How to Care for Your Tyres
As a driver, undertaking tyre maintenance is extremely important. It is crucial that you look after your tyres and frequently inspect them for any signs of wear and damage. Your tyres keep you in contact with the road, so it is important to ensure that they are safe and legal. HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres have put together this helpful guide to assist you in looking after your tyres and ensure that they are performing to their full potential.
Cleaning Your Tyres
Cleaning your tyres not only improves the aesthetic of your car, it also helps to lengthen their life, improve braking and allows for better traction. This is because brake dust, which comes from the brake pads, deposits on your tyres and over time begins to accumulate and corrode. Eventually, this can damage the effectiveness of your brake pads and lead to surface pitting.
Here are our tips for cleaning your tyres effectively:
- Wash your tyres separately: Use a separate bucket of water and soap on your tyres so as to avoid spreading the grease and grime from them on to the rest of your vehicle.
- Use a specific cleaning solution for tyres: Coat the wheel and tyre with a cleaning solution that has been specifically designed for tyres. These solutions will usually break down the dust sat on your tyres and will make it easier for you to clean them effectively.
- Scrub your tyres: Using a tyre brush, scrub all the dirt and grime from your tyres. Make sure that you get in to the crevices of the wheel where the brake pads are and always rinse your tyres with clean water afterwards.
- Scrub your wheels: You can purchase a variety of different brushes and tools which can help you to remove all the dirt and dust on your wheels. Follow this by hosing down your wheels with clean water.
- Dry your tyres and wheels: Avoid allowing your wheels the opportunity to rust and dry them off with a clean microfibre cloth.
Checking Your Tyres
It is important to visually inspect your tyres every few weeks to ensure that they are safe and legal. These checks are relatively simple and won’t take too long. You should look and feel the inner and outer areas of your tyre sidewall to help deter the following damages:
- Cuts: Cuts can be caused from general driving damage such as debris in the road or hitting a kerb. No matter how small they appear to be, cuts in your tyre can lead to serious damage and could be extremely dangerous. If you do find any cuts, be sure to take your tyre for an inspection at your local HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres as soon as possible.
- Cracks: Cracks are found in older tyres and are a sign of aging. Most tyres will usually have worn out before they show cracks, however, in tyres that are rarely used or suffer exposure to direct sunlight or salty air, cracking may occur more rapidly. If you do find cracks in your tyre, this means that it is time to have your tyres replaced.
- Bulges: Bulges in the tyre are caused by impact, such as running over a pothole or by driving with heavy loads or on under inflated tyres. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that a bulge in the tyre can be repaired and if you do spot this damage you should have your tyres replaced immediately. Driving on tyres with bulges can result in dangerous tyre failure.
Repairing Your Tyres
Repairing tyres is not a straightforward task as there may be further underlying damage that cannot be seen. By repairing the surface damage, you may miss more serious damage which could be dangerous.
If you have even small doubts about whether or not you can or should repair your tyre, it is crucial that you take it for inspection from a tyre expert.
HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres are specialists when it comes to tyres, so if you do have any worries regarding your tyres visit your local HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres for an inspection. Our technicians will be happy to inspect your tyres and repair or replace your tyres if necessary.