Maintaining Tires — For Better Safety And Long Life  

February 12, 2006

By: David Parker

Maintaining Tires — For Better Safety And Long Life

Maintaining tires properly is essential for better safety and increased performance. Contrary to the popular belief, maintaining a tire is not a rocket science or space operation, but if taken few points in mind it is as simple as counting 1-2-3. All you need for to do for maintenance is to check air pressure and examine for damages.

First of all you need to maintain the proper air pressure in the tire. The most common way of damaging tires is improper inflation. Use the inflation pressure guide as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer for proper maintenance. It's best to check your tires when they are cold and make sure to maintain your spare tire well in advance otherwise at most crucial moment it won’t be available.

Wheel Balancing and tire alignment is next biggest issue in maintenance. Tires that aren't balanced properly wear out more quickly and cause a vibration in the vehicle. This leads to driver fatigue, premature or uneven tire wear and damage to your vehicle's suspension. To ensure even wear on your tires, rotate your tires regularly, and maintaining proper alignment of your tires periodically help to lengthen life. Tires wear unevenly if the vehicle's suspension system is out of alignment, so maintain that.

Last but not the least you should maintain tires, as treads are the tire surface, which contacted with road. There are two popular ways for checking to see if there is enough tread on your tires. All passenger, light truck, and medium commercial tires have tread wear indicator bars molded into the tread for easy maintenance. Another easy way to check that your tire has enough tread remaining is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head it is time to replace or retread your tires.

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