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What You Should Be Doing To Maintain Your Vehicle's Tires

One part of your vehicle that is constantly seeing wear and tear is your tires. That's why you're likely looking for ways to maintain your tires to improve their longevity. Here are a few tire maintenance tips to keep your tires in good condition.

Maintain The Proper Air Pressure

One problem that is easy to overlook is low tire air pressure, but a tire that is not inflated properly is going to wear faster than one that is. You'll want to check the tire pressure when the vehicle has not been used for awhile, since the tires will get hot and the air will expand after you have been driving for awhile. That's why it is a good thing to do first thing in the morning before you take your car out of your driveway by using an air pressure gauge. 

The tires should have a recommended air pressure printed on the sidewall of the tire. You should inflate the tire to the proper levels if you notice that the air pressure is low. Make sure not to overinflate the tire as well, since the tires will expand even more as the tire gets hot while driving on the road.

Check The Tread Depth

You'll also want to check the tread depth of the tires in several locations to make sure that they are wearing evenly. Tires usually have a wear bar to let you know if the tire's tread depth is getting too low. This will give you a good idea when it is time to get new tires. However, be concerned if your tires have low tread depth in some places but high tread depth in others. 

Check The Side Walls

While the top sections of your tires can actually be repaired if there are punctures in them, sidewalls of tires are very difficult to repair. That is why you'll want to check the sidewalls for damage to make sure that there are no punctures in them that could be causing the tires to lose air. 

Rotate The Tires

Rotating the tires on your vehicle is a good trick to extend the lifespan of them by evening out the wear. It is common to not only swap the tires from the front to the back but to switch the sides that they are on as well. This helps eliminate problems with uneven wear that happen by simply driving every single day.