How often should I replace my tyres?

Knowing the right time to replace your tyres is essential for driving safety. Worn or deteriorated tyres can pose significant risks on the road. As the vital link between your car and the pavement, maintaining their well-being is crucial. There are several factors to consider:

Tread Wear: Adequate tread depth is crucial for safe driving. The legal minimum tread depth in Australia is 1.5mm. Replacing tyres before the tread reaches this limit to ensure optimal grip on the road.

Tyre Age: Tyre age matters, even if the tread is still sufficient. Replacing tyres that are over 7 to 10 years old is advised, as rubber compounds deteriorate over time, potentially compromising safety.

Driving Conditions: Consider your driving habits and the conditions you encounter. Frequent city driving, long trips, and exposure to extreme weather can accelerate tyre wear. Regularly inspect your tyres and replace them if they show signs of damage or wear.

Manufacturer’s Recommendations: Manufacturers often provide guidelines for their specific tyre models. These recommendations can offer insights into the expected lifespan of your tyres based on their design and intended use.

Various factors beyond general wear, such as tyre punctures, sidewall damage, or tears, can warrant the need to replace either a pair or a complete set of tyres.

Common Causes of Tyre Damage:

Encounter with potholes, obstacles, curbs, and speed bumps.

Exposure to oil, grease, chemicals, rain, snow, ice, or excessive sunlight.

Tyres that have been dormant and unused for a lengthy period of time.

Speeding, sudden braking, or driving on compromised road surfaces.

Using tyres that are incorrectly sized for your vehicle’s wheels

How do I know if I need my Tyres Balanced?

Maintaining balanced tyres is essential for a smooth and comfortable ride. Here are three signs that suggest your tyres might need balancing:

Vibrations: If you feel vibrations in the steering wheel, seat, or floorboard, especially at certain speeds, it’s a sign that your tyres may be imbalanced. Vibrations can occur due to uneven weight distribution, affecting the overall driving experience.

Uneven Tyre Wear: Inspect your tyres for uneven tread wear. If you notice irregular wear patterns, it could be a result of imbalanced tyres. Balancing ensures even weight distribution, preventing premature tyre wear.

Steering Instability: If your vehicle’s steering feels unstable or the handling seems less responsive than usual, it could be due to imbalanced tyres. Balanced tyres contribute to better handling and improved vehicle control.

If you encounter any of these indicators, it’s advisable to have your tyres professionally balanced. Regular tyre balancing not only provides a smoother ride but also helps extend tyre lifespan, enhances driving comfort, and prevents unnecessary strain on suspension components.

How do I find my Tyre Size?

Finding your tyre size is relatively simple. Most tyres have the size written on the side (sidewall) of the tyre, in a format like “205/55R16.” You can also locate it on your vehicle’s tyre placard inside the drivers side door or in the owner’s manual. The size consists of numbers indicating width, aspect ratio, and diameter.

What tyre pressure should I have?

To determine the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle in Australia, you can follow these guidelines:

  1. Owner’s Manual: Most car manufacturers provide recommended tyre pressures for your specific vehicle model. You can find this information in your owner’s manual. It’s a reliable source for accurate tyre pressure settings.
  2. Door Edge or Fuel Filler Cap: Many vehicles have a chart attached to the door edge or inside the fuel filler cap cover. This chart displays the recommended tyre pressures for your vehicle based on its make and model.
  3.  If you’re one of our customers, we will have placed a service sticker on the top of the drivers side windscreen. There you will see our recommended pressure for your tyres.


If you’re unsure or prefer professional advice, call in anytime and we can assist you with a FREE tyre check.

How often should I rotate my tyres?

To maximise tyre lifespan and ensure even wear, it’s recommended to rotate your tyres regularly, approximately from between 5,000 to 10,000 kilometers or every 6 months. This practice varies slightly based on factors such as tyre wear, vehicle type, and driving conditions. You can consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations regarding your car. A good rule of thumb is to rotate the tyres when having your vehicle serviced or whenever you notice uneven tyre wear.

Rotating your tyres helps distribute wear more evenly, extending their life and improving overall vehicle performance. By looking after and maintaining your tyres, you can get thousands more kilometers out of your tyre investment.

What do I need to know before calling a Tyre shop?

Before contacting a tyre shop for a quote, having the following information will ensure that you are getting the best outcome:

Vehicle Information: Know your vehicle’s make, model, and year. Different vehicles require specific tyre sizes and types. We can access a lot of this information from your registration number if required.

Tyre Size: Identify your current tyre size. It’s printed on the sidewall and looks like “205/55R16.” This helps the us provide an accurate quote. Some vehicles have Aftermarket wheels so physically checking your tyre size will ensure you get the right information.

Driving Needs: Understand your driving habits and needs. Are you looking for high-performance tyres, all-season tyres, or something else? Communicate your preferences to get appropriate recommendations. Advising what tyre brand you currently have on your vehicle will help us know what type of tyre you are used to driving on.

Can I change from Run Flat Tyres to Regular Tyres?

If you’re thinking about switching from run-flat tyres to regular tyres, here’s what you should consider:

Compatibility: Yes, you may be able to switch to regular tyres, but ensure they match your vehicle’s size, load, speed rating, and inflation specifications.

Benefits: Some drivers choose regular tyres for cost savings, improved ride comfort, and better fuel economy.

If you’re considering the switch, here are some potential RISKS:

Insurance and Warranty: Inform your insurer and vehicle manufacturer about the change to avoid policy and warranty issues.

Performance Impact: Vehicles designed for run-flat tyres perform best with them due to optimized suspension and brakes. Switching may affect overall performance and vehicle electronic programming.

No Spare: Often a OE Run Flat vehicle will not have a spare tyre or room for one to be stored. This can obviously become an issue if you experience a flat tyre.

Mixing Tyres: Don’t mix run-flat and regular tyres; it compromises safety and handling due to differing attributes.
Remember that while the switch may be possible, it’s generally not recommended and it’s important to ensure safety and continued insurance and warranty coverage aren’t affected and consult professionals for advice.

Can I service my vehicle with you and keep my New Car Warranty?

Absolutely, yes! At Budget Tyre Outlet & Mechanical we can service your vehicle while keeping your new car warranty intact. We adhere to manufacturing log book specifications during every log book service. Our experienced team ensures that your vehicle receives top-notch care, and you can rest assured that our services will not affect your warranty. The best part is you avoid costly dealer pricing while still getting thorough service, expertise, parts and oils.

Wheel Alignment:

What is a Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment is the process of utilising specialised equipment to precisely adjust the angles of your vehicle’s axles and wheels, aligning them in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. While your wheels might appear straight at a glance, even the slightest misalignment can lead to uneven tyre wear.

By ensuring accurate wheel alignment, you will experience:

1. Enhanced Safety: Proper wheel alignment results in better handling and stability, reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall road safety.

2. Tyre Longevity: Correct alignment prevents uneven tyre wear, extending the lifespan of your tyres and saving you money on premature replacements.

3. Fuel Efficiency: Accurate alignment reduces rolling resistance, which can lead to improved fuel efficiency and lower operating costs.

4. Improved Handling: A well-aligned vehicle responds more predictably to steering inputs, providing smoother and more precise handling.

5. Reduced Vibration: Correct alignment minimises vibrations and vibrations, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride.

6. Minimised Drift: Your vehicle will stay on a straight path with proper alignment, reducing the need for constant steering corrections.

7. Preserved Suspension: Accurate alignment prevents unnecessary strain on suspension components, prolonging their lifespan and reducing repair costs.

Optimised Performance: Whether you’re on city streets or highways, proper alignment ensures your vehicle performs at its best, delivering a more enjoyable driving experience.

When do I need a Wheel Alignment?

Activities such as driving onto curbs, encountering potholes, or navigating uneven road surfaces have the potential to disrupt your wheel alignment. Whenever you encounter one of these situations it is a good idea to have your alignment checked. This will save you money in the long run.

A wheel alignment is also recommended when fitting new tyres to your vehicle. While this may seem like an unnecessary extra expense, it can save you money in the long run. Fitting brand new tyres onto a vehicle that is misaligned can result in uneven and premature wear, meaning you’ll have to replace those tyres a lot earlier than you should have to.

It will always be your choice to forgo the offered alignment but only do so if you are sure your vehicle has no alignment issue.

Are all Wheel Alignments equal?

The short answer, no. Many workshops shops use basic alignment machines that can only achieve basic toe-and-go results.

At Budget Tyre Outlet, we use industry leading equipment that utilise the latest technology to be able to get technical alignments done accurately. The Hunter Wheel Aligner offers several clear benefits that can greatly improve your vehicle’s overall performance and driving experience.

For customers, the Hunter Wheel Aligner translates into a vehicle that’s not only safer but also more cost-effective to maintain. It minimises the need for premature tyre replacements, reduces fuel consumption, and enhances overall driving comfort. By investing in proper alignment at Budget Tyre Outlet using the Hunter system, customers can enjoy a well-balanced, efficient, and safer ride.

How do I know if I need a Wheel Alignment?

Ensuring proper wheel alignment is crucial for your vehicle’s performance and safety. Here are three signs to watch out for that indicate you might need a wheel alignment:

Uneven Tyre Wear: Check your tyres for uneven tread wear. If you notice excessive wear on the inner or outer edges of the tyres, it’s a strong indication of misalignment. Uneven wear can lead to premature tyre replacement and compromised handling.

Vehicle Pulling: If your vehicle pulls to one side while driving on a straight road, it could be due to misaligned wheels. Let go of the steering wheel momentarily on a level road to see if the vehicle drifts to one side. If it does, a wheel alignment may be necessary.

Off-Center Steering Wheel: While driving straight, take a glance at your steering wheel. If it’s not centered and instead appears off to one side, your wheels may be misaligned. A centered steering wheel on a straight road is a good indicator of proper alignment.

If you observe any of these signs, it’s recommended to have your wheel alignment checked by a professional. Regular alignment maintenance ensures optimal tyre life, improved fuel efficiency, enhanced handling, and safer driving.

What is the difference between a wheel alignment and a tyre balance?

Wheel alignment and tyre balance are essential maintenance tasks for your vehicle, but they serve different purposes.

Wheel alignment focuses on adjusting the angles of your vehicle’s wheels in relation to each other and the road. This ensures that all four wheels are parallel and perpendicular to optimize handling, stability, and tyre wear. Proper alignment enhances safety and prevents uneven tyre wear caused by misalignment. Factors like hitting potholes or curbs can disrupt alignment.

Tyre balance, on the other hand, addresses the even distribution of weight around the wheel and tyre assembly. Imbalanced tyres can cause vibrations, leading to discomfort and potentially damaging suspension components. Balancing involves placing counterweights on the wheel to offset any heavy spots, resulting in a smoother ride and extended tyre life.

In summary, wheel alignment focuses on the correct orientation of the wheels, optimising vehicle handling and tyre wear. Tyre balance ensures even weight distribution for a smooth and comfortable ride. Both maintenance tasks contribute to overall driving performance and safety.

My steering wheel is vibrating, what could be the problem?

This issue can stem from a few potential factors:

Wheel Balancing: Imbalanced wheels can create uncomfortable vibrations that resonate through the steering wheel. This can be particularly obvious when travelling at speeds over 80km/hr.

Tyre Considerations: Irregular tyre wear, flat spots, or damaged tyres could lead to vibrations.

Alignment Issues: Misaligned wheels, often caused by road impacts, can result in both vehicle pulling and steering wheel vibrations.

Suspension Issues: Worn-out suspension components might lead to unwanted vibrations.
Brake Insight: Vibrations during braking might indicate warped brake rotors.

Driveline Analysis: Driveline or axle problems can also lead to vibrations, especially during acceleration.

Steering System Evaluation: Worn steering components could be at the root of the problem.

For your safety and driving comfort, we recommend a thorough inspection by our skilled mechanics. At Budget Tyre Outlet, we’re committed to diagnosing the precise issue and providing the necessary solutions to ensure your vehicle’s optimal performance.

Do I need to book in?

We welcome you to visit us at any time for your tyre needs. Our shop offers an extensive range of tyres in stock, and our team is ready to assist with immediate tyre repairs and replacements. To provide you with a seamless experience and avoid potential delays, we recommend scheduling mechanical repairs and tyre services in advance. You can easily book appointments through our website or by giving us a call. This way, we ensure that our skilled experts are available to address your needs promptly and efficiently, providing you with top-notch service.

Should I feel intimidated entering a Tyre & Mechanical workshop?
At Budget Tyre Outlet, we’ve transformed the notion of feeling intimidated when visiting a tyre and mechanical store into a thing of the past. Our commitment lies in cultivating an inviting atmosphere that caters to everyone’s needs. As you step in, you’ll discover a space designed for your comfort, complete with amenities like coffee, TV, and chargers. Our philosophy revolves around the idea that no question is too insignificant to ask. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals is always ready to assist, ensuring your experience is nothing short of positive and stress-free. Above all, our unwavering dedication is to safeguarding you and your family on the road, delivering outstanding service that goes beyond expectations. It’s our family taking care of yours.
What is a Run Flat Tyre and how do they work?

A Run Flat Tyre is a type of tyre designed to allow a vehicle to continue driving for a limited distance even after it experiences a puncture. These tyres have reinforced sidewalls that support the vehicle’s weight and maintain the tyre’s shape when the tyre loses air pressure due to a puncture. Run Flat Tyres work by utilising stronger sidewalls, often reinforced with materials like steel, which help maintain the tyre’s structural integrity even when deflated.

The key advantages of Run Flat Tyres include the ability to drive to a safe location or repair facility after a puncture without the immediate need to change the tyre on the roadside. However, it’s important to note that Run Flat Tyres have limitations on how far and how fast you can drive on them after a puncture. The distance and speed can vary depending on the tyre brand and model.

These tyres provide added convenience and safety but may not be repairable after being driven on with reduced air pressure. It’s recommended to refer to your vehicle’s manual and the tyre manufacturer’s guidelines for specific information on the distance and speed limitations of Run Flat Tyres.
Run Flat Tyres are often more expensive than their regular tyre counterparts.

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At Budget Tyre Outlet, we’re not your typical retailer. Being independent gives us the leverage to negotiate unbeatable deals with suppliers, an advantage we pass on to you. But what truly sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to excellence. We’re not tied to franchise requirements, which means we’re free to offer you only the best – brands we believe in and stand behind. Our small, family-driven approach lets us care for our customers on a personal level, ensuring that every recommendation and every product is tailored to meet your needs.

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We offer top-quality tyre options at competitive prices, so you don’t have to compromise on safety or performance.

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