3-Main Reasons of Tyre Problems

Avoid Tyre Problems With Better Tyre Knowledge

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Road hazards like potholes, glass and rocks are usually unavoidable. There are, however, three main causes of tyre problems that are avoidable: incorrect inflation pressure, speeding and overloading. Taking precautionary measures to avoid them will ensure safer mobility and longer tyre life.

1.) Under or Over-inflation

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Tyres that are under inflated or over inflated can affect your tyre life, driving comfort, traction and breaking. Under inflation generates excessive flexing of the tyre casing, which results in overheating (mainly in summer), increase of rolling resistance and premature wear. In extreme cases, under inflation can cause tyre damage. Likewise, over inflation can reduce tyre life, reduce grip and create irregular wear.

2.) Driving at Speed

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Driving at speed will cause the tyre a greater build up of heat in tyre & as usual in summer, roads also just make heat out, which can cause tyre damage. It can also contribute to a sudden tyre destruction and rapid air loss if the tyres are not properly maintained or checked. Failure to control a vehicle if a tyre experiences sudden air loss can lead to an accident, but if we properly take care of these things then we can can avoid an accident. If you see any damage to a tyre or wheel, then have it checked by a mechanic or replace the tyre.

3.) Overloading

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To ensure that your tyres are not overloaded, read the load index of your tyres, which is found on the tyre sidewall. Do not exceed the load capacity relative to the load index of your tyre. Tyres that are loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction or puncture. Also follow your manufacturer’s loading recommendations.  Do not exceed the maximum axle load rating for any axle on your vehicle.

How to increase life of the car : Maintenance Tips

The transportation from our home to office or office to home, dropping to school or pick up from school our child are activities and far-off destinations are just a few of the things we depend on our car to do for us. To increase the life of your car, it is important to provide the basic routine service it requires. Though your car can be a complex system of interconnected parts, basic car maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated.

Car Maintenance Tip

  Here are some simple car care tips to keep your car running longer and more efficiently:

  • Change Power Steering Fluid – This part of your car helps you to steer with minimal effort. Be sure to have the power steering fluid changed every 50,000 miles or three years. If your fluid level is low, you may have a leakage problem which will need to be reviewed by an expert mechanic.
  • Check Out Car Engine – To keep powerful and extend engine life, make treatment of your engine. This added lubrication can keep your engine running smoother, providing greater damage protection than oil alone and extends the life of your car’s engine.
  • Exact Rotation Of Your Tires – To keep the amount of wear on tread even, minimize vibration of wheels and prolong the performance of your tires, get your tires rotated regularly. Most professionals recommend a rotation around every 4,000 miles or when you go in for oil changes.
  • Keep Up Tire Pressure – Having the right amount of pressure in the tires of your car can stop poor mileage, tire blowouts or uneven damages. Because a change in temperature can have bad impact in tire pressure, it is important to check tire pressure with extreme weather changes, or to be on the safe side.
  • Be careful of Brakes – This is the most important to stop your vehicle, therefore the maintenance of brakes is most important. Keep checking out them twice or thrice in a year by a professional mechanic & be aware of the signs like delayed response when pushing on your brake pedal, the brake light appearing on your dashboard or any high-pitched harsh grinding sounds.
  • Regularly Change Oil – Oil is the lifeblood that keeps engine components in good working condition by reducing friction and damage. Change your car engine oil about every three months, or read out the manual which the manufacturer’s recommended for oil change. This will confirm you are doing your part to maintain the oil changes your car needs. Always be sure to check for proper oil levels when you are going or planning for any long trip.
  • Replace Engine Coolant – In order to keep your engine running efficiently, engine coolant removes excess heat. It depends upon the type of coolant you purchase, most antifreeze or engine coolants can last from 30,000 – 50,000 miles, or about three years. You can check your engine’s level by locating the plastic coolant repository under your hood.
  • Replace Air Filter – The air filter prevents airborne contaminants from being pulled into your car’s engine. Because damage or any scratch is dependent on amount of driving, regular highway drivers should have their air filters replaced about every 15,000 miles to improve fuel economy, emissions and performance. Another way to improve fuel economy is by using an engine treatment product.

 

Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/yourfamily/newsletter-featured-articles/maintenance-tips-to-keep-your-car-running-longer/article_df06f3b7-8547-54c2-8735-852e2b8a4864.html

 

Car brake problems and maintenance

Nothing stinks worse than having brake trouble and getting taken for a ride by your mechanic. Get the best information on brake repair so you do not get scammed at the workshop. The braking system is a complex system which needs proper maintenance and care over the lifetime of your car.

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Before you start work, make sure you have a good repair manual. We recommend step-by-step instructions on changing your brakes. Your car’s brake system is a complex grouping of parts which serve a critical role in keeping you safe. No other system in the car is as important for your safety. Keeping your brake system in tip-top shape should be your top priority.

Common problems:

• Wear: The braking system does a lot of work and the brake pads take the brunt of the punishment. It is a good idea to have you brake pads checked every 6 months or when you suspect a problem. Symptoms include squeaking, grinding, or increased stopping distance. Most pads have a thin metal tab which vibrates against the rotor when the pads wear down to a dangerous level.

• Warped Rotors: More common in newer cars, but possible on all disc brake systems. Rotors warp due to being overheated or incorrect tightening of the wheel. A warped rotor will give a pulsing feeling when applying the brakes. This pulsing can be annoying and dangerous.

Preventive Maintenance:

1. Avoid “riding” your brakes. It’s better to slow down with moderate pressure and then releasing the brake to cool, than riding the brakes and overheating them.

2. On steep grades consider downshifting to save your brakes. Only do this when traction conditions are good.

3. Keep your wheels and braking system clean. Clean brakes work better and keep temperatures down. Use a good wheel cleaner which you know if safe for your wheel finish.

What to discuss with your mechanic:

• Some shops will try a temptation and switch or find other parts which “need” to be replaced.

Mechanic should clean all the components of the brake system to ensure a dust and squeak free job.

• All bolts including lug nuts should have anti-seize compound on the threads to prevent them from rusting fast and causing headaches down the road.

• Have your mechanic use an anti-squeak compound on the back of the brake pads. This keeps the pads from vibrating and annoying you to no end. There is spray and paste forms, with the paste working better for me.

• Insist on seeing the pads they removed from your car. There is no use paying to replace something that doesn’t need to be replaced.

• Do you need the lifetime brake pads? Well that depends on how long you will keep the car and how many rotors you plan on buying in the next few years.

Safety is important to you and your family. Stay safe by educating yourself. When you think you have a brake problem, take it to be checked by a mechanic you trust, for your family’s sake.

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