4 cardinal rules of maintaining healthy tires

10 Cardinal Rules of Maintaining Healthy Tires | HouskaAutomotive.com

Houska Know How: Tire Basics and Care Tips

With the winter months slowly fading out, it’s about time to swap out those snow tires and there’s no better time than now to make sure your tires are in good working order!

Not all tires are the same and many factors can play a role in your tire’s “health”. Things like conditions, driving habits, pressure, and temperature, all affect how your tires perform. There are tires designed to handle all kinds of conditions, and each of them has different operating specifications, so be sure to know what these are before driving on them.

When inspecting your tires it is best to first check your vehicle's owner's manual for the manufacturer recommended specifications. Here you will find recommended tire sizes and ideal tire pressure. This is useful when picking out new tires and inflating tires on your own, and it is best to follow these suggestions.

Routine tire maintenance is crucial in keeping you safe on the roads. Maintaining a consistent pressure in all four tires in important, as driving on underinflated or overinflated cause excessive heat which in turn damages the tires internal structure. Proper inflation assists in keeping wear and tear as even as possible among all four tires, increasing their overall life. And, with your tires properly inflated you will also be using your gas more efficiently.

Tire Maintenance Tips:

  1. First, check vehicle’s owner’s manual for all tire maintenance recommendations
  2. Check your tire pressure routinely, especially during climate and temperature changes
  3. Visually inspect each tire on a regular basis for tread depth and possible damage or uneven wear
  4. Rotate tires every 6,000-8,000 miles (or according to manufacturer specs) for equal tread wear

Houska is your one stop shop for your tire care. We’re here to answer your questions about buying new tires, and here to meet your maintenance needs including; alignment, balancing, and rotation, when you need it.

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