From celebrity gossip to vehicle tyre news, there is always an element of myth and assumptions in all shared knowledge which is passed on from person to person. Yes, there are ample myths surrounding your car tyres as well. Imagine!
Regularly examining your tyres can grant them an extra lease of life. But with the internet circulating myths as facts, vehicle owners sometimes get confused about the right approach for tyre maintenance. Here we have a list of myths we’re so happy to bust. Let’s get right to it:
1. The TPMS tells you when it’s time for you to change your car tyres
Do you own a high-end car? Then you have definitely heard of this one!
The TPMS or Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is found in most high-end cars today. And it is widely believed that it keeps track of your tyre replacement schedule. Meaning, whenever it is time for your tyres to be changed, your car’s TMPS will issue a warning.
However, the TMPS only keeps track of your tyre’s pressure levels. It does not indicate the wear rate of the tyre or tell you when it’s time for a tyre change.
2. Replace tyres when your mechanic says they are bald
Suppose you go for a quick tyre pressure check at a tyre shop nearby and the mechanic tells you that your tyre’s tread has worn out completely. But you are confused as you haven’t been experiencing any issues. He insists that you get a replacement right away. What do you do? He’s a professional, so he must know what he’s talking about, right? Not always.
Fact: If your tyres haven’t been giving you any trouble and you are sure that there is considerable tread on your tyres, stop. Don’t trust the mechanic blindly. For all you know, he’s just trying to earn a few extra bucks. Look for the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) present in the tyre’s grooves. If your tyre really is balding, the tread will have levelled with the indicator. But if the tread is way off the mark, you just saved yourself some money! Thank us later.
3. To buy in sets of four or not to buy? That’s the question:
It is widely believed that you should buy your car tyres in sets of four.
Fact: Only replace tyres which you are sure are balding or damaged. If your front tyres have considerable tread depth, but your back tyres have suffered significant damage, only replace the latter. Let this replacement guide help you out!
4. Replacing two of your tyres? Get new wheels for your front tyres only
Myth: When you’re replacing two tyres at a time, fit the new tyres on the front rim.
Fact: Your rear wheels add stability to your vehicle. If you compromise on stability, your car can lose control and literally take you for a spin! Especially on wet surfaces. Because your new front tyres will disperse water as expected. But your worn-out rear tyres, which actually assist in stable braking and steering, can lose traction and lift off the damp surface.
5. Wheels with bigger diameter and low profile tyres improve handling
Do you have wheels with a bigger diameter? Use low profile tyres in the fitting. It is believed that this will improve handling.
Fact: Factors such as tread design, section width, and the type of your car play a more prominent role in vehicle handling.
6. Align your wheels only when changing them
Many car owners believe that wheel alignment is a one-time task to be done when replacing one’s tyres.
Fact: You should get your wheels realigned after every 10,000 kilometres travelled, or once a year, whichever happens first. You should also check your wheel’s alignment before a road trip.
Now that you know the fact from the myths, be smart about the way you care for your tyres. And if you’re looking for a tyre replacement, find the right tyre online for your vehicle. Head to the CEAT tyre store to buy tyres online!