Simply taking care of your tires will improve your vehicle’s gas mileage and performance. Giving them a monthly inspection will catch small issues before they grow. Of course, when you bring your vehicle in for routine maintenance at our service center, we check for you.
Meanwhile, following are some checks to make—at least monthly:
Maintain correct tire pressure; this will help your vehicle perform its best. Check the pressure at least once every month when they are cool in order to get an accurate reading. Under-inflated tires can be dangerous, and is the leading cause of tire failure.
- Check your tires for wear. Too little tread depth can cause your vehicle to skid during wet weather. They are also more easily punctured. To check the depth, insert a penny in one of the grooves. If you can see Lincoln's head, you need new tires.
- Rotate the tires every 6,000 miles. Moving your tires from one position to another ensures that tires wear evenly, therefore extending their life.
- Most states require a minimum of 2/32 of an inch of tread. The criteria according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations are 4/32 of an inch. If you’re driving on less than any of those, you put yourself not only at risk for a ticket, but also a blowout.
Tire tread is especially important during the wet season; because water can't be compressed, you need enough tread depth to allow rain to escape through the tire's grooves.
If you still need answers—or reassurance—stop by our service center to have someone take a peek for you and let you know what is needed. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, check out our online inventory and make an appointment to come see us. We’ll even get you sorted with in-house financing.