Hi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The FrontlinesHi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The Frontlines

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Hi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The Frontlines

This is Joe and I am so excited that I have landed an auto mechanic apprenticeship. I've never wanted to do anything else. I grew up watching dad tinkering with his car on weekends and the desire to be around grease and oil has been in my veins ever since. Even though I've only been training for a year, I've learnt that car servicing and repairs are different from when I used to watch my dad. These days it is very hi-tech and involves researching online manuals when a less common car comes in. It has really made me aware that mechanics need to be well-qualified and dedicated to their job as carelessness can put you in serious danger. I want everyone to understand the complexities of auto servicing these days and this journal is the result. I wish the very best for you and your car. Take care.

Are You Sure That Your Car Tyres Are Still in Great Condition?

When was the last time that you had a good look at the tyres fitted to your vehicle? Certainly, you may give them a cursory glance as you walk around the vehicle each day, but do you take the time to look at the other side of each tyre or the part that is hidden from everyday view? Why should you pay more attention to this task or, if need be, take the vehicle in for an inspection?

How Tyres Are Made

Each tyre fitted to your vehicle represents a masterpiece of engineering in its own right. The companies that make these parts go to great lengths to design them so that they are strong enough to last while being flexible enough to grip the road in any weather condition.

Each tyre is made up of many different pieces of rubber that are joined together with a special adhesive. At the centre of the tyre is a frame made of metal that forms the carcass and is able to give the tyre its general appearance. There will also be a bag within the tyre that is designed to hold the air. It is sometimes called an inner tube and is a critical component.

All newly designed tyres have been tested in harsh conditions and put through a great deal of abuse before they are certified as being fit for purpose and released to your tyre dealer for onward sale.

Normal Operation

As a vehicle owner, you need to ensure that you add the right amount of air to each tyre as recommended by the manufacturer. If you pay attention here, you can expect the tyre to perform as intended and keep you and your family safe during all weather conditions.

The Risk of Damage

Issues can arise, and many of these are linked to the unfortunate state of the typical Australian road. Potholes can certainly present a problem, while sharp objects may also damage the tyre. While the tyre may puncture altogether if it is penetrated by a nail or similar object, a sudden impact can damage the interior structure. So, if you hit the edge of a pothole at speed, this may cause the inner tube to puncture, which could release air into the outer casing. The associated pressure could cause a bulge or bubble to form on the tyre's sidewall, and if you notice one of these imperfections, you need to take action as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this damage can compromise the efficiency and safety of the tyre, and you'll need to replace it.

The Need for Inspection

As a bulge or bubble could form on the far side of the tyre, you may not notice it during a cursory inspection. This is why you should take the vehicle in for a regular assessment so an experienced technician can carefully inspect each tyre and take action if necessary.