Seven Signs That Show You Need New Tyres

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Tyres are one of the most important yet most ignored part of a vehicle. But they play an important role in ensuring the vehicle user's safety. The tyres are a vehicle's the single point of contact with the ground. They carry the weight of the vehicle and have to face the rough conditions of the road. Rubber being a soft material can bear the damage of the roads but will also wear out. This will mean a puncture or a tyre burst at an unwanted moment. Such instances can also be fatal.

An important fact that one needs to understand is tyres do not last a lifetime and they need to be changed as and when necessary. This means drivers need to understand how tyres work. Here are some easy tips to help you understand when to change your tyres. Here we list out seven important signs that will tell you if your tyre needs a change.

  1. Tread depth is one factor that is an easy sign of tyre wear. The tyre should have a tread that is at least 1.6 mm deep. If you drive around in wet and slippery conditions than you need to have tread depth that is well above 3 milimetres. It can be difficult to ascertain the exact depth of a tyre's depth. But we have a solution. Just insert a coin inside the thread and see how deep it can go. If it appears it is not going in much than it is time you get it checked by a mechanic and replace it.
  2. New tyres now come with tread wear indicators. These are white bars of rubber that are not visible when the tyres are new. They become more obvious when the tyres get used. If you happen to see two or more of these tread wear bars on your tyre, then consider it as a time for changing the tyre.
  3. Another sign of tyre wear is appearance of cracks on the side wall. Tyres tend to harden over a period of time and crack after exposure to different temperatures. While small cracks can be ignored, larger cracks are sure shot sign of danger. A tyre bust can be a rather unpleasant incident that you will always want to avoid.
  4. If your car's tyre has some bulges and pimple like extensions it is a sign of your tyre having a weak spot. This is a dangerous sign. Do not drive quickly as long as you have it. Head to your closes service station to get it rectified.
  5. The tyres vibrate when you are driving. While some amount of vibration is common if it gets excessive it means your tyres might not be aligned well. A properly placed suspension could also lead to vibrations. Even if the vibrations are not caused by the tyre, they can cause damage to the tyre resulting in a puncture.
  6. Do not used rebuilt tyres as much as possible. Re built tyres should only be a stop gap arrangement. Rebuilt tyres are not as reliable as new and there is every possibility of them getting a puncture as much as a used tyre.
  7. Another tip that we would like to provide our readers is about the tyre wear differs from wheel to wheel. The front tyres tend to suffer more tyre wear as they need to turn continuously. Rear tyres have deeper treads as they carry more weight and the possibility of wear is higher. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle the tyre wear will probably be shared equally. But in two wheel drive cars, the wheels paired with the transmission suffer more wear and tear.
Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2011, 18:20 [IST]
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