Oct 24, 2007

Tire Maintenance

Tire safety involves one of the parts that we often neglected in terms of auto maintenance, we do not care about the condition of our auto tires as long as it keeps our auto rolling or until it came a time when we involve into an auto accident because of poor auto tires performance due to poor tire safety maintenance. Auto tires also deserve to be maintain to maximize the life and performance and to keep the tire safety, before we get aware of the maintenance of tires, first we must look into the basic information about our tires.

Basically there are three types of tires construction, these are the bias ply construction, the bias belted construction, and the radial ply construction. Each has its own advantages in terms of tire safety and performance.

Bias ply tires, the body ply construction is criss-cross over one another angle (on a bias) from the bead (the part that holds the auto tires on the rim) on one side to the bead on the other side. The advantage of this type of construction is that the auto tires flexes easily and gives a smooth, comfortable ride and has a great strength. The disadvantage is that, ply auto tires tend to squirm and scuff off tread rubber as they roll along, it usually wear faster than the other tire construction.

Bias belted tires, it has a bias body plies and a belt that runs around the circumference of the carcass, its features is a combination of bias ply and radial ply auto tires with fabric belts, The advantage of this type is that, it provide good traction in wet or dry weather, it also resist the squirm and road scrubbing, as a result it gives a long mileage with excellent handling characteristics.

Radial ply tires, the body plies run straight across, from bead to bead at an angle of 90 degrees to the center line of the tire-radially to the center of the tire. The advantage is that it gives long mileage, excellent stability, superior traction and good handling due to the belts that hold the thread flat on the road that provides resistance to squirming and scrubbing that is a major factor that contributes tire wear.

How to properly maintain and make the tire safety

When replacing a tire, select a proper tire size and construction that matches the auto manufacturers rim size and rating. Ask your tire dealer what tire size fits with your auto manufacturer rim size.

Most tire damage is cause by wrong inflation pressure, use tire pressure gauge to check your auto tires pressure monthly, an estimated 5% pressure loss occurred every month. Inflation pressure check must be done when the tire is still cold.

Do not run your auto with under-inflated tire it affects tire safety. If the inflation pressure of the warm tires is less than the recommended cold inflation pressure, then the tires is under inflated.

Do not adjust the inflation pressure when the tire is warm, because inflation pressure on tires increase 20% during operation, it will only return back to its normal inflation pressure when it cools down.

Never remove the sealing valve cap installed on your auto tires, as it serves as a supplementary air seal.

Lastly rotate the tires in an interval of approximately every 8,000 km (5000 miles) for radial auto tires and every 5000 km (3000 miles) for bias auto tires. It is important as it will give your tire a longer life and an even auto tires wears.

Do not compromise safety on the road, start by making your car tire safe.

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