July 29, 2013

Tire importance for your vehicle

The tires are a very important part of your vehicle. They are constantly in contact with the road and are what makes your vehicle move. It also provides stability and reliability to yourself, as well as the passengers in your vehicle. Good tires will also help to provide you with better fuel economy for your vehicle. Tires that are inflated properly and have good tread will make it easier for your vehicle to run and allow the tires to rotate without issues. Why maintaining the tires is important The tires are the part of your vehicle that has constant contact with the road. Tires that are in poor condition have the potential of not allowing the vehicle to brake reliably. If the tires are poorly maintained, applying the brakes could mean that your vehicle will slide in one direction or another before coming to a full stop. This is especially critical if you are in a quick stop situation and need to apply the brakes immediately. If you do not keep the air pressure of your tires at the correct level, they can become over or under inflated. This can lead to tire failure or possible puncture due to a sharp object in the road. It can also affect the ability to control your vehicle. Noises of bad tires The tires can make several noises as they are starting to wear down. Some noises are normal wear and tear, but other noises are signs that you may have a bad tire. If you notice anything strange or out of the ordinary, it is always best to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the tires. We will inspect the tires and will be able to notice if there are any issues with them or any part of your vehicle. If you hear a thumping sound from your tires, it could be a sign of a flat spot in your tire. A tire defect or the brakes locking up usually cause flat spots in the tires. If you are noticing a constant humming noise that changes with the speed you are driving, it could be a sign of chopped tread in your tire. Chopped tread is a sign that a suspension component is failing or that there is a lack of rotation with your tires. What you will notice To make sure your tires have the maximum life and safety they can, you should make sure to give your tires a visual inspection regularly and before any trips you might take. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires as well. The air pressure should be checked to make sure it is at the correct amount specified in your vehicle owner’s manual. You will want to make sure the tires are not under or over inflated. Also check the tread on the tires to make sure it is not balding and that it is wearing unevenly. When you inspect the tire closer, make sure to look for cracks or bulges on it. If ignored, these can sometimes lead to blowouts. Also inspect the tires for any signs of punctures, nails, or any other foreign objects that may be imbedded into the tire. By inspecting your tires, you may help to increase the lifespan of them as well. A regular tire rotation with every other oil change is an excellent way to know the condition of your tires, brakes, and suspension.
July 3, 2013

Making Sure to Repair Your Tires Properly

Knowing how to care for and repair your tires properly is quite handy.  Road hazards, punctures, impacts, or potholes can cause damage that can lead to tire failure.  You may notice an instant drop in tire pressure, or it may lose the pressure slowly.  In either case, you should bring it in as soon as possible, as driving on a flat or low tire is dangerous and also damaging to your vehicle.  Sometimes, the tire damage will be too severe to be repaired, and you may need to replace the tire all together.  There are some ways you can temporarily patch your tire until you are able to bring it in, but it is recommended you do so as soon as possible. Why you would need to repair your tires Repairing your tires, no matter what shape they are in is important.  It can be dangerous if you are driving on a tire that continuously loses air or has a puncture.  It is important to your safety, as well as the safety of others that you have it inspected as soon as possible.  By taking in your vehicle to regular tune-ups, you will be able to learn what condition your tires are in, and when you might need to repair or replace them.  If your tires start leaking air pressure, they will wear unevenly and cause even more damage to the tires themselves, forcing you to buy new ones.  It can also cause you to get lower gas mileage, as the car will need to work harder to make up for the uneven tires. Inspecting the tires It is important to check your tires on a regular basis.  You should check them at least once a month and before any long road trips you might be taking.  It is also important to go to the regularly scheduled tune-ups for your vehicle, as the mechanic can also check your tires and may see things you have missed.  You should look for excessive or irregular tread wear, scrapes, cuts, bulges, cracks, punctures, or stones and other debris that might be embedded in the tread.  If you notice any of these or repeated pressure loss over an amount of time, you should take your vehicle in to have it looked at immediately.  By keeping your tires inflated in in the best condition, you can help provide safer travels for your self and others. It may do more harm than you think By driving on a tire that is leaking air pressure in one way or another, you are doing more damage than you might think.  By driving on a tire that is lower, the tire will start to wear differently and be worn in the wrong spots.  This can cause you to have to fully replace the tire, which will cost you more money in the long run.  It will also cause your vehicle to work harder to make up for the underinflated tire, and result in lower gas mileage.  It can also result in any damage to the undercarriage of your vehicle as well.