Top 10 Tire Tips
Check tires before you get inside your vehicle. If you have a flat, it will save you a lot of time, money and effort than if you discover the flat a few meters down the road.
Check tire pressure at least twice a month. Correct tire pressure saves gas and lives. It might also alert you to punctures in your tires which need immediate repair. The Accutire MS-4441GB Talking Digital Tire Pressure Gauge would be a fun tool to have.
Replace tire caps as soon as you lose them. They keep air in and prevents tire deflation.
Rotate tires every 6 months. Rotate them correctly as prescribed by your car manual. Front wheel drive and rear wheel drive cars have different rotation configurations.
On a long trip, make sure the lug nuts are tight and tire pressure is correct. And check your spare tire, in case you need them during the trip.
When buying tires, buy in pairs or sets of four. If you buy only two, they must be placed on the rear, regardless if your vehicle is FWD, RWD or AWD. This ensures maximum traction and stability.
Select the correct tire for your application. There are highway tires for highways, all season tires for winter spring summer or fall (temperate countries), offroad tires for dirt tracks, softer (stickier) tires for drag tuning/racing setup. If the number of choices are confusing, read the description of the tires on this website to help you out. Or email us, we will be glad to help.
Replace tires when required. Be advised that tires have a shelf life too, which is anywhere from three to six years. If you constantly have punctures in your car, the shelf life will be lesser than similar tires driven without the puncture and vulcanizing cycle.
Check for the manufacturing date of the tire you are buying. It is stamped on the sidewall as a four-digit number. First two digits identify the week of manufacture, last two digits correspond to the year. For ex: 3512 means the tire was manufactured in the 35th week of the year 2012.
Keep tires balanced and your suspension aligned at least once a year. This is to prevent uneven tire wear.
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