The Importance of Proper Tyre Care

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Are your tyres an overlooked component of your car? By checking them often, performing routine maintenance, and learning to ‘read’ what your tyres are telling you, you can help insure their longer life. It will also serve to insure the safety of your family. How and How Often Should You Check Your Tyres? Professionals suggest checking your tyres thoroughly at least once per month. This includes checking your tire pressure, noting any odd wear patterns and running your hands over the tyres to check for foreign objects. Don’t be overly alarmed if your tyres occasionally need air, as they naturally lose pressure over time. It is one of the main reasons you need to check your tyres more frequently. What Routine Maintenance Do My Tyres Need? Beyond keeping proper inflation in your tyres, it is important that you have your tyres rotated. Rotating your tyres moves their location on your vehicle and helps insure they will wear evenly and last longer. While they are being rotated, you should also ask they be checked for proper balancing. Balancing keeps your tyres from wobbling and better assures a smoother ride. What Various Wear Patterns Mean Checking your tyres monthly will help you notice odd wear patterns sooner, perhaps preventing larger problems. Here are some common wear problems and what they may mean. Outside Edge Wear - If the outside edges of a tyre is worn more than the centre, under-inflation is likely the cause. This is a common and dangerous situation which can lead to blowouts. Centre-Wear - This is caused by over-inflation where only the centre portion of the tyre makes contact with the road. This too is a dangerous situation for it creates less traction for the vehicle. Cupping or Scalloping - This is a wear pattern of dips and valleys, usually on the tyre’s edge. This can be caused by a bad or worn shock absorber, or even badly balanced tyres. Feathering - Feathering is a type of wear pattern where the tread patterns themselves are wavy. It is usually caused by poor alignment or a serious mechanical problem with your joints or ball bearings. Flat Spots - Flat spots can be caused by heavy braking or skidding. It can also be caused by anti-lock brakes. Wear on a Single Side -If you notice a tyre is wearing on one side, it is likely an alignment problem, although it could also indicate a more serious issue. Keeping a closer eye on your tyres in Penrith and elsewhere in Greater Western Sydney can save you on fuel, help them last longer and keep you safe on the road. Check them more frequently. Learn more today, contact Metro Tyre Service.