Investing in a new set of tires for your vehicle is always a costly maintenance practice that must be taken to ensure that your car runs properly. After purchasing a new set of tires you want to ensure that your car continues driving safely for long after your purchase. There are several basic tire maintenance tips to that you can practice to ensure that your new tires last for as long as possible.
The first tip to take is ensuring that your tires are properly inflated on a daily basis. It is easy for tires to have wear and tear as they travel along different roads and various terrains. Keeping the right amount of air in your tires can greatly prolong the life of your tires. In order to ensure that your tires are properly inflated, measure the air pressure regularly. The proper level of inflation for tires should be printed on the wall of the tires. If you notice that your tires are under inflated, fill them with the needed amount of air.
The next step to take when properly caring for your tires is ensuring that your wheels are aligned. Keeping your wheels aligned ensures that the tread and wear on your tires occurs evenly. If your wheels are out of alignment then the car’s weight and pressure on your tires causes them to wear unevenly. Wheel alignment can be checked at a quality automotive shop. In addition to frequently checking your alignment, if you hit something such as a curb or pothole check your tires and alignment immediately.
In addition to checking your wheel alignment, frequently check the tread on your tires. The tread of a tire refers to the rubber circumference that makes contact with the road. As cars are driven and tires are used, the tread thins and is worn. When a tire reaches low tread it becomes dangerous for the driver to drive. If you notice that your tread is low it may be time to replace your tires. An easy test that drivers can use to test their tread is the penny test. By placing a penny with Lincolns head facing down into the groove’s of a tire you can determine whether you are in need of new tires. If you can see the complete face of Lincoln, you are in need of new tires.
The last tip to prolong the life of your tires is regularly having your tires rotated and balanced. You can have your tired rotated and balanced by an automotive expert. When you have your tires rotated and b balanced the positions of tires are moved so that each tire has the same wear as the other three on the car. It is estimated that you should have your tires rotated and balanced every two oil changes or approximately 7,000 miles.
If you are looking to have your tires rotated and balanced visit a local automotive store that you trust. B&B Automotive in the Brazos Valley proudly offers the best in automotive services.