How to Keep your Tyres in top Condition
It’s hard to turn a blind eye to the staggering number of people who’ll buy the cheapest tyres for the smallest of savings. Not only will they wear out quicker than more reputable brands, the rubber quality is also nowhere near as good. Is this really a sacrifice you want to make with the only connection between your car and the floor? If you do decide to fork out for more expensive tyres, there are certain things you can do to keep them in better condition for longer.
Wheel alignment does what it says on the tin, it aligns the wheels to keep you in a straight line without any steering input. Not only does this take effort out from your daily drive, it also reduces irregular wear as the contact on the road is the same for all four tyres. Additionally, wheel balancing reduces uneven wear as the counterweights on your wheel are readjusted to keep your wheel flat to the road.
It turns out that air isn’t the best substance to fill your wheels with, pure nitrogen has many benefits that not only maintain the tyre but also the rim they’re sitting on. Air is a mixture of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and the rest is water vapour and other gases. The issue here is the water vapour, obviously water and metal don’t mix well, if the vapour sits on your wheel rim for too long, it’ll begin to corrode and damage the wheel. Nitrogen molecules are also 4 times the size of oxygen molecules, this means tyres are less likely to lose pressure over time as it’s harder for the gas to escape through the rubber. This means a consistent tyre pressure and more even tyre wear as a result.
Another way to keep your tyres for longer is through tyre rotation. The driven wheels are bound to suffer more wear than the non-driven examples, this is due to wheel spin, intended or not, and more weight being placed on them. This should be completed between 3000-6000 miles, it’s advised to get your alignment and balancing done at the same time too. A professional, like Crompton Way Motors, should be able to detect the wear pattern on your tyres and work out the best place to relocate it to even it out again.