Tyre Care & Maintenance

Wheel Alignment

This service is especially important when fitting tyres and for the maintananice thereof to maximize your tyre life. The conditions of our roads make it difficult to keep your alignment in 100 % of what it should be. Besides checking your alignment every 8000km to 10 000km, we recommend that you have it checked after hitting any pavements or potholes.

What is Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment is the adjustment of your car’s suspension to achieve a suitable angle at which the tyres make contact with the road.

What can cause your Alignment to go out?
  • Having a sudden impact on the road
  • Minor collisions
  • Hitting the pavement
  • Running over a large pothole
  • Wear and tear on your suspension
How do I know if my Alignment is out?

If you have a “Home Boy” drop in your step or keep walking in circles your alignment might be out. You may also check your shoes for uneven wear and bald spots that may have formed on the tread 😛

 

Wheel Balancing

As a wheel rotates the full circumference of the tyre is in contact with the road. Wheel balancing is the process of attaching small weights to a wheel’s rim to distribute the weight of the wheels evenly on each axle. This ensures a consistent wear of the tyres across the width. If your tyres wear unevenly, it can be a very uncomfortable ride and can be a safety risk.

 

How is Wheel balancing done?

  1. All four tyres are taken off the vehicle and placed separately on a computerized machine that tests for weight imbalances.
  2. Counterweights are placed on the rim at the exact spot where the computer detects the weight imbalance.
  3. Wheels will be checked again if the imbalance persists.

Tyre Rotation

Tyre rotation means periodically changing the position of each of your tyres on your vehicle. The front two tyres always take a greater beating as they experience more pressure due to constant steering and braking. Also, the fact that most of the weight is at the front of the car. This is the reason why it is advisable to rotate your tyres between the front and rear and spare wheel. This is also something that should get done while your car is in for alignment and balancing. 

The best way to rotate your tyres

    Punctures

    Punctures result when sharp objects like nails, screws or glass penetrate the tyre causing air to escape.

    Slow punctures can in some cases be caused by a faulty tyre valve. If the valve cap has gone missing, dust and grit can get into the valve causing the tyre to deflate slowly. The beading of your tyre might not be seating on the rim, therefore causing a leak.

    If you suspect a slow puncture, examine the tyre for anything that shouldn’t be there that might be lodged in the tyre tread. Do not attempt to pull it out, but rather seek professional help. 

      How to tell if you have a puncture?

      The following may be signs that a puncture has occurred:

      • Difficulty steering the car
      • Wheels may be wobbly or shuddering
      • There may be immediate tyre deflation
      • Loss of tyre pressure (whether fast or slow) 

      Once again, it is very important to have this checked as it creates unnecessary tyre damage and wear. Also, you want to put your safety first so make sure that your tyres are in the best condition is of utmost importance.

      What to do if you suspect a puncture
      1. Once you have started to slow down, look for a safe place to pull over as quickly as possible otherwise you could permanently damage the tyre. Make sure you put on your hazards.
      2. Apply the handbrake, turn off the ignition and guide passengers from the car to a safe place.
      3. Check over the deflated tyre to access its condition. If you spot significant damage, you will need to fit the spare wheel or call your breakdown provider.
      4. Once the spare tyre is fitted, proceed with caution to your nearest tyre dealer to repair the punctured wheel.

      Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually. Keep both hands firmly on the wheel as the puncture may have affected the handling.