Tire Maintenance Information
Proper tire maintenance is important to the overall performance and safety of your vehicle.
Improper inflation is probably one of the greatest causes of damage to your tires. Tires lose pressure over time which causes unnecessary stress, irregular tread wear and poor gas milage. Tires can't deliver their best performance without the right air pressure.
Tires can lose 1 psi ( pounds per inch) per month under normal conditions and can lose 1 psi for every 10 degrees F temperature drop.
To find the right air pressure for your tires we recommend you look for the manufacturer's recommended air pressure that is listed on the sticker of your vehicles door jam or owner's manual. Or on the tire itself since many people have modified their tire size by installing low pro tires. It's important to check your tires on a regular basis to make sure your tires meet the recommended air pressure. Many people try to determine whether their tires are properly inflated by just looking, but that can be deceiving. Some have over inflated their tires which is just as dangerous as underinflating them. A good tire gauge is the best tool to determine proper air inflation. Always check the air pressure on your tires when you are carrying heavy loads. And then as a rule check the air pressure monthly.
An ideal time to have your tires rotated is every 5,000 to 8,000 miles and more frequently if you do a lot of driving just around town or if you own a front-wheel drive vehicle.
Familiarity with your tires
Get familiar with your tires by looking at them. Look for wear on your tires. Such things as dry rot, leakage, the sound your tires make when driving. How does your tire feel when you are driving, and at what speed do you hear vibrations if any? How does your steering feel when driving? Do you notice any balding on the inside or outside of your tires? These are all warning signs you may have tire damage.
Is it time to change your tires?
A good way to determine whether it's time to change your tires is to take a penny, place the head of Abe down in the groove at your tire's lowest point. If you can see above his head where it says "In God We Trust", it means you are ready for a new set of tires.