5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tyres

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tyres

HOW TO READ YOUR TYRE SIZE?

The numbers you may have noticed on your tyres are actually important and help tell you what size they are! Let’s use 215 / 60R 15 as an example.

215: Section Width

This is the width, in millimeters. A tyre’s width has to match the wheel it’s being put on.

60: Aspect Ratio

This is the percentage of the tyre’s sidewall height compared to the tyre’s section width.

R: Construction Code

This indicates that the tyre is manufactured with a radial ply construction.

15: Rim Diameter
This is the hole dimension size in inches.

HOW LONG CAN YOU DRIVE ON A SPACE SAVER SPARE TYRE

Most vehicles these days have a space saver spare tyre, or a donut wheel.  Most of these are smaller than a regular tyre?  Because these aren’t as large as standard tyres and they are only made for temporary use.  This means that you should never drive faster than 80 km per hour and you should look to getting the original tyre fixed and fitted as soon as you can.

HOW ARE PUNCTURED TYRES REPAIRED?

Although we don’t prefer to repair punctured tyres due to the unknown life and safety of the repair, a puncture can generally be repaired provided it isn’t through the side of the tyre and/or provided it is not larger than a 6mm hole. Keep in mind that tyres will not be repairable if they are too worn and below the minimum tread depth requirement.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM TREAT LEVEL?

The Australian legal tread depth for tyres is 1.5mm, so it’s important to book your car in for our FREE tyre check. Seeing how critical your tyres are to ensure your vehicle stopping distances, we advise that you get us to check these before going on any holidays or long distances.

WHAT ARE THE ARROWS MARKED ON THE WALL OF MY TYRES?

A large arrow of v-shaped pattern pointing in a certain direction means the tyre is a directional tyre. This means, the tyre has to be fitted in a specific way that the arrow is facing in the direction the tyre travels.

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