Tyres are one of the most important components of a vehicle. The tyre tread area making contact with the road is relatively small– only about the size of the palm of your hand – so if your tyres are worn or damaged they can seriously affect your car’s safety and handling.
That’s why it is important to check tyre tread depth, general tyre condition and tyre pressure to ensure your tyres are safe for the roads.
Tread depth must be above the minimum of 1.6mm throughout a continuous strip in the centre three quarters of the tread and around the entire tyre circumference.
Tyres must be correctly inflated according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations in the vehicle handbook. Over-inflated tyres cause excess wear, shortening tyre life and can result in an uncomfortable ride; under-inflated tyres result in increased fuel consumption and faster wear of the tread shoulders plus increased chance of impact damage.
You should also inspect the general condition of your tyre for any sign of bumps, bulges or cuts which could cause a blow out when driving.
Wangara Automotive recommends that motorists check tyre tread depth, condition and pressure on a monthly basis and before any long journeys – and if in doubt, come into one of our branches for a free tyre safety inspection.
If you notice that your car takes longer to stop when you brake or it is not performing as well in wet weather, that it doesn’t handle or grip then your tyres may need replacing. As tyre wear is a gradual process it can be hard to tell when your tyre needs changing which is why we recommend monthly tyre checks.
A quick and simple way to check your tread depth is with a N$1.00 coin. Insert the coin into the tread grooves at three separate places on your tyre. If you can see the first triangle of the coin, then this could indicate that your tread is close to or below the recommended minimum of 1.6mm and you should visit Wangara Automotive Group to have your tyres checked. You should perform a quick visual inspection of the general condition of your tyres too.
Tread Wear Indicators (TWIs) is also another way to check tread wear of a tyre. Many manufacturers now include TWIs within the tyre grooves. When the TWI is at the same level as the tyre tread, it indicates that the tread may be nearing the recommended limit. However we do recommend that if in any doubt, you ask a Wangara technician to check for you. This service is free to you, our esteemed client.
The correct tyre pressure is very essential to the life of a tyre; Pressure provides a smooth and comfortable drive to your vehicle. It also helps your tyres last longer and makes your fuel go that much further, so the right tyre pressure helps you improve vehicle safety and saves. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions which protects the environment. The correct pressure can be found on your vehicle usually on the side door.
Punctures can be repaired provided it is safe to do so. Upon inspection of the tyre, your Wangara tyre technician will be able to advise you if your tyre falls into this category.
It is safer for tyres to be repaired in the central area of the tyre (the part marked ‘T’). It is not so safe to repair the sidewalls of your tyre as the patches do not hold. For V rated tyres and above, we recommend you to do only one repair. However, before any repair is carried out, the tyre must be fully inspected for any signs of internal damage which could cause tyre failure. Wangara does not recommend repairing Run Flats.
It is best to replace all four tyres at the same time; however this is not always possible if only one tyre is worn or damaged. Replacing two tyres at a time as pair, either the rear two tyres or the front two tyres, for optimum handling and grip on each axle. All new tyres at Wangara Motor Automotive Group are balanced when fitted to maximise tyre life, fuel economy and for a smooth ride.
Our Wangara technicians will advise you what you need and offer you the cheapest tyre price possible – and at Wangara, rest assured, we will never recommend that you buy a tyre if you do not need it.
Changing or upsizing your tyres is one of the simplest ways to upgrade the performance of your vehicle as well as improve the aesthetics.
While the manufacturer selects the correct tyre for your vehicle, the decision can be a compromise between performance, noise and comfort. Therefore upsizing your tyres can provide the following benefits: