Aging Tyres

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:28 am

The average life of front tyres on a front wheel drive car is around 20,000 miles, or about 2 years for the average commuter. The rears will last up to twice as long with careful driving, though they can be rotated onto the fronts when necessary. This means that your unlikely to have to worry about the tyre compound degrading before the tread is worn to its legal limit. However, seldom used vehicles, such as a prized sports car or perhaps a trailer or caravan, may not see their tyres replaced due to wear over a much longer period.

Tyre rubber degrades over time, particularly when tyres are not used and have no heat put through them. Tyres that have degraded in this way may become cracked and discoloured and they are at risk of blowing out, which could cause a fatal accident at high speeds. It is recommended that tyres over 10 years old be replaced, regardless of wear (tyres never used and kept in storage may degrade even faster than this). To find out the age of your tyres, look for the last four digits of the DOT code on the sidewall. These give the week and year of manufacture.

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Loss of tyre pressure

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Most peoples automatic conclusion if they are losing tyre pressure is that they have a slow puncture however it’s not the only thing that can cause this issue and more and more commonly it can be the result of a cracked wheel rim putting pressure on the tyre wall.
Wheel rims get cracked through collision or through hitting a pothole in the road and this has become a major bugbear of a lot of drivers. The poor conditions of the roads means that often adverse weather can cause the service to crack and result in a sunken or broken area of tarmac that when hit (particularly at speed) can cause a lot of damage. Loss of tyre pressure may be the first sign you have of a cracked wheel rim so it’s worth checking your tyre pressure weekly and fully investigating any problems to be sure that any damage is not left undetected.

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What can I do to improve the performance of my BMW in the bad weather?

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

It’s a well-known issue with BMWs that they do not perform well in snow and ice this is mainly due to the car being a rear wheel drive and losing grip on slippery surfaces. There is however some simple tips to help improve the winter driving experience.

When driving in the snow and ice you’ll need to ensure that your vehicle is winter ready so investing in good winter tyres will certainly help in a rear wheel drive BMW.

As with all cars ensure that all the windows and mirrors are frost free and not misted up before starting your journey.

Consider adding extra weight in the boot such as sandbags as this will improve the cars traction, however too much added weight in the boot can compromise the steering so be cautious not to add to much.

Don’t over inflate your tyres! This can cause problems with the cars handling, its ability to grip and increase the cars stopping distance.

And most importantly drive smoothly and carefully to suit the weather conditions to avoid accidents.


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Car Tyres – A Quick Explanation

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Car tyres remain the sole contact between the vehicle and the road. So, picking the right car tyre is vital to safe and secure driving. Moreover, fitting your car with the right tyre increases overall vehicle efficiency and performance, improving comfort as well.

Tyres explained in brief

Made of vulcanized rubber, and inflated with pressurized air, tyres support the weight of the car. Vulcanized rubber is a process by which rubber is made incredibly durable and able to withstand extreme conditions of heat and cold.

Friction or grip formed between the patch of rubber tyre in contact with the road and the vehicle makes certain the driver is in complete control of the car. About 85 percent of the weight of a car is supported by air, with the remaining 15 percent held up by the tyres. A car that is fitted with tyres inflated to the right pressure is a car that is highly responsive to the changes in direction and speed made by the driver. (more…)

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Buying part worn tyres for your car

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Replacing tyres on your car can be very expensive, especially if you need all four doing at the same time. Have you ever considered buying part work tyres? This can save you hundreds of pounds and often they are in nearly new condition. Part worn tyres are tyres that have been removed of cars that are no longer on the road or from vehicles where tyres have been replaced prior to the reaching their legal limit. Many garages now offer these tyres and they often come in cheaper than the budget brands. You can get some really good makes for less than the cheapest new ones they sell.

You may have to shop around for part worn tyres, as they do not always have specific sizes in stock. If you find a garage that does do them and they seem to be reasonable price and quality then make sure that you take advantage of the stock they have, perhaps even buying ones you do not require yet so you have them to swap when you need to.

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