The Importance of Proper Tire Care

July 1st, 2011

Everyone knows that without your tires, your car wouldn't drive or move. Auto Wise Service and Tire wants to remind our customers that your tires are one of the most important parts of your car.  It is common for people to let tire care go until they have a flat tire or a tire blow out

The problem with under inflated, over inflated or worn tires is that they can potentially lead to poor vehicle handling and even an accident.  By regularly checking and maintaining your tires, you’ll know when to have them serviced and when to replace your tires.

If you are unsure of what you need to do to take care of and maintain your tires, Auto Wise Service and Tire offers you the following tire care tips to help you:

Maintain Proper Tire Pressure.One of the most important ways you can properly maintain your tires is to keep them at the right tire pressure. All tires tend to lose air pressure over time.  Even your spare tire naturally loses its air pressure as time passes. Refer to the tire pressure requirements on your tire’s sidewall and check your tire’s air pressure.  When you maintain the right tire pressure, your car will get better gas mileage and your tires will wear more evenly and last longer.

Check Your Tires for Uneven Wear or Worn Out Tread.Unevenly worn tires are usually an indication of tires that do not have enough air pressure.  There are ways that you can test the tread of your tires.  One common way is to place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire, with Lincoln’s head facing downward. According to most states' laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32" of remaining tread depth. If part of Lincoln's head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32" of tread depth remaining. 

Take a Look at Your Tires Wear Indicators.  All tires have wear indicators on them. Wear indicators tell you when your tire needs to be replaced.  Wear indicators are often small dents that are scattered around the tread pattern and around tire ridge as well.  If the wear indicators are your tire are just as high as the tread, this is a sign that you need to buy a new tire

By following these tips, you should be able to safely maintain your tires.  To find out more about tire car or for tire care services, please visit us at Auto Wise Service and Tire.  We will check your tires’ air pressure, the wear of the tread and rotate or replace your tires if necessary.

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