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All Tyres Buying Guide

Introduction

Choosing the right tyre for your car can be difficult. With hundreds of different tyre brands and types available to choose from, it can be somewhat overwhelming knowing where to start! It probably doesn’t help that, here at All Tyres, we have over a thousand tyres to choose from, covering a variety of sizes, brands, heights and widths.

That’s why we’ve created this Buying Guide to Tyres. This will hopefully simplify the tyre purchasing process for you, with a simple step-by-step approach. We’ve also added some important considerations you should keep in mind, in terms of general tyre maintenance and driving.  These tips will help to extend the life of your tyres.

Key Considerations Before Purchasing Tyres

Before you purchase a tyre (or tyres), there are 5 important questions you need to first ask yourself.

  1. Do I have to replace my tyres? Check for wear markers, insufficient tread and uneven wear, and take age into account (tyres should be replaced every 5 years).
  2. What are the tyre specifications for my vehicle? This information can be found in your car’s manual. It generally outlines the size and type of the tyre you’ll need for optimal performance. 
  3. What type of tyre do I need? On the side of every tyre is an alphanumerical code that contains important details about the type of tyre you’ll need. Check to find out whether you’ll have to purchase a passenger tyre (P) or a light truck tyre (LT), as well as to confirm tyre specifications.
    This is a sample code.P215/ 65R16 95H.
    • •  P – Refers to the type of tyre. Can also be “LT.”
    • •  215 – This is the width of the tyre when it is inflated, in mm.
    • •  65 – The tyre’s aspect ratio between its height and width.
    • •  R – The tyre is a RADIAL tyre. This relates to its construction type.
    • •  16 – Diameter of the wheel in inches.
    • •  95 – Max load the tyre can carry.
    • •  H – This is the tyre’s speed rating.
  4. What tyre brand do I want? Here at All Tyres, we stock ALL TYRES. It doesn’t matter whether you have a personal preference for Bridgestone, Pirelli, Mickey Thompson, Boto or anything else in between - we’ve got you covered.
  5. How many tyres will I need? We recommended buying all 4 tyres at the same time, but replacing them 2 at a time is also okay. Don’t forget to check whether you need to fix up your spare too!

How To Choose The Right Tyre

Choosing the right tyre for your car, ultimately, is your responsibility. Ensure you have the necessary aforementioned considerations in mind AND that you purchase your tyres from a quality and trustworthy tyre retailer, such as All Tyres.

Some important points to consider include:

  • •  The size and fit of the tyre you need. There’s nothing more frustrating than purchasing a set of tyres only to find that they don’t fit your vehicle.
  • •  How do you use your vehicle? Do you mainly take long journeys? Do you drive off-road? Do you have a high performing sports car? Ensure that your choice of tyre reflects your needs.
  • •  Tread pattern. Distinguish whether you’re after conventional, unidirectional or asymmetric. Tread is particularly important for wet weather driving.
  • •  Ensure that your tyre purchase is appropriate to your vehicle, for example, passenger tyres for passenger vehicles, light truck tyres for light trucks and so forth.
  • •  Keep in mind your budget. Prices at the very low end of the spectrum aren’t always the best choice, but nor are highly expensive tyres.  Opt for prices in the middle – and
       always ensure you purchase from a reputable tyre dealer.
  • •  It’s a good idea to research quality tyre brands if you’re not sure about them.

Installing Tyres (Basic Tips)

If you’re not sure how to replace or change your tyres, here is a step-by-step process:

  1. Find a flat and stable place to change your tyre.
  2. Make sure that your vehicle is in Park.
  3. Place something heavy in front of, and behind, your tyres.
  4. Take out the spare tyre, wrench and jack. These are typically found in the boot of your vehicle.
  5. Place the jack close to the tyre you are changing. Make sure it is under the metal part of your vehicle.
  6. Raise the jack until it is supporting the car.
  7. Remove the hub cap and LOOSEN the nuts with the wrench. Do not fully take them off.
  8. Raise the jack again until the tyre is lifted above the floor.
  9. Remove the nuts.
  10. Remove the tyre.
  11. Place the new tyre in and ensure everything (all the nut and bolts) is correctly aligned.
  12. Tighten the nuts by hand.
  13. Lower the car fully and then tighten the nuts with the wrench.
  14. You’re done! Don’t forget to also get rid of the old tyre properly.

For more information, and a visual guide, check out this link - http://www.wikihow.com/Change-a-Tire

General Tyre Maintenance Tips

  • •  Before driving, check your tyres for any visible signs of wear and tear. Be on the lookout for punctures, cuts and unusually smooth areas (known as tyre tread).
  • •  Check the air pressure of your tyres monthly. Be sure that your tyres are “cold” (that is, they haven’t been driven for more than 2km) before checking them. If you don’t know what your
       standard tyre inflation pressure is, you can usually find this information in your car’s manual. Don’t forget to check your spare tyre, too!
  • •  Do not underinflate or overinflate your tyres. Underinflation can decrease the life of your tyre, as well as cause unnecessary tyre stress. Overinflation, on the other hand, can lead to uneven
       wear and tear.
  • •  Rotate and realign your tyres every 10,000km. Basically, this process involves removing each tyre from your vehicle and replacing it in a different position. This extends tyre life by ensuring
       your tyres wear evenly.

Driving (Basic) Tips

To extend the life of your tyres, here are some basic driving tips you should keep in mind:

  • •  Don’t speed. By obeying all posted speed limits, you’ll increase the tread life of your tyres. This is because excessive speeding generates heat and heat decreases your tyres’ strength.
  • •  Avoid making fast starts, stops and turns. This will ruin your tyres very quickly, so slow down when you get to areas which present tricky driving conditions.
  • •  Avoid hitting potholes and foreign objects on the road.
  • •  Avoid bumping curbs with your tyres when parking.
  • •  Do not overload your vehicle. It’s best to consult your owner’s manual for the maximum load your vehicle can withstand. 
  • •  Always check your tyres (including your spare) before commencing any long driving trip.

Here at All Tyres, tyres are our specialty. Whether you’re after 15 inch tyres, 22 inch tyres, passenger tyres, commercial tyres or anything else in between, we’ve got you covered. We have a comprehensive range of tyres to suit any vehicle make and personal brand preference, so have a browse through our site now!

If, however, you find yourself needing some help after perusing our buying guide and site, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Our team of tyre experts will help you find your vehicle’s perfect tyre match – and well within your budget, too! You can choose to fill out our online contact form now, or visit our Sydney showroom in Seven Hills at a time convenient to you.