Reduce the Risk of a Flat Tire
Posted July 20, 2016
The last thing you want to deal with on the roads in Walled Lake is a flat tire. To avoid the stress of changing a tire on the road and the expense of replacing your tires, follow these five steps to reduce the risk of a flat tire and maximize the life of your tires.
- Check your Tire Pressure. Changing seasons and temperature swings can drop your tire pressure by 1-5 pounds for every 10 degree shift in temperature. Use the tire pressure guidelines in your vehicle’s manual (not the maximum pressure on the wall of the tire) and test your tire pressure regularly.
- Worn tread? Look for patterns of wear on your tire. Excess wear in the center of the tire could indicate that tires are over inflated, and wear along the edges can be a sign that pressure is too low. If your tires have less than 1/16th of an inch of tread, they are bald and need to be replaced.
- Bald patches are an important warning sign, as they can leave you at increased risk for a flat tire. Uneven wear and bald patches can indicate an issue with the alignment. Compare the tread on the inside and outside of each tire, front and back tires, and left and right tires.
- When was the last time you had your alignment checked? An alignment inspection checks to see if all four tires are hitting the road in the right way. They each need to work together, with precisely the same angle and direction, in order to use the tires efficiently. Call our auto repair technicians and tire experts at (248) 668-1200 to find out if you are due for an alignment inspection.
- The best way to maximize the life of your tires is with thorough inspections by a certified technician. Our experienced technicians are equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and training to identify subtle warning signs about the health of your tires and your vehicle. When you bring your vehicle to Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts, we will perform a thorough inspection and advise you if your tires need to be rotated or balanced, if you need an alignment service, or when it is time to replace your tires.
By regularly checking the tire pressure, tread, and alignment of your tires, you can maximize the life of your tires! Make a habit of doing a quick check of your tires at least once a month, or try checking when you are filling the gas tank. Combined with regular service and inspections, this simple step can help you catch warning signs early, reduce the risk of a flat tire, and save money by maximizing the life of your tires. Stop by our shop in Walled Lake, request an appointment online, or call (248) 668-1200.
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