Your tyres are incredibly important, so it’s essential you keep them up to date. However, with so many different tyres available, how do you begin to choose the right tyres for your vehicle? Our expert team can fit replacement tyres in Blandford and have compiled some helpful tips to help you make the right choice.
Look at your current tyre wall or at your vehicle handbook to find out your tyre size so that you can get an exact match. The information will be displayed in this layout: 225/55 R16 91V and is broken down into:
225 = section width in millimetres
55 = aspect ratio of tyre’s width to height as a percentage
R16 = rim diameter in inches
91 = load rating – maximum load that the tyre can support
V = speed rating
The speed rating indicates the maximum speed capable of that tyre in mph and is represented by a letter:
Once you know which size tyre you’re looking for, it’s time to consider quality and budget. All our tyres abide by strict safety regulations, though more premium tyres will carry your vehicle further without needing replacement and should give you an overall easier and smoother driving experience. Premium tyres are designed to have better stopping distances, grip, less noise and reduced fuel usage.
Mid-range tyres are for those who are looking for great value for money and can also benefit from improved technology and a longer lifespan. Finally, budget tyres will work just as well as mid-range or even premium tyres given the right conditions, however, they will not perform as well in wintery or wet conditions when compared with more expensive makes and typically last up to 8,000 miles before they require changing.
Are you unsure about what types of tyre your require or already know which replacement tyres you want? We are your leading experts for tyres in Blandford, so contact us on 01258 459798 with any enquiries.
How you handle a flat tyre depends on whether your car comes equipped with a spare tyre. Unfortunately, many car brands have done away with the spare tyre in order to save space and money, so the first step in the case of a puncture is to check your vehicle handbook for more information and equipment locations.
If your car doesn’t come with a spare tyre, the you’ll need to call for a recovery service. We offer a recovery service in Blandford and the immediate area, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you require assistance getting your vehicle off the road and serviced with a replacement tyre.
You may hear a rhythmic thumping sound and your steering will start to feel erratic or begin to pull to one side. This may not happen suddenly and instead your tyre may deflate over time, but as soon as you start to feel your steering becoming unresponsive you should slow down and look for a safe place to pull over.
It’s important to note that if you are on the side of a motorway or busy carriageway then you should never attempt to repair a tyre yourself as it’s too dangerous and you should instead call for breakdown recovery immediately. If you are on a quiet stretch of road and you have all the equipment that you need, then follow these steps to get your car running again.
Prepare the car
Remove the necessary equipment and passengers from the car. Apply the car handbrake and switch on your hazard lights, chock the wheel that is at a diagonal to the tyre that needs replacing. If you don’t have a chock, a brick or large rock will do the same job and will prevent your car from rolling when jacked.
Prepare the tyre
It’s easier to loosen the wheel nuts before you jack the car up. Do this after levering off the wheel trim. Loosen the wheel nuts to the point that they can be turned by hand, but don’t totally remove them.
Lift the car
Consult your car manual on how to properly do this, as every car has different jacking requirements. Raise the car from near the punctured tyre to between 10-15cm off the ground.
Replace the tyre
Fully remove the wheel nuts and pull the flat tyre off before lining your spare tyre up with the wheel nut slots and tightening them by hand. Lower the car until the wheel is touching the ground and use the wrench to finish tightening the wheel nuts.
Once you’ve done this, you can fully lower the car and remove the jack. Double check the tightness of your wheel nuts and the tyre pressure if you can. Drive straight to your nearest petrol station to refill air pressure if too low and then go to your nearest car service station for further professional advice.
Have you suffered a puncture and require a recovery service in Blandford, or require replacement tyres? We are your leading experts for tyres in Blandford, so contact us on 01258 459798 with any enquiries.
Usually, the trigger for needing replacement tyres comes down to the tread being too worn for legal use.
If you’re caught with one tyre under the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre, then you could be facing a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points on your licence. Now image you have all four tyres in this scenario, you’ve suddenly got to pay £10,000 and have lost your licence altogether!
A quick and easy check by either yourself or a car servicing specialist such as ourselves, will potentially save you thousands of pounds and, even more importantly, keep you safer on the roads.
Your tyre tread is essential in providing grip for your car when braking, which becomes even more important during wet weather. The grooves act to channel water out from beneath the tyre, which means that you remain in contact with the road and retain control. When your tread is greatly reduced, you could end up losing total control by a process called aquaplaning.
Aquaplaning is when a layer of water gathers between the wheel and the road’s surface, essentially removing your vehicle’s contact with the ground. This means that the vehicle will not respond to your steering in the same way it would if your tyres had full-tread, and can result in a total loss of control.
According to figures released by the National Tyre Distributors Association, 40% of deaths on the road caused by vehicle-defect in 2015 were due to illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres. They continued to say that 97% of used tyres are being sold illegally due to being part-worn, so put the safety of yourself and others first by only purchasing approved tyres from industry experts, as you have no way of knowing the history of the used tyre in question.
Low tyre pressure is one of the leading causes of tyre failure, as when too much of a tyres surface area touches the ground, the friction is greatly increased. This can cause the tyre to overheat and eventually blowout; premature wear and tread separation are also results of under inflated tyres, which means you’ll have to pay extra for a tyre service or MOT than you would if you’d kept them properly inflated.
The friction caused by under inflated tyres also means that your engine has to work harder in order to get your car moving, which means your fuel efficiency is greatly reduced, costing you more in fuel costs overall. Under inflated tyres can also lead to accidents due to unbalanced steering problems and increased breaking distances being required, as the tyres will not be able to respond as quickly.
You may think that your tyre inflation being too high must be better than it being too low, but you’d be wrong. Over inflating your tyres comes with its own set of problems, such as wear to the centre of the tyre due to too much air pressure. Again, this will mean that you'll have to spend more on a tyre service or MOT when you could have saved yourself the money by keeping your tyres properly inflated. Tyre wear also means that they lose traction and are also more ‘delicate’, often prone to damage by potholes or other road hazards, which can be a danger to the driver.
Every vehicle has a different recommended tyre pressure, so you’ll need to refer to your vehicle’s owner manual or contact the manufacturer for the answer. Once you have this information, we’d be happy to check your tyre pressure for you, free of charge, so that you can continue driving safe in the knowledge that you are not risking a potential fine!
The sound of your exhaust is often telling of a problem and a loud exhaust nearly always requires maintenance.
The silencer - the part that sits furthest from the engine and keeps your exhaust quiet – is colder than the rest of the exhaust and therefore allows fumes to condense and become pools of corrosive acid. If this is damaged, it usually manifests itself in a loud roaring noise.
Any kind of rattling or clanking could be due to part of your exhaust working its way free and needing realignment, or that a bracket is loose. Chugging is indicative of a blockage somewhere in your exhaust network and hissing suggests that there’s a crack along the piping or a leaking gasket.
The exhaust piping is rusty
There are certain exhaust problems that you can diagnose yourself by simply taking a look. Cracks and holes can be identified, especially around piping joints. Rust is not always an indicator that your exhaust needs replacing, as it could be external only. Using a hard object, you can test this by gently poking the rusted areas of exhaust; if the piping falls through or buckles, you know that the rusting is internal and your exhaust needs replacing.
White or black smoke coming out of your exhaust
People assume that black smoke billowing from your exhaust indicates a problem with the exhaust itself, but it is more likely a sign of a poorly engine. Black smoke is an indicator that your engine is burning fuel too rapidly, whilst white smoke for a prolonged period could be evidence of leaking coolant.
Does your car exhaust need repairing or replacing? Contact the Sunrise experts at 01258 459798.
The Ministry of Transport has announced a proposal that will see cars that are over 40 years old become exempt from MOT testing as of May 2018. The new legislation comes after reviews by the government revealed that modern tests were becoming too advanced to be suitable for older vehicles.
A proposal to create simpler tests was rejected by the department of transport, that noted most classic car owners keep their vehicles in good condition. In addition, owners of cars over 40 years old will still be able to submit their vehicles for voluntary MOT testing when the new rules at enforced.
Under current laws, all vehicles are required to undergo an annual MoT or Roadworthiness test except for cars made before 1960. The changes planned by the Ministry of Transport would mean that the MoT test exemption would now cover cars made or registered in the 1970s too.
Implementation of the new changes would also bring the age of test exempt vehicles in line with that of exemption from paying road tax.
In making the proposed changes, the government carried out research that found that standard garages may be inadequately testing older cars. This is a result of modern MoT tests becoming less applicable to classic cars, and newer car services being inadequate to maintaining their current standard.
To support its position, the government stated its belief that classic cars were rarely used and usually kept in good condition. The option to submit cars for testing would remain open to cars 40 years and over as owners will still be required to keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition if they are to be used on public roads.
The element of risk from making cars over 40 years old exempt was judged to be small, so the changes to the MOT test are likely to take effect in 2018. While models from the 1970s may be a bit younger, the government trust that classic car owners will remain responsible for the upkeep of their vehicles.