March 13th, 2013 in Car Maintenance Tips
We all know that the subject of car tyres is not a very exciting one but it is important to get to grips with the basics of tyre care and it can even save you money! Only around 25% of women are aware of the very simple steps to ensure you keep your tyres well maintained. Come on ladies we can do much better than that! At Best4Tyres.com we have created this quick and simple guide to help address this statistic and raise greater awareness.
Give your tyres a quick regular visual check
The first very simple and easy step is to just give your tyres a quick 4 step visual check once a week. So what should you be looking for?
Step 1: You are looking to see if any of your tyres look underinflated as the air pressure may need topped up or you may even have a puncture.
Step 2: Bend down and check the tread wear of both the front tyres. The tread should be wearing evenly across the tyre but if one side of the tyre is more worn than the other your steering alignment could be out so this would need checked at a tyre centre.
Step 3: Check for any damage to the sidewall of the tyre. This can be cracks, impact damage or a bulge. These should be checked by a tyre depot as they can lead to a sudden blow out.
Step 4: Lastly you need to check for tyre wear to ensure your tyres are both safe and legal. The UK minimum tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre and around the complete circumference of the tyre. Tyres now have raised squares in between the treads set to the legal UK limit to make it easy to check when your tyres are illegal.
Check your tyres air pressure regularly
Over time your tyres will naturally loose air and will need topped up from time to time. It is recommended you should check your tyre pressures a minimum of once a month. Underinflated tyres actually cost you money as this creates a higher rolling resistance resulting in the vehicle using more fuel. It will also wear your tyres down quicker and can impact the vehicle handling. Overinflating your tyres will also cause your tyres to wear down quicker. So what do you need to do?
Step 1: Check what your tyre pressures should be. Don’t use the tyre pressure on the side of the tyre as this may not be correct for your vehicle. You will find the correct pressure for your tyres in your vehicle handbook, on the inside ledge of the drivers door or inside the petrol cap.
Step 2: Take your vehicle to a petrol station offering a tyre pressure machine. Position the vehicle central to the machine to allow access to all four wheels. Set the machine to the correct air pressure and take off the dust cap on the valve (the small metal cylinder protruding from the tyre). Keep the plastic dust cap handy and don’t loose it – you would be surprised how many people forget to replace the cap!
Step 3: Take the long hose from the air pump and attach it to the valve and hold in place. Most modern machines will automatically pump air in to the tyre until it reaches the desired air pressure. The machine will beep when the process is complete. Replace the dust cap and repeat for all four tyres.