What happens if I need to use my spare tyre?

Temporary use spare tyres are frequently of a different size to the standard road tyres and operating restrictions apply. Failure to observe the advice given in the vehicle handbook and/or on the spare wheel or tyre sidewall could have very serious consequences. Do not exceed the recommended maximum speed when using a temporary use spare tyre and observe the minimum inflation pressure.

My car doesn’t have a spare tyre, what happens if I get a puncture?

Many cars are now equipped with a temporary puncture repair kit rather than a spare tyre. See owner’s handbook on how to use and remember this is only a temporary and not permanent puncture repair.

Do tyre valves need to be replaced?

Valves should be replaced or serviced when renewing tubeless tyres. When checking or adjusting inflation pressure, always ensure the valve is not leaking. A new cap of the sealing type should be fitted.

Can my car tyre be repaired?

Repairs to car tyres must only be carried out by a tyre specialist and in accordance with the current British Standard AU159. Permanent repairs can only be carried out following removal of the tyre from the wheel to allow a thorough inspection internally as well as externally to ensure there is no hidden damage which could result in a catastrophic failure.

Can I repair my tyre myself with a liquid sealant or a plug?

No. Neither externally applied plug repairs, nor liquid sealants can be considered to be a permanent repair. Tyre manufacturers cannot be held responsible for problems resulting from their use. For repairs to self-supporting run flat tyres, consult the relevant tyre manufacturer.

The rims on my car are modified, what does this mean for my tyres?

Tyres should not be used on damaged, distorted or modified rims.  This could result in tyre damage, deflation and possible loss of control of the vehicle.

What if there is damage to my wheel?

It is essential that rim and tyre sizes are matched in accordance with the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations and that the assembly is an approved fitment for the vehicle concerned.

Who should I use to fit and/or repair my tyres?

Tyre fitting and repair should only be entrusted to a trained tyre specialist who has the necessary equipment and expertise. Inexpert fitting can result in operator injury and damage to tyres and rims. Wheels should be balanced after tyres are fitted or replaced.

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