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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What pressure should my tyres be?

For everyday motoring, tyre pressure should never be lower than the manufacturer's recommended pressure. This information is usually mounted on the drivers' door edge or pillar, or in the glove box. Tyre pressure should only be checked when the tyres are cold. If you have to check the tyres when they're hot, add at least 2psi (or 13.8kpa) to maintain optimal levels for safety. A good quality tyre pressure gauge allows you check tyre pressure before driving on the tyres.

Q: I have a puncture - what do I do?

A puncture in your tyre can lead to rapid tyre deflation, so it's important to have a punctured tyre inspected and change over with your spare as soon as possible to avoid permanent tyre or wheel damage. Low profile tyres can be damaged within seconds of driving, not to mention rim damage such as buckling and cracking.

Q: When do I need new tyres?

It is important that you are familiar with tyre wear and damage. Tyres support nearly every function of a cars motion, including but not limited to road handling, braking and steering - so it is vital that you are sure your tyres are in top notch condition for the road. All tyres over 6 years old should be checked professionally by a tyre technician. Even relatively new tyres need regular checks for sidewall damage such as cuts or bulges and also check tyre tread for nails or tears.

Q. Feeling a vibration when you are driving?

This is often a sign your tyres need balancing. The most common cause of steering wheel and seat shaking is your wheel balance. Unbalanced wheels or out of balanced wheels will generally produce a vibration that will cause discomfort to the driver and increase wear of shock absorbers, struts, suspension and chassis components. Even the simplest of things can offset the balance of your tyres, even excessive mud in rims.

Q. Car pulling to the left or right?

After eliminating a puncture or flat tyre, wheel alignment is most likely out or one of your tyres might be separated causing the car to pull to one side. A good wheel alignment will ensure you maximise the life of your tyres and is inexpensive in comparison to the investment for all tyres. Drop in for a safety check as soon as possible.

Q. Tyre separation is when

Tyre separation can be a potentially dangerous condition where the tread of the tyre separates from itself, casing or body of the tyre. If left unattended it can cause the tyre to explode.

Q. I have found a cheaper tyre online?

While many online websites offer cheap tyres online, they are often made cheaply without meeting Australian road regulations. Make sure you do your research as they can often be more costly once fitted and balanced. Ensure the tyre is not excessively aged as this will affect performance and should be classified as a second hand tyre. As tyres age the rubber develops cracks that will continue to open with time and wear.

Q. Why is there a tyre waste management fee?

Australian environmental law do not permit the burial or burning of tyres. In any event, it would be a waste of a natural resource as rubber has many uses given its characteristics. Millard Tyre Centre engages a legitimate tyre recycling organisation who removes used and damaged tyres and processes them at their recycling facility. Recycled tyres are shredded once wire is removed and processed into high grade rubber products, including the use in construction, rubber matting, playgrounds, sport centres, glue adhesive, alternate fuel and much more.

Q: How does uneven tread occur?

As tyres are made up of many components, the causes for tyre wear can be due to many different reasons. You can find a list of the more common causes below:

  • Wheel alignment: is out
  • Under inflation: can cause wear on both inner and outer edges of tyre
  • Over inflation: can cause wear on the centre of the tyre
  • Shock absorbers: can cause patches of uneven wear
  • Lack of rotating: can cause an up and down wear in tread known as scalloping and excess wearing

If you have come across any of these symptoms of tyre wear, our staff are always more than willing to assist you in locating the cause of your problem and rectifying the matter.

Q. Do I need a new battery?

On average a car battery will last between 3 to 4 years. Once a battery has started to fail it rarely responds to recharging, usually due to the positive plate of the battery self destructing, resulting in no plate left to hold a charge that starts your vehicle. If you've been having difficulties with your battery we can test your battery free of charge.

Q. How do I know my tyre size?

Tyres have a code imprinted into the side wall which allows you to identify the tyre size, brand, tread pattern, speed and load rating, year tyre was made and more.


Millard Service Centre
37-39 Old Pacific Hwy
Yatala QLD 4207

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Mon - Fri 7:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday 7:00am to 11:00am