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5 things to help Maintain the tires

by | Jul 28, 2017 | Car Care Tips, General Car Maintenance, Safe Driving Tips, Tire Repair



It is typical for tires to lose air over time, so it is important to check the tire pressure regularly. The tires should be inflated to the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. The pressure should be checked after the vehicle has been sitting for several hours to ensure that the tires are cold. As you drive, the tires create heat that will then increase the air pressure in them. This can cause an issue because it will mask tires that are actually under inflated. Tires that are under inflated have more rolling resistance that can increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle. Under inflated tires also create more heat as they rotate, and it can lead to tire failure.



You can check the depth of the tread by placing the edge of a penny upside down into the grooves of the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you should invest in a new set of tires. It is always best to replace all four at once rather than just one tire. The tread of the tire helps to keep traction on the road’s surface as you travel. If the tread has worn down, it can make handling the vehicle difficult at times.




When checking the tread or air pressure of the tire, also make sure to check the tire for any wear. The inside and outside edges of the tires should be inspected for any punctures or damage. Any bulges, cracks, or cuts should be an indication to have the tires inspected for any other issues. It should also be inspected for any uneven wearing that has occurred. If there is uneven wear on the tires, it is usually a sign that your vehicle is out of alignment. Proper alignment can help to provide optimal handling for your vehicle. It can also help to prevent premature wear to the tires.




If you notice the vehicle having a shimmy or any other type of vibrations, it may be a sign the tires are out of balance. These can be felt through the steering wheel as well when driving. If the tires are out of balance, make sure to bring it in so that your vehicle can travel correctly again.




If you get a flat tire while traveling, one of the last things you want to have happen is to get the spare tire and notice it is flat as well. You should inspect the spare tire just like you would the regular tires. This should be done frequently, so the tire will be usable incase you need it. Also, make sure the spare has the proper air pressure recommended by the vehicle owner’s manual.