When was the last time you looked at your car tires to make sure they were safe or you weren’t breaking any law? It’s not the first thing on your mind when you step out in the morning. The thing is, it still needs to be done. For your own safety or that of your family. You don’t want anything bad to happen.
Carry out these 4 steps to make sure you don’t run into any problems.
1 – Check the pressure
You should always make sure you check the tire pressure at least once a month. You always want your tires to be as close to the same pressure as possible. If any of them are down you will have to put some air in to correct it. Underinflated tires are a leading cause of car crashes which resulted from something wrong with the tires.
Also make sure you check them before any long trips you take. They will slowly deflate anyway as time passes by, but if you’re noticing anything drastically wrong you will know straight away there is a problem. Better to sort it out before you set off on your travels.
2 – Inspect for damage
To kill two birds with one stone you can carry out this task at the same time as checking the tire pressure. It still should be done once per month so it would be silly not to. You need to have a good look at all the tires and make sure they aren’t ready to fall apart.
If you notice uneven thread wear you know something is wrong. Either the pressure is different in the tires, or it could mean bigger problems. Bulges in the tire walls would indicate it’s going to fall apart on you soon. You don’t want to find any objects like nails sticking out. If any of these things are wrong just take it to a garage.
3 – Rotate the tires
If you don’t rotate the tires they won’t last as long as they should. To find out how often to rotate them you should consult your manual. This will ensure your tire threads remain even and you don’t end up throwing your money away for no reason.
To rotate the tires you should move them diagonally. That means the wheel on the back-right of the car should be moved to the front-left. And again the back-left should be moved to the front-right. If your car is four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive the wheels only need to be changed from left to right.
4 – Don’t overload your tires
Another thing we see a lot of which results in crashes. Always stick to the recommended load weight of your car. This doesn’t mean you should skip that pizza you wanted at the weekend, but it does mean it’s probably not a good idea to squeeze as much people into your car as possible.
When too much pressure is placed directly down on the tires it’s going to completely wear them down and shorten their life. Lots of other nasty things get tossed in as well such as using more gas, and we know you don’t want to spend any more on gas than you have to.
The article is written by Nicholas Stem, a car blogger. He shares car maintenance tips through guest blogging. He works for CMM Automotive, a mobile mechanics company perth to repair automobiles.