The climate and road conditions in Dubai can be tough on both cars and tires.How do I know when to change my tyres in Dubai? Most motorists I know take a lot of pride in their wheels, washing, buffing and polishing them till they shine. However, few pay attention to the tyres that actually keep the vehicle on the road. They may spend a lot on premium brands of tires like Pirelli and Continental to go with their stylish wheels. However, they wait till the tyres are bald or they get a puncture to change their tires. Motorists can make fuel last a lot longer and keep their vehicles in better condition if they check and change their tires when needed. Tires that are checked on a regular basis last longer and make both short and long journeys a lot smoother and more comfortable.
Here are a few signs that you may need to check or change your tires:
- Underinflation: Tires are visibly underinflated. This may indicate a slow leak due to a small puncture or need for inflation.
- Puncture: Even a novice motorist recognizes a puncture. The first thing to do when you get a puncture is to move the car to a safe place, park it, use the jack and warning triangle that is kept in the boot for such situations and proceed to change the tires. Once the tire has been replaced, proceed to the nearest garage or service center to ensure that the correct torque has been applied and the tire has been inflated to the appropriate pressure.
- Bald tires: When your tires are bald, you will not need a tire tread depth indicator to inform you that you need to change your tires. However, life on the road is a lot safer if you change your tires before you reach this stage. The recommended tread depth which tires need to be changed is 1.6 mm. Driving on slick and wet surfaces is more demanding and the tread depth should be more for negotiating such terrain. The staff at the garage would happily check this for you for free if you are a regular customer and tell you if your tire tread depth is less than the legal limit or make driving risky.
- Old Tires: Tires start aging from the moment they are dispatched from the factory as they are made of chemical components that are affected by factors like temperature and conditions of storage. You may think you are using new tires, but if they have been in storage for a long time before you started using them, this will definitely have an impact on their life on the road. If you have been using your tires for more than five years, they should get a thorough check at least on an annual basis.Tires that have crossed 10 years from the date of manufacture definitely need to be replaced even if they have not been used or appear to be in good condition.
- Damage to tires: Visible cuts and deformations definitely need to be inspected by a trained tire professional. He will advise you as to whether the tire can be fixed or needs to be replaced after a complete internal and external examination.
- Uneven wear: Signs of uneven wear whether it is at the center or on the edges my point to a problem with the wheel alignment or the suspension. You need to contact your nearest garage if you notice irregular wear.
- Use of Wrong Tires: Using tires from different manufacturers or of different sizes can have a negative impact on the stability and quality of the ride. Using tires meant for trucks on passenger cars or those for sedans on SUVs can also cause a bumpy ride. Make sure you choose the tires for your vehicle based on recommendations from a trained professional.
- Sidewall Issues: A visual check of the sidewall is adequate to identify cuts or grooves that may indicate that a tire may be getting a puncture. Err on the side of caution and replace the tire.Bulges and blisters too need attention.
- Vibrations in the steering: Vibrations while steering the car may mean that the tires need to be rebalanced, rotated or replaced.
- Dry Rot: If the tires have little cracks all over them, that means the rubber in the tires is slowly deteriorating. This can cause tires to fall apart and it is better to replace the tires if you identify such an issue.
Make sure you choose a garage in Dubai that is staffed by competent tire technicians who know the difference between tires that are still serviceable and those that need to be changed to ensure maximum safety on the road. They should be able to answer your questions on How do I know when to change my tires in Dubai?. There are plenty of garages and service centers in Dubai in areas like Al Quoz and Rashidiya. Those that provide training to staff to ensure they are up to speed on the latest techniques and machinery are however rare.