Tires are one of the most important features of your car. If you have ever had to purchase new tires, you know how expensive they can be. While they are only built to last for a certain period of time, there are some things you can do to extend the life of your tires and keep them in good working condition for as long as possible.
One of the most important things you must do is check the air pressure in your tires at least every other time you stop for gas. Refer to your owner’s manual for the proper level or find it stamped on the side of the tire. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge for very little money at any automotive shop. Some gas stations have them available as well. It is a very simple task and is often overlooked by most drivers.
Over-inflation of your tires can cause the center of your tread to wear more quickly. More often, people drive around with under-inflated tires. When your tires do not have enough air, there is more friction generated between the tire and the road, causing them to heat up. This type of heat can cause tire failure. Friction has a negative impact on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency as well. Under inflation also causes the outside tread to wear more quickly than the center, reducing your tire’s life by up to 15%.
Another important service you must have done on your vehicle is a tire rotation. Changing the position of your tires is important because it reduces uneven wear tear on your tire tread. Typically, tires need to be rotated about twice a year or every 6000-7500 miles. Your owner’s manual should include a timeframe for rotation. Ideally, your tires should be rotated diagonally. There are some circumstances when this does not occur. Consult your mechanic if there are any questions or concerns.
When your wheel alignment is out thrown out of whack from hitting a pothole, curb, or rough road conditions, you might notice that your vehicle pulls to one side when you are steering straight ahead. You may also notice excessive vibrations at a high speed. When you have alignment issues with your car, it can prevent your tires from running straight. This may mean excessive or unusual wear on your tires. Have an automotive professional check and correct your alignment to protect your tires.
Ask your mechanic to check your shock absorbers and replace if necessary. Worn shock absorbers may negatively impact your tire tread by wearing the tread away. If your car seems to be pulling to one side, check your suspension parts. Worn suspension parts can also negatively impact your tire’s tread.
Following these simple tips will help you extend the life of your tires and ensure that they are working at optimum levels. Monitor your tire tread periodically. Keep in mind that your tires are an essential safety component of your vehicle so take time to maintain them properly.
Havoline Xpress Lube in Kernersville, NC offers tire inflation, rotation, and alignment services for your vehicles. We are located at 725 Hwy 66 South, just a short drive from Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem.