- June 23, 2022

How to Maintain Your Tyres

Proper vehicle maintenance includes tyre maintenance as they are a part of the vehicle that is exposed to a lot of wear. They can also be quite expensive so you have to understand how to maintain them and identify the signs for repair or replacement.

You should always inspect the tyres regularly so that you can identify any irregularities such as cracks in the tyre or any bulges. The inner surface of the tyre should be checked as well. When cracks are not noticed, they can get larger over time and this can lead to replacement. The wheel rims should be checked for damage. For example, you can check them weekly to stay updated on the tyre condition. If you notice that a tyre is flatter than the others, it can be a puncture. You can still have a puncture without having unusual tyre pressure. In this situation, it is best to avoid pulling the nail or object embedded in the tyre. Make sure you get the vehicle to Treadworx Chirnside Park so that you can have it checked out.

You need to know when to change your tyres. It is recommended to change them once every six years but this largely depends on the usage of the vehicle, distance driven, weather conditions and driving style. If you notice that the tyres are wearing out unevenly, this can be due to improper wheel alignment. You have to check the wearing of the tyre tread now and then to see if you need to have a replacement or not. Driving on a worn tread can reduce the gripping power of the tyre and it can be incredibly unsafe. A good way of checking the wear is to identify the wear indicator on the tyre. If the outermost part of the tyre has reached the wear indicator, you need to have it replaced. There are also wear bars that are located at even spaces through the grooves of the tyre tread. If you can feel that these bars are flush with the tread level, then it indicates that the tyre should be replaced.

Tyre rotation will ensure that the tyres wear out evenly. This way you can use the tyres for a long time. Depending on the type of vehicle, recommended frequency of tyre rotation can vary. Generally, you are recommended to carry out a wheel rotation after every 10,000Km. In wheel alignment, the suspicion and the tie-rod settings will be calibrated. Some signs of improper wheel alignment are uneven wear on the tyres, the vehicle pulling to one side or vibrations in the steering wheel. You need to make sure that the tyre pressure is at the right level every two weeks. If the tyre doesn’t have the right pressure, this can also cause uneven wearing of the surface. If they are inflated too much, there is a risk of the tyre bursting. The tyre pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold. You will find the recommended tyre pressure in your owner’s manual.