If you ask me the most frequently asked question by car owners, apart from fuel economy, it’s pretty much down to tyres wearing. Tyres can achieve extended kilometres and others can wear out in less than 10,000klm.
It all comes down to having the right tyres on your vehicle to do the job, and then being prepared to maintain them to achieve good mileage. SO why do tyres wear prematurely? In my opinion, ‘self-serve’ petrol outlets have caused the good habits of our parents to be shelved. In days gone by, at a full-service station, you could ask for your tyres to be checked and the attendant would do just that.
In the hectic lifestyle now, whilst we should be doing the same thing ourselves, we don’t and then proceed to blame everyone else but ourselves when our tyres wear out early. We blame the car, the manufacturer, the condition of the roads, but remember when you point a finger at someone, there’s 3 pointing back at you.
So, if you want to get good life from the tyres on your car, there are a few points you should implement in your car’s reliability.
- Check the tyre pressures on your car (including the spare) every time you fill your car with fuel
- Have a regular wheel alignment and rotate and balance when you have your car serviced
- Do a visual inspection of your tyres when you check the tyre pressures. If you see any signs of premature wear, get them checked at your local tyre centre.
- Don’t bother with Nitrogen fills – doesn’t serve any purpose other than to make the retailer more money.
So when it comes to off-road tyres for your 4WD, some different rules can apply. I’ve sourced a great article from our colleagues at 4×4 Australia.
Fitting the correct tyres to your vehicle is critical when dealing with an off-road workhorse.
4WD tyres are broadly grouped into three categories: Highway Terrain, All Terrain and Mud Terrain. Deciding which tyre is best for your rig depends entirely on where you intend to drive it. For example, you wouldn’t fit a set of MT tyres if you spend your time cruising highways and taking the kids to school.
Here are five simple tips to ensure your 4×4 tyres last longer and will take you where you want to go.
1. Choose the right tyre for the task. For instance, open-tread (mud) tyres suffer when used extensively on bitumen, while a showroom-spec H/T tyre probably won’t like thousands of kays of outback gravel.
2. Run the correct pressures. Your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendation (listed on the tyre placard and in the owners manual) will list pressures – including increases when loaded and/or towing. Check tyre pressures regularly.
- Rotate your tyres every 5000km, as the four corners of your vehicle treat tyres differently. In particular, the front left tyre of a vehicle used around town will round- off its outside shoulder more than the right. Front to rear and side to side.
- When travelling, make checking tyre pressures a part of your morning routine (just like you check oil and fluids). Blowouts are often the result of a tyre overheating due to low pressure.
- Get regular wheel alignments. Many 4x4s can have wheel alignments knocked awry by rough roads. Most wheel alignments set the vehicle ‘toe’ only, but there can also be benefits to tyre life with adjustments to camber and caster. You’ll often have a crisper handling rig, too!
Every article I write is targeted at providing as much information for car owners and prospective car buyers.
Above anything else, Car Business is a company that provides automotive advice for car owners who don’t have access to experts. Am I an expert? I’ve been in the car business for over 38 years, and while there are areas where I’ll reach out to friends and acquaintances for advice, I’ve got a pretty good grasp of most aspects of the business. I’ve been called a lot of things in my time – Car Doctor, Car Professor or The Car Guy, but whenever someone wants some sensible advice, they call me.
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