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Tips From the Service Lane - Prolong Your Tires Life

September 7th, 2009 in News

Tire WearThe quality of your tires can increase your safety, fuel efficiency and handling of your vehicle. Here are some tips on how to prolong the life of your tires.

Maintain the correct tire pressure for your car’s tires.

Your tire’s air pressure specifications are normally located in your glove compartment or on the sides of your doors. Maintaining your tire’s air pressure allows your vehicle to run more smoothly and give you increased mileage. If your tire’s air pressure is to low they will drag on the road creating friction which can lead to decreased mileage. Having your tires properly inflated will ensure good balance, better handling and grip.

Always rotate your tires.

Ideally you should rotate your tires every 6,000 to 7,000 miles or once every six months. During a tire rotation three things occur. Firstly, all tires are properly inflated. Secondly, all four of your vehicle’s tires are rotated. Thirdly, a physical inspection of your brakes is made as the tires are removed. Having your tires rotated will help with equal amount of wear on all four tires. Having even tire wear is desirable to maintain consistent performance of your vehicle.

Ensure your wheels are properly aligned.

Ensuring your wheels are properly aligned is not just for your safety, better handling and fuel efficiency but also helps ensure uniform wear on your tires. Badly aligned wheels will lead to difficult handling, accelerated tire wear, poor fuel economy, and excessive wear on your vehicle’s suspension. You can help protect your investment by checking your vehicle’s alignment, if you notice any of the following you may need to have your vehicle’s tires aligned. Excessive or uneven wear, steering wheel pulls left or right, feeling of looseness or wandering, steering wheel vibration or shimmy, or if your steering wheel is not centered when your car is moving straight forward.

Make sure you’re taking care of your vehicle by getting a Free Alignment and Free Lifetime Tire Rotations when you purchase four (4) new tires for your vehicle.

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