Your tires are one of the most important components of your car, because they’re the only thing that keeps your vehicle connected to the road. They can also be one of the more expensive maintenance costs over the lifetime of your car depending on how long you keep your vehicle and the kind of tires you buy. Follow these tips to get the most out of your tires.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Most newer cars have a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) to warn you when your tire pressure is low, but you should also get into the habit of visually checking your tires for any problems like embedded nails, cracks in the sidewall or uneven wearing. Every time you fill up at a gas station is a good opportunity to do this.
Rotate and Balance Your Tires
You only need to do this about once every 6,000-8,000 miles, or even every other oil change. Rotating your tires will allow them to wear more evenly, because over time, each of them will be subjected to the same wear pattern. Balancing your tires help the tread to wear more evenly too, since even a one-quarter ounce difference in weight on a tire or wheel can cause problems.
We’ve discussed this topic in greater depth in an earlier blog, but it helps to repeat that keeping your wheels in proper alignment is important to preserving the life of your tires. Avoiding rough roads, periodically checking your tread pattern, and having your wheel alignment checked from time to time will all help you better maintain your tires.
Keeping your tires in good shape will not only save you money but also keep you safe on the road. If new tires are too much for your wallet, you may still be better off with used tires depending on the condition of your current tires. The Auto Stoppe offers both new and used tires, and free lifetime rotation and balance with the purchase of a new set of tires. Visit us today and any of our professional mechanics can help you find the right tires for your vehicle.
The Auto Stoppe is a local, family-owned and operated business serving the greater Austin area since 1980. We’re a full-service, auto repair shop providing exceptional service on both domestic and foreign vehicles.