Most new BMW models, with the exception of ‘M’ models, leave the factory fitted with run-flat tyres. These can be used for a limited mileage even after a puncture or other damage.
They are designed to work with Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). This technology works in one of two ways. It either measures each tyre’s pressure through a sensor valve on the tyre itself or compares each wheel’s speed relative to the other three on the vehicle. Without TPMS, a driver might not be aware of damage to a run-flat tyre, so the two work hand-in-hand.
The safety benefits of run-flat tyres are twofold. As well as allowing you to continue on your journey after tyre damage, they reduce the chance of minor damage becoming major damage, for example a blow-out. In either case, the traditional emergency remedy was to change a wheel at the side of the road. This could be a messy, stressful and often difficult business, one fraught with danger if it had to be done at the side of a busy road or in darkness.
Run-flat tyres feature a much stiffer sidewall than regular tyres, and the car’s suspension and other components are engineered accordingly. Therefore a worn or damaged run-flat tyre should always be replaced by a tyre of a similar type.
New BMWs with run-flat tyres are not supplied with a spare wheel and few come with a puncture repair kit. As such, it’s always worthwhile to spend a couple of minutes a week giving your tyres a quick visual inspection for signs of damage, just for peace of mind.
etyres supplies run-flat tyres for all BMW models, as well as an extensive range of regular tyres for BMWs of all ages to suit all budgets, driving styles and customer requirements. Further details of recommended and best-selling tyres for all BMW car and 4×4 models can be found by clicking on the menu on the left. You can find and order replacement tyres for your BMW by entering your tyre size and postcode into the search tool above.
Performance and agility are integral parts of the BMW driving experience. The company has always committed to rear-wheel-drive for the driving benefit of optimum 50/50 weight distribution between front and rear axles. In icy or snowy conditions, however, many rear-wheel-drive cars will suffer from noticeably reduced control and roadholding. For increased safety on the road, drivers of these cars in particular should consider fitting winter tyres. They are designed for better traction and braking abilities when the temperature dips below seven degrees, between October and March.
As with all tyres, specialist winter tyres are available from etyres in a range of specifications to suit every BMW. Every tyre sold by etyres comes at a competitive all-inclusive price for convenient fitting at your home or work.