Frequently Asked Questions??


1.  Replacing your Tyres?

      Your tyre should be replaced if any of the following are visible:

· If the tread is less than 1.6mm or the tread has bald patches (See Tread Depth ).

· If the internal construction of the tyre is visible.

· If the sidewall of the tyre bulges anywhere or the tyre is split.

· If the tyre has cracking or the rubber is perishing.

· If the tyre on the same axle is not the same size.

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2.   Tyre Buying Process?

    >> Selecting the appropriate tyres?

·   We have a highly trained and experienced team on hand to advise you on the various brands and quality to suit your requirements.  We work in close partnership with Macroom Motors and we also avail of their knowledge and experience.


    >> Recommendation for changing one or two or all tyres?

·   There is no need to change all four tyres if only one needs replacing. However, there are benefits in replacing your tyres in pairs. It is best to   have the same level grip on both sides of each axel.  Therefore it is recommended to change either both front tyres or both rear tyres at the same time.


     >> Alignment?

·   We offer the latest 3D digital wheel alignment, which is the most accurate in the industry. There is a separate charge for alignment with a discount available when you purchase 2 or more tyres.


      >> Charges?

·  Tyres are complicated technical products and tyre manufacturing requires massive investments in product development and production. The majority of the price of the tyre is because of the raw materials used.

·   Once you purchase your tyres with Macroom Tyre Centre there is no extra charge for balancing, fitting and waste disposal.  Costs are dependant on the quality and type of the tyre purchased.

·   If you purchase your tyres elsewhere, we can fit your tyres and the price for fitting would be dependant on quantity.

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3. Quality,Certification, and Environment?

    >> What does the “E” mark mean on tyres, and do all our tyres carry the mark?

    ·  The “E” mark indicates that the tyre is certified to comply with international regulations. A vehicle will fail an NCT if it does not carry the “E” mark.  All our tyres carry the “E” mark and we would advise customers if buying tyres on-line or elsewhere to ensure they carry the “E” MARK.


    >> NCT Standards?

    ·  Macroom Tyre Centre complies with all the safety regulations and recommendations advised by the NCT. See


    >> Tyre Disposal?

    ·  Macroom Tyre centre disposes of all waste tyres by a licensed tyre waste disposal company. We also hold a Compliancy Certificate from Tyre Waste      Management Ltd. See


     >> What happens to worn out tyres?

              ·  There are three major areas   of use for used tyres: retreading, energy and material use. Retreaded tyres are used tyres equipped with new treads. Most passenger car and delivery van tyres can be retreaded once and truck and bus tyres between two and three times.
Tyre granulate can be burnt to produce energy and its energy value is equal to that of coal. Rubber granulate has hundreds of uses. The most important applications include road maintenance, noise barriers, artificial reefs, floor and wall coverings and as isolation material on new landfill sites under construction or old ones closing down manufacturing labour costs.

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4. Tyre Care?

   >> My tyres wear more in the middle than at the sides. Do I have incorrect inflation pressures, or why does this happen?

   ·  Traction tyres normally wear more in the middle than at the sides and free-rolling tyres wear more at the sides. The best way to even out the wear  and to get the best possible driving results from your tyres is to rotate the positions of the tyres between the front and rear axles after every 8,000-10,000 km (5,000-6,000 miles).


>> I mounted one of my tyres against the rolling direction and drove it like that through the winter. Did it damage the tyre?

     ·  The tyre does not get damaged when it rolls against the specified rolling direction. However, it is recommended that you do not change the rolling direction of a tyre during its useful life as this may affect the grip of the on the tyre. To achieve the best possible cleaning and slush properties, the tyres should be mounted in their correct rolling direction.


    >> How do I know the correct inflation pressures?

    ·  You will find details of the correct inflation pressures for your car in the Owner's manual, on the tyre placard on the petrol tank of your car, on the glove compartment door, on a door edge or on the side of a door. If the information cannot be found in any of these places, professional tyre repair shops and Technical Customer Service will be able to help you.


    >> May I use a solvent when washing my tyres?

    ·   We recommend that you use a mild detergent, such as a car shampoo, on your tyres. Remember to rinse tyres thoroughly after washing. Do not   direct the spray of a pressure washer on the tyre surface up close, as the high-pressure spray may damage the structure.

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5. Tyre Information and Markings

    >> Is there a manufacturing date on tyres?
·  On all tyres, a four-digit-code shows the year and week when the tyre was manufactured.
        The manufacturing code has four digits, for example, the code 2100 means that the tyre was manufactured in week number 21 of the year 2000


    >> Sidewall Markings

            >> How do I find my tyre size?

·   The tyre size can be found on the sidewall of the tyre. Take a look at the picture for details.

Buying Tyres online

           >> What do all these numbers mean? The tyre sidewall markings explained.

            ·  At first glance the tyre sidewall seems to contain a lot of confusing numbers and letters. This information tells you about the dimensions, speed      rating and tyre pressure setting.

           >> Tyre Width?

           ·  The tyre width is shown in millimeters and is the width from one side of the tyre to the other. Wider tyres give the car more contact with the    road and therefore more traction.

             >> Tyre Profile?

               ·  The tyre profile is actually a ratio, not a metric measurement. The profile is the ratio of tyre width to profile height shown as a percentage. For example: If the tyre has the dimensions shown - 205/50. Then the profile is 50% of the width, so 50% of 205mm is 102.5mm. The tyre height from the rim to the tread is 102.5mm

              >> Tyre Speed Rating?

                ·  All tyres have a speed rating letter. The letter denotes a maximum speed that the tyre can sustain for a 10 minute period without falling to pieces. Each speed rating is 10Km/h above the previous. This is a very important parameter, as there is a legal requirement to fit tyres to your vehicle with the correct speed rating. Note: the letter R is nothing to do with the speed rating. This letter denotes the tyre construction.

             >> Wheel Size?
·  This is the diameter of the wheel rim in inches that the tyre is designed to fit.

             >> What is the legal limit on tread depth?

                      ·  Here in the Ireland the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. However independent tests have proved that a tyre at 1.6mm is 40% less efficient as stopping in the wet than a tyre at 3mm. For safety's sake we would advise people to aim to replace their tyres at 3mm of tread.


    >> How can I measure my tyre tread depth?

        ·  You can use a tyre depth gauge. However most tyres have a tread wear indicator to help you to visually identify when you are close to the tread depth limit. If you're looking at your front tyres, lock your steering wheel to either the left or the right and look around the tread carefully, you should see a small rubber bar running across the tread grooves. The wear indicator is usually placed in the tyre at a depth of 2mm. If the tyre tread is flush with this rubber bar then it's time to replace your tyres.


    >> What are RFT tyres and why are they so expensive?

             ·  RFT stand for Run Flat Tyre. These tyres can survive a puncture and still be driven on, albeit at a reduced speed and limited distance. The RFT   tyre is more expensive partly because of the thicker tyre wall that prevents the tyre from collapsing due to a loss of pressure.   

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        1.  When do I need to replace my tyres?

      2.  Tyre Buying Process?

                 >> Selecting Tyres?

                 >> Do I have to change all 4 tyres together?

                  >> Can I have my alignment checked/adjusted?

                  >> Charges?

3.    Quality,Certification, and Environment?

               >> Quality Emark?

               >> NCT standards?

               >> Tyre Disposal?

               >> What happens to worn out tyres?

4.    Tyre Care?

               >> Tyre Wearing?

                >> Rolling Direction?

               >> Correct inflation pressures?

               >> Cleaning?

        5.    Tyre Information and Markings?

>> Manufacturing Date?

>> Sidewall Markings:

       >> Tyre Size, Width, Profile, Speed Rating, Wheel Size?

>> Tread Depth?

>> RFT Tyres?







>> RFT tyres?


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Phone: 026 20888



Address: Cork Street, Macroom, Co. Cork

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Contact Us:

Phone: 026 20888



Address: Cork Street, Macroom, Co. Cork