Visual Tyre and Wheel Inspection

Visual Tyre and Wheel Inspection

As cars are driven frequently on roads, tyres go through wear and tear. They can get scratched by rubbing against corners and pavements and the tread can wear out due to turning and maneuvering around curves and bends. Variable steering, acceleration, braking pressure, road conditions, age of suspensions can impact the tread and it can lead to wearing of tread in one area more than the other such as on the inner side. Tyre misalignments also cause variable use of tyres and lead to increase in fuel consumption and reduction in tyre life.

In Australia it is legally mandated that the minimum tread thickness of on-road vehicles be 1.5mm. There are Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) to indicate if this thickness has been breached or not. So a visual inspection of your tyres by a trained tyre mechanic can provide a lot of information about their health including.

  1. Air pressure status
  2. Tread wear out
  3. Any perforations, damages and ballooning within tyres.
  4. Tyre misalignments.

In addition to tyres even the wheels get damaged due to impact and collisions.

According to Wikipedia – “A drive wheel is a roadwheel in an automotive vehicle that receives torque from the powertrain, and provides the final driving force for a vehicle”.

Wheels support the tyres around the axles and distribute the body weight equally on all four tyres. Wheels also connect to brake pads and healthy wheels ensure good braking. Visual inspection of wheels after a wash can indicate if all the nuts and bolts are fitted properly and are not broken in any way as well as identifying cracks or damages to the wheel itself.

Alloy wheels tend to be more strong and safe than steel wheels and if you cars came pre-fitted with steel wheels it is important that it is regularly inspected every year from 4th year onward. Sturdy wheels ensure safety of car and its passengers.

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