With Fall finally here, it's the perfect time to give your tires some love. Your tires are essential to the performance, safety, and even fuel economy of your vehicle. There are various services and maintenance practices you should do to keep your rubber wheels healthy and safe.
1 - Check the Air Pressure
Proper air inflation is key when it comes to your tires. With the right amount of air in your tires, they will last longer, wear more evenly, and possibly even improve your gas mileage. To find the factory-recommended tire air pressure, please look in your owner's manual or the driver's door frame sticker. Once you measure your tires with a gauge, you can judge whether or not you need to add more air. Some people like to overinflate the tires for an extra "cushion," but doing so can do more harm than good. Both underinflated and overinflated tires can lead to premature wear of your tires.
2 - Measure Tread Depth
Tread is the next most important thing to check when it comes to your tires. They ultimately determine when you need new tires. To measure tire tread at home, you can do the penny test. Carry the penny upside down and place it onto the middle of your tire treads. If there is any space between the top of Lincoln's head and the tire, then your tire treads are overworn. It means that you should replace your tires as soon as possible.
3 - Regular Tire Rotation
Tire rotation is a service that involves changing the position of each of the tires on your vehicle. You should rotate your tires as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or every 5,000 miles. Most people remember to get their tire rotations by pairing them up with their oil service. Tire rotations help by evening out tread wear and increasing the usage of your tires.
Your tires will continue to take you places safely and efficiently this Fall if you do these three simple tips. For more information about 26th Street Auto's tire services, please call our auto repair team at (310) 234-5631 or visit our shop in Los Angeles, CA, today.