Tire Maintenance Tips
Tires are a major purchase so you want to maximize your investment. Here are some tips to help you prolong tire life, improve gas mileage and enjoy a superior driving experience.
- Check your tire pressure once a month when the tires are cold, which means you should not have driven your car more than 2 kilometers or within the last three hours.
- Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers or as recommended in your owner¹s manual. Tires wear differently on the front because of the scraping they receive as they turn. Rotating will help tires wear more evenly for consistent safety and performance.
- Purchase new tires in pairs or sets of four. Mixing new tires with old or different types can lead to poor handling and compromise your safety. Tires should be the same size, speed rating and meet or exceed the load capacity of your original tires.
- Break in new tires carefully. When tires are manufactured, a lubricant is applied to prevent them from sticking to their mold. Some of this lubricant will remain on your tires and that can affect traction during the break-in period.
- Check the wheel alignment. Incorrect wheel alignment can cause rapid tire wear and damage.