Tire Maintenance Tips in Reno
With vehicles being the second most expensive investment for most families in America? Do you pay close attention to the maintenance of your vehicles tires?
According to an article at editorial.autos.msn.com, “Tire Service”
“1. Check tire pressures and adjust at least once a month.
According to studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on tire-related crashes, the leading cause of tire failure is under-inflation.
Under-inflation can have many causes, including a gradual loss of pressure through membranes in the tire itself. It is typical for pressure to drop approximately 1 psi per month and 1 psi for each 8-degree loss in ambient temperature.
Under-inflation has immediate effects on vehicle handling (as well as fuel consumption), but its potential impact on overall safety and tire life are even greater. It results in premature and uneven tread wear on the outer edges. Under-inflation also increases stress on the carcass itself, through flexing and overheating, which can lead to structural failures such as tread separation.
That’s why it is imperative to check and adjust tire pressure at least once a month and before every long trip (over 250 miles). Recommended pressures are printed on a label located on the driver’s door frame or in the glove box.
2. Inspect tires regularly for abnormal wear or damage.
To ensure maximum tire life and safety, give your tires a visual inspection at least once a month and before long trips. This is easily done at the same time you check pressures.
- Excessive or uneven tread wear, which may indicate improper inflation or steering and suspension misalignment;
- Cracks or bulges on the sidewalls or tread;
- Chunking of the tread or any indication of tread separation from the carcass;
- Signs of puncture, or nails, screws, glass, pieces of stone or any foreign object embedded in the tire.” To read the entire article click here.