No matter how great your car is, it’s not going anywhere without quality tires. And with both new and used cars, tires are among the most expensive component to replace. For that reason, you’ll want to learn a few useful tips for learning how to get as many miles as possible out of your tires.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
During the warmest and coldest months of the year, it’s essential that you keep a close eye on your tire pressure. You can check your owner’s manual to see how much your tires’ PSI value should be at any given moment. Depending on where you get air for your tires, there might be a gauge you can use to measure your pressure before you add more air. It’s best to check your tire pressure at least once a month.
Store Your Tires the Right Way
If you switch to winter tires because you live in an area where it snows, take care how you store your regular tires. Specifically, you want to protect your tires from the sun’s UV rays while they’re in storage. You should also know that ozone can eat away at your tires. Finally, storing your tires in a place where the temperature remains constant better ensures the tire’s sidewall and rubber are protected from damage.
Balance & Rotate Your Tires
Take a glance at your car’s manual to see how often you should have your tires rotated. Whether you have front- or rear-wheel drive determines which tires get more wear, and you want all four of your tires to wear evenly, which is where rotating comes in.
On a related note, you should also make sure the mechanic checks to see if your tires need to be balanced when they’re being rotated. Poorly-balanced tires lead to uneven wear and dangerous vibration.
Be sure to check with your dealership for more info on getting the most out of your tires. An upcoming tire sale could be a great way to save money while enjoying your used car.