Tyres - Cobridge, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
Tyres are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the road so its vitally important that you choose the right tyres for your vehicle and the way you drive. At The Harris Motor Company our expert tyre fitters are always on hand to help you make the right choice when it comes to tyres.
The Harris Motor Company can supply tyres from all manufacturers including Goodyear, Pirelli, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Michelin and many more. We are also an authorised agent of Evergreen Tyres which are an excellent choice for the price conscious consumer without the need to compromise on quality. All Evergreen Tyres come with a Tyre Life Guarantee.
UK Tyre Law - What You Need To Know!
The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing tyres at 3 millimetres.
Under UK law your vehicle should be fitted with the correct tyre type and tyre size for the vehicle type. This means fitting the right tyres and for safety ensuring that they are inflated to the manufacturers recommended pressure.
By making regular tyre checks you can avoid 3 penalty points and £2,500 in fines (per tyre) for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit on your vehicle.
It is also a legal requirement to ensure that tyres of different construction types are not fitted to opposite sides of the same axle. The two main tyre types are radial and cross-ply, and these must not be mixed on the same axle.
Do you fit "part worn" tyres?
The Harris Motor Co DO NOT fit part worn tyres and we would never recommend anyone fit part worn tyres.
Read This Before You Buy Part Worn Tyres
Part Worn Tyres The Facts!
- Do you know that many insurance companies do not cover part worn tyres?
- Do you know that tyres often wear out their remaining tread more quickly once they are half worn?
- Are you aware that many part worn tyres are sold illegally as they do not conform to the legally required testing, inspection and marking laws?
- Are you aware that part worn tyres often have as little as 4mm of remaining tread, with the UK legal limit of 1.6, a part worn tyre with 4mm has already utilised 62% of its legal tread life with a maximum on 38% remaining.
- The question must be asked as to why that part worn tyre has been removed from another vehicle in the first place?
Part Worn Tyres - Possibly the worst tyre value a motorist can get?
I have been told tyres should be replaced in pairs, is this true?
While not always the case, sometimes it is advisable to replace both tyres across the axle (i.e. replace both front and/or both rear tyres at the same time). We always recommend using the same tyre on the whole vehicle as deviation in tyre compounds and tread patterns between tyres can have unpredictable handling effects. Also the difference between tyre wear even on the same tyre type can also make the balance of your vehicle uneven.
If you are unsure about replacing just one tyre then pop in for a chat with our knowledgeable tyre fitters or give us a call 01782 834215
Do you fit winter tyres?
In many countries on the continent motorists are require to fit their vehicles with dedicated winter tyres during the winter months. In Germany for example most motorists keep a spare set of steel wheels with their winter tyres fitted. This not only makes it easier to swap between the two tyre types but also guards against the sub zero temperatures damaging alloy wheels and reduces the likelihood of damaging them on kerbs if the car does happen to skid. It also protects against damage that road salt can do to alloy wheels.
While winter tyres are not yet compulsory to fit in the UK, with the chance that winters here are likely to get colder for prolonged periods it is well worth considering changing to winter tyres. The Harris Motor Co is on hand to advise you on the best winter tyres for you vehicle and driving pattern.
Do you have any other tyre related tips?
1. Check tyre pressures and adjust at least once a month.
The Harris Motor Co recommend that you check your tyres on a weekly basis but as an absolute minimum at least once a month. Tyres often have a range of pressures with a minimum and maximum pressure for the tyre but always check your vehicles handbook or consult the manufacturers labels where fitted to your vehicle for the correct tyre pressures.
Under-inflated tyres can have negative effects on vehicle handling and increase fuel consumption. As well as the potential safety risks under-inflated tyres can result in premature and uneven tread wear on the outer edges.
Overinflated tyres mean that there is less tyre tread in contact with the road, while this can improve steering and cornering slightly it can also increase the stopping capability of your vehicle. Overinflated tyres are also more prone to damage when hitting a pot hole, kerb or other road debris.
2. Inspect tyres regularly for abnormal wear or damage.
As well as checking tyre pressures always inspect the tyre for signs of abnormal wear and damage. Be on the look our for:
- Excessive or uneven tread wear, which may indicate improper inflation or steering and suspension misalignment.
- Cracks or bulges on the side-walls or tread.
- Chunking of the tread or any indication of tread separation from the carcass.
- Signs of puncture, or nails, screws, glass, pieces of stone or any foreign object embedded in the tyre.
If you find any of the above or are not sure of the condition of the tyre then get it looked at immediately. If you need more advice then why not give us a call 01782 834215
3. Make sure your tyres are balanced.
Out-of-balance tyres can not only cause uneven tread wear and an uncomfortable ride but also excessive wear on the suspension and other components. An out-of-balance tyre can be detected by a severe thumping, usually most pronounced at highway speeds.
Your tyres should have been balanced when they were initially fitted but the balancing weights can sometimes fall off. If you notice any difference in the ride of your car or uneven tread wear when checking you tyres you should have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.