Inspect the Tires Regularly this Winter

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Inspect the Tires Regularly this Winter

The tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle and allow it to transport you to your destination. While the vehicle can run with many of its other systems failing or broken, without tires the car has no traction on the ground and will quickly stop dead, unable to run. This is why it is crucial that you maintain your tires, watching for tread wear, rotating them regularly, and making sure the pressure is optimum at all times. Since few people have the tools required to more than change a flat, it is very important to watch the condition of the tires. When things start to degrade, as they eventually will with tires, you can catch it and bring the vehicle in for us to inspect.


Checking the Air Pressure is Important

Maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the few jobs you can do on your own. Check the air pressure and inflate it to the proper amount. The air pressure can affect the fuel efficiency, performance and the smoothness of the ride, and maintaining proper tire pressure can greatly improve the longevity of your vehicle. To check the air pressure all you need is a small tool called a pressure gauge, available for only a few dollars in most locations. The gauge reads in pounds per square inch, and the recommended amount for a tire can also be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. If your gauge reads more than the recommended you can merely let some air out, while if it reads less then you can stop at most gas stations to inflate the tires properly.

An Alignment is Beneficial

The longer you drive a vehicle around, the more maintenance is required. This bodes particularly true for the tires. The more you drive your vehicle, the more the alignment shifts. This means that they turn at specific angles that are not recommended by the manufacturer. Since this it is important that you make appointments to get your tires rotated and aligned regularly. If you are unsure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us. We will also be able to set up a schedule when the tires should be aligned. This will help them to wear efficiently as well as extending their life.

Other Tire Maintenances that Should be Done

There are many things that can go wrong with the tires, and it is crucial to your own safety and those around you, to notice these things. It is good practice to check your tires regularly when you leave the vehicle, even if you merely nudge them with the toe of your shoe to see if they are getting flat. This should be done as well during long trips or after a long period of disuse. Furthermore the treads on the tires wear off with time, and when this happens they have significantly less traction on the road, which can be a huge safety risk since it means brakes will not apply normally. If you notice this, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the tires for you.

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