How Often Should I Get My Tyres Checked?
Tyres are rarely the first thing to come to mind when most people think of a car’s safety features. However, tyres are actually one of the most important parts of a vehicle’s safety because they connect your car to the road.
Like most components of your car, tyres are prone to wear and tear over time. It’s a good idea to check your tyres regularly to ensure your car is in the best possible condition. This will help you identify any minor damage before it becomes a more costly issue down the line.
While there is no one-fits-all solution for maintaining tyres, there are a few simple things you can personally do to increase their lifespan. For the best advice and tyre repair services, speak to a licensed mechanic such as the team at Highfields Mechanical.
What You Need To Know About Tyre Pressure
Tyre pressure impacts everything from your car’s fuel economy and its ability to brake in an emergency situation to the speed at which your tyres suffer from wear and tear. While tyres can generally hold air quite well, they are not completely airtight, meaning your tyres can be at risk of underinflation as air is released over time. This not only eats up more fuel, but can cause your tyre to fail while the car is in motion. The risk is especially high when adding weight to the vehicle, such as when the car is full of passengers.
The good news is that checking and maintaining your tyre pressure can be a simple task. In fact, some experts recommend vehicle owners conduct quick checks on their own tyres as often as once every two weeks. This involves setting your tyre pressures to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. You can generally find this information on the tyre placard inside your door jamb, glove box, or in the vehicle manual.
When checking tyre pressure, it’s also a good idea to complete a visual inspection on the tread and sidewalls of the tyre. This involves checking for foreign objects such as screws and nails, bald spots, irregular wear, or any other kind of damage which would require a tyre puncture repair.
If you’d prefer to leave the tyre pressure checks to a professional, you can bring your vehicle to your local mechanic to conduct a tyre service. At Highfields Mechanical, our expert technicians will not only check your tyre pressure but can ensure all of your tyres are in the best possible condition for you to safely drive away.
When Should I Get A Tyre Replacement?
Industry standards suggest replacing passenger tyres approximately every six years, with a maximum of ten years. However, the timing of your tyre replacement also depends on how the tyres have been used and what type of weather they are usually driven in.
One of the most obvious indicators of needing a tyre replacement is if your tyre tread is approaching the legal 1.5mm limit. Check the wear indicator bars on your tyre tread, and if they are invisible in some places, this indicates you should replace your tyres.
To increase the lifespan of your tyres, avoid hitting kerbs when parking your car. It is important to note that front tyres on a four-wheel drive vehicle can wear at a rate of almost double that of the rear tyres, so it’s best to consult your vehicle manual or speak to a licensed mechanic for advice about your own car’s make and model.
Choose Highfields Mechanical For Your Next Tyre Replacement
At Highfields Mechanical, our experienced team specialises in all things tyres. We are equipped with the latest wheel balancing and alignment technology, and can work quickly and accurately to ensure any repairs comply with your vehicle manufacturer’s requirements.
Whether you need a tyre replacement, tyre pressure checks, or tyre fitting services, Highfields Mechanical has access to leading tyre brands and expert advice to keep you driving safely.
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Tyre Service and Maintenance
Why Car Tyre Maintenance Is Important
It’s essential to keep your car tyres in good condition to maintain your vehicle and ensure your safety. When your tyres become damaged or worn, it becomes harder to control your vehicle in an emergency, meaning you and your loved ones are put in more danger. Switching out old tyres for new ones can make all the difference, so don’t leave your safety to chance.
It’s not just your tyres that will perform better when switched for a new set. Your brakes directly rely on the quality of your tyres, so after a tyre service or a change altogether, your car’s braking response time in an emergency will be much better.
Increasing the Lifespan Car Tyres
The simplest thing you can do to keep your tyres in great condition is to check the air pressure in them at least once a month. This can easily be done at most service stations for free. Before doing this, it’s important to find the optimal PSI for your vehicle’s tyres, which can be found in the user manual.
Careful driving will also increase the lifespan of your tyres. When you take your time with speed bumps and turns, along with being cautious around potholes, you ensure that your tyres wear evenly.
If you need adjustments to your wheel alignment and wheel balance, the experts at Highfields Mechanical can help. If you want to save yourself the trouble of costly repairs down the track, it’s worth getting regular tyre services instead.
A tyre service, when done by professionals like the team at Highfields Mechanical, can greatly improve the lifespan of your tyres, meaning it will be longer before you find yourself paying for a new set of tyres.
What Is the Expected Lifespan of Tyres?
There are many factors involved in the lifespan of a car’s tyres, so it is difficult to give a life expectancy. Most tyres will last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 kms. Your tyre lifespan will depend on which sort of roads you travel on, the speed you drive at and the quality of the tyres.
For a better estimate of duration, you can have your tyres checked by the professionals at Highfields Mechanical.
Should You Service or Replace Your Tyres?
If you need to adjust your tyre pressure more than once a month, it might be best to have your tyres serviced by the professionals. If you notice unexpected vibrations in your vehicle when driving on high-quality roads or you experience poor handling, it becomes essential that you have your tyres and car professionally checked.
When it comes to buying new tyres, you are able to check whether this is necessary for yourself. If you inspect the tread of your tyres visually, you may notice that the tread has become smoothed down. If this is the case, it’s time to get a replacement set.
If you’re in doubt, the Highfields Mechanical team are here to help. We can inspect your tyre tread and give expert advice about tyre repair and servicing.
Looking for mechanics who can give expert advice or tyre servicing? You’ll find none better than the team at Highfields Mechanical. Give us a call on (07) 4696 7116 or complete our online booking form.