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‘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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Tires can be expensive, so it’s a good idea to get the most out of them that you can. Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles or so ensures that the tread wears evenly, giving your tires (and your wallet) extra life! Follow these steps to rotate your tires evenly and keep them on the road longer.
Oh, and please be extremely careful when performing any maintenance on your vehicle. Operate all equipment according to the manufacturer’s safety standards, and if you’re in doubt – go to the mechanic!
- Acquire new tires. You’ll also need a car jack and jack stands so that you can put your entire car up at once. Make sure that the jack stands you buy are rated for your vehicle’s weight.
- Make sure you’re on a level surface and set the parking brake. Also ensure that you’re not on soil, wet ground, or hot asphalt, as these can all put the jack stands at risk of falling over.
- Jack up the rear of the vehicle. Use a floor jack, not the jack that comes with your vehicle, as this is generally for emergency use only.
- Set the jack stands in a solid part of the frame. The owner’s manual should guide you on this, but make sure the stand is NOT under the floorboards or suspension, as these won’tsupport the weight of your vehicle.
- Repeat for the front of the vehicle. Don’t rush! Taking some extra time to set the jack stands properly can save you a lot of trouble (and possible injury) later.
- Undo the lug nuts on each tire. Keep them to the side where you won’t lose them. Tip: Loosening the lug nuts slightly before you begin can make it easier to remove them when the car is on jack stands, but its not mandatory.
- Install the tires after rotating. Your Left Rear and Right Rear tires move directly forward. Your Left Front and Right Front tires move to the back, but switch sides.
- Reinstall lug nuts. It’s helpful to screw them in by hand first, attaching them diagonally (kind of like a star pattern). This makes sure they’re tightened evenly and avoids putting pressure on the brake rotor.
- Lower the car from jack stands. It’s just like before, but in reverse – set up the floor jack under the front of the vehicle, put the weight of the car on the jack, and remove the front stands. Repeat for the rear. Again, please exercise caution!
- Enjoy those regally rotated tires! Mark down your mileage so you can repeat in 5,000 miles, and then take a test drive – you’ve earned it! It’s also a good idea to check in on recently mounted tires after a couple dozen miles to make doubly sure that you’ve tightened the lug nuts firmly.
Now that you’ve got those tires rotated, come down to American Car Center and check out a huge selection of recent model, low-mileage vehicles! We approve everyone, so visit the King of Credit today!