Understanding Wheel Aesthetics

Keeping Your Tires In Good Shape With Proper Care And Maintenance

The tires on your car, truck, or SUV need maintenance just like the rest of the vehicle does. In fact, many tire warranty programs will only cover the tire if you have records of regular service. Beyond the warranty, a tire failure can be very serious. It is important to keep your tires in the best shape possible to keep you and your passengers safe.

Replacing Your Tires

There is a time in every tires life when it is no longer serviceable. The tire wear has exceeded a safe level, the sidewalls are heavily dry rotted, or maybe the tires have belts that have broken inside. No matter what the reason, when it is time to replace them, you need to find a tire that is correct for the car. Your owners manual will tell you what the recommended size is for your vehicle and it should list an alternative size if there is one that will fit. Take a trip to the local tire shop and talk to the service advisor there for help in selecting a new set of tires.

Installing New Tires

Once you have a set of tires picked out, the technician at the tire shop will take the old tires and wheels off the car, remove the tire from the wheel, and put a new tire on in its place. The tire and wheel are then balanced electronically so that they do not vibrate or hum as you drive down the road. Once all four tires have been mounted and balanced, the tech will put them on the car for you. Your car should now handle and drive better and it will be safer.

Maintaining The Tires and Wheels

Washing the tires and wheels when you wash your car is great. It gets road dirt, brake dust, and other contaminants off the wheels, helping to avoid rust or corrosion and making them look great. Once the tire is dry, you can use a runner and leather preserved on the sidewalls of the tires. It will keep them looking new and keep the rubber from cracking over time. It is easy to apply and you will not need anything other than a rag to wipe it on.

Rotating The Tires

Now that you have new tires and you are keeping them clean and protected, you should make sure that you pay attention to the wear on the tires. The best way to keep the wear even is to have the tires rotated every three to four thousand miles. If you have it done when the oil is changed, it will keep the tires in great shape, they will last longer, and they will provide a more comfortable ride for you and your passengers. ​

To learn more, contact a tire company like Radial Tire Service.