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Tyres
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Are Mickey Thompson Tires suitable for snow conditions?

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All Mickey Thompson tyres are mud and snow rated, however snow chains may need to be used depending on the situation you are in.

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What is the difference between a mud tyre and a sand tyre?

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A mud tyre has a very aggressive tread pattern and soft tread compound. It is a 'digging tyre', designed to cut and bite into the mud for grip and then self-clean to enable grip to be maintained. A sand tyre is less aggressive in the tread pattern. However, a mud tyre can be used on sand if you lower the tyre pressures.

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Do Mickey Thompson Tires manufacture a “universal’ tyre suitable for most types of terrain?

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While there is no "universal" tyre for all applications, the Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 is a good all-rounder that will suit most applications with the right tyre pressures being used. Consult your local tyre retailer to ensure you are getting the right tyre pattern for your usage.

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Maintenance
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How often should I check my tyre pressures?

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You should check your tyre pressure at least once a month and also before you go on any long trips. It’s a good idea to make a habit of checking your tyres every time you fill up with petrol. Ideally, tyre pressures should be measured when the tyres are cold (when you have driven less than a 1.5km) as the inflation pressure increases by several pounds when your tyres are hot. Don’t forget about your spare tyre as well!

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How often should I check my wheel alignment?

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Wheel alignment and balancing are important for safety and to help you get maximum tread wear out of your tyres. You should inspect your tyres at least once a month for signs of uneven or irregular wear. If your tyres are showing signs of uneven wear, this could be caused from improper inflation pressure, misalignment, out of balance or suspension problems. If not corrected, further tyre damage will occur and may result in loss of vehicle control and serious personal injury. Wheel alignments and tyre balance should be checked every 6 months or 10,000kms.

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What should I look for when inspecting my tyres?

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Check for uneven tread wear, shallow tread (less than 1.6mm tread depth at any part of the tread face), foreign objects wedged into the tread and damage to the tread or sidewall such as cracks, holes or bulges. You should also check that all the valve caps are still on all of your tyres. Driving on a damaged tyre can be dangerous, so if you see something you’re not sure about during your inspection ask your tyre retailer to check it for you. If you see damage to a tyre on your vehicle, don’t drive on it—use a spare until you get your tyre checked by a professional.

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What is the correct air pressure for my tyres?

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There is no universal "right" pressure for all tyres. The proper inflation level depends on your vehicle and could even be different for your front and back tyres. To find the correct pressure for your tyres, check the tyre information placard that’s mounted inside the frame of the driver’s door, in the glove box or inside the fuel door. You can also get that information in your vehicle owner’s manual or from your tyre retailer. Make sure you use a reliable tyre pressure gauge and not just sight, as a tyre can lose half its pressure without looking flat

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General
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What is the correct air pressure for my tyres?

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There is no universal "right" pressure for all tyres. The proper inflation level depends on your vehicle and could even be different for your front and back tyres. To find the correct pressure for your tyres, check the tyre information placard that’s mounted inside the frame of the driver’s door, in the glove box or inside the fuel door. You can also get that information in your vehicle owner’s manual or from your tyre retailer. Make sure you use a reliable tyre pressure gauge and not just sight, as a tyre can lose half its pressure without looking flat

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Can I fit my own tyres?

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Tyre fitting can be dangerous and should only be done by a trained tyre service professional with the proper tools and procedures. Serious injury or death may result from the explosion of a tyre/rim assembly due to improper mounting. If you are not a trained tyre service professional, never attempt to fit your own tyres.

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Please explain the relationship between width and aspect ratio

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The aspect ratio is the % distance of the sidewall depth in comparison to the width measurement: for example, a 265 75 16 tyre has a sidewall measurement of approx 75% of the tread measurement (the 265 figure).

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Performance
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I have tyres that are good for sand driving. Is there a good Mickey Thompson Tire equivalent?

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All Mickey Thompson tyres can be driven in the sand. The tyre pressure is the guiding factor and needs to be set according to the prevailing conditions.

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