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Checking your car’s tyre pressure is not something you have to do every day. But you should know that the tyres are paramount for your safety.


The air in your car’s tyre depletes slowly as you drive, so it’s best to check every two weeks to ensure its optimum pressure level.

What is the correct tyre pressure for any car? When it comes to the right tyre pressure, the maximum is not optimum. Read on to learn why:


The easy way to know if the pressure is right













Under-inflated tyres – Not good

Does your car occasionally feel heavier than normal? That’s because you are experiencing increased rolling resistance with the road. That also means reduced fuel efficiency and increased CO2 emissions.

If you notice that the inside and outside edges of the tread that is already ‘botak’, that’s because you have been driving with under-inflated tyres.

What you may think: Under-inflated tyres will make the car ride less bumpy. That’s not true because bumpiness of the ride is affected by the suspension and absorber, not the tyres.


Over-inflated tyres – Not good

More means better right? Not really, when it comes to tyre. Putting too much air in your tyres can be just as damaging and costly.

Over-inflated tyres will have a smaller contact patch which can lead to a loss of traction and poorer braking distances. Not only that, your tyres will wear heavily and unevenly across the central part of the tyre leading to shorter tyre lifespan.

What you may think: Some might think that over-inflated tyres provide better acceleration. But at what cost?


The optimum tyre pressure – GOOD

You don’t have to bring along a scientific calculator and do the math every time you want to inflate your tyres. Information on your car’s recommended tyre pressure can be found at the driver’s door jam.

If it’s not there, try looking on the trunk lid, in the console or on the fuel tank flap. When your tyres are inflated to the recommended PSI, you will have happy tyres which mean optimum life and performance.

What you must know before pumping the tyres

1. Know the recommended tyre air pressure

You’ll find the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure for your car on the sticker in the door jam (Yeah! It’s there and it’s for your tyres!), or in your owner’s manual.


2. Your air source is at the nearest petrol station

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Air pumps at petrol stations around Malaysia are easy to operate. You can use the air pump to check the tyre pressure and at the same time inflating the tyres. Though you will get a more accurate reading with a tyre gauge. Most of the pumps come with a chart to help you convert from psi to kPa or vice versa. No math required 😛


3. Get em’ tyres pumped

Be patient. The sound of the air rushing to fill the tyre is almost as satisfying as an orchestra. It will take as little as 20 seconds to a few minutes to fill each tyre. Remember to screw back the valve cap after that and you are ready to roll!


Why does it matter?

Having the right tyre pressure may help prolong the lifespan of your vehicle’s tyres, increases the vehicle’s safety and helps save fuel. A tyre’s lifespan may decrease up to 75% if it is operating at around 80% of the optimum pressure.

It’s good to get a tyre pressure gauge for the household and get every driver in your family to be responsible for their car tyres. Always check the tyre pressure when your tyres are cold.

Also, if you are using your vehicle to carry additional load or weight, always consult your vehicle handbook for the correct loaded tyre pressure.
The next time you pay a visit to the petrol station, give your car tyres a quick check and get the air pressure right. Trust me, you will feel the difference for the better. And if you have a flat tyre, remember there’s the CARPUT mobile app to get reliable help changing to a spare tyre!
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It just take a tiny hole to cause a flat tyre and it will be one of the most stressful situation when you drive. It can be quite scary too to be stranded along the side of a busy highway.

Don’t panic. Here are some tips and guides to follow in the unfortunate puncture.

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When you noticed your car’s tyre is punctured:

1. Pull Over at A Safe Location Do not abruptly stop on the road. Pull over to the roadside or somewhere empty and away from the traffic. Caution: Don’t change your flat tyre on the highway! Get help from roadside assistance provided by the highway company.
2. Turn on your hazard lights.
3. Leave your gear at Park (P). Pull your handbrake.
4. Grab the jack, tools and spare tyre from your boot. 


5. If you have more than one tyre that is punctured, your only option is to tow it to the nearest workshop.
*It is highly recommended that you check your owner’s manual to ensure a safe process of changing your flat tyre.
**Not all spare tyres operate the same way. Some newer car models come with a space saver wheels.

Steps to change your flat tyre:

1. Loosen the lug nuts slightly Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench in an anti-clockwise direction.
TIP: If the nuts are too tight, use your foot/ your body weight to push the wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts completely at this time.

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2. Place the jack under your car Check your owner’s manual for the recommended spot to place the jack to safely lift your car and avoid damages. change flat tyre, place jack
3. Raise your car Caution: Never put any part of your body underneath the car during/ after jacking up your car to prevent injuries. change flat tyre jack up car

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4. Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the flat tyre You can now unscrew the lug nuts completely. Make sure you place them somewhere safe so that you don’t lose them. Remove the flat tyre by pulling it towards you and set it on its side.

5. Put on the spare tyre Put on the spare tyre and the lug nuts. With your hand, tighten the lug nuts clockwise as tightly as possible and then tighten with the wrench to secure the spare tyre.

6. Lower your car
Bring your car to the ground and remove the jack. Use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.

7. Keep all your tools and the flat tyre. Drive to the nearest tyre shop. You should get the flat tyre fixed as soon as you can because the spare is just for temporary use only.
Make sure to always check your spare tyre. You don’t want your spare tyre to be deflated when you need it most. Be safe on the road!
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过年啦!你今年也打算开长途车回乡团员吗?为了你在路上的安全,这些关于汽车轮胎的知识你一定要知道!

我的轮胎要打多少风?

维持适当的胎压可以帮助延长轮胎寿命,确保行驶安全和保持最佳燃油里程。大马通用的胎压单位为PSI或者kPA。每个车型的标准胎压都不一样。开车的朋友们必须知道适合你车子的胎压,并养成定期检查的习惯(两周一次)。

轮胎打风3个简单步骤:

1 – 找出适合你的车型的胎压 air-pressure-door-jamb 你可以在车门旁找到厂家建议的前轮和后轮的胎压。(现在才知道的朋友请举手。)

2 – 到加油站使用轮胎打气 DSC03725 大马的加油站的轮胎打气泵都很容易使用。你可以用轮胎打气泵来检查胎压也可以用来打气。多数的轮胎打气泵都提供单位换算图表。不管是PSI或者kPA,你只要根据厂家的建议即可,使用哪种单位都是一样的气压。利用加(+)或减(-)的按钮来调整你想要的胎压。

3 – 开始打风很多没有经验的朋友一听到充气时所发出的噪音都会被吓到,但千万不要害怕!这个时候应该按紧充气杆,不然不止没有为轮胎充气,反而会“放气”。当你听到哔哔哔的声音就表示你的轮胎充好气了。最后不要忘了把充气塞锁回去。

重点:如何从轮胎表面看出胎压是否合适

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轮胎外侧磨损:胎压过低 (Under inflation) 如果你发现轮胎外侧磨损,那就表示你的胎压过低。有时候你会感觉车子特别的重?那是因为轮胎气压过低。在这样的状态下行驶会导致滚动阻力增加,油耗升高!如果你不定时检查胎压,你的轮胎会在你不经意的时候漏气导致胎压过低。
错误观念为了增加平稳,故意维持低于标准胎压。

轮胎中心过度磨损:胎压过高 (Over inflation) 如果轮胎中心比两侧更加磨损,那很有可能你的胎压过高。胎压过高的轮胎与路面的接地面积变小,轮胎抓力减少,这样会大大的影响行驶安全和轮胎寿命!减震能力和舒适性也会减低!
错误观念把轮胎打满一点可以帮助提升加速度。

温馨提示

– 在早上或者轮胎冷却的时候检查胎压。 – 如果运载重物或多人,检车车主手册弄清楚载重时所需的气压 你还在等什么呢?赶快在过年前检查你的轮胎! 还有记得把这个资讯分享到Facebook与亲朋戚友分享吧!
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