Sep 15 2016

Tire Care 101

46062486 - engineer  balancing  car wheel on balancer in workshopWithout reliable tires, your car won’t be getting very far. Tire manufacturers use many advanced methods to produce tires that will last years and years, but it’s up to you to complete the maintenance that will keep them in prime condition. Alignment and Balance When your care is aligned properly, your front and rear tires are suspended correctly, and this allows for ideal vehicle handling. Poor alignment can cause frustrating and damaging problems like irregular tire wear and crooked driving trajectory. Misalignment is most likely to occur after an accident or hitting a big pothole, so have it checked after any type of strong impact. While alignment deals with suspension, balance relates to the way the tires are mounted. If one area is heavier or lighter than the rest, then the tire is off-balance and mounted incorrectly. It’s important to check for balance any time a tire is replaced or alignment is corrected, since poor balance can place too much stress on the tires and cause premature wear and tear. Check Air Pressure Would you ride a bike 10 miles on flat tires? Even if you tried, you’d need to use about 10 times the effort just to get the same distance as you could on inflated tires. This same principle applies to cars as well. When your tire air pressure is low, you suffer from poor gas mileage and loss of steering and cornering stability. On the other hand, if you overinflate your vehicles, you’ll place your tires at risk of premature damage. The correct air pressure is critical, so read your owner’s manual for the optimal PSI level and check tire air pressure once per month. Rotation and Tread Think about the strain the road places on your car tires every single time you drive. This pressure leads to tire wear, which is unavoidable. Rotation can extend the life of your tires by moving tires into different positions to help the tread wear evenly and thus keep the tire alive longer. Experts recommend rotation every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. All it takes is a few simple measures of prevention to ensure that you get the maximum use out of your tires.