journey. Incorrect inflation also contributes to excessive tyre
wear, fuel over usage and could cause tyre overheating and the potential
danger of sudden air loss (blow out) at speed.


When tyres should be changed:



  1. Tread depth wears down to either; legal limit 1.6mm or personally adopted limit 3mm.

  2. Damage to tyre – e.g. Bulges in tyre wall, deep cut or chunks missing, severe punctures etc.

  3. Old – Tyre starts degrading due to old age – perishing, cracking etc.

  4. The tyre on the same axle has become damaged and needs replacing.



Tyre Balancing


When tyres are fitted they should be balanced, to limit the
vibration. 





For any of the above services including tyres at great prices, contact us today and let us help you.


Regards


Philip Faure


Wheel Alignment and Balljoint Centre Ltd.







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