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When to Change Your Tyres

Once your tyres have been on your car for five years, Dunlop recommends having them inspected properly at least once a year. Age deteriorates your tyres regardless of whether or not you drive on them, and it is recommended to get them replaced at the very least every ten years, even if they don’t look worn. Remember that tyre age is measured from the date of manufacture, not of purchase, as tyres wear even in storage.

When your tyre tread is worn down below 1mm

  • NEVER drive on smooth tyres. Always remove tyres from service and replace them when they reach the remaining 1.6 mm of tread depth - tread wear indicators are built into the tyre’s tread grooves to indicate when they are worn.
  • NOTE: In South Africa, in the absence of tread wear indicators it is illegal to drive with tyres that have less than 1.0 mm tread remaining.

If you get a puncture


Some punctures can be repaired by specialists, so visit your nearest Dunlop Zone to check if your tyre can be repaired rather than replaced. If the puncture is irreparable, you’ll need to choose and fit a new tyre.

If your tyres are wearing irregularly


If your tyres haven't been properly aligned, inflated, or fitted, you may experience irregular wear. If this happens, it is best to replace the tyres as soon as possible, to prevent further wear, which can result in an unsafe drive.