How often should I check the air pressure in my tyres?
Minty’s suggest you check the air pressure in your tyres weekly, when tyres are cold.
Is there a danger in driving with under-inflated tyres?
Yes, vehicles are held up and supported by the air chamber formed within tyres. Under-inflation is the most common cause of tyre damage.
In the worst cases, an extremely under-inflated tyre will burst and can cause serious traffic accidents.
How do I know if I have the correct tyres on my car?
You can check this by referring to the tyre placard fitted to your car. The tyre placard indicates the correct size, speed rating and local capacity, as well as the recommended inflation pressures. The placard is fitted to all vehicles manufactured since 1973 and is usually contained in the glove box, on the drivers door pillar or under the front bonnet. You should consult your local Mintys for specific advice.
Can I “mix” tyres on my car?
Radical ply and diagonal ply tyres have different handling characteristics and it can be dangerous to “mix” tyres on your car. It can also be dangerous to “mix” tyres of different sizes or aspects ratios. You should consult your local Mintys for specific advice.
Does hard braking minimize tyre life?
Tyres may wear quickly if consistently subjected to hard breaking or rapid acceleration. Adopting a conservative driving style will maximize tyre life.
Is it unsafe to drive if I have less than 1.6mm of thread?
When tread wears down to less than 1.6mm, the tyre may be unsafe to use in wet conditions and should be replaced as soon as possible. Tyres have indicators in their tread pattern which show as lines across the thread when reduced to 1.6mm.
Why do I need to have my tyres fitted by a Minty’s specialist?
Tyres should be fitted by your local Mintys specialist to ensure the tyres are fitted to the wheel correctly. Poorly fitted tyres can result in vibration, premature failure, poor handling or rapid tread wear.
What causes “Heel and Toe” wear?
In many cases, “Heel and Toe” wear occurs because of a lack in maintenance, mismatched inflation or incorrect driving habits.
Severe “Heel and Toe” wear can cause excess tyre noise and vehicle vibration.
Can I use sealants to repair tyre punctures?
Sealants should only be used as a temporary emergency measure. After a puncture, tyres should be inspected internally by your local Minty’s specialist to assess the damage. Sealants often do not fully inflate the tyre and the vehicle should be driven at reduced speeds until the tyre can be changed or permantly repaired. The use of sealants may invalidate tyre warranties.