Underneath It All

23 02 2011

Dale BertramQ: What causes my tires to wear out?

A: Tires can wear unevenly even when they are properly aligned. Irregularities in the road, pot holes or brushing the curb can lessen tread and tire life. 

Q:  Can I increase my tires’ life?

A:  Certainly.  By having your tires rotated and balanced regularly you can increase a tire’s life expectancy by nearly 50%.

Q:  Why does my car need an alignment?

A:  Even if your tires’ tread looks normal, rough roads and repeated encounters with curbs will make your vehicle’s tires suffer.  Having your car put on an alignment rack once a year will keep the tires healthy.  Incorrect alignment makes tires follow their own paths and causes scrubbing action against the road surface.  In addition to excessive wear, this friction causes the steering wheel to fight the driver, requiring additional efforts to keep the vehicle on the road.  A wheel alignment service should include a careful examination of steering and suspension components.  Even the best equipment and technicians cannot align a vehicle with worn or damaged parts.

Q:  What is the big deal about proper inflation of tires?

A:  Under-inflated tires cause your tires to wear along the sides, while over-inflated tires cause your tires to wear down the middle of the tread.  Radial tires always look a little soft, but don’t be fooled and assume inflation is correct.  Buy a tire gauge and use it monthly to keep your tires properly inflated or stop by and we can check them for free.  It saves your tires and saves on fuel too!

Q:  What is the best thing I can do for my tires?

A:  Take your vehicle to a service repair facility quarterly to make sure you are driving on the safest and most comfortable tires possible.  You and your passengers depend on them.

Happy Motoring!

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