Tyres can be an expensive running cost of a car without correct care, and we often see customers choose to opt for a cheaper alternative – but this, while still conforming to Australian road safety standards, can often mean a compromise in comfort, handling and even lifetime of the tyre.
But you do not need to compromise! Proper maintenance of your tyres can mean much better wear and life out of your tyres, which means purchasing tyres less often!
Maintaining proper air pressure is the best thing you can do for the life of your tyres. In just one month your tyres can drop as much as 10psi. It is important to maintain air pressure to ensure long lasting life, comfort and safety.
You should check your tyres weekly and ensure the correct pressure. To do this, check while the tyres are cold using a trustworthy gauge. You can also visit us at 132 Station Road, Seven Hills anytime.
Did you know? A new tyre has 8-9mm of tread and you should replace your tyres if any wear indicator (at 1.6mm of tread) is leveling with the tread of your tyre. If your tread is lower than 1.6mm, your tyre may be unsafe in wet conditions and should be replaced as soon as possible.
How to tell if your tyres pressures are wrong?
Firstly, abnormal wear on tyres despite correct tyre pressures can mean a balancing, alignment or mechanical issue with your car. If you are unsure, please call us on (02) 9838 8433 and let one of our front-end specialists diagnose your car.
Wear on both edges of the tyre means under inflation. Too little air in your tyres will mean reduced life of your tyre through increased wear of tread o the outside edges of the tyre. Under inflation also causes excessive heat generation through increased friction with the road, again reducing lifetime of your tyre.
Lastly, under inflation can lead to fuel economy issues with a great resistance to rotation. This makes your vehicle work harder and use up more fuel.
Wear on the inside or middle of the tyre means over inflation. Too much air in your tyres will mean the tread in the middle will wear out quicker than the outside edges, thus reduction your life of the tyre. Just remember, if any wear indicator is showing, it’s time to replace tyres. Even if other wear indicators are OK. It takes a fully treaded tyre to ensure safety on the road.
Dips in the tread of the tyre are a sign of balancing or mechanical problems. It may be a sign a steering components or suspension is failing. It may be time to visit our front-end specialists who can diagnose your car.
Feathered edges on the tyre (or sawtooth appearance) are caused by erratic contact with the road and indicate a toe-in or toe-out problem. This is solved by an alignment and you should visit our front-end specialists who can diagnose your car.
What’s the right pressure for my car?
To find the right air pressure for your vehicle, look in the manual or on the driver’s side door jamb or glove box. If you have bought new tyres, ask for the correct pressure from your dealer or contact us on (02) 9838 8433. You can also visit us at 132 Station Road, Seven Hills and we’ll be more than happy to check for you.