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It is important to check and inspect your tires because it saves you money on fuel costs and helps extend the life of your tire, so you don’t have to purchase tires as often. But, you might ask about how you could actually check and inspect your car tires?
You’re in luck because here are some steps that you could use to help you to check, inspect and take care of your car tires better.
It is common for people not to notice that their tires are damaged. You need to check your tires regularly and look for any wear or damage to your tires to avoid more significant problems to the rest of your car.
If your tires have incorrect pressures, it can affect the handling and breaking of your car and could have your safety be extremely compromised. Also, having an underinflated tire could also cause the alignment and suspension of your car to be faulty. Your tires loses pressure of about one psi (pound per square inch) every month in ideal conditions and could increase if there is a rise in temperature. So, how could you actually check the pressure of your tires? Here are some tips:
As a note, if there is an excessive drop in pressure, you need to ask your garage for help because your tire could have a slow leak, which is usually caused by a faulty valve or ill-fitting rims. Also, it would be a good idea to check the pressure of your tires on a monthly basis, or before you go on a long trip to avoid accidents.
The tire load index chart states that you should not go beyond the load capacity when compared to the load index of your tire. When you load tires that exceed their maximum, it could cause a build-up of excessive heat that could result in the sudden destruction of your tire.
If you schedule your regular car maintenance, it would be a good idea to get an alignment checkup. This is because any problems with your car’s alignment could wear down the tires of your car. So, if you ever experience a strange drifting, pulling, or gravitating towards the left, or right, side when driving, you need to get the alignment of your car checked to help you preserve your tires longer.
It’s important for you to make sure that you evenly wear your tires by rotating them every six months, or every 10,000 to 12,000 km. because even wear extends your tires’ life and helps obtain balanced traction and handling for your car. The tires found at the front of your vehicle usually wear out quicker than those found at the back. If you rotate their position often, it helps the tires wear evenly and achieve their ultimate tread life. However, it’s important to take note that tire rotation won’t solve wear problems that are caused by incorrect inflation pressures. It’s a good idea to rotate your tires when you get an oil change for the second time (around 10,000 to 12,000 km.). However, you might need more frequent rotation for your tires if your vehicle carries heavy loads, drives at high speeds, or involves long distance driving. You might also need to look into rotation if your tires let out a humming noise when you’re on the road and driving on smooth pavement. So, what if you wanted to do the tire rotations by yourself? Here are some things that you need to keep in mind:
The state of the tread of your tires is one factor to determine the health of your vehicle. When you check your tires regularly, you might be able to see potential problems that would need the intervention of a professional. It would be wise to look at your tires once in a month, or before and after going on a long trip. So, what should you look for in your tires?
These are just some of the things that you could do to check , inspect and take care of your car tires. These ideas are also helpful when you want to maintain the condition of your car because your car’s tires are an indicator of the overall health of your vehicle. So, what are you waiting for? Check your car’s tires and have safe driving and wonderful travels!
Simon graduated with a Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Degree. He has over 20 years of servicing experience in both Japanese and German car dealerships. He now acts as a freelance mechanic's instructor for local schools.