Your tires are an essential function of your car, which is why it is so important to keep up with tire maintenance. From tire pressure, tire wear patterns to rotations, you have to know it all to keep your tires in good shape. However, there are also a lot of common misconceptions about tires that should be corrected. Here’s what you should know:
Just because your car has a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) does not mean you shouldn’t manually measure your tire pressure. A tire-pressure monitoring system tracks your tire pressure using sensors on your tires. Once your tires run low on pressure, your dashboard will exhibit a warning light to tell you that your tires require attention. Though it may sound very reliable on the surface level, there are some flaws. The warning signal is only triggered when tires lose at least 25% of their recommended pressure. A loss in a quarter of your tire pressure is considered very unsafe, and you should avoid letting it get that low to begin with. Because of this, we highly recommend that you always have a pressure gauge on hand to have a more accurate reading. Though it may be considered “old-school,” it is the most reliable method. It would be best if you measure your tire pressure on a monthly basis.
Rotate your tires by intervals, NOT just once a year. Most drivers think that if you rotate your wheels once a year, you are good to go. However, you need to have them turned every 5,000 miles (give or take) – not just once a year. An excellent way to keep up with your tires is to schedule your oil change and tire rotation at the same time for extra convenience.
You don’t have to replace all tires at once. Sometimes you might face an unrepairable tire, and you will have to get it swapped out for a new one. Most people tend to believe that you always have to replace all four wheels if one needs repairs. Depending on your tires, tire brand, and the type of vehicle you own, you may be able to get away with replacing one.
Your recommended tire pressure is labeled on the driver’s side door. If you are unsure how much pressure your tires need, just refer to the sticker on the driver’s door frame. Simple and easy!
At Revolution Motor Works, we have a wide range of tire services. Please do not hesitate to give us a call or visit our shop in Finksburg, MD, today! You can trust our expert team to give your tires the high-quality services it needs.