rEb8_XZcUQrBxBfG3wkSsHdRA0w February 2016 | TIPS FOR YOUR CAR l cartips2u

The best solution is to check your tires...

Tyres often get damaged or go flat, but in some cases this can be avoided. Checking tyre pressures and making sure that the valves and tyre wall aren’t damaged can help prevent accidents and inconvenience.

Tyre failure can be a stressful and frustrating experience. As well as the possibility of having an accident if you have a blowout, there is the expense of having the tyre replaced and the inconvenience of not being able to get where you wanted to go. Tyre problems account for around 10% of all breakdowns, but there are some simple things you can do to avoid them.

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One of the easiest ways to keep your tyres in shape is to make sure the pressures are correct. It is recommended to check once a month, as both over and under inflation can cause damage. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption and tend to overheat, causing damage to the structure of the tyre. Over inflation causes uneven wear and reduces grip. Buying a pressure monitor or gauge is a simple way to check tyre pressures at home.

Valves
A common cause of a flat or underinflated tyre is a faulty valve stem. Valves can be damaged by dirt or get worn out, but are surprisingly simple to replace. A wide variety of valves are available online, including angled, chrome sleeve and tubeless varieties, as well as tools for fitting them.

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