9 simple tyre care tips28-Oct-2019
Simple tips for monsoon car care
Car Mechanics Online – Car Repair & Service start-up which provides doorstep inspection, repair and breakdown assistance has taken a pledge this year to help car owners in Mumbai to become monsoon ready. Not only we are conducting inspections in various residential societies and corporate parks in Mumbai, here are few tips from our expert for monsoon:
1. Inspect your car tyre: Inspect your tyres regularly for wear and any damage to avoid any sudden problems. If you see any damage to a tyre or wheel, replace it with your spare tyre.
2. Check the air pressure: Driving with incorrect tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions. Driving on severely under-inflated tyres can cause heat build-up and eventually a blow-out.
3. Check your tyre pressure monthly and before every long trip. Respect the load capacity: Do not exceed the load capacity relative to the tyre’s load index. Tyres loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction.
4. Driving at high speed can damage your car tyre: At greater speeds, tyres have greater a chance of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tyre explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle.
5. Tyre Change: The tyre being used currently should be replaced with a new tyre when the tread wear indicator (1.6mm height) is exposed.
6. Inflation Pressure Maintenance: Always maintain inflation pressure recommended by the car manufacturer. Inflation pressure should be checked when the tyre is cold & check pressure every week and before long trips. Also, watch for air leakage.
7. Tyre rotation: During rotation, each tyre and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all tyres wear evenly and last longer. Tyres should be rotated every six months or 8,000 to 10,000 kilometres. Since the position of the tyre on your vehicle can affect how it wears down, regular rotation helps to ensure that tyres wear evenly, extending the life of your tyres and improving performance.
8. Tyre alignment: If your vehicle pulls or drifts to one side when you are travelling on a straight, flat road also if the steering wheel does not return easily after a turn or steering wheel remains at an angle when driving in a straight line then your car needed tyre alignment. If your alignment is off, your vehicle isn’t safe to drive. Tyre alignment is a simple process, which may require slight adjustment of front and/or rear suspension components. Alignment should check at least every 7,000 km. It is important to minimize wear and tear on your tyres and to maximize driver and passenger comfort. Also to improve handling and driving safety by reducing steering and stability problems.
9. Tyre balancing: Sometimes when tyres have mounted the distribution of the weight of the tyre & wheel assembly is not perfectly even all around the tyre. A wheel is out of balance when one area is heavier or lighter than the rest. The result is bouncing or wobbling, which can decrease tread life, increase vibration and cause stress on your vehicle. Tyre balancing compensates for the weight differences to make sure that the tyre weight is balanced.