Friday, July 31, 2009

Tire Care Tips - Continuation to the earlier one

  • 1. Get Pressure Right - Low tire pressure decreases fuel economy. Tires may lose up to 1 pound per square inch (psi) per month. The specific inflation pressure number can be found on the vehicle placard located on the driver's side doorpost, glove box door, fuel door or in the owner's manual. For accurate pressure, check tires when cool and don't forget the spare. Custom tires and wheels may change standard air pressure requirements, so if you customize have a pro check them out before you go.
  • 2. Don't Overload Vehicle - Overloading decreases fuel economy due to increased wind drag and cargo weight. Handing, control and braking are also negatively impacted.
  • 3. Rotate Before You Go - Regular rotation helps achieve uniform tire wear and improve road performance. Tires rotated every 6,000 - 8,000 miles have longer life and help maximize your tire investment. It makes sense to get a tire inspection when you rotate.
  • 4. Straighten Up - Proper tire alignment provides safe, predictable vehicle control as well as a ride that is smooth, comfortable and free of pulling or vibration. Proper alignment helps tires wear evenly and last longer.
  • 5. Bald Isn't Beautiful - Lack of tread affects the tire's ability to grip the road. Make sure tires don't have uneven wear, high or low areas or unusually smooth areas that can increase the risk of road accidents.

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