Tire Maintenance

Tire MaintenanceMost people pay little attention to their tires…until they have a blowout. Here are some tips from tiresafety.com that’ll help you make sure you know how to keep your tires from wearing out:

Tires typically lose one pound per square inch of pressure (psi) per month. It’s also possible for tires to lose one psi per drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

A tire gage is necessary for an accurate air reading. Your tire could need more air and you wouldn’t know it.

While 75 percent of drivers wash their car monthly, only about 14 percent correctly check tire pressure. All tires (including the spare!) need to have their air pressure checked at least once a month.

Forty percent of all drivers forget to rotate their tires every 5,000 miles, as recommended. It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated with each new oil change.

When checking air pressure, look at the sticker in your vehicle’s owner’s manual or inside the door jamb. It’ll tell you what load the vehicle can handle, the tire size, and the recommended level of psi for the front and read wheels.

Just as it’s important to keep the air pressure up in your tires, it’s equally important not to over-inflate them. That’s like putting additional people in the care, and can result in tire damage.

When a car is moving more rapidly, it increases the heat against the tires, due to friction. The more heat applied to a tire, the more quickly the tire will deteriorate and become damaged.

When checking the air pressure in your tires, make sure the tires are cold.

Here is how to check the air pressure in your tires – first, remove the valve cap. Next, press the end of the tire gage against the valve and press the tire gage straight and firm until the scale extends. Once you have the information you need, add air and recheck if necessary before replacing the valve cap.

To get the best mileage out of your car, rotate your tires every 5,000 miles.

To check for tire wear, place a penny in your tire tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tires are worn down and need to be replaced.

Before replacing a tire, check the owner’s manual. The tires on the vehicle when you first purchase it are known as Original Equipment or OE tires. The manual should give you the specifics information about the tire’s safety ratings, such as how much weight and speed they can handle.

Familiarize yourself with some of the technical terms that apply to vehicles parts and mechanics to gain a better understanding of what you’ll be looking for.

And of course, once you have your tires – drive safely!