What is the main cause of tire damage?
Improper inflation can be a main cause of damage to your tires, however there are other situations like an object puncture or a faulty tire that can cause a flat tire or tire damage. We recommend regularly checking the air pressure in your tires to ensure proper inflation. If you need your tires checked, inflated, or repaired bring it by Graff Chevrolet Durand and we’d be happy to take care of it for you.
When should my tires be replaced?
Improper inflation or lack of tire rotations on a regular schedule can cause uneven tread wear. Any noticeable or irregular tread wear or abnormal bulges or wear on the tire’s sidewall could be a sign your tires need to be replaced or at the least evaluated. A simple way to test your tire’s tread at home is the popular “Penny Test”. Check out our FAQ about Tire Tread Testing below to try it for yourself. If you have any concern regarding your tires, you should have your tires checked.
How do I check my tire’s tread?
An easy and popular method to check your tire’s tread is the “Penny Test”. Follow the steps below on your tires to determine if you may need new tires.
- Place your penny in the lowest tire tread grooves with the head of Lincoln pointing downward or upside down.
- Move the penny along the groove.
- If at any point in your tire’s tread Lincoln’s head isn’t covered by the tread, it means your tread is extremely worn and your tires aren’t equipped well enough to grip the road properly.
If you discover uneven tread or feel that you have “bald tires” you’ll want to have your tires inspected by our service experts to evaluate whether you need to replace them. Having good tire tread is especially important in inclement weather, so make sure to regularly check.
Why is it important to have the correct tire air pressure?
Having the correct air pressure in your tires helps you save on fuel, can help enhance your handling of the vehicle and can help extend the life of your tires. If you aren’t sure of the correct air pressure for your tires, you can find the recommended PSI in your owner’s manual or on the sticker in your driver’s side door. You can use a tire gauge to check yourself or bring your vehicle into our service center to have checked.
How do I know what the correct PSI is for my tires?
Your vehicle’s recommended PSI (pounds per square inch of air pressure) for it's tires is typically listed on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door or in your owner’s manual. Make sure to use the PSI listed on the inside of the door or owner’s manual and not the one listed on the tire itself as it’s the max PSI which can change the handling characteristics of your vehicle and decrease the life of your tires. Suggested PSI is usually between 30-35 PSI for optimal tire performance. If you’re unsure about the PSI measurements, consult our expert tire techs at Graff Chevrolet Durand.
How long can I drive on a spare tire?
Every situation is different, but try not to drive over 50 miles in distance on a spare tire and never drive over 50 mph as a spare is not built to withstand what a regular tire can. Getting your tire replaced or patched is a simple fix that we at Graff Chevrolet Durand would be happy to take care of. Getting it done as soon as possible is necessary for your safety on the road.
How often should I get my wheels aligned?
Properly aligned wheels means optimal performance, proper fuel-efficiency, even wear, and cost savings in the long run. Road conditions like potholes, driving on dirt roads, and regular driving wear can affect your vehicle’s tire alignment, which can in turn affect the wear on your tires. If the conditions above sound similar to your regular driving circumstances, then it can be wise to get a tire alignment every other oil change to extend the life of your tires. Additionally, if you have a new set of tires installed on your vehicle, you’ll also want to have an alignment performed.
Why are tire alignments important?
Routine tire alignments are important because they ensure your tires remain perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other, which will allow even tread wear and better handling overall. With the proper tire alignment and tire pressure you can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and you can drive confidently knowing you are safe because your vehicle won’t pull to one side or another.
How often should I have my tires rotated?
We typically recommend that you rotate them every other oil change. Having your tires regularly rotated will help extend the life of them by creating even tread wear.
Why does my tire light go on when it’s cold outside?
The sensors in your tires are designed to signal the tire light to go on when PSI measurement is below normal. Cold air naturally compresses, meaning the air in your tires will too, which causes the PSI measurement to decrease. This is why sometimes you’ll notice the light will go off during the daytime when air temperatures warm up. If your tire light is illuminated, you can bring your vehicle into our service center to ensure your tires are inflated to the optimal level. Having your tires properly inflated also means optimal fuel efficiency.
How do I know what kind of tires to choose?
If you need a full set of new tires, you can ask for the same brand that you had before or ask about new tires. If you didn’t like the tires you previously had, we can help you explore the tire types to find the right tires that fit your needs and budget. If you’re replacing just one or two tires, you should match the new tires as close as possible to the other tires you already have for the best handling and even tread wear.