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TYRE CARE & MAINTENANCE
Tyres are the most important piece of equipment in your vehicle. In fact, they are the only part of a vehicle that actually meets the road and thus a well cared tyre makes the difference when it comes to safety, speed and mileage. Here are some recommendations to help you look after your tyres. These simple tips helps you to get the best out of your tyres and ensures consistent safety and comfort in your ride
The tread of a tyre determines how a tyre grips the road surface. The tread depth of a tyre is a critical aspect of ensuring safety and maneuvering. The function of tread grooves is to disperse water from under the tyre while in motion. The more tread depth, the better control and lesser risk of hydroplaning. regularly measuring the tread depth and visually checking for any sign of uneven wear or smooth areas works well for ensuring t safe drive.
Maintaining right tyre pressure along with regular maintenance of the vehicle contribute towards your the life of a tyre. This helps in cutting down premature treadwear and damage to the internal construction of your tyre and thus resulting in better fuel efficiency and control of the vehicle while driving. Tyre pressure can drop due to punctures, natural escape of air through the tyre’s components and decrease in ambient temperatures. It’s advisable to check tyre pressure, including that of the spare on routine basis and before long journeys, preferably when the tyres are cold.
The recommended tyre pressure can usually be found in the user manual of your vehicle. Underinflated tyres increases treadwear on the tyre’s edges and generates excessive heat while in motion. The tyres go soft, increasing rolling resistance and reducing fuel economy. Overinfled tyre, on the other hand, increases wear on the centre tread.
VALVES AND CAPS
Valves and valve caps ensure an airtight seal in your tyre and are critical to maintaining proper tyre pressure over longer periods. They are an inexpensive way to ensure longer tyre life and driving safety. Usually made of rubber, valves and their components are subject to deterioration, cracking and bending over time. When you drive at high speeds a weakened valve can lead to air loss compromising safety. The valve cap is equally significant as this simple gear ensures an air seal and inhibits dust and dirt particles from entering the tube. Checking them regularly and replacing them when putting on new tyres is a good maintenance practice.
An out of balance wheel may cause uneven, rapid treadwear on your tyres and also causes vibration while driving your vehicle. Keeping your wheels in good balance cuts down vibration and averts premature wear of the tyre treads. It also helps extend the life of the vehicle’s steering system, suspension and bearings. If one area of your vehicle feels heavier or lighter than others, it’s a cue that your wheels may be out of balance. It’s advisable to go for wheels balancing each time a tyre is replaced, a balance weight is moved or when you put new tyres.