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Tire Maintenance Tips

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure is beneficial to your vehicle and your wallet. Not only will keeping your tires properly inflated provide a smoother ride but you will also be safer. Proper tire pressure puts more rubber to the road, increasing traction. Properly inflated tires also puts less stress on your shocks and helps to improve fuel economy. Don’t miss out on these awesome benefits! Here’s how to check your tire pressure.

Before you get started, you’ll need to check the inside of the driver’s door, glove box, or consult your owner’s manual to find out manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. The number of the tire maker and vehicle manufacturer might not match. If that’s the case, go with the latter. Keep in mind the pressure level might differ between the front and rear tires!

Make sure you check the tire pressure before you drive or when the tires are cold. Driving heats the tires and causes the air to expand, giving off an inaccurate reading. Make sure you use your personal pressure gauge, available at any auto store. Gas station gauges are often inaccurate.

Once you’ve checked your tire pressure, add or release air and check your tire pressure again. Ideally, you’ll want to check your tire pressure every week.
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How to Add Air to Your Tires

Sometimes, the problem with your tires doesn’t affect the tire tread nor does it warrant immediate replacement of those tires. Often, the tires are just underinflated. Underinflated tires can cause some serious problems on the road, reducing the ability of your vehicle to get around. Fortunately, inflating your tires is a simple task to complete, if you know how to do so properly. If you don’t, then don’t worry about it! These simple step-by-step instructions on how to properly inflate your tires will help you out!

Step 1. First, you are going to want to determine if your car’s tires just need a little air or if there is a much bigger problem. Carefully check your tires for any holes or leaks.

Step 2. If there are no holes, then the time has come to check the tire pressure of each tire. You should have a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle at all times to help you out with this task. Removing the dust caps from each tire, quickly attach the tire pressure gauge and determine your tire pressure based on the reading.

Step 3. Compare the tire pressure your gauge read with the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle. This can usually be found in your vehicle’s manual. If it is below the recommended tire pressure level, you will need to fill the tires up with air.

Step 4. Bring your vehicle to a location with an air machine. Most gas stations have one. Carefully remove the dust caps from your tires one at a time. Press the hose against the tire gauge opening and fill the tires up with air. Check each tire’s pressure as you fill the tires with air. When you are finished, put the dust caps back on your vehicle and you’re reading to go!

By following these steps on properly inflating your tires, you will be back to rolling down the road in no time flat!

How to Test Your Tire Treads - the Penny Test

Tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle. They are what keep your vehicle rolling on ahead. Therefore, it is important to maintain the health of your tires. That means routinely checking for the health of those four wheels. There are several ways to check for the health of your tires. One such way is to inspect the tire tread depth. Tires should have a certain amount of tread. If the tread amount falls beneath the recommended level for your tires, than it is time to get a new set.

But how can you tell what amount of tire tread depth is right? There are several ways to do so. One of the simplest, yet most effective ways is through the penny test. All you need to check the tire tread depth for your vehicles is the tires themselves and a penny. It is that simple.

First, find a clean penny. You want to make sure that you can see all the details of Abraham Lincoln’s head. Next turn the penny upside down, making sure that it is facing you. Place the penny between the tread ridges of your tire so that Abraham Lincoln goes down head first.

If you can see any of Lincoln’s forehead, then a new pair of tires is suggested soon. However, if you can see Abe’s entire forehead, then you need a new set of tires immediately, as the tread is well below the recommended level.

The penny test is a simple and easy way to inspect the health of your vehicle’s tires. And it only costs you a penny!

Should You Buy Winter Tires?

When it comes to tires, many drivers are clueless about what the difference is between all-season tires and winter tires. There are several significant differences and those difference make one set of tires better than the other at certain points throughout the year. This winter, do yourself and your car a favor by buying a set of winter tires.

All-season tires are the tires vehicles roll off the production line with. They’re designed to provide excellent fuel economy, a smooth ride, and generally last a long time. The tires are versatile in that they provide optimal performance on wet roads and light winter driving. While all-season tires combine the benefits of summer and winter tires, they come up short once the heavy snowfalls lands on the road.

Winter tires are specifically designed to take on the heavy snowball, black ice, and lack of traction that winter generally brings. The tire tread remains flexible, unlike all-season tires, and allows the tire to grip the road. The depth and patterns are deeper and channel the snow and slush rather than absorb it.

Winter tires also feature more biting edges, tiny slits in the tread, that offer optimized traction on ice-covered roadways. Some tires even act as a sponge to remove a thin layer of water from the tire to further optimize traction on slippery roads.
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