This section provides an understanding of the many factors essential to proper tyre care and service of vehicles.
At least once a month, inspect your tyres closely for signs of uneven wear.
Uneven wear patterns may be caused by improper inflation pressures, misalignment, improper balance or suspension neglect. If not corrected, further tyre damage will occur. (See examples)
Most likely, the cause can be corrected at your tyre dealer/seller or other service facility. If you find a problem and correct it in time, your tyres may be able to continue in service.
Certain uneven wear patterns may indicate that the tyre has suffered internal structural damage and requires the immediate attention of your tyre dealer/seller.
Always remove tyres from service when they reach a remaining tread depth of two thirty-seconds of an inch (2/32"). If not corrected, wet weather accidents are more likely to happen due to skidding on bald or nearly bald tyres . Also, excessively worn tyres are more susceptible to damage from road hazards.
|Built-in treadwear indicators, or "wear bars," which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread, will appear on the tyre when that point of wear is reached. When you see these wear bars, the tyre is worn out and it's time to replace it.|
Inspect your tyres frequently. Look for any stones, bits of glass, metal or other foreign objects wedged in the tread. These may work deeper into the tyre , cause air loss and allow moisture into the tyre structure, both of which can lead to tyre failure.
If any tyre
continually needs more air, have it taken off the vehicle and checked
to find out why it is leaking. Damage to the tyre , wheel or valve may
be the problem.
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Information displayed on the tyre sidewall