Tire Lifespan: Factors that reduce a tire’s life

A tire’s lifespan differs depending on the recommendations of car manufacturers and tiremakers. Their
opinion might depend upon the material used or how each tire is made. No one really knows when a tire
is already in need of replacement. Some carmakers, such as Ford, Nissan, and Mercedes-Benz,
recommends their tires to be replaced six years post production date. On the other hand, tire
manufacturers like Michelin say that a tire can possibly last up to 10 years, considering annual
inspections and maintenance.

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There may be recommendation by manufacturers, but certain factors can also be a reason for a tire’s
lifespan to drastically reduced. Here are some of these factors:

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Where to check for rust

Carmakers and manufacturers may offer buyers rust guarantee on their cars, the weather and the way
cars are stored may still take a toll on your vehicles. If rusts easily bother you, here are the places you
need to check in your care for these are where rust usually start to build up:

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 Wheel arches and wings. Car experts may coat this area more with paint as this is the part
where debris and water splashes usually are collected. This is the area most prone to rust,
especially during rainy season when you can’t keep your vehicles dry.
 Around the window sills. It is apparent that window sills on cars usually have seals that keep
water off the metal parts but overtime, these seals may perish. To ensure that no rust would
start building gup, always check the condition of your seals.
 Under the hood. This part of the car may be less likely to be exposed to factors that could cause
rust but moisture from the weather can still seep in through the hood. It is best to check this
part or the rust build up might escalate.
 Wheel rims. Like the wheel arches, wheel rims are more likely to be a target of road debris and
water sprays from the road. This is the easiest part to spot rust from though so it wouldn’t be
that hard to check it regularly.
 Chips, dents, and surface repairs. Dents and chips can expose the metal part of the car more
and this will cause the material to rust faster that it does with paint on. Make sure to cover chips
up immediately to prevent dent rusts.

Rust is inevitable especially when you drive your car under different weather and exposing them to rain
and sunlight too much. Also, living in coastal areas makes your car more prone to rust. Better call up an
expert to give you advice on what you should do in case rust starts to buildup on certain parts of your
car.

Checking and Filling your Tires

Some of us are too busy to even check the condition of our wheels before we head out to our office,
schools, or trips. However, not checking your tire’s pressure condition can lead you to an unsafe
experience on the road. The right amount of pressure put in a tire will make your ride smooth sailing
and wouldn’t cause bgger hassle to the driver and the passenger.
Your car has a sticker located on the driver-side door jamb that indicates the proper inflation level of
your car’s wheels. If you can’t see it there, your vehicle’s manual surely has it indicated. You may be
confident in not checking your tire’s condition because looking at it, it wouldn’t seem to be visibly flat.
However, you must use a tire pressure gauge to actually know the correct pound per square inch (psi)
reading of the tire’s pressure.

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Tips in filling your tires

Before filling your tires, make sure the weather it is cold for a more accurate psi reading. Higher
temperature can cause a higher psi reading. Try finding shades or less hot places to check on your tires’
psi reading. In filling the wheels, here’re what you should be doing (DeGraff):

 In the shade or just away from the heat as possible, pull your car in a level surface.
 The tires’ valve stems must be removed
 Firmly press the tip of the tire gauge on the tire’s valve stem for a brief moment
 If the tire gauge provides a psi indicating unrealistically low or high reading, you will need to
repeat the previous step, ensuring that the gauge is attached properly to the valve stem.
 If the psi reading is higher than the manufacturer-recommended rating, press the gauge tip on
the valve stem until air leaks out. Check tire pressure again.
 If the psi reading is lower than recommended, start filling your tire with air. To fill it, firmly press
the air-hose tip to the valve stem. If you hear air leaking or spraying out, double check the
connection of the hose and the valve stem, and make sure they’re secure
 Check the pressure few times after filling of letting out air to ensure accurate reading.
 Replace the valve dust caps.

If you do not have the right equipment for filling or simply checking your tire’s pressure, better bring
them to the nearest mechanic that can diagnose your car more properly. However, never drive on a flat
tire as it is very dangerous.
Make sure to do these steps regularly. It wouldn’t only help you maintain your tire’s condition properly
but it would also save you from bigger spending on car mishaps due to tire failures.

Common Car Suspension Problem

The car suspension is responsible for giving you a smooth car ride. It is a part of a car which maximizes
the friction between the tires and the road’s surface, providing steering stability for your car ride
comfort. However, no matter how modern and innovated the design of a car suspension is, with how it
is used, problems are still likely to occur. From the daily pounding from street potholes, bumps, rain, and
taking in too much debris from the road, your car suspension can wear out and break. Being the part
that is most abuse for driving every day, how do you tell when a problem is already affecting your car
suspension? Here are signs your suspension might be in need of fixing:

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 Poor wheel alignment. A misaligned tire might cause it to wear out more easily. Potholes and
huge bumps usually cause the wheels to knock out from alignment. If your wheels aren’t aligned
for toe-in, camber and caster, your steering would have a hard time staying center and your tire
wear will increase drastically.
 Shock absorbers. When your car suddenly bounces more after a bump or a pothole, there might
be a problem with your shock absorber. The shocks has fluids that dampens the bouncing so
when it starts to leak, the car suspension performance will start to weaken.
 Struts. A knocking sound after going through bumps on roads indicates a problem with the car’s
struts. This might risk the safety of your car so better get it checked by the mechanic right away.
 Springs. Springs are responsible for holding your car’s weight. If your car has one corner lower
than the other, this might indicate a damaged spring. Clunking noises over bumps can also be a
damaged spring sign.
 Ball Joints. The ball joints absorb shock from the up and down movement of the car. An
indication that the ball joint is need of replacing is a squeaking and creaking sound, especially
hearing it while turning.
 Control arms. This is responsible for holding your wheels to the frame and connecting the, to
the steering. Clunks and rattles, and loose and inaccurate steering is a sign of worn out control
arm.

If you know your way around cars, even to the smallest part, you better be sure you know how to fix
problems for your car suspension. If not, better take them to a car doctor asap. Make sure you fix these
problems immediately to ensure you a comfortable and safe car ride.