When it comes to tyre damage, you may be aware of some of the more common causes, such as incorrect inflation or alignment issues. However, there are a few lesser-known factors that can cause just as much damage to tyre functioning and lifespan that could affect you unexpectedly. Here are five such causes of tyre damage you may not know about.
- Inflating Tyres While Hot
Tyres heat up as you drive, with their temperature varying depending on your vehicle speed and the length of the journey. You should never increase or decrease pressure while tyres are still hot because as the tyre heat rises, so too does tyre pressure. Let your tyres cool down to get an accurate reading and maintain the correct tyre pressure.
- Uneven Roads
If you drive on rough roads regularly (such as to and from work), your tyres will develop uneven wear. Uneven terrain places increased pressure on your wheel bearings, which then damages them and restricts their ability to reduce wheel friction – in turn damaging your tyres.
- Wet Roads Or Terrain
Driving in waterlogged areas (such as construction or conservation sites) or on off-road terrain that crosses water sources can damage tyres. Even if you have a vehicle that can handle these situations, the wheel bearings loose lubrication when exposed to water regularly. The lack of lubrication will then lead to tyre damage.
- Air Powered Equipment
When adjusting wheel nuts or bolts, don’t use air powered equipment. It’s because the nuts and bolts on each vehicle differ, making it difficult to get the right amount of pressure required for a specific car. Instead, use torque wrenches and standard wheel spanners to tighten and loosen nuts and bolts for correct tyre functioning.
- Valve Caps
Valve caps may seem like a small thing (literally), but they provide valuable tyre protection. Missing valve caps result in dirt entering the valve core, which leads to malfunctioning of the inner core spring mechanism, air loss and tyre damage.
These tips will come in handy to prevent future tyre damage, but if the damage has already been done to your current ones, you’ll need to replace them. Contact Auckland’s Drury Tyres today for assistance.