When you check the performance variables of your tires on a regular basis, you’ll see prolonged tread life, a smoother ride and even savings on gas. But most importantly, you’re taking precautions to ensure the safety of you and your family. Here’s what to keep your eye on:
We recommend assessing your tires’ wear and tear once a month. Here’s how:
Tires lose about 1-2 pounds of air per month in cool conditions and even more in warmer areas. Under-inflated tires can build up excessive heat and blowout without warning. With the proper amount of air pressure your tires will last longer, give you better gas mileage and provide better handling to help prevent accidents.
When to check air pressure
You should check your tires’ air pressure at least once a month, or even every other time you fill your gas tank. Don’t forget to also check your spare tire. If you‘re travelling in your vehicle through drastic temperature and altitude changes, you should also check your air pressure as these conditions will have likely effect the pressure.
How to check air pressure
Use a heavy-duty gauge at a gas station or auto body shop, or invest in a high-quality pressure gauge. You should always test your tires’ air pressure when they are cold, so wait about two hours after your vehicle is driven.
Knowing what the air pressure should be
To know your vehicles appropriate air pressure measurements, check your owner’s manual or the tire placard which is usually attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel door.
Every time you drive over a large pothole, curb or other obstacle, your vehicle’s alignment can be thrown off. If the alignment is off it can result in abnormal tire wear, damage to the suspension and difficult car handling. You should have your alignment checked every time you purchase a new set of tires, if you feel your vehicle pulling to one side or if you notice irregular tire wear.
Do not drive on a tire that has been punctured or is flat. Take it to be repaired or replaced immediately.
Noise and Vibration
A sign of incorrectly installed tires is shaking or vibrating once you reach 50-65 mph. However, if you have irregular tire wear or unbalanced tires, you may also notice the noise and vibration. If you experience this, take your car into a professional immediately.
It’s typical to see tire wear in one tire more than the others due to your driving patterns and the weight your tires support. It’s important to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 to avoid having to replace a tire. Having your tires rotated on a regular basis also helps them last longer. Your owner’s manual should also have guidelines on when to have your tires rotated.