Taking proper care of the tires on your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance items you can do. It will ensure your vehicle handles at its absolute best as well saving you money on fuel and buying tires less often. Most importantly though, it will keep you and any passengers you have, safe on the road. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors in this tire maintenance guide from your friends at Lexus of Edmonton.
The simplest and most effective form of tire maintenance is ensuring proper tire pressure or inflation. The suggested inflation for your tires can be found on the tire itself, in your owner’s manual, or often on a sticker on your door jam. Newer vehicles even monitor the pressure themselves and notify you when it is low. You should check the pressure on all 4 tires and the spare on a consistent basis and preferably when they are cold. The most common factor in tire damage is incorrect inflation. Also having all 4 tires inflated correctly leads to better fuel economy.
You should be rotating your tires every 8,000 km or less. Due to the weight distribution on your vehicle as well as each individual’s driving habits, the tires will not wear out evenly. You want to ensure that each tire is wearing down as consistently as possible. This helps to avoid any handling issues or potential safety issues when 1 tire is worn significantly more than others.
Balance and Alignment
You should get a tire shop or dealership to balance your tires anytime you remount them such as switching from summer to winter tires. If the tires are not balanced correctly, they will wear out quicker and eventually cause a vibration feeling while driving. This will lead to an uneven wearing of the tire tread and potentially suspension damage. In addition, you should get the alignment on your vehicle checked if you notice any sort of odd pulling to 1 side while you drive, or that the front and rear tires are wearing down significantly different. An off kilter alignment will also lead to inconsistent tire wear.
Check it Out
Perhaps one of the quickest things you can do for tire maintenance is just to visually check them on a consistent basis for any sort of cracks, bulges, holes, cuts, etc. You can also take a look at the tread to ensure that some of the issues discussed previously are not becoming a problem. If anything seems out of the ordinary, consult a tire expert. In addition, if you notice any sort of puncture on the tire, get it checked or replaced immediately before it leads to you getting a flat on the side of the road.
Tire Maintenance at Lexus of Edmonton
Keeping up with tire maintenance is an important step to ensuring your safety as well as keeping your vehicle running as efficiently as possible for as long as possible, so make sure to follow these basic steps to keep your vehicle safe and on the road. If you’d like to leave your tire maintenance to the professionals, our Certified Technicians at Lexus of Edmonton would be happy to help keep your tires in good shape, just book an appointment with our service team to keep your rubbers healthy.