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Very often tyres need to be replaced prior to their expected lifespan. This is usually due to uneven wear or punctures in unrepairable places. Common reasons for this are shown below and many can be easily rectified and avoid unnecessary cost.

New tyre
Evenly worn tyre


Effect of Over-Inflating

This will cause excessive wear in the centre section of the tread
Effect of Under-Inflating

This will cause excessive wearing on either side of the tyre

ALIGNMENT
This is slightly more tricky than the examples above. This will show up as a rapid wear on a single shoulder (inside or outside) of the front tyre - show below. This wear can be caused due to the geometry being 'knocked out' of place (usually through contact with the kerb or pot hole), or by worn out suspension components that do not allow the wheel to fit correctly in place.

Effect of poor wheel alignment

Premier Tyres & Exhausts reccommend that wheel alignment is checked regulary (approximately every 3000-4000 miles) this can help prevent excessive tyre wear and save you paying for brand new tyres.

PUNCTURE REPAIRS
Puncture repairs are carried out in accordance with NTDA and BSAUl59 regulations.

It is important to note the following points:

- Tyres can only be repaired in the area marked 'T'.
- For tyres rated 'V' and above, only one repair is allowed.

IMPORTANT: NEVER FIT AN INNER TUBE WITH A TUBELESS TYRE EXCEPT ON A TUBE TYPE WHEEL (Minor penetration repairs are not permitted in this area.)


PREMIER TOP TIPS...

* Check your tread
The minimum legal depth is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread width and around the entire circumference of the tyre. Less tread means less grip.

* Check your pressures
You'll find tyre pressures inside your car's driver's manual. Check the pressure with a tyre guage when the tyre is cold, as even a short journey can warm up tyres and raise the pressure.

* Check for damage
Give your tyres a close inspection for cuts and cracks which can lead to slow punctures or cause the steel wires in the tyre to rust.

* Don't overload your car
Overloading has the same effect on tyres as under-inflation, causing premature tread wear and in extreme cases, a sudden blow-out.

IMPORTANT
UK law requires that your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyres for the vehicle type you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. This means fitting the right tyres, and for safety reasons ensuring that they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended tyre pressure.

The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 mm , across the central ¾ of the tread going around the complete circumference of the tyre .

For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Leading motoring organisations recommend 2mm and many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing at 3mm.

A regular check of your tyres can help you to avoid up to 3 penalty points and £2500 in fines (per tyre) for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit fitted to your vehicle.

It is also a legal requirement to ensure that tyres of different construction types are not fitted to opposite sides of the same axle. The two main tyre types are radial and cross-ply, and these must not be mixed on the same axle.

Mixing brands and patterns of the same construction type is permissible depending on the vehicle type and manufacturers recommendation. Check your vehicles handbook for tyre fitment details and options.


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