Tips and advice to maintaining your tyres - When should you change your tyres?

When should you change your tyres?

Maintaining your tyres Leigh

Take the time to examine your tyres regularly. If they are displaying any one the symptoms described below, don't hesitate: change them without delay.

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A worn tyre cannot fulfil its function, especially to evacuate water during rain. Result: braking distances on wet roads are increased and road holding becomes uncertain. Furthermore, the risks of skidding and aquaplaning increase.

Regular monitoring of your tyres will enable you to know when to change them. Here are some situations which should warn you.

  • The tyre reaches the legal wear limit (tread depth less than 1.6 mm): the wear indicator appears on the tread. Usually, a good quality tyre (leading performance tyres) are changed every 40 000 or 50 000 km, lesser quality tyres every 10 000km.

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  • The tyre displays abnormal wear. This may take the form of spot wear, asymmetrical wear, wear in the centre or at the shoulders of the tread. Remember to correct the mechanical problems that caused this abnormal wear.
  • The tyre is damaged. It has a cut, a crevasse or a deformation which may lead to a slow puncture or a blow-out. 

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  • It does not comply with the car's equipment recommendations: incorrect sizes, speed and load ratings not respected.

Maintenance recommendations

  • Take advantage of your monthly pressure check to also check the general condition of your tyres and their level of wear.
  • Change your tyres in pairs on the same axle to preserve the balance of your car.
  • Each time you change tyres, you must have balancing done. Incorrect balancing leads to vibrations, less driving pleasure and premature wear on your tyres.