Tires are central to the driveability and safety of your car, but it’s not uncommon for them to go neglected by drivers. They may be easy to forget, but they should receive as much attention and care as other major parts of the vehicle. Let’s run through a few tips for keeping them in order.
Maintaining the appropriate air pressure in your tires is essential if you want to ensure safety, even wear, optimized traction, and maximized fuel economy over time. Tires can lose up to 1 psi per month naturally, so they should be checked with a pressure gauge monthly and before extended trips. Always follow the recommended pressure in your vehicle’s manual or the sticker on the inside of the driver door, not the max inflation figure indicated on the tire sidewall.
This is one of the more underestimated factors that affect tire condition. In Calgary, we’re accustomed to switching between sets as the seasons change, so it’s important to take the right steps for proper storage. They should be inspected for any signs of damage, and you should keep in mind which tire was installed on which wheel so that you can rotate them the next time they’re installed. Wash them of any debris, dry them, and store them in a clean indoor area.
The degree of wear on your tires is something to pay close attention to. Tires need the right amount of tread to maintain effective grip on the road, especially in a wet or icy environment. Keep an eye on the tread wear indicators on the tires themselves or use a tread gauge to determine whether replacement is needed. To ensure that your tires wear evenly, rotate them at the right intervals and in the right configuration based on your manufacturer’s recommendations.
Tire care is just one element of a larger set of habits that affect the overall condition, dependability, and value of your vehicle. The best way to optimize them all? Equip yourself with the best tools that you can. An automotive lift can help you immensely in this department. Whether it’s rotating your own tires, swapping them out for a winter set, or making torque adjustments, you can save time and money by going DIY and installing a lift in your own garage!
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