Tire maintenance is a vital part of maintaining the longevity of your vehicle. Properly maintained tires improve gas mileage, safety and handling. It’s important to make sure they’re neither over- or under-inflated, as tire pressure can fluctuate with the changing seasons. Here’s a list of things every driver should do for basic tire maintenance:
Perform a Visual Inspection
Though this may seem trivial, you may notice bulges or damage to your tire after hitting a minor pothole that’ll cause problems later on. Make it a habit to check them out after long trips to make sure your tires keep you safe on the way home.
Check Tire Pressure
Since your tires lose 1-2psi every month, you can lose too much air pressure and not even realize it. If you drive over a pothole or other object that pierces the tire, a blowout can occur with too much or too little pressure. Each tire has its own recommended psi, which is listed on the door of the car or in the owner’s manual. Most tires, when they’re cold, should have about 32-35 psi.
Rotate Your Tires
Tires can be rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to get optimal mileage. Your front tires tent to wear out faster than the rear because they steer. By rotating them, the treadwear can be evened out. You should also get your tires aligned if they seem off to avoid repair costs down the road.
Try Wipe New
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