Tire Service: Replacing Tires, Tire Rotations, and Tire Pressure
Tires are an important part of your vehicle; without them, you wouldn’t be able to roll down the road without damaging your car. These rubber treads take a beating every time your car touches the concrete, withstanding pot holes, debris, and constant friction. Over time, they’re going to wear down, and if you don’t keep an eye on them, your tires will break and leave your car vulnerable to damage.
It’s important to keep an eye on the condition of the tires so you can replace them before it’s too late. Regularly inspect the depth of the tread using the popular penny test (inserting a penny between the tread to see if Abe’s head is exposed) and look for obvious cracks or bulges in the rubber. When you see that your tires have in fact worn down, it’s important to get them replaced immediately.
In the meantime, there are many ways to prolong the life of your tires. For instance, rotating your tires every 6,000 miles will balance out how the tires wear down, ensuring that they wear evenly rather than in the same spot. Also, having your car’s alignment corrected when necessary will ensure the tires are hitting the ground the way they should be.
By checking tire pressure every week using a simple gauge from the auto parts store, you can see if the tires need more air in them to remain firmly inflated. If they need air, fill them up to the recommended level (typically imprinted on the tire itself), and be careful not to over-inflate it.
Taking care of your car’s tires is important to maintain your car’s condition and your safety. If you have any questions on your vehicle’s tires or need work done on them, come to Carriage Nissan.