How to know when your car needs new tyres? |Carpathy-The Car Doctors!

Your bright & beaming car takes you to your destination. In doing so, your car tires are the ones that are in contact with the sometimes wet, sometimes hot/cold/muddy/rugged terrain while you traverse from point A to point B. It would be safe to say that not too much attention is given by most people in taking care of the car tyres.

Your car tyres need to be in a state of good health to ensure your safety when you drive your car. Not many people know what is the most appropriate time to change their car tyres. Because of the wear & tear which happens over a period of time as it is in continuous contact with the road there need to be periodic checks which need to be scheduled to ascertain the state of wellness of your car tyres.

Riding in your car which has good tyres not only means a comfortable ride & a longer life span, but it also increases the level of your safety when driving. The car tyre’s exterior part is made up of a mixture of natural & synthetic rubber along with carbon black, various oils. The exact composition & percentage of the constituent elements of a car tyre differs from one manufacturer to another. It is kept as a classified information. Hence you cannot choose car tyres on the basis of composition once we have decided to replace our car tyres. We can go with any reputed tyre manufacturer’s brand or if the car manual suggests a specific tyre brand, you must stick to it. Let us understand the signals which can help us to decide when do the car tyres need to be replaced.

  1. Car Tyres getting Punctured frequently:- With continuous use, tyres get worn out hence it becomes easy for pointed objects like broken glass, protruding stones, nails etc lying on the road to penetrate through the tyre’s outer surface which has less tread depth. If your car tyres are getting punctured regularly, it’s probably time to get them replaced.
  2. Car tyre tread depth:- The tread of a tyre refers to the rubber on its circumference that makes contact with the road or the ground. As the tyres are used, the tread is worn off, limiting its effectiveness in providing traction. Tattered or worn out tyres do not get proper grip on roads. To check the car tread depth yourself, you can perform this simple test. Take a 10 rupee coin & put it in the tread. Mark the point on your coin which is line with the car tyre surface. Now repeat this procedure on all the tyres. If the mark is at the same or near-about at the same point for all the tyres and above the threshold value for safety, it means that the car can be driven safely. But if there is considerable difference in the tread depth for 1 of the tyres it means that either that particular tyre needs to be replaced and/or you need to get the wheel alignment and balancing done to check if the camber, castor and toe are in position. Irregular tyre wear and tear happens mostly due to driving on bad roads and the best way to reduce it is by getting the wheel alignment and balancing checked every 3,000 kms or when you notice the car is not able to maintain a straight line.

Using a Tread Depth Gauge:- The tread depth gauge can be to check your car’s tread depth. In India, when the tread has deterred to the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm the tread wear mark appears, it is suggested to refrain from using the tyre after even one tread wear indicator emerges. Because in wet weather/water logging conditions, due to less grip, there is a risk of hydroplaning(car sliding out of control on wet road) involved. Use the simple depth gauge as instructed by its manufacturer and if the indicator points to a value below the critically accepted value, you know it is time to replace it.

3. Wheel alignment & balancing:- If you are unable to drive your car in a straight line & have to constantly use your steering wheel more than what you use on routine days to keep your car heading in the desired direction then you probably need to consult a professional to get your system checked. Probably work needs to be done on the axle, wheel alignment and balancing. A car running with a problematic wheel & axle means a disaster waiting to happen. could also mean one or more tyre of your car needs to be replaced.

4. Distance covered:- Apart from the above factors, you also need to keep a check on the number of kilometres traversed by your car. In normal conditions, it would be prudent to change your car tyres after travelling 35,000 kms to 45,000 kms.

In case you need assistance with fixing your car tyres or anything related to car service, car maintenance or car repairs you may contact Carpathy, a leader and a one stop shop for all kinds of services in the domain of car care.