Tires are often an overlooked item for car maintenance, but are critical for the proper operation of your car and an essential safety item. Far too many poorly maintained tires are leading causes of car accidents every year. Poorly maintained tires can even make it hard to drive and cause a drop in gas mileage. Here are five must have tips for the proper maintenance and care of your tires:
Routine Tire Inspection
Every time you get in and out of the car, whether it is to just get gas or just park, it’s important to do a quick physical inspection of your tires. Look for things like uneven wear, bulges, bumps, or items protruding from the tire itself such as nails or other debris. If you see any of these, bring the car in quickly to an auto repair shop to have the tires checked by a professional.
Monthly air pressure check
An easy inspection item for your tires you can do yourself is to check the tire pressure monthly. Each car and tire is unique so you will have to check your vehicle owners manual as well as the technical specifications right on the tire itself. Of particular note is you see a tire than continually loses pressure, you need to bring the car in professional to have it inspected right away.
Uneven Wear Check By A Professional
Tires that are unevenly worn may be a sign that your alignment needs correcting.This can cause poor gas mileage and even lead to driver fatigue and tires not lasting as long as advertised on their warranty. Often, an alignment check and balance will fix this. You can even use what is known as the penny test to see if the tire is worn too thin.
Tire Balance with New Tires
A brand new tire can disturb the balance among the remaining older tires. A proper tire balancing can fix this and make sure that there will continue to be even wear and proper handling and steering.
An all too often a forgotten maintenance item is checking the spare tire. Checking it for proper inflation as well as making sure you have the correct jack, lug wrench and other safety items required to safely change the tire.
If you’d like to have your tires or other components of your vehicle inspected, contact us online or call us at 719.481.4393