Get­ting the most out of your tyres

Matamata Chronicle - - Advertising Feature -

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 Ride qual­ity Fuel con­sump­tion; and Trans­mit­ted road noise. All of th­ese are af­fected by the tyres you have fit­ted and the grip they have on the road (just to make you a bit more ner­vous, re­mem­ber that the foot­print 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 con­di­tion.

Al­ways keep tyre pres­sures at the pres­sure rec­om­mended by the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer and pub­lished in your hand­book or on the ve­hi­cle plac­ard af­fixed to your car.

The plac­ard is 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 35kPa (5psi) 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 35kPa (5psi). 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 then drive out of it as your speed in­creases).

This can be car­ried out at your lo­cal 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 12,000km.

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.

Th­ese sim­ple tips will help in­crease tyre life and re­duce cost.

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