Frequently Asked Questions
As Northampton’s largest tyre & MOT centre and experts in car servicing we are often asked for professional advice by our customers. In this section we’ve put together the answers to the most frequently asked questions about tyres, servicing & MOT and wheel alignment. Simply select a relevant category or type your question in the search bar.
Our most popular FAQs
On the sidewall of every tyre you will find tyre markings. This is a code written in a specific order that tells you the tyre size, speed rating, load index and other features such as winter and run flat capabilities. The tyre fitter will use this information to match your car to the correct size of tyre. If you require special capabilities such as winter-specific tyres, ask the tyre fitter if they stock tyres that will meet your needs. When ordering tyres over the phone or online, use these numbers to order the correct size to fit your vehicle. Always have…Continue reading
Regular servicing of your vehicle will ensure it runs perfectly for as long as possible. It’s also good for your wallet in the long term. However, servicing isn’t mandatory like an MOT, so deciding whether to have a full or interim service can be difficult for some motorists. An interim service checks the levels of fluids, including brake fluid, screen wash and antifreeze coolant. In addition to this, an interim service will also include checks on the condition of the engine, such as the plugs and filter, as well as testing the batteries, lights and tyres. Here is a detailed breakdown…Continue reading
An MOT is designed to ensure every car over 3 years old is roadworthy. Each component that is checked on your vehicle will either pass the test or recieve a ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’ fault code. A dangerous or major fault will require immediate repair in order to be allowed a pass therefore to go back on the road for another year. MOT testers will point out minor issues and suggest advisories for the coming year that you should repair well before your next MOT test on the same vehicle. A typical test will include checks on the following: Brakes Lights…Continue reading
Wheel alignment and wheel balancing are not the same service or procedure. Both are important to the condition of your tyres in the long term. However, alignment and balancing are two very different things. Where wheel balancing corrects the distribution of weight around each wheel, wheel alignment adjusts each wheel so that it sits at the optimal angle to the road and in relation to every other wheel on the vehicle. Click here to take a closer look at each procedure in detail and understand the differences. What is Wheel Balancing? Wheel balancing redistributes the weight of the car evenly around…Continue reading
What is the fine for driving with illegal tyres?
If you drive with tyres that do not conform to the minimum legal standards, you could receive three penalty points on your licence and a £2,500 fine for each illegal tyre. In certain circumstances, the court may disqualify you from driving.