All Trans Autos Quick & Easy Tyre Fitting in Colchester, Essex
At All Trans, we understand that when you have a problem with your car tyres you’ll want a quality tyre-fitting service, expert advice, value for money and the convenience of local tyre fitters available 6-days-a-week.
We appreciate choosing the right car tyres can be confusing, from choosing the right size to selecting car tyres and brand which is fit for purpose from the extensive range available. To help you, our tyre fitters are always happy to provide information to help you look after your car tyres.
When you think about it, your car tyres are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the road. That’s why it’s vitally important that you select the right car tyres type for the vehicle you are driving and for the purpose, it is being used. We believe that motorists should get into a habit of checking all four tyres every two weeks for correct tyre pressure, tread wear and general condition; and if you have one, don’t forget to check the spare tyre too.
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- We offer free tyre fitting on tyres supplied by us. We are approved tyre fitters in Colchester, Essex for a number of online tyre suppliers.
- We off free tyre check, including pressure checks without an appointment.
Modern pneumatic tyres are made from synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire, along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. They consist of a tread and a body. The tread provides traction on the road while the body provides containment for the quantity of compressed air needed to inflate the tyre correctly.
What tyre size do I have?
You can find the tyre size on the sidewall of each tyre along with the make and pattern if applicable. The tyre size is made up of number/number 1 letter number 2 number and a letter.
For example: 195/60R15 88H is a common size for a transit connect;
- The first number is the width of the tyre in millimetres so in this case 195mm wide
- The second number ’60’ confirms the height shown as a percentage of the full tyre width.
- The letter ‘R’ depicts the type of tyre, in this case, it is a radial. Most modern vehicles have radials fitted
- The 3rd number is the diameter of the wheel rim shown in inches
- The last number indicates the tyre index which relates to the maximum load each tyre can carry in kg, in this case, the tyre has a load index of 88 meaning the load capability is 560KG. As an example, 7 seat vehicles and commercial vehicles will have a much higher load index to facilitate the additional weight requirements.
- The last letter is the speed rating
At All Trans Autos, we are your local experts on vehicle tyre service and repairs in Colchester, Essex. With many decades experience in the field, we are trusted to deliver results from our garage in Stanway. Our rates are highly competitive, and we put efficiency at the heart of what we do, so book your service today!
Tyre Fitting: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum legal tread depth for car and van tyres?
The law requires car and van tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. The tread pattern must be visible on the remaining outer edges.
How often should my tyres be checked?
Tyres should be checked for tread depth, condition and pressures once a month and before any long journey. In reality many people do not carry out regular, basic maintenance checks on their vehicles, contact us to book a free health check which will include checking the tread depth, condition and pressures of your tyres.
What is my tyre size and where do I find it?
Most tyre sizes would be presented as width/profile/rim size then load rating/speed rating, for example 205/55/R16 91V. 205 would be the width of the tyre, 55 would be the profile which is the height of the tyre sidewall as a percentage of the width, 16 would be the rim (wheel) diameter, 91 would be the load rating which is the maximum weight limit per tyre and V would be the speed rating which indicates the maximum speed for the tyre at full load. Fitting the correct size tyre is very important and the easiest place to find the size is on the sidewall of your existing tyres or in the vehicle handbook.
What is the correct pressure for my tyres and why is it important to maintain them correctly?
Correct tyre pressures are important to stay safe on the road. If the tyres are under inflated or over inflated, then handling and grip could deteriorate and cause irregular or unpredictable vehicle behaviour. Underinflated tyres are more likely to have sudden deflation and cause premature wear on the outside edges of the tyre, the wheel rim and tyre will become more susceptible to impact damage. Over inflation may cause a less comfortable ride, a reduced surface area making contact with the road resulting in less grip and a quicker wear rate to the centre of the tyre tread. The correct tyre pressures help fuel efficiency and longer tyre life.
The most common measurement is PSI (pounds per square inch) and the correct pressure can be found in the vehicle handbook, on a plate inside the vehicle’s door rim or on the inside of the petrol cap. If you are not confident to check the tyre pressures on your vehicle please visit us, no appointment necessary, and we will gladly check and adjust the tyre pressures for you, free of charge.
What are the fines for driving with illegal tyres?
Drivers who fail to comply with the legal regulations for tyres can face fines up to £2500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. To help keep your tyres legal contact us to book a free health check which will include checking the tread depth, condition and pressures of your tyres.
My tyre has a bulge, is this safe or should I replace it?
Bulges in tyres can occur when the sidewall becomes damaged, which is often caused by impact on kerbs or from potholes in the road. Once a bulge appears it shows the structural integrity of the tyre sidewall is weakened and subsequently the tyre is compromised, the tyre should be replaced to prevent a potential blow out. If the vehicle is presented for an MOT and a tyre has a bulge the vehicle will fail.
How do you measure a tyre?
You can find the tyre size on the sidewall of each tyre along with the make and pattern if applicable. The tyre size figure will be formatted (as number/number 1 letter number 2 number and a letter) for you to be able to determine the measurement. A tyre is sized by its inside diameter. The outside diameter is used to measure the aspect height or tyre profile, which is dictated by the sidewall. It gives the width of the tyre against its height as a percentage. All the information you will need about what your tyre measurement is, will be available on the sidewall of your tyre and when you run it through a directory.
If you need more information regarding our tyre-fitting service or are lost in regards to getting your tyre measurements and require additional assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of venerable professionals at All Trans Autos. Our highly-qualified Bosch Car Service tyre mechanics will be able to diagnose the problem quickly and repair, measure or replace your tyres swiftly, often on the same day. Book a tyre service online today!
Where can I recycle my tyres?
If you have found that you have a fresh pair of new tyres and want to dispose of the old set of tyres in a safe, easy, and environmentally friendly manner, then you will usually be able to take the old set of tyres to your local household waste recycling centre, as long as you remember to check that it’s okay with your local council beforehand. You might find that there will possibly be a limit to just how many used tyres you can deposit into the recycling centre, and also that there might be an additional fee that comes along with it.
Remember, if you want any assistance in recycling your old tyres, do not hesitate to opt for the services of All Trans Autos, and make sure to have enough information about recycling locations before making a decision. Get in contact with All Trans Autos. Our team of venerable technicians will be happy to assist in arranging a booking, answering any queries you have, and providing any further advice needed.
Which types of tyre wear the fastest?
Modern pneumatic tyres are made from synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire, along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. They consist of a tread and a body. The tread provides traction on the road while the body provides containment for the quantity of compressed air needed to inflate the tyre correctly. Because they are made of rubber, tyres are biodegradable and prone to wear out over time. However, it doesn’t hurt to invest a little more money into the more prestigious tyre brands as this is indicative that the tyres will be more durable. You also want to make sure that you buy the right type of tyres for what you intend to do with your vehicle. The softer the rubber in a tyre tread the better the grip but this will come with the price of your softer rubber tyres wearing out faster.
Tire wear can be dependent on car serviceability, driving style, speed, road conditions, car weight, tire pressure, brake disc geometry, wheel drive type, and many more. It’s best to consult a mechanic beforehand to get a good idea of what type of tyres will wear down faster with your style of driving. Don’t hesitate to opt for the services of All Trans Autos, and make sure to have enough information about tyre types and what wears down faster before making a decision. Get in contact with All Trans Autos. As an accredited Bosch service, our team of venerable technicians will be happy to assist in arranging a booking, answering any queries you have, and providing any further advice needed.
Why do car tyres crack?
The sensation known as ‘tyre cracking’ can leave your tyres in a wreck and can make your driving experience unsafe. The culprit of this ‘cracking’ is when the tyres are exposed to extreme temperatures for elongated periods, the cracking will occur when having to endure freezing colds or blistering heat. The polymer compound that makes up the rubber in the tyre will expand in scorching hot conditions and constrict in cold conditions. Having to abide by constant fluctuations and temperature changes and, as a consequence, the regular movement of polymers will cause the bonds of the tyre rubber to weaken and cracks to form.
Being made of a biodegradable polymer also leaves tyres vulnerable to other factors such as water, age, and as such once they start to show signs of cracking no amount of chemicals will be able to bring your tyre back. You can, however, take precautions by inflating your tyres to the manufacturer’s specifications, parking in the shade during hot summers, applying a tyre protector onto your wheels against UV rays and water.
There are many solutions available to combat tyre cracking and asking for advice from your local mechanic will help your tyres last longer. Do not hesitate to opt for the services of All Trans Autos, and make sure to have enough information about your tyres before making a decision. Get in contact with our team of venerable technicians and they will be happy to assist in arranging a booking, answering any queries you have, and providing any further advice needed.
How often should I pump my car tyres?
Studies have shown that, on average, your car tyres will generally lose up to two pounds of air per month. If that number scares you, good, as you should understand how quickly your tyres can become underinflated if you don’t keep an eye on them. Not maintaining regular checks on your tyre inflation level could count as negligence and leave you in a vulnerable position when driving, which is why the standard recommendation would be to perform and tyre check and possibly a pump at least every month. You could maybe get away with skipping a month as long as you know your tyre was optimised to the greatest pump last time, but do you really want to take that risk?
The summer season could not be showing as many tyre pressure warning lights but, since it’s known you lose at least one PSI per month, you should still be opting for the proper pressure level when it comes to your tyres. remember that asking for advice from your local mechanic will help you keep your tyre pressure at a safe level. Do not hesitate to opt for the services of All Trans Autos, and make sure to have enough information about your tyres before making a decision. Get in contact with our team of venerable technicians and they will be happy to assist in arranging a booking, answering any queries you have, and providing any further advice needed.