Maintaining your tires is easier than you think
Tire maintenance is pretty simple. You don’t need anything crazy or difficult to keep them in good shape. Doing a few little things once a month is all it takes to help your tires live long and fulfilling lives. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help maintain optimal tire performance.
Don’t drive on under or overinflated tires. Improper inflation is the most common cause of premature tire damage.
Do check the inflation at least once a month and before traveling. You can use an accurate tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires have optimal pressure. Check your owner’s manual, your vehicle’s door jamb or the inside of your glove box door to find the recommended inflation pressure.
Don’t forget to balance your tires. Improperly balanced tires wear out quicker and cause the vehicle to vibrate, leading to possible driver fatigue. Plus, it can put undue stress on your vehicle’s frame, also not good.
Do make sure you balance your tires when they are first mounted on wheels, when remounted, and at the first sign of vehicle vibration.
Don’t forget to check your wheel alignment. If your vehicle’s suspension isn’t aligned correctly, your tires will wear unevenly.
Do check your wheel alignment regularly. If you notice uneven front or rear tire wear or changes to your vehicle's handling (e.g., pulling to one side of the road), have your wheel alignment checked.
Don’t forget to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Do rotate your tires regularly to ensure even wear. Each tire supports different amounts of your vehicle’s weight, which may affect your tire wear rate. Plus, your driving patterns will probably wear out one tire faster than the others.
Don’t drive on damaged tires. Most punctures, nail holes or cuts up to a quarter inch in the tread area can be repaired by a trained tire technician. But don’t try to fix tires with a tread puncture over a quarter inch or any sidewall puncture.
Do regularly inspect your tires for damage. You’re looking for any cracks, knots, bulges, punctures or cuts. If you spot something suspicious, take your tire to a trained tire expert. And make sure you have a properly inflated spare tire handy in case of an emergency. Check out our Find A Retailer page to find a local professional who can properly inspect your tires.