With a close inspection of the wheels of a car, many owners can often find minor damage and cracks. The size of the damage can be as small as a couple of millimeters or several centimeters.
How often should the tires be checked?
If the car owner finds deep chips, he should consider replacing the tires. Many experts recommend checking your tires once a month. The inspection itself will not be difficult and will not take much time, but the car owner will be sure that his car is reliable and safe for operation. And also when examining the wheels, you can identify malfunctions in the suspension itself.
If a lot of cracks are found on the front and side wheels, this may mean that the wheels themselves are not of very good quality and that they are not resistant to temperature changes. In this case, it is worth replacing the tires with better ones.
Damaged wheels can be life threatening
Any tire has its own characteristics, which indicate the maximum speed during the trip, as well as what kind of load it can carry. Damaged tires become dangerous and wear less durable. Therefore, if a maximum speed of 200 km / h was declared in the characteristics of the tires, then in the presence of a large number of cracks, it can drop to one hundred forty or one hundred and fifty kilometers per hour.
Damaged tires can burst if dropped into a deep pit. This situation can also occur at low speeds. A tire ruptured while the vehicle is in motion can cause serious damage to the vehicle, as well as provoke an accident.
How to properly inspect wheels
In most cases, cracks and damage to the tires appear in the shoulder area, since it is this part that receives a lot of stress. The rules of regulatory documents allow the use of tires on which the damage is no more than 0.05 centimeters. They usually look like normal scratches and are not hazardous when operating the vehicle.
If, when inspecting the wheels, running your fingers along the tread, deeper cuts were found, then you should understand that the tires will not be safe when driving and should be replaced with new ones. Do not forget that the rubber on the sidewall of the wheels is thinner, so damage in this area is very dangerous.
On a wheel where the thickness of the rubber compound is maximal, the damage will be less dangerous. Therefore, if there are small cracks on the tread itself, there is no need to replace the wheels with new ones. But if a cord is visible from the cuts, or different sections of the tire are worn unevenly, in this case the wheels should be replaced.