Tyre wear: Causes & Symptoms [VIDEO]

Overtime tyre wear is inevitable but there are causes that can speed up the process. In the latest Motoring About video we discuss how regularly maintaining your tyres and wheels will help sustain their maximum lifespan, while also looking into some of the causes and symptoms that could have you changing your tyres over a lot sooner than expected.

Tyre wear video transcript:

Welcome to another episode of Motoring About.

We all have pressure in our lives and a reliable car is an important part of dealing with the demands of family and work.

In this episode, we offer some handy maintenance tips that will help to keep you mobile.

It deals with a very specific type of pressure – tyre pressure.

Monitoring your tyre pressure on a regular basis is one of the easiest things that you can do to lengthen the life of your tyres and reduce the risk of an unwanted blow out.

Did you know that in the space of just one month, your tyres can lose up to 10% of their pressure?

It’s a simple thing to check tyre pressure but it is something that we tend to forget about doing.

Many service stations now have automatic air pumps, so all you need to do is set the pump to the desired pressure and the pump will do the rest.

It’s really that easy.

Be aware however that OVER inflated tyres can cause just as much damage as under inflated tyres so check your car handbook for the correct pressure, or you can usually find a guide on the inside of the driver’s door frame or in the glove box.

Let’s have a quick look at some signs of tyre wear. If the tread is wearing on the edges of your tyre, this indicates the tyre is UNDER inflated.

Not only does this mean your tyres will wear out quicker but it will also increase your fuel usage too.

If your tyres are wearing in the middle, it could mean your tyres are OVER inflated. This will also result in reduced tyre life and adds to the risk of a blowout.

Another sign to look for is “cupping” or “dipping”. This is generally found on the front tyres but can happen to the rear as well. This is a sign of either your wheels are out of balance or there is wear in the steering or suspension. If you think this is happening to your tyres, it’s best to get a professional to check it out for you.

Now if your tyres look like this, it could well mean that your wheels are out of alignment. This type of wear on the tyre can happen very quickly and when you consider the price of replacement tyres, a re-alignment is certainly money well spent.

If you are not sure about the current condition of your tyres head in to your local Repco Authorised Service Centre where the best heads in the business will be happy to advise you.

I’m Karen Prater for Motoring About.

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