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Mobile Tyre Fitting – Information about tyres

What do you want to know about tyres we fit with our mobile tyre fitting service?

When should I replace my tyres?

The legal limit for the tread of the tyre is 1.6mm across ¾ of the tread pattern. Your tyre should be replaced if any of the following defects are visible:

  • If the tread is less that 1.6mm.
  • If the tyre has any bald patches.
  • If the internal construction of the tyres is visible.
  • If the sidewall of the tyre bulges anywhere.
  • If the tyre is split.
  • If the tyre has extensive cracking or the rubber is perishing, (usually on older tyres.)
  • If the tyre is not the same size as the one on other side of the axle.

What does the speed rating mean?

The speed rating is marked on the side of the tyre and indicates the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry the load corresponding with its load index. Example 91V.

“T” rated tyres are designed to carry their load up to 118 MPH

“H” rated tyres are designed to carry their load up to 130MPH

“V” rated tyres are designed to carry their load no faster than 150 MPH

Tyres marked with a “W” and “Y” are designed to go faster than 150 MPH but no faster then 169 & 186 MPH respectively. The “W” & “Y” ratings usually appear with the ZR rating.

The “ZR” rating without a “W” or “Y” indicates 150 MPH.

Even if you do not drive at these speeds, the correct specification is essential in order to comply with the vehicle manufactures recommendation and your insurance policy.

What does 4X4 mean?

This means a tyre for a 4X4 or “off road” vehicle. They often have a ‘chunkier’ tread and are suitable to driving in hazardous driving conditions. If you’re not sure if you need this type of tyre then please just ask us (either via the contact form or call We Fix Alloys on 08000 14 15 99)

What does RNF mean?

RNF indicates that the tyre is reinforced. Reinforced tyres are mostly fitted on to small / light vans, people carriers and some 4X4 vehicles and estate cars. More recently, car manufactures such as Audi, Renault and Saab have been using a new type of reinforced tyre. These tyres are high-performance, low profile tyres and come as original equipment on high-performance cars. The extra load carrying capability gives these tyres more rigidity, enhancing the road holding.

What does 6PR mean?

6PR means 6 ply. These are tyres used on light commercial vehicles and are constructed using extra reinforcing called ‘ply.’ Most car tyres are 4ply construction.

What does 8PR mean?

8PR means 8 ply. These are tyres used on light commercial vehicles and are constructed using extra steel reinforcing called ‘ply.’ Most car tyres are 4ply construction.

Types of tyres

There are several different types of tyre that you can buy for your car. What you choose depends on how you use your car for, where you live, how you like the ride of your car and a variety of other factors. The different classifications are as follows, and some examples are shown in the image below.

Types of tyres for mobile tyre fitting

Performance tyres or summer tyres

Performance tyres are designed for faster cars or for people who prefer to drive harder than the average consumer. They typically put performance and grip ahead of longevity by using a softer rubber compound. Tread block design is normally biased towards outright grip rather than the ability to pump water out of the way on a wet road. The extreme example of performance tyres are “slicks” used in motor racing, so-called because they have no tread at all.

All-round or all-season tyres

These tyres are what you’ll usually find on every production car that comes off the production line. They’re designed to be a compromise between grip, performance, longevity, noise and wet-weather safety so that they suit everyone’s style of driving. For increased tyre life, they are made with a harder rubber compound, which sacrifices outright grip and cornering performance. For the majority of you, this won’t be an issue. The tread design is normally a compromise between quiet running and water dispersion – the tyre should not be too noisy in normal use but should work fairly well in downpours and on wet roads (so great for our British summers!).


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Mobile Tyre Fitting – Frequently asked questions

Mobile Tyre Fitting – Frequently asked questions about our work

How do I find my tyre size?

The ONLY way you can accurately find your tyre size is to look on the sidewall of your tyre. Many tyre websites have software that looks up your tyre size from your vehicle registration or model. Unfortunately this is not always accurate. Sometimes you will get the correct size but when we tested it, it was often wrong. Check out our blog for information about how to read your tyre size and find out what all those numbers and letters actually mean?

How quickly can you attend and replace my tyres if I book today?

Most of our mobile tyre fitting bookings can be done the following day or any day onwards including Saturday mornings. Some areas are busier than others so next day is not always possible.

It is very difficult to specify an exact time as we can encounter many things that may change the way we schedule the work up until the last minute. If you need to have the work done AM, PM, outside of school run times or lunch hours then there are various options available when booking online or if you prefer to book by phone just discuss your availability with us at the time of booking.

Quite often we experience exceptional levels of work that may mean your requested date / time is not possible. We will do everything we can to reschedule a date / time that causes as little inconvenience as possible. We understand this is not always going to be acceptable.

Once you’ve filled in our contact form we’ll be in touch to discuss the arrangements with you – and we’ll remain in touch throughout the whole process to make sure you become another of our wheely happy customers.

What hours do you work?

We can come and fit your tyres with our mobile tyre van between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8.30am until 12.30pm

How do you fit tyres from a van?

All of our vans are equipped with state-of-the-art tyre changing machines, electronic tyre balancing machines and a compressor to inflate the tyres. All similar to the equipment you would expect to see in a traditional garage – but the garage comes to you instead!

Can you fit low profile tyres?

Yes we can. Our mobile service can fit tyres with a profile as low as 30. Our vans are also equipped with low entry jacks, which easily glide under the skirts of any sports car.

Do you fit motorbike tyres?

Not at the moment – sorry

How much space do you need?

A few feet around the car is all we need to fit your tyres with one of our mobile tyre vans

What happens to my old tyre?

We dispose of your old tyre, using carefully selected tyre disposal companies. The old tyres are sent to remould manufacturers or used in road construction, as fuel in power stations or even sometimes used for sea defences. At We Fix Alloys protection of the environment is a major concern and we dispose of your scrap tyres in the most ecologically friendly way possible.

How do you balance the wheels?

Each mobile tyre van is fitted with an electronic balancing machine, capable of balancing up to 20″ diameter wheels. Our mobile car tyre fitting vehicles are all equipped with Cemb electronic wheel balancers to ensure that when we replace your tyres we can also balance the wheel to make sure there is no vibration or shudder when the vehicle travels at increased speed. All our balancers are capable of balancing wheels including steel rims, alloy rims and centre less rims found on some Citroen, Renault and Peugeot cars.

Where possible our tyre fitters will balance your alloy wheels without the balance weights being visible on the outside of the wheel.

Can my puncture be repaired?

Most probably, yes. But there are British Standard guidelines that we have to adhere to. If the puncture is in the shoulder or side-wall of the tyre it cannot be repaired but if this is the case we will explain why and show you – don’t forget we can always order a new tyre for you and fit it with our mobile tyre fitting service.

What is the cost of a puncture repair?

The charge for repairing a puncture is £25 inc VAT including us coming out to your home or work

I have purchased my tyres already from another company. How much will you charge me to fit them ?

We only fit tyres that we supply. That way we can be sure that our customers are getting genuine, quality tyres.

I have expensive alloy wheels. Can you replace my tyres without damaging my alloy wheels ?

That’s our promise to you! We use Boxer Pro (snap on) tyre machines in our mobile tyre fitting vehicles. The tyre fitting machine is a high quality piece of equipment and is capable of replacing tyres up to 20 inch including run flat tyres, 4×4 tyres and low profile tyres.

What payment methods do you accept when you replace my tyres ?

Our preferred method of payment when we replace your tyres is Debit Card or Credit Card. We accept all major Debit or Credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and Solo. We will accept cash if you are unable to pay by Debit or Credit card but please note our fitters do not carry change.

What guarantee do I get with my new tyres ?

Your new tyres are covered for 5 years against manufacturers defect. This guarantee does not cover punctures, accidental damage or any other damage that is not a defect in the tyres construction. The best thing to do if you have any problems at all with your tyres or any of the work we have done for you is to call us to discuss your issues

Will I get a receipt?

All of our work – mobile tyre fitting or alloy wheel repair comes with an electronic receipt sent direct to your email. This acts as your guarantee so keep it safe.


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Reading your tyre size for mobile tyre fitting

How to read your tyre size before contacting our mobile tyre fitting service

Before we can arrange our mobile tyre fitting service we need to know the right tyres to bring to you! You might have noticed that we ask for a string of numbers and letters on our contact form. That’s so we can be sure that we are bringing the right tyre to you. Many companies try and get this information by asking for your registration plate but that’s not always accurate and as you know here at We Fix Alloys we like to make sure our customers get great service and that means getting it right!

If you look on the side of tyres you can get a whole lot of useful information, including the manufacturer, product name load and PSI rating but right now what we’re interested in is the size, load and speed rating. That will look like this on the side of your tyre. So grab a pen and paper and go and make a note of it before you fill in the contact form here

225 45 R 17 91W

Now, that might be all you want to know but because we like our customers to be informed here is an explanation of what all those numbers and letter means.

Sidewall Marking



Width of the tyre in millimetres


Height of the tyre sidewall as a percentage of the width. In this case 45% of 225mm. Also know as the aspect ratio.


Radial Construction


The diameter of the tyre’s inner rim in inches


Load Rating of the Tyre. In this case its 615kg


Speed Rating. Indicates the maximum speed for the tyre when at full load. In this case 168 mph.




Ordering the correct tyre for mobile tyre fitting

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Latest News – We Fix Alloys, We Fit Tyres.. We make YOU wheely happy!

 We Fix Alloys, We Fit Tyres

Well it seems like Spring might not be on its way as soon as you’d like with all the weather changes recently but here at We Fix Alloys we have a great reason to have a spring in our step!

This month there is some really exciting news to share with you all as we are now able to offer a brand new service to customers old and new. If you have a look around the website you will find a new contact form and some interesting new blogs telling you all about our


Yes that’s right not only do we fix your alloys we can now fit your tyres too!

We’re very happy to be working with Peter from Tyres2U (NE) LTD on this project as he has been working within the tyre industry for over two decades. We feel its a positive step forward to providing our customers the full wheel repair, refurbish and re-rubber package!


We Fix Alloys, We Fit Tyres.. We make YOU wheely happy! – Call us today!!


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Bent, buckled and cracked alloy wheels

Never fear We Fix Alloys is here to repair even the most damaged alloy wheels

Spring is coming but the roads are still a mess!

Well we have been so busy lately repairing bent, buckled and cracked alloy wheels!

Hit a pot hole? Then you notice that within days your tyre keeps going down? Probably the most annoying thing to happen – and always when you’re in hurry! Well don’t panic, here at We Fix Alloys we have the skill and expertise to fix even the most damaged of alloy wheels. We always give you straight forward advice too – going to cost more to fix than the wheel is worth – we will always tell you before we start the work and give you a reliable estimate so that you can make an informed choice about whether you want the work doing.

Unlike some other, less reputable companies, we give an electronic receipt for all works completed so that you can make a claim to get those costs back.

Here are some of the wheels we have fixed recently..


Looks nasty but it was quick repair for We Fix Alloys
Looks nasty but it was quick repair for We Fix Alloys
Cracked alloy wheel before and after repair by We Fix Alloys
Wheel on the left shows after weld and on the right before


Don’t just take our word for it – all our customers are encouraged to review our work and give feedback here – and here’s what one happy customer recently told us

“Had a buckled alloy and couldn’t find anywhere that could fix it. I saw We Fix Alloys website and got in touch. They were very helpful and repaired the alloy the following day. Great service great job and well priced. Would certainly recommend. Thanks a lot”

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Customer Care and Opening Hours

We Fix Alloys –  Specialist alloy wheel repair and refurbishment in Newcastle and the North East

Committed to Customer Care and Improving your Experience

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Commited to service

As many of you who have already used our services know – here at We Fix Alloys we like to put the customer first.

Before we start any work on your wheels we take time to ensure we are offering you the best value repair or refurbishment for your budget. We run regular special offers (make sure you sign up for the Newsletters so you don’t miss out). We also support local and national car clubs by offering their members’ discounts on all work carried out – so if you run a club why not get in touch today and see how we can help your members.

Many of our happy clients take the time to give us testimonials for which we are very grateful and we are currently trialling some new software on our website that allows YOU to tell us what like or don’t like and what you would like to see us do differently.  There’s a little poll on there too and we would really appreciate you taking the time to let us know what you think.

One last point – our regular opening hours are 8:30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday but if you need to be seen outside of these hours – say at the weekend or to drop wheels or cars off earlier or later in the day then please tell us – we’re here to make sure your alloy wheel repair or refurbishment goes as smoothly as possible for you.

We like to make sure every customer gets exactly what they want, for the right price, every time – We Fix Alloys – putting YOU first.

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Not only alloy wheels – We also fix….

Not just Alloy Wheels…

We Fix Alloys… A great company name for a great company!

We’ve been asked by customers ‘Alloy what?’ though and they’re  right because we don’t just fix alloy wheels – we’ve ‘fixed’ and changed the colour on many different things  so we thought it would be a good idea to collect some pictures all in one place to help you know what else we could do for you.

So here goes…

One of the first jobs we were asked to do was to transform an MR2 engine bay using our custom chrome finish. Now, actual chrome plating  is a very toxic business using strong acids and certainly not to be approached lightly.. however, we can use a chrome powder coat to provide a very bright and durable finish. Take a look at this wheel – so shiny you can see the photographer in it!

Chrome powder coat finish by We Fix Alloys


However, its a different business when powder coating engine parts because of the high temperatures involved – just think your engine bay will get much hotter than your alloy wheels ever will. So, using our extensive contacts in the industry we sourced a special lacquer to protect the finish at a higher temperature whilst still preserving the chrome-look finish. Sadly not all companies use this finish and their work simply degrades or peels over time – wasting your time and money.

As always, we tried the product out on our own cars so that we knew we were providing a stable product that would withstand the conditions. Here are a couple of photos showing the finish on our GT4 parts – the intercooler surround and the turbo heatshield.


GT4 Intercooler CoverGT4 Heatshield


Once we were confident that the finish was stable we started work on the MR2 parts. As usual, everything underwent an extensive preparation – sanding down and filling and sanding again to ensure as smooth a surface as possible before the final coatings were applied. All the engine parts were carefully sealed to ensure no dust or particles could get in as this could cause serious problems once re-assembled.

MR2 Engine parts prior to chrome finish

Again, we have heard many stories from customers who had work done somewhere else before coming to us and the preparation hadn’t been as careful – causing catastrophic engine failure. Yet another reason to make sure you research the company you use carefully. See our other blogs for helpful hints on how to choose alloy wheel repairers – buyer beware!

Anyway – back to the MR2. Here you can see the rain tray and strut brace after they have had the chrome powdercoat and protective lacquer applied
Strut brace after chrome finish by We Fix AlloysRain tray after chrome by We Fix Alloys








Of course, we only did the powder coating the customer then took all the shiny bits home and had the hard work of reassembling his car!

Here’s a picture of the finished engine bay – I’m sure you’ll agree it was worth all the hard work 🙂

Chrome powder coating by We Fix Alloys


We have been asked to powder coat many items and not always car related! We have changed the colour on CCTV equipment so that it better blends with the building it is installed on, completely brightened up a mobility scooter and even renovated a fire surround.. Yes, you read that right… a fire surround – look…

Fire surround - custom powder coat by We Fix Alloys

So as you have seen – We Fix Alloys and anything else you want to bring to us – what are you waiting for – bring those ideas to us today and be another happy customer.

See you soon!

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Advice from We Fix Alloys

Alloy Wheel Refurbishment Cost

Alloy Wheel Refurbishment Cost

A question we are often asked by our customers is ‘How much will my alloy wheel refurbishment cost?’

Well, the short answer is ‘It depends’ and for the slightly longer answer with some free, expert advice on alloy wheel refurbishment cost just keep reading.

The first decision your alloy wheel refurbishment expert from We Fix Alloys will make with you is whether you need a mobile alloy wheel repair or a more extensive alloy wheel refurbishment in our fully provisioned workshop. We recommend all our customers send us a photo by text to 07890 691838 or by email to or drop by our workshop  so that we can give accurate quotations on their alloy wheel refurbishment cost. This means we can ensure that we offer the right service, first time, every time.

We Fix Alloys mobile alloy wheel repair cost

You can schedule a visit at a time and place of your choosing, either at home, work or play. All we need to work on your damaged alloy wheels is a little water and access to two 13amp sockets. We take around an hour to transform each damaged alloy into what will look like new alloy wheels. Our mobile alloy wheel repair vans are specially equipped to repair scratched alloys, kerbed alloys and alloys just showing their age!

Mobile alloy wheel repair is only suitable for minor scratches as only the top surface of the wheel is repaired. This is why the best alloy wheel experts have workshop facilities to take care of more extensive damage. Here are some photos of damage that can be repaired using our mobile alloy wheel facilities:


We Fix Alloys before mobile alloy wheel repair
Audi A4 Alloy Wheel before Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair
We Fix Alloys after mobile alloy wheel repair
Audi A4 Alloy Wheel after Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair











We Fix Alloys before mobile alloy wheel repair
Vauxhall Insignia Alloy Wheel before Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair
We Fix Alloys after mobile alloy wheel repair
Vauxhall Insignia Alloy Wheel after Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair










One decision we like our customers to consider when booking a mobile alloy wheel repair is how the repaired alloy will wheel look compared to the other wheels – it’ll look like a new one! We would encourage you to get 2 wheels done as then the difference between the sides of the car will not be so noticeable. For this reason we often have special offers on with reduced costs for more than one alloy wheel repair. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter to be included in future special offers.


We Fix Alloys workshop alloy wheel refurbishment cost


We can also repair alloy wheels that are badly damaged, have corrosion or oxidisation, or are buckled and bent and are too damaged to repaired at home. Good as our mobile alloy wheel repair vans and technicians are there are limitations to what can be achieved at the roadside.

Luckily, our support workshop is fully equipped to take on even the most badly damaged alloy wheels so no need to worry – we can fix those alloy wheels for you even if they look as bad as this:


Alloy Alloy wheel before workshop repairAlloy wheel before workshop repairAlloy wheel before workshop repair


The first job is to take the wheels off your car and then the tyres off the wheels. Then the wheels go into our bespoke designed environmentally friendly acid stripping system. Then we use a specially designed blasting cabinet to make sure the wheels are completely cleaned of their old paint. Next they are sanded and filled to make sure the surface is as smooth as possible before they are powder coated and returned to their showroom condition.

Of course, when you have your alloy wheels fully refurbished then you can change the colour. This is where you have the opportunity to fully customise the work we do for you. We literally have 100’s of photos in our gallery – why not take a look today?

As for the cost, well we have a detailed price structure on our website, various special offers run through the year, you can speak to us at events and don’t forget to sign up for our special offers. We like to support motorsport and classic car clubs so don’t forget that your membership might give you a discount (and if you run a club please get in touch to arrange). Thanks for taking the time to read this and we look forward to meeting you soon



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We Fix Alloys – Small Business Sunday winners 30th December 2012

Small Business Sunday We Fix Alloys Winners

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count. Every Sunday, Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted.  Every Sunday, more take part and the odds get harder…

We have been taking part in #SBS for over a year – not every week as it’s hard to keep that motivation going but as any small business will attest motivation and perseverance are key to your successes.

We are pleased to announce that on 30th December 2012 we became part of the elite family of SBS Winners. We get our own profile on Theo’s site and access to his knowledge and advice.  I suspect that’s only the start of it!

Within seconds our twitter feed went crazy and we are already booking in extra work for the New Year.

What a way to end 2012 and to bring in a great New 2013 for We Fix Alloys

Thanks so much to all our family and friends – we couldn’t have done this without you and your support


This is the tweet that made it

SBS winning tweet

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Caring for your alloy wheels all year round

We Fix Alloys: alloy wheel repair Newcastle and the North East

Caring for your alloy wheels all year round

If you have fitted alloy wheels to your car then you know the importance of keeping these clean and in good condition.

We Fix Alloys alloy wheel repair Newcastle custom finishes

Some drivers like to fit winter wheels on their vehicles, which are a bolt-on solution for those harsher winter conditions and this can be a great and cheap investment. However, if you don’t want to do this, then you need to protect your alloy wheels from the extra grit and salt as well as other corrosive materials found on roads in the colder months of the year.

Brake dust is another of the major problems you might have with your alloy wheel and this can prove to be rather hard to clean off or remove. This dust is released every time you apply your brakes.  It is caused by the friction on the discs and pads and is a mixture of metal filings, carbon fibres and adhesive residues.

Although you can purchase many products to clean away this dust and you should do this as frequently as possible, we would recommend soap and water.  Some of the proprietary cleaners contain acid and this can damage your alloy wheel further. If you regularly wax your alloy wheels just as you would paintwork, then they will remain in good condition and reduce the risk of any corrosion from occurring.

Alloy wheels add a certain look to any vehicle, however, if they are not kept in good condition, then the look is spoilt, and your alloy wheels will start to show signs of rust. Not only do the wheels look unsightly but eventually this can cause structural damage to the wheel itself. Keeping your wheels in perfect condition is important to road safety. You have to keep an eye on them with routine checks not only to clean away any dust and debris to keep them looking as good as new, but to keep your vehicle safe on the road too. Recent MOT changes include checks on your alloy wheels so if you have any concerns please visit us for advice, repair and refurbishment.