3 Easy Ways to Help Your Car Tires Last Longer

Car Care | Eastland, TX

We at Blake Fulenwider Chevrolet Buick GMC want you to get the most out of your tires, so try these tips to help your car tires last longer.

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is key and should be checked every month. Tires tend to lose about a pound per square inch, or one PSI, of pressure each month. Cold temperatures can lower air pressure, and the hot summer months can raise the pressure, so check the status often.

Proper tire inflation also has the benefits of improving fuel efficiency, since underinflated tires mean lower mpg rates and less overall safety. The NHTSA found that 1 in every 11 crashes were due to tire issues.

Rotation

Tires begin to wear unevenly when they remain on the same wheel for their lifespan. Front-wheel vehicles will see their front tires wear faster, just as rear-wheeled vehicles will see it in their rear tires. Even all-wheel drive vehicles have uneven tire wear since the system sends more power to different wheels to provide the enhanced traction. Having your tires rotated every 5,000 miles allows for better wear and longer life.

Alignment

Every six months, take your car in for alignment. When you hit a pothole or bump a curb the alignment of the vehicle can easily go out of place. This results in excessive vibration or the vehicle pulling to the left or the right while driving. Your vehicle will continue to run fine but it can create uneven wear on the tires and lower fuel efficiency.

If you need a new set of tires or an alignment, bring your car to Blake Fulenwider Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Signs of Car Trouble You Should Never Ignore

Signs of Car Trouble You Should Never Ignore

Unfortunately, all cars need service or repairs at some point. And while good a regular maintenance routine including oil changes is a good way to keep you car in great shape, normal wear and tear will cause problems eventually. Here are some of the most common signs of car trouble. If anything of these things is happening to your vehicle, it’s time to schedule a visit with your technician.                               

Squealing sounds when you start the car or A/C

If you notice a very high-pitched squealing sound when you start your or when you engage the air conditioning system, it’s likely that your car’s serpentine built is malfunctioning. Fortunately, a serpentine built is easily replaceable, so don’t wait to take care of it!

Green liquid coming from engine

Green liquid coming from the engine typically means you car is leaking coolant. Without proper coolant levels, your car’s engine could overheat and do some serious damage.

Grinding when stopping

If you hear a grinding sound when coming to a stop, your car’s brake pads, rotors, and calibers could be in bad shape. Since your car’s brakes are so important to overall safety, this issue should be addressed as quickly as possible.

 

If you observe any of these signs, or you notice any other issues, make an appointment to talk to the service department at Fullen Motor Company.