At Hallmark we are a specialist in tyres for all cars and can provide a full tyre services. At our tyre centre we operate a full tyres fitted service using the most up-to-date tyre fitting, tyre balancing and wheel alignment equipment.
Tyre care and maintenance is often overlooked by many car owners but you should make use of our many tyre services as we believe that the tyres are really the most important safety feature on your car as they carry all the weight and have to cope with the forces of accelerating, braking and cornering.
Tyre Services at Hallmark Motor Services – Specialist in Tyres in the North-West of England
Why You May Need New Tyres Fitted
As far as UK law is concerned car tyres need to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three-quarters of the tyre. To help you assess how much tread you have on your car tyres, manufacturers frequently mould ‘tread bars’ where the depth is roughly 1.6mm. If, when you inspect your tyre(s), you can see these bars then your tyre(s) are about to become illegal and unsafe. This is the legal MINIMUM amount of tread you need on your tyres and for optimum safety, manufacturers tend to recommend that your tyres should be changed when the tread depth reaches 3mm. If you are unsure about whether your tyres need replacing why not let someone who specialises in tyre services to have a look at them.
The following factors can affect the tread wear on your car tyres and mean that they need to be replaced more frequently than necessary if they were correctly maintained. These factors are usually one or more of the following:
Incorrect Tyre Pressures
1. Under-Inflated Tyres – If you drive your car on tyres that are under-inflated this will cause rapid wear along the edges of the tread.
2. Over-Inflated Tyres – If you drive your car on tyres that are over-inflated this will cause rapid wear along the centre of the tread.
Brakes & Shock Absorber Faults
Driving with faulty brakes or shock absorbers can cause flat spots around the tread of the tyre.
Poor Wheel Alignment
Incorrect wheel alignment (tracking) – This can cause rapid wear along the inside or outside edges of the front tyres.
All of these causes of uneven wear can be avoided with good car maintenance routines and a little help from your friendly specialist in tyres.
When you have tyres fitted and replaced they should always be replaced in pairs (the two front tyres or the two rear tyres) to avoid any handling or balance problems when braking. When you replace tyres always choose the best tyres you can afford. Cheaper tyres can give you similar grip to premium tyres in dry conditions, but there is often a big difference in their wet weather performance.
Wheel & Tyre Balancing
To keep the tread of your tyres in constant contact with the road, the wheel and tyre have to be correctly balanced. On the road, wheel imbalance can actually lift the tyre from contact with the road which you will experience as vibration through the steering wheel. This can obviously cause steering and braking problems. The vibration causes high-pressure stress in the steering, hub assemblies and suspension, resulting in excessive mechanical wear and higher fuel consumption as well as tyre wear. If the imbalance is not corrected there can be damage caused to the suspension, wheel bearings and steering components. At Hallmark tyre services we can correct wheel and tyre imbalance using the latest tyre balancing equipment. It is important to have your wheels balanced whenever you replace a tyre or have a puncture repaired.
If when you are driving you accidentally hit a kerb or drive over a deeper than expected pothole, the delicate settings of your car’s steering geometry may become misaligned which can result in uneven wear on your tyres if it is not corrected by a specialist in tyre services. Wear and tear in the steering components can also have an effect on wheel alignment so it is worth having your front wheels realigned about every 6000 miles.
The tyre services we offer at Hallmark can fulfil all of your tyre replacement and maintenance requirements – just give us a call or send an enquiry if you need a specialist in tyres in Stockport and the surrounding area.