The tires are like the feet of you car, and anyone who’s spoken with a survivalist, or, more likely, just watched Man vs Wild on TV, can tell you, that’s one of the most important things to maintain. A quick trip down the street might not feel like it has the same implications as those nature shows, but, just like bad feet, bad tires can derail your day pretty quick.
By being aware of some of the more important signs of wear and tear, you can take a big step in the right direction in terms of car care. By spending a few bucks on a tire pressure gauge, you can get a much better idea of when your tires could use a little air. Just use you gauge anytime a tire seems a little low, and you can improve not only your fuel efficiency, but also reduce wear and tear. It’s like saving money twice.
The next thing to take note of, and maybe ever easier to check than inflation and pressure, is the tread on your wheels. A helpful little trick is to take a penny and insert it, with Lincoln upside down, facing you, in to one of the treads. If you hit the bottom and you can still see the top of his head, then your tread is too worn, and you need to think about getting it replaced fairly soon.
To ensure even wear across all tire and extend their life time, try to have your tire rotated every eight or ten thousand miles. (Or every 2 or 3 oil changes) That way, you won’t end up having one tire wear down before the rest and force you to replace a set.
Maintaining your tires isn’t just a good idea, it can save you money. So the next time you need help with your tires, or just about any other repair for that matter, bring your car or truck in to Saline Automotive in Saline, MI. We’re always happy to help with whatever problems you’re having!