Maintaining your tyres is the easiest way to ensure their longevity; it is the stitch in time that saves you nine. The experts at Drury Tires have put together this helpful guide to maintaining your tyres before you have to go in for a professional check-up. Read on for more information!
How to Maintain Your Tyres
Tyre pressure is the most frequent check you should perform on your tyres. Running at low pressure increases the likelihood of damaging your tyre or wheel and losing control of the vehicle. It also increases fuel consumption, costing you unnecessary money. The correct pressure for your tyres will be in your user manual.
Tyre rotation is the process of rotating car tyres from one wheel position to another. This is because tyres will wear unevenly – the front usually wears faster than the rear. Depending on the tread of your tyres, it may be possible to rotate them in different ways; for example, asymmetric tyres can only be rotated front to back.
Wheel Alignment and Balancing
Improper alignment or unbalanced tyres will create extra friction, wearing down the tyres and meaning they will need replacing sooner. It will also cost you fuel efficiency and money. Wheel alignment and balancing issues can develop into more serious problems that spread to affect other parts of your vehicle. It’s best to get this frequently checked by a professional.
How to Repair Tyres
Some punctures are irreparable. Most tyres also have a limit on the number of times they can be repaired, but there is variability between brands and types.
In a professional tyre shop, tyres are inspected in and out for the source of the puncture and any damage it may have caused – what looks like a simple puncture from the outside may actually have created additional problems inside. Fraying of the tyre’s internal steel beading can cause a tyre to slowly come apart but the early stages are undetectable from the outside.
The repair process starts with buffing down the interior tyre surface surrounding the puncture. A carbide drill cleans up the sides of the puncture and a rubber stopper is forced through the hole. This stopper is cut to size and a patch is applied with vulcanizing rubber cement on the interior wall of the tyre.
If you are in an accident, witness one or are in an emergency situation, you should always contact the emergency services. In a mechanical breakdown that is not life-threatening, call your roadside help. If you are able, equipped or knowledgeable enough to repair it yourself then go for it.
There are roadside tyre patch kits available, such as plug kits and sealant solutions. These solutions work but they should only be used to get you somewhere that can repair the tyre. They should not be relied upon for any significant amount of time.
Drury Tires Can Help
We are tyre experts. If you bought your tyres new from us within the last six months, we can even repair flats for free. Give us a call on 09 294 8139 or contact us online today for more information.