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Tyre Condition & Visual Tyre Care
They may not always be the first thing you think of when it comes to vehicle safety, but tyres form the only link between your vehicle and the road.
It’s important to give your tyres a visual inspection every month. Simply walking around your vehicle and checking for any cuts, lumps or bulges is extremely important. By checking your tyres in this way on a regular basis, you can help maintain their condition throughout their service life. This means you can prevent having to change them unnecessarily and prevent them failing prematurely.
Impact with potholes, kerbs or other debris on the road can result in external tyre damage. Emergency braking can also damage tyres. If left unchecked, damage to a tyre’s structure could result in an accident.
Check all tyres for the following...
Cuts, Lumps & Bulges
Damage in any form, e.g. cuts, bulges, vibration or air loss, should be examined immediately by a tyre specialist. Such symptoms could be signs of potential tyre failure. These external symptoms could be potential internal tyre damage.
Stones or nails
Make sure your tyres are free from debris. If objects such as stones and nails are not removed when embedded in the tread, they can work into the casing and cause damage – likely to lead to deflation. Any changes to a tyre’s structure, or any foreign bodies that might have made their way into a tyre, can seriously affect acceleration, braking, cornering and control.
Damage from aging
Aging in tyres is a common occurrence. Tyres age even when they are not in use so visual inspections can help identify the common signs of surface cracking or grazing. This occurs on the sidewall of the tyre. Cracking and grazing occurs naturally when the tyre is over exposed to the elements, especially sunshine. To reduce this, it is advisable to only wash tyre sidewalls when necessary. Just use water, or as little ‘car wash’ as possible. Tyres that have been in use for five years or more should be inspected by a specialist at least once a year. It is advised that tyres that have been in use for 10 years or more from the date of manufacture should be replaced anyway. If you feel your tyres maybe aging speak to a Merityre Tyre Specialist for advice.
Oil, fuel or paint
Liquids and substances such as oil, fuel or paint can have a harmful effect on the rubber compounds used in tyres. Such chemicals can cause a reaction with the rubber which can damage the tyre and change its performance. It is common for oil to make the rubber swell. In turn this reduces the pattern grooves and affects the performance of the tyre. Immediate removal with detergent and plenty of water is recommended. Don’t use any harsh chemical to remove substances from your tyres. If you have concerns about how to remove such substances, ask your local Merityre Tyre Specialist for advice.
If you have discovered potential problems with your tyre condition, as a result of your visual tyre checks, find your nearest Merityre Specialists Branch and contact our tyre specialists with any questions you might have.