Take Care Of Your Tyres And Save Yourself From Buying A New Set

There is no way in telling a tyre’s exact lifespan. The mileage and lifespan of a tyre are affected by a combination of factors.

The Basics

Brisbane tyres are subject to several climates and seasons, road conditions and care that’s put into the maintenance of the tyres. The design, build and driver behaviour are factors as well. Even when not put to use, proper storage is needed to not damage the tyres. But, what exactly damages tyres?

Physical factors

Wear and damage pertain to driver behaviour, how often the vehicle is driven and the road conditions the vehicle is subjected to. Age is also important, after five years of use, Brisbane tyres should be thoroughly checked and inspected annually or bi-yearly by a professional. For safety purposes, even if the tyres look usable and just stored, ten years from manufacture date is the maximum life for tyres. This applies to spare tyres as well.

Climate

Though there are different tyres especially for a specific climate, and even tyres for all seasons, these conditions must be avoided as much as possible: snow, ice, extreme temperatures, and ozone.

External factors

Rubber must not be subjected to these factors as it will damage the tyres: chemicals, grease, oil and ozone

Neglecting maintenance

Neglecting basic maintenance is bad for the tyres, always make sure these components are checked: air pressure, alignment and rotation, storage for spares, routine check for wear and tear, use of unapproved sealants, balancing after fitting or replacement, and improper removal / removal / replacement. Air pressure directly affects braking, turning and fuel efficiency. Tyres in wrong pressure wear out faster and put passengers’ safety at risk. Check pressure regularly as tyres lose pressure every time.

Road conditions

Though sometimes inevitable, these road conditions must be avoided as it may hurt your tyres: potholes, obstacles, kerbs, sharp objects and speed bumps

Improper use

It is not advisable to mix tyre types in a vehicle, as well as using summer tyres on ice and winter tyres on hot asphalt. Always wear appropriate rim and wheel sizes compatible with the vehicle too. It is also improper to fit tyres with load compatibility and speed index that is equal or higher to what was originally specified by the manufacturer. It is also not safe anymore to reinflate tyres that had already run the road flat or tyres that were already under inflated seriously. Needless to say, a spare tyre of a different size than the rest should not be used at speeds exceeding 50 mph.

Rotate tyres

It is best to rotate tyres so it wears evenly. Have them rotated every 10,000km or twice a year or when it emits a humming sound even when driving on a smooth road. Rotate from front to back unless tyres have a different directional pattern then follow the arrows on t he sidewall.

Check Tread

Like tyre pressure, treads must also be checked, at least once a month and especially before driving long journeys. Things to look out for include tread wear bars, anything lodged on the tread and sawtooth patterns on edges.

 

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