How much do you know about your tires? You probably know they help the car move and they are the only part of the car that touches the ground. But, other than those couple of facts, you probably don't know much about tires or tire accessories. Tire maintenance is not something most people are familiar with. During driver's education, you learn the rules of the road, not how to maintain your car. In most cases, your mechanic does the routine maintenance. While regular maintenance is a good idea, you should also know how to maintain your tires and tire accessories. The following tips will help improve your car's performance, extend tire life, and protect your investment.
Check Tire Pressure
Most people only check their tire pressure when the low pressure light comes on or before going on a long road trip. However, it is important to check the pressure of your tires regularly. Low air pressure in tires can cause uneven wear, decreased breaking and handling, and excess heat. Any of these issues can cause structural failures like blowouts and tread separation. Properly inflated tires will maximize tread life, increase fuel efficiency, and improve the overall handling and safety of your car.
Install New Tires in Pairs
Installing one new tire is not a good idea. If you only install one new tire, it can mess with the handling of your car. It is better to install two tires at once to the rear of your car. The worn out tires should be moved to the front of the car. Having your tires this way will help with the overall handling of your car.
Rotating your tires helps with the wear on each tire. If tires are not rotated, then one tire can become too worn and mess with the performance of your car. You can find the tire rotation schedule in your owner's manual by speaking with your local mechanic.
Check Your Tires
Your car's system won't catch every issue right away. There may be a nail or hole in your tire that the system hasn't registered yet. This is why it is important to check your tires regularly. You should look for cracks, nail, holes, or anything else out of the ordinary. If you find any of these issues, you should have them taken care of right away.
Tire Accessory Maintenance
Tire accessory maintenance is just as important as tire maintenance. If your tire accessories are not well maintained, then they can cause issues with your tires. The maintenance for every accessory will be different. It is important to read about the proper maintenance to ensure you do not have any issues with the accessory or your tire. You may need to grease up one accessory, while another accessory may need to be tightened every so often. For more information about tire accessory maintenance or to buy a new tire accessory, contact EZ Accessory today.