Tyre Clinic
Bridgestone Tyre Clinic

4. Bridgestone Recommended

a. What can regular tyre rotation do for me?

- We highly recommend to rotate your tyres regularly at every 8,000km mark, as this will help to prolong your tyres life span from uneven wear because tyres wear differently on the front and rear of the vehicle. We also recommend using the various patterns below for optimally prolonging your tyre’s life span.

Front Wheel Drive Vehicles

Rear Wheels & Four Wheel Drive Vehicles

All Wheel & Unidirectional Tyres

b. Are there any benefits to wheel alignment?

- Doing your wheel alignment is just as important as tyre rotation. We highly recommend that you do both alignment and rotation @ the 8,000km mark. Alignment helps to correct the pulling you may have when driving along a straight road, as aligning your wheels keep them parallel to one another and keeps them perpendicular to the road you travel on.

c. What purpose does wheel balancing serve?

- Wheel balancing is adjusting the weight between both the tyre and the rim. This is to make sure that the weight is even to allow smooth rolling of your wheels.

d. Does pumping nitrogen instead help me in any way?

- When pumping nitrogen into a tyre, the main goal is to reduce the percentage of oxygen and other gases. As nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules, they are less permeable and will not seep out as quickly as oxygen would. Thus, maintaining the correct inflation pressure for longer periods when compared to oxygen. This is a major safety factor as correct inflation pressure ensures the recommended area of contact patch, improving the handling over your vehicle.

  Oxidation is another factor for why nitrogen should be used. Oxidation is caused by oxygen and can make the rubber (inner liner) brittle and cause it to lose its property (strength). And at high temperatures and pressures, oxygen can damage the belt packages by causing them to rust and affecting their integrity. Your rims’ life span is also extended to this factor as nitrogen is completely dry and removes the potential for condensation.

e. How regularly should I check my inflation pressure?

- Ideally we recommend to check your tyres’ inflation pressure at least once a week, especially if you are on the roads often, and to do visual inspections to avoid unwanted and unpleasant surprises. Please note that you should check the inflation pressure at least 3 hours of inactivity for an accurate reading of pressure as air does heat up and expand when travelling. Doing regular inflation pressure checks ensures that your safety is not compromised and that your tyres will mitigate any unexpected dangers well.