To achieve maximum performance from your tyres and the handling of your vehicle it's important that you have the tyres properly inflated. Over-inflated tyres have smaller 'footprints' and produce less traction, but on the flip side under-inflated tyres have decreased durability and life.
Although both cases have their negative side effects, it's important to remember that a minimal variance of 6psi will significantly impair performance. In order for the tyre to have optimum ground contact and to transfer power effectively, a vehicles tyres must be inlflated properly and aligned
- Abnormal tyre wear - centre wear of tread.
- Jumpy ride discomfort.
- Vehicle stability decrease.
- 6 psi under will weaken the tyres internal structure and eventually lead to tyre failure.
- Lower psi create more tyre deflection.
- Tread life can be diminished as much as 25%
- Under-Inflation will also cause irregularities in tyre wear and provide extreme shoulder wear.
- Separation and cord break can happen due to heat build up.
- Poor cornering.
For the correct tyre pressure in your vehicle please refer to the manufacturers handbook or call Goodspanner tyre centre and they will be more than happy to give you the right advice.
Performing a routine tyre inspection yourself cannot only save you time and money it can also save you from having an accident.
Tyres experience a pretty hard life with the whole weight of your car and all the loads they can generate not too mention the conditions of your local roads all mean that the need to continually check your tyres for damage, uneven wear and correct inflation has never been more important.
Tyres that have uneven tyre wear (tread that is wearing in an uneven pattern or more on the outside than the inside) can be signs of under inflation, incorrect wheel alignment or possible suspension damage/wear. If uneven wear exists on your car and the tyre pressures are correct, drop in to one of our centres to have them inspected.
Due to increasing wear and tear on our roads, potholes have become more prevalent. If your tyre hits a pothole this can cause severe sidewall damage. This will generally look like a bubble in the tyre. This is literally a hernia of the sidewall and is extremely dangerous to drive on. If you notice a bubble in the sidewall of your tyre we recommend having it looked at immediately.
Tyre pressures can also be a sign of possible damage to your tyres. If one of your tyres is much lower in pressure than the rest it could be a sign that you have a puncture or a slow leak. These days most punctures can be repaired safely and easily however the most common cause of un repairable punctures is when the car has driven on the flat tyre. This can damage the tyre in a matter of seconds. Be sure if you notice a flat tyre that you either replace it for the spare or pump it back to correct pressure immediately and have the tyre inspected as soon as you can.
Spare tyre inspection. This is something that is very often overlooked and is so important. When you are performing your routine inspection of your tyres be sure to inspect the spare tyre, this includes condition, pressure and all the tools are there required for changing the wheel. We so often see people who get a flat tyre and cannot get it to be repaired because they either don’t have a tool kit for the car or the spare tyre is also flat.