Wheel rotations and balances are recommended every 10,000km, this will prolong your tyres life by up to 20%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- It’s better to slow down with lower pressure over a longer distance than riding the brakes and overheating them from a rapid brake.
- Consider downshifting. Only do this when traction is good. On ice, snow, or rain, downshifting into too low of a gear could cause a skid. Downshifting lets you engine do some of the braking instead of your brakes.
- Clean brakes work better and keeps the temperature down. Use a wheel cleaner from an auto shop, which will clean your wheels and brake components.
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.