How To Prevent Wear And Tear On Your Tires
June 7, 2011
Tires are made out of a combination of rubber, wires, fabric and compound chemicals. They are designed to fit around a rim and protect it. They are inflatable cushions that stand between the rim and the surface being driven on. They enable a vehicle to move and also absorb any shock, keeping the vehicle level.
The first recorded primitive types consisted of a wooden wheel which was surrounded by metal. The pneumatic wheel is said to have been discovered by someone called John Boyd Dunlop. He was helping his son out with his bike when he realized the capabilities of rubber for this application.
Companies specializing in tires began to develop at the beginning of the twentieth century. They began to grow in relation to the expansion of the automobile industry. Now more than one billion are produced every year, making this industry the biggest consumer of rubber on the planet.
They should only be inflated according to the standards supplied by the manufacturer. These instructions will probably be available on the interior of the drivers door. The vehicle should be secured enough to be stable for loading it. If you are going to be driving in loose sand you may want to reduce the pressure.
When tires are over inflated they will show deterioration in the center. If they are under inflated they will have a ridge in them. The front wheels of a four wheel drive are more likely to deteriorate first so you may wish to try rotation. This entails swapping the wheels around on a regular basis to make sure they deteriorate at the same pace. It will also lengthen their lifespan.
Any possible wheel alignment can be picked up if unusual patterns of wear can be seen on tires. This usually occurs in the outer and inner rims. If this happens the car should be sent in to have all of the wheels realigned. In general it is the nature of the terrain being driven on that will determine the extent of the wear. In severe cases retreads are an option, but only really for trucks. Retreading cars is very expensive. In other cases it will need to be replaced.
Traction is another very important aspect to look at when buying them. Traction is defined as the quality of grip that the wheel has to road surface, and is thus a reflection of its safety and stability. Traction is rated based on the vehicles performance in both dry and wet conditions. It is determined by the rate at which it can force water out of its imprint and prevent the vehicle from hydroplaning in wet conditions.
Tires are intrinsic to the safe running of a vehicle. There are various factors that cause them wear prematurely but they do only have a limited lifespan. Some of the issues that cause deterioration over the short term can be rectified, but they generally only last for as long as their surface will allow. Like any other component of a vehicle they should be maintained.
Each technician is fully licensed with at minimum 5 years experience in servicing your truck and/or for any your tire and winter tire needs. The Tire Terminal 1750 Britannia Road East, Mississauga, ON L4W 2A3 (905) 565-8406
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