Neglecting basic car maintenance, especially your car tyres, can be costly. In this article, we will look at the most common tyre problems that a car owner faces and how to tackle them.
When you come across problems that you cannot handle yourself, you need to find a reliable mechanic. Firstly, you are going to need a mechanic who knows how to make a complete review of your car’s current condition. If your car mechanic cannot do this, the first thing you need to do is find a new mechanic.
Keep records of all the tyre maintenance and auto servicing that’s done on your car. It’s good to keep a copy of the most recent work done in the car itself. It’s also helpful as a reference for the mechanic to see a record of all work done.
New South Wales the NRMA is an excellent source of information on reliable Mechanical Services.
Make sure you mechanic is fully qualified in tyre maintenance and repair. Today most mechanics need to go beyond basic car maintenance and also need skills in Electronics and computerised systems.
It’s also a good idea if you can diagnose tyre problems before you go to a mechanic. The more you know about your vehicle history and current condition the more you will be able to guide the mechanic and oversee his work.
So, what are the most basic tyre maintenance issues you are likely to face with your car?
Check your Tyre Pressure Regularly
The condition of your car tyres can be an asset or liability. You need to keep an eye on tire pressure and wear. You can easily find out the ideal pressure for your tyre by looking on the outer rim of each tire.
Most service stations these days will provide you with tyre pressure gauges when putting air in your tires. Use these guys as a guide to the amount of pressure you need.
Check for Wear and Tear
It is of particular importance to notice where on the side of the tire particularly the front tires. If you see signs of any wear or damage to the tyres, you need to get that sent to you straight away.
Your car owners manual will give you an excellent guide to the tire pressure and width of the tires that are best suited for your vehicle.
Your car has been designed bispecific manufacturer with specific parts. So, it’s a good idea always to maintain original equipment and replace car parts with original components.
Generic parts are never ideal. Of course, if it’s an emergency you will use any part you can get. But, ideally, you want to stick to OEM parts for your vehicle to ensure longevity.
The short-term cost may be higher, but the long-term benefits are worth it.
Tyre Rotation and Wheel Alignment
The important thing to notice here is the depth of your tread. Minimum depth vary from car to car and from state to state, but it’s usually between 1.5 millimetres and 1.6 millimetres for most domestic on road vehicles.
You should also be concerned about wheel alignment and wheel balance.
One smart and obvious way to test your wheel alignment is, when driving at safe speed along a straight road, release your grip slightly on the wheel and notice if the car begins to move in one direction or another.
You can keep yourself and your passengers safer by having regular checks done to the tires axles and all related vehicle components.
Australian state laws govern the good order and repair of tyres. It is unlawful, not to mention unsafe, to drive on Australian roads with tyres that do not meet each states’ safety standards.
Good tyre maintenance not only means a safer car but a more enjoyable ride.