The following are some basic information on tyre care and maintenance to obtain maximum tread life and performance from tyres to ensure maximum operational driving safety according to Silverstone Berhad.
Inspect Your TyresPeriodically inspect your tyres for cuts, chips, embedded objects or unusual bulges, as a preventive measure to safeguard against sudden and unexpected tyre failure.
Ensure Sufficient Tread DepthWhen a tyre's tread wears down to less than 1.6mm, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Tyres have tread-wear indicators which appear across the grooves of the tread pattern when the 1.6mm limit is reached.
Check Tyre Inflation PressureTyre inflation pressures should be checked regularly when the tyres are cold. After checking, ensure that the valve caps are replaced as they provide secondary air seal to keep dirt and moisture out of the valve cores.
Rotate Your TyresRegularly rotating your car's tyres will help you achieve more uniform wear and longer overall tread life. Follow your vehicle owner's manual recommendation or as a general guideline, rotate your tyres every 10,000km.
Avoid "Tyre Mixing"It is advisable to avoid mixing different tyre types due to varying construction. It is also dangerous to mix tyres of different sizes and aspect ratios
Do Not OverloadTyres are designed to carry a specific maximum load. Do not exceed this maximum load as it can lead to premature tyre failure. The maximum load capacity can be found on the tyre sidewall.
Changing Tyre SizesIf you wish to change to a different rim or tyre size, it is best to consult your tyre technician as any change can affect your speedometer readings.
Reduce Speed During RainWhen driving on wet roads, reduce your speed, as driving too fast can cause tyre to aquaplane (the tyre tread loses contact with the surface of the road due to a film of water).
Maintain Correct Air PressureAn under-inflated tyre builds up excessive heat and results in unnecessary tyre stress and irregular wear. An over-inflated tyre wears excessively in the centre of the tread. Under-inflation and over-inflation can result in premature tyre failure.
Spare TyreMost cars today carry a space-saver tyre as a spare. This tyre should be used only to get to the nearest tyre outlet and should not be used over longer distances or speeds exceeding 80kph.
Check The BalancingIf you experience excessive vibration transmitted from the tyres to the steering wheel, get a qualified technician to check the balancing as this can result in an uncomfortable ride and cause excessive mechanical stress on the suspension and steering systems.
Check The AlignmentHitting a pothole or kerb can affect your car's alignment and result in uneven tyre wear. Have a qualified technician check the wheel alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.