Are my tyres worn ?

How can you tell if your tyres are worn out?

The first thing – have an overview of the entire tyre.

While the average new passenger tyre has between 8-12mm depending on the size, the minimum standard is 1.5mm of tread. If your tread is less than this amount you may be breaking the law and you could be fined.

When you look for minimum tread, remember that this applies to the lowest level of tread that you can find, not the highest. “Tread wear indicators” are build into the main grooves of all passenger and 4×4 tyres. This indicator can be found by looking between the ridges of the tread of a tyre.
tread wear indicators

When should I replace my tyres ?

• After a puncture, if the specialist detects deterioration which cannot be repaired.
• If it does not comply with the equipment recommendations for the vehicle.
• If it is at the legal limit for tyre use. 1.5mm
• If it shows abnormal wear in a specific spot.
• If it shows signs of ageing.
• If it has obvious cuts or deformation likely to increase risk of an accident.

How to choose the right tyre ?

By following the car manufacturer and tyre manufacturer’s recommendations, it is possible to mount different tyres by respecting the load and speed indicators.

The right tyre for the right use? To optimize your vehicle’s performance and to suit your requirements, tyre manufacturers have developed various ranges of tyres. Strathpine Second Hand Tyres offers drivers specific solutions to suit their requirements.

How tyre conversions can affect your vehicle’s performance ?

Changing the size of a tyre is not to be undertaken lightly. Not only is braking affected, but also engine performance, fuel consumption, transmission/gearing etc.

When replacing original equipment tyres, we must, for safety reasons, adhere as closely as possible to the original diameter.

A set of low profile tyres with reduced sidewalls, although it may look better, generally results in a harder ride. Consider changing your rim width as well, to retain optimum driving quality. – The most notable change in your vehicle’s steering is a more rapid response and more precise performance through bends. Your vehicle will adapt better to changes in surface, because of an increased area of rubber in contact with the ground. For those who are hooked on the thrill of driving, tyre conversions can increase steering response, but will tend towards more surface irregularities being felt.

Why is balancing important ?

Tyres which have not been balanced correctly may cause vibrations. Correct balancing, i.e. proper distribution of weight, reduces vibration and results in greater driving comfort. Correct balancing means: – no premature mechanical wear – greater driving comfort – a longer lasting tyre.