Tyre replacement and repair

Practical tips for taking good care of your tyres

In response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) we are working to ensure that we can continue to provide services to keep you safely on the road - and support limiting spreading the virus. Please only request a tyre service if your tyres are damaged, punctured or if the tread is worn down 2mm.

Tyres are the only contact point between you in your vehicle and the road. Not taking care of your tyres or not checking them regularly is one of the most dangerous things you can do with your car. We really want you to stay safe and legal so we've summarised a few things you need to know about tyres and how we can help.

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Top tips for maintaining your tyres

Whenyou need your tyres changing this is information we will need.

 

Know your tyre size & where your locking wheel nuts are

Not all vehicles have the same size or type of tyres fitted.

The information we need is on the side of your tyres as the illustration shows.

A great tip is, when you get your vehicle take a picture of your tyre size on your phone. You will need to take a picture of the front and rear tyre as the sizes may well differ. This means you always have the details to hand and it saves you needing to look up this information when you need your tyres changed.

Most vehicles are fitted with locking wheel nuts and the fitter will need these to replace the tyre. They are usually in the boot of your vehicle where the spare tyre is but its worth checking that they are there. There isn’t a ‘standard’ so if you don’t have these it will cause delays and additional cost when you need your tyres changing.

 

Check your tyre pressures

Please check tyre pressures when they’re cold, at least once a month or before a long journey. You can do this at most petrol stations and it only takes five minutes. You can normally find the right pressure for your tyres on a sticker inside one of your doors (like in the picture).

Many vehicles have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which alerts you if your tyre pressures are wrong. Ignoring this warning is dangerous, so please check the tyres pressures to avoid any tyre blowouts. Over or underinflated tyres not only need longer braking distances and reduced grip, but they also cost you money. Under-inflated tyres reduce your fuel efficiency and reduce the life of the tyre by up to 25%.You’ll need to re-set the TMPS after you’ve inflated the tyres - your vehicle handbook will show you how to do this. The TMPS only checks the pressure in your tyres, not the depth of tread remaining.

 

Check your tyre tread depth

While you’re checking pressures, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the tyre’s condition.Legally, you must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. To help you judge how much tread you have on your vehicle tyres, manufacturers often mould tread bars at roughly 1.6mm.

At LeasePlan we change tyres at 2mm as standard so you should never be on illegal tyres as long as you check them regularly.

Many manufacturers now include a Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) within the grooves of the tyre tread which become more visible as the tyre wears down. Whilst these markings are an indicator, always check the tread depth using a tread depth gauge and check your tyres regularly for bulges, wear or other signs of damage.You can also check the tread depth quite simply by using a 20p coin as the picture shows, but if you’re not sure then pop into one of our approved tyre centres and they will check them for you for free.If your contract includes maintenance, we will also authorise replacements when the tyre is damaged or deemed to warrant replacement by a competent tyre fitter due to safety reasons. Simply call our DriverLine number on 0345 250 0000 and select the relevant option, we'll then check stock levels for your vehicle within your area and sort an appointment for you.

Tip!
Take a close-up photo of your tyres when your vehicle is delivered so that you will always have the tyre information to hand.

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    Tip!

    Take a close up photo of your tyres when your vehicle is delivered so that you will always have the tyre information to hand.

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