People often think of summer vehicle maintenance in terms of cooling systems and fluids. The Summer and Fall seasons can have a negative impact on tires and they need to be looked after. Your safety and tires can be damaged by high summer temperatures. Your tires can dry out from heat and humidity, which could lead to tire deterioration. Your tire pressure and sensitivity to damage could be affected. There are steps you can take to protect this summer’s investment, such as the following:
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Your tires’ pressure will increase as temperatures rise. Tires that are too inflated can cause tire blowouts or even the tire to separate. There are risks to under-inflation. Under-inflated tires can produce more heat and result in lower fuel efficiency. These tires can make it harder to brake and steer your car. The correct tire pressure is listed on the handle of the door, which is located on the driver’s side of the door jamb. You may also find it in the glove box or in the owner’s guide. For a more precise reading, check your tire pressure while the tires are still cold. Tires in good condition will lose only 1-2 psi each month. You may be experiencing tire damage or a leak if your tire is losing more than that.
Get your tires cleaned
You should wash your tires frequently during the seasonal months. Regular washings and waxes will help to prevent your tires drying out or from wearing too fast. You may want to protect your tires from the summer and fall heat by applying a protective coating after washing them.
Know Your Tires
You can find important information about your tires by looking at the stamps on your tires. Below the composition, size and capabilities, speed rating, you will find the treadwear, temperature and traction ratings. These could be located on the side of your tire size. You will see the temperature grade listed as A, C or B. A is the coolest and most resistant to heat.
Make sure to check your tread depth
Check your tire’s tread depth. New tires typically have 11/32 inches tread. Tires with less than 2/3 inch tread should be replaced. To determine the depth of your tire’s tread, place a penny upside down in the groove. You should replace your tire if Lincoln’s head is visible. Rotating your tires every 6,000 mile can increase the tread life and comfort.
Make sure to check your spare
It’s easy to forget your spare tire if it’s not in sight. It is essential to have a spare tire in case of a blowout, or you need to replace your tire unexpectedly. You should also check the tire’s pressure and tread depth regularly.
Verify for damage
Check your tires for damage, punctures, or leaks. You should look out for signs of inconsistency in your tires such as cracks in the tread, sidewalls, bulges, or inconsistent wear. Elite Roads can help you if you find any problems.
Make sure your TPMS sensor is working properly
Low tire pressure may be a problem if your Tire Pressure Monitoring System’s (TPMS) light turns on. Some systems notify motorists when the tire temperature rises.
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