If there’s one automotive component that is prone to be overlooked, it seems as though it’s often our tires. We’ll put untold money into keeping our fluids and belts doing exactly what they should be, but our tires will often get short shrift. Yet, healthy tires are often the only thing keeping a driver from a dangerous situation. So, how can you extend the life of your tires? Here are four easy ways.
4 Ways to Extend the Life of your Tires
Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly
On many new cars, your tire pressure will actually be checked for you continually. However, for many slightly older models, you’ll have to do this the old-fashioned way, and it’s vitally important that you do this regularly. You can find the optimal air pressure printed on the inside of the driver’s-side door jamb, and it’s important to follow these numbers closely. Additionally, you shouldn’t inflate your tires after you’ve been driving all day, since the friction can lead to inaccurate readings.
It’s often asked, “Well, how often is ‘frequently?’” Most professionals recommend rotating tires between 5,000 and 7,000 miles, or roughly every other time that you get your oil changed. By rotating your tires, you’re helping them to wear more evenly, and this helps them to last longer. Tires in different positions on your vehicle are subject to different challenges and weight loads, so rotating accounts for these discrepancies.
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Have Your Alignment Checked
If your alignment is off, your tires are forced to work extra hard, and they wear abnormally as a result. Abnormal wear may cause your tires to fail (that means popping, in case you were wondering), and it’s a major hazard when this happens. At EVS Auto Group, we use laser precision to assess your alignment, meaning that you’ll be rolling down the highway just as you should.
Check Your Tire Balance
Tire balance refers to how smoothly the tire hits the surface of the road, and if it’s a problem on your car, you’ll probably know it. It causes significant vibrations, and it’s tough to ignore. Luckily, we use electronic spin balancing in our service department, so we can get this issue worked out in a hurry.
To put it simply, if there are issues with your tires, they need to be addressed immediately, since the problem can only make other automotive systems worse if they’re ignored. So, if you’ve got tires that need a quick look, visit us today at EVS Auto Group!