One of the most important parts of owning a vehicle is making sure each part and system is working properly. When one element isn’t performing to its greatest potential, it can throw everything out of whack. It’s up to you to keep up with routine maintenance and take care of your vehicle on a day-to-day basis. In order to help get you started, here are some tips for taking care of your tires.
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How to maintain your car’s tires
The four main elements of car tire maintenance are pressure, alignment, rotation, and tread. All play an important role in the overall health of your tires and should be monitored to ensure proper working condition.
You should check the pressure of your tires at least once a month as well as before long road trips. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out the proper level of inflation for your specific model and fill your tires accordingly.
Improper alignment may cause your tires to wear unevenly and produce issues with handling. See what your car’s owner’s manual recommends for having your alignment checked by a professional and watch for warning signs, such as your vehicle pulling to one side.
Regular tire rotations help extend the life of your tires by distributing weight and wear evenly to each tire. Tire rotation recommendations can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but you should also keep an eye out for uneven tire wear.
The way tires are designed with raised rubber in the groove helps you to keep an eye on their wear. You can check your tire tread depth by placing a penny with Lincoln’s head down into the groove. If you can see the top of his head, it’s time to replace your tires.
If you have any questions about taking care of your tires, please feel free to reach out to our team at Toyota Vacaville or get in touch with your local automotive professional.