Tire Care Tips For FallOctober 2, 2020 4:06 pm
As the season changes to fall and leaves, rain, and ice start to cover the roads, you could notice your grip on the road start to slip. The cold temperatures and bad weather will make it harder than ever to maintain control of your vehicle as you drive, especially on corners. If you aren’t proactive about taking care of your tires before they become an issue, you could find yourself shelling out thousands for easily avoidable repairs. This fall, get ahead of your car’s needs and keep your whole family safe by checking your tires now. If you are interested in learning more about how to extend your tires’ lifespans or need help with any other DIY repairs come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our friendly and helpful staff will help you get all the parts you need for the lowest price in town.
Check Your Air Pressure
The first thing you need to check is the air pressure in each of your tires. Many modern vehicles have air pressure sensors in each tire and will alert you if the air pressure is at a dangerous level. Many of these sensors will only go off if your air is at a dangerous level, so it is always a good idea to check your air pressure yourself. Check your owner’s manual to make sure you know what PSI your tires need, though most passenger vehicles will need to sit around 32-35 PSI. Some vehicles will also have a sticker on the door with the recommended PSI listed. The cold temperatures of fall will cause the air in your tire to condense, causing you to lose some serious tire pressure as the temperatures drop. Try to check your air pressure every time the temperature consistently drops by 20 degrees or more.
Check Your Treads
Every tire has a set of treads in order to efficiently grip the road and push debris away from your driving surface. These treads will wear down over time as the rubber of your tires breaks down. If you have not been rotating your tires or doing wheel alignments, certain parts of your tires could wear down much quicker than they need to, costing you tons of money over time. You can easily check your tire treads with just a simple quarter. Take a quarter and insert it into your treads with Washington facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, you need to replace your tires ASAP.
See if You Need to Swap Out Your Tires
If your treads are low or you notice any damage to your tires, you may have to change out your tires. More importantly, if you don’t have tires that can handle the weather in your area, you need to change your tires now before the weather gets any worse.
If you need help or are looking for parts for any DIY mechanic projects you want to tackle come into your local U Pull And Pay today.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling