An Easy Guide to Changing Tyres

Tyres are the most important component in a vehicle. Even more than the engine/motor because there are no tyres/wheels, the vehicle is as good as scrap. Tyres help with the mobility of the vehicle and hold the vehicle up and together, and having a damaged/worn out or just an old tyre can prove to be very dangerous. Like every other component, tyres also have a lifespan and using the tyre more than that is not safe. 

When and Why Should You Replace Your Tyres?

Tyres have a lifespan of around 6-10 years. It is highly recommended that you change tyres in 6 years, but if the tyres are in good condition or haven’t been used enough, then ten years should be the maximum, after which they should be replaced immediately. It may also happen that the tyre’s life ends before six years, depending on the usage and quality. 

Other than the tyre’s age, other factors also indicate that the tyre needs to be replaced.

  • Tyre Tread – Tyres gain friction on the road only because of a tyre tread, and not having this friction/traction can be extremely dangerous, especially on wet/icy roads. Insufficient tread can lead to skidding and losing control over the vehicle. If the tread is below a certain level, consider getting the tyres changed immediately. Sometimes, the treads of different wheels are at a different level, which indicates issues with the alignment. 

  • Excess Vibration – Vehicles are bound to have vibrations, but at the same time, the intensity of vibrations can get increased as well, and when driving on a good road, if the vehicle produces excessive vibrations, it isn’t a good sign. Vibrations indicate something is wrong with the tyres and should be checked immediately. 

  • Damaged Tyre – Other than the tread, there can be other damages to the tyre, such as that on the sidewall or bulges, blisters, and cracks. This indicates the tyre needs replacement. 

Mistakes to avoid while changing a Maxxis Tyres Birmingham:

If there ever arises a situation wherein you have to change the tyre immediately, avoid making the following mistakes:

  1. Panicking/Rushing – Rushing/panicking in any situation worsens it. No matter how frustrating the flat tyre would be, stay calm and composed so that you can change the tyre properly. 

  2. Not Prepared – Being prepared means making sure whenever you head out with your vehicle, you have the necessary supplies for changing your tyre. Not having the owner’s manual, torch, wheel nut key, jack, wheel wrench, inflated spare tyre etc., can leave you standing helpless. 

  3. Changing Close to Traffic/crowd – Changing tyres requires space, and it’s never advised to change them on crowded roads or the roadside. As much as possible with the vehicle’s condition, try to get to a safe area. 

  4. Changing on Unsuitable Surface – Not all surfaces can be used for changing tyres. You require the jack and vehicle to be on a hard level and stable surface for tyre safety. Grass, gravel and slopes should be avoided. 

  5. Not Applying the Brakes – Precaution must be taken at all times to keep the car from rolling forward/backwards. Make sure that the handbrake is on and put your vehicle in first gear or park mode. 

  6. Not Using the Right Jack Points – Every vehicle has its specific points for the jack, and not using them rightly can cause damage to the vehicle. 

The tyre age depends on the quality of the tyre more than the usage. Premium tyres are the best quality tyres to make your drive as smooth as possible. 

Budget or Cheap Tyres Birmingham are also quality tyres at affordable prices.

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