Tires are among the most crucial parts of your vehicle, so it is important for you to keep up with routine tire maintenance and watch out for signs of common tire issues.
Your vehicle needs a tire rotation roughly every 5,000 miles — or whenever you get your oil changed at Hirlinger Chevrolet. Why? Your front and rear tires are used differently, which causes uneven wear. Rotating them regularly ensures proper and distributed wear, meaning they’ll last longer and operate more safely and efficiently.
Your vehicle’s tires can lose or gain pressure because of changes in weather or because of leaks. It is crucial to regularly check your tire pressure if your vehicle does not have a tire pressure monitoring system. If they are over- or underinflated, they can function less efficiently and eventually cause an accident. If your tires are overinflated, simply release some air until they are at their proper pressure. If they are underinflated, take your vehicle to a service station and fill them to the proper level. Check for signs of a larger issue or bring your vehicle in for our experts to examine.
If you notice your vehicle pulls to one side while driving, it is possible that your wheels may need to be realigned. We can run an alignment check at our service department and, if necessary, can realign your wheels.
• Cracked, cut, or weathered sidewalls — this may indicate that it is time for tire replacement.
• Bulges in your tire — again, your tires may not be safe to drive on.
• Low tread — over time, your tires will lose their tread. You can perform the classic penny test to determine if your tread is too low.