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Tires 101

Tire Maintenance Tips

 

ROTATE 

Regular tire rotations extend the life of your tires , improve performance, and extend the life of steering and suspension components. The process for rotating tires is to remove each tire and reinstall at a different position on the vehicle. The primary benefit of tire rotations is to ensure that all for tires wear evenly. Tires can be rotated using a variety of patterns. 

 

·      Front Wheel Drive: Tires in front are moved to the rear and tires in the rear are crossed and moved to the front.

·      Rear Wheel Drive: Tires in the front are crossed and moved to the rear and tires in the rear are moved to the front.

·      4-Wheel Drive: Tires in the front are crossed and moved to the rear and tires in the rear are crossed and moved to the front.

·      Uni-Directional: (Tread Faces One Way) Tires in front are moved to rear and tires in rear are moved to the front. No crossing is done.

 

Tires should be rotated every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles.


INFLATE 

Check your tire pressure monthly including your spare. It’s easy. Here’s How:


Wait until tires have been parked for at least 3 hours.

  1. Find (or purchase) your tire gauge. 
  2. Insert pressure gauge into the valve stem on the tire. 
  3. Read the number on the portion of the tire gauge that has “popped” out. 

Compare to the PSI found on the sicker inside the driver’s door of your vehicle or found in the owner’s manual. If the pressure is too high, let air out until it matches. If the pressure is too low, add air until it reaches the proper number. A relatively new development in tire inflation is using nitrogen rather than air. One of the benefits of using nitrogen is that air pressure is not lost as quickly.

*NOTE: Do not compare it to the PSI on your tire’s sidewall. 


 

BALANCE 

Tires usually need balancing whenever a tire is replaced or a new tire is purchased. An unbalanced tire will vibrate or shimmy. To correct an imbalance, a balancing machine is used to determine where corrections should be made. Weights are then attached to the wheel to eliminate the wobble.

 

 

ALIGNMENT 

Your vehicle is not safe to drive when the alignment is off. The alignment process adjusts your vehicle’s front and rear suspension parts.  You should take your car in for a professional alignment check if: 

  • You have hit something substantial
  • See a wear pattern developing on the outer edges of the tires
  • If you notice a difference in your vehicle’s handling.