Tires are an integral part of any vehicle; they have become synonymous with cars due to the fact that without tires, cars and motorcycles alike are unlikely to move from point A to point B.
We all want to get the most out of our tires; this is part of the reason why car owners go out of their way to educate themselves about all things tires.
Unfortunately, most of the information we come across concerning tires are false for the most part, today, we plan on debunking some of the most outrageously false tire myths.
1. The perfect tire pressure is listed on the tire
Contrary to popular belief, the air pressure you come across on your tire actually indicates the maximum amount of air your tire can handle before it becomes compromised.
You can find the best tire pressure for you by referring to your car owner’s manual.
2. New Tires should always go up Front
There’s a myth thriving out there that suggests that when changing two tires, the newer tires should always be installed in the front.
This couldn’t be any farther from the truth, rear tires provide your car with stability, and stability is important for steering and braking.
3. Price isn’t a factor
Some of us believe that cheaper tire brands are just the same as well established brand tires. This has proven to be false in multiple scenarios.
Established tire makers have a lot riding on their product, this isn’t usually the case, but big-name brands have standards and a brand to protect, this motivates them to be better than others that don’t.
4. Exceeding the “max press” puts your tire at risk of bursting
Your tires max press and max load numbers indicate the maximum pressure at which your tires will bear the highest amount of weight.
Suffice to say that your tires max press number has little to do with the maximum tire pressure.
5. All four tires on your 4×4 are supposed to spin simultaneously when stuck
Both tires on the same axle receive equal amounts of torque, very little amount of torque is needed to move a tire hanging in the air.
6. Tires with the same designations are the same size
Unlike what most people believe, the designations on tires don’t specify production tolerances. Most tires of a specific part number can be slightly narrower or wider than the nominal width.
This can result in tires with profiles that are slightly shorter or taller than the percentage stated.
7. Overinflating your Tire makes your Vehicle carry More Weight
This myth couldn’t be any further from the truth, it goes against all we’ve been taught. Theoretically, the more pressure within your tire, the more weight it can carry.
Vehicles with overinflated tires are public hazards and should be kept off Australian roads at all cost.
8. Rotating your Tires shouldn’t be a Priority
Your tires definitely need to be rotated every now and then, we’re not saying that you should have them rotated with every oil change, tire rotation is important to prevent uneven wear and tire on your tire to preserve your rubber’s integrity.
9. Alignment doesn’t matter
It’s important for you to never ever let your alignment go, it’s annoying and quite simply unsafe.
Misalignment causes your tires to deteriorate faster than they should; this is due to the fact that your vehicle is constantly being pulled in a certain direction.
10. Bigger Tires need More Power to Move Them
By increasing the diameter of your 4×4 tyres, you are inadvertently altering the overall gearing of your vehicle. This can result in your engine feeling sluggish due to the change in the speed at which your transmission shifts.
The most efficient way to regain power after installing larger tires is to simply “re-gear your axles”.