Regular tire inspection and tire care will help you spot small issues before they become major problems and will help your tires last longer. Any of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers will help you with that.
You thought you might drive over to the Jazz Festival. But you are a bit hesitant because your tires look as if they could do with some attention. They probably won’t go flat, but maybe it’s not worth the chance that one or more would fail.
You are, of course, right to be concerned about your tires. They’re the only thing keeping your car from collapsing onto the roadway and being unable to move. But, as AAA points out, you can keep that from happening with regular tire care.
“For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned,” according to AAA. “Checking your tires on a regular basis is an important step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. Ideally, tire inspections should be performed monthly. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly, then you should inspect your tires more often.”
Monthly tire inspections are just the first step in caring for your tires. You should also have a trusted Madison tire technician rotate, balance and align your tires regularly.
Tire rotation – “Tires on the front and the rear of vehicles operate at different loads and perform different steering and braking functions, resulting in unequal wear patterns. To gain maximum life and performance from your tires, it is essential to rotate your vehicle’s tires. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for mileage recommendations. Usually tire rotation is performed between 5,000 and 7,000 miles.”
Tire balancing – “Properly balanced tires help minimize uneven wear and extend their life. When tires are balanced, small weights are attached to the wheels to limit vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn. Newly installed tires should be balanced, and thereafter whenever a vibration is noticed. Balancing is also called for whenever a tire is removed from the wheel, for example to repair a puncture.”
Wheel or tire alignment – “Wheel alignment is the measurement of the position of the wheels compared to specifications that the vehicle manufacturers recommend. Each vehicle has specific wheel alignment settings. If any alignment measurement falls outside the specified range, uneven tire wear can result, vehicle handling may be affected and fuel economy can be diminished.
“You should have the wheel alignment checked and adjusted when new tires are installed, and thereafter any time when unusual steering characteristics are observed. A vehicle’s wheels are properly aligned when the car will drive down the road in a straight line without drifting or pulling to either side. A drift or pull can be caused by problems other than just alignment, so a thorough inspection should be performed by a qualified shop to determine the exact nature of the problem before an alignment is performed.”
If you don’t have a trusted Madison tire specialist, then you need to get to know the Madison auto care and auto repair technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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