Learning how to properly care for car tires

Wheels largely determine not only the appearance of the car, but also its safety on the road - maneuverability, grip quality, resistance to skidding and aquaplaning. In fact, the entire weight of the car rests on the small parts of the tires that come into contact with the road (the so-called contact patch). Today we'll tell you how to properly care for your tires, what can lead to accelerated tire wear, and how to properly run in new tires so they last as long as possible.
Rule one: Watch the pressure in the chambers closely
  • This is one of the key rules for proper tire operation. Excessively high pressure, as well as too low pressure, leads to overheating of the tire, its uneven and accelerated wear. During the warm season, low pressure also impairs steering and engine stability, and leads to increased fuel consumption. Higher pressure is recommended only if the car is overloaded, while in normal conditions and in the heat tires should not be overinflated, otherwise they can simply burst.
  • The optimal pressure can be found from the accompanying documentation to the car - the manufacturer always indicates it, and you can also find out the normal pressure from the markings on the tires themselves.
  • The pressure should be measured at least once every two weeks on a cold tire, as the pressure may be distorted to a higher value when the tire has been ridden and heated up. When measuring, pay attention to the valve on the valve nipple - if it is loose, it can cause a regular pressure drop. Remember to put a protective cap on the valve to keep it free of dust and dirt.

Rule two: Observe the appearance of the tires

It is important to make sure that there are no cuts, deep cracks, threads, flakes, bubbles or protruding wires on the tread and side surface of the tires - all these signs indicate that the tires are completely worn out and completely unusable. Also the rubber should be free of foreign and sharp objects. If possible, it is worth removing pebbles from the tread if they get there infrequently. In some tires, the tread pattern is quite large, and stones are constantly clogged - nothing can be done about it.

In order to wear the tires evenly, it is desirable that all four wheels are the same. If this is not possible, at least the tires in the front pair and in the rear pair should match. You can also swap left and right tires from time to time for more even wear.

What can cause accelerated tire wear

  • Poor quality pavement or asphalt with sharp and hard particles;
  • Aggressive driving, harsh braking and quick starts, high-speed turns, and other extreme driving techniques;
  • Ambient and road surface temperature - the higher the temperature, the faster the wear and tear;
  • Excessive loading of the car and carrying heavy objects;
  • Inadequate running-in of new tires;
  • Improper storage.
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