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Wheels and tyre maintenance

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, November 24, 2012

DOES your car pull to one side? Are the tyres worn or uneven? Proper care and maintenance of tyres lead to greater safety, better road holding and improved comfort. It can also save you from the risk of severe penalties and fines.

Tyre care checklist

Follow these simple steps from mynrma.com.au to keep your tyres in good condition:

* Check the pressure weekly, and don't rely on the service station air pump for an accurate reading. Remember, it's best to check your tyres when they're cold. Refer to your owner's manual for the correct pressure for your car.

* Check your tyres are roadworthy. Look at the tread (you can turn the front wheels out to make this easier) and you will see some small bars of rubber running across it at several places around the tyre. If the tread is worn down to any of these bars, a replacement is needed.

* Rotate your tyres regularly to even them out and lengthen their life span. See your owner's manual for guidelines, or check with a tyre specialist or your service centre as some tyres are directional front to back only. Some cars have different width rotational tyres (like exotic sports cars) so each tyre is specific to its position on the car.

How do I change a tyre?

Always follow the driver's handbook instructions and make sure the jack is on firm ground before jacking up your car

* Apply handbrake & chock wheel on opposite side of the car

* Place the jack under your car near the wheel to be replaced

* Loosen wheel nuts with socket wrench or another appropriate tool

* Jack the car up until the wheel is clear from the ground.


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