Tyre Supply & Repairs in London
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Tyres are one of the most important components of a vehicle. The tyre tread area making contact with the road is relatively small, so if your tyres are worn or damaged it can seriously affect your car's safety and handling. Not only that, if your tyres don't meet legal requirements, you could face a fine of £2,500 per tyre and 3 penalty points on your licence. First Aid Wheels recommends that motorists check tyre tread depth, condition and pressure on a monthly basis and before any long journeys. You should also inspect the general condition of your tyre for any sign of bumps, bulges or cuts which could cause a blow out when driving.
Tyre Repair in London
Punctures can be repaired providing they meet with British Standard AU159. Upon inspection of the tyre, our technician will be able to advise you if your tyre falls into this category. Tyres can only be repaired in the central area of the tyre - the sidewalls are not repairable, and for V rated tyres and above, only one repair is allowed. However, before any repair is carried out, the tyre must be fully inspected for any signs of internal damage which could cause tyre failure.
First Aid Wheels do not recommend that Run Flat tyres be repaired after running in a deflated condition as the structural integrity of the tyre could be compromised which could lead to tyre failure.
Tyres must be correctly inflated according to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations in the vehicle handbook. Over-inflated tyres cause excess wear, shortening tyre life and can result in an uncomfortable ride; under-inflated tyres result in increased fuel consumption and faster wear of the tread shoulders plus increased chance of impact damage.
It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions which protects the environment.
What is the minimum legal tread depth requirement?
The legal requirement mandates a minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimeters, covering the central ¾ of the tread along the entire circumference of the tire.
For safety precautions, it's advisable to replace your tyres before reaching the legal threshold. Numerous automobile manufacturers suggest replacement at 3 millimeters, as braking distances notably extend below this depth.
Can you mix different types of tyres?
It is also a legal requirement to ensure that car 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.
Can run-flat tyres be repaired?
Run flat tyres are equipped with reinforced sidewalls, enabling them to be driven for a short distance even after experiencing a puncture. This feature offers you the ability to reach safety, whether it's your home or the nearest tire service center. It's crucial to note that if you do encounter a puncture with a run flat tire, you should drive cautiously and limit your distance to no more than 50 miles. Additionally, seek assistance from a garage promptly.
However, determining whether the structural integrity of a run flat tire has been compromised due to a puncture can be challenging. Extended driving with a punctured tire or exceeding recommended speeds (over 30 mph) can conceal potential damage, thanks to the enhanced strength of run flat tyres. Consequently, we are unable to perform minor repairs on run flat tyres, as the tire's safety may have been compromised beyond repair.
Our PromiseWe are confident that whatever tyres you need, we are able to provide them, along with great pricing and excellent service.We pride ourselves on our advice and guidance when needed, quickly and efficiently service by using all the latest technology. We aim to, not just meet your need for tyres, but also make it a quick and simple process.
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