3 Reasons to Maintain Tire Auto Maintenance
When you choose to ignore auto maintenance especially tire maintenance, do you understand the safety risk with doing that? Learn tire maintenance tips that you should be concerned with in order to ensure your safety on the road.
According to an article at safercar.gov, “The Importance of Tire Care”
Proper tire pressure is the most important part of maintaining your tires. It affects safety, their durability, and your fuel consumption.
- Check the pressure of all tires, including your spare, at least once a month when the tires are “cold,” meaning that the car hasn’t be driven for at least three hours.
- Your tires’ proper tire inflation pressure—measured in both kilopascals (kPA) and pounds per square inch (PSI or psi)—can be found on the Tire and Loading Information Label on the driver’s side door edge or in your owner’s manual.
- Keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle. A tire can suddenly lose pressure if you drive over a pothole or bump into a curb when you park.
- Newer vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, but these only activate a warning when a tire is significantly underinflated. You should still conduct a monthly tire pressure check to ensure your tires are always properly inflated.
Tire tread provides the gripping action and traction that prevents your car or truck from slipping and sliding, especially when the road is icy or wet. Tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch.
- Check your tire’s tread at least once a month when you’re checking their pressure.
- Tires have built-in “treadwear indicators,” which are raised sections that run in between the tire’s tread. When the tread is worn down so that it’s level with the tread indicator, it’s time to replace your tires.
- You can also check your tread by placing a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, replace your tires.
Balance and alignment
Having your tires balanced and a wheel alignment performed by a qualified technician is important for the safety of your vehicle and to maximize the life of your tires.
- Tire balancing ensures your wheels rotate properly and don’t cause the vehicle to shake or vibrate. New tires should always be balanced when installed.
- A wheel alignment maximizes the life of your tires and prevents your car from veering to the right or left when driving on a straight, level road.” To read the entire article click here.
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