TIRE CARE & MAINTENANCE

  • Follow the manufacturer's or tire company's recommendations for proper inflation pressure.
  • When travelling long distances or at high speeds, increase inflation pressure by 30 kPa (5 psi) over the automobile manufacturer's guideline.
  • Check the air pressure in your tires at least once every two weeks.
  • Tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles. At the same time, this will aid tire wear.
  • Valve cores that have failed should be replaced, and valve caps should always be used.
  • Check the tread depth of your tires on a regular basis. This will aid in maintaining adequate traction on rainy roads. A quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove is an easy way to verify tread depth.
  • Tires that are properly balanced have less uneven wear and last longer. Small weights are attached to the wheels when tires are balanced to reduce vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn.
  • Bleed the tires (lower the inflated pressure) when they're hot. Always wait till they're completely cold.
  • Use tires with tread depths that are less than the permitted limit.
  • Use tires with lesser performance capacity than the ones required by your vehicle.
  • Always rely on the service station's tire pressure gauge. Have your own, as the ones available at service stations could be unreliable.
  • Use rims that are broken, dented, or cracked.
  • Tube can be used to convert bias tyres to radial tires and vice versa.
  • For new tires, use old or repaired tubes.
  • Riding about with a flat or nearly flat tyre can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Don't forget to check the spare when you're visually evaluating your tires!
  • Under-inflated tires that are half-worn or bald can pose major problems for drivers.
  • Even a single pothole can cause alignment issues and have a detrimental impact on your tires. Once a year, have your wheel alignment checked.
  • Make sure your vehicle is not overloaded, as this might cause excessive heat to build up inside your tires.
  • Long distances and high speeds put stress on tires, raising the risk of a blowout. Before such travels, you should go around the vehicle and inspect the condition of your tires.

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READING YOUR TIRE

These are the main parameters for measuring a tire

Section Width -
SW

This parameter represents the outside sidewall distance without taking into account the prominences caused by tire code markings. After the tire has been properly mounted on the reference rim and inflated at the manufacturer's suggested pressure for at least 24 hours without any load, the section width is measured.

Overall Width -
OW

This parameter represents the width of a tire section at its widest point, taking into account all prominent features such as tire code markings, sidewall text, tire brand, and so on. After the tire has been properly fitted on the reference rim and inflated at the manufacturer's suggested pressure for at least 24 hours without any load, the overall width is measured.

Static Loaded Radius - SLR

The vertical distance between the ground and the rotating axis of the tire is indicated by this parameter. It is measured at maximum load with the tire filled to its nominal pressure, properly installed on its reference rim, and according to the load index values.

Section Height –
SH

This parameter represents the tire's vertical section. It is calculated based on the overall diameter less the rim diameter divided by two.

Overall Diameter -
OD

This parameter is measured after the tire has been correctly placed on the reference rim and inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure for at least 24 hours without being loaded.

Static Loaded Width - SLW

The outer distance between the tire sidewalls is indicated by this parameter. It is measured at maximum load with the tire filled to its nominal pressure, properly installed on its reference rim, and according to the load index values.

Load Index -
LI

The load index is a numeric designation that indicates the maximum load capacity of a tire in kg. The loading capacity of each tire type/size is always linked to a certain inflation pressure set by ETRTO standards and manufacturer specifications.

Speed Code -
SC

The speed code is a sign that represents the maximum speed allowed at a specified load index, subject to the tire manufacturer's specific conditions.