Do I need to replace my tyre?

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Do I need to replace my tyres?

You as a driver play the most important role in tyre maintenance.

Before you go for a drive, take a few minutes to inspect your car – especially your tyres – for any signs of damage and wear.

You may need to repair or replace tyres on your car for numerous reasons, including:

  • general wear
  • tread worn down to the minimum mm depth
  • damage or abuse, such as: 

                 -  punctures

                 -  cuts

                 -  impact damage
     
                 -  bulges

                 -  incorrect pressure, such as under-inflation

                 -  overloading

                 -  sidewall damage

Routine inspection: a must for safety

All tyres, including spares, must be inspected routinely to

  • ensure legal minimum mm tread depth is maintained
  • check for general wear
  • check for damage

Do this at least once a month. Regular inspections for wear indicators become more important the longer a tyre is in service.

If damage is suspected or found, Continental recommends that you have the fit and condition of your tyres checked by professionals. Make the most of their expert advice during the consultation to determine if your existing tyres can remain fitted and on the road or if a repair or replacement is required. It may be that you need new tyres fitted for greater safety when driving.

For additional safety, check the tyre on your spare wheel at the same time.

This routine inspection should occur regardless of whether or not your vehicle is equipped with the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Keep an eye – and an ear – on condition and performance.


Drivers are strongly encouraged to be aware of the visual condition of their tyres. This includes checking the tread and sidewall for signs of punctures, bulges and wear. Also, be alert for any change in dynamic performance while driving on the road. The result of sub-optimal tyre condition could reveal itself as:

  • increased air loss, leading to incorrect pressure, deflation and eventually a flat tyre
  • noise, which could indicate damage to the surface
  • vibration, which could indicate incorrect tyre fitting or incorrect wheel balance
  • changes in how the vehicle brakes

Pay attention to wheel and tyre performance as you drive in real-world conditions – be the road wet or dry, sealed or unsealed – and at varying speeds. If you notice any changes, they could be an indicator that you need to immediately repair or replace one or more tyres to prevent tyre disablement. Your observations could help prevent a flat tyre or even a blowout.

Remember: inspect for tyre wear and damage regularly before you drive.

It only takes a few minutes to check for tyre damage and help ensure top performance and safety.

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