It is almost a universal fact that the tires of your car are the most important safety component amongst others. They are the only point of contact where the rubber meets the roads. It is spectacular to see how well the tires of your car hold up the way they do, taking into account the amount of risk they are exposed to.
Most well-maintained sets of tires will very easily go from 65,000 to 85,000 miles under normal driving conditions, without causing you any trouble at all.
But like any other object, even tires fail. The tire failure can have very critical consequences, especially when and if you are driving at a high-speed.
These failures can be due to several reasons and it is important to learn about them so that you can mitigate or prevent it from happening.
- Failure due to under-inflation
Under-inflated tires are one of the most common causes of tire failure. Due to under-inflation, tires go through excessive flexing which happens in their sidewalls. This results in the cars running at dangerously high temperatures, particularly during hot weather at high speeds. Due to the excessive amount of heat, the tire can face a tread separation or a blowout. This mainly happens due to an improper maintenance schedule or a probable leak due to which the tire loses air.
- Failure due to over-inflation
Like under-inflated tires, overinflated tires also possess equal danger. Excessive level of air-filled in the tire makes your ride harsher and puts your tire to a greater risk of encountering any damage due to potholes and curbs. One should never cross the maximum set pressure level stated on the side of the tire.
- Failure due to overloading
If you are driving on tires that are under excessive pressure of load, you are doing nothing but asking for more trouble. This issue is more common among SUVs, vans or pickup trucks than it is with passenger cars or other utility vehicles. You should always check for the load rating of the car’s tires and ensure that they match the actual load in your vehicle.
- Failure due to road hazards
Potholes, curbs, and debris on the road are very common while you are driving on the road and it is something which is avoided by most of us. But it is not a surprising situation when you fail to get past these hazards and end up in a troubled situation. Even if these damages do not flatten your tires immediately, they might weaken them and increase the chances of their failure if put under any extreme conditions.
- Failure due to uneven wear
Even the most maintained and well-serviced set of car tires eventually degrade and that is no surprise. You can visually spot out the wearing out of the tires by bars present in the tread grooves of the tires. If you find the tread to be worn down to the bars’ level it means that your tires are calling for a replacement.
- Failure due to installation mistakes
The chances of your tires failing to reduce automatically by a great deal if they are mounted properly onto the wheels. At the time of mounting your Hankook Tyres on the wheel, many things could go wrong. The mechanic may skip using the bead lubricant when installing your tires on the rim or he overinflates your tires to seat it or worst case-your tires may be fitted on the rim of the wrong size!
Now that you are very much aware of what and why things could go wrong with your tire, never risk your life or that of your loved ones due to some shoddy glitches or unrecognized things.