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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Rubber Tyre Valves

The rubber valves lets you put air into the otherwise fully sealed tyre and wheel. This rubber valve stem can perish and break causing a sudden deflation of air from your tyres. Inside the valve you have an inner valve core which when depressed allows the air to pass; this valve core has a small rubber o ring which also can perish and be a cause for air loss. To prevent this ensure that you have your valve dust cap fitted with a rubber o ring in the top to create a seal. When having new tyres fitted it is best for a new valve to be fitted, as usually the valve has been on the wheel for 1-2 years and maybe more. If for some reason that you have to change your tyre before it has worn out, for instance a puncture which is unrepairableor your changing your tyre size, then a new valve might not necessarily be needed.
Always check your valve condition when you do your weekly or monthly tyre pressure checks, this can only be and external check unless you have the right tool, but as long as the valve cap is fitted the inner valve core will not suffer any damage.

Sunday, 27 November 2011


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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tyre Size Conversion

If you are thinking of changing your wheel and/or tyre sizes, it is required to maintain the same diameter (rolling circumference) that is as close as possible to the original. This is so that the gearing of the vehicle is not adversely affected. If you can do this it will also ensure that the ride height will not change significantly and that your speedo will remain accurate. However if you would like to increase your gearing, because of a low geared vehicle and to increase your fuel economy, you can increase the profile of your tyres. Just ensure that you have enough room for your new tyres in the wheel arches.
Just remember that your speedo will not remain accurate, you can get them recalibrated or be aware that you may be driving at a higher speed.
Please check out New Tyres Quick tyre size conversion chart for more details on which tyres will covert.

You will need to check...
  • on the outside of your wheel arch with the suspension fully dropped
  • the inside of your wheel arch,
  • on full lock when driving
The latter two can be resolved by wheel spacers by bringing your wheels out a little. Longer bolts may be required.

Monday, 31 October 2011

How often should you check your Tyre Pressures

Tyre Pressures should be checked on a weekly basis, but definanty once a month, this is  to ensure maximum wear out of your tyres.  Under inflated tyre pressures will wear them on the outer edges leaving the centre untouched. This will cause a drag on your vehicle which will increase your fuel consumption. Over inflation will wear the centre of the tyre more, this will affect the feel and handing of your vehicle.

Your tyre pressures will be written in your hand book, when checking ensure you that you have the right size of tyre that you are matching against as many hand books will have a guide for all the varied models specifications which will include different sizes to your own.

Low tyre pressures cause excessive tyre wear, increases fuel consumption and gives back poor road handling.

So why wouldn’t you check your tyre pressures and condition on a weekly basis.

If you really do struggle with checking your pressures then you need TPMS

What is TPMS: Tyre Pressure Monitoring System?
  • Some cars as standard have computerized valves, relaying information back to the car, these are sensors in the wheel valve and in the wheel arch and have your pressure displayed,
These can also be bought as extra for £170, for your vehicle, wireless, and plug and play technology. 
  • Some uses the ABS/EPS (traction control) system; the lower pressured tyre will spin faster than the inflated tyre causing the dash light to flash up.
  • Some uses specialised valve caps to test the pressure and temperature of the tyres.

Visit to purchase your Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
There are systems for cars, motorcycles, caravans and Lorries, with the ever increasing fuel prices you could be losing out without the new TPMS.

Do you really want the advertised 25 -30000 miles out of your tyres? Then this is accomplished by tyre pressure checks on a weekly basis, wheel alignment on a quarterly basis and good old fashioned sensible driving.

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Winter tyres are not just for driving in snow and slush that happens to fall on the road, winter tyres are designed for temperatures below 7 degrees celcius. Summer tyres become stiff when down to these temperatures and do not flex  in the contours of the road, resulting in less grip. 

If you’re serious about driving, tyres should be a considered choice, not a distressed purchase based mainly on price. Every dynamic characteristic of your car, from its quality of its steering feel to its ultimate cornering grip, depends on its tyres. It really does pay to fit the best that you can afford. The great thing with winter tyres is that you usually get 2 seasons out of them. Having an extra set of tyres does not mean twice the expense, because while your driving safely around on your winter tyres, your summer tyres are not getting worn and will give you 2-3 summer seasons depending on your mileage. If cost is an issue, what about the cost of getting snowed in and taking a day or 2 off work or having an accident and having to pay your insurance excess. 

When driving in the winter with snow and ice on the roads, the last thing you want to be worrying about is if your tyres are going to grip as well as you are used to.
If you need your vehicle all year round then you need winter tyres to keep you mobile all year round.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Balancing a Wheel

 Why should you balance your car wheels

A tyre is an exceptional piece of equipment and is made to an extremely high standard but.....

...the tyre and wheel needs to be match so that you don’t feel any vibrations through the car, this is resolved by wheel balancing.  Small pieces of metal are used that clip on to steel wheels or self adhesive weights which stick on to alloy wheels. To balance the wheel and tyre an electronic computerised balancer is used, which spins the wheel and tyre and tells the user how much weight to put on and where to put it.

Even if you don’t feel any vibration it is still worth getting  them balanced as tiny vibrations can be absorbed through the steering and suspension joints, which can lead to premature failure. However depends on what you use your vehicle for you might not need to balance the rear wheels, if you have a work van that is used on construction sites most of the time. Or if you use your vehicle off road then your wheel balance will be out by the time you have finished.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

How to understand Off Road Tyre Abreviations

With so many different kind of tyres that are out there it can be difficullt to know what they all mean.
Want to BUY Off Road Tyres

At - all terrain 60/40 highway/off road
ht - high way terrainfor the general suv
mt - mud terrain serious off roading
st - sure trac made by cooper at/mud
hp - high performance 95% on road
m&s - mud & snowy
owl - outside  white lettering
brl - black raised lettering
str - all seasons  all terrain from pirelli
uhp - ultra high performance conti
oe - original equipment , out the factory
d sport duella bridestone highway terrain suv
cross contact all terrain conti light off road
uniroyal have a street pattern  - highway terrain

Please leave comments if you think I have missed any. for further information for everyone.

Sunday, 18 September 2011


So you’re buying new tyres, but where is it best to put them. There is a conflict of opinion between tyre manufactures, vehicle manufactures and tyre dealers. So how are you expected to know? Well let me give you the information and were go from there.

You’re changing your front tyres! If your vehicle is front wheel drive, like the majority of cars of today, these tyres will always wear first.
·         Do you just put the new ones on the front?
·         Do you swap the tyres around and have the new ones on the rear?
·         Do you buy all 4 for safety?

Putting the new one's on the front will be easier for your tyre fitter, will have more tread so will wear out a little more evenly with the rear tyres, but can upset the balance of the handling of your vehicle that you have become used to. Whereas previously the vehicle would have a tendency to under steer, now that you have more grip to the front, the vehicle would over steer, a more difficult situation to recover from.

Swapping the tyres around and having the new tyres on the rear could cost a little more as it would be recommended that you get the rear tyres re-balanced before putting them on the front. Don’t forget that your rear tyres are half worn and will not be in the same balance state as when they were new.
Your rear tyres are possibly 2 or 3 or more years old and before they start to show some signs of aging having them on the front will use up the remaining tread before this becomes an issue.
As the front tyres wear much quicker on the front than on the rear you will have become used to having less tread on the front. By swapping the tyres around you are unlikely to notice any vast differences.

Buying 4 tyres at the same time will always be a big cost issue every time you change your tyres. To ensure that you get the full life out of your tyres you will need to change them around halfway through the tyres life. Approximately 10,000 miles. Similar to above, you will need to get them re-balanced. You can easily keep a check on your tyre wear with a tread depth gauge, every time you check your tyre pressure. Remember your looking for 50:50 so as the front tyres wear quicker, it is leaving you with the more grip to the rear.

As the road conditions become slippery it is better to have the more traction on the rear of the car. It is far better for the front tyres to lose grip first and under steer, than the rear tyres so you don’t spin around and lose control, over steer.


New Tyres Quick recommends have the new tyres fitted to the rear of the car. As this is a much safer for you to drive. As with rear wheel drive vehicles, the rear tyres will wear much quicker, this will still be safer for the more grip on the rear.
As with vehicles with different size tyres that are fitted as standard, swapping around would not be possible and a cautious approach to driving at first would be recommended.

It is recommended that tyres are used in identical sets of four, same size, brand, pattern, load and speed index. An exception is when the vehicle is originally fitted with different tyres sizes front to rear. The vehicle manufactures should also be followed.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Run Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are tyres that can be driven on without air. Having a puncture on the motorway and having to pull over on to the hard shoulder waiting for a recovery vehicle can become a safety issue. Run Flat Tyres RFT over comes this problem with a special inner reinforcement to the sidewall of the tyre which allows it to be driven on flat at a reduced speed of 50mph for a maximum distance of 50 miles, allowing you the chance to find a garage or a safe place to stop. The on board computer in your car alerts you that there is a problem with the tyre pressures allowing you time to check them out.

Friday, 26 August 2011

What is an MOT

The MOT test checks whether your vehicle meets the minimum legal requirements for the items required to be tested under section 45 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It does not tell you how long your vehicle will continue to meet these minimum requirements. Therefore, you may still be prosecuted for driving an unroadworthy vehicle before the end of the current test certificate. You should continue to maintain your vehicle to ensure that it will always pass an MOT.
The advisory notice that you may receive with the pass or fail sheet are either testable items that may soon need attention or items that are not part of the test which also may need attention or any peculiarity of the vehicle. You may need expert advice, even though that a MOT test certificate has been issued you may still be liable for prosecution or invalidate your insurance.
Chek out this information and it will help your car through the MOT on a few of all of the technicalities that can result in a fail rather than a pass. Our aim is to keep you safe and on the road for longer at an affordable price for many years to come.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Speed Rating on Tyres

Tyre speed ratings and up to (maximum) speeds that the car is capable, not necessarily how fast that you drive.
S 112mph
T 118mph
H 130mph
V 149mph
W 168mph
Y 186mph
ZR 149mph
Fitting tyres with a speed index lower to one of the original tyres or that the manufacture recommends is not allowed, and can invalidate your car insurance. Fitting a V rated to a vehicle that should have a W rated. However it is acceptable to tyres with a higher speed index. You can put a V rated tyre on a vehicle that should have a H.
Quick guide.
Engine size.
900cc - 1499cc T rated, 1500cc - 1799cc H rated, 1800cc - 2199cc V rated, 2200cc - 2499cc W/Z rated, 2500cc + Y rated
The engines torque has an impact on the speed rating and this will need to be taken in to consideration. It is always advisable to check your tyres or handbook.

Tyre Sizes Explained

Tyre Size
The most efficient way to find out your car's tyre size is to go outside to the vehicle and check it yourself. The tyre's size will be imprinted clearly on the sidewall.
The tyre size is made up of 4 numbers and 1 letter indicating the speed rating.

205 is the width of the tyre measured in millimetres.
65 is the profile measured as a percentage of the width.
65% of 205mm
16 is the wheel diameter measured in inches
95 indicates the load rating of the tyre important for
Large cars and 4x4’s

Which are the Best Tyres to Buy

If you’re serious about driving, then tyres should be a considered choice, not a distress purchase based mainly on price. Every dynamic characteristic of your car, from its quality of its steering feel to its ultimate cornering grip, depends on its tyres.  It really does pay to fit the best that you can afford.