Probably the most abused part of a car, the tires are often overlooked when it comes to maintenance checks as most folks give it the old “ tire kick” treatment and if it feels solid that’s it.  However, tires play a very important role in terms of not only the obvious which is to move the car along but also in fuel efficiency and the overall driving experience.

Air Pressure

According to Tires Elk River MN specialists , tire inflation is the most important factor in tire maintenance. It is important to note that the inflation pressure seen imprinted on the sidewall of the tire is the maximum allowable operating pressure as recommended by the tire maker and is not usually the correct inflation pressure for your tires. The tire inflation information can be seen in the owner’s manual or on a label located in the doorjamb of the vehicle, the glove compartment or within the fuel hatch.

Recommendations

  • Tire pressure needs to be checked at least once a month and prior to long trips
  • Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are “cold” or at least three hours after the car has stopped to get an accurate reading
  • Always check the spare tire and never assume it is correctly inflated

Rotation

According to Tires Zimmerman Minnesota experts, your tires should be rotated once every six to eight thousand miles. Regular tire rotation lengthens the lifespan of your tires and in the long run saves you money.

Wheel Alignment

This refers to the adjustment of the car’s rear and front suspension system. Correct alignment will ensure your vehicle handles the right way and lengthens the lifespan of your tires. Tire alignment can become problematic when you pass potholes, railroad crossings or any uneven road surface.  It is time to have the alignment checked if you noticed that you hit something recently or see a wear pattern consistent  only on the shoulders of the tires.

Driving Tips

If  it is not necessary do not speed as the excess heat generated increases tire wear and durability. Try to also avoid fast turns around corners and curves. Avoid driving on the edge of pavement or over potholes if possible.