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About Tyre

The size of a tyre is printed onto the side of the tyre – on the area known as the sidewall. When looking for the size, you will see that it is made up of a series of numbers and letters.

How to find your tyre size

In the above example, each section breaks down as follows:

205 – Width of the tyre in millimetres
55 – Height of the tyre sidewall as a percentage of the width. In this case 55%. Also known as the aspect ratio.
R16 – The diameter of the tyre’s inner rim in inches
91 – Load Rating of the Tyre.
V – Speed Rating. Indicates the maximum speed for the tyre when at full load.

You can also use the vehicle lookup tool on the klinikar.com homepage. This checks the data held by the DVLA to find out what tyre size is appropriate for your vehicle.

When using this tool, we recommend that you double check the size provided against what you currently have fitted to your vehicle as multiple sizes may be recommended dependent on the age and model of your vehicle.

When choosing new tyres, there are a number of factors to consider.

Four key factors when making your choice are:

1. The weather and climate of where you live
If, for example, you live in a part of the country which experiences a lot of rainfall, looking at the tyre label score for ‘wet grip’ would be a good place to start.

2. The type of vehicle you own
Cars, vans, 4x4s and camper vans require specific tyres –built to meet the unique requirements of each vehicle type.

For this reason it is important to make sure you have the right type for your vehicle.

3. Your driving style
Each tyre on Blackcircles.com comes with an overview of what conditions the tyre has been constructed for. Evaluating these characteristics will help find a tyre that suits your style.

4. Your budget
We understand that money is a major factor in choosing a tyre and the temptation may be to go with as cheap a tyre as possible. However, tyres are the only contact your vehicle has with the road. So rather than think how cheap can I get tyres, consider how much can I afford.

Tyre Labelling

To provide more information to motorists on the performance of tyres, the industry wide EU tyre label was introduced in 2012. The goal being to increase road safety, make shopping for tyres more cost-effective and reduce the impact tyres have on the environment. Since 2012, each eligible tyre on the market in the EU is tested and classified using the same criteria – allowing motorists to make a quicker and yet more informed decision when shopping for new tyres. Tyre labelling is there to help and has important information on:

• Fuel economy
• Wet Grip
• Noise emission

We know that buying the right tyres is important and many shoppers like to research and compare different makes and models.

If you are looking for information on specific a tyre, our tyre experts have collated information on each model in our catalogue. This is displayed on each tyre’s product page – which can be accessed from the tyre search results page by simply clicking on a tyre’s name.

We also have a directory of the different brands we stock on the website, and within here a list of each tyre.

Some vehicle manufacturers may require specialist tyres to be fitted to their vehicle, as these tyres were used when the vehicle was designed.

Some tyres are very specific and must be fitted to a specific vehicle, as significant time and resource has been spent ensuring that they are tuned and optimised for the vehicle concerned, this is especially true in higher powered sports or luxury vehicles.

If your car is a multi-purpose vehicle (i.e. Minivan) or a vehicle that tends to carry heavy loads, it is likely that the manufacturer has designed the vehicle to be fitted with tyres which are capable of supporting heavier loads. These tyres are classified as XL (Extra Load) or reinforced tyres.

If your current tyres are either of these, you will see the lettering XL or RNF on the sidewall of the tyre – in the same way that the tyre size is printed on the side.

Tyre Safety: 5 Year Rule

Tyres are considered to be “new” and fit for retail up to 5 years from the date of production.

This is an industry standard based on the German BRV.

When in use, it is recommended that tyres are replaced when they reach 7 – 10 years old, (6 years in the case of caravans or trailers).

How To Tell A Tyre’s Age

On the sidewall you will find a tyre’s ‘DOT code’. One of the key pieces of information that can be gained from this is the date the tyre was manufactured.

Since the year 2000, the date section of the code – the last digits – has been made up of 4 numbers.

The first two digits tell you the week number and the last two indicate the year the tyre was manufactured. In the example below the age code is ‘3909’. This means the tyre was made in the 39th week of the year 2009.

dot-info

Run Flat tyres are designed specifically for the purpose of remaining functional, for a limited amount of time, with no air pressure in the tyre.

What this means is that should you suffer a puncture whilst driving, the tyre will still be usable for around fifty miles. This gives you time to drive the car home, or to a nearby garage.

One key safety component required when using Run flat tyres is a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

With the TPMS, an alert is displayed on your console – letting you know that your vehicle has suffered a puncture and that you will need to replace the tyre as soon as possible.

Yes this is possible. However, if you are making the choice to do this you will need to replace all tyres as a full set. On top of this, adjustments to your vehicle’s tyre pressure monitoring system will be required.

You may be required to inform your insurer to ensure that your policy is still valid after the change of tyres.

You will be able to check whether your current tyres are Run Flat tyres by checking the sidewall.

Unfortunately there is no industry standard code to represent this and different manufacturers use different symbols or letters. These are as follows:

• Continental Run Flat Tyres – SSR
• Dunlop Run Flat Tyres – DSST or ROF
• Goodyear Run Flat Tyres – ROF or EMT
• Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres – ROF or RFT or RSC
• Michelin Run Flat Tyres – ZP
• Hankook Run Flat Tyres – tyres will be marked with HRS or have B at the end of the product number (e.g. K115B)
• Pirelli Run Flat Tyres – RSC
• Yokohama Run Flat Tyres – ZPS

The speed rating of a tyre is displayed on the sidewall. You will find it at the end of the tyre’s size. It is always represented by a letter – in the following example the tyre speed rating is “V”.

Tyre Speed Rating

 

Speed ratings are based on tests in which engineers run the tyre at 6.2 mph steps, in 10 minute increments, until the required speed has been met.

Tyre Speed Rating Table

The following is a table with each speed rating:

Tyre Speed Rating table

There are 3 reasons why you may see a number of different speed ratings when you search for tyres on klinikar.com

1. When entering a tyre size, you have the option to see results with “any” speed rating. We include this an option for motorists who . When this is selected we will show you all speed ratings for your tyre size that are in stock. Our search filters can later be used to refine the product results.

2. Sometimes we will include different speed ratings than the one you entered in a search result. However this is only ever done with a speed rating that is appropriate to your vehicle. We include higher speed ratings so you are presented with a fuller and better choice of tyres – providing you with a greater depth of availability and a wider range of price options.

3. Search results can include winter tyres with a lower speed ratings.

Please note: all tyres that we display on a search results page will be suitable for your vehicle. However, if you are using a higher speed rating that the O.E. tyres for your vehicle, we recommend that you replace in pairs across the axel.

hanging the speed rating on can be dependent on the type of vehicle you own.

If you are buying tyres for a 4×4 we recommend that you keep to the original speed ratings as fitted when the 4×4 rolled off the production line. If you wish to make changes then you should verify the change is suitable from the vehicle manufacturer. Klinikar.com cannot take responsibility for any mechanical issues that are caused as a result of a change of speed ratings.

However, for cars the fitting of a higher speed rating is fine. If you do choose a tyre with a higher speed rating though, we recommend that you match the tyres across the axels, avoiding having different speed ratings fitted on either side of the car.

We do not recommend lowering the speed rating to anything less than was fitted to your vehicle as original equipment on the production line.

The only exception to this is a winter tyre. This is due to the fact that they are generally available in lower speed ratings than the more standard ‘summer’ tyres. This because vehicles generally travel at much slower maximum speeds in winter conditions.

Often the reduction in speed rating will be only one rating, – e.g. V to H but not T.

However, to avoid any issues you should check what size and speed rating is recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Usually this information can be found on the car pressure sticker or the handbook of the car.

ZR is a category of speed rating. It was first introduced for speeds over 150mph.

Since then car speeds have increased beyond what was believed to be the maximum required. With cars capable of going faster than 150mph, ZR was subdivided into Y, W and the original Z. When buying new tyres double check with the manufacturer’s handbook to determine what recommended speed rating you required – W Y or Z.

The load capacity of a tyre determines what weight each tyre is able to carry.

It is vital that you check with your vehicle handbook as to what capacity should be put on your car. In some cases your insurance can become void if you select the incorrect tyres.

The load rating is generally found after the diameter reading and before the speed rating on the sidewall marking:

Load Rating Explained

 

Tyre Load Rating Table

The following table shows the weight that each index specification is able to carry:

Tyre Load Ratings

Order Process

Since launching in 2018, Klinikar.com has changed the way that motorists buy new tyres online in the Malaysia. When you buy new tyres from Klinikar.com you can enjoy key benefits such as:

1. A large range of tyres – we stock tyres suitable for all types of vehicles. Our team works hard to ensure that the latest models from the leading brands within the tyre industry are available to our customers.

2. Tyre fitting with an online booking system. Not only does this allows you to plan when your tyres will be fitted, but it also help to minimising the amount of disruption to your day.

3. A garage network of independent garages that is larger than of any other tyre retailer – over 1,500.

At Klinikar.com we work hard to ensure that your experience is the best we can make it.

Part of this is ensuring that we continue to keep you informed of your order after your visit to the Klinikar.com website is over.

We understand that communication is the key to a stress-free online shopping experience, especially once money has changed hands. To keep a customer up to date with the progress of their order, we send regular updates at each of the following steps:

Fully Fitted Orders

• On completion of purchase
• Once the tyres have been dispatched – we also track delivery and ask the fitting centre to confirm that the tyres have arrived – we will contact you if there are any issues

Mail Order

• On completion of purchase
• Once the tyres have been dispatched

In the unlikely event that an issue is encountered during the process, we will contact you by phone or email to inform you and to deliver a solution.

We are constantly trying to improve our pricing by looking for the best deals and availability on tyres. There are times when prices may fluctuate due to a multitude of factors out with our control.

Prices can also change when we introduce a new deal or when there is no longer availability of a tyre at the previous price.

The tyres you buy through klinikar.com are shipped to the garage of your choice from a number of different locations around Malaysia.

Once you have selected your tyres and progressed to the workshop booking section, our quickest possible lead times for the tyre will be advise by our customer service agent immediately after order.

All of our available stock is shown online. However there may be times when we can find a specific item out with our normal systems.

There are times when two tyres listed on the search results page look to be the same but are in fact different – this is normally a subtle difference such as specification (i.e. speed rating) or Tyre Labelling scores – an earlier version of a model may have a different score.

In the majority of cases, the imagery on our site is a true representation of the tyre you will receive. However, please note that all images are for illustrative purposes and for some models, the tread pattern may vary slightly – depending on the size of the tyre ordered.

Our registration search tool relies on information provided by vehicle manufacturers identifying what size of tyre a vehicle was fitted with as standard – when it was constructed on the assembly line.

After a vehicle as left the factory however, their tyre size may change for a number of reasons – from a dealerships looking to incentivise sales to previous owners converting to a different size.

Unfortunately this kind of information is not registered with a vehicle, so our system is unable to guarantee that this has not been the case for your vehicle.

If you find that the search results are delivering a different size than you expected based upon your registration number, we advise checking with your vehicle’s handbook – or with the vehicle manufacture directly to get the correct size.

Converting to a different size of tyre is possible, but it must be done within strict criteria.

It is important to remember that you will need the diameter to remain as close as possible to the original size.

If the size is too different this affects the time/length it takes for a full tyre revolution (the tyre rolling circumference), which will cause your speedometer to display incorrect readings and your gearing will be adversely affected.

Please do not fit a different sized tyre without first consulting an expert. There are several online conversion sites that can help you. Neither Blackcircles.com or Blackcircles.com fitters can be held responsible for any changes made to the size of tyre fitted that lead to issues in terms of performance or damage to the vehicle.

Tyre Fitting

klinikar.com works with over 50 tyre fitters throughout the country.

We typically work on a 48 hour lead time allowing us to get the tyres to the garage in time for you fitting. However, we do occasionally have some quicker options.

When you enter your postcode during a tyre search, we will show you the earliest possible fitting time in your area against each tyre – based on where the tyres are supplied from.

Once you have selected your tyres and progressed to the garage booking section, our quickest possible lead times for the tyre are shown as part of the calendar booking system.

A Premium Workshop is a klinikar.com franchised outlet – selected and audited to guarantee our customers that they have exceeded our stringent criteria on capabilities, on-site facilities and customer feedback.

When you choose a Premium Workshop for to fit your new tyres, you can be ensured that the work on your car is being carried out by some of the leading mechanics in the industry.

On the day of your tyre fitting please ensure that you have printed out, or at least have a note of your BC reference number. Also, ensure that you have your locking wheel nut key and that the fitting centre is made aware of its location.

If less than 4 tyres are being fitted to your vehicle, make sure to confirm with the fitter when you arrive which tyres are being replaced – to avoid any confusion.

Please note: it should take around thirty minutes per tyre – keep this in mind when booking a tyre fitting, especially if you are having 4 tyres fitted and a busy schedule.

When adding new tyre fitters into our network, klinikar.com require that each garages is able to meet the high standards that both we and our customers expect.

Our expert team need each centre to also demonstrate they have all required suitable equipment.

Ongoing checks are carried out once a garage has been included into our network, with each garage’s performance and customer feedback monitored closely.

There is no set time on how long it takes to fit a tyre. As a general rule of thumb, it should take around thirty minutes per tyre – keep this in mind when booking a tyre fitting, especially if you require 4 tyres fitted and have a busy schedule.

The reason it is difficult to provide an exact time is that each fitment can vary depending on a tyre’s size, the size of your vehicle’s wheels and the vehicle itself.

When you turn up for your appointment, our garages will be able to give you clearer idea of how long it will take.

The majority of garages on our network provide tracking services along with a range of other additional services such as MOT, servicing and seasonal checks.

The services they offer are shown on against their listing and available to select at the basket stage.

Please note these services are separate from your order with Klinikar.com and therefore you will need to pay for them at the garage on the day of your appointment.

No, we are unable to book puncture repairs. However, our garages may be able to help arrange one if you visit them directly.

We typically work on a 48 hour lead time. This allows us to get the tyres to the garage in time for you fitting. However, we do occasionally have some quicker options to avoid you incurring the high charges that some of the high street fast fits apply.

When you enter your postcode during a tyre search, we will show you the earliest possible fitting time in your area against each tyre – based on where the tyres are supplied from.

Once you have selected your tyres and progressed to the garage booking section, our quickest possible lead times for the tyre are shown as part of the calendar booking system.

Rotating your tyres periodically can help to prevent uneven wear and prolong the lifespan of your tyres.

Rotating Tyres: Best Practise

When should you rotate your tyres? Generally speaking, it is recommended that you rotate the tyres on your vehicle once every six months, or 6,000 miles – whichever comes first.

To do so, each tyres needs to be removed and refitted at a different position. This helps to ensure that each tyre wears evenly and lasts longer.

For each driving method, there is a correct way to rotate your tyres. You want to ensure that you rotate the tyres to the correct position for your vehicle.

Rotating Tyres on a Front Wheel Drive

The two front tyres stay on the same of the car and are transferred to the rear. However, the rear tyres move forward and switch sides.

Rotating Tyres on a Front Wheel Drive
Rotating Tyres on a Rear Wheel Drive

The two rear tyres stay on the same side of the car and are transferred to the front. However, the front tyres move backwards and switch sides.

Rotating Tyres on a Rear Wheel Drive
Rotating Tyres on a Four Wheel Drive

In this instance both sets of tyres swap sides and position. So the two front tyres move back and switch. At the same time the two rear tyres move forward and switch.

Rotating Tyres on a Four Wheel Drive
Rotating Directional Tyres

The above rules should not be followed if your tyres are ‘directional tyres’. The tread pattern on this variety tyre is designed specifically to work in a certain way in relation to its position on the vehicle – switching sides would be dangerous.

The tyres change position, but do not switch. The two front tyres move back and the two rear tyres move forward – they stay on the same side of the car as before.

Rotating Directional Tyres

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