Roadworthy Wheels: How to Extend the Life of Your Tires
Understanding the lifespan of your tires and taking steps to extend their life is essential to maximize your investment. Here, we explore some key tips on how to extend the life of your tires, so you can significantly increase the longevity of your wheels and save on replacement costs.
1. Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure
Underinflated tires can wear out the tire shoulders and reduce fuel efficiency, while overinflated tires can wear out the center of the tire. Make it a habit to check your tire pressure at least once a month, especially before long trips.
Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual or the tire manufacturer’s recommendations for the correct tire pressure to ensure that all four tires are properly inflated.
2. Get Your Tires Rotated Every 5,000 Miles
Most tire manufacturers recommend getting your tires rotated every 5,000 miles or according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular tire rotations can help balance the wear and tear on your tires and extend their overall lifespan.
3. Have a Regular Wheel Alignment
Misaligned wheels can cause uneven wear on the tire treads which ultimately shortens their lifespan. When your wheels are properly aligned, all four tires are pointed in the right direction and are parallel to each other, resulting in even wear and tear on your tires.
4. Use the Proper Tire for the Job
Wheels are made with specific tread patterns and rubber compounds to provide optimal traction on different surfaces. For example, all-season tires are designed for a variety of road conditions, while winter tires are for snowy and icy roads.
Using the right tire for the driving conditions you typically encounter ensures better traction, reducing the risk of tire slippage, excessive wear, and premature tire replacement.
5. Balance Your Tires
Tire balancing involves the equal distribution of weight around the circumference of the wheel and tire assembly. Balancing ensures that your tires wear evenly, reduces vibrations, enhances ride comfort, and prolongs the life of your tires.
Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or a professional mechanic for the recommended frequency of tire balancing based on your driving habits and vehicle type.
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6. Store Your Wheels Properly
If you have seasonal wheels, store them properly when not in use. Keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures to prevent degradation, extending their lifespan.
If you need to stack your tires, avoid placing heavy objects on top of them, as this can cause them to lose their shape. Instead, store them vertically or use a tire rack to keep them properly aligned.
Practicing proper tire upkeep not only prolongs their lifespan but also enhances your vehicle’s performance. Prioritize tire maintenance and make it a regular part of your routine. Take care of your tires, and they will take care of you on the road!
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