When you drive, you will want the vehicle to be as safe and reliable as possible. To make sure the vehicle is in the best condition, bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components of it so that the vehicle works in the best condition possible. Between inspections, there are some things you can check yourself. When you inspect the vehicle, make sure to check the tires. The tires are important because they are the only part of the vehicle that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. If a tire is in poor condition, then it can cause damage to the steering and handling of the vehicle. If you ever notice that the vehicle pulls in one direction or another, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.
The Air Pressure should always be Inspected
When you check the tires, one of the first things you should look at is the air pressure. Tires that are over inflated can be prone to picking up sharp objects that are on the surface of the road. It will also have poor contact with the surface of the road. This can result in a bouncy ride when you travel. Tires that are under inflated have an increased chance of blowing out. The will also result in poor fuel mileage. This is because the tire will take up more of the road and will not rotate properly. If you are not sure how much air should be in the tires, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on how much air will need to be in the tires so they rotate efficiently. You can also check the vehicle owner’s manual for the correct amount of air pressure that you need.
The Tread is Important
Besides checking the air pressure, you should also inspect the tread wear on the tires. The tread helps to grip the surface of the road when you travel. This will improve the handling and stability when you drive. If you notice that the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other, there could be an issue with the tread. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then there is not enough tread. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can see if the entire tire has worn down, or if a rotation would be beneficial.
Always Remember to Check the Spare Tire
Besides inspecting the tires, also take the time to check the spare tire. The spare tire is important because you will have to rely on it until the regular tire is fixed. It is important to check the spare for the air pressure, tread wear, and overall condition of it. If there is any sign of damage to it, make sure to have the tire replaced. This way you can be prepared for any situation with the tires.