The Tyre Theory

Changing and replacing of tyres and what to consider when buying new tyres

The most unheeded part of a car is tyres. Although, turns out to be the most pivotal part of a vehicle.

At Armstrong tyres, ‘Tuffy’ knows the best of your car and thus, shares with you the cardinal consumer-based knowledge that is required to ensure that all you get is a smooth, hassle-free ride.

How to know that your tyre needs to be changed?

Overburdening a tyre whether intentionally or unintentionally can be very hazardous, both for you as well as your vehicle. Hence, it is quite imperative to replace old tyres with the new ones at the right time, at least once a month. For starters, you can check for any punctures, cuts, or any bulge in your vehicle tyre. One should also ensure to check their spare tyre’s condition as well.

Thus, whenever you think about changing tyres, keep the following things in mind:

  •  Tread depth

Tyre treads assist in grip while driving on wet surfaces. They clear the water under the tyre and enable a proper contact with the road. Tyres contain small rubber blocks within the tread, which may flush with the tyre surface, if not taken into notice, which leaves the tread with only 1.6mm. Tyres should be replaced once as soon as the tread depth falls below 2mm.

You can use a tread-depth indicator to determine the amount of life left in your tyre tread. Many tyre retailers offer them for free while some charge a minimal fee for the same as well.

  • Uneven wear

You may need to change your tyre incase you notice an uneven wear, where if you face any problem with the wheel alignment, or worn suspension, or you’ve been driving with either under inflated or over inflated tyres. Notice of the relative wear front to rear should be contemplated.

Swapping tyre pairs from front to back should be done periodically for both front and rear-wheel drive vehicles only if the tyre size is the same at both ends.

  • Old age

A tyre must be recouped if it has been burdened for over five years. Even if you haven’t traveled over a lot of kilometers, the tyre will definitely debilitate as the suppleness of the rubber reduces owing to the moisture and oils drying out. This fact is the same for all tyres on the vehicle, even the spare. It must be retained that the tyres languish quickly in hotter conditions.

Looking at the manufacture date on the sidewall can discover tyres’ age which is usually a four-digit number showing the week and year of the manufacture of the tyre.

Above said changes could be beacons that one or more tyres in your vehicle and should be urgently removed to avert a tyre disablement.  

Now that you’ve settled on changing your tyres, let us help you with what to acknowledge while procuring your new set of tyres.

Keep in mind the following tips:

  • Find your vehicle type. The preeminent thing to do is to determine the type of vehicle that you’re driving, as the type of tyre can assort with the type of vehicle in which it is to be fitted.
  • Next step is to be sure you find the right size of your tyre. Most tyres are branded with a number that tells you all about the tyre product that you’re about to purchase. The brand number will include the type, width, aspect ratio, diameter, tyre speed rating, etc. Albeit we know that it might get a little perplexing. But don’t worry, most tyre shops offer a handy tool that let’s you select the perfect tyre as per your vehicle. 
  • Now find out the type of tyre you want. Do you need a high-speed performance tyre? , a comfortable ride?, or traction in snow?, or maybe durability in high temperatures, or the ability to deal with carrying heavy loads.

Now all things considered, you know what tires will fit the best for your vehicle and where to look for them, at last, make sure you don’t forget to buy your spare tyres as well!

Remember, care and maintenance are the key to your smooth car rides!