When cars are thought upon and their maintenance is considered, often their tyres are neglected; however, the fact is that tyres are one of the most important parts of your car.
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Remember that ignoring your tyres may make you repent in the long run since tyres undergo perhaps more wear and tear than any other part of your vehicle.
Following are a few useful yet easy tips with which you can maintain your car tyres in a good condition. Whether you buy a car from the domestic market or prefer Japanese import cars from Dazmac, following these tips will only help you.
1. Rotating Tyres
Rotating tyres means exchanging between your back and front tyres so as to allow a balance of wear and avoid unnecessary untimely replacement.
While driving a car that has a significant lack of weight on its backside (such as a station wagon or ute), you should be even more careful of rotation since there will be more uneven wear.
Even though you don’t see any obvious wear, you should remember to rotate tyres even after 5,000 to 8,000 km.
2. Alignment of Wheels
You may find that your steering wheel is wobbling or there is a drift on one side of the road. In such a condition, your wheels could have lost an alignment.
In other words, your wheels should be realigned to make them go in a straight line.
Unaligned tyres are not only unsafe, they can also cause increased and uneven wear, forcing you to replace them early.
A wheel alignment will also be helpful with tyre traction that is favourable for staying on the road, particularly in wet conditions.
3. Balancing of Tyres
If your tyres are unbalanced, it will be indicated by vibration in the steering wheel. This is mostly seen during high-speed driving.
Tyres have small weights on them to counterbalance their heaviest parts. When these weights become loose, tyres become unbalanced. Such unbalanced tyres wear sooner and they are unsafe.
Asking for a tyre balance just at the time of tyre alignment and/or rotation is a good idea.
4. Checking the Tread
Tread depth is essential for braking as well as water dispersion.
The tread of new tyres will usually be 8-9mm and it’s legally required to have it 1.5mm. Having said that, you need to consider a replacement after the tread becomes 3mm.
Remember to check your tyres’ tread indicators regularly to ensure they are safe.
There is also another method to test the depth – insert a 20c coin in it; if it doesn’t go up to the bill of the platypus, it indicates that the tread left is less than 3mm.
Remember that your braking distance is increased by around 38% by driving on tyres having 1.5mm tread. This is a significant difference and certainly makes your car pretty less safe on the road.
5. Keeping Tyres Inflated
Your tyres’ inflation is something you should keep checking often. If you do it once in a month, it’s better and if you do it weekly, it’s even better particularly if you drive a lot.
Avoiding over- or under-inflating tyres is important. Inflation not only affects your fuel consumption, but also the life of your tyres.
You should get a tyre pressure guide with your car inside it or under the bonnet, from which you can know where your tyres need to be at.
You can easily tend to your tyre pressure and for free. Ideally you should check the pressure when your tyres are cold because air is expanded when it’s hot.
If there is no air pressure gauge in your home, try to reach your nearest service centre and get it checked.
Once you import a car and perform the necessary procedures like getting friendly quarantine cleaning services such as Dazmac Logistics, you will have to take care of your car especially its tyres so that you can enjoy driving it for years to come.
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