What do the numbers on the tyre sidewall mean?

The numbers on a tyre sidewall represent its size, construction, and performance ratings. For example, 215/60R16 indicates the tyre width in millimetres (215), aspect ratio if the width (60), and rim diameter in inches (16).

How often should I check my tyre pressures?

It’s good practice to check tyre pressures at least once a month or before long trips. Low pressure can affect fuel efficiency and safety, while overinflation can lead to uneven wear and reduced traction.

What is the recommended tyre pressure for my car?

The recommended tyre pressure is usually found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s side door jamb. It’s essential to follow these recommendations for optimal performance and safety.

How long do tyres typically last?

The lifespan of tyres can vary based on factors like driving habits, road conditions, and tyre maintenance. On average, good quality tyres can last between 25,000 to 50,000 miles. Regular inspection and maintenance help extend their life.

What is the significance of tyre tread depth?

Tyre tread depth is crucial for maintaining traction and dispersing rainwater. The legal minimum tread depth is typically 1.6mm. However, it’s safer to replace tyres when they reach 3mm for better performance, especially in wet or snowy conditions.

Why do tyres lose pressure in cold weather?

Cold temperatures cause the air inside tyres to contract, leading to a decrease in pressure. It’s normal for tyres to lose a pound or two of pressure when the weather gets colder. Regularly checking and adjusting tyre pressure is essential in colder seasons.

Can I mix different tyre brands on my car?

While it’s not recommended, it’s possible in certain situations. Ideally, tyres should be the same brand, model, and size (normally) on all four wheels to ensure uniform performance, handling, and safety.

What causes tyre vibrations?

Vibrations in the steering wheel or car at certain speeds can be due to imbalanced, buckled or mis-aligned wheels. Other potential causes could be issues with suspension components or out of shape tyres.

Are there specific tyres for different seasons, and why is it important to use them?

Yes, there are tyres designed for specific seasons: all-season, summer, and winter tyres. All-season tyres offer decent performance in various conditions but might not excel in extreme weather. Summer tyres provide excellent warm-weather performance but might struggle in cold or snowy conditions. Winter tyres, on the other hand, are specifically engineered to offer superior traction and handling in snow, ice, and cold temperatures, making them crucial for safety in harsh winter conditions. Using the appropriate seasonal tyres enhances safety, handling, and performance, catering to the specific weather challenges each season brings.

Please note that these answers provide general guidance. Specific recommendations might vary based on your car’s make and model, so consulting your vehicle’s manual or a professional mechanic is always advisable for precise information.

Wheel Refurbishment

What is wheel refurbishment?

Wheel refurbishment involves restoring and improving the appearance of a damaged or worn wheels, typically through techniques like repainting, straightening, or diamond cutting to make it look new.

Do I need to refurbish my wheels before my lease ends?

Most leases state that both the wheels and tyres need to be given back in the condition that the car was received. Check your lease agreement as the ‘wear and tear’ tolerance can vary depending on the provider.

What are smart repairs in the context of wheel refurbishment?

Smart (Small to Medium Area Repair Technique) repairs involve localised fixes for minor damages on wheels, such as scuffs, scratches, or small dents, without needing a complete wheel refinish.

What types of damage can be repaired through wheel refurbishment?

Typically, wheel refurbishment can address curb damage, scratches, chips, corrosion, and minor dents without affecting the structural integrity of the wheel.

What are the advantages of wheel refurbishment?

Wheel refurbishment can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a vehicle, increase its resale value, prevent further corrosion or damage, and is more cost-effective than buying a new wheel.

How long does a typical wheel refurbishment take?

The duration varies based on the extent of damage and the techniques used. Most refurbishments take a few hours, while more extensive refurbishments might require a couple of days.

What factors determine the cost of wheel refurbishment?

The cost depends on the extent of damage, the size of the wheel, the type of finish required, and the specific techniques or materials used for refurbishment. You can book in for your free consultation or send us some high-quality pictures!

How long can a refurbished wheel last?

Properly refurbished wheels can last a long time, often matching the durability of a new wheel. The longevity depends on the quality of the refurbishment, regular maintenance, and the driving conditions the wheel is exposed to.

Remember, while these answers provide a general understanding of wheel refurbishment, specific cases may vary, and it’s advisable to consult a professional for individual assessments and repairs.

EV Servicing

What are the primary maintenance requirements for electric vehicles?

Regular maintenance for electric vehicles includes tyre rotations, suspension checks, brake inspections, battery health checks, and ensuring the cooling system is functioning optimally.

How often should an electric vehicle undergo servicing?

The frequency of servicing can vary, but a general guideline is to service an electric vehicle at least once a year or every 10,000-20,000 miles, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Are the servicing costs for electric vehicles significantly different from those of conventional vehicles?

Generally, electric vehicles have fewer moving parts and may require less frequent maintenance than internal combustion engine cars. Labour costs tend to be reduced over ICE vehicles however some service items can be expensive. Therefore, the servicing costs may vary, and components like the battery may require specialised attention, potentially impacting costs.

What does an electric vehicle battery health check involve?

Battery health checks examine the overall condition of the battery, checking for degradation, capacity, and any potential faults. This may involve diagnostic tests and battery balancing to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Can any auto repair shop service an electric vehicle, or does it require specialised expertise?

While basic maintenance may be similar, working on electric vehicles demands specialised knowledge due to high-voltage systems. Certified or trained technicians are often necessary for servicing electric vehicles to ensure safety and proper handling of these systems.

Do electric vehicles require brake servicing like traditional cars?

While electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which reduces wear on brake pads, they still have traditional brakes that require inspection and servicing. In some cases, electric vehicles are more susceptible to brake callipers seizing due to their minimal use compared to ICE vehicles.

What should owners do to maintain their electric vehicle between regular servicing intervals?

Regularly checking tyre pressures, keeping the vehicle clean, ensuring the charging system is functioning correctly, and paying attention to any unusual noises or warning lights can help maintain an electric vehicle between scheduled services.

Do tyres play a significant role on electric vehicles?

Absolutely! Due to electric vehicles being a lot quieter, road noise becomes a bigger factor as well as battery consumption. The correct tyres will help you confidently get from A to B in a quiet manor.

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