Auto Tyre Centre Ltd – Tyres and 4-Wheel Tracking
At Auto tyre Centre we supply all tyres from budget to premium and everything in between.
Our staff have considerable knowledge on tyres and are always happy to help you work out what are the best tyres for your needs.
There is no “hard sell” with us
We offer a no obligation tyre check where we can look at the tyres fitted on your vehicle and advise you as to whether they need changing.
When we give you a quote for tyres we include all tyre fitting costs, disposal of the old tyre and the VAT so there will be no hidden extras when you come to pay.
Tyres are your vehicle’s only point of contact with the road. The actual area of contact is small, roughly equivalent to four size 8 men’s shoes. Bald, slick tyres may be fine for a race car on a dry track, but are no good for road vehicles on a wet road surface. Tyres treads are designed to pump water from the road surface and provide maximum grip. By the time the tread is worn down to the legal limit of 1.6mm they will be unable to perform this task efficiently and need to be replaced.
Tyre Sizes Explained
The number 205 on the side of the tyre shown is the width of the tyre in millimetres
The number 45 is the height of the tyre’s sidewall as a percentage of the width, it’s also known as the aspect ratio…. You’ll see the letter R which indicates that the tyre is a radial tyre (of which all tyres are now).
The number 17 is the diameter of the tyre in inches….
The number 88 relates to the Tyre’s Load Rating (it’s load capacity).
The Letter W is the maximum speed for the tyre with a full load.
We also offer an extensive range of 4×4 and winter tyres, if we don’t hold the tyre you require in stock then we can usually get hold of them the next day. Call us for a no obligation quote.
Checks for all
All drivers should carry out regular checks throughout the year to ensure their tyres are in the best possible condition for maximum safety.
Tread depths should be checked to ensure they are above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the entire tread.
The 20p test is a quick and easy way to test your tyres tread depth.
Our mechanics are always on hand to check your tyres, simply pop in and we’ll have a look!
Many drivers overlook the importance of wheel alignment or tracking as they do not understand the effect it has on the wear of your tyres.
There’s a common misconception among motorists that tracking and balancing are the same thing, wheel balancing is simply making sure the wheels spin without vibration. Tracking is all about the direction your tyres point.
Every time you hit the kerb or go over a pot hole you can knock your wheels ever so slightly out of alignment. Eventually your wheels will start to ‘toe in’ or ‘toe out’ to use the trade term. This means that your tyres won’t be sitting parallel and flush with the road and that your tyres are going to wear down at an uneven and unusual rate.
Poor tracking can potentially reduce the life of your tyre by up to 25 per cent.
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