5 recommendations for changing your vehicle’s tires
How do you know it’s time to change your tires ? There are many signs that can be interpreted as failures in the functionality of your tires and a possible deterioration in their composition. That’s why it’s important that in addition to the routine inspection you do on your own, you seek expert advice .
Consider that changing your tires will not only allow you to avoid incidents on public roads, but also to preserve the integrity of your vehicle for longer.
For this reason, at Liqui Pneus , we present you with our best recommendations to make your tire change a user-friendly, practical and efficient process.
You are ready ? Let’s get started!
1. Perform a periodic inspection to measure the level of wear
How to measure tire wear ? In general, the service life of tires is between five and ten years.
However, you should constantly check that the level of tire wear does not exceed 1.6 mm. If your tires have these characteristics, it is time to change them.
The wear of the tread is between 40,000/50,000 km/h traveled, although this also depends on the quality of the materials with which they have been made. This is why it is essential to invest in good quality tires, not only to make them last longer, but also for safety reasons.
It is very disturbing to know that a considerable percentage of annual road accidents are due precisely to tires in poor condition. An accident caused by worn tires is nothing but an act of negligence.
2. Identify factors that can affect tire functionality
Although the main reason for changing tires is wear, remember that this is not the only factor that affects their deterioration. Driving on a perfectly paved road is not the same as driving over mountainous terrain or over potholes that have not been repaired.
This can lead to premature tire wear, which in the worst case will significantly reduce their usefulness.
Also, be sure to check for damaged areas or uneven tread wear.
In a tire wear chart , we could identify up to four types:
- The heel
- In the central part
- On one side of the tire
- Both sides of the tire
Change tires in winter
To talk about changing tires , it is necessary to explain that there are three main types of tires: winter tires, summer tires and all-season tires.
As part of the city’s regulations, it is stipulated that with the onset of winter, the law obliges motorists to carry out a tire change . This is to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
All-season tires can be used during this season, but their quality and condition must be carefully considered.
For more information, read our article: When to change winter tires in Quebec?
3. Put your knowledge into practice: What are the steps for a tire change?
Let’s take a short break from the general recommendations and dedicate this section to the steps to follow when changing a tire .
Obviously, when this procedure is carried out in your trusted workshop, you can be sure that you are in a safe and suitable environment to carry out this procedure.
Even when you’re doing the tire change inside your garage, although that’s not the ideal environment, let’s say at least we’re in a controlled space.
Changing tires is something every new and experienced driver should know.
Therefore, during your preparation as a new driver, you have probably found it necessary to learn how to handle your vehicle’s wheel and tire system. It is clear that this is knowledge whose impact goes beyond what is taught to pass an exam.
This is why we invite you to put your knowledge into practice, which can no doubt help you resolve an emergency situation. In summary, to replace a tire on your vehicle, follow these steps:
- Loosen the nuts with a cross wrench
- Raise the car using the hydraulic jack
- Remove the nuts counterclockwise
- Install the new tire aligning the bolts with the holes in the rim
- Replace the nuts and tighten them
- Tighten the nuts as hard as a torque wrench will allow
But what happens in an emergency?
Be sure to bring everything you need to change a tire in case of an emergency
This is a universal rule rather than advice. Every responsible driver should carry the following:
- Spare tires
- A hydraulic jack
- A cross key
- wedges to stabilize the car
- Torque wrench
Although we dare to call changing tires a routine procedure, the truth is that it can take us by surprise and become a headache on the road.
Even if the tires are in good condition, it is difficult to predict unexpected situations such as chemical spills, the presence of inconspicuous obstacles or the intrusion of sharp objects
Therefore, the main thing is to always be ready for unforeseen events, of course, before they happen.
This leads us to think that it will always be better to anticipate that these inconveniences take us by surprise on the road, which is why we invite you to keep your vehicle in order and carry out periodic reviews. All this with the aim of increasing your well-being, your comfort and your safety at the wheel.
With that in mind, let’s continue with the recommendations.
4. Your driving habits matter
Based on the above, it is necessary to emphasize the importance of your driving habits. Mismanagement of the vehicle can shorten not only the life of your tires, but also that of the engine, the dashboard and other elements essential to the proper functioning of the vehicle.
Therefore, try to avoid sudden starts or driving above the speed limit stipulated on your tires. Also, use a tire model equal to that shown on your vehicle, i.e. having the same dimensions and capacities.
This same reason should lead you to pay attention to the signals given by your vehicle. If you suddenly feel discomfort in controlling or moving the vehicle, DO NOT LET GO.
Lack of tire pressure or improper installation when changing tires can be risky for you and yours. With that in mind, remember that there is no substitute for a professional review .
5. Change tires with the help of a professional
Many people have the ability and skills to perform some vehicle servicing and maintenance activities themselves. However, there are always small details that can be overlooked when we are not professionals in the field.
To avoid any inconvenience in this regard, incorporate professional service into your routine activities. We are sure that with this and with the necessary care, you will feel safer than ever, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes that the city offers us.
That’s why with Liqui Tires you don’t have to worry, we have excellent quality tires and rims at incredible prices ! We have a wide variety of new and used tyres, under the Take Off/Change Over modality.
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