Tyre wear patterns and close examination of damage to tyres can reveal underlying vehicle defects that cannot be spotted easily. Tyre wear patterns can point to damage to suspension components. Such damage is easily reparable and quick repairs will ensure that customers will not experience tyre trouble again. MEYLE has recently posted a video tutorial on the “MEYLE TV” YouTube channel, that concisely summarizes the causes of possible tyre damage and the remedial actions that can be taken.
In the video, “MEYLE Mechanics” discuss the diferent types of abnormalities that might be seen in tyres and explain how damage to vehicle components can cause them. For example if the tyres wear out faster only on one side or what is known as unilateral tyre wear can be caused by damage to the shock absorbers, incorrect axle alignment or local wear caused by incorrect braking behaviour. In the video, the mechanics detail a total of six different damage patterns and explain what steps to take to solve in issue in each of the scenarios. The solutions range from replacing the ABS sensor to changing the shock absorbers.
The video also explains how the MEYLE joint play tester helps the diagnostic process by localizing and identifying defects. This is a multi-functional tool that can also be used as a wheel gripper to remove tight wheels with just a little effort.
The new “Tyre Damage Patterns” video can be watched by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/k4ppUIrQZNc.
The MEYLE joint play tester and wheel gripper
The following table provides a summary of the benefits of the MEYLE joint play tester and wheel gripper (MEYLE no. 999 990 0000):
– ideal for initial control arm mount examination (does not substitute for visual inspection for hydro mounts)
– is assembled directly on the wheel and there is no need for preparatory work like lifting the vehicle
– enhances customer experience and serves as a practical and credible demonstration of why repair is needed.
– no damage to the wheel rim
– secure mounting is possible with the anti-slip spikes
– assembles onto the wheel in seconds
– easy on the back and joints
– removal of tight wheels is easy with low-force lever arm
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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