If you ask people what the most important system on a vehicle is, they usually respond with “brakes”. Yet even worn out brakes can stop a car. The most important component when it comes to safety and vehicle control is your tires. Keep your tires in good condition and properly inflated to keep you and your family safe.
Simply keeping the right air pressure in your tires will extend their lifespan, lend to better handling and safer driving, plus conserve fuel. Every tire comes with a load index that tells how much weight it can handle, and a speed rating which indicates combined load and speed the tire can accommodate. In addition, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems are designed to alert you when your tires are low and need air pressure, or if they are dangerously over-inflated.
Rotating your tires will greatly increase their life, and discourage them from developing “road noise” and vibrations. One a tire becomes noisy, it must be replaced to resolve the noise. A tire vibration can wear out your suspension and other expensive parts prematurely. Rotating your tires is cheap insurance against some costly repairs down the road.
Different types of tires are made to handle various driving conditions and vehicles. Whether you are seeking tires for certain weather conditions, performance, fuel economy, or another purpose- there is a tire out there built for your specific needs and our expert team can help you get the perfect tire.
What is the proper tire pressure?
Every manufacturer and vehicle model differ in tire inflation requirements. Typically, ideal tire pressure increments will be specified on the inside of your car door. However, certain tires other than what came with your vehicle will likely call for different levels of inflation. If you have any questions regarding the tire pressure for your tires, feel free to give us a call.
My tires wore out quicker than I expected. Why?
There are a number of reasons for premature tire wear; some of the most common causes include, failing to rotate tires regularly, improper inflation, poor driving conditions, if the vehicle is out of alignment, or if certain car parts have worn out and no longer function adequately. If you are unable to pinpoint the cause of your premature tire wear, have our experience team inspect your car.
What is the best way to maximize my tire life?
Checking your tire pressure regularly to make sure they are neither under-inflated or over-inflated- proper tire pressure will help a great deal. A common mistake is inflating tires to the maximum level stamped on the sidewall of the tire; rather, fill them to the manufacturer’s specification for your vehicle. Tire rotations are also essential; a good rule of thumb is a tire rotation every other oil change, assuming you are getting it changed as recommended. A vehicle that is out of alignment commonly leads to premature tire wear as well, so we suggest keeping up with the manufacturer’s alignment specifications. By following these tips, you will be able to stretch the life of your tires and save some money while you’re at it.
Tires with proper inflation levels will provide a smoother driving experience, improved fuel economy, a safer vehicle, and better protection against bad roads or poor weather conditions. Keeping up with tire maintenance is an expense that is always worth it.