Buying a set of tires can be a major purchase on any budget. Over the last five years tire costs have climbed to exorbitant heights and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. With that said it stands to reason that you want to conserve your tires and safely get every mile that you can from them. Here are some helpful tips that will enable you to do just that.
Sure, you see your tires but when is the last time you really inspected them? Inspect sidewalls for cracks, gouges, or signs of under inflation. Inspect the tread for irregularities. Choppy tread is an indication of under inflation, bad shocks or struts, or improper rotation. A bulge in the tread can indicate that the tire is separating and needs to be replaced. By carefully (and lightly) running you hand over the tread of your tires you can feel abnormalities and address them before they become a safety issue. If you notice choppy tread soon enough, you may be able to smooth it out by rotating the tires. Be careful when rotating tires as some tires are rotational and cannot be moved from one side of the vehicle to the other.
Regularly Monitor Air Pressure
Weekly air pressure monitoring is a great idea since most sudden tire failures are attributed to low air pressure. Buy yourself a cheap tire pressure gauge and keep it in the glove box. Check the air pressure of your tires weekly and add air pressure as needed. Every tire has the maximum recommended inflation pressure on the sidewall.
Tires should be rotated every 5 to 6 thousand miles, or every other oil change.
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