Tire Safety & Maintenance Tips
Learn these Tire Safety & Maintenance Tips at Premier Chevrolet of Buena Park
Your vehicle’s tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle being that it is the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the road. Staying on top of the health of your tires is vital when it comes to ensuring a safe and comfortable ride. How often you should get your tires serviced depends on several factors such as the climate you live in and how often you use your vehicle, but generally speaking, it is a good idea to get your tires serviced monthly. If you are located in or near the Santa Ana, Los Angeles, or Long Beach areas come on down to Premier Chevrolet of Buena Park and let our service pros make sure your tires are working in tip-top condition.
Signs Your Tires May Need to Be Serviced
Premature tire wear, a flat tire, or even a blowout can all result from poor tire maintenance. Tire wear can be affected by factors other than the tires themselves. Tire wear and performance are directly influenced by the wear and tear of parts of the suspension and improper wheel alignment. It is always a good idea to keep your tire pressure right where it needs to be. If it is overinflated this can cause the tire’s middle sections to wear more quickly than they should. If the tires are underinflated this can cause premature wear on the outer parts of the tire. If you see the edges of the tire beginning to wear too quickly it is most likely caused by an alignment issue. If the tire is out of balance, you may notice unusual wear patterns also known as “cupping.” If you notice any of these issues it is a good idea to get your tires serviced.
Tire Rotation and Tire Balancing Information
Uneven wear patterns occur when tires on the front and back of cars operate under different loads and carry out various steering and braking duties. Rotate your vehicle’s tires regularly to get the most life and performance out of them. It is always good to check your vehicle’s owner manual to see what the manufacturer suggests when it comes to getting your tires rotated, but in general, it’s a good idea to get your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Keeping your tires properly balanced is also a good way to ensure you get the most out of your tires and helps minimize wear and tear. Tires should be properly balanced when you first purchase your vehicle, but if you start to notice unusual vibrations coming from the tires, it is most likely a balancing issue.
Importance of Wheel Alignment
Properly aligned wheels are extremely important for the overall health and longevity of your tires. If your wheels are not properly aligned, it can cause your tires to wear more quickly and therefore make you buy new tires more often than necessary. You can tell if your wheels are properly aligned by checking to see if your car pulls to one side or the other. Before doing an alignment, a trained service professional should conduct a comprehensive check to identify the precise source of the issue since a drift or pull can be brought on by issues other than alignment.
Think your tires are in need of a check-up? Contact our service department for more information or you can check out our service specials or schedule an appointment online and we will get you back on the road right away.