Maintaining healthy tires go a long way in prolonging the life of your vehicle. Whether you’ve purchased a RAM truck or BMW speedster, if you don’t have healthy tires you’ll be visiting a repair shop or dealership a lot sooner than you’d like. Worried that you’re not taking great care of your tires? Check out Farmington Garage’s five tips for keeping your tires as healthy as possible.
Properly inflated tires are crucial to maintaining the health of your car. Ideally, most cars want to be in between 30 and 35 PSI but car owners should look through their car manual as that may change depending on the make and model. Tires that are underinflated can put extra stress on the engine and lead to a lower fuel efficiency due to the extra energy needed to move. Tires that are overinflated can be just as bad, especially in the hotter weather. Due to the heat, the tire may expand and eventually explode! Yikes.
Being proactive and rotating your tires ensures that your tires will wear down at the same rate. If you don’t rotate your tires, one tire may wear out a lot quicker than others and that could lead to replacing tires one at a time instead of all at once (which can be annoying!). As a rule of thumb, you want to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or every six months.
Tire tread thickness is important to keeping traction on the road. You want to check for depth when inspecting the tread. The thinner the tread, the more likely it is for your car to slide around (especially in the rain!). One great trick to evaluate depth is the quarter trick! All you do is insert a quarter into the tread of your tire and if you see all of George Washington’s head, that’s the sign you need to change your tires. You can also determine inflation inconsistencies by doing this test in the center, inner, and outer edge of the tire as well.
This may be a little difficult to avoid for some of our “speedsters,” but accelerating too quickly will cause your tires to burn through its tread much faster, especially if the tires can’t catch the road. Some additional damage can be done to your engine if your tires are flat while accelerating due to the extra energy required to move the vehicle.
Make sure your repair shop performs a wheel alignment every 12,000 miles. Having tires that are misaligned can cause for uneven, premature tire wear and unsafe steering in the form of your vehicle pulling to one side when you break.