How to take care of tyres and wheels

In summer or winter it is important to take care of your tyres and wheels. If your tyres are in good condition you will be driving safely whatever the weather conditions. In this article Carstore Wales will give you some tips how to look after your tyres and wheels. When you do buy a car from us we will always ensure all tyres and wheels are in excellent condition. Check out our latest range of used cars for sale.

Check your tyre pressure every month

Having the correct tyre pressure ensures that you have maximum grip on the road and it reduces the risk of losing control of your vehicle. Tyre pressure will drop in small amounts due to natural escape of air. Check the pressure of your tyres, including the spare, monthly and also before any long journey. Doing this will increase the life of your tyres and saves you money and it will also increase the performance of your car. Having the correct tyre pressure will also save you fuel. You can find the recommended tyre pressure in the user manual of your vehicle, on a label on the door or door frame of your car or on the inside of the fuel tab.

Make sure your tyres are legal and safe

The legal minimum tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6 mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. Always make sure you check the tread on your tires regularly. When tires need changing go to your local garage to replace these and also ask if they can do a check if your wheels need tracking. This wheel alignment or tracking is the process to ensure the wheels of your vehicle are set to its optimum position as per the car manufacturer specifications. If your wheels are not aligned correctly this can cause tyre wear and it also affects the handling of your car.

Remove break dust from your wheels

Break dust is being produced when the break disc and brake pads are rubbing against each other. This break dust contains metal filings, carbon fibers and is acid. It can therefor damage your alloy rims and cause corrosion. It makes your expensive alloys look old and dirty but it also slowly damages the structure of the wheel hence compromising your safety.

In order to prevent this make sure you have a regular weekly cleaning routine.

  1. Always make sure your wheels are cold. With a hose wash off the loose dirt.
  2. If your wheels are very dirty scrub them first with a soft brush.
  3. Preferably using a microfibre mitt wash the wheels and tyres with a shampoo removing all the break dust. If you do not do this on a weekly basis the break dust will be more difficult to remove.
  4. Rinse your wheels with water removing all shampoo and loose break dust.
  5. Wash the wheel arches and rinse off again.
  6. Use a soft towel to dry the wheels.
  7. Preferably add a wheel sealant to protect the surface of your rims. This will protect against corrosion and will also make it easier to remove break dust the week after.

If your tyres need replacing or if you require any repairs relating to your wheels or tyres please do not hesitate to contact us on 01792 899844.


Our car service will keep your car running smoothly and will add value to your car. If you have a car service every year it will not only increase the reliability of your car but will also add value to your car as a full service history will increase your car resale price.

A standard service should be done annually or every 10,000 miles. Which ever comes first. This involves amongst others an oil change, break and tyre inspection. It is vital that your oil is changed annually to protect important moving components in your car engine.

We also recommend a comprehensive or full car service every two years or 20,000 miles again depending what comes first. You will get everything what is included in a standard service but we will also do a fuel filter change, oil filter change, air filter change, spark plug checks and wheel balance and alignment checks.

Do not hesitate and contact us now to book your car service today or call us on 01792 899844! Also check out our MOT test service. Book a combined MOT test and car service for peace of mind.


For MOT tests for Swansea and surrounding area come to The Carstore in Gorseinon. We can offer MOT tests for as little as £35. We have an experienced and fully-qualified in house repair team which will complete all repairs at competitive prices. We have many satisfied customers and you can be sure of the best value and service. We offer transparent charges and excellent customer service.

We can do MOT tests for your Cars, Vans and Motor homes. We have a collection and delivery service or you can use our courtesy car FREE of charge. This can be a great solution when you are depending on your car for domestic or work commitments. Please contact us for more details regarding this unique service.

Besides MOT testing to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and passes a number of safety inspections we also can service your vehicle. All work and repairs are completed to the highest standard and your service book will be stamped so that your vehicle maintains a higher value with complete service history.

Contact us now to book an appointment or call us on 01792 899844. You won’t find a better service anywhere!


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I bought a great little car from Carstore. The guys are great to deal with, very helpful and polite. Their after sales service is great too. Thanks Steve and Pete.

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