How to Maintain Your Car’s Tires

January 13, 2014

General Tire Maintenance is Important

Your vehicle is one of the largest investments you will make, so it is important to keep it as well maintained as possible. The tires should be inspected regularly to ensure the condition of them. You should inspect them at least once a week, especially in the winter. Also make sure to bring your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenances. This way we can also inspect the tires for how they are wearing. If tires need to be repaired or replaced, we can advise you on the options you have. In some instances, aligning or balancing the tires may need to be done. This can also help prevent issues from happening to other parts of the vehicle. This can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Air Pressure should be at the proper amount The air pressure should be inspected regularly. This is because the tire can lose one pound of air pressure when the temperature drops ten degrees. Make sure the tires are filled to the correct amount of air pressure recommended. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, as well as inside the driver’s door. This way you can help to prevent tires that are over inflated or under inflated. Having properly inflated tires can also help extend the life of them. This is because they will wear correctly when the vehicle operates. The fuel efficiency of your vehicle can also improve with the correct air pressure. If tires are over or under inflated, the vehicle will use more fuel to try and correct them. Also, you can help to save on damage of the rims of the tires. Under inflated tires can eventually cause damage to the rims, which will result in them needing to be replaced. Inspect the Tires for the condition they are in The tires should be inspected for what condition they are in. Check the sidewalls and tread of the tires. Check for any cracks or punctures that may be present. Over time, tires may develop dry rot and will need to be replaced. Checking the tires can help to ensure that there are not any nails or sharp objects in them. The tread should be checked to make sure the proper amount is there. If you notice any flat or bald spots, there may be an issue with how the tires are rotating. Tires that are unaligned or unbalanced may lead to issues with how they are wearing. We can inspect the tires for you to help increase the chance that they will be reliable for you when you are driving. Don’t forget to check the Spare Tire  While inspecting the tires, also remember to check the spare tire. The spare tire is often forgotten about until it is needed. It is one of the most important parts of the vehicle because it can help you get to a place to have the regular tire fixed. The spare tire should have the tread, sidewall, and air pressure checked. It is recommended to do all of this at the same time that you inspect the regular tires.
November 25, 2013

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

Proper tire maintenance is crucial to the vehicle’s safety and durability when you travel. Inspecting and maintaining the tires on a regular basis can also help to extend the life of the tires as well. There are a few basic steps involved in maintaining the tires. There are also some important precautions that you can follow to help improve the life of the tires, as well as your own safety. Tires can last depending on how the vehicle is driven, where it is driven, and how much maintenance is performed for the vehicle and tires. If the tires have been worn down so they are no longer efficient, they should be replaced as soon as possible. Always make sure to bring your vehicle in for the recommended maintenances it needs. We can also inspect the tires to ensure they are in a good and efficient condition. Checking the air pressure, how they are wearing, and the alignment are important so the tires can be as effective as possible.   The right type of tire is important   The most important thing to do in tire maintenance is to select the correct type of tire for your vehicle. Always use the type of tire that is recommended for the vehicle. This information can usually be found and is listed in the vehicle owner’s manual, as well as inside the door of the vehicle. If you are unsure of what type of tire is the best for your vehicle, we can help advise and recommend the correct kind. Once the tires are installed on your vehicle, make sure to keep them lasting as long as possible by checking the inflation and condition of them on a regular basis. It is also recommended to rotate the tires so they can wear evenly with time and miles.   Inspect the air pressure regularly   The tire pressure is also very important in keeping the tires in good condition. It is recommended to check the inflation of the tires every time you fill up with fuel. This is also beneficial because most gas stations provide compressed air for inflation. All vehicles have a recommended inflation level listed inside the door, so you can be assured they are filled properly.   Have the tires aligned as well   While inspecting the tires, make sure they are properly aligned as well. The alignment should be checked on a regular basis, or after you hit an object. A vehicle that is out of alignment will cause uneven wear to the tires, and over time, it may lead to damage. The wheels may also need to be balanced, especially if you notice shuddering at high rates of speed. Also check the shock absorbers and struts, as they can affect the tire wear over time. Be cautious of the roads you travel on. Holes with frequent potholes can cause the vehicle’s alignment to slip and could cause damage to the tires. If you need to drive on these roads frequently, check the alignment often. This can help preserve the condition and life of your tires.