An often neglected, but extremely important item on your car is the tyres. With only 4 very small areas in contact with the road, your tyres are placed under extreme loads as they transfer up to 2 tonnes of a fast moving vehicle as it accelerates, brakes and changes direction on an ever changing surface. You then add rain, hail, snow, dust and oil to this surface, and you can see what we are requiring these simple rings of rubber to do. For this reason you need to visit an automotive specialist, to make sure your tyres are up to the task. Different driving styles, or environments will require different features on the tyre you should choose. Manufacturers fit tyres to their vehicles that are a size and style to suit most situations, and are usually made to give long life.
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The life of a tyre is very susceptible to many issues including the compound of rubber that is used in its construction. The harder the rubber, the longer the life of the tyre but the grip is less than a softer tyre that may last a considerable shorter distance. Tread design is another factor that needs to be considered. For the best road holding ability on a dry smooth bitumen surface, a completely smooth (slick) tyre is the ultimate, but as soon as there is any contamination to the road surface these tyres become dangerous as they lose contact with the surface. For that reason general purpose tyres are created with tread which is designed to pump any water, or other contaminants from between the tyre and the road surface.
The design of this tread varies greatly depending on the contaminants that are expected to be most likely encountered. Mud, snow ice and sand requires a much coarser and more pronounced tread pattern than a tyre that is expected to mainly have to deal with rain. As you can imagine the depth of the tread needs to be deep enough that there is room for it to do the job intended and tyre manufacturers will build wear indicators into the tread pattern to show when the tyre needs to be replaced. This tread depth should ideally be even across the surface of the tyre throughout its life and if one part of the tread is lower than the recommended depth the safety of the tyre is greatly compromised. To maintain this even wear your vehicle should have regular wheel alignments to ensure all the wheels are pointed to the best angle to suit the vehicle. Correct tyre pressures will also help ensure even wear and longer life of your tyre. So make sure you visit a tyre expert in Adelaide to discuss the best option for tyres for your car.
In recent years, there have been many Asian tyre manufacturers entering the market. As with most products coming from this area, there is a very wide range in the quality of these tyres, but if you choose a tyre from one of the premium brands, you will end up with a tyre that is at least as good a quality as any of your well known brands purchased widely throughout Australia. One of the advantages that these manufacturers have is that all of their production machinery is much newer than some of the longer established tyre makers. This newer machinery does not only contain the very latest in technology, but also has not got the inherent wear in components, that older equipment gets over time. The end product is therefore more consistent in its quality and therefore performance on the road. Viva Auto Repairs are proud to recommend Nangkang, Westlake, Silverstone & Kinforest as great quality tyres to suit most vehicles at prices that are usually 50-70% cheaper than the better known brands. These tyres offer grip level, comfort, low noise and longevity, that makes them a great option when you next need tyres for your car.
For those that are looking for even cheaper tyres, we can usually supply options to help out in when finances are tight. This may be from our selection of mid range tyres that may save $10-15 per tyre or we can even supply budget tyres in most sizes that can reduce costs by another $10 or so. These ranges are not only restricted to general passenger car tyres, but are also available in performance tyres, light truck & commercial vehicle tyres and 4WD tyres in highway, all terrain & mud tyres. With us now having the equipment to do in house fitting and balancing, we can usually have your car in, tyres fitted & your car ready to go in just over a half an hour, providing that a booking has been made & the tyres are in stock. Leave it with us for a little while longer and we can get the car wheel aligned too, ensuring that your new tyres last as long as possible. If you happen to get a flat tyre, call in to see us and we can check the condition of the tyre, and provided the hole is in a repairable position, we can fix it for as little as $20 without having to replace the tyre.
If we don’t have your tyres in stock when you call, then they can generally be here within 24 hours, so we can keep you safe and sound on the road. Viva Auto repairs can also supply semi slick racing tyres for use in circuit racing or drifting. Marque has the Nankang AR-1 tyres on his MX5 for use in both hill climbs & circuit racing at Mallala and he believes that they are by far the best value for money road legal semi slick tyre on the market today, providing great grip throughout their whole life, where some of the other brands only have ultimate grip for a few heat cycles. Let us help you with your tyre enquiries today.