Tire Safety: Checking Tread, Tire Pressure and Rotating Your Tires
You know how worn out your feet feel after a long day at an amusement park? Imagine how rough your tires feel everyday after what you put them through. Treat your tires—give them a much-needed pedicure this season.
With the upcoming winter months, tire safety is a top priority. Examining them for wear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment is essential for vehicle safety, and yours. Tires affect your vehicle’s handling, traction, ride, braking and safety. They are the only part of your car that has direct contact with the road, so they take the biggest beating.
For optimum performance, your tires must first have the correct tire pressure for their type. Check the psi on the wall of your tires before filling them up. Underinflated tires can wear unevenly. This results in having to buy tires more often. On the other hand, overinflating your tires puts you at risk for a blowout. Furthermore, the psi in your tires fluctuates on their own. Tires generally lose about 1 psi per month on average, and lose or gain 1 psi for every 10 degree temperature change. This is a natural occurrence. Because of this, tire pressure should be checked on a monthly basis. Monitor the psi and adjust accordingly. Your tires should also be rotated about every 6,000 miles to ensure tire safety.
To inspect tread depth, just use the old penny trick. If Lincoln’s head is above the tread, it’s time for new tires. Relying on the wear bars to let you know when your tires need to be replaced can be a problem. Wear bars usually present themselves at around 2/32 tread depth. This can be ok for dry climates, but not for parts of the country that see lots of rain. For areas like these, it’s recommended that you change your tires at 4/32. This would be the minimum safe zone. For rainier climates, your tires need more tread to evacuate water from beneath the tire. This reduces your risk of hydroplaning. So, if you’re looking for 4/32 instead of 2/32, use a quarter instead of a penny to check the tread. If you see the top of Washington’s head, it’s time for new tires. Furthermore, for areas that see a lot of snow, 6/32 is the recommended minimum tread depth.
Your tire balance and alignment is also essential for tire safety. If your vehicle shakes or pulls to one side, that may be an indication of an alignment issue. It’s a good idea to have your alignment checked annually. And if your vehicle does pull to one side or shake, you should bring it in for a quick check. Furthermore, unbalanced wheels can cause rapid wear of shock absorbers and struts, which can be way more costly to replace than just a couple of tires.
Proper tire maintenance is essential for tire safety. Moreover, it helps improve your gas mileage and vehicle performance. This keeps you from having to visit the pump so many times in this chilly weather. Treat you tires to some much-needed monthly maintenance. Doing so could increase the life of your tires. You could even go more than five years without replacing them. This of course all depends on how and where you drive. Service life can vary from person to person. Regardless, be sure to take advantage of special offers on tire rotation and replacement. It could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Oil Change & Tire Rotation
Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It is one of the most necessary parts of car ownership. It ensures optimum engine results and smooth driving. Getting a routine oil change about every 5,000 miles keeps it running at peak efficiency. Changing your oil often also extends the lifespan of your automobile. Without proper lubrication, engine parts end up rubbing directly against each other, causing severe irreversible damage. It can even lead to your engine overheating. When your engine overheats, parts can get jammed or even become fused together. There are impurities that build up around your engine such as metallic shavings, dust and antifreeze. These can cause issues with your engine processing and fuel efficiency. Changing your oil routinely gets rid of these harmful impurities.
Changing your oil often can even improve your engine’s performance and maximize horsepower. A well-lubricated engine ensures that all cylinders are operating at full capacity. When you come into Courthouse Automotive for an oil change, we’ll drain your vehicle and replace it with 5 quarts of the specified oil for your make and model. We will also replace your oil filter for optimum results. We’ll even check your other fluid levels and your air filter on the house. Your car is like a member of the family—it’s with you through good times and bad. It’s always there for you, whether it be to run a few errands or get groceries, or just taking a drive to relax and clear your head. Everyone has an emotional attachment to their car. You’ll be sad to lose it one day, so do yourself a favor and get your oil changed often!
Rotating your tires is also very important for longevity. No matter how you drive, tires have a tendency to wear unevenly. Your front tires will wear easily on the outside edges, for example. While you never think about it, it makes total sense. When you turn the wheel to take a corner, the outside edges of your front tires get worn down. Since your rear tires just follow the fronts, they wear more evenly. If you don’t rotate them often, those outside edges will get ground down much faster than the rest. This means that you’ll need to replace the tire or tires much sooner. Sometimes thousands of miles sooner! Rotating your tires can save you time and money in the long run. It’s also beneficial to overall vehicle handling. Your vehicle will ride much smoother. Rotating your tires is a quick and easy process. We’ll take a look at the wear of your tires and either move them from front to back, right to left or even diagonally. We’ll also check and adjust your tire pressure for you.
Rotating your tires can be an afterthought, but by combining these 2 offers for $29.99, you can take care of two essential services at once.
Winter Car Care Package
What does cold winter weather mean for you? It probably means getting those heavy sweaters and jackets out of the back of your closet, buying new fuzzy socks or slippers, and for many people, busting out the lip balm and hand lotion to battle dry skin. We all get prepared for winter in our own way. For your car, it means an oil change, getting tires rotated and checking the brakes, battery, coolant and all other fluids. We are offering this winter car care package from now until March 1st, 2016 for $149.99.
Come on in and let us get your car prepared for a winter blast.