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The 5 Essentials of Tire Maintenance The 5 Essentials of Tire Maintenance

The 5 Essentials of Tire Maintenance

Jan 23, 2015

It’s easy to let tire checking and rotation become something that only gets done when we remember, but it’s not something that we should let slip by.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire failure causes around 11,000 car crashes each year. Many of these would be preventable with regular and proper tire care. Here’s a few things that should be a must on your tire care.

Tread wear
The penny test has long been a reliable way to check a tire’s treads. Place a penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If you can still see the top of his scalp, the tread is too low. A lot of tires these days have wear bars: bits of rubber woven into the pattern at a specific depth. If the tread pattern is worn down to the wear bar, replace them.

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Temperature
Tire pressure drops in extreme cold and heat builds up in the summer. An under inflated tire generates more heat and wears quicker.

Bulges, gouges or cracks
If you see a bulge, this is a sign of low pressure and possibly a slow air leak.

Tire pressure
Tires deflate at a rate of about one pound per square inch (PSI) per month. Check them about once a month to be sure they’re at the right pressure.

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Vibration
If a vibration feels like it’s coming from under the seats, the rear tires may be out of balance.