Driving with flat tyres or tyres with the wrong pressure can be detrimental to your Hyundai. With some essential tyre tips from the experts, you’ll know what to look for when checking your tyre pressure, how to assess any damage, and how to inflate your tyres.
Checking your tyre pressure
It’s important to carry out routine pressure checks (around every 2-3 weeks) when the rubber is cold, as this gives a more accurate feel of the pressure. Underinflation or overinflation can increase the risk of losing control of the car, and can lead to uneven wear.
Knowing how to check the pressure can avoid costly repairs. Pressure gauges are available at most petrol and service stations, but keeping one in your car is recommended. Inflate your tyres as follow:
- Make sure you know the recommended pressure level for your vehicle.
- Unscrew the cap on the air valve of your tyre.
- Push the gauge firmly into the air valve and check the reading.
- If the reading is low, use a suitable pump and add small amounts of air at a time.
- Screw the cap back on.
Making visual inspections
Check periodically for damage and general wear and tear. Knowing what to look for is half the challenge; keep an eye out for cuts, bulges and punctures in the tyres. Remember that even if a mark seems superficial, it could lead to a slow leak.
If you notice a puncture, replace the tyre with the spare until you can get to a garage that specialises in Hyundai vehicles.
Making sure there is enough tread
Checking your tyre tread is one of the most important inspections you can make, as worn tyres make your car more prone to accidents. The minimum legal tread depth in Australia is 1.5mm - anything less can extend the time it takes for your car to stop and reduce your grip on the road.
One way to check tread depth is to use a ruler or a match head; if any of the match head shows, it’s time to replace your tyres. Remember that driving with below the minimum tread depth is not only dangerous, it’s also illegal and can incur a fine.
Balancing your wheels
Wheel balancing is important to ensure each wheel makes equal contact with the road. You might notice wheels are unbalanced by vibrations through the steering wheel. Mechanics can ensure your wheels are aligned, to improve car control and fuel consumption when you drive.
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