Fast Ford - - All About… Tyres -

As the only con­tact patch with the road, tyres are some­thing you should take great care of to avoid pre­ma­ture fail­ure and to en­sure op­ti­mum per­for­mance at all times. Here’s some of the things you should be look­ing out for:


This is one of the most com­mon causes of tyre fail­ure and is usu­ally caused by in­cor­rect sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try ( es­pe­cially if the car has been low­ered from stan­dard) or brake fail­ures. It can also be caused by sim­ple mis­takes such as un­der- or over­in­flat­ing the tyres.


Tears, cuts, bub­bles, and other dam­ages to the side­wall area are po­ten­tially very dan­ger­ous. If spot­ted you should re­place the tyre im­me­di­ately. Typ­i­cal causes of cuts and tears are haz­ards in the road, while bub­bles and scrapes to the side­wall can be caused by im­pact dam­age from pot­holes and kerbs.


Sep­a­ra­tion of the tyre con­struc­tion is not that com­mon, thank­fully, but can be a dif­fi­cult one to spot. Bulges in the side­wall, tread face, or shoul­der of the tyre are the usual indi­ca­tions a tyre has started to sep­a­rate. Typ­i­cal causes in­clude ex­ces­sive heat build up as a re­sult of un­der- or over­in­fla­tion, or wa­ter en­ter­ing the tyre car­cass from a cut or tear al­ready in­flicted on the tyre.


This one is quite rare, but is still one to be aware of. It’s usu­ally caused by in­cor­rect fit­ment, ei­ther to the wrong wheel for the tyre or just sim­ply by bad fit­ting meth­ods. The metal bead can bend or in some cases ac­tu­ally be bro­ken, which can then lead to side­wall dam­age such as tears or de­for­mity.

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