Replacing your tyres regularly is an important part of vehicle road safety. We offer a wheel & tyre change that prepares your car for all weather conditions. Whether you need wheel change or tyre change from summer tyres to winter tyres or vice versa, you save on average 20 to 40% by using Autobutler. With Autobutler, you can find the best garage at the best price. Don’t waste any more time, book an appointment online with ease and avoid the wait.
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Every time you refuel you should take a look at your tyres and check how much tread is left. When the minimum indicator showing the groove depth is close to being reached, it is time to change tyres. The grip on old worn tyres, isn't as good as on new ones. This will in inevitably influence stopping distance and the general safety of your car.
Most tyre brands use a height indicator to specify when it is time to change tyres. Often, there is a mark on the tyre that tells where the height selection is. Inside one of the grooves, there is a little extra bump on the bottom of it, and when the tyre is getting worn down to the mark, it's time to change it.
It is not always possible, without any special tools to change the tyre yourself. Thus, there is tyre replacement companies that can do this for you. You can get quotes on new tyres.
There are generally 3 types of tyres. Summer, winter and all-season tyres. Each tyre is made especially for the time of year / season, they will be used in. The main differences are within in the tread pattern and rubber type.
Winter: Modern winter tyres are made with a type of rubber that is flexible even at low temperatures. They are constructed by "moving" slats that are designed to direct water, snow and slush.
Summer: On a dry or wet day in the summer, summer tyres have the best grip, and provide the shortest stopping distance. The temperature is an important factor, since that has an impact on the property of the tyres.
All season: These are more like winter tyres than summer tyres. Which means that the stopping distance is not as good as a summer tyre, and in winter the grip isn't as good, as real winter tyres. The advantage is that you do not have to keep changing tyres twice a year.
Regardless of the type of tyres you choose, always drive according to the above stated criteria. It is important to know your tyre's ability to stand firm in different weather types. If you have winter tyres on, you still need to drive more carefully on slippery surfaces.
There are many different brands, and the price of course depends on the quality. Many cheap tyre brands can be just as good as the expensive brands, for ordinary conditions. Most people follow their mechanic's recommendations, or go for the price. The most popular brands in the UK are:
Despite the UK's mild winters, there is always the risk of snowfall or icy roads. In general, during the winter period, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to drop below 0 degrees, especially at night or in the early morning. Under these conditions, it can be dangerous to drive with summer tyres, as they can easily lose grip on icy roads.
Winter tyres are made of soft rubber and have a unique tread pattern, which provides better grip on slippery roads. Winter tyres perform best at low temperatures and give safety and security in potentially dangerous situations.
Winter tyres provide better traction, reduce the risk of losing grip when cornering, and considerably reduce your braking distance. In some cases, there can be more than 40 metres difference in the braking distance between winter tyres and summer tyres.
Once the summer period is over, the question is when I should switch to winter tyres. The longer you wait to switch to winter tyres, the longer it takes to get an appointment at a garage. You risk not being fitted with winter tyres before the first frost occurs. So, by the time temperatures first drop below 5-7 degrees for a few days in a row, most garages will be full.
On the other hand, it should also be noted that we consume a little more gasoline with winter tyres because they’re softer, which leads to faster wear compared to summer tyres. We therefore advise you not to change them too early. The important thing to remember is to make an appointment for a wheel change & tyre change on time. In general, it will be better to switch to winter tyres a little too early rather than a little too late.
A summer tyre is harder than the winter tyre due to a different mixture of rubbers. Unlike a winter tyre, the rubber compound of a summer tyre is designed for high temperatures. It has a smoother surface with smaller grooves. Because summer tyres are generally harder than winter tyres, they also have less friction, which results in lower fuel consumption. The summer tyre generally performs best when the temperature is above 7 degrees. It makes driving more comfortable in hot and dry weather and at the same time provides better grip.
The transition to summer tyres often happens around April. Keep an eye on the weather forecast because when temperatures exceed 7 degrees and the roads are no longer icy, then it is time to switch to summer tyres.
There are many good reasons to switch to summer tyres. It is important to remember that summer tyres and winter tyres are specially designed for the respective weather conditions.
The soft rubber of your winter tyres will wear out quickly on hot asphalt. This can reduce its lifespan by 60% because the soft rubber compound of winter tyres changes shape more easily.
Winter tyres on dry roads are therefore too soft, meaning your car will not react as quickly as it should in critical situations. Summer tyres are made of a harder rubber compound that offers less friction than winter tyres, therefore reducing fuel consumption. If you do not switch to summer tyres in hot weather, your car will also not perform optimally and will not be responsive enough if you suddenly have to avoid an obstacle.
Depending on how much you drive, check your tyre pressure regularly. For some it will be enough to check the tyre pressure every time you refuel. For others it will be necessary to check at least once a month. The tyre pressure is essential for both fuel consumption, the braking distance, and overall driving performance. All new cars will have automatic tyre pressure gauge TPMS.
If you find that the car "jumps" despite the tyre pressure being correct, it may be that your tyres need to be re-balanced by a mechanic. It is a common problem that can happen if a tyre hits the curb.
It is important that tyres not currently in use, are properly stored. They must, for example, not stand on end (on the tread pattern), as this can damage the tyre. They should lie flat, and it's a good idea to have a stand to hold the tyre properly in the rim. This way, you ensure your tyres last a lot longer.
Tyre and wheel changes can drastically adjust the look and responsiveness of your Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot, and Renault. Fitting different sized wheels and tyres to ‘pimp your ride’ can impact vehicle legality for driving on UK roads, insurance premiums and more. If choosing tyre and wheel changes to heavier and bigger sizes than the standard for your BMW, Volkswagen, Kia or Nissan, you should expect bigger fuel bills and in some cases, reduced performance. Lighter wheels provide better performance. If choosing tyre and wheel changes for seasonal safety like summer or winter tyres, the size of wheels will generally remain the same.
1. Prepare yourself
Before starting to dismantle your old tyres, you should be well prepared. First, you need to have the right tools and a good pair of gloves. Typically, you will need a carjack, socket set, and a lug wrench to loosen the bolts.
2. Secure the assembly
It is important for your own safety and the safety of others that the car is on a level surface. We also recommend that you apply the handbrake. This way you can be sure it won’t budge.
3. Remove the wheel
Loosen all the bolts on the wheel you wish to change. Once this is done, you can properly place the jack under the car. On the majority of cars, there are notches / marks where the jack should be placed. You can now lift the car and remove the wheel completely.
4. Indicate the position of your wheel
When you have done your wheel change, remember to mark the location of the wheel. For example, you can write "RFW" for the right front wheel or "LRW" for the left rear wheel. This will help you when you want to reinstall the wheels you just removed. If you cannot remember the exact location of the wheels you removed, you should contact a professional.
5. Clean your wheel
We recommend that you remove dirt from the bolts and the mounting location. Use a stiff brush, but if you don't have one you can use a dish brush. We also recommend that you grease the bolts a little before screwing them back in. This will make them easier to take apart next time.
6. Reassemble the wheel
Once the wheel is fitted, you can screw the wheel bolts in by hand before lowering the car with the jack. Now you can lower the car and cross-tighten the bolts. This means you tighten the wheel bolts that sit opposite each other, not next to each other. Switch bolts after 2 turns, but use a torque wrench so that they do not overtighten.
7. Tyre pressure
After the wheels are mounted, check the tyre pressure. Use a tyre pressure gauge, which you can buy at most car accessory stores. The correct tyre pressure differs from car to car. It is usually indicated in the glove box, in the door edges or in the fuel filler flap. You can also find it in the car manual.
When you have driven about 100 km, check that all the bolts are still tight as they should be. If any of the bolts are loose, tighten them. Don't hesitate to check your tyre pressure once a month.
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