Your tires are very important to the performance, safety and even fuel economy of your car. Unfortunately, they are often neglected by vehicle owners. Tire maintenance is crucial. That's why the automotive experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Auto) have put together these helpful tire care tips.
1. Check the Air Pressure
Proper air pressure will make a huge difference in your tires. They will last longer, wear more evenly and the right air pressure can also help your overall gas mileage. Check your owner's manual or the tires themselves for recommended pressure and add/remove air as needed. Be careful not to overinflate the tires either. If you notice the tire pressure isn't staying consistent, then you may have a leak and should have it checked out.
2. Look at the Tread Depth
Have you ever heard of the penny test? Stick a penny upside down into the middle of your tire treads. Some people recommend a quarter, but it's the same principle. If there is any space between the top of Lincoln's head and the tread, then your tire treads are very low and you'll want new tires as soon as possible. If only a little bit of his head is covered, then you should know they are getting low enough to be concerned Anything under 1/16-inch is dangerously low. Anything under 1/8-inch is worth paying attention to.
3. Regular Tire Rotation
Your tires should be rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles, usually with every (or every other, depending on your maintenance schedule) oil change. This keeps the tread wear even and extends the lifespan of your tires.
4. Proper Wheel Alignment
Having your wheels properly aligned will also help increase the lifespan and performance of your tires. If they aren't well-aligned, tread wear will definitely be uneven and your tires just won't last as long. Have the experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions perform a wheel alignment test and make adjustments if needed. Your tires will thank you.
These are just a few simple tips to keep your tires running well and lasting longer. For more information about tire replacement, tire repair and wheel alignment, call the auto repair professionals at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. Call us today at (415) 523-0515 or schedule a service appointment online.