Have you ever noticed that the entire body of your vehicle is resting on four set of wheels? If there are wheel or tyre problems, then it would seriously compromise driving safety. Taking proper care of your vehicle’s tyres is absolutely essential for the vehicle’s longevity and safety. You can also save a lot of money in the future simply by taking good care of the tyres as recommended for your vehicle’s make and model. Read ahead to learn more about how to properly maintain your vehicles tyres:
Ensure the Right Amount of Air Pressure
The most basic task for caring for tyres starts with maintaining the right amount of air pressure inside. It’s this pressure that gives the tyres its shape and strength. Serious problems can occur if the tires are either too inflated, where the pressure inside is too high, or deflated, where the air pressure is too low. It’s recommended for car owners to gently press on a tyre to ensure that it’s properly pressurized. But car tyres are not like bicycle tyres. You need to know exactly how well pressured the tyres are to ensure safety. To do this, install a tyre pressure monitoring system. It will eliminate the need to use clumsy manual systems. A TPMS will eliminate any mistakes when taking in the tyre pressure.
Balance the Wheels
Once common issue with tyres is that the wheels themselves can be out of balance. Wheels are only in balance when the axles of the tyres are parallel. With routine use, the axle’s will go out of shape. Therefore, you should take your car to a nearby mechanic to make sure vehicle’s are in alignment. If not, your tyres could end up getting worn out unevenly. It’s recommended to do wheel alignment per every 12,000 miles you drive your car. But do check the vehicle’s owner’s manual for the right type of mileage.
Check the Treads for Wear and Tear
When you check the tyres for pressure manually, make it a habit to check the treads as well. The treads are often the first to get worn out of a tyre. Tyre treads must always maintain ideal tread depth. There’s also a risk of uneven wear when you don’t pay attention to the treads. Use a small coin to make sure there’s enough depth between the treads of the tyres. But you can only know the extend or wear and tear with a professional inspection.
Tire rotation involves changing each tyre to a different axle, such as switching front tyres with the ones in the back. It is essential to ensure even wear. You need to take your car to the mechanic to rotate tyres. The mechanic would first determine how to rotate the tyres as needed.
Replace Shocks and Struts When Needed
You can generally ensure the longevity of your tyres by replacing the shocks and struts every 50,000 miles (or as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer). You can also use your mechanic’s advise with regards to tyre durability.
Keep the above tips in mind and learn how to take proper care of your vehicle’s tyres.