Car Tire Maintenance Tips
By: Good2GoPublished: October 27, 2015
Tires are often glossed over when it comes to car maintenance, but they’re integral to the car’s performance. A car with well-maintained tires will drive smoother, grip the road better, and even save you money on gas. Unfortunately, tires, like other parts of the vehicle, need to be replaced and maintained. For some drivers it can be difficult to know when it’s time to make the leap and purchase a new set of treads.
Before making the investment in four brand-new tires, consider taking the time to make a tire rotation. Experts recommend that every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, car owners remove their car’s tires and simply put them on different wheels then before. This will give each tire a fairly equal amount of wear and tear over the course of their lifetime. For cars that are front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, tire rotations are very important, since the two tires under the motorized wheels will feel the most force from the road. Unsure which way to rotate your tires? Your owner manual should provide some guidance, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole thing don’t resistant to use your local auto mechanic. It’s typically a relatively fast and affordable procedure.
Have a Keen Eye for Detail
Tires can be rotated only so many times before you have to look into getting new treads. But how will you know when that time has come? For some unfortunate drivers, it’s not until they’re stranded on the side of the road that they realize their hiccup. Before you get to that point, try keeping a somewhat steady watch on your tires’ health. Every six months or so, simply look at the treads. If you begin to see small rubber pieces (called “tread wear bars”) form between your treads, it is a sign that your tires are getting worn down to the point that treads are becoming level with each other.
The Penny Test
Take a penny and place it upside down in the center groove of your tire tread. Make sure Honest Abe is facing you. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, then it’s time to replace your tires. The top part of his hair would not be visible if the tires were in good condition. Believe it or not, there’s actually a legally required measurement for replacing worn tires. In the United States, tires are deemed legally worn out when they are worn down to 1/16” (or 1.6mm) of their remaining tread depth. And they said pennies were pointless!
Saving Some Money
There are an infinite number of tire companies out there and each is trying to sell you their more expensive tire. Some tires are designed to handle rugged terrain, while others are built for the peak performance you achieve with a sports car. For most drivers there isn’t a Humvee or Ferrari parked in their driveway. The average driver is best suited with a middle of the road tire; something affordable, yet reliable. If you’ve had success in the past with a particular model, stick with it. There’s no need to switch brands or models each time you’re in need of a replacement. Make sure you check out reviews online too. A positively reviewed tire is always a solid choice.
Look to the Future
Mark the date to go tire shopping on your calendar… or actually every six calendars. Car repair shops and tire makers alike have said that while the health of a tire depends on the location of a car and its usage, a safe time for getting new tires is every six years. Most shops suggest staying within six to ten years.
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