Car Tire Care Advice for Corunna Drivers: Everything You Need to Know

Your car's tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road, so it is important to ensure that they are in good condition. Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and overall safety. For the most performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance, and the wheels of the car must be properly aligned. Here is all you need to know when it comes to your tires.

Maintenance

Checking your tires regularly is a crucial step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. We suggest having tires inspections performed monthly. We know that many roads in Owosso can get destroyed from natural weather, and this takes its own tole on your tires. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, drive through harsh cold conditions, or drive long distances regularly, then it is in your best interest to get your tires inspected more frequently.

Always ensure your tires are in good condition before longer trips. The more often these inspections are performed, the easier it will be for you to find the problem. Common problems include smaller objects puncturing holes or the tread wearing thin.

Signs of Tire Wear

Poor upkeep on your tires can lead to premature tire wear, a flat tire or even a blowout. These are issues that can be avoided, keeping you, your passengers and other Flint drivers safer.

Tire Problems to Look for During a Visual Inspections

  • Over Inflation: When you have too much air pressure this causes mostly the tire's middle section to contact the road, and this creates uneven wear and tear on your tires.
  • Under Inflation: Too little air pressure causes the tire's outer edges to contact the road, and this creates more wear on the edges of your tires.
  • Tread Wear on the Edge of the Tire: This occurs when the wheels are out of alignment. Which is why it is important to have your tires aligned, this also prevents your car from shaking when going faster.
  • Erratic Tread Wear: This is often referred to as cupping and can mean that your tires are out of balance, or that the shock absorbers or the suspension need replacing.
  • Raised Portion of the Tread or Sidewall: May indicate that one of the belts in the tire's carcass is separated from those next to it.

Tire Tread Inspection

Your tires rely on good tread condition depth to maintain traction and to shed water on wet roads. Your car's tread should be checked at least once a month for excessive and uneven wear. It is simple to check the tread on your own. The most accurate tread depth measurements are made with an affordable depth gauge that you can pick up at any parts store. Or you can use the traditional quarter and penny test. To do this, all you have to do is insert a quarter into the tread groove with the top of Washington's head facing down. If the top of his head is not visible, your tires are good to drive on. The penny test is done in the same way except that if you can see the top of Lincoln's head your tires need to be replaced and your tread is in poor condition.

Fixing Your Tires

Our Slingerland service department is right around the corner from Swartz and Flushing MI, and we have the team to get the job done. We offer new tires, tire rotations, tire balancing, and wheel alignment services. Spending a few minutes with your tires every month will help protect you and your family. It will also improve your car's performance and lengthen the life of your tires, saving you money!

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