Hundreds of quality brands in stock!
We have hundreds of quality tyres in stock to suit your individual driving needs, style and most of all budgets. Our economy range have undergone various independent quality tests prior to arriving on our shelves to ensure that our tyres at the cheaper end of the market are going to do the job both safely and effectively for the end user, our customer. Stepping up a notch, our mid-range “Quality” sector really packs a punch when it comes down to the nitty gritty. They boast superior results when compared to the economy / budget sector offering many benefits like reduced wet braking distances and better more stable dry handling to name but a few. At Steve Andrews Tyres, we are proud to call our carefully selected, mid-range sector tyres our “House brands” as we feel that you are getting a near premium quality tyre that will consistently continue to grow and develop along with vehicle performances and safety criteria for a fraction of the cost compared to the cost of a Premium brand.
At present, three of our car tyre House brands, MATADOR, KUMHO and GENERAL come with their very own unique LIFETIME WARRANTY meaning that if one of these brands experiences damage beyond a straight forward puncture repair then a replacement will only cost you the equivalent of the tread that has been used on the damaged tyre. The allowance given is worked out on a sliding scale and is dealt with upon your arrival between you and our dedicated sales staff resulting in you getting back on the road in no time at all. Due to its great success, GENERAL TIRE has since extended their LIFETIME WARRANTY to also include the entire van range and also the GENERAL GRABBER GT in the 4×4/SUV range.
As vehicle manufactures are constantly looking for ways to improve ride safety and comfort tyres are becoming more and more critical to specific fitment to enhance features and overall performance. For specialist or non-stock tyres then you’re only a call away for a next day delivery and fitment service.
How do you read a tyre?
1. Energy Saver+ This denotes the name of the tyre.
2. 205/55 R 16 19V This is the size and characteristics of the tyre.
205 – This is the section width of the tyre.
That means the overall width of the tyre in mm.
55 – This is the aspect ratio of the tyre.
That is the sidewall height of the tyre as a percentage of the section width.
R – This mean the tyre is of Radial construction.
16 – This is the internal diameter of the tyre.
91 – This is the load index, which is a code associated with the maximum load a tyre can carry.
V – This is the speed symbol, which relates to the maximum speed of use.
3. Tubeless: This means the tyre requires no inner tube.
NEW TYRES TO THE FRONT OR REAR?
If you are only replacing a pair of tyres, Michelin recommends that you have the new (or least worn) tyres fitted to the rear of the vehicle. This is for safety in difficult driving conditions, such as hard braking or cornering, especially on wet or slippery road surfaces.
New tyres fitted in front :
The vehicle’s handling characteristics will change compared to before the tyre change, and the driver could be taken by surprise. Whereas previously there could have been a tendency to lose grip with the front tyres first (understeer), the initial loss of grip could now be with the more worn rear tyres (oversteer), which may be more difficult to control, especially on slippery roads.
The photo shows a rear end slide (oversteer) on a wet surface.
New tyres fitted at the rear:
The vehicle’s handling characteristics will be similar those to which the driver has got used to before the tyre change. There will now be optimum grip on the rear tyres, meaning that if the car does slide, the front tyres will tend to lose grip first (understeer), a safer and more stable condition than if the rear tyres lose grip first (oversteer).
This advice applies to both front and rear wheel drive vehicles.
If all four tyres are quite worn, consider replacing the full set.
When replacing a pair of front tyres, Michelin recommends fitting the new tyres to the rear, and where necessary, moving the part worn rear tyres to the front. The tyre inflation pressures should be adjusted to suit the new positions.
In the case of different front and rear tyre sizes, the tyres cannot be moved from one axle to another. However, having the least worn tyres on the rear axle will still tend to produce more stable handling in slippery conditions.
In the case of four wheel drive vehicles, Michelin strongly recommends that tyres are used in identical sets of four. The vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations should also be followed.
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