Most of the people don’t maintain proper air pressure in their tires. In modern radial tires, you can literally have a tire that’s down in terms of pressure by up to 25%, while visually it’s unnoticeable.
As a matter of fact when a tire is under inflated by a mere 10%, it is likely that it had suffered some degree of internal damage. No one can know how much damage to tire was done, as apparently the tire looks perfect while the damage has been done internally. If we dismount the tire we will see the tire’s inner liner has started to crumb and that an accumulation of rubber power has started building up inside of the tire. This tire will look fine when you inflate it, but the damage has been done inside.
How to keep the tires in shape? To keep your tires in shape just remember this simple acronym “PART”, as it explains the four essential elements of tire care: pressure, alignment, rotation and tread.
Tire pressure is so much important for its safety and long life. Properly inflated tires not only optimize your vehicle’s safety but also save money at the gas pump. This makes your tires last a whole lot longer. Tires’ pressure must be checked by the drivers at least once in a month and best time for checking the tires’ pressure is early morning before you drive out your Car. Use a quality gauge to ensure that every tire on your vehicle is properly inflated.
Proper tire-inflation pressure would be listed either in the owner’s manual, printed on a special label on the driver’s door, or displayed within a special label in the driver’s doorjamb, or B-pillar. The maximum psi imprinted on a tire is not the proper tire inflation as it is for maximum safe pressure of the tire.
Proper inflated tires improve your vehicle performance and enable you to have a better control on your vehicle. While under inflated tires make vehicle react slower as the tires are not well supported by their sidewalls. Under inflated tires also build much more heat inside the tire. Excessive heat deteriorates components inside the tire and its sidewall and can lead to catastrophic tire failure, a blowout, as well.
Though from 2007 U.S. government has mandated that all new vehicles will be having built-in tire-pressure monitoring systems, but these systems typically warn of a tire-pressure drop of 20% from its recommended pressure.
A 20 to 25 percent decrease from a recommended pressure of 32 psi is too much. Because this is way below the point of likely tire’s damage. So it’s better that your check yourself tire pressure with a quality gauge at least a month.
Alignment is commonly known as “wheel alignment”. Alignment includes measuring, adjusting suspension angles and suspension components. Out-of-alignment can be caused by normal spring sag or suspension wear in the ball joints and bushings.
The alignment should have to be checked when new tires or suspension components are installed as incorrect alignment usually result in more rapid tire wear. Alignment must have to be checked also if your vehicle encounter a major road hazard or curb.
There are different types of alignment offered today such as, front-end, thrust-angle and four-wheel. In front-end alignment, the front axle’s angles are measured and adjusted. These types of alignments are usually good for vehicles with a solid rear axle.
The vehicle with four-wheel independent suspension or front-wheel drive with adjustable rear suspensions, for such vehicle four-wheel alignment is appropriate. Four-wheel alignment squares the vehicle like a thrust-angle alignment and includes measuring and adjusting the rear axle angles as well as the front.
Rotation of Tires
Rotation is also important to have long life of tires. Tires should have to be rotated after every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles. At each point tires tend to wear differently and rotating tires properly according to a set schedule, you promote even wear, getting the most out of your tire investment. Front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles tires should have to be rotated differently. The recommended tire-rotation patterns differ more if you are rotating a fifth tire, a full-size spare.
Tires must be examined carefully for any signs of excessive or abnormal tread wear, punctures or other signs of physical damage. If there are any cuts abrasions or other blemishes or defects then those must be examined by a trained service technician or tire professional right a way.
There are wear bars located at any number of points on the tire that tell you that your tire has 2/32 of an inch or less of tread left. If you see it visible on your tires then it means you better need to replace the tire. It’s never been good to drive in rainy season or on wet roads with such tires that have insufficient tread.
A properly cared tire can last six to 10 years. If you are thinking that tire dressing can make your tires last longer then that’s not correct. Dressing your tires can actually be pulling out certain chemical properties from the tire which the tire needs during its life. So best thing is that only wash your tires with regular soap and water regularly.