Look af­ter tyres for best run­ning

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

Tyres are one of the most im­por­tant fea­tures of your car and usu­ally one of the most ig­nored.

This is a fact that dis­turbs when you con­sider how well your car re­acts un­der: ac­cel­er­a­tion brak­ing steer­ing cor­ner­ing its ride qual­ity its fuel con­sump­tion trans­mit­ted road noise All of which is af­fected by the tyres that you have fit­ted and the grip that they have on the road (just to make you a bit more ner­vous – re­mem­ber that the foot-print of a tyre is hardly big­ger than a man’s hand.)

There are a few ba­sic steps you can take to en­sure that your tyres re­main in a safe and op­er­a­tional con­di­tion.

Al­ways keep tyre pres­sures at the pres­sure rec­om­mended by the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer and pub­lished in your hand­book or on the ve­hi­cle plac­ard that is af­fixed to your car – nor­mally on the driver’s door or door pil­lar (Ja­panese based ve­hi­cles). Some will have it un­der the bon­net (Holden), some even have it on the back of the fuel filler door (Euro­pean ve­hi­cles).

Tyre pres­sures should be checked at least once a fort­night, when they are cold – if you note that the pres­sure is down by more than 35 kPa (5 psi) have the tyre checked by a tyre spe­cial­ist.

Never check the tyres’ pres­sures when they are hot – air ex­pands and can give a read­ing in­crease of up to 35 kPa (5 psi). Don’t for­get to check the spare wheel. If your car de­vel­ops a ‘‘shake’’ through the steer­ing as you in­crease speed, there is a prob­lem and it re­quires cor­rec­tion.

This may only be a wheel bal­ance (nor­mally you will drive into the shake and then you will drive out of it as your speed in­creases).

This can be car­ried out at your lo­cal Mata­mata Beau­re­paires store within half an hour and saves dam­age to the ve­hi­cle sus­pen­sion and steer­ing com­po­nents.

A wheel align­ment is es­sen­tial for even tyre wear which will give your tyres a longer life and should be done once a year or ev­ery 12,000 kilo­me­tres.

Al­though the tyres are not the fault (they are merely be­ing pre­sented to the road on the wrong an­gle) it is very cor­rectable and adds kilo­me­tres to your tyre life. www.beau­re­paires.co.nz.

Tyres: Ig­nore them at your peril.

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