Many drivers don’t realize how important their tires are for the overall health of their vehicle. Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, you may have noticed that tires can be expensive to replace—especially when they aren’t properly cared for. There are many factors that contribute to how often we need to replace or service our tires, and it is important to keep these factors in mind while going about your daily life. In fact, most drivers may not realize what a huge impact daily driving conditions and driving habits can have on their car’s tires, and therefore your car’s overall performance levels. Owning a luxury import vehicle comes with the responsibility of ongoing vehicle care; regular maintenance is important in order to uphold the brand’s integrity, retain its value, and increase performance and endurance. Since your tires are your main connection to the road, they can tell us a lot about what kind of condition your vehicle is in and how well it is performing. Additionally, the healthier your tires are, the longer they will last. Here are some tips to increase the longevity of your car tires and improve your vehicle’s performance:
How often you rotate your tires will likely depend on how frequently you drive your car, the typical distance you drive, and the common condition of the roads that you drive on. A good rule of thumb is to have your tires checked for rotation every time you get your oil changed. It is also important to have your tires rotated before a long road trip—this will reduce the risk of a blowout or a flat tire while traveling at high speeds for extended periods of time. Rotating your tires spreads the wear around evenly amongst all four tires so that the front and back and right and left side tires don’t wear out any sooner than the others.
Wheel alignments can greatly improve the longevity and reduce the wear of your tires. It is important to pay attention to any small differences in alignment by looking at your tires wear patterns in addition to looking out for a few other telltale signs of misalignment. For instance, if you notice your steering pulling in a specific direction other than straight on a flat bit of road, you likely need an alignment. Or, if the emblem of your steering wheel is off-center while facing in a straight forward direction, you should have your alignment checked.
Keeping a tire pressure gauge in your center console is a good way to remind yourself to check your tire pressure routinely. Many modern vehicles will alert the driver if tire pressure becomes too low on any of the four tires; however, in order to avoid uneven wear patterns, blowouts, frequent tire replacement, or dangerous flats while driving at higher speeds, you should always keep your tire pressure at the specified level recommended by the manufacturer. You can find this specific pressure level in your owner’s manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door.
Because your wheels and tires are directly connected to suspension components, if something goes wrong with a suspension part it can express itself in your tire health. For instance, one of your front tires may show uneven wear patterns if a suspension component begins to prematurely wear or fail completely. By routinely checking your various suspension components through ongoing maintenance appointments you can keep an eye on the different parts of your vehicle that affect your tire health.
At Euro Plus Automotive, we take a holistic approach to vehicle care. Serving Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and other areas of Los Angeles County, CA, we see a wide range of vehicle issues daily. After years of experience and automotive knowledge, our approach to repair and maintenance tasks is to treat the vehicle like an integrated system—in other words, we know that if your tires are showing signs of uneven wear that there are likely other issues causing it. While we never advise our clients to spend more money than is necessary on repairs, we take great pride in our philosophy on educating and informing our clients on how they can best care for their vehicles. For more information about our expertise in European import vehicles, call us today. We look forward to helping keep your car, and your tires, performing at their best.