G-Mac understands that when a motorist has a problem with a tyre they want a quality service and expert advice.
In recognition that the range of tyre types and brands available today can be quite bewildering, our tyre experts are on hand to guide you through your tyre choices to make sure you get the right tyre for you and your vehicle.
The law requires your vehicle to be fitted with the correct type and size of tyre for the vehicle you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. There are also laws in place to govern all aspects of your tyres condition; most important of these is the minimum tread depth. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tread and around the complete circumference of the tyre.
Your tyres are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the road, and as such, it is vitally important that you select the right tyre type for the vehicle you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. We believe that motorists should get in to the habit of checking the pressure and general condition of all four tyres, as well as any spares, every two weeks.
Different driving patterns have a dramatic effect on how often your brakes need servicing. For example: a set of brake pads that last up to 60,000 miles on a vehicle driven mostly on the motorway, may last only 30,000 miles on the same vehicle driven in busy city traffic.
Front brakes normally wear out before rear brakes because they handle a higher percentage of the braking load; especially on front-wheel drive vehicles.
It is often recommended that brake pads should be replaced if the pad friction material has worn down to a thickness of 3 millimeters. Brake disc thickness should be measured and replaced if they measure at, or below, the manufacturer’s safe minimum thickness specification.
G-Mac also recommends that brake discs or drums are replaced in axle sets. Replacing one brake disc or drum could cause an imbalance in braking performance that could lead to further premature wear.
When new parts are fitted it’s vital to drive gently and carefully until they ‘bed in’. This takes approximately 200 miles. Excessive braking action on new parts can potentially damage them and lead to a loss of braking efficiency and performance.