Extend the life of your car tyres and brakes by following these simple tips.
Cheap tyres are never going to give you incredible mileage. If you plan to keep your car for 2 years or more ask about higher quality tyres and the average amount milage they get. In the long run its usually cheaper per km to buy the quality tyre.
Check your tyre pressure regularly every 2 months for safety and fuel economy. A standard car has a recommend PSI of 32, while a 4WD is 36PSI
Just like a balance, your wheels should be aligned every 10,000km’s also. A perfectly aligned wheel saves on fuel and make for a smooth journey.
It’s better to slow down with lower pressure over a longer distance than riding the brakes and overheating them from a rapid brake. Clean brakes also work better and keeps the temperature down. Use a wheel cleaner from an auto shop, which will clean your wheels and brake components.
Test your shock absorbers by pushing up and down on your bumper and boot a few times and release. If the front / rear of the car bounces a few time before stopping the shocks are likely to be worn out, best to have them checked out buy a specialist.
Wheel rotations and balances are recommended every 10,000km, this will prolong your tyres life by up to 20%.
The tyres on your vehicle each support a different weight loading. Rotating your tyres will ensure that you get a more even wear pattern and extend the life of your tyres. A useful guide is to have your tyres rotated at least every 10,000 kilometres.
Listen to your brakes when driving, they should be quiet. If you hear irregular sounds, especially metallic then its time for an urgent visit to a brake specialist.