Taking Care of New Tires

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You have just bought a new set of tires for your car. You replace the old set with the new. When you drive your car on the new set of tires, you find out that they are noisy. Not only that, each time you brake hard, the car was losing traction. If these happened to you, you might take care of your new tires improperly. A new set of tires must be taken care of properly to ensure your safety and the tires’ lifespan. Want to know how? Here’s how.

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Regular Tire Rotations
Tires will wear down over time. It is an inevitable byproduct of the tires’ friction with the road surface. If you want to prevent unnatural wear patterns and prolong your new tires’ lifespan, you should do regular tire rotations. Every vehicle manufacturer has a set interval to do it, which may be different from one manufacturer to another. Usually, regular tire rotations should be done every 6,000 miles or more. By doing regular tire rotations, you ensure your new tires to last as long as they possibly can.

Checking and Adjusting Tire Pressure
This is an important part of taking care of new tires. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked. If you want your new tires to last as long as they can, you need to check and adjust the pressure regularly. The adjustment of the pressure will be different for each car owner.

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The recommended pressure will depend on the specification set by your car’s manufacturer and it will be based on your car’s weight, steering design, suspension and weight distribution. You can see the recommended pressure listed on a white and yellow sticker located on the front door jamb.

Perhaps you are wondering how the tire pressure can affect its lifespan. Alright, let us explain. If the tire pressure is lower than the recommended pressure, these will happen

• The tires outer edges will wear out much faster than they should be
• The car’s fuel economy will decrease several mpg
• The car’s stopping distance will increase
• Excessive sway when the car is turning
On the other hand, if the pressure is higher than the recommended pressure, these will happen
• The tire tread center will wear out excessively
• The car’s stopping distance will increase
• The car’s suspension will be more firm
• Excessive road noise

Since both too low and too high have such disadvantages for you, your car and the tires itself, you should check and adjust the pressure according to the recommended pressure.

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Wheel Alignment
Last but not least, you need to perform wheel alignment once a year. Regardless of the road surfaces you drive your car on, you will meet uneven surfaces. These uneven surfaces will put your car’s wheel alignment off. And when the wheel alignment is off, what follows is excessive tire wear. To prevent this, you should perform an annual wheel alignment.

That’s how you take care of new tires properly. At first, you may find that the routines above bothersome. Don’t be. If you take care of your new tires, you will be safer when you drive and the tires will last longer. If you ask us, with such reward taking care of new tires is worth the time and energy.

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