Ever wonder when to replace your worn car tires? The performance of your car tires is critical to the safety, performance and efficiency of your vehicle. There are many factors that can cause tires to wear uneven which will cause shakes, pulls and vibrations, at some point they start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. At Minute Muffler & Brake we carry some of the best brand name tires and state of the art equipment to assure a smooth ride.
Purchasing tires can be a big investment so you want to ensure that yo u maximize their life. Here are some tips to help you prolong tire life and improve gas mileage.
Check your tire pressure once a month. Since air is a gas you should check the pressure when the tires are cold which means you should not have driven your car more than 2 kilometers.
Tires wear differently on the front because of the scraping they receive as they turn to steer your car. To get the most out of your tires you should rotate them every 10,000 kilometers, or as recommended in your owners manual. This will help make the tires wear more evenly.
New tires require a break-in period. When tires are manufactured, a lubricant is applied to prevent them from sticking to their mold. Some of this lubricant will remain on your tire that can affect traction when starting, stopping and or cornering.
If you have new tires or want to preserve your existing tires, it is critical that you have an alignment check to get the most life out them. Alignments need to be done when front end parts are changed to correct pulls, dog tracking and to assure premature tire wear.