Tire maintenance and rotation remains a top priority for every car owner. Not only can neglecting to care for your tires have a negative impact on your fuel economy and capability on the road, it can also put the safety of you and others at risk.
Luckily, knowing what to look for in the way of tire maintenance is fairly easy. Read on to learn tips from the professionals at Street Toyota for monitoring tire pressure, tread level, and general tire health - as well as schedule service.
Underinflated or overinflated tires can contribute to traction loss and poor fuel efficiency. These issues can also shorten the lifespan of your tires, which makes regular maintenance and pressure monitoring even more important.
If you have a newer car, it likely comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, so this eliminates the guesswork!
For older cars, you can easily check yourself with a pressure gauge to see when your tires might need air. Don't know what your tire pressure is supposed to be? Look for this information inside the glove box, on the driver's side door jamb, or in your owner's manual.
A simple way to determine if you need new tires is to pay attention to the level of wear on them. Many cars come with a tread level indicator that helps determine when tires are too worn.
A tread level indicator is a strip of rubber running the opposite direction as the tread pattern on your wheels. Take a look at it regularly to see how worn down it is. If it's flush with the surface of the tire, time to go tire shopping!
Note: if your tires are already bald, you've waited too long and are putting yourself at risk.
Depending on the location of the tire on your car, it may wear differently, more quickly or slowly. That's why rotating the tires of your vehicle ensures you'll get more life out of each of them, and that they'll all need replaced at around the same time.
For tire rotation and alignment services, it's best to contact a professional. They can make sure your tires are mounted, balanced, and inflated to match your vehicle's specifications.
The factory-trained technicians at Street Toyota are experts in tire replacement, rotation, and alignment. For a great, professional service experience, make an appointment online or just come in and pay us a visit in Amarillo, Texas.
We sell tires right here at Street Toyota, so if you suspect you need new ones, you can price them with our online request to get an idea of what it will cost before you come in. We look forward to serving our customers from Amarillo, Plainview and Lubbock, Texas, as well as nearby Clovis, New Mexico.
Vehicle design has changed dramatically over the years. But, one thing that hasn't changed - your tires are still the only parts of your vehicle that actually touch the road. They impact ride quality, handling, braking performance, fuel economy and safety. With so much at stake, having the right tires is essential. And, maintaining the proper inflation, which minimizes tread wear, is the key to maximizing the life of the tires. When driving in wet road conditions, the more worn down your tire tread is, the more likely you are to hydroplane. Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water builds between the road and your tires, leading to a loss of traction and control. Because tire grooves help channel water out from underneath the tire, they help keep more of the tire in contact with the road surface to minimize hydroplaning. To determine if a tire is too worn to be used safely, our factory trained technicians will measure the depth of your tire tread every time you bring your vehicle in for any kind of service. Tires need to be replaced when they wear to a depth of 3/32" or less. When it's time to replace your tires, your Toyota Service Advisor can help you choose the right tire for your vehicle. Toyota offers exact replacements for the original tires your Toyota came with, mounted and balanced by our factory trained and certified Toyota technicians, all at a competitive price. If you have concerns about your tires, contact one of our knowledgeable service representatives to schedule an appointment to have your tires inspected or replaced.
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