Tyres and Wheels
We pride ourselves on our low tyre prices…
Our tyre and fitting service provides you with the tyres your vehicle needs to perform to its full potential. We can also assist you with a tyre health check and advise on the correct approved tyres for your vehicle should they need to be replaced. We offer a comprehensive replacement package (including the environmentally friendly disposal of your old tyres) at hugely competitive prices.
At Belgravia Garage we offer a full tyre fitting service including wheel balancing. Wheels which are not balanced / out of balance generally produce a vibration that makes driving uncomfortable and results in premature wearing of suspension and steering components, rotating parts and tyres.
Correctly balanced wheels will help to eliminate vibration, avoiding the premature wear typically caused by an imbalance in the rotating wheel and tyre assembly. The first sign that wheels may be out of balance is when the steering wheel starts to wobble above a certain speed. The weight of modern cars means that they don’t dampen down the vibrations caused by spinning wheels in the way that older, heavier vehicles could.
We balance the wheels using the latest tyre machine technology. The machine rotates the tyre and wheel assembly and automatically calculates the weight and location of the balance counter weight, allowing the driver to experience a smoother ride and prolong the life of the tyres and suspension.
The term wheel alignment / geometry is the general description given to the process required to rectify the mechanical parts which combine to form the vehicle steering and suspension. Wheel alignment is required as vehicles are subjected to dynamic and physical forces which can be altered as a result of driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components.
At Belgravia Garage we have invested in the latest alignment / geometry equipment in order to ensure that we make the exact adjustments required to align the vehicle’s steering and suspension.
The benefits of wheel alignment / wheel geometry are as follows:
- Reduced tyre wear
- Improved fuel consumption
- Improved handling
- Increased driver safety
At Belgravia Garage we have highly trained staff and specialist technology to ensure we can offer a complete wheel refurbishment service to the highest of standards.
Our professional technicians shot-blast the wheels by hand (chemically strip if required) to remove all previous layers of lacquer and paint in order to achieve a bare metal surface.
This ensures all signs of kerbing, corrosion and blemishes are removed and the wheels can then be dressed and filled to repair any damaged rim edges.
The wheels are then heated and a powder coat finish applied before they are left to cure for a set period of time. Finally, a clear lacquer is applied over the first coating to enhance and protect the alloy wheel. Powder coating ensures the most durable finish and highest level of protection for alloy wheels.
It is important for you to check the condition and tread of your tyres regularly as any damage, foreign bodies, unusual tyre wear and insufficient tyre tread depth will all affect the drive quality and safety of your vehicle.
Pay particular attention to the sidewalls of your tyres and look for any bulges or cuts in them; this could be the result of kerb or pothole damage. You should also check to make sure that there are no signs of cracks appearing which are a sign of ageing.
The correct tyre pressure on your vehicle can help extend the tyre life, improve vehicle safety and maintain fuel efficiency. It is vitally important that you check the condition of your tyres regularly and make sure that the tyre pressures are set to the correct level (detailed in the vehicle owner’s handbook). We recommend that you check your tyres at least twice a month or before any long journey, as incorrect tyre pressure is likely to cause irregular wear patterns.
You should check the tread depth of your tyres at regular intervals; the minimum legal limit is 1.6mm across the middle 75% of the tyre at any point. We would recommend that you change your tyres when they reach 3mm tread depth (78% worn), as tyres worn below this will greatly affect the overall braking and cornering performance of your vehicle whilst increasing the risk of aquaplanning when driving on wet roads.
Remember that if your tyre is un-roadworthy you compromise the performance of your vehicle and could also risk a possible maximum penalty fine of £10,000 and 12 penalty points on your driving licence.
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Run-flat tyres are specially designed tyres that enable you to continue driving when you have a punctured tyre on your vehicle. These can be supplied and fitted at Belgravia Garage.