Nutthawut Luangdee (Khun Art) knows that the importance of having reliable, top quality tyres fitted to your vehicle cannot be overstated. That’s a lesson learnt from his father who is the TYRE PLUS owner/operator in Phetchaburi City. That’s where he began understanding all there is to know about tyre fitting and maintenance as an unofficial ‘apprentice after school from the age of fifteen.
Khun Art branched out from the family business to commence TYRE PLUS between Hua Hin and Cha-Am about twelve months ago. He’s now your local ‘expert in the trade’. Khun Art provided his recommendations to maintain safe tyres which mean safer driving on the roads of Thailand.
Check the pressure of all your tyres monthly, including the spare and before making a long trip. Tyres can lose pressure every month, accelerated by accidental puncture, leaks in the valve or valve cap, or by wheel malfunction. For best results, check your tyre pressure when tyres are cool; when it has travelled less than a few kilometres at low speed. The recommended pressure for tyres can be found In the vehicle owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s door or the gas tank door.
Under-inflated or over-inflated tyres can wear down faster than expected, have reduced grip, and can consume more fuel. It just takes a few minutes a month to help ensure your safety and the longevity of your tyres.
TYRE PLUS provides a free tyre pressure test and Nitrogen inflation to all motorists, not only customers!
Nitrogen: what are the benefits?
Most tyres are filled with compressed air but some tyre retailers use nitrogen; air already contains nearly 79% nitrogen. There is less corrosion with nitrogen as there is no moisture in pure nitrogen. There is also a slower rate of pressure loss because the nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen. Nitrogen and compressed air CAN be mixed, if needed. Tyres manufactured by Michelin are designed to deliver their expected performance when inflated with air or nitrogen.
Valves ensure the proper tyre pressure is maintained and block moisture from entering the tyre. The valve cap is also important to maintain the pressure. The valve cap also helps to block dust particles from obstructing the valve. Valves will deteriorate with age and can be damaged. TYRE PLUS provides new valves with all fitted tyres.
During rotation, each wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all tyres wear evenly and last longer. Tyres should be rotated based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation or every 10,000 kilometres. Monthly inspection for tyre wear is recommended with tyres rotated at the first sign of irregular wear. As the position of the tyre on your vehicle can affect how it wears down, regular rotation helps ensure that tyres wear evenly, extending the life of your tyres and improving performance.
TYRE PLUS customers can have their tyres rotated anytime!
Wheel alignment is a simple process, which may require slight adjustment of front and/or rear suspension components. If your alignment is off, your vehicle could be unsafe to drive. Wheel alignment should be checked after you’ve hit a sizable object on the road, you see a wear pattern developing on the shoulders (outer edges) of the tyres or if you notice a difference in your vehicle’s handling or when you are steering.
TYRE PLUS customers always have wheel alignments completed with each tyre fitting!
Wheel Balancing When tyres are fitted the distribution of the weight of the tyre plus the wheel assembly is not perfectly even. The result is bouncing or wobbling, which can decrease tread life, increase vibration, and cause stress on your vehicle. Wheel balancing compensates for the weight differences to make sure that the wheel weight is balanced. Tyre professionals will add weights where necessary to counterbalance the wheels.
To balance a wheel, your mechanic uses a balancing machine to determine where the heavy spots are with weights attached to the exterior or interior of the wheel to counteract centrifugal forces acting on the heavy areas when the wheel is turning. TYRE PLUS customers always have tyres balanced with each fitting!
When Do I Need New Tyres?
After five years or more in use, your tyres should be thoroughly inspected year by a professional. If the tyres haven’t been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tyres.
This also applies to spare tyres. In order to effectively grip the road, evacuate water and maintain control, your tyres need to have a safe amount of remaining tread. If the grooves in the tyre design have almost disappeared, the tyre will simply not grip the road as well. This is particularly dangerous in wet conditions. Tyres have tread wear indicators molded into the base of the main grooves. When the tread surface is worn to the same level as these indicators, the tyre is at the legal limit and should be replaced.
TYRE PLUS can show you the wear state and have new tyres fitted without appointment and without delay! Information provided by TYRE PLUS – Phetchakasim Road north of Hua Hin, across the road from the King Rama VI Army Base at the 205.5 kilometre mark. Phone 085 848 5296