When Should You Change Your Car’s Wheels?

Your car takes you to work then it takes you home and to various social activities. It is a part of your family and an extension of you so it’s not surprising that you want to take care of it. And you should take care of it, even the wheels.

Sometimes it takes something dramatic to cause you to have to change your wheels like an accident or big obstacle in the road. If you were involved in a minor accident where the car’s wheels buckled and are bent then you cannot drive with those wheels. You have to replace those mags and the tyres altogether. The same goes for the case where you drove over a hard obstacle on the road. This could cause one or more of your mag wheels to bend and the tyre to burst. So you would have to change those wheels.

When damage occurs to one or two wheels then you need to replace it. In that case you will need to decide on what you want to do in terms of the style of mags. If one or two of the mags are damaged you will need to find the same type of mags. But what if you can’t find the same style? In that case you might have to change all four mags so that they all look the same.

Time is the other factor that will cause you to change the wheels, or more specifically the tyres. When the tyres are old and worn, they have to be changed otherwise it will not have any grip on the road and delay the stopping motion. When you notice that the tread is low then you should change the tyres. A smooth tyre is not only dangerous but it is illegal as well.

If there is a puncture in the tyre, you could opt to repair it if it is not in a position that will compromise your safety. A tyre specialist will be able to assist you with this. If the puncture cannot be repaired then you will need to replace it. In such a case you need to replace two tyres at a time. When you replace the left rear one you should replace the right rear one for balance. The same would apply with the front two tyres.

The two rear tyres run down faster especially with a rear wheel drive vehicle. In such a case you may not necessarily need to change all the tyres at the same time, you may only need to change the rear ones.

It is important to note the status of your car’s tyres at any given time so that you are always driving safely.

Do Exhaust Cut-Outs Increase Horsepower?

There are a lot of components involved in building a car and getting the best performance from it. If you want to improve the way your car operates, you need to take time to understand its components, and how changes you make affect them, from top to tyre.

When you turn the key, your engine requires combustion. This is created when fuel and air mix in the changer, allowing combustion. Your car requires a lot of air flow to function at high performance. The faster fumes are pushed from your engine caused by the previous combustion therefore the following round of combustion will be quicker and better.

What Prevents Combustion Residue from Leaving the Engine?
If you have a problem with combustion residue failing to escape the engine fast enough, the problem could be contributed to the exhaust not being able to clear out fast enough. Unfortunately, it is illegal not to have an exhaust pipe on your car, even if it is dampening performance.

Will an Exhaust Cut-Out Improve Your Car’s Horsepower?
There are many people who swear by exhaust cut-outs. They insist that the cut-outs will increase the horsepower and get the tyre to roll smoother than before. However, exhaust cut-outs are not guaranteed to increase the horsepower at all, some people suffer through the experience of having their horsepower reduced, sometimes dramatically.

There are a lot of mixed experiences when it comes to exhaust cut-outs. Some people experience increased horsepower and torque, while others see a slight, to a dramatic drop in their stats.

One of the primary reasons for this is that do-it-yourself mechanics don’t consult a reputable mechanic to see if their exhaust was the reason behind their reduced or hindered horsepower. They also failed to take into account how large the exhaust cut-outs should be and either made them too large, or too small. Just like anything else you do to your vehicle, the process must be precise and calculated. You must know that it will work mathematically before you attempt it physically.

Cut-Outs Rarely Work on Stock Exhaust
Exhaust cut-outs rarely work on stock exhaust. For them to work in a way that successfully increases the horsepower, the exhaust must be restrictive in nature. Some people expect to experience a change in the sound of their vehicle. The car may sound louder, but you will not achieve an exact sound by adding exhaust cut-outs to the pipes.

By installing an aftermarket exhaust to your car, and then adding exhaust cut-outs, you may see an increase in horsepower and torque, but most factory and stock exhausts fail to provide this luxury. Make sure that you have tyres that can accommodate the additional thrust.

Be Safe on the Road

With so many vehicles travelling on the roads these days, as a driver you have to be extra careful. You may not make any mistakes and you may follow all the road rules but you still need to be careful because you never know what the other road users might do. Here are a few tips on staying safe on the road.

  • Check your mirrors. Your car is equipped with a rear view mirror and side mirrors. Whenever you make any move, whether it is turning left or right, or changing lanes, be sure to check your mirrors. The other drivers might not see you and that could lead to an altercation.
  • Be aware of other drivers. You may be doing everything right but it just takes one person to do something unexpected. The other driver could be distracted by a passenger, a child, the radio, a cell phone or any number of things. This could affect that person’s concentration and they could jump a red light or turn unexpectedly. At that moment you could be in their way and a collision could occur. If you are aware of the action of other drivers you could predict their next move and avoid an accident.
  • Use your indicators. Whenever you turn or change lanes, use the left or right indicator timeously to show other drivers what your intention is. This could potentially avoid a collision.
  • Brake timeously. When you see the red light or stop sign, give yourself ample distance to stop. Don’t wait until you are a few meters from the stop sign before you start to apply the brakes. This sudden stop action could confuse drivers behind you and they could bump into your car’s rear end.
  • Be aware at an intersection. Check what all the drivers are doing at an intersection. Is one driver hasty? Is another driver not going to stop at the intersection as they should? Many drivers take chances at intersections when they are in a hurry or are late for a meeting. These are the ones you need to be weary of.
  • Check your tyres. You need to ensure that your wheels and tyres are in good condition. You could be fined if your tyre tread is very low and the tyres are smooth, as this could be dangerous for you and other drivers.

Whatever you do, be safe on the roads. It could save you a lot of trouble.

Enhancing Tyres With Nitrogen Inflation

We’ve all seen those movies where they use nitrogen in the engine for speed. While that is great fun to watch, it’s not the only thing it is used for. Nitrogen can be used to inflate tyres which can give you a different driving experience on the road. Here are a few reasons why it is beneficial to inflate your tyres with nitrogen.

  • It increases fuel economy. With the tyres optimally inflated and less air leaving the tyres it enables the ideal pressure to be possible. This creates the optimal driving conditions which causes the engine to work a little less when accelerating, therefore fuel is saved. With the constant increase in costs, it would be great to save fuel.
  • It increases the life of the tyre. The nitrogen does not have the same eroding effect as air does, or more specifically carbon dioxide. Consequently, you probably won’t need to change the wheels as often as you would have had to if you used air inflation.
  • It stabilises the tyre pressure. As mentioned before the nitrogen maintains the pressure which is suitable for the ideal driving experience. When the pressure is at an optimal range the shock absorbers are able to perform more efficiently. This will give you a smoother drive.
  • It gives you better grip on the roads. The nitrogen inflated tyres gives you a better grip on the road because it creates a firmer and fuller shape to the tyre which remains constant for a longer time frame than with standard air inflation. You will have better peace of mind when taking corners especially those tight sharp corners.
  • It is safer in all weather conditions. It is suitable for both cold and warm weather conditions and performs consistently throughout wet and dry conditions. No matter what the weather is like, at least you are assured that the tyres will perform well while you are driving.

Nitrogen inflation is the ideal way to enhance your tyres because it can save fuel (which saves you money), increase the life of the tyre (which is also cost saving), give you better grip on the road and keep you safe in all weather conditions. If you are going to opt for nitrogen inflation, be sure to do it at an accredited workshop who knows what they are doing. All the air will have to be removed before the nitrogen is to be inflated. If you are unsure about anything, always discuss your concerns with a professional that will be able to give you the best advice.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Wheels and Tyres: City Driving

If you have a job you probably have to drive the city roads every day. This daily driving adds to the wear of your car parts so it is important to take care of your car whilst you are driving and when service intervals are due.

Have you ever taken note of how much your car has to work when you drive to and from work? In the morning when it is cold and you start your car, the engine has to warm up and adjust to the cold temperature. You use the clutch, the gears, the acceleration pedal and the brakes simply to pull out of the driveway. Once on the road, you utilise all of these car parts and during the drive you encounter stops, low and high speeds, left and right turns, and sometimes, obstacles. Unless you’re driving in the perfect environment, you would most likely find debris on the roads from prior accidents, perhaps vandals scattered some objects on the roads, a truck may have lost some of its load, or there are potholes. You would have to take evasive manoeveurs to avoid these obstacles whilst also avoiding other road users or possible pedestrians. This can take a strain on the steering wheel, gears, brakes, wheels and tyres. If you hit any of these obstacles it could damage your tyres and the rims of the wheels quite badly. A sharp object could cut the tyre or a pothole could rupture the tyre completely.

Because you drive your car every day, it is important that you don’t miss any services to ensure that your car is able to function at 100% on the road. If you do encounter any wheel and tyre damage, be safe and opt for the car to be towed if you don’t have a spare wheel. Alternatively, if you are able to, change the wheel so that you can drive to a tyre repair workshop as soon as possible. Then have the wheel and tyre replaced. Once the wheel is replaced, check the alignment and balancing so that you are certain the car will drive perfectly straight and not veer left or right.

City driving can take quite a toll on your car, especially on the wheels and tyres, so ensure that you check the tyre pressure regularly too. If you notice any punctures repair it immediately. Take care while you’re on the roads to ensure your safety.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Tyres: When to Change Them

When you drive around town or travel long distances you probably check that your car is in good working order. Driving around town requires a lot of stop and go action while travelling long distances tends to be a continuous driving action. Either way there is an impact on the tyres.

It is important to know when to change the tyres on your car so that they take you to your destination safely. Here are a few tips as to when to change the tyres.

  • The tread is smooth. When the tyre tread is smooth, in other words it is less than 2 millimetres deep. If the tread depth is less than 2 millimetres it affects the braking action of the car. The smooth tyres will not have sufficient grip on the road when you want to come to a complete stop, it will affect grip when going around a corner, and it will certainly affect driving in wet and rainy conditions. In each of these cases a smooth tyre could cause an accident. So make sure that you change the tyre when the tread is less than 2 millimetres.
  • It is damaged or worn. If there is wear anywhere on the tyre such as frayed edges because they are old then you need to change it. Driving with worn tyres can be dangerous because you never know when it might burst. Another occasion when you might need to change it is after hitting a big pothole. Potholes can cause great damage to the wheel so you need to inspect it thoroughly before you attempt to drive with it. A big pothole could not only damage the tyre, it could also damage the mag wheel and the suspension.
  • There is a puncture. If the tyre has a hole in it then this is a definite indication that it needs to be changed. Don’t attempt to drive with the puncture. This will make the wheel flat and it could cause the car to be imbalanced. This imbalance is dangerous as it can cause you to make an accident because the handling of the car is drastically affected.

When you notice that there is any wear, damage or punctures on the tyres, then get the tyre changed. You could do it yourself by replacing it with the spare wheel. But it would be better if you could take it to a specialist who will remove the damaged tyre from the mag wheel and replace it with a new one. You could still keep the mag wheel as it needs to match the other mag wheels on your car.



A Look Back at the Most Impressive Race Car Engines

Did you know that race cars must have extremely powerful engines in order to be winners? Besides the aerodynamics that have been implemented and the modifications, the engine is what makes the car the ultimate winner.

Let’s start off with the famous Formula One Ferrari. One of the most famous engines in the F1 was the Ferrari V10 F1. It was a 3.0 litre, ten cylinder racing car that was responsible for 57 wins.

The Porsche Flat 6 is another racing vehicle that left an impression on the world. It was a 2.0 litre air cooled engine. The most recent version of this Porsche has received impressive results by winning many races over the years.

The Porsche Flat 12 has one of the biggest engines in the racing industry. There are two flat six engines packed into this car. It is a 4.5 litre engine which has 1500 horse power. You can imagine how cramped the driver must have been to make space for this massive machine.

The Mazda R26B 4-rotor might have been one of the craziest models in the racing industry. Having entered 21 races and only winning one might be a strange statistic. This one race was the LeMans and it made an impression as it was the only car that was not a conventional piston engine and it was a unique marque.

The BMW S14 was the start of the M-series. Winning the championship but winning no races, it was simply a 2.5 litre engine with only four cylinders.

The Audi R10-18 TDI has been through many changes over time but always had a memorable engine. Originally, this model was a petrol engine that had ten cylinders. This was entered into the LeMans race and won. However, the manufacturers decided to place a diesel engine with twelve cylinders and two turbos. Now, that is an amazing amount of power in just a single race car. Not even Formula One cars have a V12 Engine.

Ever race car has to be equipped with the finest mechanical and electrical parts. Races are there to prove the quality of the car before hitting the city streets. Racing cars also test how well an engine can cope under extreme conditions such as heat, rain and snow.

Racing tracks are also the best places for tyre manufacturers to test their new products. Rubber needs to withstand heat and friction over long periods of time and track day is the time to test it.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

Modifying a Car: DIY Car Painting Tips

Modifying a car is one of the most exciting activities. The car eventually becomes personal to you and everyone associates the style with your personality. Painting your car is the first step to a unique look but you will need to follow a procedure.

  • Make sure that you have all your tools on hand. This includes sand paper, electric sandpaper, masking tape, newspapers, air compressors and spray guns. Also consider weather conditions such as sunshine, wind and rain.
  • Make sure that you have the correct chemicals for the paint such as thinners, primer, undercoat and top coat. All these are necessary to prolong the life of the paint job.
  • Remove all the dust in your work area to prevent particles landing on the wet paint. Particles will destroy the smooth finish. You also need to clean the car to remove all grease and road contaminants.
  • Never forget to wear a face mask, goggles and gloves to avoid getting the chemicals on your skin. These items will also protect you from the particles that come off when you sand current enamel off the car.
  • Sand the car in circular motions for a uniform surface. The more uniform the better the end result. Once you have finished with sanding the chassis, apply thinners onto a cloth and wipe the surface. Thinners will get the remaining paint off.
  • Priming the surface provides a good base coat to prolong the life of the paint job. It also helps to set the chemicals for an even finish. If you don’t want a specific section of the car to be painted, cover those areas with masking tape or newspaper.
  • Apply thin layers of primer and paint so that clumps and drops don’t form. Thinner coats will set quicker and allow you to add another coat on top without unsightly formations.
  • Follow all the rations mentioned on the instructions of the paint packages. There might be a different amount of chemicals that need to be mixed with the right amount of thinners.
  • Cover the tyres with newspaper so that the paint does not come into contact with the rubber. If the paint dries against the rubber it could decrease the lifespan of the tyre.

Follow these tips to create an old, but improved version of your vehicle. Above all, always remember to follow all the safety rules on any of the spray or paint bottles for your own protection and the protection of others. Although you are equipped with protective gear always spray paint in a ventilated area.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.