Tyres; your questions answered:
Q. When should I have my tyres changed on my car?
A. When the wear indicator appears on the tread, the tye needs replacing. The minimum legal depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tread. We recommend changing your tyres when they reach 2mm.
Q. What kind of tyre is suitable for my vehicle?
A. You should always accept the manufacturer's recommendation to obtain the best combination of performance, safety and handling characteristics. Whilst it is sometimes possible to fit a tyre with a higher performance index (speed, load) it is recommended not to fit different types of tyre, for example directional and asymmetrical, on the same axle. There are also many different profiles available with different tread patterns for different applications.
Q. Why, when and how should I check my tyre pressure?
A. Correct tyre pressure is a key factor in ensuring safety, long tyre life and healthy fuel consumption. Ideally the pressures should be checked when your tyres are cold. Please refer to the manufacturers recommended tyre pressures for your vehicle.
Q. My steering wheel vibrates when I reach a certain speed, why?
A. The steering wheel vibrates due to an imbalance between the wheel and the tyre. Call into your local ATS Euromaster service centre and one of our technicians will check your vehicle. Contrary to popular belief, the rear wheels also need balancing to ensure comfort, optimum tyre life and fuel efficiency.
Q. What should I do when my tyre receives an impact?
A. You must check the condition of your tyre as quickly as possible. Your local ATS Euromaster service centre will be happy to arrange this for you. Wheel alignment should also be checked as this may have been affected by the impact.
Q. My car veers when I let go of the steering wheel. Why?
A. This can be caused by several problems: road camber, tyre pressure, tyre assembly, condition of the tyre or wheel alignment. Your local ATS Euromaster service centre will be happy to help you identify any problems.