Get to Know your Tyre Size
Not a lot of people are aware of what their car’s tyre size is and until the time comes for them to purchase new tyres, they will continue to not know. However, knowing what size of tyre your car requires is important as a car owner. More importantly, knowing where to look to find out your car tyre size as well as how to determine it on your own.
With all of that in mind, below we’re going to be focussing on the importance of tyre size and some of the different aspects which surround the topic.
How to Find your Tyre Size
Finding your tyre size can be done fairly easily, most tyres generally have the tyre size written on the side of the tyre, carved into the rubber. You can also find your tyre size in the manual of your car.
There are measurements which include:
- The width of the tyre
- The tyre profile
- The diameter of the tyre up to the tyre rim
To understand these measurements read on.
How to Read Your Tyre Size and What It Means
The format in which tyre sizes are printed can be reasonably confusing and trying to understand what the tyre size means can make everything seem a whole lot more complex. Don’t worry though! Once we’ve talked you through it, everything will make sense.
Let’s take the tyre size “225/45R17 94Y” for example:
- The “225” indicates the width of the tyre. This is a milimetre measurement from sidewall to sidewall.
- The “45” indicates the tyres profile. Also known as aspect ratio it indicates the ratio from the sidewall to the width eg “45” indicates the tyre height is equivalent to 45% of the width of the tyre.
- The “R” indicates that the tyre is made from Rubber.
- The “17” indicates the diameter of the tyre rim. This is measured from one end to the other and denotes the size of the wheel the tyre can be mounted on.
- The “94” indicates the tyre load index.
- The “Y” indicates the maximum suggested speed rating of the tyres.
Knowing your tyre size is important when the time comes for new tyres.
If you don’t take the time to get the correct measurements and have your car fitted with wrongly sized tyres, your car will not perform optimally and on top of that, you could be putting yourself at risk on the road.
Wheel Alignment – What is it?
Although a very important part of car servicing, wheel alignment is fairly simple concept which is to ensure that the tyres are parallel with one another. The process involves adjusting your cars suspension to readjust the angle at which your tyres contact the road.
Some of the most common signs that you should have your wheels aligned are:
- Your tyre tread is wearing unevenly and at a noticeable angle.
- When driving your car, you begin to notice that your vehicle is pulling you to one side.
- When driving on a straight road, your steering wheel isn’t in line.
- While driving straight, if you lightly take your hands off the steering wheel you may notice you are being pulled to one side.
In the past, the wheel alignment process will have been manually conducted by an experienced mechanic, although over the most recent years most of our fitting partners have machines to deal with the issue.
In terms of cost, wheel alignment really differs per car and per situation. However, regardless of what the price is, in order to keep yourself safe it’s important that you have your cars wheel’s aligned.
Replacing Your Tyres
If you notice that your car tyres are beginning to wear, it’s important that you replace them with new ones.
Did you know that you can get a great deal on new tyres through Supercheap Auto online:
- Savings of up to 50% off the RRP on a large range of tyres including popular brands
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