Tyre blowouts can happen for a number of reasons. Luckily, they’re easily avoidable when you maintain all of the necessary checks on your car. Under inflated tyres are a leading cause of tyre blowouts, which can result in serious accidents. Check your tyres (including your spare) monthly and before major road trips for proper inflation, bulges, cuts, abrasions and impact damage that may occur during use. Properly inflated tyres help prolong tyre life and contribute to better fuel economy.You can find your vehicle’s specific inflation amount displayed on your doorsill, glove box door or fuel door, and it is also listed in your vehicle owner’s manual.
Check your tyre pressure after they have cooled down. This typically takes about 3 hours. Don’t forget to check the inside of your tyres! Do this by turning the wheels outward and inspecting the tread and sidewalls for hidden damage. Tyre inflation pressure increases in warm weather, and decreases in cold weather. Your tyres gain or lose 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Checking your tyre air pressure only takes about five minutes. The best way to do this is with a properly working analog or digital tyre gauge, available at select car care shops.
Hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tyres. Have your alignment checked as specified by your vehicle owner’s manual, or whenever there is an indication of trouble, such as pulling. Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread wear, and should be corrected by a professional service technician.
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tyres will help you achieve more uniform wear. Always rotate tyres at mileage intervals as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer to prevent premature and irregular tyre wear. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for rotation recommendations. If you cannot find your specific recommendation, a good guideline for tyre rotation is approximately every 10,000 to 12,000 kilometers.
Advanced or unusual wear can reduce your tyre’s ability to grip the road. Check your tyres for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage. Visually inspect all tyres on a regular basis for irregular tyre wear and a minimum 4/32 of an inch tread depth. Many tyre manufacturers say that traction is compromised when as much as 4/32 of an inch of tread depth is remaining.
If your Tyre Pressure Monitoring System light activates, check your tyre pressure. If this light comes on while you are driving, pull over to your closest open petrol station, and verify whether your tyre is losing air. If applicable, add air. If your TPMS is indicating a loss of air pressure, but, when you check your tyre, all is well, consider TPMS sensor replacement. If you believe your TPMS light is faulty, you should take the car to your local service.
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