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Aug 08


Safe driving practises and regular maintenance are the keys to getting the most use out of tyres, as we have long taught. But eventually the tread will get too worn and the tyres will need to be replaced. There are now two choices available: purchasing a new pair of tyres or having the present one’s retread.

What precisely is retreading tyres?

The goal of tyre retreading is to give worn-out tyres fresh tread and sidewalls. Retreading may be done in a number of ways, and they are as follows:

High-strength cement is used to attach the new tread to the tyre. This specific method has the advantage of being adaptable to a range of tyre sizes and widths, but it does leave a visible seam where the two ends meet. The old tyre casing is coated with raw rubber, which is then heated and vulcanised in a press under high pressure. The former tire’s casing is covered with raw rubber before being pressed into the tread by a mould. Since it plainly needs various moulds for tyres with varied widths and diameters, this approach is uncommon. The last and least popular technique adds fresh tread and sidewalls using bead-to-bead moulding.

Who uses tyre retreading?

Tyre retreading’s primary advantage is that it is less expensive. Tyre retreading is common in the transportation and aviation sectors because it extends tyre life, and it may be very cost-effective when applied to vehicles with 18 wheels. Some business owners assert that a good retread may add 500,000 more miles to a tire’s lifespan. It is also more environmentally friendly. The weight of certain tyres might reach 70 kg.

However, a fresh retread for this kind of tyre only requires about 20 kg of new substance. The quantity of oil used to make new tyres has been drastically reduced, which relieves pressure on natural resources.

Retreading your car’s tyres is not a good idea.

It can therefore be greener and less expensive. In that situation, shouldn’t I retread my passenger vehicle tyres instead of replacing them? Here is why I say no. Retreading is viable in the transportation and aviation sectors because they frequently deal with enormous tyres made of extraordinarily thick materials.

Your car’s tyres are constructed of much thinner rubber, so you cannot retread them since there is not enough material for the new tread to properly attach to. Other drawbacks exist as well, all of which make tyre retreading dangerous:

  • High-speed instability potential.
  • Poor traction in the rain and inadequate braking.
  • a lack of toughness

Retreading uncovers more tyre problems. It is challenging to determine how frequently a tyre has been retreaded as well as the general condition of the tyre. Many insurance firms now advise against the use of tyre retreading for passenger vehicles for all of the aforementioned reasons. Budget tyres have become more popular, making them less advantageous economically. You can now get tyres for not much more than a retread that will last you longer and keep you lot safer.

Get tire-related information from the experts at Smart Mechanics.

We all want to keep our expenses as low as possible, but tyre quality is not an area where you should save. Having said that, buying a new set of tyres should not be prohibitively expensive, and if properly maintained, they should outlast retreaded tyres by a significant margin.

Visit Smart Mechanics in Bishops Stortford, Stansted, Essex, or Hertfordshire if you see some wear in the tread, and we will make sure you leave with tyres that will keep you firmly planted on the road.

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