Importance of Getting Your Car Tyres and Wheels Checked

Many of us forget to maintain our cars daily, and we barely spend any time inspecting them for flaws. Experts recommend that you inspect your Tyres & Wheels at least once a month. Unfortunately, if you are unaware that something is wrong and a malfunction exists, it may have drastic consequences and jeopardise your vehicle’s protection.

Serious car mechanic pumping up car wheel in modern service garage

The parts of the vehicle that are in direct contact with the asphalt are called tyres. If your tyres are damaged, it will impair your steering, accelerating, holding, and acceleration, putting you and those around you in danger. A few basic tyre inspections should be performed daily to reduce the chance of a faulty tyre.

You should get your Tyres & Wheels tested by a professional monthly. This is because if you have a tyre problem, you can end up spending less time on the lane. It would even make sense to have your tyres checked before every trip in case some flaws exist.

Wear and Tear

The legal tread maximum on a tyre is 1.6mm around the central 34% of the tyre, although you should replace it before reaching this stage. When the tires are ‘bare’ or have too little tread, it takes even longer for the car to come to a complete stop. The amount of tread on a tyre will be the difference between a near-miss and a fatal collision.

It is a good idea to check tyres and wheels daily for any visible cuts or lumps that could lead to a failure. The amount of wear on your tyres is affected by both the friction in your tyres and the tyre orientation.

Tyre Pressure

The tyre pressure should be maintained at the recommended level, which varies depending on the model of the vehicle. Underinflated tyres lose more gas and wear down faster than properly inflated tyres. As a result, you’ll end up spending hundreds of dollars, and your tyres will need to be replaced quickly. 

Tyre pressure can be measured while the tires are cold to get an accurate reading, such as after you’ve done shopping at a store so the tyres will have cooled off and the pressure gauge isn’t far away.

Wheel Alignment

It’s important to have your wheel alignment tested regularly because it puts more pressure on your tyres and can also force your vehicle to use more petrol. 

The wheel alignment is fixed at the factory when your car is built, but it can be thrown off by hitting curbs or driving into potholes. Before buying a used car, have it checked by a garage.

Wheel Balancing

It can be difficult to tell whether the wheels are aligned or not. A good rule of thumb is that if the car vibrates when you drive it, it’s probably unbalanced.

This is a procedure that will need to be double-checked by a professional with specialised equipment. Excessive tire wear, as well as steering and suspension parts, can be caused by unbalanced tires.

Finally, you should still have a spare tyre on hand, which should be tested regularly. If you find a problem with your tyre or one of your tyres develops a puncture, replacing it as soon as possible is much quicker and less expensive. However, you can have your Tyres & Wheels fixed as soon as possible because certain spares are not ideal for long-term driving, and you won’t have another replacement if you have another puncture!

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