Maintain Your Car Tyres – Just like airplanes or human relationships, tires need frequent maintenance.
However, while dealing with car parts, tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a vehicle and need to given individual focus and attention to make sure you make the most out of your car journey.
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In this segment, we are going to specifically talk about maintaining your tire. What you need to know about keeping your tire in good shape, getting maximum performance, maximum life, and protecting your investment.
You will need: [Maintain Your Car Tyres]
- Tire Gauge
- Tire Depth Gauge
- Wash Cloth
- Owner’s Manual
- Tire protectant spray
Step 1: Keep your tires properly inflated
Check the air pressure on all four tires and fill each as needed.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is critical to maintaining the life of the tyre to maximize its fuel economy and perhaps most importantly, to keep you and the people riding in your car safe.
Tip: You should check tire pressure only when the tires are cool. This is usually after the car has stood in place and turned off for 3 hours, or after standing overnight. Temperature changes from driving and engine warmth do change PSI levels in the tires. So, after your tires have cooled down, write down the numbers and fill accordingly at the air pump. Also, check your owner’s manual to check the optimum tyre pressure needed for your car.
Step 2: Check your tyres’ overall condition
Now check your tires’ overall condition. Look each one over carefully.The sidewalls should be flat and smooth. If you see bubbles, knots, or cracks, have a professional take a look.
Also, inspect your brakes and other safety components of the car to make sure all the pieces are in good shapethat are responsible for your security during your journey.
Step 3: Tire alignment
Tire alignment is a maintenance process that should be done at least once a year. But, many areas of the country where roads are damaged by potholes or under development, it may be necessary to align your car more than once a year. If you find your car pulling to the left or the right or it’s having a shimmy or shake, it’s a great time to have it inspected for alignment and tyre balance.
Step 4: Get tire depth gauge
Now as we’re maintaining our tyres, we can take a look at the tyre itself and tell a lot about what’s going on. For example, To measure the amount of tread left on a tire, you’ll need a tire depth gauge—a small pin gauge calibrated to 1/32nd of an inch. This gauge can be found at most auto parts stores for less than five dollars.
Step 5: Slip gauge into the tread
Press the gauge all the way in to force the pin all the way out. Then slip the pin into the tread and press down until the gauge strikes the tire.
Tip: If you don’t have a depth gauge, insert a quarter—with the headfirst—into the tread. If it reaches the top of the noggin, you’re good to go. If not, your tyre has reached maximum wear and needs to be replaced. Our recommendation would be to use Dunlop SP SPORT LM705 that provides comfortable driving flexibility from the moment you start.
Step 6: Read tire depth on a gauge
Lift the gauge away from the tire and read the depth on the gauge. If a tire’s depth is 3/32nds of an inch or less, it’s worn out and needs replacing.
Step 7: Check in a second spot
To make sure your reading is accurate, check the same tire again in a second spot at least 15 inches from the first.
Step 8: Repeat on other tires
Now do the same on all the other tires.
Step 9:Tyre appearance
Last but not the least, while the way a tyre looks may not be critical to tire safety it is something to be concerned about keeping our vehicle looking good and fresh. You can do this by simply washing the tyre with soap and water. At the same time, removing any brake dust from the wheels.
Tip: Once the tire is clean, simply finish it with a tire protectant spray or vehicle spray for tyres that limits UV damage to the outside of your tyre.
Did You Know?
If you rotate a full-sized spare tire into the mix, you can increase the life span of all five tires by 25%.