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Tyres

Tyres are one of the most important features of your car and usually one of the most ignored. This is a fact that disturbs you when you consider - how well your car reacts under:

*acceleration

*braking

*steering

*cornering

*ride quality

*fuel consumption

*transmitted road noise

All of which is effected by the tyres that you have fitted and the grip that they have on the road (just to make you a bit more nervous - remember that the foot-print of each tyre is roughy the same size as your own foot print.)

There are a few basic steps you can take to ensure that your tyres remain in a safe and operational condition.

Always keep tyre pressures at the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer and published in your handbook or on the vehicle, some even have it on the back of the fuel filler door.

Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a fortnight.  Never check the tyres pressures when they are hot - air expands and can give a reading increase of up to 5 psi.

Remember to check the spare wheel.

If your car develops a "shake" through the steering as you increase speed, there is a problem and it requires correction. This may only be due to a wheel balance issue. 

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