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Feb 1, 2013

இ Tireless Tyre

How many of us really take an interest in the tires or tyres we put on our car?  Tyres can seem awfully technical (how many of us know our tyre size or minimum speed rating?). Who has the time to get educated on a new tyre purchase but to depend on our local tyre store or auto dealer for good advice? Well, we’d all agree with the old saying that “an informed consumer is a good consumer”. Would it not be better if you know what questions to ask after a little research? Most likely you can get a much better tyre for your needs, dramatically improve your performance and driving satisfaction, save you money and might even save your life. You do not need to take such high risk scaling treacherous mountains in snowy condition seeking answers, search no more get answers from AutoSquad 'All About Tires' & TireRack.



In about a week's time for those celebrating the forth coming Chinese *water snake* New Year would be in a mad rush preparing for balik kampung (return to village/hometown). Mass exodus from the cities for home during this festive season would expect heavy flow of traffic on all highways. REMINDER: Presume your motor vehicle has been serviced and in tip top condition if not do it ASAP. Not forgetting tyres are the backbone of a car and not to be neglected. Hopefully the videos below can be of great help to clear your doubts on managing your own tyres.

 



Image courtesy of simpletire.com
Side Wall Tyre Code :
[I]. P 185 / 78  R 14 82 S
P - Passenger Car Tyre
185 - Width of the tyre tread is185mm at the widest point
75 - Aspect ratio indicates the height of tyre sidewall is 75% of the width (139mm)
R - Radial 14 - this tyre fits 14" wheel
82 - the load index, maximum of 475kg (1050 lb) per tyre
S - the speed index, maximum permitted speed of 180 km/h (112 mph)
M+S - mud & snow

www.abcnews.go.com
[II]. {4202} - Age of tyre, production date on '42nd week Year 2002', shelf life of tyre is 4-6 years. Tyre Danger: The cryptic code that could save your life..abcNEWS





Summary: kPa to Psi Pressure Converter
1. Tyre Pressure: Inflate tyres in the morning, not forgetting your spare tyre
2. Rotation: Every 6 months or 6000miles or 9700 kilometers
3. Alignment: At least once a year


 
When to Replace Tyre? If the tread depth falls below 2/32" or 2.3mm its high time for a replacement of new tyre (s).


Over the years we have been using this word tyre or 'tayar' (in Malay) so often think there is no surprise many may not remember or know what it is called in Chinese? Even my late papa would say, 'tayar pump chat' lit. its in English for tyre puncture. Bananaz rarely hear the Mandarin word for tyre until cross checked with sweetie Mango on the actual term in Mandarin *pinyin* (are you ready?) tada.. its 輪胎 lún tāi.




Tyre experts have demonstrated and proven on the safety of placing new or least worn tyres at the back axle instead of front for better grip when cornering, which we have not been doing it right over the past decades. Not all tyre store  owners or auto dealers are aware of this latest research.

Wishing ALL a pleasant and enjoyable ride home. Drive safely and carefully and please DON'T speed.
"Gong Hizz Fa Cai"
         


56 Bunchesஇ:

lina said...

Good info and reminder with the coming festive season, Bananaz!

lina said...

Wah! I'm the first one to comment here today! :)

lina said...

We always go back to the same tyre brand for our car... old car. When don't have, we just follow whatever workshop ppl recommends.

Very not the informed customer style! huhuhu

rainfield61 said...

Drive safely, and Happy Chinese New Year.

And Happy Holiday.

And happy to be older by another year.

Bananazஇ said...

lina இ Yup you are the very first. Yalor many go makan or some on holiday. You balik kampung juga on long holidays or rather stay put relax not going anywhere?

Bananazஇ said...

lina இ Have been using new tyres on fron axle for donkey years from now on must change to back. Tayar shops also dunno the safety.

rainfield61 இ GongXiFaCai..Bananaz skip eating tangyuan for many years so remain young all the time hahaha

Hayley said...

Very interesting post!

I got to know even more now, actually before this I had basic knowledge about tyre cause I used to work at a tyre company/factory, hehe.

Bananazஇ said...

Hayley இ Oh really then you must be familiar with carbon black, Banbury or calendering etc No?

Bananazஇ said...

Hayley இ Saw the pixz of Yan & Yvonne with the company logo when Lean visited them. Yeah now know where you once worked there before.

reana claire said...

I for one don't know much about "tayar"... when the mechanic tells that my tayars are going to be botak, I would feel very uneasy... so normally I will change them after awhile cos I travel outstation quite often.. so far, I notice that the YOKOHAMA tyres are the best.. :)

foongpc said...

Thanks for the education on tyres. Very informative!

Bananazஇ said...

reana claire இ if you are constantly traveling outstation think better not to 'save' the money when tayar botak as it is dangerous especially in the rain. Bananaz changed his tayar even though still got lots of 'flower' because they have exceeded 5 years. No doubt the shelf life ranges from 4-6 years have to pain pain change them for safety reason. If Bananaz is auntie only goes to market, fetch children from school maybe can extend to another year or so.

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ Sama sama was thinking its timely since many would be balik kampung and also serves as a good reminder to get ready for the journey.

MEcoy said...

since i have no car
i really don't make effort to know about this
but we had experience on one of our trips a terrible tire situation
and from then i promised my self that if ever i get to have a car i'll make sure that it was at best condition from time to everything

foongpc said...

Oh I don't even know how to call tyres in chinese! Haha!! I guess we all just so used to the word 'tayar' now

wenn said...

my husband will normally change all the tayars when it's time.

lena said...

yeah, we will normally just say tayar pump cat! i didnt know tyre is 'lun tai' in mandarin. and sometimes we say' pow tai'!..but i think pow tai is more for us to mean ' pants have splitted!"

Leovi said...

Yes, first of all you have to escape the big deals, since they are often tires that have been stored too long and rubber tires are about to expire.

Yes, it's purple.

suituapui said...

Most do not care - as long as can jalan, ok dah!!! Best thing is before long journeys e.g. balik kampung...send care for check up and servicing...and most importantly, drive slowly and carefully. Biar lambat, asal selamat!!!

I know many work the whole day...and then at the end of the day, beat the after-office hours jam to drive home wherever that may be...and with everybody thinking the same thing, you can imagine the crawl...and how tired they would be on the wheel. Many accidents would have been avoided if people would think first. It can happen to anybody, yes...but sometimes, it may help if people do not simply follow their whims and fancies.

yvonne said...

Oh dear, Ah Hua works in a tyre manufacturing industry and is ignorant about tyre information. You put me to shame, Bananaz.

I only recognize the tyre industrial code and not the long long description as such P185/75R14, although I always support my end users by saying something like this, "What 185? It's 225. Wrong code, la!", hahaha!

Thank you, Bananaz for the further details of the tyre. My technician colleagues are too busy to entertain me if I were to ask them such questions.

Mr Lonely said...

well, i have no idea changing the tyres since i dun have car.. T.T

Yan said...

Bananaz, are you interested to join us here? We need a spokeman and also an advisor. You seem having a lot of professional knowledge on tires. Thumbs up bananaz. Now only I know our material number is a standard tire code.

Gratitude said...

Not into tyres; only pay attention to them when they start to go bald! lol
+Ant+

Bananazஇ said...

MEcoy இ One day you sure will own a car

foongpc இ Really you are a 'true' bananaz so 'tayar' all the way haha

wenn இ we need to have preventive maintenance smart move by hubby who would often look out for irregularities of the tyres. Wear & tear of a trye would depend on the upkeep of car condition.

Bananazஇ said...

lena இ Another bananaz like me haha, think in Cantonese/Mandarin they say pow tai as in puncture. Didn't hear of 'Pants have splitted' haha

Leovi இ Expired tires will crack & puncture easily. Yeah my favorite color purple.

suituapui இ Betul biar lambat asal selamat. Think best to drive at 3-4am to balik kampung with not much traffic then but all will think the same and hit the road at the same time but chances not that high haha.

Bananazஇ said...

yvonne இ Yeah saw your pixz with the company logo behind in Yan's post this morning. Being in the manufacturing line you may have different code as compared to product code. My pleasure, we are learning everyday btw the video show 185cm which is wrong it should be in mm. People from US not used to metric as they measure in inches.

Mr Lonely இ You may not have a car now but later you will and your mom & dad has one, relatives and friends too and you could also educate them to do the right thing.

Yan இ No scare me sister no play play you guys are in this line of biz should teach me more in future. Bananaz not expert merely accumulating facts tirelessly on tyres and through experiences from the University of Hardknocks haha.

Bananazஇ said...

+Ant+ இ How have you been lately busy with work?Heard of prevention is better than cure? haha. Sometimes we need to go deeper how come tyres reacted this way and wear out not evenly. Many reasons can happen, ie alignment not in proper, camber out, suspension faulty, not doing tyre rotation, over or under inflate and etc. Those days we can opt not to do so but nowadays tyres are too costly.

Kian Fai Koh said...

well, I am using some cheap tyre . . . and I wish I can change it soon . . . can feel the unstable-ness of it lo . . .

Kian Fai Koh said...

Thanks for the sharing Bananaz Boss :P

and Wish u a very Happy Chinese New Year too :P

EastCoastLife said...

I don't even own a driving licence. Can talk about my growing spare tire on my tummy. kekeke....

My hubby is contemplating driving to Cameron Highlands for the CNY holidays. I will ask my hubby to read your article. :P

HappySurfer said...

Cantonese also call it 'tai' as in 'pow tai' for a puncture.

Most informative post, Bananaz, esp the part about putting new tyre on the back axle. Thanks.

HappySurfer said...

You have a safe drive if you'll be going on the exodus. :D

Happy New Year! Gong Xi! Gong Xi! Gong Xi Ni!

Bananazஇ said...

Kian Fai Koh இ Follow you heart and grip well on the steering wheel and feel comfortable. Safety first. Happy Chinese New Year too.

EastCoastLife இ Better to get well prepared for the journey as tyres are the car backbone. Safety first.

HappySurfer இ Exactly we have been driving with better tyres in front axle from the old school. Time to change. tQ balik kampung mid week. GongXiFaCai.

[SK] said...

i really have no idea about that "tayar" at all.. i guess i am too busy trying to get rid of my own "spare tayar" as of now, hahahaha!!

[SK] said...

anyway, definitely an informative post.. and i guess Bananaz always do enough research for every single post of his.. making this blog InfoBlog instead, cool!!

[SK] said...

come to the tyres in mandarin 輪胎.. have you heard a joke about a very handsome HK artist who was the spokesmen for the XX Tyres?? he is really not good in mandarin, and when he says "XX Tyres can", he pronounced it as "lan tai lan" instead of "lun tai neng" which makes the whole thing sounds like he is swearing some vulgar words!! hilarious~~

Bananazஇ said...

SK இ You ain't got spare tayar but ABS. Wow infoBlog haha. Just wanna blog about proper facts so need more research that why very slow with only 2 or 3 entries a month. Ni neng Bananaz pu neng hahaha

London Callerஇ Sure? Bananaz never tried duit kopi to TM before and they did a good job leh. You lah spoil the market in bolehland haha.

Daisy இ tQ agree many just trust the tire store but they are not always right. Need to get one who is trust worthy as some would sell you tires that give them better profit or to their benefits and advantage than looking at the customers need.

Angie said...

This is a good and useful post. A good reminder especially for those gong balik kampung this CNY holidays.

We hear a lot of horror stories on roads mishaps, sometimes self-accident and one can't help thinking perhaps there was something wrong with the car for going out of control like that..
I confess I too do not know about tyres hahaha..Perhaps I should learn now.

Bananazஇ said...

Angie இ Many are not aware tyres are the backbone of the car and should be treated with special attention. Just like F1 races tyres is one of the main factor to win the race besides the driver's skills & the engine.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Bananaz, good posting. Its very true very few people pay attention to their car tires.
They forget its just that 4 small rubber patches on the road that sees us safe home , or naik atas. Habis cherita!

Where I am, with temp very frigid cold around -18'c,
-20'c.....tire pressures drop like chimpedak few pounds in a week. Batteries loose 30% of its charge over night.
Just imagine your fridge freezer around 0'c or at most -1'c.....

When I get in my car I can't hold the steering without gloves, my warm breath freezes on the windscreen turn to ice immediately. Have to scrape off to see.
And we can't pump air in when below -12'c. So have to check when temp goes up.

We have special winter tires here for our icy roads, or snow. I use a half and half, as very lecheh have to change the tires every 6 months, Summer to winter to summer tires.

Also under inflated uses more gas. Over inflated can affect cornering, braking.
CNY here no big deal...unlike where you are. But we do celebrate with friends, get together at their homes or ours.

Hey, you like to watch Samuari movies?
Check this out....on youtube.
Yamada, The Samurai of Ayothaya.
Fantastic movie.
Have a nice day, my friend, Stay easy.
Lee.

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Everybody likes duit kopi one in Bolehland.
CNY coming, mata also waiting extra angpau.
You drive slow slow ah, don't kena saman.

London Caller said...

Ha ha... Everybody likes duit kopi one in Bolehland.
CNY coming, mata also waiting extra angpau.
You drive slow slow ah, don't kena saman.

Bananazஇ said...

Uncle Lee இ Hi Lee, over your place tires are even more crucial as to what type you have to select. Here its OK due to the same weather condition throughout. Reading your comment my fingers are trembling with cold haha. Good enough few close friends to celebrate together that would be my preference. Love samurai movies when as a kid but somehow Japanese movies didn't continue after Shaw brothers 'saw' their movies I presume. Here wishing you and family GongXiFaCai

London Caller இ You tahu sama tahu sudah lah haha

khengsiong said...

We don't need to ape the Chinese. I will continue to say 'tayar' lah...

khengsiong said...

For Chinese Malaysians, globalization means getting closer to China...

Small Kucing said...

ops...me memang bananaz pasal tyre. All i know they have to be rotated every few months and they have expiry date

Small Kucing said...

ops...me memang bananaz pasal tyre. All i know they have to be rotated every few months and they have expiry date

Yee Ling said...

Zero knowledge about tyres. All I know is when tyre puncture, i go to the tyre shop and get the hole paste and pay RM5. Kao tim. ahhahhahah

Bananazஇ said...

khengsiong இ Yeah very much acceptable among all Malaysians to use 'tayar'.

Small Kucing இ Great you are aware of the rotation & production date.

Yee Ling இ 100% trust the tyre store and the repair process is so simple.

Leovi இ Morning will be more accurate.

Leovi said...

Magnificent tutorial on tires.

London Caller said...

They still hide behind trees?
That's easy to tell, you watch out for coming cars from the opposite. Good people will flash their lights to warn you! Ha ha...

Here in UK, people don't flash light to warn you one!
Ha ha... Bad road manners, right?!

Leovi said...

The next tires will come with a new car.

LifeRamblings said...

a great reminder to drive safely.

LifeRamblings said...

a great reminder to drive safely.

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ tQ. They should be new in date as well haha

London Caller இ We do have opposite nice an dkind people to flash and warn us. Oh not in London?

LifeRamblings இ Berhati hati di jalan raya

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