When you fail to regularly inspect and service your vehicle's tires, you could be putting yourself and your passengers at risk. With undependable tires, you could experience a blowout, flat or simply lose grip on the road. Besides replacing your tires, rotating them is a useful repair that can save you money in the long run. By rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, you are ensuring even wear and prolonging the life of your tires.
Before you go buy new tires, here are some things to consider:
The most common reason for new tires is excessive tread wear. You can check the tread of your tires by placing a penny head-first into a few tread grooves on the tire. If you can always see the top of Lincoln's head, the threads on your tire are fairly worn and should be replaced. If part of Lincoln's head is always covered by the thread, you can wait on new tires.
Many times exposure to harsh weather and sun can drastically alter the structure of your tires. Although this isn't common in moderate climates, it can be a concern.
Even if the thread on your tires seems acceptable, old tires can affect your vehicle's performance. Vehicle manufacturers recommend you change your tires every six years, while most tire manufacturers recommend every 10 years.
Regardless of each tire's physical condition, improper air pressure will cause it to underperform -- or even damage it. Maintaining the recommended level of air pressure in your tires is one of the easiest ways to preserve the life of your tires and allow them to provide you and your vehicle with the best level of performance possible. There are a few different ways your tires' air pressure levels can change. Obviously, if your tire is punctured in any way, air pressure will be lost, and you'll have to replace the tire. Something as simple as the outside temperature can also affect tire pressure, though. As the weather cools, air contracts and reduces pressure (and vice versa). In addition to checking air pressure regularly for small losses in pressure, be sure to check your tires whenever there's a significant change in temperature or season.
Similar to how certain parts of your shoes wear depending on how you walk, certain parts of your tires can wear more quickly based on how your vehicle drives. The easiest and most effective way to prevent this is to have them balanced and aligned regularly, based on professional recommendations. While the science and technology of tires have advanced over the years, resulting in a reduced need to have these services performed as frequently, it's not something you want to forget about. If you'd like the wear of your tires assessed, be sure to stop by Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy for an inspection.
In addition to preserving the performance and life of your tires, proper tire air pressure can also help your vehicle return better fuel economy. According to the United States Department of Energy, properly inflated times can return an additional 3.3 percent to your vehicle's current fuel economy scores. When your tires aren't properly inflated, your vehicle has to work harder to bring you to your destination, and inclement weather or adverse driving conditions only make the problem worse. Be sure to check the recommended PSI for your vehicle that's found inside the driver's door jam, versus the number found on the side of your tire to provide the best results.
Selecting a tire without any extra information can be overwhelming. There are economy options, performance options, top-of-the-line options and more. When the need arises for you to equip your vehicle with a new set of tires -- or if you simply need to replace one or more -- visit our friendly technicians at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy. Our professional staff will help you select the tire that best suits your vehicle and meets your need. Keep in mind that selecting the proper tires for your vehicle will improve overall performance and provide you with the largest return on your investment.