The 5 Most Common Problems with Tyres
As the only point of contact your car has with the road, it is likely that the biggest cause of problems you experience with your vehicle with be due to your tyres. Knowing the signs of a problem with your tyre is important so that you can have them repaired or replaced as soon as a problem is identified, ensuring your car remains safe to drive at all times.
Our team here at Munster Tyres have put together a guide on the most common tyre problems a driver is likely to experience.
Over and under inflation
Tyres that are incorrectly inflated – either by being under or over inflated – can cause significant damage to your tyres ability to perform safely on the roads. If your tyres are underinflated, it can cause tyre damage, excessive wear of the tyre, and overheating, whilst over inflated tyres reduce their grip on the road and your tyre’s overall lifespan. You can monitor your tyre’s air pressure yourself, and inflate or deflate your tyres accordingly.
Cracking and bulging
Cracks and bulges can appear in your tyres from hitting a pothole or curb, the impact of which can cause cracks in the sidewall of the tyres. If your tyres are under or over inflated, this problem is more likely to occur, and can only be fixed by replacing the tyres altogether.
Driving at speed
If you are regularly driving at speed (for example, if you commute using the motorway), you tyres are at a higher risk of damage than if you were driving at lower speeds. Contact with road hazards such as potholes at high speeds can cause a higher degree of damage, whilst the overheating higher driving speeds create can cause tyre damage and a loss of control when driving.
If you notice any damage to your tyre after consistently driving at high speeds, you should replace your tyres immediately to ensure your safety when on the roads.
If your tyre is worn more on one side than the other, it may be misaligned. A misaligned tyre should be refitted or replaced depending on the severity of the wear, as it can reduce your tyres traction and grip on the roads if not fitted correctly.
Wear and tear
General wear and tear will happen with all tyres as they are used over time, but it’s important to monitor your tyres’ tread depth in order to ensure it is within the legal limit. If the tread depth is below 1.6mm, you cannot legally drive on the roads and must have your tyres replaced. It is worth noting, however, that this level of wear is the absolute minimum, and replacing your tyres before they reach this level will ensure your tyres are safer to be driven on the roads without sacrificing performance and grip.
If you think your tyres are in need of replacement, it’s important that your new tyres are fitted correctly and safely. We specialise in tyre fitting for vehicles of all makes and models here at Munster Tyres, ensuring your new set is safe for road use.
We also offer high quality, part worn tyres for those looking to replace their tyres on a budget – providing a quality tyres at affordable prices, and without sacrificing your car’s road safety. For more information, or to book your car in with us today, simply contact the friendly team here at Munster Tyres and we’ll be happy to help.