How To Maintain Your Tyre?

Steps for Safety & Maintenance

Considering how important tyres are for a smooth and safe drive, it is surprising just how quick and it is easy to care for your tyres. By following our tyres care tips, and conducting simple regular checks, you will not just save time and money, but more importantly, stay safe on the road.

01. Do a Daily Visual Check

  • Check that all tyres have about the same inflation pressure.
  • Check the sidewalls for cracks or unusual bulges.
  • Check for and remove any foreign objects (e.g. stones or nails) that could puncture you tyres.


  • Use a proper tyre guage to measure tyre pressure.
  • Check pressure and inflate only when the tyres are cold. (a hot tyre will show inaccurate reading due to inflation)
  • It takes as long as 4 hours for a tyre to cool down so it’s best to check tyre pressure first thing in the morning.
  • Your vehicle tyre pressure chart can usually be found on the driver’s door frame or in your owner’s handbook.
  • Don’t forget to also inflate your spare tyre.


  • Tyres are not uniformly inflated.
  • Tyres are not balanced.
  • Wheels are out of alignment.


  • Visit a reputable tyre shop or garage for tyre rotation.
  • Check your owner’s handbook for rotating sequence.
  • Have your tyres balanced at the same time.


  • All tyres come with a tread depth indicator. (see diagram)
  • When the indicator is flushed with the rest of the tread (usually about 1.6mm), it is time to change the tyre.


  • Misaligned wheels cause tyres to wear more quickly and irregularly, and prevents the vehicle from running or braking in a straight line. The suspension and steering components will also be subjected to extra stress.
  • It is a good idea to have your wheels aligned by a computerised alignment machine. A reputable workshop should have the wheel alignment specifications of your vehicle model.

How To care Your tyre?

Tyre Tips


  • Q 99 MPH
    H 130 MPH
  • R 106 MPH
    V 130+ MPH
  • S 112 MPH
    W *149+ MPH
  • T 118 MPH
    Y *168 MPH
  • U 124 MPH
    Y **168+ MPH
  1. Passenger Car Tyre - A 'P' or no letter at all indicates a passenger car Tyre.
  2. Width (Millimeters) - This is the section width of your Tyre, in millimeters, measured from sidewall to sidewall.
  3. Aspect Ratio (height/width) - This is the ratio of the height of the tyre sidewall, expressed as a percentage of width. An aspect ratio of 60, for example, indicates that the tyre's sidewall height is 60% of its width.
  4. Radial (construction) - This tells you that the tyre is a radial construction. Almost every new tyre built today is a radial tyre.
  5. Diameter (inches) - This is the diameter in inches of the rim of the wheel that the tyre has been designed to fit on.
  6. Load Rating - This is the load index of a tyre, also called load rating, and corresponds to the maximum weight the tyre is designed to carry. It can be found on the tyre sidewall, next to the diameter. For safety reasons, you should never overload your tyres or choose replacement tyres with a load index lower than your vehicle manufacturer recommends.
  7. Speed Rating - The speed rating is the maximum legal speed for a tyre when it is correctly inflated and in use under load. You will find your tyres speed rating printed on the sidewall, and represented by a letter. A tyre with a speed rating of V, for example, has a maximum speed of 240 km/h. When buying replacement tyres, it is essential to match their speed rating with the speed capabilities of your vehicle.

The Load Index is a numerical code associated with the maximum load a tyre can carry at the speed indicated by its Speed Symbol under service conditions specified by the tyre manufacturer.

  • LI TLCC(kg)
  • 62 265
  • 64 280
  • 66 300
  • 68 315
  • 70 335
  • 72 355
  • 74 355
  • 76 400
  • 78 425
  • 80 450
  • 82 475
  • 84 500
  • 86 530
  • 88 560
  • LI TLCC(kg)
  • 61 257
  • 63 272
  • 65 290
  • 67 307
  • 69 325
  • 71 345
  • 73 365
  • 75 387
  • 77 412
  • 79 437
  • 81 462
  • 83 487
  • 85 515
  • 87 545

The Speed Symbol indicates the maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load corresponding to its Load Index under service conditions specified by the tyre manufacturer.

Correlation Between Speed Symbol(SS) and Maximum Speed

  • A 15
  • A3 15
  • A5 25
  • A7 35
  • B 50
  • D 65
  • F 80
  • J 100
  • L 120
  • N 140
  • Q 160
  • S 180
  • U 200
  • V 240
  • Y 300
  • ZR above240
  • A 210
  • A4 20
  • A6 30
  • A8 40
  • C 60
  • E 70
  • G 90
  • M 130
  • P 150
  • R 170
  • T 190
  • H 210
  • W 270
  • (Y) 300


The "DOT" symbol certifies the tyre manufacturer’s compliance with the U.S. tyres made in the United States have the DOT serial number located on the inside sidewall near the rim.

  1. Manufacturers Name & Brand
  2. Commercial Name (Pattern)
  3. tyre Size Designation.
  4. The word ‘radial’ to identify radial ply tyres. R in size marking also indicates radial ply tyres
  5. The word ‘tubeless’ to identify tubeless tyres (or ‘tube type’ (optional) where appropriate)
  6. The ‘E’ certifies that the tyre complies with the dimensional, performance and marking requirements of ECE Regulation 30.
  7. Service description – ‘Load Capacity Index’ and the ‘Speed Category Symbol’, for example ’79V‘
  8. TWI – is the abbreviation of ‘Tread Wear Indicator’ and may be found in the shoulder or upper sidewall part of some tyres.
  9. Directional pattern tyres.
  10. DOT – is the abbreviation of (U.S.) ‘Department of Transportation’
  11. DM DF O5Y XXXX (Factory Code & date of Production)
  12. A statement of ‘maximum load’ and ‘maximum pressure’
  13. Cord materials used in the tyre construction and the number of plies
  14. Country of origin
  15. Uniform tyre quality grading (UTQG)

A tyre without proper inflation does not work as a tyre at all.
A tyre only functions when it is supported by the air inside.
All its characteristics are related to inflation pressure.

Therefore it is very important to maintain tyre inflation properly.


All new Dunlop tyres have a smooth surface after production, which will gradually wear away through moderate breaking-in of tyres. Sudden acceleration and braking, and hard cornering should be avoided until the breaking-in process has been completed. This process also helps build the tyre up to its maximum grip level.

For more information, and to get the best tyres for your vehicle, visit a Dunlop Tyre Center today.

Premature tyre wear can be caused by a number of factors such as improper inflation, improper wheel alignment, rough driving conditions and infrequent tyre rotation. Visit a Dunlop Tyre Center to get the best care for your tyre Dubai has to offer!

Tyre with a higher speed rating are best for a desert climate, since higher speeds are related to heat generation in the tyre. Tyres with a higher speed rating can therefore withstand higher temperatures.

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