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How do I check my tires for premature or irregular wear?

Gary Jaffarian often says your tires and brakes are the most important parts of your vehicle’s safety system. In this blog, Gary explains the importance of properly inflated tires and rotating your tires for even wear.

tire treadsImproper tire alignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely. This happens when one side of the tread blocks is wearing faster than the other side potentially affecting your ride and your safety. This is why it is so important to have your tires inflated properly. Underinflated or overinflated tires cause premature wearing.

Most vehicles have an indicator light when your tires are not properly inflated and may first appear in the fall during cool weather or in the summer during the hot weather. There are two different settings for your tires, generally listed on the label inside the driver’s door. (This dashboard symbol usually looks like a set of parentheses with an tire pressure monitoring symbolexclamation mark in the middle.) If your tire pressure light appears, you may need to simply check the pressure. if unsure how to check your tire pressure, watch the video from the Jaffarian You Tube channel on “Jaffarian Service Tips: How to Check Your Tire Pressure” or make an appointment or stop by and we will check your tires for you.

Rotating your tires is an important part of your vehicle’s maintenance. Rotation of tires promotes even wear and when done consistently, will promote longer use of your tires saving you money and hassle. If you are unsure if your tires need to be rotated, make an appointment and let us check your tires for wear, check the alignment and rotate the tires if necessary. You will receive a written summary of the health of your vehicle including your tires so you have the key information you need to make an informed decision regarding regular maintenance.

Tire-Rotation2We realize that replacing tires can be an unexpected expense. However, keep in mind that driving on worn tires poses a real safety issue including risks of a blowout, loss of control due to hydroplaning and adversely affects the reliability of the brakes. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Tires are essential to your vehicle and essential to your safety. Maintaining the proper tire pressure and rotating your tires regularly are two easy and important ways to promote longer tire life and to protect you and those who travel in your vehicle. If you do need tires, do your homework! Not all tires are the same so be sure to compare apples to apples. A common myth is that dealerships are not competitive when it comes to tires. That is a blog topic for another day, but rest assured we offer very competitive pricing – guaranteed.

Please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to learn how to do; or stop by the dealership for “How Do I…” sessions with a sales or service professional to get the most out of your vehicle.

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