Listed below are the reasons when & why you should consider changing your tyres. In certain situations, a tyre can be repaired.
- In the event of a puncture
Modern tyres are very sturdy and can cope with most things. Punctures, though, can and do still happen. A tyre specialist should check your tyre after a puncture to decide whether it can be repaired.
- When tyres are worn down to the legal limit of wear
It’s a good idea to check your tyres regularly for tyre wear. But how? Here’s a simple way to tell if your tyres are worn out. Check your tyre wear by using a one €uro coin or tread gauge. Ensure you have a minimum of 1.6mm tread left as this is the legal requirement. Insert the €uro into the tread depth. If the golden border is still visible, then the tyre has insufficient tread depth. If the tyre tread is less than 2.5mm we would recommend replacing them for very long journeys as they are likely to wear down more quickly. Tyres tend to heat up on long trips resulting in possible blowouts caused by wear. On modern tyres, a tyre wear indicator can also be very useful in this regard.
- If your tyres show any signs of aging
Tyres have no predictable life. It doesn’t matter when the tyres were made. Tyres age even when not used, or if only used occasionally. There are many factors that will affect the life of the tyre such as temperature, maintenance, conditions of storage and use, load, speed, pressure as well as driving style. These will have a great impact on the length of service life you can expect from your tyres. Pay regular attention to your tyres For these reasons, TyreLand recommend that all drivers pay regular attention to the external appearance of their tyres for clear signs of aging or fatigue. This can include cracking of the rubber or deformation, etc. Excessive aging of tyres may lead to loss of grip. TyreLand also recommend that all tyres, including the spare, are inspected regularly by a tyre specialist. They can tell you whether your tyres should continue in service. How old is too old? The five year test After five years or more in service, your tyres should be thoroughly inspected at least once a year. If the need arises, follow the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer regarding replacing the original equipment tyres. As a precaution, if the tyres have not been replaced 10 years from their date of manufacture, Tyreland recommends replacing them with new tyres. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator.
- If your tyres are in any way damaged
Your tyre can be seriously damaged if it impacts any solid object on the road, like a kerb, pothole, or sharp object. Any visible perforation, cut or deformation must be checked thoroughly by a tyre professional. Only they can tell you whether the tyre can be repaired or has to be changed. Never use damaged tyres or tyres that have run flat or at very low pressures unless they have been thoroughly examined internally and externally by a tyre professional. Inspection by a professional is absolutely necessary because internal damage is not visible while the tyre is mounted; only then can a decision be made as to whether the tyre can be out back into service. Leave it to the experts A tyre specialist at Tyreland can tell you if your tyre can be repaired after damage has occurred.
- Identification of abnormal wear
Abnormal uneven tyre wear – in patches, in the centre, at the edges – may indicate a mechanical problem like improper wheel alignment, or a problem with wheel balance, suspension or transmission. It could also be that you’re driving with the wrong tyre pressure. If you notice abnormal wear, contact us here at Tyreland. To prevent uneven wear, have your wheels aligned and balanced by a tyre specialist. This will also extend tread life and give you a smoother ride. Another way to keep your tyre wear even is to regularly rotate your wheel positions.
- Unsuitable tyres for your vehicle
For best all-around performance, the same type of tyre should be used in all four wheel positions. Tyres of different sizes, constructions, and stages of wear may affect vehicle handling and stability. In addition, there may be specific recommendations by vehicle or tyre manufacturers which may apply to your vehicle. These should be followed, please check your vehicle handbook for details. Sooner or Later you’ll use Tyreland! Tyreland have 6 Tyre Depots located around Dublin City and Meath and offer the most competitive deals on cheap tyres in Dublin. Our industry experts are always available for advice and love to help people out. Contact us today.