How to Make Your Tires Last Longer
It’s a simple fact of life that your tires won’t last forever. However, the way you treat your tires ultimately will determine how long your tires will last. If you are looking to extend the life of your tires for as long as possible, it is important to take certain precautions, including having them regularly inspected. Fortunately, Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Superstition Springs has compiled a guide on how to maximize your tire life. Contact us today, and learn more with our tire guide!
What Causes Tires to Wear Down?
There are many potential reasons that your tires are worn down. Learn more about the different tread wears and what that means for you on your Mesa journeys:
- Inner & Outer Tread Wear: Tire misalignment can wear out the inner and outer parts of the tire.
- Center Wear: If your tire is worn out in the center, your tire is probably overinflated. Consult your owner’s manual to find the correct PSI.
- Edge Wear: Your tire is likely underinflated.
- Cupping Wear: Diagonal scalloping of the tire is called cupping wear. This is often related to the suspension and requires a service appointment as soon as possible.
- Patchy Wear: If there are patches on the tread wear, you will have to consult a mechanic to rebalance your vehicle.
Tips for Maximizing Tire Life
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your tires:
- Check Your Tire Pressure Monthly – It’s best to keep your vehicle at the correct Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) due to the fact that tires can lose a pound per square inch of air pressure a month.
- Rotate Your Tires Every 5,000 Miles – Tires don’t wear evenly depending on the tire alignment of your vehicle. Rotating your tires allows the tires that are more prevalent to take a break.
- Get Your Tires Balanced – Be sure to get your tires balanced post-rotation. If you distribute the weight of your tires onto one wheel more than the others it can cause problems down the line.
- Check the Vehicle Alignment Twice Yearly – Your wheels will wear out faster if your wheels are misaligned. You can pick up on this if your steering wheel is shaking.
How Long Does a Spare Tire Last?
If you drive with a spare tire, it is important to know how long you can drive on it. Truly, the lifespan of your spare tire depends on what kind of tire it is:
- Full-Size spare tire: You can safely drive atop this tire, but if it is a different brand it would be best to change it as soon as possible as it could cause damage over time.
- Space saver or “donut” spare tire: Be careful to not exceed 50 mph and drive no longer than 70 miles.
- Run-flat spare tire: You can drive about 50 miles on your run-flat spare tire.
Make sure to get your spare tire replaced as soon as possible regardless of what type of spare tire you use.
Have Your Tires Inspected in Mesa!
Whether you are needing a replacement or if you want tire care tips, the service team at Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Superstition Springs can help. Be sure to peruse our service coupons to save more money!