Well-maintained tyres are vital to your vehicle's performance, and it is therefore crucial to ensure they are in the best condition possible. Not only will this improve your driving experience and your vehicles lifespan but it can also prove vital for your safety and that of all other road-users.
UK law requires the correct tyre size and type is fitted to all vehicles, and that tread depth does not decline to an unsafe level. GO Vauxhall is pleased to fulfill all your needs as part of our aftersales commitment, helping you avoiding costly fines or penalty points and ensuring your vehicle's safety.
With strong ties to the industry, we're able to supply a variety of tyres from leading manufacturers. Products with varying tread patterns and compounds are available to suit all road surfaces and weather conditions, allowing you to be fully prepared at all times.
When you bring your car or van to us, our expert technicians will work quickly to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We are also careful to dispose of old tyres in an environmentally responsible manner.
The aftersales team at GO Vauxhall will be happy to provide further information on choosing the right tyre to suit your vehicle, style of driving, and the road conditions you typically encounter. They offer impartial and professional advice, and recommend the most suitable and cost-effective solution. We are authorised by Vauxhall to carry out extensive maintenance and repairs for customers, meaning that you can trust us to find the right tyre and fit it to the highest standard.
Why not book your car in for a free Vehicle Health Check, where we can check all your tyres for wear and tear and provide feedback.
Contact us today for further information and guidance. Alternatively, you can call us by phone or visit our dealerships in person.
Your tyre size is easy to read and find once you know how. It is made up of a series of numbers and letters that are found on the side of the tyre.
Example: 225/55 R16 91V
The first number value you will see is the tyre width in millimeters. The second is the tyre profile or aspect ratio in percentage. The third is the diameter of the wheel rim in inches. The first letter value refers to the type of tyre construction, which is most commonly amongst all tyres as the letter 'R' for radial construction.
The speed index determines the maximum speed the tyre can maintain. Per the example 'V' represents up to 140mph.
The load index value determines the maximum load that the tyre can handle at the maximum speed. Per the example '91' represents 615kg.
model and engine combination has its own recommended tyre pressure
(TPMS), which are set by Vauxhall when the car is first built, to
maximise safety and performance for your vehicle. There are several
modes available with your cars settings - ECO / Standard / Comfort, and
each require different tyre pressures.
The easy ways to find your vehicles recommended tyre pressures specific to your vehicle is by either looking for the label inside your vehicle's door frame or referring to your owner's manual.
Tyre pressure can be displayed as either Kpa (kilopascal), Psi (Pound per square inch), Bar (1 bar = 100 Kpa).
Your vehicle's tyre pressures are very important, if your tyre pressures are too high or too low, your tyres longevity can be shortened and the car’s handling and fuel-efficiency will also be impacted. Specialist equipment and knowledge is needed to be able to calibrate the TPMS after changing to new tyres. So be sure you get proper care, by visiting the experts at your local Vauxhall Retailer.
Keeping your vehicle tread in constant contact with the road, the wheel and tyre have to be correctly balanced when new tyres are fitted. Wheel imbalance can lift the tyres from contact with the road resulting in excessive wear, reduced handling and high fuel consumption. Damage to the wheel bearings, steering components and suspension is also avoidable if you correctly balance your wheels.
Wheel alignment is the direction and angle at which the wheels are set. Wheels that are out of alignment can affect your steering, increase your fuel consumption and increase the wear and longevity of your tyres. Wheel re-alignment is offered across all our branches and for most vehicles consists only of the front two wheels.
We have a range of tyres available to suit any budget and vehicle;
Budget tyres are typically cheaper and offer a lower performance. They don’t have the same research and investment behind them as premium tyres, so they can be less efficient and of a poorer quality. As a result they can generally last up to 8,000 miles, but can under perform in wintery conditions.
Mid-Range tyres are generally the best of both worlds, and a good all rounder if your budget is tight. We will always recommend sticking with a mid-range tyre to get the best out of your vehicle and to maintain its longevity.
Premium tyres include most of the high end tyre brands. Considered superior in terms of grip, safety, performance, lifespan and fuel economy, but can be more expensive as a result. They will generally last for more than 15,000 miles under everyday use.
Car tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm or more across the central three-quarters of the tread and around the entire circumference to remain legal and pass your MOT. For even tread depth across your tyres, you must also correctly inflate to the vehicle manufacturer’s specified tyre pressure. This will also ensure the longevity of the tyre itself, reducing the intervals at which you replace them.
Tyres that don’t meet these legal requirements can incur fines and penalty points of up to £2,500 and three points per tyre, or £10,000 and 12 points if all tyres are illegal. A bald tyre, one with less than 1.6mm of tread, is dangerous and as a result will struggle to grip the road’s surface and keep your car on the road.
A good trick is to keep a 20 pence piece in your car and regularly check your cars tread depth. A 20p coin has an outer rim depth of 3mm giving you a pre-warning as to when you're near the legal and safety limit. Be sure to check across the whole tyre and in several locations, especially before making any long distance trips.
To find your tyre size, look at your tyres and on the outer sidewall of your tyre you will see embossed numbers and letters. Typically in this format; 225/55 R16 91V.
You can also check your owner's manual, which gives the tyre sizes specific to your vehicle.
Don't forget we are always here to help, so please do not hesitate in contacting us for any assistance.