When you own a vehicle, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. The tires are the only part that will have direct contact between the vehicle and the surface of the road. Tires not only are essential for better gas mileage, they also help ensure your safety on the road. To help increase the life of the tires, it is important to check the condition of the tires, air pressure, and tread wear regularly. Also remember to have the tires rotated, balanced, and aligned when necessary. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.
Checking the air pressure is beneficial for the vehicle, as well as saving you money. This is because properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by three percent or ten cents per gallon. Underinflated tires are under stress and wear uneven, causing them to be replaced sooner.
You might notice when your vehicle needs an alignment based on how it handles. If it is shaking or pulling to one side, it could be a sign of an alignment issue. Since uneven or accelerated tire wear may indicate an alignment problem, it is a good idea to have the alignment checked at least once a year.
It is usually recommended to have the tires rotated every 6,000 miles to promote uniform tire wear. Over time these tires can do more damage to other parts of the vehicle, like the struts. If you notice any issues with your vehicle, it is always recommended to bring it in as soon as possible so we can check for the source of the issue. By having the issue fixed at the first sign, you can prevent time, money, and stress in the long run.