Wheel alignments, nitrogen tyre inflation, tyre rotations and balancing are all vital to the life of your tyres.
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Fix steering problems and uneven tyre wear.
If your car feels as though it’s pulling to one side of the road, or your steering wheel is vibrating, it could be that your wheel alignment is out. This can happen gradually from everyday driving or from incidents, like when you hit a kerb. It isn’t just annoying – it can greatly increase tyre wear.
Your Bridgestone technician can adjust the suspension and steering using the latest alignment technology. So, that your wheels are perfectly aligned to steer true and deliver the least wear. And it’s done efficiently and without blowing your budget.
You should have your wheel alignment checked every time you rotate your tyres – and, of course, when you replace them.
Better tyre life, better fuel economy.
Most motor racing teams use nitrogen gas to inflate their tyres. That’s because nitrogen molecules are around four times larger than oxygen molecules and therefore don’t leak as readily. Less leakage means tyre pressures are maintained – and that’s good for performance.
But you don’t have to hit the racetrack to get the nitrogen advantage.
Nitrogen inflation also gives you benefits for everyday driving... Like better tyre life and better fuel economy. Because when your tyre pressures decrease, your fuel use increases. Lower tyre pressures can also reduce the durability and life of your tyres.
So, no matter how you use your tyres, talk to your Bridgestone technician – and find out how nitrogen inflation can help you.
More even wear and longer life.
Different vehicles will wear their tyres at different rates. For example, a front-wheel drive car will wear its tyres very differently from a rear-wheel drive. Station wagons and utes – because of the lack of weight over the rear wheels – will also wear at varying rates.
One of the best ways you can look after your tyres is by rotating them regularly. Swapping the rear tyres to the front and vice-versa ensures that tyres wear evenly and last significantly longer. As a guide, tyres should be rotated every 5000 to 8000 km even if there is no sign of uneven wear.
Less vibration and reduced tyre wear.
One of the easiest ways to tell when something is not right with your tyres is from behind the wheel. Most of us would have encountered steering wheel wobble or vibration when we’re driving. But what does it mean?
In most cases, vibration through the steering wheel can mean that a wheel is out of balance. Tiny, but important, weights are used to counterbalance the heaviest part of the tyre and wheel assembly. If that weight becomes loose, the wheel will wobble – and the faster you’re travelling, the more it will wobble. This will increase tyre wear and is potentially unsafe.
Your Bridgestone technician can easily fix the problem using Bridgestone’s Ultra-Ride System.