Tyre safety and tips
Are my tyres worn ?
Tread wear indicators are situated in the middle of the main grooves. These indicators are small raised bumps at the bottom of the grooves or tread patterns.If the surface of the tyre rubber is level with the bump (legal limit 1.6 mm), the tyre must be changed because you may no longer be driving in safety and you may be breaking the law. We strongly recommend that you change your tyres before reaching this limit. On wet roads, worn tyres increase the risk of losing control through aquaplaning. Tread patterns on worn tyres do not evacuate the water which collects under the tyres, leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
After a puncture, if the specialist detects deterioration which cannot be repaired.
O.E(Original Equipment) Fitment: This is what we call a tyre mounted on a new vehicle. By following the car manufacturer and tyre manufacturer's recommendations, it is possible to mount different tyres by respecting the load and speed indicators.
The right tyre for the right use. To optimize your vehicles performance and to suit your requirements, tyre manufacturers have developed various ranges of tyres. Jody's Tyres offers drivers specific solutions to suit their requirements.
How tyre conversions can affect your vehicle's performance ?
Changing the size of a tyre is not to be undertaken lightly. Not only is braking affected, but also engine performance, fuel consumption, transmission/gearing etc. When replacing original equipment tyres, we must, for safety reasons, adhere as closely as possible to the original diameter. The main difference is usually with the section width. A set of low profile tyres with reduced sidewalls, although it may look better, generally results in a harder ride. Consider changing your rim width as well, to retain optimum driving quality. The most notable change in your vehicle's steering is a more rapid response and more precise performance through bends. Your vehicle will adapt better to changes in surface, because of an increased area of rubber in contact with the ground. For those who are hooked on the thrill of driving, tyre conversions can increase steering response, but will tend towards more surface irregularities being felt.
Why is balancing important ?
Tyres which have not been balanced correctly may cause vibrations. Correct balancing, i.e. proper distribution of weight, reduces vibration and results in greater driving comfort. Correct balancing means: no premature mechanical wear - greater driving comfort - a longer lasting tyre.
Why change the valve at each tyre change?
The valve is a very important element, contributing to the airtightness of your tyres. Under centrifugal force, when your car is travelling at 100 km/hour, the force acting on the valve makes it equivalent to a mass of 1.7 kg, the equivalent of a full bottle of water. Thus, during use it deteriorates with age. It is essential, therefore, to have the valves replaced at each tyre change. It would be a shame to compromise your safety or the life of your tyres just for the price of a new valve. Be sure to check with your tyre dealer that he has replaced the valves during the tyre change.