13 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Summer Tires
Unlike before, the advancement in technology and materials have rendered tires profoundly durable and able to withstand harsh conditions. However, neglecting the tires can cause wear. Wear beyond repair require a change of tire which can be very expensive. Even though experts advocate for a frequent change of tires to enhance safety, taking care of the tires can reduce the number of times required to change, saving significantly. Taking care of the tires involves various tasks that you do yourself or a mechanic can.
1. Determine the inflation levels
Pressure is among the biggest determinant of the tire life. Tires are designed to maintain specific pressures based on the total load. Use the tire load chart, available online, to determine the correct air pressures for the tires. It is advisable to use the listed formulas to adjust accordingly. At average speed, running the tires 20 percent than the recommended pressure level can cause damage.
2. Establish a good inflation maintenance program
Naturally, tires lose air and it is therefore difficult to always maintain the recommended pressure. The reduced pressure can be attributed to leakage through the valve caps or punctures. To maintain pressure, ensure the tires are checked on a regular basis, preferably weekly. It is worth noting that the tire pressure is affected by weather changes. Normally, the pressure drops by 2 psi for every 10F decrease in temperature.
3. Maintain your vehicle well-aligned
Irregular wear on the tire is mostly caused by poor alignment of the wheels. Basically, if the wheels are not running straight, during increased acceleration, irregular wear occurs. This can be achieved by adopting an alignment program with your mechanic.
4. Rotate tires
Normally, the front of the car is heavier than the rear due to the placement of the engine, causing uneven wear. In addition, more stress is added to the front wheels due to braking and steering.
Tire rotation is the practice of changing the position of the tires i.e. the front tires in the rear and vice versa. Turning the wheels also causes an uneven tear. In the US where the traffic is right-hand, the left front tires wear disproportionately from the rest of the summer tires.
5. Clean the tires
Cleaning the tires is also an effective way of increasing the lifespan of the tires. It helps to remove debris that may cause damage to the tires. When scrubbing the tires, it is advisable to use a bristle brush to remove dirt that may grate the tires.
6. Reduce speed
Tires tend to wear faster due to the high heat generated during high speeds and accelerations. According to reliable data from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, increasing speed from 55 mph to 75 mph has the ability to cause a twenty percent or more of damage.
7. Mount the tires correctly
Mounting the summer tires correctly to the wheel will help to reduce wear considerably. Normally, both the tires and the wheels are marked to show high and low spots.
8. Regularly check the tires
Most people are not concerned with the condition of their tires unless they have encountered an issue. In such a time, it is too late to manage the wear. However, inspecting your tires frequently will help you detect wear trends early enough before too much damage is done. The inspection can be done by either carefully running a hand over the tire to feel to detect abnormalities or by visual inspection. Some of the anomalies can be corrected and therefore extend the lifespan of the tire.
9. Matching tires
In case one of the tires is damaged beyond repair, it is advisable to replace with a matching tire. That's why tires should be uniform across the same position to minimize tread wear. Experts indicate that eliminating variation across all the tires helps to improve tread wear. It is also advisable to have to have the same thread design on the tires.
10. Wheels and suspension components
Worn out wheels and suspension can reduce the tire life. For instance, an unbalanced wheel bearing can cause irregular tire wears. On the other hand, worn out suspensions can cause the trends to wear faster. Most people will wait until the suspensions are completely broken down and by then the damage has occurred on the tires. It is therefore advisable to regularly get professional help of checking the suspensions or instead replacing them on a set schedule.
11. Keep records
The best ways to maintain tires and improve their life is by keeping a good record. This can be done by regularly collecting the data of your tires such as inflation levels, wear trends, etc. Nowadays there are computer programs and mobile application that can help to analyze tire performance.
12. Avoid overexposure to sunlight
Exposing the tires to heat and sun can cause damage to the tires. So park your car in the garage or in the shade.
13. Careful driving
Most people are tempted to perform stunts they see on movies with their vehicles. Some of the stunts can cause the tires to wear faster. Driving carefully, especially on bad roads can be a great way of extending your tire life.
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