It can be daunting with the vast array of tyres that are available to know which to choose, ranging from budget tyres up to premium tyres. We understand that you are not an expert on tyres which is why we advise you give us a call to speak to one of our tyre experts so they can help you make an informed choice about which tyres best suit your needs. Our Harlow Tyre Centre holds stock of a large number of budget tyres and premium tyres and if we don’t have them in stock already we can usually get them into us on the same day.
It cannot be underestimated how important your tyres are, remember they are the only contact your vehicle has with the road. It is imperative that your tyres are legal and roadworthy whenever you drive on the road. We advise you inspect your tyres every time you use your vehicle to check they are fully inflated and have sufficient tread across the whole tyre. Whatever you do, do not ignore a puncture or a tyre not fully inflated as continued use in this state will damage the tyre, effect the handling and make your vehicle unsafe to drive.
This simple check each time you use your vehicle to ensure your tyres are correctly inflated does not take long and will help you get the maximum life from the tyre and also give you better fuel economy. Our advice is that you check your tyre pressures every fortnight and don’t forget the spare if you have one, you never know when you might need it. You can usually find the tyre pressures for your vehicles tyre in the user manual, the drivers door pillar and often inside the fuel filler cap and will be in either PSI or Bar or both. You should check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold, not after you have been running the car for a while and the tyres have had time to warm up.
Many modern cars have a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) fitted to them which allows the on board computer to detect the current tyre pressures on your vehicle. The on board computer monitors your tyre pressures to detect a drop in pressure of a tyre and then informs you via an indicator on the dashboard. Usually the severity of the tyre loss is indicated by the colour of the indication. Vehicles with TPMS fitted require maintenance of the batteries and valves as they do not use conventional tyre valves.
If you vehicle was built from 2012 onwards and has a TPMS indicator illuminated on your dashboard your vehicle will fail an MOT test. Give us a call today to service or replace your TPMS sensors.
We carry out wheel balancing every time we fit a new tyre or repair a puncture. Wheel balancing can easily be thrown out a sudden impact such as hitting a pothole or kerb. Our recommendation is that if a wheel is removed from the the vehicle for any reason such as servicing, brake repairs, etc that it is re-checked to ensure it is balanced correctly.
Correctly balanced wheels will ensure the maximum life of your tyres is achievable and will also improve the quality of your driving experience. If you wheels are not correctly balanced vibration at certain speeds maybe an issue, extra wear and tear on suspension components may occur and the life of your tyre will likely be shortened too. Wheel balancing involves removing the wheel with tyre fitted and placing it on a machine that rotates the wheel to identify heavy spots which are countered by adding weights to the wheel to ensure it runs true.
Currently the legal tread limit for tyre on vehicles in the UK is 1.6mm throughout the continuous band comprising the central three quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
It is an offence to have illegal tyres fitted to your vehicle while on the public road and the penalties are severe.
Each illegal tyre attracts compulsory three driving licence penalty points and the fine for each illegal tyre is at level 4 of the standard scale with discretionary disqualification.
With each illegal tyre considered a separate offence and level 4 currently £2500, if you have four illegal tyres it's potentially a £10,000 fine plus 12 penalty points on your licence.
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