The winter, there are parts of the vehicle that should be inspected more often than normal. One thing to inspect are the tires. This is because the tires will lose air pressure as the temperature drops. On a regular basis, and before any long road trip, it is important to inspect the tires on your vehicle. This should include the air pressure, tread wear, and even the spare tire.
The air pressure should be at the recommended amount designated by the manufacturer. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual or on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. If you are not sure how much air should be in the tires, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct amount. This can help to improve the fuel mileage as well. Tires that are poorly inflated will result in tires needing more energy and fuel used in order to rotate properly. This is because they wear unevenly because of poor air inflation. If the tires are over inflated, they will have less contact to the surface of the road. They also are more prone to pick up sharp objects on the surface of the road. Tires that are under inflated are more likely to blow out because of the way they rotate. If a tire loses air more often than other tires, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.
Inspecting the tread should also be done when looking at the tires. The tread is important because it helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. This will allow you to have better control and stability of the vehicle. If the tread is low, it may increase the chance for poor handling on wet or slick roads. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the groove of the tread. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread for the tires. We can also inspect all the tires to ensure they are in the best condition possible for winter.