Tyre Fitting

    Tyre Fitting

    Fitting tyres

    All new tyres are recommended to be fitted on the rear axle.

    Industry research shows that with new tyres on the rear, surface water will be better dispersed, improving straight-line braking ability. Similarly, if the rear has part worn tyres, there is a greater risk of the vehicle over-steering.

    There is often a greater loss of control when a rear tyre suffers a puncture too. Therefore, it has proved to be safer if the deeper tread is fitted to the rear wheels.

    This should be considered when changing tyres around. Find out more on tyre rotation here.

    Tyre valve

    The valve and valve cap provide a vital function in maintaining an airtight seal. Every valve deteriorates over time, and a faulty valve will allow air to escape, which can reduce tyre pressure and lead to tyre wear and safety issues.

    For increased safety, Maxxis recommends that the valve is replaced each time the tyre is changed, and a valve cap with a rubber seal is fitted.

    Tyre balancing

    Car Tyres need to be balanced to avoid vibration and other problems.

    Incorrect wheel balance can therefore lead to damage to the car’s suspension, steering and bearings. This can also cause premature and irregular tyre wear.

    Maxxis recommends balancing the rear wheels as well as the front wheels and this can be done at your local Maxxis dealer.

    Repairing tyres

    Penetration of the tread by a nail or other sharp object can often be safely repaired. Rules for repair are set out by British Standard BS AU159:

    • Repairs are possible within the main tread area, but the shoulder and sidewall are non-repairable.
    • Before the repair can be made, the tyre has to be removed from the wheel to check for internal damage.
    • Externally applied plugs and liquid sealants injected through the tyre valve are not considered suitable as a permanent repair.
    • The regulations state that there is no limit to the number of repairs that can be carried out on a tyre, but tyres speed rated V and above can only be repaired once.
    • Only a special vulcanised plug patch should be used and these must not overlap.
    • Tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread remaining, with no sidewall or run-flat damage.

    Motorists should never attempt their own tyre repairs. It could prove fatal in the event of the repair failing at speed.

    Find your local Maxxis tyre fitter here.

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