6 Summer Care Tips for Your Tires

Summer is here and that means it’s the perfect time to hit the road in search of the perfect getaway. Before you pack up with all the essentials, take a minute to check your tires. A little bit of preventative maintenance will cut back the risk of “Uh-Ohs” and save your energy for “Woo-hoos!” Here are 5 Summer Tire Care Tips designed to keep you on the road:
1. Rotate your tires every 5,000 – 7,000 miles. Rotating tires on this regular basis is one of the best ways to get the maximum life out of your tires. The process takes less than 20 minutes and can be performed by a friendly and knowledgeable Auto Repair Center right in Normal.
2. Take the Quarter test. Everyone knows the penny test, but if your tire tread only grazes the top of Lincoln’s head, that means you only have 2mm of tread left. Before hitting the road, place a quarter with Washington’s head down into the grooves of your tire. If the top of Washington’s head is covered, you have 4mm of tread left; plenty to carry you to your favorite destination getaway.
3. Check your tire pressure. Is the pavement so hot you could fry an egg on it? That heat can transfer to your tires and if they’re underinflated cause a blowout. But I haven’t done anything to my tires to make them lose pressure! Your tire will lose 1-1.5 pounds of pressure naturally each month. Check your pressure in the morning when the tires are cold. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure is found in the owner’s manual. Quite often, the pressure listed inside the driver’s door is the maximum pressure—not the ideal.
4. Visually inspect your tires. Look for cracks and uneven wear. Misaligned wheels can cause premature tire wear and cause your vehicle to pull to the right or left—a potential safety hazard. If you see any of these signs of wear, contact a Tires Specialist in the Normal and Bloomington, IL area.
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 on your spare! It’s easy to neglect your spare tire, but chances are you’ll regret it later.
6. Should you have the displeasure of a punctured tire, have the technician repair it off the wheel. The only proper way to repair a punctured tire is to remove it from the wheel. On the wheel repairs are dangerous. Why? Because you can’t see the full extent of the damage. Look for a friendly ASE certified Car Repair or Tires Center in Normal, IL and you’ll drive away with the peace of mind that your vehicle is sound and ready for adventure!

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