Keeping your tires at their best is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your vehicle. It not only improves vehicle handling but helps to ensure your safety while driving. For optimum vehicle performance, tires are an important part to maintain. While there are plenty of simple recommendations out there, we have come up with our list of four tips for maintaining your vehicle’s tires to help make it easier for you.
Get Your Tires Rotated
On most vehicles, you can notice more wear on one or two of the tires. This is due to not getting them rotated on a regular basis. You should get your vehicle’s tires rotated every 5,000 miles to prevent this from happening. It also helps all four of your tires to last longer. If it is easier for you, you can get them rotated when get your vehicle’s engine oil changed. This is a fast and easy process that definitely costs less than replacing your tires.
Check Your Tire Pressure
This could easily be the simplest thing you can do to help maintain your vehicle’s tires. Checking your tire pressure on a regular basis, monthly at a minimum, can help prolong your tire life. You should do it more often during the summer and winter months, if possible. Keeping the wrong pressure in your tires can cause issues with handling, stopping, and can cause unnecessary wear and tear. All you need for this is a tire gauge, which you can find at your local auto shop.
Get Your Wheels Balanced
Another task that can help to prolong the life of your tires is to get your wheels balanced regularly. A lot of the time this can be done when you get your tires rotated. It is a quick, easy process that can help to extend the life of your tires. Having your tires balanced wrong can cause uneven tire wear and possibly a vibration when you are driving. Your mechanic can complete this task for you with a machine that they have in their shop. All that needs to be done is to mount the tires on the machine and run it. This simple task can mean extra months for you before needing to replace one, or all, of your tires.
Get an Alignment
Alignments don’t need to be done as often as the rest of the items on our list, but they still should be done regularly. You should get your tires aligned at least every six months. Improper alignment can cause your wheels to veer either outward or inward, causing your car to pull in a certain direction. Your vehicle can still seem fine with improper alignment, but this little bit of maintenance can easily save you money in the long run.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of the team at Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Plano about your tires, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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