Whether you have plans for a weekend road trip or a drive to the mountains, your tires help get you there. So, tire maintenance is essential. A faulty tire can turn your dream trip into a dangerous nightmare. We’re sure you already know how to change a tire, but you may not need to with proper maintenance. Below are six tire maintenance tips to keep your tires in tip-top shape.
1. Check the Tire Pressure
Maintaining tire pressure is the easiest way to extend the life of your tires. Tire pressure changes month to month due to seasonal weather changes. Having the wrong tire pressure leads to sluggish handling, increases wear, and can increase a tire blowout risk.
2. Get the Wheels Balanced
Over time tires will become worn, and their weight distribution will change. A tire balance preserves vehicle suspension and maintains a smooth and comfortable ride. Most manufacturers recommend having the wheel balance every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. If the wheels aren’t balanced, the tires can wear prematurely, and you may notice excessive vibrating in the steering wheel or floorboard.
3. Get the Tires Rotated
A tire rotation consists of moving the tires in different wheel positions (depending on whether they’re four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, etc.). Rotations ensure that tire tread is worn evenly, and should be scheduled every 5,000 miles.
4. Check the Wheel Alignment
Hitting curbs and driving over potholes can knock your vehicle out of alignment. If you’re driving on a straight road and your vehicle naturally drifts to the right or left, it may need a wheel alignment. It’s important to get this taken care of because even the smallest misalignment can increase tread wear and reduce fuel efficiency.
5. Check the Spare Tire - Spare tires come in handy if you get a flat. However, spares can age too. If you’ve been driving around with an unused spare, check it to ensure it’s still in good condition. It may need to be replaced with a new one.
6. Be Cautious with Weight - Any extra weight you add to your vehicle wears down on the tires and can reduce fuel efficiency. If possible, limit the amount of weight you’re transporting in your car.
Tire maintenance is essential, and with the right precautions, your tires can stand the test of time. If your tires are due for rotation, wheel balance, wheel alignment, or pressure check, bring your vehicle into Integrity Auto Services in La Pine, OR.