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Tyre question...

Hi all. I know that the rules in Switzerland for tread depth are 1.6mm as per the UK and probably most of Europe... But does anyone know whether other offences such as sidewall bulges, deep cuts etc are the same? I presume they are the same in general, but I really want to check if they are more picky about very minor damage to tyre sidewalls from kerbing the wheel etc..? Thanks
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Old 13.06.2013, 21:23
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Re: Tyre question...

If a tyre is damaged and not fit for purpose, then you're committing an offence.
I think you can probably answer your own question; failing that, would any sane person want to drive with a damaged tyre, just to save a few quid?
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Old 13.06.2013, 21:58
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If a tyre is damaged and not fit for purpose, then you're committing an offence.
I think you can probably answer your own question; failing that, would any sane person want to drive with a damaged tyre, just to save a few quid?
Yes I do of course understand the need to have good tyres, and I understand fully the construction of said tyres. I am aware that the radial belts need to be intact, and pressures need to be correct to prevent the tyre running hot etc.

Let me explain my question better. What I'm getting at, is that I have a tyre with 7mm of tread and perfect structurally - but I have clipped a kerb and taken a small nick out of the top rubber. It passed the UK MoT like this no problems and is perfectly legal in the UK - but what about in Switzerland...? If its no good there, then ill change it here in London before we move to Switzerland in 2 months.
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Re: Tyre question...

If it passed an MOT, and you're happy with its safety, then I would leave it on.

If you're moving here and importing the car, it will need an MOT equivalent test, and you'll find out then.

But in the end, it's down to the opinion of anyone checking it - Police or mechanic - whether they consider it to be defect.

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Old 14.06.2013, 08:33
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Re: Tyre question...

I was surprised how much damage to a sidewall is allowed for the MFK, it was on a front wheel & the inspector looked at the damage but made no comment. I actually replaced the tyres a week later!
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Re: Tyre question...

depends what is damaged i have spoken with a few that wanted to replace the tyre because of sidewall damage, on closer inspection it was just the rim protector that was damaged, the structural part was fine.
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depends what is damaged i have spoken with a few that wanted to replace the tyre because of sidewall damage, on closer inspection it was just the rim protector that was damaged, the structural part was fine.
Basically the rim protector in my case.
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i would have trimmed it and left tyre on but without seeing its always hard to judge.

Whatever the circumstances if the person driving the car feels unsure/ unsecure about it then change it.
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depends what is damaged i have spoken with a few that wanted to replace the tyre because of sidewall damage, on closer inspection it was just the rim protector that was damaged, the structural part was fine.
That's basically what I've got. You cannot see the ply chord or anything like that, it's just the rim protector having been damaged a little. I was really more concerned about the MFK test being picky about it. We are moving to Lausanne in September for a few years so need to get my car registered there. Just trying to make sure I'm ready for the MFK etc before we come. :-)
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Re: Tyre question...

try get some LHD lights in the UK unless you have a switch, otherwise look on ebay germany/ france
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That's basically what I've got. You cannot see the ply chord or anything like that, it's just the rim protector having been damaged a little. I was really more concerned about the MFK test being picky about it. We are moving to Lausanne in September for a few years so need to get my car registered there. Just trying to make sure I'm ready for the MFK etc before we come. :-)
You won't need an MFK for a year, so no hurry! Generally the MFK is in some ways easier than an MOT, if minor things don't work like lights, windscreen washers etc you just have to sign that you will get it fixed!

The car needs to have a clean engine & chassis which is the main difference & cars should be original specification.
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try get some LHD lights in the UK unless you have a switch, otherwise look on ebay germany/ france
Thanks. It's an E46 BMW and I'm pretty sure it has a switch in the lamp to go to lhd.
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You won't need an MFK for a year, so no hurry! Generally the MFK is in some ways easier than an MOT, if minor things don't work like lights, windscreen washers etc you just have to sign that you will get it fixed!

The car needs to have a clean engine & chassis which is the main difference & cars should be original specification.
Thanks. It's an original spec UK car. Quite clean for its age and I've read about the cleaning if engine & chassis so will do that here too.

I though tho, that I had to declare it with our household stuff when we arrive? Also, my UK insurer will only cover me for a couple if months so I'd need to do it before that runs out..?
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Thanks. It's an original spec UK car. Quite clean for its age and I've read about the cleaning if engine & chassis so will do that here too.

I though tho, that I had to declare it with our household stuff when we arrive? Also, my UK insurer will only cover me for a couple if months so I'd need to do it before that runs out..?
You have to declare when you arrive however you have upto 1 year to register the car here, Collins Stewart will give you a years insurance, however due to reciprocal agreements you will have 3rd party insurance abroad for the duration of your insurance policy.

Generally jet wash the engine the day before as it will get rid of any tiny traces of oil, or 10 minutes before if you have some little leaks!
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Am I the only one who thought the old Dave A was back? http://www.englishforum.ch/members/389-davea.html

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Ha Ha.... I loved that the last few posts of DaveA were about being pissed off with "hijacking threads" (like this one now).


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Remember that some laws are in place to prevent those without common sense performing acts of stupidity.

If your tyres have deep cuts, bulges, worn tread, etc. you should know if they are 'unsafe' or not.

With winding mountain roads, constantly variable weather, (and if you're in Germany for whatever reason) and Autobahns with high speeds........ would you honestly take take the chance?

The cost of a replacement tyre now is significantly less than the alternative should the tyre blow out.

Don't rely on the law, make the judgement for yourself.
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