If you need to change the tyres on your vehicle, our team of experts at TyrePlus are here to help. Our experienced fitting partners can change your tyres efficiently and effectively to ensure youíll be back on the road again in no time.
However, if you ever find yourself with a punctured or flat tyre, it can be useful to know what to do in case of an emergency. Thatís why weíve put together a simple flat tyre guide to provide you with some useful information about when to change tyres and how to go about doing it yourself should you ever need to.
Itís important to regularly check your tyres to ensure they are safe to use and to maximise the performance of your car. The pressure of each tyre should be checked every few weeks or so, including the spare, and before any long distance journeys. You should also look out for any signs of damage such as cuts, perforation, deformation or unusual wear such as cracking on the rubber. Occasionally the tyre will be able to be repaired by a tyre specialist, but in most instances it will need to be changed completely.
The main reasons tyres need changing is either from a puncture, abnormal wear, ageing, or if they are unsuitable for the vehicle. After five years, tyres should be checked for signs of ageing and should be replaced at least every 10 years, even if they appear to be in good condition and have not worn down to the legal limit tread depth, which is 1.6mm.
Itís also worth noting that abnormal wear may indicate a further problem with the vehicle, such as improper wheel alignment or overinflated or underinflated tyres, which can increase the risk of a road accident happening. To avoid putting yourself and other motorists in danger, you should contact a tyre specialist as soon as you notice any signs of unusual wear.
Tyres can become damaged or punctured anywhere and at any time, and you may not always have access to professional help. For that reason, itís a good idea to be prepared and know how to change a flat tyre yourself.
Changing a flat tyre is fairly straightforward as long as you have the right equipment. Youíll need to make sure you have a jack, a wheel wrench (and locking wheel nut key if your car has locking wheel nuts fitted as an anti-theft measure), a fully inflated spare tyre and your vehicle handbook on hand at all times.
As soon as you notice you have a flat tyre, reduce your speed and find a safe place to pull over. Switch on your hazard warning lights and apply the parking brake. Next, use the wrench to remove the hubcap or wheel covers. Using the wrench again - and locking wheel nut key if required - loosen the nuts without removing them completely. Place the jack under the vehicle while following the guidance in your vehicle manufacturerís handbook, which will show you exactly where to attach it. Raise the vehicle with the jack, remove the wheel nuts all the way and while gripping the tyre, pull it towards you until itís free. Secure the spare tyre by loosely refitting the top nuts first, and then tighten the rest by hand. Finally, lower the vehicle, tighten the nuts with the wrench and replace the hub cap.
Itís important to remember that spare tyres are not made to be used for long distances or high speeds, so youíll need to visit a tyre specialist as soon as possible. They will be able to determine whether the flat or damaged tyre can be repaired or needs replacing.
If youíre not sure if your tyres need changing or if theyíre safe to use, itís always best to speak to an expert who will be able to properly examine them and tell you whether they can continue to be used.
For best performance, all the tyres should be the same or a similar type. This is because the size, construction and level of wear can affect the stability, handling and other functions of the car. The vehicle manufacturer may also make specific recommendations on what tyres to use.
At TyrePlus, we have a wide range of competitively priced tyres and over 700 fitting locations across the UK and Northern Ireland. For added convenience, we also provide a hassle-free mobile fitting service and can come and fit your tyres at a time, date and location that suits you. All you have to do is select the type you want, choose a fitting location or our mobile fitting service, and our experts will do the rest. We will also provide you with a new valve and check the wheel balancing of your car with every service.
For more information on changing tyres, donít hesitate to get in touch.