Maintaining Your Tyres
A General Care Guide
In general, tyres last an average of 2 years with daily use. Although you do not have to change them so frequently, it is always good to check your tyres regularly to look out for any early signs of damage and act on it accordingly.
Here’s a list of things you can do to make sure your tyres are always in good shape.
Maintain Correct Tyre Pressure
It is recommended that your tyres get rotated every 10,000 to 12,000km, or every six months. The weight placed on the front and the rear tyres are not equal, causing your tyres to wear out unevenly. Switching the positions of your tyres regularly helps counter this problem, helping them wear out at a constant rate.
Ensuring Your Wheel Alignment is Right
This basically means that your tyres are seated exactly how they’re supposed to be. You can easily identify misaligned tyres with these red flags:
- Your steering wheel vibrates when you drive
- The car seems to be drifting to one side, even if you are driving straight
- You are driving straight but the steering wheel is not centred
- The surface of your tyres are visibly uneven
If you’ve experienced one or more of these signs, it’s highly recommended that you visit your workshop and get it checked out.
Check Your Tyre Treads Regularly
Bumps and cracks in the sidewalls of your tyres are the number 1 signs of damage to look out for. When ignored, these little defects may potentially cause your tyres to explode completely.
One other thing to look out for is the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) – a good sign that your tyres are due for a change. Not too sure what TWIs are? Read on to find out.
Is It Time To Change My Tyres Yet?
There certainly are signs that can tell you when your tyres are due for a change. For a start, you can look out for the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI).
Essentially, the TWI is a built-in indicator bar that gradually appear as the treads wear down. This means that when they start showing, your tread is getting more shallow, which may cause problems with grip and traction. See them on your tyres? Time to head down to the workshop!
Apart from just the TWI, you may also keep a lookout for general signs of wear and tear. These come in various forms, such as cracks in the sidewall as well as bulges and blisters.
Cracks, or also known as crazing, happens over time as the rubber becomes less elastic and more brittle. They may also be caused by prolonged exposure to UV light while in storage - as such, it’s always important to make sure your tyres are kept in a sheltered area with no direct contact with the sun. Apart from this environmental factor, crazing may also happen as a result of the cleaning products you use and as a result of long wear.
Bulges and blisters may also appear on the sidewall of your tyres. They appear as uneven spots that visibly extend outwards. This is caused by the tremendous amount of pressure that is put on your tyres over time. Such damages to the sidewall are a strong indication that your tyres need changing to prevent potential blow-outs.
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