Once your new tires are mounted and balanced, you’ll want to keep them in good shape. To get the most out of your tires, inspect them regularly and keep up with maintenance - the difference between a tire that lasts 100k miles, and one that lasts 10k, mostly comes down to how well it’s been taken care of.
Keep an eye on how your tires are wearing - if you notice anything unusual, take appropriate measures to solve the issue. Refer back to the tread wear patterns we covered earlier, and see if any of those issues apply to you. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for damages caused by curbs, potholes, or road debris. Check the sidewalls and treads for damage to the rubber if you hit something or run up against a curb. Look for screws and nails that might be stuck in the tire if you’re losing air pressure, or you hear noises on the road that sound like something is stuck in the tread.
Tires, like just about anything else, need to be maintained. Fortunately, as long as your car is in good shape, maintaining your tires isn’t difficult. You’ll want to check the air pressure pretty regularly. A lot of newer model vehicles keep an eye on that for you, but it never hurts to make sure they aren’t over or under inflated. Just find the recommended pressure level in your owner’s manual, and stick pretty close to that. Tire rotations are also important to tire longevity. Tires will wear differently depending on where they are on the car - by rotating them in a specific pattern, you’ll ensure they wear evenly and last much longer. Different manufacturers and models require different rotation patterns; your manual or the shop will have the info you need.
For all your repair and maintenance needs, our technicians have you covered. We can ensure that your tires are in for the long haul with appropriate rotations, balancing, and replacements! For the best automotive service shop in Independence, MO, call or stop by Lee's Auto Repair today.
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