The easiest way to care for your tires is to check the air pressure regularly. All you need to do is have a gauge and take a read out of the psi in each tire. This should be done on a regular basis, especially in the winter. If the tires lose air on a regular basis, make sure to check them at least once a week. The air temperature will affect what the air pressure is inside of the tire. Cold air will shrink particles and make them smaller, as if the tire is under inflated and needing air. To fix the problem, you need access to an air compressor. Simply add air to the tire until it reads out at the correct pressure for your make and model of tire. When you do not have an air compressor in the garage, you can bring the vehicle in and we can fill the tires for you. It only takes a few minutes to replace the air in the tire, but it can add hundreds of miles of life to your tires.
The tires also need to be rotated at regular intervals. The tires wear in a certain pattern as the vehicle goes down the road. In order to make the tires even all the way across the tread, they need to be moved to the back of the car and to the opposite side. The tires in the back need to be moved up to the front and switched sides as well. The tires also need to be kept in balance in order to be even. Traveling over bumpy roads can knock a tire out of balance. Driving with a slight pull to the right or the left could indicate the vehicle should be brought in. Aligning your tires is done on a machine in our shop where they are measured. Tires are marked with positive or negative degrees and need to be as close together as possible to be aligned.
If you notice any issues with the tires, like bulges or damage, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. By doing so, you can help to ensure the tires are in the best condition possible and your vehicle will be reliable this winter.