Should you leave a slow puncture?

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Punctures are a nightmare and the problem is they can happen at any time and often occur at the most inconvenient moment. You may not be aware that you have a puncture for some time if it is only slowly leaking air. It is rare to have to pump one tyre up a lot more than the others so if this happens it is likely there is a puncture.

You may decide to keep pumping the tyre up and driving on it but this is not advisable as a punctured tyre is not as safe and can easily become a flat tyre. Flat tyres can make you lose control of the vehicle and affect braking.

Although it is frustrating, especially if they tyre is fairly new or has a lot of tread left on it, it is important to get the tyre fixed or replaced as soon as possible. Tyre repairs often only cost around ten to fifteen pounds but they can only be repaired if the damage is in a certain area and not too bad. IF they cannot repair the tyre then you will have to pay the price for a new one. Some tyres are now sold with a puncture lifetime guarantee so although you pay more initially, you may save money if you are susceptible to getting punctures.

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Do your tyres have the correct tyre pressure?

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 12:45 pm

It is essential that the pressure in your vehicle tyres are checked regularly at least once a month because the pressure in your vehicles tyres affects performance, fuel economy and most of all safety. Over time the air in the tyre can escape, and the pressure will drop and so the surface of the tyre, the part of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the road surface will have an impact on braking and grip possibly causing an accident if sudden braking occurs.

It is easy to find out the specific pressure that each tyre should have as it is stated in the vehicle handbook and is also usually on a plate inside the driver’s door which can be seen when the door is open. Otherwise a quick look online for your vehicle should give you this information.

In order to check your tyre pressure yourself you will need a tyre pressure gauge which may be a manual one or one that is incorporated into a pump. The valve will be on the wheel rim so simply unscrew the cap, push the tyre gauge onto the valve and the readout will give you the pressure.

If the figure that is shown on the display is different to the handbook figures you will need to top up the air with a pump that plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car or alternatively use the air pump at a local garage.

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Is your car in need of a wheel alignment?

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 9:31 am

Some drivers have a wheel alignment done every time they have a new set of tyres fitted or every 6 – 12 months, whereas others may not have one done until they start to notice something wrong. So how can you tell if your car needs a wheel alignment? Often there are some subtle differences that you will notice when driving that can give it away. If you notice that the car tends to drift slightly to one side when driving down a straight road or that your steering wheel is not straight when your wheels are, then you need to get your car booked in for a wheel alignment.

Wheels can become out of line for a number of reasons. It can just happen over time or it may have been caused by hitting a pothole or mounting a pavement.

If your wheels are out of alignment you will often notice that your tyres wear unevenly and that you need to replace them more often. The cost of a wheel alignment varies from garage to garage and make and model of vehicle but often costs around £30-£40 for a standard 2 wheel alignment. This is a small price to pay to ensure your car is driving at its best and that you are maintaining your tyres.

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Your tyres may be legal but are they safe?

Posted on January 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

With the bad weather hitting most of the UK this week, we as drivers must take responsibility for our tyres. It is important that we not only heck if they are legal but have plenty of tread left. The legal limit for tyres is 1.6 mm of tread depth but most garages recommend you change them at about 2.8-2.5mm as after this it starts to affect stopping distances. In the snow, ice or rain stopping distances are longer so with bad tyres you may struggle to stop on time. New tyres come with about 8mm of tread on them so should last a good while (depending on how many miles you do).
The other thing to check for is damage to the tyre. It may be that you have plenty of tread but if you have a puncture or bulge then you need to get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
The other thing to look out for on tyres is perishing. If you do very few miles a year then your tyres may not wear down enough tread to be changed for years. But overtime the rubber will start to perish and split / crack. This can cause blow outs and it is advisable to replace any tyres with this type of damage.

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What to expect when you need a puncture repaired

Posted on April 29, 2018 at 10:31 am

For most people who aren’t necessarily car savvy it can be quite a daunting prospect to take your car into a garage alone for fear of being bamboozled into buying something that you don’t need or being over charged for work done to your vehicle. For services and routine work you may be able to sort someone to go with you but if you have something unexpected like a puncture you may need to go to a garage (basically whichever is nearby at the time). The key things to remember are that if the garage can repair the tyre its likely to cost around £20 this is generally if it’s a minor puncture maybe caused by driving over a screw or similar object causing a small hole. However if the puncture is caused by an impact trauma such as hitting a pot hole you may need a whole new tyre and also the wheels would need to be balanced this is obviously more expensive dependant on what type of tyre you go for. The issue with the latter incident is that if something has impacted the tyre enough to burst it, it can also cause other areas of the car a lot of damage such as a bending the axel and that can be very expensive and sometimes can in fact be a write-off. If in doubt never be afraid of asking for a second opinion.

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Should you have your wheels aligned?

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Wheel alignment also called tracking should be done at least every few years, although some people opt to do it more frequently. Many garages have different equipment that is used to align the wheels and some only offer front wheel alignment so it is important you check prior to booking the car in.

If you notice that your car is pulling to one side, you have a vibration in the wheel or that you tyres are wearing unevenly then the chances are your tracking is out. A wheel alignment of the front two wheels is often in the region of £30 which is a small price to pay for something that could end up costing you a lot more if left. Driving a car that is not aligned correctly can affect your steering and can cause uneven tyre wear meaning a tyre will need to be replaced sooner than it should have been. It can also effect fuel efficiency and can making driving more dangerous if left.

Some garages will even offer you a refund should they wheels not need aligning. Be sure to shop around for the best price and to find out what is included as many garages will charge a small fee for checking the alignment but then a lot more to rectify it if it is out.



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Advertising your tyre fitting business

Posted on November 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

If you have a tyre fitting business then you will most likely already be aware of the level of competition out there for customers. There are a number of dedicated tyre fitting companies but then also usual car garages will also be able to supply and fit tyres meaning the customer has a huge choice of where to go.

The majority of customers who purchase the tyres will be mainly focused on the price. IF they can get the same deal further down the road then they will so you need to ensure that you can be competitive on the price. If you find that you are struggling to price match with some of the larger companies who buy in bulk, then you need to ensure that the customers that come to you are getting some added value for their money. This may be a collection and drop off service, tyre fitting at home or MOT discount voucher. You will also need to ensure that your customer service is second to none as you need to give your customers a reason to use you even if you are a little more expensive.

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Make sure you know your tyre sizes

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Tyres have 5 different reading son them, for example it may be 195/55/15 95V. To understand what tyre you need for your vehicle, you need to understand what this reading means. The first number is the width of the tyre, the second id the profile which is a percentage of the width and the third is the wheel size in inches. The final two are the load it can handle and the speed rating. The load and speed rating may vary but you need to take special care that the tyres you chose are the correct in width, profile and wheel size. Some vehicles have more than one tyre size that will be suitable for it and some even require different sized wheels on the front that the ones that are on the back.

When choosing new tyres ensure that the tyres you have on the same axle match. When looking for quotes for tyres, you can usually give the garage your reg number and they will tell you what size you need. The easiest way to check is to look on one of the existing tyres. If the wheels have been changed from the manufacturers standard then you may need to notify the garage of this.



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Buying second hand alloys wheels

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Alloy wheels are a popular choice with avid motorists when it comes to styling up their vehicle. Previously many cars were made with steel wheels which are more durable and easy to style with plastic wheel trims, but over the last few decades, car manufacturers have started to make cars that have alloy wheels as standard or that can be purchased as an optional extra at the build process.

If you are wanting to fit alloy wheels to your car then you may be able to go up a size or two allowing you to fit bigger tyres which means better grip on the road. Alloys are also better at dispersing heat from the brakes.

When buying alloy wheels you need to check a few things first:

  • Check that your car is able to take the size of alloy you want to put on it – if you go too big it will affect the handing and safety of the vehicle
  • Check that the bolts will fit. Some alloys are four bolts some are five, hold the alloy up to the car to check the positioning of the bolts to see that they line up.
  • If buying second hand – check the alloys closely for damage.


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How much can you expect to pay for a puncture repair?

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Getting a puncture on your tyre of your vehicle can be annoying especially if you have only recently had new tires fitted. Regardless of how old the tyres are, a puncture can occur at any time and you may find that you wake up to a flat tyre without even being aware that you had a puncture.

Many garages will offer a puncture repair service but not all punctures can be repaired. Depending on where the puncture is can also vary the cost of repairing it and often you need to weight this up against the cost of a new tyre, especially if you do not have much tread left on the existing one.

If the repair is simply then you can expect to pay anywhere between £5 and £25 so it is well worth shopping around. Halfords for example will charge £25 but some independent garages will charge less than £10!

You should always get some sort of guarantee on repairs that are done, but obviously if you develop a new puncture in the same tyre, that won’t be covered, only existing repairs. If the tyre is damaged in any other way then it is not advisable to have a repair.

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