Must Know Tire Maintenance Tips

When most people think of auto maintenance tires don’t generally come to mind. But the tires are what keeps your vehicle planted on the ground, providing you with the traction you need for back-of-your-seat acceleration and stop on a dime braking. It is important to take care of your tires so that they can take care of you while cruising down the highway. Use these tire maintenance tips to keep them in good condition and it is time for new tires, don’t delay in purchasing them!

Visual inspection

Just taking a quick look at your tire every once in a while can tell you a lot about its condition. Check for uneven wear, which can be caused alignment issues and may. Make sure the tires appear properly filled but if your tire seems a little low on air check for glass, nails, screws or other debris stuck in the tread. Be sure to check for ripped or bubbling rubber on the tire’s sidewall, as these can be imminent signs of a blow out.

Tire Rotation

Approximately every 10,000 miles you should rotate your tires to prevent two tires from going bald before the other two. This happens on cars that are either front or rear wheel drive because the tires that receive the power will wear out quicker than the ones that are just along for the ride.

Low-pressure indicator

Do you know what your tires air pressure rating is? The right pressure, measured in PSI, can generally be found in your owner’s manual or on the inside of the driver’s door jam, or with any paperwork you receive when you buy new tires. Low tire pressurecauses the outsides of the tire’s tread to wear out faster than normal and it can lower gas mileage and reduce cornering control. Tires that are inflated to high can wear out the center of the tire’s tread early, decreasing braking power and cornering control as well. Some new vehicles have an dashboard indicator light indicating tire pressure, but you can also buy a small tire pressure reader for just a few dollars at your local auto parts store.

If you need new tires in St. Louis, bring your vehicle to Henry’s Auto & Tire so can get you the best tires for your ride. Our shop is also equipped with all the tools necessary to perform affordable auto maintenance and repair, completed by professional auto technicians. Call Henry’s Auto & Tire today at (314) 429-4756┬áto schedule an appointment for expert auto repair in St. Louis.


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