Being a responsible driver is much more than following traffic laws, it is also being courteous on the road and conscious of your vehicle’s health and integrity. Making sure that the maintenance on your car is up to date is important for the safety of you as the driver, your passengers, as well as fellow drivers and their passengers. For that reason, Lost Pines Toyota has highlighted the importance of tire maintenance and the benefit of replacements when it is time.
Most tires are good for 50,000 miles, but there are many factors that can alter the longevity of a tire’s life, so we recommend that you replace your tires at least every 6 years regardless of number of miles. If you are unsure of the number of miles on your vehicle or if you driving conditions are causing premature wear, here are a few warning signs that will help you to determine when your tires are in need of replacement:
Cracks in your tires are a significant warning sign that it is time to replace them soon. If they are cracking, this can mean that they have been stretched and worn down. This is a result of tire wear and over time your tire will further degrade and dry out, causing a loss of integrity which reduces the effectiveness of the safety features that have been implemented into the tire’s design.
There are plenty of factors that may lead to your tire losing pressure. Most commonly there is a tear or puncture that can be an inexpensive repair when you bring it in to us for a patch. Another cause may be that your tire’s valve stem is damaged, hindering its ability to hold air properly. You may also experience air loss if the wheel rim’s seal between the tire and wheel becomes worn or damaged. If you notice a pattern of low pressure, we are available to inspect your vehicle on our service drive.
A good rule of thumb is the penny test; if you put a penny upside down in your tire’s tread and can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is below recommended levels. It is very important to be aware of when our tires start to lose tread as it can be very dangerous during the rainy season. The more shallow the tread the more easily it is to lose grip on the road, if you hear squeaking when you make turns, this can be an indicator of your tires’ status. Tread depth that is too low can also have effects on your vehicle’s stopping distance by inhibiting effectiveness.
Ignore and overlooked issues can lead to other malfunctions and possibly costly repairs.recommends coming in once a year for checkups or when your mileage hits 10,000 miles whichever comes first. Always pay attention to your vehicle’s warning lights and schedule a service appointment right away. If any of your dash lamps have come on or your ride just doesn’t feel right, we are here to assist. Schedule your service reservation today.