Tire care tips
Feb 20, 2018 3:22 PM - 428 Views
Once you buy a set of new tires all these maintenance tips are usually provided at no cost. You just have to go in and wait in line a while. So in the name of saving a few bucks try and take car of those new tires.
This is the most basic thing you can do when caring for your tires, and it really doesn’t require much effort. Tire pressure tends to drop as the cold weather moves in, and properly inflated tires are better at dealing with inclement weather, so make sure you keep an eye on this. All you need is a digital tire pressure gauge and some air. Tire pressure is one of the most neglected, yet easiest, tire services out there—all you need is a digital tire pressure gauge and some air. Stop by your local gas station to use their air pump for little or no cost at all.
If you have ever felt your car vibrate or shake at high speeds on the highway, there is a good chance that your wheels are off balance. Your wheels are lined with weights that are evenly distributed around your wheel’s circumference. Over time and with consistent usage, these weights will start to shift and your wheels will be off balance. This can lead to a rougher ride and more wear for your tire tread, so it is definitely worth the money to schedule these balancing appointments to get the longest life out of your tires.
This is good advice, particularly if you have a car with 4-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive. Tread wear is definitely something to keep an eye on, and if your front wheels are not as fresh as your back wheels or vice-versa, you run the risk of one of them blowing out. Different brake thresholds and poor handling are also concerns that stem from uneven tread wear.
Also, depending on your commute or the drivetrain of your car, vehicles will naturally put more pressure on either the front, back, left or right side tires. Taking your car in for consistent tire rotations will help to even out tread wear going forward. Your mechanic will switch tires with the most tread wear to different wheels on the car that have tires with low tread wear, and vice-versa.
This becomes important if you run into any unexpected turbulence while you are on the road. Anything from minor bumps and potholes to fender benders and serious accidents can damage your car’s suspension, which works in tandem with your tires. Suspension damage affect your tire alignment, which could cause awkward friction between your tires and the road, resulting in uneven or accelerated tread wear. These are the kinds of variable problems that you should take seriously in order to protect your tires. If you think there might be an issue with your car’s alignment, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
There are a number of other minor things that you can do to care for your tires and wheels, and they usually start with how you drive. Naturally, the faster you accelerate from a stop, the quicker your tread is going to burn, so be sure to take it easy on the gas. The same goes for braking. As previously mentioned, protect your car’s suspension and wheel alignment by keeping an eye out for potholes and speed bumps.
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