Protecting your tire investment begins with proper maintenance. Well-maintained tires not only promote longer wear and tread-life, they substantially improve the safety of your vehicle.
Improper tire inflation pressure is one of the leading causes of premature wear out, unsatisfactory ride and handling, and reduced fuel economy. Remember that your tires are the only component of your vehicle that actually touches the road when you drive. Just a few minutes each month for preventive maintenance will keep your tires working at their best.
The correct tire pressure can be found in the following places:
The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. That number is the maximum air pressure for the tire. Remember to check the air in your spare tire regularly. Note: If you have different rims than came on your vehicle originally, make sure that the bolts on your spare tire are the correct fitting.
Failure to keep your tires properly inflated can increase wear and will have a negative effect on your vehicles handling.
When checking and adjusting tire pressure, the following should be kept in mind:
To prevent hydroplaning and skidding your tires must have proper tread depth. The minimum tread depth is 2/32nd or 1/16th of an inch. And you should have the same depth in each of the grooves across the tread of your tires. If you don’t, you have an irregular wear problem.
The easiest way to check your tread depth is “the quarter test”. Take a quarter and place it in the tread of your tire. If part of Washington's head is covered by the tread your tires have enough tread. If you can see Washington's entire head, you should buy a new tire. Of course the next easiest way is to let the pros at CJ’s inspect your tires for you whenever you have service done or at least every 3-5,000 miles.
The best way to prevent uneven wear is to have your tires rotated every 5,000 - 7,000 miles or as specified in your vehicle's owner manual. When you purchase new tires from CJ’s, rotation is FREE for the life of your tires!
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