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Flat Tyres and Damaged Wheels
Flat tyres and damaged wheels are extremely common problems encountered by drivers in the UK. Having a tyre changed is one of the most simple services to be performed on a car and you can even carry out the job yourself if you know what you’re doing. A burst tyre can be caused by; a nail puncture, hitting a curb with force, running over a pothole or anything which would cause high impact. However if your tyres do burst, its doesn’t always mean that you have to get a replacement as many modern cars are fitted with a sealant repair kit. This kit allows a mechanic or a driver to seal the broken area of a wheel instead of having to buy a brand new one. It is advisable to consult an expert if you aren’t sure about sealing a tyre as a botched attempt will not reslove the issue.
Changing a tyre
If you do decide to change a wheel for yourself it is vital that you keep in mind the following points;
- If you can help it, never change a tyre on the hard shoulder of a motorway or close to traffic.
- Don’t replace a tyre while your car is on inconsistent ground
- Never change a tyre while there are passengers in the car.
- Never get under a car while it is raised on a jack
- Only use a jack on the specified jacking points on the car
- Always consult your owners manual
- Ensure your spare is fully inflated with the right pressure
- Keep a jack in your car
- Try to minimise the amount of time the vehicle is raised
- Turn your engine off and your hazards on
- Apply the handbrake
It is also important to keep in mind that if you are fitting a spare wheel, it is unlikely to be a like for like replacement. Spare tyres can often be specialised for temporary use and are known as ‘skinny spares’. They have restrictions on use and are typically restricted to running at 50mph.
Some dashboard lights will turn on if the skinny spare is in place as ABS, traction control and some automatic gearboxes will not work with the new unit.
If you use a skinny spare it is important that you have it replaced with a proper tyre as soon as possible as it is not safe to drive with one permanently fitted. The metallic wheel which the tyre raps around can also become damaged by potholes and bumps on the road.
How do you know if you wheel is damaged?
- Bulging in the sidewall area of the tyre
- Visible denting, rust or leakage
- Axle or suspension failure
- Vibration or deflation of tyres
Where to find a local garage for help?
Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy which is why we simplified the process. We work with a network of 10,000 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive tyre and wheel repair deals for you. To find the best tyre and wheel services in your region;
- Enter your car registration number
- Give us a few details about your car and your requirements
- We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in your area
You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best deal in your area, before booking the tyre or wheel repair online.