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Road Trip- Tyre Care

Road Trip- Tyre Care

Planning a Road Trip Soon? Tyre condition is the most important check before you head out! Here is a complete Tyre check guide for a long road trip.

 

Tyre Pressure: Once per month and before every long trip. Driving with incorrect tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions, and can seriously compromise your safety. Driving on severely under-inflated tyres can cause heat build-up and eventually a blow-out. The correct tyre pressure can be found in the car owner manual, on the gas tank lid, the driver’s side door edge, or on the door post. Tyre pressure must be the same on the tyres of each axle, but may be different on the front and rear axle. And remember to tightly close the valve caps to protect the valve from dust and dirt and to prevent leaking. Replace missing valve caps without delay.

Inspect your Tyre: When it comes to tyres, bald tyres would be a risk! as the grip and the performance would be a major problem. Tyres should have more than 2/32-inch tread depth. Use a tread depth gauge to check your tyre. Also look for uneven wear, such as wear on one side of the tread. Flat spots may indicate a problem with the tyre and should be checked by a tyre service professional as soon as possible.

Minimum Load Capacity: Never exceed the load capacity relative to the tyre’s load index. Tyres loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction and can cause accidents. Always have a minimum load in the car for a safe journey! Do not pack unnecessary luggage, vehicles have maximum weight recommendations which can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. Your tyres also have a maximum load rating stamped on their sidewall. Obeying these limits is important since excessive loads are hard on the tyres and adversely affect the vehicle ride and handling. The heavier the car, the worse the fuel economy will be, as well.

Drive Carefully: Driving at High Speed can damage your tyres. At greater speeds, tyres have greater a chance of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tyre explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle. With everything kept as constant, the tyres that run on highways will wear out faster. As the speed increases the wear out increases as well. Also, it is difficult for most of the people to stay focused and alert while driving at high speed for a long time.

Spare Tyre:Having a Spare tyre is very important for any trip- If you see any damage to a tyre or wheel, replace it with your spare tyre and have your tyre checked by a professional. Always carry a spare tyre!

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Maxxis Tyres Opens their First Plant in India and Targets 15% Market Share

Maxxis Tyres Opens their First Plant in India and Targets 15% Market Share

Maxxis Rubber India was established in 2014 and gained its first original equipment business the following year, supplying India’s top-selling motorcycle, the Honda Activa 3G. In addition to Honda, Maxxis also delivers original equipment tyres to Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra in India.

Maxxis Rubber Group India inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in Sanand, Gujarat. The plant was inaugurated by Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, in the presence of Tsai-Jen Lo, Chairman- Maxxis Group, Cheng-Yao Liao-President, Maxxis India and Jia-Ciao Liou, Spokesperson, Maxxis India. The plant has an investment of over Rs. 2,640 crores, is spread across 106 acres and is currently dedicated to the manufacturing of two-wheeler tyres and tubes and will have a capacity to produce around 20,000 tyres and 40,000 tubes per day. With this, the company is targeting a market share of at least 15 per cent of India’s tyre market within the next 5 years.

Cheng-Yao Liao, President, Maxxis India stated that Maxxis Global is targeting to become one of the top 5 tyre manufacturers in the world by 2026. According to the company, the Indian market is touted to play a vital role in achieving Maxxis’s global vision to become one of the top 5 tyre manufactures in the world by 2026. The company has plans to set up 5 more plants in India which will also cater to the Four-Wheeler tyre market.

Maxxis’s global product portfolio includes tyres for passenger cars, two-wheelers, light trucks, trucks, buses, ATV’s and agricultural & industrial vehicles. Globally, Maxxis’s high standards for quality, efficiency and innovation have been acknowledged with numerous honours and awards. The group has its presence in 6 continents with 21 manufacturing plants and 5 R&D Centres worldwide and develops its diversified tyre products for customers across 180 countries.

Heat and Rain- Effects on Tyres

Heat and Rain- Effects on Tyres

Heat

Heat is your tyres worst enemy. Heat increases the temperature of the pavement and makes the air inside the tyre to expand, causing it to overinflate. Hot weather causes tyres to build pressure and overheat much more quickly, which can cause tyre blowouts. You should regularly check the pressure in your tyres to meet manufacturer standards.

Rain

Rain can make your vehicle hydroplane. This is when your tyres moving quickly across a wet surface. Your tyres lose all traction because the water causes the tyres to lift away from the road. If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid. It is important that you hold the wheel firmly and don’t steer in any other direction but straight ahead.

Slowly, take your foot off the accelerator until the car slows and your steering returns to normal. However, if you need to brake, remember to do it gently with light pumping actions. If your car has anti-lock brakes (ABS), then you should be able to brake normally because your car’s computer will mimic the pumping action.

Hydroplaning:

Tyre features that affect the possibility of hydroplaning:

  • Tyre size – The wider the contact patch is relative to its length. Long and narrow contact patch helps to provide predictable handling.
  • Tyre tread pattern – certain tread patterns reduce the risk of hydroplaning,  because they channel water more effectively
  • Tyre tread depth – Worn tyres reduce the ability to resist hydroplaning.
  • Tyre pressure – keep your tire pressure within the manufacturers recommended pressures.

Be careful driving in this hot and rainy weather, and make sure your tyres are in optimal condition.

Tyre Noises while Driving- Explanation

Tyre Noises while Driving- Explanation

Tyre noise is definitely not music to the ears. There is, however, a natural noise associated with your tyres when they roll on the surface and air gets trapped in the tread pattern. When it’s released, it creates tyre noise.

Manufacturers are making efforts to minimise tyre noise by optimising tread patterns and using other innovative technologies.
For instance,  Continental has introduced ContiSilent technology in its tyres to reduce noise. Another example is Michelin’s Silent Rib technology as seen in the brand’s Primacy tyres.

Tyre Noise-

  • Squealing – You may have observed a squealing sound, especially as you manoeuvre the car into tight parking spots. Does it appear to come from the front tyres? This probably means that the tyres are underinflated. Don’t be fooled by a visual inspection. Tyres that look ‘normal’ are often found to be severely under-inflated on doing a tyre pressure check. You should carry this test out between every 2-3 weeks and before long car journeys.

 

  •  Squeaking sound – When your tyres make a squeaking sound, it’s no time to relax. A possible cause for squeaking tyres is uneven tread wear of the front tyres. If this is the case, you may also experience that the car is pulling to one side or wandering while driving.

 

  •  Squeak, rattle and roll – When the squeak is accompanied by a rattle, it’s most likely due to a loose wheel cover. As the tyre rolls, the loose wheel cover moves about, resulting in a squeak, sometimes with an accompanying rattle.

 

  •  Metallic grinding on the brakes –  This sound most likely comes from worn brake drums or callipers. Get your car checked at once. It’s obvious why. Many cars are equipped with a brake pad wear indicator. When the brake pad wears below a certain limit, the indicator creates a high-pitched squeak warning from the front tyres.

 

  •  Rumbling or Vibrating tyres – A low rumbling sound along with a coarse vibration effect, which gives you the feeling you are driving on marbles, means that a wheel bearing has worn down. You should visit a garage as soon as possible. This is a noise that increases as you speed up.

 

  • Car Screeching – Screeching occurs when you have slammed on the brakes and brought your car to a complete standstill from high speed. In addition, when turning corners at high speeds, tyres screech because of the friction between the rubber and the road. But if your car is screeching at normal driving speeds, it could be because of reduced tread depth.
CEAT plans to set up Rs 4,000 Crore Tyre unit in Tamil Nadu

CEAT plans to set up Rs 4,000 Crore Tyre unit in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu: RPG group’s flagship company CEAT will invest Rs 4,000 crore in a greenfield tyre manufacturing unit near Sriperumbudur, about 40km west of Chennai. Tamil Nadu cabinet, which met on Wednesday evening, cleared the new project and offered a structured incentive package for the unit, which when becomes operational in about a year, will directly employ 1,000 people.

The plant is sure to come as a big boost for the state which has witnessed a political slugfest over poor investment. Early this year, the state had lost out on a big investment in manufacturing as Korean auto major Kia Motors chose Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh to set up its first passenger car plant in the country.

“CEAT has been in discussion with us over the past few months. We have been hand-holding them all through, and we have now offered them a structured incentive package to facilitate the investment,” a government source told TOI. CEAT had on its own acquired around 150 acres of land in Madhuramangalam village near Sriperumbudur for setting up the project, the source added.

Work on establishing the project will commence soon. “The company’s target is to supply to automobile OEMs located nearby and around Chennai including passenger car makers Hyundai, Renault & Nissan and Ford, commercial vehicle units of Ashok Leyland and Bharat Benz as well as two-wheeler plants of Royal Enfield and Yamaha. It intends to supply to plants not only in Tamil Nadu, but also those located in other parts of the country,” the source said.

Unlike automobile manufacturing, which heralds in a whole lot of ancillary units to come up nearby, tyre units bank more on front-ending operations with OEMs, barring a few suppliers establishing themselves nearby. “In addition to incentives, the government has assured uninterrupted power supply for the CEAT plant, besides water supply. Chennai Metro Water is in the process of putting up 45 mld capacity tertiary treatment reverse osmosis (TTRO) plant near Koyambedu in Chennai to treat sewage water. A pipeline is being laid to connect Sriperumbudur to this plant, so that the treated water can be supplied to industries. CEAT plant will get this water to be used in its manufacturing process at the tyre plant,” the state government source said.