Get More Milage Out of Your Tires

July 17th, 2013

 Check your tire pressure monthly. Tires deflate for a number of reasons. Most obviously, if you puncture a tire with a nail or from hitting a pothole or curb you may develop a slow leak, if you don't blow your tire completely. Tires also lose pressure when the temperature drops. Tires can lose 1 psi of pressure for every ten degree drop in temperature.

You can usually find the correct tire pressure for your tires somewhere on the rim of the tire. If you don't see the required pressure on the tire, check inside the driver's side door for the manufacturer's sticker. If the original tires are still on the car the required psi can be found on the sticker.

Poorly inflated tires cause the tires to carry more weight than intended. This causes more friction and the build-up of damaging heat.

Have your tires aligned and balanced at the first sign of wear. Depending on driving and road conditions wear on tires is not even. Irregular tread wear is a sign that it is time to get your tires aligned. Alignment is the adjustment of the front and rear suspension, which affects your cars steering. While your car is on the rack make sure that the tires are balanced, as well.

Have your tires rotated as prescribed in your owner's manual. If your vehicle doesn't specify, some experts recommend that you have your tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. According to the Federal Citizen Information Center tires will last considerably longer if you have them rotated every 5,000 miles.

Drive reasonably. Fast driving, sudden stops, and fast turns wear on your tires. Driving over potholes, curbs, wood, or other obstructions can create holes in your tires, cause a blowout, or shred your tires.

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