Maple Grove Auto Repair Shop

August 7, 2013

Know Your Tires for Effective Tire Repair and Care

Summer is the time when people are taking road trips and doing other warm weather tasks. The easiest thing you can do to make your traveling and commuting trips safer is to take care of your tires. Tire care is one of the most important things you can do for your car, but not many people even notice their tires until they are stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. If you take time to take care of them, you will lessen your chances of that happening, your car will be safer, and the tires will last longer. Check Out Those Tires You should make it a point to inspect your tires on a regular basis. You should make sure that you check the tread pattern. A visual inspection of the tread will let you know if your car needs some adjustment to the tires or the alignment. If your tires are wearing unevenly, then you may need to have the tires rotated. If the wear is showing only along the outer side of the tire and not over the entire contact surface, then you may need a wheel alignment or an adjustment to your steering and suspension. You should also make sure to remove any debris that may be lodged between the treads and make sure that there is nothing sticking out of the tire. A tire will lose air pressure if there is something stuck in it, and if the air leakage is slow, you may not notice a problem until the tire deflates to the point where it affects your driving. Is the Pressure Right? You should also check your tire pressure regularly. If a tire has too much or too little air inside, it can compromise the safety of your vehicle. The vehicle will become difficult to control and cause you to have an accident. You can check the air pressure with a tire pressure gauge. These are commonly found in auto parts supply stores and some gas stations for a reasonable price. The air pressure inside the tire should match the recommendations of the manufacturer. The recommended level is normally posted on sticker located inside the driver side doorjamb, or you can find it in your owner’s manual. If you have too little air, you can add more. If you have too much air, you can use the gauge to release the excess. Watch the Road Even though you may be a careful driver and obey the speed limit, you should also be watching the road for obstacles like nails, large wood splinters, sharp edges, and other hazards. It is not enough to just look for potholes and navigating around railroad tracks. All of these things can affect the air pressure inside the tire, and you should make sure that your speed is allowing you to be able to maneuver safely around and over these things. Even if the railroad tracks are smooth, you should still slow down when driving over them. Jolts can knock your suspension out of alignment and can affect the alignment of your tires. When you take care of your tires, they will get you safely to all of your destinations and regular daily errands.
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.