When to replace your tyres

Replacing your tyres

All tyres wear out or become damaged and will eventually need replacing.

How quickly that happens depends on various things, like your driving habits, where you live and how well you maintain your tyres.

 

When should I replace them?

You should inspect your tyres regularly – at least once a month. Check the list below to see if your tyres need replacing:

  • Tread Wear Indicators: most tyres have tread wear indicators – you can only see these indicators when your tread depth has gone beyond the limit, which is generally 1.6 mm.
  • Uneven wear patterns: you should also check your treads for uneven wear patterns that can indicate other problems with your tyres or your vehicle. 
  • A bulge or a blister on the sidewall of a tyre: these can lead to tyre failure and could be dangerous. 
  • A flat tyre caused by a blowout.
  • Lacerations or other significant damage.
  • Tread punctures larger than 6mm you cannot repair any punctures larger than that and you should never repair tyres worn below 1mm.

Tips for buying replacement tyres

  • Replace all four at once:

It’s a good idea to replace all four tyres at once. For optimum handling and control we recommend they are all the same type and size, unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

  • Make sure they match: 

If you’re only buying two, make sure the new ones match the tyres you’re keeping, and that this is permitted by your local laws and by the vehicle manufacturer.

  • Put new tyres on the rear axle:

For better traction and stability when you drive, if you are only buying two new tyres put them on the rear wheels.

  • Different speed ratings: 

It’s not recommended to fit tyres with different speed ratings. However, if they are fitted with different speed ratings they should be installed with like pairs on the same axle.

  • Load-carrying capacity:

Make sure replacement tyres have a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than what the original equipment manufacturer specifies.

Warning

Before you replace your tyres, always consult the vehicle owner's manual and follow the vehicle manufacturer's replacement tyre recommendations. Vehicle handling may be significantly affected by a change in tyre size or type.