- This is the biggest problem, but is also the easiest to fix. Check your tyre pressure regularly early in the morning, when cool and before long trips.
- Don’t let air out when the tyre is hot.
- Check and top-up with accurate gauges (not all service stations are accurate) and remember spare tyres.
- If you’re topping up regularly or if you only have one low tyre, you most likely have a slow leak. (Note: nails are a potential cause).
- Follow the pressure recommended by the manufacturer in the handbook, fuel cap or car door.
- Don’t buy the cheapest tyre and risk your life. Western, Japanese and Korean brands are the safest.
- Check where the brand is from, not where it is made. Nowadays many products are made in cheaper countries.
- Punctures should be addressed and dealt with professionally.
- Regularly check tyres for uneven wear, missing/loose nuts, stones or nails.
- New valves with new tyres
- Replace missing valve caps immediately.
- Kwik-Fit provides caps for free.
- Tread patterns
- Tread below 2mm is dangerous, particularly in wet weather. It will cause your car to take much longer to stop.
- Patterns are not for aesthetics, they clear the water and grip the road.
- If your car is pulling to one side, check the wheel alignment in our workshops.
- If the steering vibrates (even slightly), check the tyre balancing.
- Regularly check alignment, balancing and rotation for safety and better tyre life.
- Worn shocks can also affect the alignment.
- Tyre size
- Check with the specialists if you can put larger tyres on your vehicle.
- Driving habits
- Good driving habits help prolong tyre quality and life expectancy.
- Examples are avoiding: harsh braking, fast cornering, curb climbing and driving through potholes.
Pressure Guide only in the absence of manufacturers recommendation
13/14/15’’ Passenger tyres 44psi/250kpa
15/16’’ Recreational tyres 54psi/350kpa
Unit conversion : 1 bar=14.5psi=100kpa
- Acid levels
- Check levels regularly. Translucent batteries are easier to monitor the acid levels.
- Maintenance-free batteries don’t need topping-up.
- All Kwik-Fit batteries come with a colour magic eye, to indicate the state of charge.
- Battery water
- Only use battery water to top-up.
- Don’t buy the cheapest battery, or batteries without a 12m warranty.
- Good batteries have serial no. and warranty cards for you to keep.
- Have a professional technician fit the battery and check the charging system
- Dry-charged batteries are fresh compared to wet ones. You can buy larger batteries to last longer, as long as it fits.
- Idle batteries
- Disconnect the battery if you’re not using your car for a few weeks or more.
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