Car tyre maintenance

changing a flat tyre for a spare one

Let’s discuss everything about car tyre maintenance, including why it’s important to check them regularly.

Regularly checking your car tyres is very important for several reasons. Firstly, car tyres are the only contact between your vehicle and the road, affecting safety, handling, and comfort. Properly inflated tyres improve fuel efficiency and reduce the risk of blowouts or punctures. Over time, tyres naturally lose air, so checking and maintaining the correct pressure guarantees better performance and longevity.

Additionally, inspecting tyre tread depth helps maintain grip and traction, especially in wet or slippery conditions. Uneven wear patterns can indicate alignment issues or improper inflation, which, if left unchecked, can lead to bigger problems and costs down the line. By regularly checking your car tyres, you can have a safer driving experience while extending the lifespan of your tyres.

Car tyre maintenance

How to check tyre thread

Here’s how you can do it easily:

Take a tread depth gauge and insert it into the tread grooves of your tyre. Make sure to measure in multiple spots around the tyre to get an accurate average depth. Alternatively, you can use the penny test by inserting a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow and needs replacing. Uneven tread wear may indicate alignment or inflation issues.

Regularly checking and maintaining proper tread depth makes sure your tyres grip the road well in wet and dry conditions, reducing the risk of skidding and improving overall safety. If you’re unsure about checking tyre tread, our mobile mechanic service can provide accurate measurements and recommendations for replacement if necessary.

car tyre maintenance, checking car tyre thread with coin

How to check tyre pressure?

First off, knowing your tyre pressure is important. It’s the amount of air inside your car tyres, measured in PSI (pounds per square inch). This number varies depending on your vehicle and the type of tyres you have.

To find the recommended tyre pressure for your car, check the owner’s manual or the sticker usually found on the driver’s side door jamb or inside the fuel filler flap. 

Now, let’s get to checking the car tyre pressure. You’ll need a tyre pressure gauge, which you can find at most auto parts stores. Start by unscrewing the valve cap on your tyre. Press the gauge onto the valve stem and hold it firmly until the gauge shows a reading. Compare this reading to the recommended pressure. If it’s too low, add air using an air compressor at a petrol station or garage.

Remember to check all four car tyres, including the spare if you have one. It’s best to check car tyre pressure when they’re cold, as driving heats them up and increases pressure readings. Regularly checking and maintaining proper tyre pressure gives you better fuel efficiency, improves handling, and extends the life of your car tyres. If you’re unsure about any of this, our mobile mechanic can always help!
car tyre pressure psi

When to change a tyre?

Knowing when to change your car tyres is key for safety and performance. Several signs indicate it’s time for new tyres. First, check the tread depth using a tread depth gauge or the penny test. If the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch (1.6 mm) or less across the tyre, it’s time for a replacement. Additionally, look for uneven tread wear, which can indicate alignment or suspension issues needing attention.

Age also matters. Even if your car tyres have sufficient tread depth, they should typically be replaced every 6-10 years due to aging and deterioration of the rubber compound. Inspect the sidewalls for cracks, bulges, or cuts, as these can compromise tyre integrity and safety.

Lastly, frequent punctures or repairs can weaken a tyre over time, making it more prone to failure. If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your car tyres’ condition, just come visit our mechanics for a thorough inspection and recommendations for replacement.

We’ve also written an in-depth guide on how to change a tyre.

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