Tyre Tread PatternsTyre Tread Patterns

It may seem simple on the surface, but tyre creation and selection is a science and an art in today’s automotive universe. Unlike the simple rubber tyres of yesteryear, the tyres of today are an intricately woven mixture of steel belts, highly developed fabrics and advanced rubber compounds. As a ...

TYRE STRETCHINGTYRE STRETCHING

Some vehicle owners choose to stretch their tyres for aesthetic reasons. Tyre stretching offers no performance benefits and can be dangerous. Are Stretched Tyres Safe? Stretching something over a surface that’s wider than is meant for can sound quite risky. With that said, safety highly depends on the amount of stretch ...

TYRE MARKINGS EXPLAINEDTYRE MARKINGS EXPLAINED

Markings the tyre sidewall offer a wealth of information, such as the load index, speed rating, tyre size and construction. This information is important when it comes time to fit your wheels with replacement tyres. Every driver wants to maintain optimal safety and performance when buying new tyres; understanding the ...

Rim weight limitsRim weight limits

Your wheel’s load rating or weight capacity is an extremely important aspect of vehicle safety. The load rating determines how much weight your tyres can safely carry at maximum air pressure. If load rating is ignored, it can result in tyre failure, causing damage to your vehicle or bodily harm ...

Run Flat TyresRun Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are specially designed to keep working for a short while even after they suffer a puncture. How do they work? Run flat tyres are built with reinforced sidewalls. Normally, a car is supported by the air in your tyres, and once you have a puncture, they collapse. ...

Forged vs Cast wheelsForged vs Cast wheels

Wheels can be manufactured in a variety of ways. Two of the most popular manufacturing processes are “cast” and “forged” wheels. Each type is manufactured in a different way and have different advantages and disadvantages. Process of Manufacturing Cast Wheels The casting process involves pouring or using a vacuum to ...

Tyre bulgesTyre bulges

Bulges in tyres can occur when the sidewall becomes damaged – which is often caused by impact from ‘kerbing’ or from pot holes in the road. The structrual integrity of the tyre sidewall is weakened and the internal air pressure creates a visible bulge.  A lump or bulge usually indicates ...

What are winter tyres?What are winter tyres?

Winter tyres or snow tyres are specifically designed to deal with the challenges of icy winter roads. They usually feature a tread design with larger gaps with deeper grooves than those on conventional tyres, increasing traction on snow and ice. They are made from a softer compound for added grip ...

The importance of wheel balancingThe importance of wheel balancing

Wheel balancing is integral to smooth driving, safety, tyre wear, and stability, and allows the tyres to rotate without causing vibrations.  Wheel balancing refers to compensation for any weight imbalances in the tyre/wheel combination. It is often performed in conjunction with wheel alignment. When balancing your wheels, wheels should always ...

Mag wheel cleaning tipsMag wheel cleaning tips

The dirt that settles on your wheels from brake dust, tar and other elements can scratch and even pit the wheel surface permanently. Here are some tips on keeping your wheels clean: Cleaning tip #1: Never use abrasive cleaners, polishing compounds, or steel wool to clean alloy wheels. Use a specially ...