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Keys to Proper Tire and Wheel Maintenance
It’s literally where the rubber meets the road yet it is easy to forget about those 4 wheels of rubber that keep you moving. Proper and regular tire and wheel maintenance is necessary not only for better handling and fuel economy, but for overall safety. Checking tires and wheels on a regular basis will help extend the life of your car.
Here are some basic steps involved in maintaining tires and wheels to ensure your safety on the road.
Select the correct tires and wheels for your vehicle
It is important to make sure you have selected the correct tires and wheels for your vehicle. If you are unsure of which tire is best for your car, you can refer to your owner’s manual or look inside the driver’s side door of the car. We, at Mick’s Auto, can also recommend the best tire for your car.
Check tire pressure
Improper tire pressure is the top cause for unnecessary tire failure. If tires are over inflated or under inflated, tires can be subject to irregular wear and tire stress. Improper tire pressure can also cause loss of driving control and lead to accidents. You can find the recommended inflation level for your car on the inside of the front door panel. While your tires may not appear flat, it is important to use a tire gauge when checking tire pressure. It is recommended that you check air pressure monthly. Be sure to check the air in your spare tire as well.
Maintain proper alignment
Have you ever felt like your car was pulling to one side or that your steering wheel was suddenly shaking? There are both signs of improper alignment. Simply driving over a pothole or hitting a curb can throw your wheels out of alignment. Improper alignment will eventually cause uneven wear and leave you susceptible to blow outs and a shorter lifespan for your tires. It is important to have a certified service center like Mick’s Auto check your alignment on a regular basis.
Regularly rotate tires
Your front tires have a different responsibility than your back tires and different tires carry different amounts of weight. It is important to rotate your tires on a regular basis in order to slow down uneven tread wear. Tires should be rotated roughly every 5,000 miles.
Inspect and measure tire tread
Inspecting and measuring tire tread is an important habit to adopt. Uneven tread wear can cause your vehicle to lose optimum grip on the road and leave you vulnerable to adverse conditions. If your tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch then it is time to replace your tires. There are built in tread indicators that will be visible if your tread is worn down. Mick’s Auto can also check your tread wear during your regular maintenance appointment.