Many vehicle users pay less attention to the condition of their vehicle’s tires. In fact, tires are the only component in the vehicle that connects them to the road surface. Tires play an important role, starting with supporting the weight of the car, starting and stopping the car, and controlling the direction of the car on the road. The tires also have the function of damping the vibrations received by the car with the suspension system.
Therefore, tires must be considered and maintained, especially now that the rainy season has entered. Tire treads that are worn are very easy to feel aquaplaning where the tire loses grip because the tire tread is not able to split through water when it hits a puddle.
To make it easier for Toyota vehicle users, Auto2000 offers seven convenient steps for vehicle tire maintenance.
1. Maintain tire air pressure
The main priority is to check the tire air pressure at least once a week. Tire air pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations ensures that the tread of the car’s tires gets optimum grip or treads on the asphalt during the rainy season.
2. Check the tire tread
Also check the tire tread when checking the air pressure. The tread depth of the tire is indicated by a bulge in the groove of the tire called the tread wear indicator (TWI). Change the tire when the mark is level with the height of the tread. The location of the TWI is at several points on the tire which are usually also accompanied by a triangular mark.
Also check the level of wear over the entire surface of the tire. Uneven tire wear is an indication of a problem in the suspension or steering area.
3. Tire wall inspection
Also check the sidewall of the tire for potential damage such as tears or lumps. If it is damaged, replace it with a new one, even if the tire tread is still thick. Usually, car tires inflate due to insufficient air pressure, then hit hard objects such as rocks, pavement, and holes so that the walls of the tire bend, causing the wires to break. reinforcement of the construction on the side of the tire.
4. Beware of car rims
The rim task is quite heavy because it supports the performance of car tires. If a problem is detected, such as a cracked rim flange, it is almost certain that the car tire has been subjected to very high pressure and has the potential to be damaged. A damaged rim also changes the balance of the tire, even if it is too heavy to need to replace the car’s rim.
5. Rotation of car tires
Rotation allows all tires to “feel” the same task so that the level of tire wear is evenly distributed. In particular, the front tread tends to wear out faster because it is the one that retains the biggest stain when the car is in motion. The tire rotation process should involve a spare tire if it is the same size as a standard tire. AutoFamily can rotate tires easily, especially during regular maintenance every 6 months at the Auto2000 workshop.
6. Spooring and balancing
Spooring restores the geometry of the entire tire to match the manufacturer’s requirements and ensures proper functioning of the car’s struts, both suspension and steering. While balancing balances all four wheels so that they can turn properly without vibrations that reduce driving comfort. This process should be left to an Auto2000 repair technician who has a wear balancing facility.
7. Periodic maintenance at the Auto2000 workshop
Regular maintenance at Auto2000 repair shops restores vehicle performance to keep it reliable on the road. Avanza owners, in particular, can take advantage of the promotion of Toyota’s Flexi service for cost-effective service when needed. There are brake service packages from Rp 226,000, tune up packages from Rp 336,000, AC service packages from Rp 215,000 and wiper sets + wiper fluid from Rp 18,000. Terms and conditions apply, please use this promotion through Auto2000 Digiroom. (S-4)