Tire Maintenance for your Car
Tire Maintenance for your Car
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It is a top priority at Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to ensure you leave 100% satisfied. Our certified technicians have put together a list of essential tire maintenance for your car to help keep you rolling safely. Your vehicle’s tires affect how your vehicle handles, ride, and brake. Tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance, and the car’s wheels must be aligned appropriately for optimal performance and safety. Improper tire maintenance can lead to premature tire wear, a flat tire, or even a blowout. Keep reading to find out what you should watch for.
What does it mean if there is a bubble in the side of my tire?
The first thing you should look for is signs of tire wear. Walk around your vehicle and inspect your tires. Look to see if they are over or under-inflated, check the tread wear, check the sidewall for bubbles. An over-inflated tire has more air pressure than average. You can tell if your tire is over-inflated as the tire’s middle section will be the only part making contact with the road. Causing wear primarily in the center of the tread, with less wear at the tire’s edges. Under-inflated tires are the opposite, have too little air pressure. You will be able to see this on the tire’s outer edges, as they are the only part to contact the road. Creating more wear on the edges of the tire tread, with less wear in the center. The next thing to check on your tire inspection is your tread wear. If the tire’s edges are wearing faster than the rest, you probably require a wheel alignment. Whereas uneven treadwear could mean your wheel is out of balance or that your shock absorbers have gone bad and could need to be replaced. Raised sections in the tread or sidewall indicate a belt in the tire separated from those next to it. When this happens, the tire should be replaced as soon as possible.
There is a strange vibration in my car. What could it be?
While you are driving, there are few signs to look out for regarding your tire’s health. If at any point you hear unusual pounding noises or feel a vibration. Vibration and pounding sounds could signal an out-of-balance tire, a flat spot in the tread, or a tire with a separated belt. If you feel that your vehicle pulls to on side while driving, this could indicate a tire with enough air pressure or a damaged tire. If you do not see anything wrong with your tires after inspection, this could be a sign of a brake problem, or poor wheel alignment may be causing the pull.
What do unequal wear patterns in my tires mean?
As stated above, tire health is essential. It will save you money, time, and most importantly, help keep you safe. The above steps are ones you can do at home. However, a couple of items a certified technician at Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can help you with. The first being tire rotation. A tire rotation is when the tires are moved front-to-rear. This rotation is an essential step as the wheels in the rear operate at different speeds and loads than the front during steering and braking, which results in unequal wear patterns on the tires and premature tire failure. It is recommended that tires are rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles for the maximum life and performance from your tires. The next item your technician should check is if your tires are balanced. Having your tires properly balanced can help prevent uneven tire wear. The technician will place the tire on a specialized machine that spins the tire and tells them where the out-of-balance section is. A small weight is then placed on the wheels to limit the vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn. The last thing your technician should check is the wheel alignment. Wheel alignment is the measurement of the wheels’ position compared to specs in the owner’s manual. If any of these measurements fall outside the manufactures range, uneven tire wear can result, vehicle handling may be affected, and fuel economy will go down. It is recommended to have your vehicle’s alignment check every six months.
The service department at Classic CDJR is here to help!
Spending a few minutes inspecting your tires every month will help protect your family, improve your vehicle’s performance, and lengthen the life of your tires. Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is a full-service dealership in Madison, OH, and we take pride in service departments, and we strive to make you the most satisfied customer. Stop by today and see why our customers love us at Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!