There’s a lot riding on your tires. They maintain traction on the road, and they absorb the shock of every bump along the way. Proper maintenance will maximize both the life and performance of your vehicle’s tires.
Improperly inflated tires can affect both your fuel efficiency and how your car handles in various types of weather. Many vehicle monitoring systems alert you to a tire with low pressure, but it does not tell you which tire. Use an inexpensive tire pressure gauge to check your tires monthly and before long road trips. Recommended tire pressure levels can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual and on a driver’s side door frame sticker.
Tire tread is the key to your vehicle maintaining traction on the road. For every mile driven, the tread is wearing away. To check for low tread, put a penny between the treads with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see his scalp, it’s time for a new tire. Most tires also have an indicator bar to show you the minimum tread required for safe driving.
Signs of wheel misalignment include a vehicle that pulls to one side, a steering wheel that’s off-center while driving straight, and uneven tread wear on the tires. Driving a car with improper wheel alignment will cause your tires to wear out prematurely. Have a technician align your tires as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms.
Your tires are balanced to your vehicle’s wheels with small weights that sit between the rim and the tire. When these weights shift or become lost, your car may start to vibrate, and your tires will wear unevenly. Most manufacturers recommend rebalancing the wheels every 5,000-6,000 miles.
You’ll get the most out of each tire by rotating it to a different position on your vehicle every 6,000 miles. Why? Because even with proper balancing and alignment, tires don’t wear evenly. If you have a full-size spare, include it in your rotation schedule.
If you require tire maintenance, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today.