Tyres and Wheel Alignment
Wide range of tyres available and 4-Wheel computerised wheel alignment. We deal with all things wheels, from punctures to computerised alignment. Alignment helps to ensure optimal handling, comfort, and safety while also helping to reduce wear on tyres due to uneven tread wear.
Checking Your Tyres
Every car has a recommended tyre pressure, this is calculated by assessing the weight and size of the car. Usually found in the drivers manual or inside of the driver's door - you should check your tyre pressure when the tyre is cold (before driving). When you are checking your tyres, we recommend checking the pressure in the spare tyre to ensure it is ready in an emergency.
It is important to note that over-inflated tyres are just as dangerous as under-inflated tyres; giving a less comfortable ride and wearing out the centre of the tread. While, under-inflation will cause damage to the tyre, uneven wear and an increase in fuel consumption.
Tyre tread is what grips your car to the road when braking, meaning maintenance is essential to not only your safety, but also others road users. Worn tyres would increase your braking distance and also control whilst turning. The UK legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm - failure to meet this requirement would result in a fine of up to £2,500 and a potential three points on your driving license.
You can check this at home, using just a 20p coin! Simply measure the coin in the groove of your tyre tread, if it does not reach the edge of the border, it is an illegal tyre and needs changing immediately. Please note: if this is a regular occurrence, then the issue may be something more significant and would need checking over.
When checking your tyres, look for any cuts, bulges and cracks in the surface of the tyre. These can all appear from impact or kerbing - leading to your vehicle being deemed dangerous and illegal. Any cuts in excess of 25mm or 10% (whichever is greater) on the outside of the tyre and deep enough to reach the ply or cord would lead to potentially a £2,500 fine and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
Also, you should look out for slow punctures, these can be difficult to spot but still are just as dangerous. The main tell tale signs are; a change in vehicle handling, a continual loss of tyre pressure and a vibrating steering wheel.
Why Do I Need Wheel Alignment?
Computerised alignment can adjust to a higher degree of accuracy than laser alignment, allowing us to accurately align to the manufacturers spec. This ensures you get the best performance and economy from your vehicle.
Misaligned wheels can affect the handling and performance of your vehicle which can impact on fuel economy. It can also cause uneven/irregular wear to your tyres which can lead to having to replace them prematurely. Ultimately, a properly adjusted vehicle will perform how the manufacturer intended and save you money in the long-term.