FIND YOUR TIRE
When choosing tires, buy smart. Select tires that meet your vehicle’s needs and buy tires that last at least 80,000 miles. Regular tire inspection is the key to extending the life of your tires. It will increase your vehicle’s performance, reduce harmful emissions, save you money and most importantly, keep your vehicle safe. Properly maintaining your tires is easy to do when you learn when and how to look for problems.
Follow these tips for proper tire care and safety:
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Tire Maintenance Checklist
Underinflation may result in unnecessary tire stress, additional tire wear, shorter tire life, loss of vehicle control and potential accidents. Overinflation can lead to blowouts and uneven wear. Remember, a tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and still not appear to be flat. And, don’t forget to check the spare. Some spare tires require higher inflation pressure.
Hitting a curb or pothole may cause the front end of your vehicle to be thrown out of alignment and damage your tires. Have your mechanic routinely check your vehicle to make sure your car is properly aligned.
Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles unless your owner’s manual indicates otherwise. Rotating your tires on a regular basis will help you achieve more even wear and will extend their useful life.
Check your tires regularly for uneven wear (unusual smooth areas) and other damage. Unusual wear will reduce tread ability on adverse road conditions.
If a pair of your tires have worn out faster than the others, ask your mechanic why this occurred while your vehicle is being serviced. It may have been caused if your tires were not rotated, if there was a problem with the alignment or by loose mechanical parts. If the problem is found, it can be fixed before damage occurs to your new tires. Ultimately, it is ideal for all four tires to wear out at the same time so they can be replaced as a set.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Good driving habits will help keep your tires in great shape.