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Tyres

From replacing tyres or fixing a puncture Car Friend have got you covered. We can get your specified tyre choice fitted in the same day* and our friendly team are on hand to provide helpful advice when it comes to finding the right tyre. Budget tyres from £25 fully fitted to the premium brands like Continental, Dunlop or Bridgestone we have something to suit your needs and budget. Give us a call on 01543 276060 with your requirements now.

Understanding Your Tyres

When ordering tyres we will need the specific tyre size, This can be found on the side wall of the tyre like the image above. Its often worth checking that all the tyres are the same size front and back 

Other markings to look out for are 

Extra Load or XL & Run Flat or RF

Check the side wall of your tyres carefully for these markings too as this will make a difference to what can be fitted to your car too make it safe. 

Tracking / Alignment

Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tyres or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tyres which affects how they make contact with the road.

 

There are a couple ways to tell if your car needs a tyre alignment. If you've noticed one or more of these indicators, you should have your alignment checked by a licensed service technician immediately. 

  • Uneven tread wear

  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right

  • Your steering wheel is off centre when driving straight

  • Steering wheel vibration

Car Friend will recommend tracking where required especially after new suspension components are fitted or we notice your tyres are wearing unevenly. You can book your tracking with us by calling us on 01543 276060. 

Choosing Tyres

Choosing tyres often comes down to cost but, having a bit of insight and knowledge into what you are buying is vital.

This image shows the three main factors you should consider when choosing new tyres.

Fuel Rating: As you would expect A rated means you will get a better mpg. Saving you money on fuel. This is because a better fuel efficient tyre requires less energy to roll, resulting in using less fuel used to move your tyres. 

 

 

Wet Grip Rating:  Tyres with a high wet grip rating will stop quicker on wet roads when full brakes are applied. Wet grip is the tyres ability to stick to the road in wet conditions.

 

Noise Rating: You will notice two bits of information, the first is the dB rating or decibel. The second is how many of the  3 black semi circles are coloured in. Simply put the lower the number the quieter the road noise from the tyre. 

 

Its worth noting that there are also lots of other things to take in to account when it comes to tyres but the above gives you a very basic understanding and summary of the ratings you will find when it comes to buying new tyres.