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Keep track of your car tire condition

With the numerous tire brands on the market, car owners are sometimes at a loss over what to purchase.

Robert Ssesanga, a technician at the Wandegeya-based Dunlop Express says it is paramount to mind the brand before choosing tires for your car.

He urges drivers to opt for premium tires like Pirelli, Bridgestone, Michelin, Dunlop, MRF and Yokohama that come with warranties offered against the low-priced tires that wear out quickly.

Premium tires, he says, are quite expensive compared to the rest. However, he observes that a client may opt for a cheaper tire that suits his budget. Ssesanga points out what a car owner needs to look out for while buying tires.

EXPIRY DATES

All tires have expiry dates. A good tire is meant to last  five years, after which it should be replaced.

“Don’t wait for the tire to expire for you to replace it. When the tire expires, there is wear at the edges and on the tread; the rubber gets harder over time and loses its grip especially when driving on wet ground. This affects the way the car reacts to the breaks. The rubber will have significantly less grip on the road, and this increases the risk of skidding,” he says.

TIRE SWELLS

It’s quite common for car tires to swell as a result of having hit a pavement or a pothole. If you see any spots on the sidewall or tread that are swelling outward or bubbling, it is advisable to replace the tire.

SIZE OF THE TIRE

Some people may change tires to raise the car. Ssesanga recommends that one should mind the car type he/she seeks to drive with raised tires.

“Every vehicle has a specific tire. Besides the car door, instructions are pinned providing an option of two or three sizes of tires that can fit the car. If you put a bigger tire size than the specified one, it will affect the performance of the car,” he says.

The following are some of the recommended tire sizes for respective cars.

Small size cars such as Toyota Corona, Premio

185/70/14
195/70/14
205/65/15
195/65/15
215/60/16

Big sizes such as Toyota Land Cruisers

265/70/16
255/70/16
245/70/16

Trucks and Lorries

265/70/19.5
315/80/22.5
295/80/22.5

Heavy duty tires (mini-buses)

195/r-15c
185/r-14c
215/70-15

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