How often should I check the air pressure in my tires?
Having the right air pressure in your tires is the easiest way to extend their life. You should be checking the air pressure at least once a month. Tires can lose about a pound per square inch of pressure every month. Proper tire pressure is vital to the safety of your vehicle as well as fuel efficiency. When driving with improper air pressure, you will get fewer miles per gallon. The correct pressure in your tires will increase your gas mileage by up to 3.3%. So save yourself some green, check your tire pressure.
How often should tires be rotated?
You should be rotating your tires every 5,000 miles, and this will allow them to wear evenly. Most vehicles only have one or two wheels spinning at a time; this is why tires will wear unevenly. Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM service technicians will rotate your tires by moving them to different vehicle positions, allowing the tires on the drive wheels to rest, and even out the wear.
How are vehicle wheels balanced?
Producing tires is not a perfect one, along with normal wear and tear will cause heavy spots on them. These heavy spots or manufacturing imperfections can throw your wheel out of balance by a quarter to one-half ounce or more. These seemingly small differences cause significant problems. Problems like uneven tire wear and vibration, for example. The technicians at Pinckney CDJR will balance each wheel by attaching small weights to the wheel. They do this with the use of a specialized wheel balancing machine. It’s a fast, easy process that costs a lot less than a new tire!
What happens when your vehicle is aligned?
Keeping your vehicle in proper alignment is vital to the life of its suspension. When your car falls out of alignment, your tires are what service technicians call toe-in or toe-out, causing the ever-dreaded uneven tire wear. If your vehicle is pulling or feeling a steering wheel vibration, you may have an alignment problem. Simple things can cause your car to become misaligned, like bumping a parking lot barrier or hitting a pothole. The slightest misalignment can lower your fuel efficiency and increase the tire’s tread to wear. It would be best if you had your vehicle’s alignment checked every six months.
Don’t overload your car.
Your vehicle has a load limit. This amount is the number of people and stuff it can carry. You can find this number on a placard on your vehicle’s door frame. Overloading your vehicle will put too much weight on the tires, causing them to fail prematurely.