Top Ten Tyre Tips
- Routine Tyre Pressure Checks "Check tyre pressures every 2-3 weeks when the rubber is cold"
It's important to check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, as it will give you the 'true' pressure your tyres are at. While you drive, your tyres warm up and the pressure increases, giving you a false, higher pressure than you really are at.
If you do check your tyre's while they're 'hot', add and extra 4 PSI to the recommended cold tyre pressure.
- Locating Your Tyre Pressures "You can find the recommended tyre pressures on the inside of the your drivers door"
On most vehicles, a metal plate with the manufacturers recommended tyre pressures will be located on the spine of the door.
- Minimum Tread Wear "For the safest driving conditions, you should replace your vehicles tyre's when you have less than 2mm wear left"
As your tyres wear by driving on them, the treads wears down. The less tread on your tyre's, the worst the vehicles braking performance and handling are. In wet conditions, these characteristics are further worsened.
The legal tread depth is 1.5mm, but handling and braking performance begin to be compromised at 3mm of tread depth. Therefore, it is important to replace your tyres far before they reach the legal minimum.
- Checking Tread Depth
"You can use a match head to check your tyre's tread. If part of the head shows, it's time for a replacement".
A match head is the easiest way to check tread depth. Otherwise using one of our free depth cards that can be picked from any Bob Jane T-Marts.
- Visual Inspections Inspect your tyre's regularly for tears, bruised and embedded objects"
Even the smallest cut that appear superficial can actually be a slow leak in your tyre's. When checking your tyre's periodically, inspect your tyre's for sidewall and tread damage. If you think you have a puncture, visit your local Bob Jane T-Marts for a professional assessment of the damage.
6.Tyre Valve Caps "It's important to replace tyre valve caps if they get lost to keep water and debris out of the valves"
Sometimes when checking our tyre pressures of just from day to day driving, the tyre valve caps become misplaced. These are inexpensive and will save your tyre's from water and other debris damaging or eroding the inside of it.
- Spare Tyre "Don't forget to regularly check your spare tyre for cracking and wear due to age".
Our spare tyres are often a last resort, hidden away in the boot of the car or stowed somewhere on the outside. Whether you have a space saver or a full size spare, it's important to check the tyre for damage due to old age.
Your spare tyre should be replaced every 5 years as a minimum.
- Wheel Balancing "Regular wheel balances to your vehicle will improve wet road handling and safety"
An important aspect of your vehicles regular maintenance, wheel balancing ensures that each wheel receives equal contact on the road by adjusting the weights on each wheel. Common symptoms of unbalanced wheels include increased vibrations felt through the steering wheel and premature wear on suspension components.
- Wheel Alignment "Periodic wheel alignment and rotations should be done to ensure even wear and extend the life of your tyre's"
A wheel alignment ensures that all your wheels line up with your vehicle's centreline. This will make your vehicle handle correctly and not pull to one side or the other during driving.
- Matching Treads "Always match treads to the same axle. Mismatching tyre's can cause handling issues"
Due to the different characteristics of different tyres, even from the same manufacturer, it's always important to match having a matching set of tyres for your vehicle. Mixing brands and treads, especially on the same axle can cause severe handling issues and make the vehicle unbalanced due to the different load and speed ratings.