Tyre Damage is a term used to define the wear and tear that forms on tyres due to wear and abrasion. This usually happens due to the friction that occurs between the tyre and another surface during motion. The outcome is typically those familiar black lines, known as ‘shark’ teeth, which gradually appear over time until only the steel belts are visible below.
The appearance of this pattern can take years, depending on how much abuse your particular car takes from you! It is not always straightforward identifying tyre damage as it may be camouflaged by camber angle; we recommend viewing your 4×4 Tyres Swadlincote from above – where possible – rather than at an angle – say, if they’re against a wall or barrier.
- Tyre damage also relates to the sidewalls of tyres that have weakened due to excessive heat, which is usually a result of overloading, underinflation or incorrect wheel alignment.
- The reason for tyre failure can be embarrassing, especially if it happens when you are stopped at traffic lights. More often than not, it is because an object has penetrated the tyre and lodged itself between the inner liner and outer tread, causing wear on both sides simultaneously.
What causes tyre damage?
The common causes of tyre damage include:
- Overloading and overinflating tyres (which can both lead to overheating and sidewall failure in extreme cases
- Alignment issues, such as when the steering wheel is not centralized after a collision or when one wheel is aligned more than another, can result in uneven wear patterns.
- Improper maintenance (which may involve failing to replace the spare tyre after using it for any reason). Another example of incorrect maintenance would be leaving your handbrake on overnight. This will cause excessive abrasion of the inside edge of all four tyres, resulting in their failure.
- Using incorrect or contaminated lubricants during a service at a petrol station or garage results in the brake linings or engine parts being lubricated instead of your Car Tyres Swadlincote.
When should you replace the tyre?
Any time it is damage, puncture, cut or has a nail/object lodged in it, which causes the tyre to deflate.
Suppose you find yourself having to drive on an improperly inflated tyre for more than two weeks due to a flat repair or spare tyre replacement. Driving on an underinflated vehicle will cause the vehicle’s fuel economy to drop by 6% and can significantly increase wear on suspension components. Regularly check both tyres and spare so you know they are all roadworthy.
When should you get your tyres check?
You can bring your car in anytime to have your tyres inspected. If you’re unsure, bring it in as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
How much does tyre damage cost?
The average cost for a complete set of new tyres can range from $500 – $800 depending on the make and model of your vehicle, whether you want alloy wheels or not, where you purchase them; plus, what’s include (tread wear warranty etc.). Your local tyre expert will be able to give you exact pricing based on the products they offer. They can also recommend suitable brands if it is time to upgrade (and why wouldn’t it be?).
What is the difference between hard and soft sidewalls?
There are three types of tyre construction: radial (most common), bias-ply (used almost exclusively on rear wheels) and bias-belted (specialized tyres with extra strengthening fabric). Radial tyres tend to give better fuel economy but aren’t as durable; Bias-ply last longer but aren’t as fuel-efficient.
How long does a tyre last?
It depends on how you drive and maintain your tyres! If you stick to sensible speeds and don’t overload your car, you’ll likely get between 30,000 miles and 70,000 miles from a set of new tyres. Remember, though; this is only a guide as bad weather and road surfaces can dramatically affect the lifespan of your tyres. So if you regularly drive through flood-affected areas or along gravel roads, we’d recommend putting aside some extra money to keep yourself covered.
What do I need to know about tyre repair?
It’s fine to continue using your car for short distances on it with a punctured tyre . Remember that they won’t be very safe – especially at high speeds – and will wear out quickly. Your best bet is to invest in a spare wheel and tyre. Changing a wheel isn’t too hard to do, but it’s advisable to see a tyre expert if you’re not sure.