How To Take Care Of Your Car Tires
The position of the tire on the body of the vehicle makes it easily neglected when carrying out inspection. The tire remains the only part of the vehicle that has full contact with the road. One of the easiest ways to help ensure your safety, satisfactory mileage and performance of your car is to take care of the tires. Taking care of your tires refers to constant inspection for the right amount of inflation, tread, wear and damage. A dive into past records show that one-third of the accidents on roads are caused by tire related defects. This statistics above should give you enough reason to take care of your tires. Several pointers are explained below to show you how to take care of your car tire.
INFLATION PRESSURE: The proper inflation pressure is the single most important thing you can do to help your tires stay longer and stay durable. The proper inflation of your car tire gives you the best tire performance, safety and fuel economy. Auto manufacturer state the recommended inflation level for every car tire. This information can be found in your car manual. Under-inflation is the leading cause of irreparable tire damage and may result in severe cracking and subsequent loss of air. It also reduces load capacity, allows excessive sidewall flexing and increases rolling resistance, resulting in heat and mechanical damage.
On the other hand, overinflation increases stiffness that may cause uncomfortable driving experience and generates unwanted vehicle vibration. It also increases the chance of impact damage.
TIRE THREAD: The thread of the tire is what gives the tire grip on the surface of the road. It is recommended that you tire should have at least 1.6mm of tread depth anything less signifies that you should change your tire. All new tires have tread wear indicators that appear as smooth banks in thread grooves when they wear to the 1.6mm level. A car with 1.6mm tread will stop eight meters after a car with a tread of 3mm travelling at 50mph on a wet road. Excessively worn tires are also more likely to suffer punctures.
TIRE ROTATION: front tire tend to carry more of the car’s weight and tend to wear out at about twice the rate of rear tires. Rotating the tire can extend the lifespan of the tire. Auto manufactures advice that you rotate your tires after every 800km -10000km.
TIRE DAMAGE: tire damage can occur in various forms ranging from small punctures to bigger tear. Constant inspection of your tires for signs of damage and their general condition is important for safety. Visit you auto mechanic when you notice any impacts penetrations, cracks, bulges or knot.
WHEEL ALIGNMENT: Wheel alignment refers to the process of properly aligning the wheels and axles. Wheel alignment ensures that your car function at its best level, increasing safety as well as protecting tires against premature wear and saving fuel. Wheel balancing balances the wheel & tires, protects the bearings and suspension, prevents premature tyre wear and stops vibration. Out of balance wheels and the vibration that accompanies it is most noticeable when driving at high speeds.
In general, taking care of your car tires is the ideal thing to do to ensure that your car works effectively and efficiently. This means;
·Your tires should be the correct sizes and types for your vehicle
·Your tires should be in good shape
·Your tires should also be inflated to the auto manufactures specification and checked every week
·You must check your tire pressure when it is cold and modify the pressure according to the load you are carrying
·You should also adjust your tire pressure to the time of the year
·You must not mount tires of different sizes and types on the same axle
·You must always carry a spare tire in your trunk