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Incorrect pressure effects the handling and life of a tyre.
- Invest in a good quality tyre gauge and keep it in your car glove box
- The recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle should be located on the inside edge of the driver’s door, or in some cases in the glove box
- All tyres deflate over time so check tyre pressure regularly, ideally every week
- Check tyre pressure when tyres are cold
- Don’t forget to check the pressure of your spare tyre
The minimum safe tread depth for a tyre is 1.6mm. Anything under 1.6mm is illegal and dangerous.
- Quality tyres like Kumho have tread wear indicators on the tyre to make it easy to identify when the tread is nearing its minimum level
- Have your tyre store show you the tread wear indicator
- Check regularly for uneven tread wear
- Rotate tyres regularly to achieve even wear and maximum life. Your tyre store can advise you of the ideal kilometres between rotations
An out of balance wheel can not only adversely affect tyre wear but also the smoothness of ride and your control of the car.
- Tyres should always be balanced when they are installed and rotated
- Signs that you need a wheel balance include an uneven ride or vibration through the steering wheel
Rotation of tyres (swapping their positions on the car) is recommended every 10,000km or 6 months whichever occurs first. This is to ensure optimum life from your tyres and to monitor and rectify any uneven wear patterns.
The misalignment of wheels, steering or suspension can greatly affect the handling of the car and also cause rapid and uneven tyre wear. If you feel the steering pulling in one direction, it is likely you need an urgent wheel alignment. It is recommended, as a means of preventive maintenance, that a wheel alignment is conducted every 6 months or every 10,000 – 15,000km
Ideally all the tyres on your car should be replaced at the same time and be a complete set. Where this is not possible it is critical that tyres should at least be installed in front or rear pairs. Installing different tyres on the left and right sides of the car can significantly affect the handling of your car.
Do-it-Yourself Visual Checks
Even if you can’t get a qualified tyre technician to check your tyres there are a number of simple visual checks anyone can do. Regularly check tyres for;
- Uneven wear
- Cracks or bulges on the sidewalls or tread
- Embedded objects
- Missing valve caps
If you find any of these problems come in and see us immediately.
It is forgotten but the spare tyre will most likely be critical one day. As such you should always include the spare tyre whenever you check or renew your tyres. Ensure it is always roadworthy and fully inflated.
Worn or damaged front and rear suspensions can affect vehicle handling and driver comfort, and increase tyre wear. This compromises the safety of the vehicle and its precious passengers. Have your mechanic or tyre expert check your suspension at every vehicle service, or whenever you feel a change in how your car handles.