November 27, 2014
Tire Care Tips
Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car, aside from the engine of course, and taking care of your tires is completely necessary to avoid much of the extra stress on your paycheck that car repairs can cause. There are a few basic steps to taking care of your tires that go further than simply checking the pressure every once in a while. If you are not very car-savvy, then some of these steps may be better handled by a mechanic, but the first couple of steps will be easy for anyone to complete. This article will cover the basic steps of taking care of your tires, and ensuring that you get the most miles possible out of every set of tires that you purchase.
1. Check Your Tire Pressure
The first step to taking care of your tires is to always keep an eye on the overall tire pressure. In order to check your tire pressure, purchase an air pressure gauge (which can be found in most stores, gas stations, or at any mechanic,) remove the cap covering your valve stem (the small copper piece sticking out of your tire that you pump air into,) then push the air pressure gauge onto the valve stem. The pressure gauge will then push a small measuring stick out of the bottom of the gauge (or display your tire pressure on an LCD screen.) In order to find the air pressure that your tire should be at, simply look along the outside wall of your tires, in order to find the air pressure pounds per square inch that your tire should be inflated to.
2. Check for Any Abrasions
Checking for any abrasions or cracks on your car tires can help you to avoid running into any problems later on down the road. Even if the crack in the rubber composing your tire is rather small, purchasing a rubber sealant or taking your vehicle to your local mechanic will reduce your chances of having a blowout.
3. Watch for Nails or Foreign Objects
Checking the part of your each tire that rolls along the road (where the threading is located) for any type of foreign objects such as nails, glass or any other type of foreign objects that have punctures your tires. If there is a foreign object puncturing your tire, remove the tire and place your spare tire on your vehicle, then take your tire to a local tire shop. Never remove the object yourself, or you risk losing all of the air pressure in your tire, and possible ruining any chance of sealing the area that has been punctured.