Coleman Tyre Company - Tyre Maintenance


The air in your tyres provides the cushioning effect between your car and the road. It is important to keep the amount of air in the tyres close to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure – that is, not too high and not too low. Unfortunately, all tyres slowly deflate and therefore it is upto you to check the air pressure at regular fortnightly/monthly intervals.

Check pressures cold

Tyre pressures should be checked when the tyres are cold. It is best if you purchase a good quality tyre pressure gauge. Check pressures before driving off on the tyres and thereby warming them up. If it is only possible for you to check your tyres when they are hot, add at least13.8kpa (2 psi). Tyres heat up when in use, resulting in higher pressure.

Valve caps

Always make sure your caps are applied tightly to the tyre valve.You can test the valve for sealing by putting a dab of saliva on your finger, applying it to the valve and watching if a bubble rises. If it does, your valve needs tightening. If the leak persists,the valve may need replacing.

Tyre Pressures

For everyday motoring, tyre pressures should never be lower than the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.This information is on a tyre secification placard usually mounted on the drivers door pillar, or in the glovebox. Stability,tyre life and fuel economy is adversely affected if a tyre is under-inflated.

Carrying loads

Carrying heavy loads or towing boats or trailers puts pressure on your vehicle’s tyres. You can check you are not overloading them by referring to the load carrying capacity marked on the tyres. A general rule is to add 14 kpa (2 psi) if fully laden.

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