Tyres - The best tyres to meet your needs

Given that your tyres are the ONLY contact that you and your car has with the road — there importance to your safety cannot be underestimated. Choosing the right tyre for your needs is a serious process and not one that should be made without careful consideration of the options available.

At Black Country Tyres and Exhausts we’ll ensure your car is fitted with the best tyres to meet your needs. We’ll ask you questions to assess what is the best tyre for your needs, what's your average mileage, do you do a lot of motorway driving or are you mostly in town?

Choosing a tyre

While we understand everyone has a budget, selecting the cheapest tyre for your vehicle will not always necessarily be the best or safest option.

At Black Country Tyres and Exhausts we recommend the right tyre at the right price - ALWAYS.

Tread Wear

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Often tyres have to be replaced long before their specified life has been reached principally because of rapid or uneven tread wear. The most common causes of avoidable tread wear are:

  • Under-inflating - Causes rapid wear along the edges of the tread.
  • Over-Inflating - Causes rapid wear along the centre of the tread.
  • Faulty brakes or shock absorbers - Can cause flat bald spots around the tread of the tyre.

Tyre Tread & the Law

The law state that tyres must have a tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the centre three quarters of the tyre.

These levels represent the absolute minimum and tyres as worn as this should be replaced immediately.

To help you judge how much tread you have on your tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm. If you can see these bars your tyres are about to become illegal and unsafe.

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Tyre Pressure and Safety

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Check your handbook to keep your tyres at the correct pressure or come and see us and we’ll do it for you, for FREE!

Wrongly inflated tyres will greatly shorten your tyres' life, and could make your car dangerous to drive.

Check every two weeks (including the spare tyre) and only check when the tyres are cold, as the pressures increase after the car has been run due to the air inside warming up.

If you have a heavy load - for example before going on holiday - check your handbook and increase tyre pressures as per manufacturers' recommendations. Remember to reduce the pressures after removing the heavy load.

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Wheel alignment

Every car has a specific steering track setting for its front wheels. If the setting becomes upset, by hitting the herb or a pothole, or simply by wear and tear, you will need the wheels realigning. Here at Black Country Tyres and Exhausts we can do this while you wait!

Wear and tear in the steering components can also knock the wheel alignment out of true so it's vital that you have the front wheels realigned every 3 months or 3000 miles.

As good practice, you should have the wheel alignment checked every 6,000 miles or when tyres or steering components have been changed.

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Wheel balance

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To keep the tread in constant contact with the road, the wheel and tyre have to be correctly balanced.

Wheel imbalance can lift the tyre from contact with the road creating a vibration through the steering wheel and causing dangerous problems with steering and braking.

Damage to the suspension, wheel bearings and steering components is unavoidable if the imbalance is left unchecked.

Your safety is at stake, yet the remedy is quick and simple - your Black Country Tyres and Exhausts technician will always check and adjust the balance when a new tyre is fitted.

However, If you are having other work done, ask the technician to check all road wheels for balance. It could save you pounds, and it could save your life!

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