Tips & Advice:

Tires have been a vehicle's most important safety feature for more than 100 years. After all, they are a vehicle's only contact with the road.  So, if a consumer has tires that are worn, under-inflated, or not suited to the environment, they put themselves, their vehicle, and others at risk. 

Here are some quick tips.

 

  • Air Pressure:

  • • It’s possible for a passenger tire initially inflated to 35 psi (pounds per square inch) to lose 1 psi each month.
     

  • • Be sure to properly check all four tires cold once a month and before a long trip.
     

  • • Whether you have a full-size or mini spare, make sure that it is properly inflated as well.
     

Recommended Pressure:
 

If you don’t know the proper inflation air pressure for your tires, what do you do?

Easy. Check at one of the following places on your vehicle:

  • In the vehicle owners manual.

  • On the vehicle’s door jamb.

  • The glove compartment door.

  • Inside the fuel hatch filler flap.

Rotation:

The best way to prevent uneven wear is to have your tires rotated every 6,000 - 8,000 miles or as specified in your vehicle's owner manual.

Potential Tire Troubles: 

1. Curbs can prove to be big trouble to your tires. Approach curbs with care, if you drive over them too fast or at the wrong angle the impact may cause the tire to crack.

2. Avoid potholes or debris in the road when possible.

3. Avoid fast stops & starts.

**Be sure to check your owner's manual for your vehicles maximum load. Overloading your vehicle can shorten your tires life.

 

How to Properly Check Tire Pressure:

 
  • • Beware of public pressure gauges at gas stations. They are often abused and unreliable.
  • •Purchase a good pressure gauge and check it for accuracy with your tire retailer.
  • •Check your tires cold – before you’ve driven even one mile or at least three hours after the vehicle has been stopped.

Inflation Tips:

  1. Air expands when it’s hot and contracts when it’s cold
  2. It’s best to inflate your tires in the morning before the day’s heat

Valves and Valve Caps:

When it comes to proper tire pressure, the tire’s valve is a very important maintenance item. Valves are ordinarily made of rubber, so they can deteriorate over time. Replace them when you buy new tires. At high speeds, a cracked, deteriorated rubber valve stem can bend from centrifugal force and allow air loss.

The valve cap is also an important item. Buy high-quality valve caps that can help contain the tire’s air, should the core of the valve fail for any reason. Valve caps also keep out moisture, which could freeze and in turn depress the valve core, causing air loss. The cap also keeps out dust and dirt particles, which could also interfere with the proper operation of the valve core and cause air loss.

 

Replacing Your Tires: 

You should replace your tires with the same type of tires that came on your vehicle original equipment. This includes tire size, type and speed rating.

 
Simple Tire Tips:
 Get in the habit of checking your tires while you're waiting at the gas pump. Here's what you have to look for:
 
  • Tread: You should have some. A minimum of 1/16-inch to be exact. You don't have to carry a ruler to gauge tread. Stick a  penny, head first, in the groove between the treads. If the tread doesn't come up to or beyond the top of Abe's head, there's not enough to provide good traction.
     
  • You shouldn't see the steel belts in a steel-belted radial. If you do, you failed the adequate tread test a long time ago.
     
  • Check the level of inflation. To be accurate, invest in a tire gauge, keep it in the glove compartment and check tire pressure before the tires have had a chance to heat up.
     
  • Uneven tread wear. You can expect to see a shade of difference in tread wear from the outside to the inside of the tire. Anything beyond that slight variation indicates a problem.
     
  • Cracks, cuts, bulges, blisters on the sidewall. The first two offenders can be a sign that while the tire may not have covered close to its warranted miles, it's been on the car long enough to need retiring. The mileage rating on tires can be used as a gauge of quality, but how and where you drive and the years on the car can cause tire deterioration before they've reached that benchmark. Bulges and blisters are serious flaws—the only place they should be driven is straight to a tire retailer.
     
  • Vibration: The nasty shake you can feel through the steering wheel. That vibration is the death rattle of a tire.

     


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