Friday, 22 April 2016

Tyres Feeling Worn? Here's What To Do Next!

The quality of your tyres is vital to the performance of your car. You’ve gone out and chosen the right tyres for your car, but what happens when those tyres are no longer adequate? What happens if your tread depth or pressure becomes too low?

That car of yours needs to be at the top of its game to protect yourself, your passengers and other drivers. Personally, my own car suffers from low pressure quite often, as my route home involves several cobbled streets. It’s a pain to sort out, but is vital to do so.

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Your vehicle needs to be well-looked after, so here’s what to do if your tread and pressure are causing you issues.

If they’re damaged beyond repair

If the tyres have been severely punctured or the tread is worn beyond reason, then it’s clear that you won’t be driving the thing. You could try pushing it to the shops, but then you may as just well walk!!

So, you can’t take the car to a garage or station to get tyres - the tyres need to come to you. It’s not that hard to find car tyres online these days, so have a shop around and make sure you pick the right type. You can have them fitted professionally, or do it yourself - either way, make sure they’re on properly.

If you want to pump them up

Rather than replacing the tyres, or paying to get them pumped, why not do it yourself? You’ll save some cash and can cut any unnecessary outgoings.

First, you’ll need to buy a tyre pressure gauge to see if they need pumping in the first place. Your tyre will need to hit a certain amount on the dial before it’s classed as ‘safe’. Don’t forget you have four tyres too! Make sure they all hit between 30-35 psi (pounds per square inch) on the dial reading.

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Next, to start pumping them up yourself, remove the valve stem caps. Don’t lose these, because you’ll need them again later. You’ll need a pump next, either a manual one (like a bike pump) or an electronic one. Electric ones are expensive, but most of us will have a bike pump lying about!

Make sure that your tyres are cold, and attach the pump to the valve. You should be able to hear a steady stream of air entering the tyre, then you’re cooking! This process can take several minutes, so be patient.

If you want to halt tread wear

You can’t repair tread wear, but you can reduce it. Firstly, and most obviously, refine your driving skills. Harsh acceleration and braking can both cause unnecessary strain on the wheels. Turning corners too quickly is also a contributor.

You also need to ensure your car is aligned properly. If you can’t do this yourself, consult a vehicle technician. You should always make sure your car is aligned when you replace the tyres, and you should have it checked every six months.

Lastly, consider altering your route home. As I mentioned, my own route home causes me to drive on some less than desirable surfaces. These surfaces wreak havoc with my tyres, so if you’re in the same boat go a different way!


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