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FAQS & Information

How Do I Read Markings On My Tyre ?


Every tyre shows information pertaining to its manufacturer, size, model etc. The following is an explanation of all the terminology used for both regular and low profile tyres;

Typical example: 165 R 13 79 T

165 - means the tyre has a nominal section width of 165 millimetres
R - means radial
13 - means it fits a 13" diameter wheel
79 - Load index
T - means it's rated for speeds up to 118mph (l90kmh)

Other common speed ratings are:

S = 113mph
T = 118mph
H = 130mph
V = 149mph
Z = Over 150mph
W = 168mph
Y = 186mph

You should always replace a tyre with the same or a higher speed rating. In general, the higher the speed rating, the better the quality of the tyres and the more advanced the technology. This is especially true in areas such as steering response, wet grip, cornering power and braking adhesion.

Load Index

Some vehicles require tyres that are rated to carry a higher load and therefore have a higher inflation pressure. This information is contained in the manufacturers handbook and the tyres will carry the marking RF (Reinforced) or XL (Extra Load)

Low profile tyres have a slightly different marking for instance:

Typical example: 185/60 R 14 79 H

185 - 185 millimetres nominal section width
60 - sidewall height is 60% of tyre nominal section width
R - Radial
14 - Means it fits 14" diameter wheel
79 = Load index
H - Rated to 130mph

A standard tyre has a sidewall height, which is 82% of tyre nominal section width.


Reducing the % of sidewall height to tread nominal section width (the 'aspect ratio') enables tyres to be wider and put more tread on the road.

Can I increase the size of my tyres?

It is possible to increase the size of your tyres (subject to the manufacturers recommendations).

In general, for every 10mm increase in tyre width i.e. 165 to 175, a reduction of 5mm in the sidewall height is required i.e. 70 to 65


 

WINTER TYRES

As from 1st December 2011, we will stock a full range of winter tyres!

7 Reasons to consider Winter Tyres
After a week of snow and ice on UK roads people are finally starting to take winter tyres seriously. A legal requirement in most of northern Europe winter tyres are very misunderstood in the UK. Here are 7 reasons you might want to consider swapping to winter tyres.

winter tyres are not snow tyres
One of the most common reasons we hear as to why winter tyres aren't needed in the UK is because we don't get enough snow. Winter tyres are designed to be more effective than regular tyres in any temperature under 7c (44f) on any type of road. Cold weather tyres are designed with a larger percentage of natural rubber and silica in the compound which doesn't harden up as much as synthetic rubber in cold conditions.

Winter tyres really work
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 winter tyre was tested against the Bridgestone RE050A ultra high perfomance summer tyre in icy conditions. From just 10mph the winter tyre stopped in 6.4 metres, while the summer tyre needed more than twice the distance to stop at over 14 metres. Imagine the difference from 30 mph.

Winter tyres could save you money
Modern cars have big alloys and expensive wide low profile tyres. Once the small outlay of a set of steel rims has been made, winter tyres are often cheaper because of their smaller size. While you're driving on winter tyres, you're not wearing out your expensive summer tyres, Thus saving you money.

ABS doesn't stop your car any quicker
Another false-truth we hear a lot is winter tyres aren't needed thanks to ABS, ABS was designed to allow steering control to be retained while in an emergency situation and will not stop you any quicker in low grip situations.

Winter tyres are as comfortable as summer tyres 
Yet another myth is a loss of ride comfort, or extra noise thanks to winter tyres. The truth is modern winter tyres are as every bit as comfortable as summer tyres, sometimes more so thanks to an increased profile.

Avoiding other people on the road
The number of accidents caused by wet conditions increases in winter by 267%. Give yourself a chance of avoiding someone else's incident by fitting winter tyres.

Cars have changed 
It's no secret modern cars have gained a little weight, in fact a MK5 Golf  is almost twice the weight of a MK1 Golf. With all that extra weight comes added inertia when trying to change directions or slow down, which gives the tyres much more work to do. To compound the problem many more cars are coming with overly wide sports tyres which have even less chance of slowing the big heavy car.

Ask in store for more details on our winter tyres.

 

New Catalyic Converter Legislations


UK law now only permits type approved CATs

 The law changes on Thursday 13th August 2009, making it illegal in the UK to fit a non-type approved catalytic converter to a petrol vehicle registered at any date from 1st March 2001. The date is in-line with the introduction of the ‘Y’ registration plate.

Who is liable for the fines?

The Department for Transport has confirmed that the result of supplying or fitting a non-type approved CAT will be to make the company or business responsible and potentially individual people liable to prosecution with a maximum fine of £5,000. Professional Motor Mechanics need to learn quickly about what to do to adhere to the law and protect themselves; their customers, their employers and suppliers.

How will it be policed?

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) will enforce the new legislation and will purchase replacement catalytic converters in order to check that they are correctly Type Approved. In correspondence announcing Ministerial approval of the legislation, the DfT has indicated that the VCA will concentrate their efforts on enforcement with manufacturers and importers to begin with.

The “VCA will, undertake a campaign to educate distributors and retailers of their obligations under the Regulations.” After a period of three months “the enforcement policy of the VCA will begin to apply an equal focus on investigating compliance by manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers in their respective roles.”