When you own a vehicle, always remember the importance of tire inspections. The tires are important because they are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. Although tires today have become safer, they still remain a major source of accidents due to tire blowouts, tread separation, and any other issues that might occur. Tires need constant attention, periodic checks and proper maintenance for proper handling, better fuel economy, and extended tire life. Knowing the importance of tire inspections should also include checking the air pressure regularly and frequently. An important point to be kept in mind is that it is not tires that support the vehicle’s weight, but the air pressure inside. Most of us rely on visual inspection of tires to know if it is properly inflated or not, but to visually notice under inflation, it requires inflation pressure to reduce to about 50 % of recommended inflation pressure. Under inflated tires not only increases safety risk, but it also increases fuel consumption as rolling resistance increases. If you think that over inflating it so that you get more time before the next air refill, you are mistaken, over inflation equally increases tire damage. So the aim is to inflate it to the recommended pressure. However visual inspection of tires for cuts, bulges, tread wear, and inflation is recommended. This should be done on a daily basis, or at least once a week. If you not sure of the condition of the tires, make sure to contact us and we can inspect the tires for you. Catching an issue at the first sign can help you prevent further damage in the long run. The importance of tire inspections will help your vehicle to be safe and reliable. Having a good set of tires will also help improve fuel efficiency as well.
One issue that the tires could face is dry rot. Dry rot is a common problem affecting a sizable number of vehicle tires. If you are worried about your tires getting dry rot, there are a few things you can do in order to prevent or reduce the chance of this happening. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If they need to be replaced, we can advise you on the options you have to ensure the tires are in good condition. While a regular amount of sun exposure should not do any harm to your tires, excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays is among the most common causes of dry rot in car tires, as well as a number of other rubber-based objects. With that in mind, it is recommended that you park your vehicle in well-shaded areas whenever possible, particularly if it is warmer out or the summer. If you have no choice but to park your car in a sun-heavy area, you may want to invest in a car cover that protects the entire vehicle. This can protect the tires, paint, and interior of the vehicle. In addition to being careful about where you park your vehicle, apply tire protector monthly to shield your tires from dry rot-causing ultraviolet rays. Purchase a water-based protector. Although application instructions may vary slightly depending on the brand, most protectors can be applied to tires with the aid of a cloth. Again, they are most effective when administered on a monthly basis. No matter what issue your vehicle might have, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By having the issue fixed at the first sign, you can help reduce the chance of further damage, as well as a costly repair bill. It is also important to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. No matter if it is something out of the norm that you hear, smell, or notice, the vehicle should be brought in for maintenance. This way we can inspect it and advise you on the options you have. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.
If you check the air pressure regularly, you can notice when there may be a distinct drop in the tire. The amount of air in the tire should be what is recommended in you vehicles owner’s manual. If you find that you have to re-inflate the tire more frequently, it is time to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the tire. After we inspect the tire, we can present you with the options you have so the tire can hold the air again. Make sure to carefully examine the entire tread of your tire. Also inspect the sidewalls of the tire. When you inspect the tire, look for any cuts, cracks, splits, or objects that may have become embedded in the tread or the side of the tire. If you notice any marks or cracks on the tire, take a white china marker and circle any of these possible trouble spots. Bring your vehicle in and we can look at the tires and the areas circled to see what the issue may be. While you re-inflate the tire, listen for a high-pitched hiss that signals air leaving the tire at any trouble spots. You can also feel for any air leaving the tire. This is especially noticeable where the leak is large. Having to re-inflate the tire on a frequent basis may indicate there are multiple leaks, or the leak is large. At the first sign of a leak, it is best to bring your vehicle in so the small issue can be fixed before it becomes a larger issue or repair bill. If you notice low tires and are unaware of where the leak may be coming from, try using bubbles. Take any kind of spray cleaner or window cleaner and spray around the tire. You should cover 1/6 of the circumference at a time. Where the bubbles start showing is a sign of an air leak. You can also circle the areas where the bubbles are with a china marker. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in on a regular basis for scheduled maintenances. Between visits, you may notice issues with your tires. Bring your vehicle in if you notice anything wrong with the tires. Also, check the air pressure regularly at home for your vehicle. This way, you may be able to catch slow and small leaks before it becomes something much larger.
One part of the vehicle that is easily forgotten about until it is needed is the spare tire. This is because you will not need to drive on the spare tire unless the regular goes flat or blows out. You will want to inspect the spare tire when you check the regular tires as well. This includes air pressure, tread wear, and the overall condition of the tires. If you notice anything out of the norm with the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. While full-size matching spare tires and wheels require the greatest amount of storage space, they are the most versatile. Full-size matching spare tires and wheels should be integrated into the vehicle’s tire rotation pattern from the beginning. This will essentially create a set of five tires that will last longer than just four, as well as will wear out the spare tire before it ages out. If the vehicle has all-wheel or four-wheel drive, the spare tire will remain at a similar tread depth to the other tires on the vehicle, reducing driveline stress when called into service. Additionally, when it is time to replace the vehicle’s tires, they can be replaced as a set of five allowing you to benefit from using the latest tire technology or select a more desirable tire size that fits the original wheels. Full-size temporary spare tires and wheels match the vehicle’s original tire dimensions, but typically feature lighter-weight construction and a shallower tread depth to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy and make the spare easier to install. While most of today’s vehicles are originally equipped with alloy wheels, full-size temporary spares are typically mounted on steel wheels and should be used only as spares. Temporary compact spare tires are physically shorter and narrower than the vehicle’s standard tires and wheels. Their smaller dimensions require they operate at higher inflation pressures typically sixty pounds per square inch than standard tires. The compact temporary spare tire and wheel that comes with a vehicle is designed to fit that vehicle only. Never attempt to use a temporary compact spare tire and wheel on another vehicle unless it is the exact same make and model. All temporary spare tires are designed for short-term use only and they are not designed with the same capabilities in terms of load capacity, speed capability, or all-weather traction. Always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual and the temporary spare’s sidewall for instructions on proper use. It is also important to recognize that controlling a vehicle may be more difficult when using a temporary spare, and temporary spare tires are usually accompanied with warnings that advise against towing a trailer, or traveling over fifty miles per hour for further than fifty miles.
Inspecting the tires is important. When the temperature drops, air contracts and as the molecules get closer together, the reduction in volume causes tires to lose their pressure. Before you know it, your tires are underinflated. From oil changes to sparkplug replacements, most vehicle owners understand that regular maintenance is necessary to keep their vehicle roadworthy. Often, tire maintenance is often viewed as lower priority leaving something as important as tire pressure all but forgotten. A tire can be as much as 50% under inflated before it is even visibly noticeable. Under inflated tires greatly increase braking distances and can dramatically affect steering and handling. Additionally, under inflation can cause irregular wear, meaning your tires will wear out a lot quicker and cost you more money in the end. In a worst case scenario under inflated tires can overheat, which sometimes causes blowouts, so be sure to check the tires regularly. Vehicles with under inflated tires get poorer gas mileage than vehicles with properly inflated tires. Under inflated tires put more tire surface in contact with the road, causing more rolling resistance and friction with the road. The result is poor gas mileage and higher fuel costs. Depending on how often you fill up, that can lead to hundreds of dollars over the space of a single year. Check your tire pressure regularly during the winter months. Most new vehicles come equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) but if you drive an older model vehicle, you will need to take it upon yourself to remain vigilant. As the temperature drops from day to day you may find that tires that were fine yesterday are underinflated the next day. Keep that in mind if the TPMS warning light flashes on an especially cold morning. To achieve proper tire pressure, use the inflation pressure guide recommended by the manufacturer. You will usually find this information in your owner’s manual, on your vehicle’s doorjamb, or on the inside of the glove box door. If you notice anything with the tires or your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.