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How to Maintain Your Car Tyres

Maintaining your car tyres is crucial in so many ways. It helps you increase their lifespan, minimise fuel consumption, and maintain your and your passengers' safety.

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Failure to look after your car tyres properly can jeopardise the safety and handling of your vehicle, leaving you with expensive repairs and medical expenses in case of an accident.

So, how can you maintain your car tyres? Below are some common tips

that will keep your vehicle safe and roadworthy for an extended period.

Maintain the Right Pressure

You should check your car's tyre pressure regularly to ensure that it’s at an appropriate level. The recommended pressure depends on the vehicle, but a good starting point is 33 psi (pounds per square inch) or 2.5 bar for cars with standard tyres and 45 psi (or 3.1 bar) for run-flat tyres. Not to forget, overinflation can also diminish grip due to a decrease in tread contact with the road, resulting in more significant wear in the centre of the tread. Although many cars have pressure monitoring systems, we recommend checking them manually.

Checking the Treads

In most countries, tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6 metres. Driving on bald vehicle tyres is dangerous because they will not provide sufficient traction to prevent you from skidding. You can inspect your vehicle's tread depth by searching for tread wear bars on your tyres or using a tread depth tester. If you are unsure, please visit our tyre protection centre for a detailed check and report on the nature of your wheels.

Wheel Alignment Checks

Wheel misalignment can cause uneven tread wear, leading to poor tyre performance, increased fuel consumption, and an increased risk of tyre damage. Improper wheel alignment can result from hitting a curb or pothole or driving over a speed bump too quickly. This is another incident where you will need to visit SEAT CARE to correct the misalignment and allow your wheels to roll parallel to one another.

Tyre Rotation

Tyre rotation regularly will extend their life and provide you with a smoother, safer ride. Car tyre rotation depends on your vehicles' drivetrain and tread pattern. Before performing the rotation, always refer to your manual or consult an experienced car mechanic.

Replacing Them on Time

Due to wear and tear, replacing your wheels is inevitable. If properly maintained, most tyres can have a useful life of 40,000 kilometres or more and should then be replaced. We highly suggest tyre replacement when the tread depth reaches 4 mm (1/8 inch).

All in all, car tyres are an essential part of your vehicle, and proper maintenance should always be a priority. Following these tips and practising good driving habits will ensure longer car tyre life and minimise fuel consumption and vehicle repairs. Book a service with us for discounts on tyres, tyre repair and replacement, and all your other car needs.

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