Tyre Tips

BASIC TYRE CARE & MAINTENANCE

The following are some basic information on tyre care and maintenance to obtain maximum tread life and performance from tyres to ensure maximum operational driving safety according to Silverstone Berhad.
  • Inspect Your Tyres

    Periodically inspect your tyres for cuts, chips, embedded objects or unusual bulges, as a preventive measure to safeguard against sudden and unexpected tyre failure.

  • Ensure Sufficient Tread Depth

    When a tyre's tread wears down to less than 1.6mm, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Tyres have tread-wear indicators which appear across the grooves of the tread pattern when the 1.6mm limit is reached.

  • Check Tyre Inflation Pressure

    Tyre inflation pressures should be checked regularly when the tyres are cold. After checking, ensure that the valve caps are replaced as they provide secondary air seal to keep dirt and moisture out of the valve cores.

  • Rotate Your Tyres

    Regularly rotating your car's tyres will help you achieve more uniform wear and longer overall tread life. Follow your vehicle owner's manual recommendation or as a general guideline, rotate your tyres every 10,000km.

  • Avoid "Tyre Mixing"

    It is advisable to avoid mixing different tyre types due to varying construction. It is also dangerous to mix tyres of different sizes and aspect ratios.

  • Do Not Overload

    Tyres are designed to carry a specific maximum load. Do not exceed this maximum load as it can lead to premature tyre failure. The maximum load capacity can be found on the tyre sidewall.

  • Changing Tyre Sizes

    If you wish to change to a different rim or tyre size, it is best to consult your tyre technician as any change can affect your speedometer readings.

  • Reduce speed during rain

    When driving on wet roads, reduce your speed, as driving too fast can cause tyre to aquaplane (the tyre tread loses contact with the surface of the road due to a film of water).

  • Maintain Correct Air Pressure

    When a tyre's tread wears down to less than 1.6mm, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Tyres have tread-wear indicators which appear across the grooves of the tread pattern when the 1.6mm limit is reached.

  • Spare Tyre

    Most cars today carry a space-saver tyre as a spare. This tyre should be used only to get to the nearest tyre outlet and should not be used over longer distances or speeds exceeding 80kph.

  • Check The Balancing

    If you experience excessive vibration transmitted from the tyres to the steering wheel, get a qualified technician to check the balancing as this can result in an uncomfortable ride and cause excessive mechanical stress on the suspension and steering systems.

  • Check The Alignment

    Hitting a pothole or kerb can affect your car's alignment and result in uneven tyre wear. Have a qualified technician check the wheel alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.

Tyres are the only parts of the vehicles which are in contact with the road. Therefore, safety in braking, steering, cornering and acceleration depends greatly on these four patches of rubber. It is highly recommended that the tyres on your vehicle be checked regularly and maintained in good condition to obtain economic and safe performance.