The hot summer days are nearly behind us and fall is fast approaching. The changing of the seasons, especially with winter only a few months away, is always a good time to consider your tires‘ condition and schedule any needed maintenance.
Tire pressure. Hot temperatures can over-inflate tires, and cold temperatures can under-inflate them, putting you at risk for a blowout. If your car’s tire pressure monitoring system gives a warning that your tires are under-inflated, it may be due to cooler temperatures causing your tires to lose air. Check your car’s owner’s manual or the driver’s side door well for the recommended PSI (it won’t be on the tire itself, as is a common misconception) and make sure your tire pressure is at recommended levels. Always check your tire pressure when your car is “cold,” as the heat and friction incurred by driving could cause an inaccurate reading.
Tire rotation. Tires that aren’t regularly rotated can wear out faster, because the front tires experience the brunt of the friction during turns; the back tires experience less friction, and as a result less wear. Having regular tire rotations will extend the life of your tires and make your drive smoother as well.
Replace worn or bald tires. Tire treads wear down after prolonged use, and as they wear down they are unable to generate the friction necessary to stop quickly and smoothly in inclement weather such as rain or snow. Tires with worn treads are also more susceptible to damage by nails, screws, or other obstacles. It’s a good idea to have your tread length checked during routine maintenance such as an oil change, and replace your tires if the tread length has worn down, and especially if the wear bars are exposed.
The service advisors at Campenellas can assist you with all routine tire maintenance, and help ensure that your tires are in prime condition for the approaching Delaware winter. Contact us today to make an appointment.