Regular tire inspection and tire care will help you spot small issues before they become major problems and will help your tires last longer. Tracy’s Automotive will help you with that.
You thought you might drive over to the Pickleball Tournament this weekend. You’ve heard a lot about pickleball but you’ve never seen a game and you figured this was a good time to see what it’s all about. But you are a bit hesitant because your tires look as if they could do with some attention. They probably won’t go flat, but maybe it’s not worth the chance that one or more would fail.
You are, of course, right to be concerned about your tires. They’re the only thing keeping your car from collapsing onto the roadway and being unable to move. But, as AAA points out, you can keep that from happening with regular tire care.
“For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned,” according to AAA. “Checking your tires on a regular basis is an important step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. Ideally, tire inspections should be performed monthly. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly, then you should inspect your tires more often.”
Monthly tire inspections are just the first step in caring for your tires. You should also have a trusted Wichita tire technician rotate, balance and align your tires regularly.
Tire rotation – “Tires on the front and the rear of vehicles operate at different loads and perform different steering and braking functions, resulting in unequal wear patterns. To gain maximum life and performance from your tires, it is essential to rotate your vehicle’s tires. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for mileage recommendations. Usually tire rotation is performed between 5,000 and 7,000 miles.”
Tire balancing – “Properly balanced tires help minimize uneven wear and extend their life. When tires are balanced, small weights are attached to the wheels to limit vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn. Newly installed tires should be balanced, and thereafter whenever a vibration is noticed. Balancing is also called for whenever a tire is removed from the wheel, for example to repair a puncture.”
Wheel or tire alignment – “Wheel alignment is the measurement of the position of the wheels compared to specifications that the vehicle manufacturers recommend. Each vehicle has specific wheel alignment settings. If any alignment measurement falls outside the specified range, uneven tire wear can result, vehicle handling may be affected and fuel economy can be diminished.
“You should have the wheel alignment checked and adjusted when new tires are installed, and thereafter any time when unusual steering characteristics are observed. A vehicle’s wheels are properly aligned when the car will drive down the road in a straight line without drifting or pulling to either side. A drift or pull can be caused by problems other than just alignment, so a thorough inspection should be performed by a qualified shop to determine the exact nature of the problem before an alignment is performed.”
If you don’t have a trusted Wichita tire specialist, then you need to get to know the Wichita auto care and auto repair technicians at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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