Tires are expensive, so the last thing you want to do is replace your tires more than necessary. But what can you do to keep your tires in tip-top shape for years down the road? Keep reading, and we’ll fill you in on some of our best tips and tricks for making your tires last as long as possible!
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Top 5 tips for making your tires last as long as possible
1. Check your tires’ air pressure regularly
Although tire pressure isn’t usually the first thing on our minds when we get behind the wheel, regularly checking your air pressure goes a long way to making your tires last. The wrong air pressure causes sluggish handling and increases wear and tear on the tires. Tires lose about one pound per square inch of pressure monthly, so we recommend checking your air pressure at least once a month. Make sure you know how filled your tires should be by consulting your owner’s manual, and keep in mind that colder temperatures often lower air pressure at a faster rate than warm weather.
2. Have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles
Tires often don’t experience wear and tear at the same rate, so receiving regular tire rotations is vital. For example, on front-wheel drive vehicles, the front tires do the grunt work so they wear out faster. On rear-wheel drive vehicles, it’s the back tires. Having a technician move tires to a different wheel position will help increase their longevity, so we recommend having the service performed every 5,000 miles.
3. Check your alignment
If your vehicle’s alignment is off, your tires are going to experience some serious stress. Even the smallest misalignment can cause a decrease in fuel efficiency and an increase in tread wear. So how do you know if your wheels need to be realigned? While we recommend having your tires aligned twice a year, you’ll know the service is needed if your vehicle pulls to one side or if the steering wheel vibrates and shakes. Simply hitting a pothole, running the curb, or cruising over speed bump and cause a misalignment, so take proper driving precautions to avoid a headache down the road.
In need of new tires? If so, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Craig Dunn Motor City or visit our online tire store! While you’re at it, feel free to peruse our tire protection plan, and let us know if you have any questions!