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Basic car maintenance : How to check the tyres

31 July 2019

Checking the tyres of any car, van, ute and truck is something that should be done periodically. Even though modern tyres hold pressure with reliability, a small leak, puncture, or faulty valve can cause a tyre to lose pressure over time.

A tyre that is low on pressure will wear itself out a lot sooner or split at the side-wall, which will cost you a replacement tyre, so checking them makes sense.

While it would be best to check the specified pressure of tyres every time you fill with fuel, this is impractical, so we recommend this.

A weekly walk around check:
Walk around your vehicle weekly and simply look at the tyres. Tyres that are low on pressure will look a bit "fat" where the tyres are touching the ground, and comparing one tyre to the next in your mind's eye is the easy way to spot a difference. If you see something odd, call Stouch Auto and Mechanical.

A monthly pressure check:
At the vast majority of service stations there is a place where you can check your tyre pressure and add more pressure if needed. The specified tyre pressure is normally displayed on the driver door post. It's not the idea that we teach you how to do that in this article, but suffice, a monthly check is a good idea.

Be aware of awkward steering:
Another giveaway that something is not right with your tyres or suspension adjustment is that the steering does not feel correct. Anything irregular with your steering should be checked. A visual inspection first, a pressure check second and if nothing is found that way, be sure to give Stouch Auto and Mechanical a call.

If you can't keep this schedule up, then do the best you can as noted before a tyre wearing or failing, as this can be costly. If you have any questions call Stouch Auto and Mechanical.

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