If we asked you what the most important safety feature on your car was, what would you say? We're guessing many of you would say seat belts or airbags, but it is actually your tires. Without your tires, most of the other features in your car because useless. That is why it is so important to take good care of your tires. We'll outline a few of the basic, yet important maintenance steps you need to take to keep your tires in excellent shape.
Over time, the tread on your tires can start to wear down and because of the way cars drive, the tread can wear down unevenly on different tires. By rotating your tires regularly, it can help maintain an even tread pattern. It also can improve your car's fuel efficiency and give you a more comfortable ride. A final benefit is that whoever is rotating the tires gets a good look at the suspension components and can potentially spot any additional problems. Tires should be rotated about every six months; however, you should check your owner's manual for a more specific timeframe.
When to replace tires
We're all familiar with the "penny test" when it comes to checking your tire's tread depth. That is if you can see the top of Lincoln's head when you stick it in your tire, your tread is too low (less than 2/32"). However, according to many tire experts, for the best tire performance, you should replace your tires before you reach that point-they recommend 4/32". Another indication of worn out tires is any bulging or cupping.
How to check tire pressure
One of the best ways to prolong the life of your tires is to keep them properly inflated. To check your tire pressure, you want to make sure your tires are cold. Remove the valve stem cap and make sure you have an accurate pressure gauge. Press the pressure gauge into the valve stem to let out a small amount of air. Check the reading on the gauge. Repeat for accuracy. If the pressure is too low, add air, as needed.
If you have any concerns about your tires or think you're in need of a new set, come pay us a visit at Joe Holland Hyundai. We have tires for nearly all makes and models.