They are one of most ignored section of your car. It’s none other than tires. After all, how often do we really think about those four rubber things on which our car drives.
It’s important for the safety of you and your family to make sure that contact patches are as effective as possible. Keeping that in mind, we’ve come up with seven things you should do to keep your tires as healthy as possible:
1. Check Tire Pressure:
One of the most commonly overlooked thing by one third drivers is to check the proper gauge of all the tires in a week. Most of the driver tends to check quarterly. Over inflated or under inflated gauge can cause greater harm to the tires in long run.
Checking tire pressure
Under-inflated tires tend to sag in the middle, meaning the car is actually riding on a small contact patch located on either side of the tire. Over-inflated tires, on the other hand, ride on a small contact patch located in the very center of the tire. Either condition means that the tire’s “handhold” on the road is smaller than it should be, ultimately giving your car less grip on the road.
2. Check the Wear Patterns
Have you ever taken a close look at your tires? Examining the tread pattern on your tires can help identify problems long before they become dangerous.
Checking tire wear pattern
For instance, if your tires are wearing more in the middle than at the edges, chances are the tires are over-inflated for the driving and loads you carry. Conversely, if they’re wearing at the edges more so than in the middle, chances are they tires are under-inflated (a much more common problem).
If you’re not sure you can identify a dangerous wear pattern yourself, ask your auto service technicians to help.
3. Rotate Routinely
it’s very important to have tire rotation at the specified time interval mentioned in your user manual. Tire rotation involves swapping the front and rear tires, along with crisscrossing the drive tires on most vehicles that do not use directional tires designed to spin in only one direction. This process is important because it ensures that the tire tread wears evenly, which maximizes tread life.
Incase if you find it difficult or confusing you can always call upon your Auto repair technician.
4. Achieve Balance
Have you ever seen your washing machine start vibrating like crazy? That’s because more clothes have collected on one side than the other, throwing the machine out of balance during the spin cycle
Tire also faces the same issue. When new tires are installed on a wheel, the tire/wheel combination is “balanced” using a machine that spins the pair and tells technicians where to install wheel weights (those tiny pieces of metal or plastic clamped to your wheels) to counterbalance any natural imbalance in the tire/wheel pairing.
It’s a good idea to have your tires balanced at regular intervals. While hard-core experts recommend balancing tires every time they’re rotated.
5. Keep Everything Aligned
Your car comes from the factory with its suspension carefully aligned, meaning all four tires track straight and true in the same direction the car is travelling. But many times it happens that you hit a pothole you didn’t see, you drive in speed and jumped over something. All these things can knock the suspension out of alignment, causing the steering to vibrate and, more importantly, causing the tires to wear unevenly and in many cases excessively. In that case it is highly recommended that you contact your car mechanic to get everything aligned properly.
6. Test the Tread
If it is time to replace your tires, experts recommend replacing them in pairs (for instance, if the rear tires are more worn than the fronts, you might just replace the rear tires) or in sets of four. Replacing just one tire makes your car ride unevenly, which could affect how the car steers and stops.
Checking thread wear
7. Don’t Forget the Spare
It’s the one item on our cars we often forget until we need it the most—the spare tire. While you won’t have to worry about tread wear issues with the spare but when it’s time to check the inflation pressure, it’s a good idea to routinely check the spare tire as well. After all, how frustrating would it be to change a flat tire only to find out the spare is flat, too!
Facing any of the problems listed above? Come to Brake-O-Rama today for auto repair & used tires. Call Brake-O-Rama’s friendly staff at 888-750-7035 to set up an appointment.
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