7 simple steps to avoid car tyre repair06-May-2020
Simple steps to prevent car tyre damage and tyre repair
Tyres are the soul of the car. As mechanics, we keep on stressing the importance of tyres but it does not really stick well with the customers. The CEAT ad sums it up nicely – we think about purchasing a range of random car accessories, touch-ups and modifications when it comes to beautifying the car but do we think about buying tyres? Not a chance. The most crucial car parts are your tyres labouring day and night, be it winter, rain or summer and are usually subject to utter neglect.
The cost of tyres in India has been increasing with many brands now available and the price range for any particular car tyre widely varies, for eg., Tyre cost of Honda Jazz varies from Rs. 3400 to Rs. 6540! You can compare the cost of tyres online here.
People avoid paying attention to their tyres and ultimately feel that it is not prudent to buy a fresh set of tyres and second-hand tyres bought at a bargain could be a good deal for your car. Well, you might want to read this piece of advice before you make a decision for buying second-hand car tyres.
Long story short, you have a happy family, you love to go on long drives and enjoy keeping your car in good shape especially before the monsoon sets in for real. Why do you want to take a chance of car damage when you can take care of your car tyres by yourself? Here are some quick tips for car tyre care:
1. Eye on the wheel as well as the tyres:
Inspect your tyres regularly for wear and tear. If you spot any damage, kindly alert your local car mechanic nearby to avoid any sudden emergencies. If you happen to notice any visible damage to a tyre/ wheel, replace it with your spare tyre for the time being. You can also have one of us mechanics visit your home or office in Mumbai 24x7 availing our doorstep service by clicking here.
2. Check the Hawa, as they say
Air pressure is an absolute delicate balance that sets apart the good rides from the bad ones. Erroneous tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly while driving on Mumbai’s wet roads. Driving on very under-inflated tyres can cause heavy heat generation in the tyres and may blowout or they can even roll off the rim on a corner as shown in classic comedy Bollywood movies, except here it could be anything but comic.
3. The manufacturer is always right
Always get your valves checked as they avoid moisture from getting inside the tyre and they can get damaged by driving at high speeds. Avoid tyre air pressure beyond what the car manufacturer has recommended for your car. It is always better to go to the air station at petrol pumps or verified mechanics rather than local roadside air filling pumps. Check your car’s optimum air pressure by clicking here.
4. No Overloading
As advised above, please check the tyre pressure regularly (ideally on a bi-monthly basis) and before any journey, that spans long distances. Take note of the load capacity of your car. Tyres be it tubeless or not shouldn't be loaded beyond their maximum loads may lead to excessive heat building that may result in sudden tyre bursting/ blowouts.
5. Need for Speed?
Driving at high speeds can damage your tyres. At higher speeds, tyres have a higher probability of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tyre burst, which in most cases leads to loss of control of the vehicle.
6. Tyre rotation On; tension gone!
The car tyres need to be rotated evenly or else they may not have worn out evenly. Indian roads are famous for potholes and any hard impact of a pothole would reduce the life of tyres very quickly. During rotation, each tyre is removed from your car and alternated to a different position to ensure that all tyres wear evenly and last longer. Car Tyre rotation should be done every six months or 8,000 to 10,000 kilometres whichever happens earlier. You might also want to mitigate if there’s any tyre damage such as sidewall bulges or small leaks.
Regular rotation helps to ensure that tyres wear evenly, thereby extending the life of the tyres and improving car performance. You can read more about it here.
7. Tyre alignment
Take notice if
a) The car starts drifting to a particular side while travelling on a straight, flat road
b) The steering wheel does not come back to the natural position easily after taking a turn
c) Steering wheel remains at an odd angle even though you are driving in a straight line
These are clear indications that something is amiss with the car tyre alignment. Needless to say, from the way it sounds, it definitely is a safety hazard. Alignment should be checked at least every 7,000 km as per a Michelin tyres report.
You can click here to have your car checked by our local car mechanics at a reasonable cost in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane ASAP if you are facing any tyre-related issues.