Leading Causes of Tyre Damage

Leading Causes Of Tyre Damage

May 17th, 2024 by harlalka

At times, the tyres of your car could be damaged by simple errors in the way you are using them and are, thus, eminently avoidable. You must maintain the right inflation pressure in your car tyres and ensure that the heat buildup is appropriate too. Both these steps are important for prolonging the life of your car tyres. You need to choose the right tyres with regard to how you intend to use them and also maintain the overall vehicle in proper shape so that your costs per mile are reduced.        

Inflation pressure

The weight of the load put on a car tyre is borne by the air within it rather than the tyre itself. This is why it is so important that you make sure that the air pressure within the car tyre is at the optimum level. Doing so will also make sure that the tyre performs properly. Ensure that you follow the instructions of the tyre manufacturer when it comes to setting the air pressure in the tyre at the highest load/pressure specification. If the tyre is underinflated it would cause it to be deflected and severely so.

This will also increase the heat level and that way the tyre will fail before it ideally should. If it is overinflated its natural deflection would be restricted and this too would cause the tyre to fail prematurely.

Heat buildup 

Heat is the biggest enemy of a car tyre and there are several reasons why it can get hot. When a tyre rotates underneath the weight being put on it by the vehicle and the load that it is carrying it deforms and recovers repeatedly. This generates a whole lot of energy. When this energy gets released it leads to the buildup of heat and this makes it more vulnerable to wear, structural fatigue, and cuts. The amount of heat being built up in a car tyre depends on several factors such as the following:

  • underinflation
  • aggressive cornering
  • overloading
  • badly maintained or poorly designed roads
  • high speeds
  • not following tyre specifications while using it
  • harsh braking
  • seasonal effects

The commonest mistakes people make in these cases may be enumerated below:

  • overinflating and underinflating
  • neglected road maintenance
  • exceeding the tyre’s load capacity
  • poorly designed roads like steep roads
  • driving at speeds higher than the designated load/speed capacity of the tyre
  • ignoring seasonal considerations
  • non-professional driving style such as aggressive cornering and harsh braking

Vehicle maintenance 

The way you maintain your vehicle determines whether your car tyres are functioning efficiently or not. If the machine is not performing well it can cause significant damage to the tyres as well. So, if you do not maintain your car regularly it can reduce the life of the tyres significantly and also incur the costs you incur while operating the same. If the tyres are not aligned properly the tread would be separated, increased, or it would suffer inconsistent wear and tear.

At times, this can affect the tyre vibration as well!

You must select the right tyre as doing so will make sure it lasts a long time. 

The four most important points, in this case, are tread pattern, tyre construction, compound and TKPH (tonne kilometres per hour), and load-speed index. The tread pattern of a car is designed in such a way that it can produce different degrees of traction, wear, cut, heat resistance, and floatation. The three most prominent types of construction in this case – radial, solid, and base – all have their pros and cons, and you must choose among them based on your needs. TKPH and compound determine how long a tyre lasts.

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