‘Where the rubber meets the road’ is not just a fantastic expression but fact. The tire tread is the only part of your vehicle that contacts the pavement. Everything else – ride quality, safety, and every other system – depends on the excellence of that contact. American Car Center presents simple tire maintenance tips to keep your drives smooth and easy.
Maintain proper pressure. The most common reason for tire damage is improper inflation. Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. You can find this information in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s door jamb. If you have changed size or load index, ask for what your new air pressure should be. Most modern vehicles are now equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system or TPMS. Check inflation at least once a month and before long trips using an accurate tire pressure gauge. It is best to check your tires when they are cold. Make sure to check your spare tire, at least periodically.
Balance your tires. In a balanced tire, rubber compounds are well distributed inside. Tires that are not balanced properly wear out more quickly and cause a vibration in the vehicle. This promotes driver fatigue, premature or uneven tire wear and damage to your vehicle’s suspension. Tires should be balanced when they are first mounted on wheels, or when they are remounted and, at the first sign of vibration.
Maintain proper alignment. Tires wear unevenly if the vehicle’s suspension system is not well aligned. Should you see uneven front or rear tire wear, or changes to the vehicle’s handling, such as pulling to one side, have your alignment checked.
Rotate your tires. Due toeach tire supporting different amounts of weight and unique driving patterns, one tire will usually wear out faster than the others. To ensure even wear on all tires, rotate them regularly, about every 5,000 to 6,000 miles spent on the road, using the correct pattern for vehicle type.
Check for damage frequently. To prevent flats and blowouts, make a habit of inspecting your tires for road debris, such as stones, cracks, knots, bulges or penetrations If you spot an abnormality, the tire should be removed and inspected by an expert.
Fix flats. Most punctures, nail holes or cuts up to ¼-inch deep that are confined to the tread area can be repaired by a trained technician. Avoid on-the-wheel repairs as they are not reliable and can cause further damage to the tire. Do not try to repair tires with tread punctures larger than ¼-inch wide or any sidewall puncture. Again, ensure your spare is ready and properly inflated.
Clean sidewalls with a mild soap solution. Other materials may degrade rubber and remove built-in ozone resistance.
Proper tire maintenance is quick and easy, and it helps ensure that all your drives are safe and worry-free. For 4 dependable tires, and the fantastic vehicle attached, visit American Car Center today! Across the Southeast, our 65+ stores are conveniently situated to save your time by offering a massive selection of late model, low-mileage cars, trucks and SUVs, all with a limited powertrain warranty of up to 3 years or 36,000 miles, oil changes included.
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