How can I find out my tyre size?
There are two ways to find out your tyre size:
1. Your vehicle handbook will include details of the correct tyre size.
2. You can also check the side wall of your existing tyres.
How long do tyres last?
There is no standard time for how long tyres should last before they need replacing. Generally, it is recommended that front tyres should last for approximately 20,000 miles and rear tyres should last 40,000. However, many factors influence the rate at which tyres degrade; including if your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive, driving conditions, weight carried and driving habits. Fast driving and bad weather conditions can cause your tyres to deteriorate much faster. If you think your tyres are getting close to needing replacements, or even just for peace of mind, just call in to Roadwheel for a free tyre check.
Can my Run Flat tyre be replaced?
In short, the answer to this is almost certainly not. The vast majority of tyre technicians won’t agree to repair a run flat; instead, they’ll offer to replace it. Tyre manufacturers advise not to repair these tyre models for a very important reason. Thanks to their reinforced design, it can be difficult to spot any further damage that has occurred as a result of a puncture. In other words, any potential harm to the tyre wall may be masked by the added strength of the tyre. Simply by assessing the tyre, it can be impossible to tell if a motorist has continued to drive their car at an unsafe speed or for too many miles after the puncture occurred, therefore compromising the overall structure and safety of the tyre.
Because of this uncertainty, carrying out minor repairs to run flats can be a waste of money to the vehicle owner or, even worse, it can prove to be dangerous. At Roadwheel, we will not repair run flats for this reason. In order to comply with manufacturer guidance and to help keep our customers safe, we replace punctured run flats instead.
I have a vibration on my steering wheel when driving at motorway speed. Does that mean my tracking is out?
Probably not. The most common cause of a vibration through the steering wheel is because the front wheels are out of balance. If you feel a vibration through the whole car, it could be because the rears are out of balance. Tracking issues will usually cause uneven wear on either of the inner or outer edges, a drifting either left or right when holding the steering wheel straight, or the steering wheel itself is misaligned and off centre. We can book an appointment for you to have this checked and adjusted on our four-wheel laser alignment John Bean system.
I see you do Nitrogen for tyres, is there an advantage to using this and will it save me money in the long run?
With nitrogen, your tyre pressures will remain more constant, saving you a small amount of fuel and tyre maintenance costs. There will be less moisture inside your tyres, meaning less corrosion on your wheels, saving you money on costly refurbishments or bead leaks which can lead to loss of pressure causing tyre damage. You will not be able to feel any difference in the ride or handling or braking, unless your tyre pressures were seriously out of spec and changing to nitrogen brought them back to the correct number, but are far more likely to stay at the correct number after the nitrogen has been installed.