Rims Are a Wheel’s Best Friend

Its often said that diamonds are a lady’s best friend, when in fact it’s completely different to that. Having the right set of rims on your vehicle will make the world of difference to a somewhat unspoken feature. Did you know that the first rims were used on a car in 1895! That means they have been around for 125 years!

Purchasing new rims for your car can affect how it drive and feels. So, what makes up a wheel? Well you have certain things, namely, The Outboard Face; Centre Bore; Plate; Spokes; Rim; Bolt Circle and the Valve Stem Bore. Wheels can be made up using the following different materials, Steel, Aluminium Alloy and Carbon Fibre.

The rim, not to be confused with the wheel are completely different from one another. The rim is a cylindrical wheel outer edge that holds the tire on the wheel. The main function is to support and sea the wheel. Without the correct rim there will not be a proper fitting between the two which will then allow air to escape the tubeless tyre.

If you had to increase the size of your wheels and rims you would see many benefits. Firstly, you would experience improved grip and traction on the road. Also, you will be able to take corners in a safe manner as having a “bigger” tyre you have now increased the amount of contact you are making on the road surface. A few others would also include better braking and better appearance. Having bigger wheels can give your car a sportier look.

When buying or upgrading your rim you need to do some research. Tyre manufacturers list a range of recommended tyre widths for each specific tyre that is sold. Bolt pattern is also very important as your wheel’s bolt pattern needs to match that of your axles, although in some scenarios you can purchase adaptors that convert these bolt patterns to the desired setting.

Alloy rims give you much better handling as they light and made for performance however due to the nature of our roads in South Africa, its best to steer clear of potholes as they can lead to them crack and scratch very easily. Don’t let this worry you to much as there are repair shops designed for exactly this problem. Smaller rims on the other hand actually allow for less noise inside your car as there is more rubber between you and the road.

Its important to note that tiny metal debris and brake dust can accumulate on your rim over time, which can corrode away the meta of your rims, which would end up in an expensive repair or a worse case scenario of full replacement. This can be avoided by cleaning them often with a sponge and rim cleaner that can be purchased at most vehicle spares and parts shops. On top of that you might even look at getting a nice polish to use on your rims to give them that bright, shiny and new look once again!

Remember, rims are a massive component of your wheel so do take time in picking the right one.

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.

What Are Ideal Tyres For Drifting?

It’s a Sunday afternoon; you have jumped into your BMW M3 and headed down to your local race track. Fresh in your mind is the blockbuster you watched last night about a group of street racers who have drift competitions. This shouldn’t be too hard, should it?

The seeded under belly art of throwing your car into corners and drifting around them should be fun and more often than not exhilarating. However there is downside that will affect your pocket, the side you never see or really hear about.

One of the most important tools needed to drift successfully is tyres. After all you are trying to get the maximum possible speed when you drift your car in and out of corners. This does increase the wear and tear of your brakes, tyres and wheels just to name a few as well.

What you are looking for is a happy medium between your front tyres and your back. Your front tyres should have more tread and be inflated at the normal recommended pressure while your back tyres will be preferably more worn out and smoother with a slightly over inflated feel to it.

When choosing tyre sizes and profiles you need to keep in mind that ones with a smaller sidewall offer little protection to your wheels. Also, you will need to change your rear tyres more often than your front ones. For those who do drifting for competition purposes, they will often go through more than one set of tyres for each competition. This does become quite costly so best to do your research correctly in choosing the right brand for you.

So now you have chosen your specialised tyres, your wheels are right and you start drifting across the track. What is exactly happening to your vehicle during this motion? We’ll put simply, you accelerate to a hefty speed, as you approach the corner your turn into it very sharply which will then cause your rear tyres to lose grip with the road. They in turn start to spin out trying to grab any bit of traction they can muster; you then turn your steering wheel to the complete opposite direction you originally made to counter the spin and slide. Boom! You are now drifting, but it doesn’t end there. Now the seesaw battle of finding the right balance between steering and acceleration takes place. Like with anything, you need to practice it numerous times to get the feel of it.

Let’s look at this in a logical way, drifting is far from easy. There is reason not everyone goes drifting around shopping mall parking lots. If you are seriously looking at attempting this crazy adrenaline filled manoeuvre then it’s best to study the complete science behind it, then speak to experts in the field and let them kit your vehicle out with the correct tyres, wheels and suspension. Make your way to a racetrack that is a safe controlled environment and allow a professional to show you exactly how to do it.

In closing, it does cost money so remember “Burn rubber, not your pocket”

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.

Advantage of Having Alloy Wheels

Your little brother pulls into the driveway to show off his brand-new car, but you can’t help but stare at his wheels and tyres. Yes, the car is nice but the wheels on the car are beautiful. He steps out with the biggest grin ever displaying the car like a prize on the price is right. Still intrigued by the tyres you had to ask if the rims came with the car or did he have to purchase them separately. To your surprise they were not in fact the standard steel rims at all they were alloy wheels. You would have never imagined that aluminium wheels could look so good. When he left you decided to do a little research and were floored at the advantages of purchasing these types of tyres.

Not only are they beautiful but they offer so much more. In the past alloy wheels were normally only placed on luxury cars, but not anymore. More and more companies are adding this extra upgrade to modern cars of different makes and models. The endurance and strength are one of the perks of purchasing a car equipped with these wheels and tyres. You may not be driving a luxury vehicle but purchasing a car with these tyres will make you feel as if you were. Did you know that they also dissipate heat better than regular steel wheels? These amazing set of tyres have a less chance of brake failure compared to steel wheels as well. I don’t know what state you reside in but in ice and snow you can count on a better grip along with outstanding traction.

We don’t get a lot of snow and ice here in the Cape regions but when we get it, I can firmly attest that a lot of the people driving don’t have alloy wheels on their cars, not to mention don’t know how to drive on ice. But that’s another topic all together. Nevertheless, there is so many other added bonuses that I could spend all day talking about them. Because they hold less weight and are not your run of the mill steel wheels studies have shown that they can also help you save on gas. Now this added benefit alone is enough to be excited about. Who would have thought that deciding to choose between alloy and steel would save you money at the gas pump?

Now let’s revisit braking, now in any busy city especially in bumper to bumper traffic you will find yourself hitting the brakes quite often. But fret not, because by choosing these amazing aluminium wheels braking is less abrasive and wheel hop is reduced. You also don’t have to worry about corrosion and rust. Your tyres also tend to hold up a lot better and you don’t have to be worried about having a flat because your wheels dissipate heat as mentioned before. Now I for one am starting to rethink my purchase of my not so fancy steel wheels and look into other options. If I can’t ride in luxury, I sure would like to look like I am.

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.

Dangers of Driving With Smooth Tyres

There are all different kinds of tyres out there on the road. The important thing to understand is the difference between them all. There are all-season tyres, winter, and summer tyres. However any of these can get worn down and become smooth wheels. This is not to be confused with summer tyres which tend to have a different thread that is better for driving during the summer time.

Smooth tires are those that are completely worn down so low that the rubber only shows a flat surface being thread-less. For a drag racer that may not be a bad thing because drag racers use smooth tyres with no thread on them for hot summer laps. However when you’re driving on the road with smooth tires this can really cause a lot of issues.

The first issue is, you’re not going to be able to drive in the rain. You can just forget about that now. When you’re driving in the rain, regular tires have a specific thread shape on it that helps the water past and flow through in a specific direction. A flow that helps the tire continues to have traction and stick to the road. What happens if you lose traction? This is a little thing called hydroplaning. That’s any driver’s worst nightmare when driving in the rain!

During hydroplaning, all the wheels or any of the tires that are in contact with rain or puddles completely lift off the road, at this point it has zero traction or grip on the road. This will give you the least amount of control when you’re driving, which means you’re accident rate potential is going to be imminent. The only way you’ll be able to stop in time is if there is no-one else in front of you and you have plenty of roads available. Let’s hope that you’re not hydroplaning around a corner, turn, bend or roundabout because you will spin out.

This is just scratching the surface when it comes to driving with smooth wheels. Another issue to keep in mind now is that you’re going to be more prone to punctures on the road. Have you ever driven through a road that has a few rocks? You park your car, check your wheel, and see those pebbles stuck in between the thread of your wheel! Sometimes even a nail that didn’t go through somehow. Well, with smooth wheels that’s not going to happen. You’re going to encounter these sharp objects, and any one of them can be just like a knife to your wheel. One of the worst feelings while driving shortly follows. A flat tyre!

Lastly let’s talk about winter tyres. Winter tyres tend to be the most equipped for dealing with snow. Their thread is perfect when crunching over inches of powdery white snow. Some cars can even go through 20 inches of snow no problem! But what happens if you attempt to drive in the snow with smooth tyres? This is what we call the Scooby-Doo. You’re just going to be stuck, moving in place, but not go anywhere at all. The car will have no traction the tyres will lift off the ground and spin out.

Now that we understand the dangers of driving with smooth tyres, it is always important to be able to check the thread constantly. This is so that you don’t catch or find yourself in any of the situations that we talked about above. A good rule of thumb is to keep a penny around in the car. If you put a coin on the thread of your wheels and you see the coins print in any of the wheels, even one of them, you know that you’re in danger of smooth tyres.

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.

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A New Year Brings New Dreams

The New Year is filled with new dreams, ideas and plans. It’s always good to have a goal or a dream that allows you to improve your life. Everyone should have a dream and a way to reach that dream. Hopefully this year you will be able to reach your dreams or to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

If you love cars and have a specific car in mind that you want to get this year, or maybe next year, then set your goal and work towards achieving it. Find an image of this dream car and place it in area where you can see it often. This will motivate you to work hard in order to achieve it. When you have a chance go to the dealer and get the information on the car you want. Perhaps take it for a test drive. This will increase your motivation and when you are motivated with the goal in mind, you can achieve it sooner. It’s all about keeping your eyes on the prize.

Maybe this year you want to add a few enhancements on your car. Perhaps you want to get a new set of modern wheels fitted with the best tyres. A beautiful modern set of mag wheels will give your car an instant facelift that your friends will notice. Browse through a wheel supplier’s website and decide what type of wheels you want. Find out what the costs will be and set your target then work towards it. You can also go back to the website often to check on wheels and tyres for sale. Hopefully you can get the set of wheels that you want at a discount. Stay focused on the end result.

The New Year is a good time to set goals. Whatever your dreams and goals are this can be the year that you reach it. Make sure that you write it down and get pictures of what you want to keep you motivated and focused on the goal. When you persevere and stick to the plan you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Why You Should Rotate Your Tyres Periodically

Tyres should be rotated periodically for a number of different reasons. They are simply your sole connection to the road. Believe it or not, many drivers do not even pay attention to their wheels or tyres, which can possibly then turn into a hazard. Rotating tyres really depends on if your vehicle is front, rear, or all-wheel drive. They will all wear at different rates so it is important that you take note. Regardless, they need to be rotated and you should have them serviced when it is time to do so to avoid any damage and costly repairs to your car.

If you have a front wheel drive vehicle, the vehicle will use the front wheels to steer, brake, and put power down to the pavement. This simply means that your front wheels will end up wearing out a lot quicker than the rear ones. Rotating them will simply mean that this will give your back ones time to catch up with the front. This will in turn even out the extended life of each tyre. It is important that this is done as frequently as needed. Usually every car manual will inform you on how often you will need to rotate them.

You want to make sure that each wheel is in great working order and the only way to do this is by having them rotated as needed. Sometimes people will have them rotated when they go in for an oil change. Depending on how often your car needs an oil change, rotating each wheel may be beneficial at each oil change appointment. Cupping and blistering are two common problems that may arise during an inspection of each tyre. These can result from potholes and tears from pinching.

If you have rear wheel drive, you will simply rotate the back and front to give them even wear. As far as all-wheel drive goes, criss-crossing them is the only method used to make sure that all of them have adequate wear. Another thing to take into consideration are sizes of each wheel. Some of them are designed to rotate in one direction only. Special attention needs to be made. The best thing to do is rotate them because it will save money in the long run. The cost of each wheel is a lot more than a routine rotation. Avoiding rotation can cause a lot of problems and of course cause you to spend more money in the long run.

Your manual as well mechanics are useful resources when it comes to getting information from rotation of each tyre on your car. They can tell you how often this needs to be done. It can be just once a year or even a couple of times a year. Many things are taken into consideration but it is your main job to make sure that it is being taken care of as much as needed. Every mechanic can definitely stress the important of tyre rotation so always make sure you stay on top of yours.

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.

What Can Cause A Slow Puncture

When it comes to driving, there are a lot of different aspects that play into it. It is no longer just getting behind the wheel and driving. It is always good to do a quick visual inspection of the vehicle before you even get in it. Then being sure to do your daily, monthly and yearly maintenance. This can help ensure that your car will run efficiently and last you as long as possible. A motor is a machine that must be taken care of in order to ensure a long lasting car. One place that often sees trouble is the tyres. Slow leaks can be damaging, here are a few things that can cause a slow leak.

Nails

Nails often times are the culprit of a fast leak, however, if the nail hasn’t pushed all the way through the tyre, then the leak could be slow. Small nails or nails that are split in half can just go partially through the tyre. If they stay in the tyre, you may not even notice them until you go out and your tyre is slightly deflated. It is very common to pick up nails in parking lots as well as in gutters. Anywhere that water runs off and potentially can have debris. Although you can fill your tire back up to recommended pressure briefly, it is always best to have the tyre checked and fixed. This will help ensure that you don’t cause damage to the tyre or rim.

Tire Damage

A tire that is damaged or not put together right can have a slow leak. If you notice that your tire is wearing funny and is also slow leaking then you may have an issue with how your tire is put together or how your car is aligned. This is an issue that you would need to go to a shop to resolve. Along with that, any sun damage or weather damage can cause a slow leak. If you are using older tyres that have spent a lot of time in the sun, it could have damage due to sun cracking.

Small Debris

If you have recently drove through a debris ridden area or on a dirt or damaged road, it is always a good idea to do a brief check of your car tyres. This is because small debris can cause a slow leak. Things like small pieces of metal or ‘alligator tails’ left by truck tyres that have blown, can cause damage to your tyres.

Temperature Changes

When the weather gets colder, the particles in the air in your tire start to move closer and closer together. So you don’t have a leak, but the pressure in your tyres can reduce enough to have problems with your tyre. Always check your pressures during the colder months.

There are alot of different reasons that you could have a slow leak. From temperature changes to nails tyre slow leaks are very common. Have your wheels checked regularly to avoid any bad or unwanted surprises while you are on the road.

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.

What is a Good Wheel Size For a Small Car?

Do you know what it feels like to drive a car that has the wrong tyre size? The tyres feel uneven to the point where you think the road is uneven when it is not. That places extra pressure on the front tyres, particularly if they are too big or too small. The tyres might become so warped and low on the tread that they blow out while you are on the road. I had that happen, and it is not a fun time. That is why you need to make sure your car has the proper tyre sizes at all times.

What Is An Ideal Size?

The proper size ranges between 14-22 inches. Anything below 14 inches is too small. Anything beyond 22 inches is too big (depending on the situation).

Some More Tips On Finding The Right Tyres and Wheels For Your Small Car

  1. Make sure that you really need a new set of wheels first. Your car is probably doing okay if your wheels are less than ten years old. You might want to consider buying a new set if your car is ten years or older. Pay close attention to things like deterioration and exposure to oxygen. One minor hole can be repaired before it gets worse. It is going to be a downhill ride if the hole grows much larger. Sometimes all the car tyres need is a really good patch job.
  2. You also want to check for wear, especially if it gets to be too uneven. Uneven tyres will cause issues on the road. That could cause problems with your suspension and alignment. That will spell disaster if you are out driving on the highway or freeway, particularly, if the traffic is bumper to bumper (wall to wall).
  3. You can also read your owner’s guide. Every car has one. Look up the pages about tyre sizes. The page should give you a detailed outline of which size to get, even with your spare.
  4. You also might need to inspect your spare. Every car has one. It should be in the middle compartment in your car’s trunk. The spare should be the same size as your regular tyre, maybe a few centimetres greater or less than. The spare is there for emergencies. In other words, you should not use your spare as a replacement for your used tyre. The spare is there to get you through the rough patches until you have your tyre replaced. I would not wait too long, though. The spare has a very short lifespan. Make sure to get your regular tyre repaired or replaced within a few days, maybe less.
  5. You might want to (if you can afford it) replace the set. I know it’s tempting to cut corners but don’t do that. Your car’s system works based on a matching set. Try to buy at least two of the same size, even if the one looks good. There could be some issues in the tyre you do not know about yet. Buy two of the same size (14-22 inches). Your car will be safer, as will your travels.

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.

When to Change The Tyres

When you drive to work and back home you tend to fall into a routine where you do the same thing every day. The route to work and back home is the same. So with time you become accustomed to the status quo and you don’t really notice when something changes.

Beware of this. It’s always good to have a sense of awareness in life and not just fall into the routine. Routine is good because it gives our lives a sense of structure and you remember what needs to be done as you need to do it every day. But when that routine takes over your life you tend to become unaware of things that need to change. Things like car parts and tyres. The parts on your car have a limited life span so your car won’t run forever on the current parts. It will have to be serviced at some point and replaced in due time.

Your tyres are one of those car parts that one tends to forget about because you don’t really pay attention to it. But it is such an important part that the quality of the tyres and the amount of wear and tear on it can make the difference between a safe and disastrous trip. It is a good idea, every once in while, to check the tyres. There are a few things that you should look out for when you do a check. Firstly, take a look at the tread. Is the tread still deep enough or is it smooth already? If it is smooth that means that the tyres will have no grip on the road. This will be especially dangerous in wet conditions because you risk the car gliding or sliding across the road when you apply the brakes. So it is important to have a deep tread level to ensure maximum grip. You cannot save tyres that have no tread so this will be the point at which you will need to change the tyres.

If you notice that the tyre walls are damaged either due to regular wear and tear or due to road pot holes then you might notice a few of the inner threads of the tyres surfacing. This is definitely a warning sign. A tyre should be whole and if there are any indications of threads or tearing in the wall then you should replace it immediately. This risk could involve tearing of the rubber while you drive which could lead to an accident.

When you have a puncture in the tyre, you may be able to get away with simply patching it but that will depend on the position of the hole. If the hole is on the wall of the tyre then you can’t patch it, it would have to be replaced.

Whenever you drive around it is a good idea to be vigilant and keep an eye on the condition of the road. Avoid bumpy roads and pot holes as these factors can damage the tyres. But whenever you notice a puncture, tears and worn tread then you should change them.

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

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Take Care of Your Car And Your Tyres

Your car takes you wherever you want to go or need to be. It will take you to work and back home, to your family and on many adventures. So it is essential that you take care of your car.

Because your car needs to take you everywhere safely and if there is a part that is not functioning properly or damaged it could lead to devastating consequences. For a wonderful and safe driving experience you need have your car and the various parts checked and fixed, when required.

One, or rather four, essential parts of your car are the tyres. They are constantly in contact with the road and you use it every time you drive. Those tyres must be in good condition so that your car can move safely and effectively. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your car’s wheels and tyres are in good condition.

– Check the tread. This is a good indication whether your tyres are in good condition or not. If you can barely see the tread then it is run down and smooth. Smooth tread is not good because your car will not have good grip on the road especially around corners and on wet roads. If the tread is smooth then you should change the tyres.

– Check for wear. If the tyre is worn, like if you can see the rubber of the tyre starting to peel or thread off then you should change it. Wear and tear on your wheels can be very dangerous because it can cause the tyre to burst while you’re driving. Make sure you get them changed as soon as possible.

– Check for punctures. If you notice that you need to pump air into the tyres more often than you usually would, then you might have a slow puncture. This could be caused by a nail having pierced the rubber and it’s still in the wheel so the air escapes slowly. Find the source or the hole of the puncture and have it repaired. If the puncture is on the side wall then you will need to replace the tyre.

– Avoid potholes. Potholes can cause a lot of damage to the wheel and it could lead to a dangerous accident. Wherever possible, avoid potholes so that your wheels don’t get damaged unnecessarily. During the rainy season, drive slowly through puddles because water can disguise a pothole very well.

– Inflate your tyres. When you notice that your tyres are slightly deflated then get them pumped to the optimal bar. This will allow you drive efficiently and more comfortably. When they are optimally pumped then your driving experience will be enhanced and you will have better control over your car.

Be sure to check your car and the wheels on a regular basis or if you notice anything suspicious so that you can take to the road safely. There’s nothing better than knowing you’re in a great car that is safe while you’re getting ready for your next adventure.

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.