Tyre Care Tips
Your tyres will perform well until the day you replace them – if you look after them properly.
However, if you notice your vehicle doesn’t handle or brake how it used to, or if there’s excessive vibration, it could be time for a trip to your local dealer. Rotation, balancing or alignment might help, or it might be time to look at buying a new set.
Here’s some advice on the best ways to look after your tyres:
Check your pressure
Get into the habit of checking your tyre pressure regularly
Rotate your tyres
Ensure that your tyres wear evenly by having your tyres rotated every 10,000 to 12,000km, or every six months
Check your treads
Look at your tread wear patterns regularly
Replace your tyres when needed
Regularly checking and maintaining your tyres will prolong their life, but all tyres will wear out eventually
WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR TYRES
All tyres will eventually need replacing.
How quickly that happens depends on various factors, such as your driving habits, where you live and how well you maintain your tyres.
WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE THEM?
You should inspect your tyres regularly – at least once a month. If you spot any of the issues below, your tyres need replacing:
Tread wear bars: most tyres have tread wear bars - bands of hard rubber that you can only see when your tread depth has gone beyond the limit for safe driving, which is generally 1.6mm.
Uneven wear patterns: you should also check your treads for uneven wear patterns that can indicate other problems with your tyres or your vehicle.
A bulge or a blister on the sidewall of a tyre. These can lead to tyre failure and are potentially dangerous.
A tyre has gone flat due to a blow out.
Lacerations, or other significant damage
You should never repair tyres worn below 1.6mm.