All About Tires: 3 Common Questions Answered
We all know how vital tires are to the performance and safety of your vehicle, but do you really know how you can keep them in good condition? If not, no worries! We are here to answer three of the most common questions that we get about your vehicle’s tires. They can be easy details to overlook, but doing so can cause some unwanted issues in the not-so-distant future.
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1. How often should I replace the tires on my car?
We recommend that you check your tires at 5,000 miles, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to replace them quite just then. The condition of the roads you drive on, the way that you have been driving, and even the outside temperature can have quite an effect on how quickly your tires wear out. Because there are so many different things that can cause your tires to wear out, there is no one-answer-fits-all for this question. With that said, 5,000 is a good time to start checking on your tires by looking at the treads to see how much depth you have left. We suggest that you start the process of getting them replaced at 4/32 of an inch. If you notice that your tires are bald and that there aren’t any grooves anymore then you should definitely get them replaced right away!
2. What size tires should I buy?
Every vehicle comes with a manufacturer-recommended tire size and you should usually stick to what they say. Typically you can find the recommended tire size in any of these four places: the glove box, behind the gas cap hatch, the manual, and the driver’s side door jam. Be sure to check these locations and make sure that you find out which one you should buy when the next time comes. Sticking to the recommended size will ensure that you give your vehicle optimal performance and safety.
3. When do I rotate my tires?
You should be rotating your tires once every six months or 6,000 – 8,000 miles. Regular rotation can not only extend the life of your tires but also improve performance because it will even out the wear and tear. The weight on the front and rear axles differing is what causes the uneven wear, but with regular rotation you can easily mitigate it. Balancing your tires once every two years is also a good idea because it prevents further wear.
The questions above are ones that we get asked quite often so hopefully these answers will clear any confusion that you may have about your tires. Remember, never hesitate to reach out to us to get your answers answered! We are here to help in any way that we can.
-The Star Team
August 30, 2017