Your tires grip the road and help provide a smooth, safe drive. With Alaska's unpredictable weather and road conditions, it's very important to take care of your tires. If they need to be replaced, it should not be something you put off for very long.
Here are some of the key things to keep in mind when maintaining your tires:
1. Check the Tire Tread Depth
The obvious sign you need new tires is that the tread depths are getting dangerously low (in other words, they're going bald). If the tread depth is less than 1/16 inch, they are really low and should be replaced immediately. You can use the "penny test" by sticking an upside-down penny in the middle of the tread. If there is any space between Lincoln's head and the top of the tread, you are below the danger threshold.
2. Measure All the Tires
Remember that your tires may not wear out evenly due to various factors. Measure each tire individually to see if one may be worn out more than others.
3. Get Your Tires Rotated Regularly
One easy way to help keep the tread wear somewhat even is to have your tires rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles as part of routine preventative maintenance. This will maximize the lifespan of all your tires.
4. Understand Other Factors Affecting Tires
If the tread wear is really uneven, it could be a sign of other vehicle problems. Examples include improper wheel alignment, bad brakes, drive train issues or suspension concerns. It's best to have it looked at by an auto repair expert that can determine the source of any problem.
5. Keep Tire Air Pressure at Proper Levels
Consult your vehicle's owner's manual or look on the tires themselves for recommended air pressure. Check regularly and reinflate as needed. Most service stations will have an air/water station or you may want to keep an air compressor at home in your garage for this purpose.
6. Flat Tire Repair or Replacement
If your tire has a leak or goes flat, it can often be repaired with a patch kit. Sometimes, however, the damage is beyond repair and you may need to replace the tire completely. Consult with a tire repair expert to make the right decisions for your specific situation.
When it comes to your tire repair and replacement needs (along with any brakes, suspension, drive train or wheel repair inspections and repairs), count on the auto repair experts at Simard Automotive in Fairbanks, AK. Call us today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave. shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd. shop). Or, schedule your next service appointment online.