Tyre maintenance tips

When you bring your car in for its service we will check the condition of your tyres and report back to you if they need to be replaced. However, in the meantime, it is important to educate yourself about the basics of tyre maintenance.

By law, in Australia, your tyre tread depth must be no less than 1.6mm deep. All tyres come with a tread wear indicators (small bars across the grooves of the tyre). When this is flush with your tread then it is time to replace your tyres.

Click on this link to see how you go about checking the tyre wear indicator.

Another rule of thumb is if your tyres are more than 10 years old, they should be replaced immediately. Even if they still have tread, rubber deteriorates and cracks with age.

Tyres have 4 main functions. To provide grip for braking and acceleration and to maintain steering and directional control.

Get into the habit of:

• Checking your tyre pressure monthly (at the service station air pressure pump) to maximise fuel efficiency and handling on the road. Most passenger vehicle tyres should sit between 32 to 35psi.

• Inspect your vehicle’s tyres regularly, especially before long road trips.

• Rotate regularly. We will do this for you at time of service if we notice any uneven tyre wear, or if there is steering, or wheel alignment issues.

• Don't overload your vehicle.

• Don't wait until your tyres are completely bald to replace them, or install mismatched tyres. Best to replace either the two front, or rear tyres at one time, instead of just one tyre.