How to Make Your Tires Last Longer
Your tires won’t last forever, especially if you’re partaking in off-road driving or a lot of towing in South Salt Lake. The good news is there are ways to help you get a long life from your tires. It just takes some simple precautions and regular maintenance. Making sure you’re driving on the right tires will help, too. Find out other easy tricks to make your tires last longer with Salt Lake Valley Buick GMC.
When your tire tread begins to wear out, that’s a sign that it’s getting close to time to replace that tire. One way you can help prolong the life of your tires is to make efforts to get your tires to wear evenly by getting your tires rotated and aligned regularly. Here are the different kinds of tread wear and what causes them:
- Inner & Outer Tread Wear: This is excess wear on the inner or outer part of the tire. You might hear it called "toe wear" or "camber wear." It happens if your tires aren’t aligned.
- Center Wear: If your tires are overinflated, the tread will tend to wear faster down the center. Check your owner's manual for the correct PSI, measure yours, then adjust the inflation.
- Edge Wear: Under-inflation is likely the culprit. Follow the same instructions as above.
- Cupping Wear: This is a diagonal scalloping of the tire that indicates issues with the suspension system. You should schedule a service appointment without delay.
- Patchy Wear: If you notice tread wear in different spots, it’s a sign that you need an alignment.
Most of these tips can be done by sticking to your regular maintenance schedule, some of them are easy things you can do from home. They include:
- Check Your Tire Pressure Monthly - Your tires can lose up to a pound per square inch of pressure each month, even more in the winter. While your Tire Pressure Monitoring System will alert you when your pressure needs to be changed, we recommend you purchase a tire pressure gauge and check each tire’s PSI monthly. A gauge is about the size of an ink pen and inexpensive.
- Rotate Your Tires Every 5,000 Miles - This is even more important if you have an all-wheel drive vehicle. Tire rotation helps your tires wear more evenly.
- Get Your Tires Balanced - If the weight is distributed to one wheel more than the other, this could also create uneven wear. After your tires are rotated, make sure to have them balanced.
- Check the Vehicle Alignment Twice Yearly - If you notice that your steering wheel is shaking, that’s often a sign that your wheels are misaligned. This can happen over time, or if you hit the edge of a curb or a pothole. Be sure to watch for the signs.
At Salt Lake Valley Buick GMC, we want you to get a long life from your tires! Check out our simple tire tips, then use our tire finder when it’s time to replace your tires.