A car can’t run without tires. You have to take car of the ones on your ride so they last a long time and so you stay safe on the road. And, so you don’t have to replace them as often. Here’s how to take good car of your tires:

Inspect Your Tires Regularly

Inspect all four tires whenever you wash your car or check your tire pressure, or before a long road trip. Look for cracks, bulges, and objects that might have punctured your tires. If a nail, screw or other object has punctured the sidewall, the tire needs to be replaced.

Check Their Pressure and Tread Regularly

Your tires will lose pressure over time. Figure out the recommended amount of PSI for your car. It can be found in your owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s door jamb. Check each tire with a gauge. If the pressure in one of your tires is too low or high, it needs to be adjusted to improve your performance and prevent excessive wear.

The tread on your tires helps you maintain traction, especially on wet or slippery roads. It can wear down over time, and then you need to replace the tires. Check it regularly with a coin. Place it inside the treads face-side down. If the face is covered by the read then your tires are fine. If you can see the whole head, they need to be replaced.

Rotate Them Regularly

Your front tires will typically wear out faster than the back ones. That’s because they handle the bulk of your steering and braking force. You should rotate them every 6,000 miles to make sure they wear evenly and at the same rate.

Aline Your Wheels Annually

Your wheels can be knocked out of alignment when you hit bumps or potholes, or just naturally over time. It can cause excessive wear on your tires. Have them aligned by a mechanic at least once a year.

Don’t Overload Your Vehicle

You have to know how much weight your vehicle can handle. If you overload it, it won’t handle as well, and it can cause tire failure. Check your car’s owner’s manual or the sticker on the driver’s door jamb to figure out the load limit.

Don’t Wait Too Long to Replace Your Tires

Driving on tires with low/uneven tread or damage is very dangerous. You can get a flat or have a blowout and get in a serious accident. If you think you need new tires, take your car to a mechanic right away. Tires generally last between 25,000 and 50,000 miles.

Don’t Use Mismatched Tires

Driving on mismatched tires can negatively impact the handling of your car. It can also cause wear and tire on the rest of your tires. When you buy new tires, you should always buy at least two, and put them on the rear of your car.

Tire Service in Forest Lake, MN

If you need tire service of any kind, we’re here to help in Forest Lake, MN! Our service department will rotate your tires, align your wheels, and so much more. We service all makes and models, not just Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. You can also have your car washed and detailed at our dealership. If you’re in the market for a new car, we have a huge selection of models in all sizes and trim levels. And, if you finance your next vehicle through us, it will come with our Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. Our dealership is right by Coon Rapids, Roseville, and White Bear Lake. Come visit us today!

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