There are a lot of things that go into making sure that your transport is running at peak efficiency. Oil changes, new brake pads, tire rotation, new air filter, and regular tune-ups to name a few. This is essential if you want to spend more time on the road than you do in the repair shop.
You need to take good care of your truck if you want to make sure that it stays on the road. You also want to make sure that it is safe to drive so that you can get around without fear of getting in a crash because your brakes don’t work properly or your tires aren’t functioning as they are. Especially if you’re driving your truck in mud most of the time. These can be key things that you need to do if you are going to keep yourself and others around you as safe as possible.
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One of the things you want to do is to regularly check to make sure that there is no damage to your tires, but this is especially true when you have been in a situation where you suspect that there can be some damage to your tire. This most often occurs when you have driven over something or scrapped your tire up against an object like a curb or a piece of wood.
While these are the common reasons that your tires may be damaged, there are plenty of other reasons that you should consider. These include such things as sitting on extremely hot asphalt for an extended period of time, sitting in mud that hardened, or sitting for weeks without being driven. You also have to worry about objects getting embedded in the tires or animals causing your tires damage. All of these things should be concerned for you, and you need to make sure that your tires are working as you need them to.
Making a thorough inspection of your tires is not a lengthy process, but it is an important one. The first thing you want to do is to immediately check any areas where you know your tire may have been damaged. For example, if you rubbed against a curb, even if you were going at a very slow speed, you need to check the sides of your tires right away. A jagged piece of concrete or a piece of rebar sticking out of the curb can really do some damage to your tire, and so you need to check this for sure.
Checking your tire treads is always important. The biggest concern that you will have is not for the big blow right away. Things like a piece of glass breaking your tire cause damage quickly and you know you will need to have it repaired right away.
Your biggest concern is that slow leak where the tire is slowly letting out air around a crack or a spot where a nail or other sharp object has punctured the tire. These are the kinds of situations where the tire continues to lose air slowly, and then you begin to lose traction or control of your truck. This can be life threatening for sure.
What you need to do is to make a thorough check of the tires. There are two good techniques you want to do. First, simply run your fingers along the tread to see if you can feel anything. Make sure you move the truck ahead slightly so you can inspect the whole tire. Also, pour some water over the tire and see if you see any air bubbles. This will tell you that you have a leak. You can also put the tire in a shallow amount of water and see if any bubbles are produced. This will tell you that you have a small leak somewhere.