When to replace your car tyres

08 August 2018 / Lindleys Autocentres

Hopefully, our previous article provided the necessary information on how to keep your tyres in great condition. But when should you be replacing them? And what are the signs that can help spell it out?

It can be difficult to know when a tyre is on its way out and unfortunately no matter how well you drive there’s always going to be a slight difference between the level of wear across your four tyres (of three if you’re a Trotter)

When checking your tyres in the future keep these things in mind to ensure you’re safe on the road.

What to look for

There are obviously some extreme cases where replacement is your only option. Such as a flat tyre, or erosion of the tyre wall or tread. But here are some more subtle things to look for.

  • Worn rubber on the walls of your tyre or any form of gouge should be regularly checked for. It's incredibly difficult to tell the overall thickness of your tyre at a worn area and if your tyre is too thin it can lead to a blowout. If you’re unsure of whether your tyres are safe to be on the road, its best to contact a professional to check them for you.

  • Tread depth is another key concern for many car owners. If tread depth is too low on your tyres you can quickly lose traction in poor weather conditions. Forcing you on the road. Legally all tyres are required to have at least 1.6mm of tread depth. If yours are lower than this or getting close, it's time to replace them

  • Tyres lose air pressure as part of general usage. However, there are factors that can affect the rate at which air pressure decreases. This could be through a faulty valve or an unseen leak, but either way air pressure should be high on your list of regular checks. If you do have a faulty valve this can be repaired separately to the tyre saving you money on a replacement.

 

What you should do

Some of the issues you may experience with your tyres can be fixed without needing replacement, such as a faulty valve or misalignment. However, in the case of non-fixable issues, we strongly advise replacement to avoid any unfortunate accidents.

If you require any advice or are unsure whether your tyres are safe to use, we’re more than happy to help. Get in touch to speak to our team, or alternatively if you know a service is required you can book online.

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