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RM Tyres Chatham

Need new tyres? Got a puncture? RM Tyres Chatham provide carry an extensive range of tyres to cover all requirements, including;

Car Tyres
4×4 Tyres
Van Tyres
High Performance Tyres
Mid Range Tyres
Budget Tyres

Offering you no-nonsense approach to tyre sales, RM Tyres Chatham prices are fully inclusive of new valve, fitting, balancing and disposal.

RM Tyres Chatham Online Ordering

We also offer a convenient online ordering process allowing you to choose your tyres and a suitable fitting time all from the comfort of you PC, Tablet or Mobile Phone!

To order simply use the search form on the right. You can search by tyre size or registration number.

Please do not hesitate to call us on 01634 716336 

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For all your car and van tyre needs in Medway, Strood, Rochester, Cuxton, Chatham, Gillingham, Gravesend and Kent areas.

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Van Tyres at RM Tyres Ltd.
We here are RM Tyres Strood Ltd,  supply and fit a good quantity of van tyres and light commercial tyres.

All major brands of van tyres sold such as Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin, Pirelli and of course the good old trusty Budget van tyres. And keep stock of and fit most vans , if not in stock, we can normally get your preferred brand and size the same day!

We supply to all kinds of businesses ,from large Nationals to a one man band ,from builders to pest control and from all over Kent . So for your Business needs van tyres call us 01634 716336 or go to our on line store at

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Your Car Tyre - Tyre Section

1 - The inner liner. A layer of airtight synthetic rubber.This is found inside your car tyre and is the modern equivalent of the inner tube.

2 - The casing ply.
This casing is composed of fine textile fibre cords, laid down in straight lines and sandwiched in rubber. These cords are a key element in the structure of your car tyre and enable it to resist pressure. In each individual ply of a car tyre, there are about 1400 cords, each one of which can resist a force of 15 kg.

3 - The lower bead area.
This is where the rubber tyre grips the metal rim and its role is to transmit the power from the engine and braking effort from the rim of the tyre through to the contact patch.

4 - The bead wires
The bead wires help to hold you car tyre onto the rim. They can each take a load of up to 1800 kg without the risk of breakage and you have eight of them on your car, two per tyre. Thats a massive 14,400Kgs of strength where an average car weighs about 1,500kgs. The bead 'wire' is actually a cable but is made from a single piece of wire woven in a circle with the ends securely joined together for maximum strength.

5 - Supple rubber sidewalls
These help to protect your car tyre from shocks that could damage the casing, eg minor shocks against pavements, potholes etc. There is hard, protection rubber where the tyre joins the rim.

6 - Bracing plies.
Reinforced with very fine, very resistant steel cords in a rubber sandwich. These two, (occasionally more), plies are stuck together and cross the tread area at angles of around 60∫ to each other. When the tyre is cured (baked), their steel cords cross the casing cords to form triangles. This is known as triangulation, and it makes the top of the tyre (its crown) rigid.
The plies encircle the entire crown of your car tyre, and perform a very complex role:
they must be sufficiently rigid around the tyre's circumference that they aren't stretched by the rotation of the tyre so that your car tyre doesn't stretch and become larger.
they must also be rigid across the tyre, to resist the stresses and strains of cornering.
They must ALSO be flexible enough, to "absorb" deformations caused by bumps and lumps in the road and other obstacles that may be found.
To make this work, steel has to be bonded with rubber which is very difficult to do in they way that we need it to be done, (it is not just 'glued') but Michelin has mastered the art of perfect bonding between these dissimilar materials, and which is absolutely essential to your safety.

7 - Safety ply.
This cord allows your car tyre to maintain a stable shape under the effect of speed and to reduce the effect of friction heating. It is reinforced with (generally) nylon based cords bedded in a layer of rubber and laid around the circumference of the tyre to prevent the effect of speed stretching the tyre. We sometimes refer to this as a 'zero degree belt'.

8 -  The tread layer
The tread is laid over the bracing plies. It is the patterned part of your car tyre that will be in contact with the road. The tread in the contact patch (the part of your car tyre that touches the road) must be able to resist very significant stresses. The tread rubber compound must grip on all types of surfaces, resist wear and abrasion, and heat up as little as possible.

All that then remains is to mould in the tread pattern and vulcanize (bake) all these semi-finished products together to form what we know as a whole tyre.

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Tyre tread depth explained
The legal limit for car tyre tread depth is 1.6mm (across 75% of the tyre). However, the deeper the tread the more grip you have. At RM Tyres LTD we recommend that you replace your tyres when the tread depth is less than 3mm as the performance of the tyre will begin to reduce significantly.

So how do you check your tyre tread depth? This video will explain some techniques to check your tyres and demonstrate how tyre tread depth affects stopping distance.

If the tread depth on your tyres is between 1.6-3mm then it is time to start thinking about ordering a new set.

Thanks to our online tyre size search tool, it couldn't be easier to order your tyres!

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Wet Stopping Distances vs Tread Depth
It has long been known that a decrease in tyre tread depth can lead to the deterioration of a tyre's performance during cornering, and straight line braking in the wet, leading to increased wet stopping distances. A tyre is unable to deal with the same volume of water on the road at lower tread depths, which means that the tyre is unable to transmit traction and braking forces to the road as effectively which increases wet stopping distances considerably.

Tyre pressure also affects wet stopping distances and dry stopping distances impairing a vehicle's safety by reducing its handling capability. If a tyre is over or under inflated, less rubber will be in contact with the road which leads to increased tread wear, and may increase the vehicles wet stopping distances or dry stopping distances. It is recommended that you check all of your tyre pressures regularly, as well as inspecting the tyre for damage.
More information about wet stopping distances vs tread depth.

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