Advice and Tips

4 Tyre Maintenance Tips

Advice and Tips // 23 September 2015

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Good car maintenance is important to consider all year round, however, a change in season can sometimes act as a reminder to carry out some essential safety checks on your vehicle.

Here we share our top tips on tyre maintenance to prolong the life of your tyres:

Tyre Pressure         

Make a good habit of checking tyre pressure once a month, the recommended tyre pressure can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual or in the sidewall of the tyre. A pressure gauge is used to check the tyre pressure, if you don’t have your own then you will be able to use one at your local garage. It is best to take the reading when tyres are cool otherwise the reading will be affected.

 

Here’s why it’s so important

Tread Depth and Wear

The tread depth limit for safe driving is 1.6mm and tyres should be replaced before they are worn to this limit.

Signs to look out for are:

  • Visible tread wear bars – these are bars of rubber which appear when the tread depth has gone beyond the safe limit.
  • Objects lodged in the tread – these should be removed carefully being sure not to damage the tyre. If the object such as a nail has gone through the rubber, don’t attempt to remove it, instead ask a professional at a garage to take a look.
  • Wear on the outside of the tyre – this may indicate that the tyres need to be inflated; we advise checking the tyre pressure.
  • Excessive wear in the centre of the tread – this could indicate that your tyres are overinflated, use a pressure gauge to correct the tyre pressure.
  • Uneven wear across a single tyre – this could indicate an issue elsewhere on your vehicle, therefore, it is best to seek the advice of a professional.

Rotating your tyres

This is something to consider and will help to extend the life of your tyres, ensure an even wear across each tyre and obtain balanced handling and traction. It is especially important if you often drive at high speeds, for long distances or carry heavy loads.

We recommend visiting your local garage or dealer to ask a professional to do this for you, and as a guide tyres should be rotated every second oil change, or every 10,000 to 12,000 km.

Tyre Replacement

At some point even with good maintenance tyres will naturally wear and need replacing. Regularly check for visible damage and worn down treads, which can be a sure sign that a tyre should be replaced.

If you are ever unsure about anything we have mentioned when maintaining your tyres be sure to visit your local garage or dealer so that a professional can advise you.