FIVE TIPS FOR LONGER LAST­ING TYRES

HOW TO MAKE YOUR 4X4 TYRES LAST LONGER.

4 x 4 Australia - - Gear -

1

Choose the right tyre for the task. For in­stance, open tread (mud) tyres suf­fer when used ex­ten­sively on bi­tu­men, while a show­room­spec H/T tyre prob­a­bly won’t like thou­sands of kays of out­back gravel.

2

Run the cor­rect pres­sures. Your ve­hi­cle’s man­u­fac­turer rec­om­men­da­tion (listed on the tyre plac­ard and in the owner’s man­ual) will list pres­sures – in­clud­ing in­creases when loaded and/or tow­ing. Check tyre pres­sures reg­u­larly.

3

Ro­tate your tyres ev­ery 5000km, as the four cor­ners of your ve­hi­cle treat tyres dif­fer­ently. In par­tic­u­lar, the front left tyre of a ve­hi­cle used around town will round­off its out­side shoul­der more than the right. Front to rear and side to side.

4

When trav­el­ling, make check­ing tyre pres­sures a part of your morn­ing rou­tine (just like you check oil and flu­ids). Blowouts are of­ten the re­sult of a tyre over­heat­ing due to low pres­sure.

5

Get reg­u­lar wheel align­ments. Many 4x4s can have wheel align­ments knocked awry by rough roads. Most wheel align­ments set the ve­hi­cle ‘toe’ only, but there can also be ben­e­fits to tyre life with adjustments to cam­ber and caster. You’ll of­ten have a crisper-han­dling rig, too!

If go­ing off-road, make sure your tyres are suited to the job.

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