Tyre maintenance 101
Did you know the part of your tyre that is in contact with the road is the size of your palm? Yes, the tyre absorbs every shock caused by obstacles on the road and carries the entire weight of your car, a load that’s over 50 times its weight? I bet that you are beginning to view your tyre differently now. Without your tyres you would not be able to move. You wouldn’t have a car anymore. Tyres are of paramount importance to your car. When you take good care of your tyres you prolong their lifespan.
Check their air pressure
Check the air pressure of your tyres at least once a month. Do this preferably at night when the tyres have cooled down. Make sure that the tires are at the recommended air pressure indicated by the car’s manual. Remember that the closer the air pressure is to the recommended pressure, the higher its load carrying capacity and the smoother your vehicle will travel.
Inspect the tread of the tyres
Check the treads of the tyres monthly. The treads should be deepest at the midpoint, at least 1/8th of an inch. When the treads are 1/16th of an inch, it is a sign that you need to replace the tire. Alternatively look for tread wear indicator bars at regular intervals around the tire. When these bars are flush with the surface of the tread, consider replacing the tyres.
Inspect the tread pattern of the tires
Look at the wear pattern on the tyres monthly. They should be relatively similar. If they are skewed to one side, that is a sign of misalignment. If the tread wear is cuplike, that is a sign of wheels that are out of balance, worn-out shocks or struts, and loose suspension components. In the above cases you should have your tyres checked out by an expert mechanic.
Schedule a yearly wheel alignment
Have an expert check your wheel alignment every year because it is difficult to determine wheel misalignment when driving. This will aid you in getting the best road handling, protect your tyres from irregular rapid wear and save fuel.
However, if our tyre has come into contact with a solid object, such as a curb or pothole, or you have noticed uneven wear on your tyres, please go to a tyre specialist to have it thoroughly inspected.
Rotate the tyres
Since the tyres at the front wear faster than the tyres at the back, it is important to rotate them so that they can wear more evenly and to get the most out of your tyre’s tread life. You should do this every 10,000 kms or 6000 miles ideally. However, if you are inclined to driving long distances or at high speeds, notice a humming sound being emitted from the tyres on a smooth road or uneven wear, you should rotate your tyres more frequently. You can do this on your own or have a professional do it.