What Is The Difference Between A Wheel And A Tyre?

There are many interesting facts that people don’t realise. One of them would be that there really is a difference between a wheel and a tyre.

What is a wheel?

A wheel is the part of the car that is known as the part that is rounded and is attached to an axle and a hub. This does not include the tyre and the mag. The hub is the section that allows the rounded part of the wheel to be fixed to the axle, and is also known as the mounting assembly. It often has something called a hub cap to protect this piece.

Did you know that the wheel came before the tyre? The carriages, old fashioned tractors and ploughs were made with this handy invention. The whole purpose of the wheel was to assist with easy movement which made life and travelling easier as well as cheaper than riding a horse!.

What is a tyre?

The tyre is simply the part that is made out of rubber and assists the car with more practical movement. The rubber grips the road to avoid a no-friction experience. Think of roller skating and how a simple push will get you far. Before we had cars, horses and cattle would pull the transport along. However cars don’t require to be pulled, rather there are many spinning parts thus the car will need something to assist with the forward movement.

So what is a mag?

The word mag sounds unique and unexpected when mentioning it in general conversation. But did you know that its name originates from the word magnesium? The component is not made completely out of magnesium but rather partnered up with aluminium. Aluminium can be bent easily and moulded into different shapes but when combined with magnesium extra strength is added so that the mag remains light. This became a common trend in the 1960’s when they were first produced.

When we speak in normal conversation, we always refer to the mag as the wheel or the tyre and wheel component as a wheel. This has made terms easier since people who are only interested in customisations aren’t interested in the mechanical factor or the car.

When speaking to a professional, they expect to have the correct information if you arrive with a problem. A professional will be more familiar with the correct terms for tyres, wheels and mags because it is something that they work with every day.

The Perfect Long Distance Road Trip

A quiet drive along a long endless road is definitely a perfect road trip. You see the cars in front of you but you don’t worry about them at all. What has made your road trip such a soothing experience?

The lulling sound of the tyres rotating against the tar gives you a gentle and constant sound that allows you to think and concentrate at the same time. The wheels are quiet and secure to the car and everything is running smoothly.

Road trips are often considered as long and tiring adventures that are only fun for the passengers in the car. However it can be soothing for the driver too because whilst you have a couple of hours ahead of you, you can make so many decisions that will leave you tranquil and calm when you get to your destination.

The most amazing feeling on an endless road is the slight breeze coming through the crack of the window. It leaves a cool atmosphere in the car and has a clean smell that only nature can provide.

If you are travelling during the summer season, the trip can still be tranquilizing. The warmth the sun leaves on the dashboard reminds us that we are on our way to a long deserved break, even if it is not during the peak holiday season.

So what makes us feel so relaxed when we are sitting in the car and driving?

The constant sound we hear is the sound of the tyres. It isn’t a noticeable sound but we do hear it. That would be the sound of healthy, stealthy tyres with a maintained tread pattern. We also find it easy to drive without moving the wheel too much because the tyres have been aligned and balanced. Alignment and balance allow the wheels to point in the correct direction without moving at a slight obstacle. This would be the sound of a well maintained car with proper mechanical working parts.

It is important to have all elements of the car looked at. Not only does it benefit you but it also keeps you, your family or passengers safe on any road trips. The idea of good tyres is to assist with travelling short or long distances.

To makes sure that all your car’s components are working, it would be wise to visit a tyre specialist. These professionals know how important it is to have a safe and comfortable road trip.

What Is Nitrogen Inflation?

Nitrogen is a type of gas that you can use to fill your tyres. This gas works well with passenger cars because they are lighter in weight. Nitrogen inflation is the process of replacing regular compressed air with this gas. There are two different techniques of tyre inflation that can both be beneficial to different types of cars.

Nitrogen inflation allows the tyres to lose air at a slower rate. This is possible because the molecules are smaller than regular oxygen which means it’s harder for the gasses to escape smaller gaps in the tyres.

One of the advantages of replacing regular compressed air, which is concentrated oxygen, with concentrated nitrogen is that it won’t cause resistance allowing you to use less fuel overall. This is beneficial since the fuel economy is at its worse and the less fuel we use on a daily basis the better it will be on our pockets.

Nitrogen doesn’t change temperature much when the car is in motion. High temperatures can damage the tread of the tyres plus it can cause wear and damage. The quality of the tyre endures also because the pressure within it doesn’t drop rapidly causing wear on the edges of the tyre.

With this relatively new inflation technique, the tyre and the tread have better grip. The improved grip comes from the strong resistance to pressure leaving the extruding parts to remain “popped out”. The weight of the car plus the motion when driving applies high force on the tyre which leads to deflation.

Nitrogen Inflation is perfect for all weather conditions because of its ability to retain tyre pressure in any temperature. Nitrogen also has less humidity and is less prone to create water inside the tyre. Water and moisture inside the rubber could cause terrible rotting leaving you with a destroyed element that will need to be replaced. Because nitrogen has less moisture in its composition, it is lighter than normal air.

Many racers would choose to have their tyres filled with nitrogen gas because of how light and efficient it will make the racing process. There will be less friction on the track and less wear on unnecessary parts of the rubber.

When choosing different accessories and installations for your car, it is wise to consider those items that will lead you to spend less money in the long run. This means that you need to find parts and components that will allow the car to use less fuel. Nitrogen tyre inflation is a very good option when it comes to being economical as not only is it lighter in weight and light on fuel but it also helps the environment and causes less gas to escape the car.

Sounds to Listen Out For When Driving

Driving is a task everyone is bound to do sooner or later. The downside is that not everyone knows the different sounds a car makes and what they mean. Here are few sounds that you should familiarise yourself with.

  • Hissing Sounds

Generally when you hear a hissing sound it means that there is air escaping somewhere in the engine. It could also mean that there may be liquid leaking. This sound is caused by worn elements inside the gasket. An easy way to test if this is a problem is by safely blocking the exhaust pipe and looking for the area the gas is escaping. Remember that gasses are only supposed to leave the car from one place.

  • Squealing Brakes

Have you ever heard a high pitched sound when you apply the brakes? This is not a good thing so make sure that you get it checked. When the brake pads are worn they are rubbing against other metal parts which produce that sound.

  • Knocking

When you hear knocking it could mean many faulty mechanisms. Usually when you hear that knocking sound in the engine or axles, it means that there is not enough oil or lubrication to allow a frictionless motion inside the engine. Don’t allow it to get to this point because without the oil, the metal parts will wear away. This could potentially lead to needing the whole engine replaced.

  • Roaring or Humming Sound

If you hear roaring or humming sounds whilst driving it could be the tyres or the bearings. Perfectly maintained tyres should not make a sound at all. Wheel bearings could make this sound when turning the wheels slightly thus indicating that the bearings are likely to be worn.

  • Roaring Noises from the Exhaust

This is not a good noise. The purpose of the exhaust pipe is to release the gasses that have been compressed inside the engine. This also means that the exhaust pipe is supposed to get rid of any unwanted gasses. When you hear this sound it means that the exhaust has a hole somewhere. Make sure you get this checked as it could affect the performance of your car.If you ever hear any of these sounds it’s important to get it checked out by a professional. Any strange noise that the car makes could lead to hectic problems whether it’s the tyres or the radiator. The car that you drive should be safe for transportation so make sure that it will keep you safe. Listen to your car.

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.

Tyre Specialists Know What They Are Doing

Have you ever gone to a tyre store and wondered which kind wheels you should get? Not everyone knows much about tyres and their different purposes. Tyre specialists know exactly what you need and what each one is used for.

These specialists are trained to know everything about tyres, such as the sizes of the different models and the tread that will work well for your car.

You may have noticed that there are a series of numbers on the sidewall of the wheel. Each size has a specific number which tells the owner what size wheels you will need to install on your car. For example you will get a number such as 215/60R15.

  • 215, as you may have noticed, is the bigger number and is usually first in the series. This number tells the person how wide the tyre is in millimetres.
  • 60 is the number that represents the height of the sidewall. This number is demonstrated as a percentage. The number 60 is the percentage of the width (the number 215) that occupies the sidewall area.
  • R is the radial construction. This measurement is taken from the centre to the outside.
  • 15 is the diameter of the wheels that fit with the tyre. Although, manufacturers usually keep measurements in the same standard units, this number is recorded in inches. Therefore you will need to install 15 inch mags or wheels to fit into the tyre.

This series of numbers has many ways of being represented. There is also another number that could appear on the tyre. An example of this number is 91W. The number 91 is the load rating of the tyre which tells you the maximum amount of weight in kilograms that particular tyre can handle. The number 91 can handle 615 kilograms. The W is the speed rating or index of the tyre. This could be any letter depending on what model and brand of tyre you have. The W specifically means that the tyre is able to accelerate to 270 kilometres per hour.Most people aren’t aware of this information and could buy the wrong the wheels which could have a detrimental impact on their driving. It is advisable to speak to tyre specialists in order for you to receive the correct wheels for your vehicle and your driving style. Rather take the word of a professional who works with wheels and tyres for a living than a friend who simply has an opinion.

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 Tyre Rotation?

It’s amazing to think how much maintenance is necessary for your tyres and wheels. If you think about it, we are a society that drives around to every single place whether it’s close by or not. It’s no surprise to see how damaged tyres can get.

Imagine if you are the type of person that only turns left. More force will be placed on your left tyres because of the same movement occurring over and over again. The damage that occurs on your tyre will have an uneven drive for you because of how much wear has taken place to the one tyre and not the other. This is an uncomfortable way of driving and could eventually damage the mechanical systems that allow the car to drive straight. The wear on the left tyre could cause you to lose control of the car depending how bad the damage is. Due to the nature of rubber punctures are likely to occur. It is a well-known fact that a punctured tyre is harder to control than a bit of wear.

With that in mind, tyre rotation is the process of allowing even wear on all tyres. By moving from one wheel to the other the mechanic can get the exact amount needed for a comfortable drive.

There are many causes for uneven wear that can be avoided.

Make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Unaligned wheels put more force on one side than the other. In the end you will have a lopsided car prone to accidents and wheel damage. It is important to get the wheels aligned as often as needed.

Over inflation is another cause of uneven wear. Under inflation can also cause uneven wear on the outside of the tyres.

Other mechanical elements could also be the main cause of this kind of tyre damage. If the shocks don’t allow absorption of the force your tyre could suffer from pressure applied by the car itself.

Drifting around a corner is one of the harshest procedures that can damage the tyres so much that you might have to replace them the same day. Involving hand brake turns and acceleration at the same time will give you the worst uneven wear you will ever see.

To get this problem sorted out, you have to see a tyre specialist who can rotate the tyres. It is important that regular tyre maintenance is done for a safer drive.

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.

Different Kinds of Tyre Wear

There are many ways a person drives that can cause wear on a tyre. The question is: what do the different patterns mean?

It might seem difficult to see patterns on the actual tyre opposed to an illustrated image but the easier way to tell that you have damaged treads is to feel if the drive is uneven.

  • Wear in the middle of the tyre

If the edges of the tyre seem as good as new whilst the centre looks smooth, you should know that this is caused by the over inflation of the tyre. The entire flat part should be in contact with the road and overinflating the tyre expands the central area.

  • Wear on the edges

There is overinflating so, subsequently, there is underinflating. This does the complete opposite to the material and damages the edges of the tyre. This could ultimately damage your wheel if you allow it to get to that point.

  • One side of the tyre is worn

Don’t turn too hard around corners. The spinning of the wheels can give the edging noticeable damage. Try to avoid this by taking corners slowly without riding on the clutch too much.

  • Completely smooth rubber

This one is quite obvious. Braking hard could do terrible damage to the tyres. Braking is the process of stopping the wheels from moving. If you brake hard whilst speeding you will run those tyres completely flat. Be aware of this when driving to avoid sudden braking.

  • Diagonal Wear

If you have ever seen diagonal streaks of wear on the tyre you should know that there is a problem with your suspension. This could be a dangerous problem and should be fixed immediately.

  • Randomized Wear

Random patches of wear could mean that your tyres are imbalanced. If you notice this kind of wear make sure you get the tyres rotated by a specialist.

  • Feathered Wear

The concept is similar to stroking a bird. One way will be smooth but stroking the other way will lift all the feathers. This is another type of damage caused by misaligned wheels.Wear can be a danger to you and your family when driving. It’s important to catch the problem early before a serious accident occurs as well as expensive damage to the wheels and the mechanics of the rest of the car. To get these problems sorted out, you should visit a tyre specialist to align, balance and rotate the 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.

Future Car Concepts Versus Practicality

We are constantly being surrounded by pictures of what our future car could look like. It’s always a sleek and slender design that has the body covering the tyres. How practical could these models really be though?

The older cars from the 70’s were incredibly wide that took up a lot of space? Do you know why they changed the design? For better movability, of course! Many ideas and concepts you see today are wide and flat. This could assist with the aerodynamics but it would be incredibly difficult to move it around on a suburban street.

The cars of the future don’t seem like family cars. There could be a time in the future where families would probably make use of public transport to drive their children around. The face of public transport could also change seeing that train and bus systems are already making use of modern technology to transport people.

Hovering cars could also be on the cards for the future and this could be exciting for everyone. But it could come with its own challenges. Imagine the car breaks down in mid-air and have no knowledge on how to fix the hovering system. There could be an instance where your hover car is too heavy for the hovering tow truck because it’s carrying dead weight instead of guiding a floating machine. But perhaps the car manufacturers will make provision for this eventuality.

Gigantic engines mean a lot of maintenance. Already, these days we have V-12 engines but it can be a big fuel consumer. With fossil fuels becoming rare we will have to resort to other means of fuel.

The larger the windscreen and panoramic roofs are also a part of our future. It makes the car look interesting and you have a better view of your surroundings. This is especially wonderful when you take a scenic road trip or drive at night. Driving with the beautiful stars above you is an experience second to none.

Electric cars are also quickly becoming a part of our immediate future. They are powered by electricity and soon we will have electric fuelling stations instead of petrol or diesel. There will be special tyres designed for these electric cars to ensure the economy of the driving experience.

With the proper engineering and testing of these future cars we can live an easier and more fun life. After all, the purpose of our future is to help our present.

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.

The Stylish Car Exterior You Deserve

There are so many different kinds of accessories you can add to your car. Some accessories can make the vehicle look stylish while others give you that proper angry look. Who wouldn’t want an intimidating car to own the streets?

Besides getting components, such as cone filters and turbos, to enhance your performance you can easily style the outside.

Here are the different parts to get installed:

  • Body Kits

Many Cars have their own body kits that enhance the body of the vehicle. The kit usually has body trims, air hoods, spoilers and bumpers. Some also have the components to add LED lights giving you a modern look.

  • Bumpers

Bumpers are usually fixed on to the bigger cars during a 4×4 expedition. Some people get them installed on regular cars to increase the aerodynamics of the drive. It also gives it a sportier look. This body part is stylish and practical.

  • Grilles

Do you have a pick-up truck or SUV? Then you would definitely want to get yourself a grille. These assist with ventilation whilst you drive and also looks like a muzzle for an angry person. With this alone you can already be the most intimidating system on the roads.

  • Chrome

Chrome is beautiful and classic. The trimming, door handles and mirror covers can be coated with chrome. If you want to make this look to work for you all you need to do is use a bit of it on dark coloured cars. Using chrome accessories on black, brown or red cars creates an eye catching contrast that gives it an elegant appearance.

  • Fender Flares

Fender flares are often seen on the bigger cars. These give a muscle type of look to your car and protect the tyres to an extent.

  • Decals

Although this look is rarely pulled off well, it can give your car some character. Whatever you do, don’t add skulls or odd characters on the sides. You want the car to look intimidating not childish. The best kinds of decals are the minimalistic ones that can barely be seen such as curved patterns or subtle flames.So many accessories yet so little body space for all the different models. Always choose accessories wisely as you don’t want to change it every month. Most exterior details are meant to enhance the appearance of your car, whilst others also enhance the performance of the engine or aerodynamics.

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.

NEXEN TIRE wins the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’!

NEXEN TIRE wins the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’!

NEXEN TIRE has won design awards at the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’ this year.

Started in 1953, German ‘Red Dot Design Award’ is one of the world’s top three design awards along with the ‘IDEA Design Award’ of US and ‘IF Design Award’ of Germany.
NEXEN TIRE’s ‘N’FERA RU1’ has been awarded the Winner Prize in the category of Vehicle Accessories at the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’.

In addition, NEXEN TIRE, has also received awards in various categories at the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’, the world-class design awards to beautiful, innovative and ground breaking products, gave the ‘N’FERA RU1’ the gold prize in the category of Transportation, the Silver Prize in the category of vehicle accessories, and the silver prize in the category of manufacturing; and the ‘WINGUARD SNOW’G WH2’ received the Bronze Prize in the category of Vehicle Accessories and the Bronze prize in the category of manufacturing.

In particular, the ‘N’FERA RU1’, which is an original equipment tire for the Porsche Cayenne as NEXEN TIRE’s premium SUV tire that boasts a comfortable ride and silent operation, also earned design honors at six design awards from around the world such as Europe, the US and Asia as well as the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Award’ and the ‘2017 European Product Design Award’.

“We are honoured to be internationally recognized for our capability in the global design management by receiving multiple global design awards from around the world,” stated NEXEN TIRE’s R&D director. “NEXEN TIRE will continuously improve the global competitiveness of its products by continuing to invest in R&D and providing superb quality and innovative designs.”

The awards ceremony of the ‘2017 European Product Design Awards’ is to be held in April 12th in Brussels, Belgium. The awards ceremony of the ‘2017 Red Dot Design Awards’ will be held on July 3rd, and the Prize-winning works are expected to be on display in the Red Dot Design Museum.