Tire Maintenance In St Clair Shores
Posted in Tires and Wheels on June 09, 2015
With the recent focus in St Clair Shores on improving gas mileage, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.
Clinton Township car owners know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Under-inflated tires will wear out more quickly.
Some St Clair Shores auto owners wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to over-inflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling.
Stop by Tuffy Clinton Township to see about tire maintenance for your Clinton Township, Michigan vehicle.
Tuffy Clinton Township
19535 15 Mile Rd
Clinton Township, Michigan 48035
Every vehicle in the St Clair Shores area has a sticker on the driver's side door jamb that tells you the vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. This recommendation is an integral part of the vehicle's suspension tuning. A lot of engineering actually goes into the recommended tire pressure, so it's critical for St Clair Shores drivers to follow it.
What else do Clinton Township motorists need to know about tire maintenance? Tire rotation and balancing are very important. Let's start with rotation. Because the front tires handle the brunt of turning forces, the shoulders of the front tires wear more quickly than the rear tires. At Tuffy Clinton Township in Clinton Township, we rotate the tires so that they all get to do some duty on the front and they'll all wear evenly over their life.
For most vehicles, front tires are rotated to the rear and vice versa. Others recommend a cross rotational pattern. Some vehicles use an asymmetrical tire so those tires need to stay on either the right or left side – it'll say which on the tire. Some high performance cars have asymmetrical tires and different sizes on the front and rear. These can't be rotated at all. Your owner's manual will have details for your car or speak with your friendly Tuffy Clinton Township technician.
How often should Clinton Townshipdrivers rotate their tires? Your owner's manual will have a recommendation. Your friendly Tuffy Clinton Township service advisor at Tuffy Clinton Township in Clinton Township can do a visual inspection to let you know if it looks like it should be done. The interval is typically around 5,000 miles.
You know, some Clinton Township people don't think new tires need to be balanced. What they aren't taking into account is the wheel. Between the wheel and the tire – even a new tire – there's enough variation to require balancing.
When you add the valve stem and tire pressure monitoring sensors required on new cars, balancing is definitely important. When a tire's out of balance, it's actually hopping down the road. Clinton Township motorists with tires out of balance will feel the vibration through the steering wheel if a front tire's out of balance and through the seat if it's a rear tire.
Proper wheel balance promotes tire life and increases safety for Clinton Township car owners and their passengers. Historically, lead weights have been attached to the wheel to bring it into balance. Lead gives some environmental concern, so steel weights are starting to be substituted.
The team at Tuffy Clinton Township also wants to remind you that it is important to always use the same size tire on an axle. Different size tires on the front or on the back can lead to some real handling problems. And Michigan tire manufacturers recommend that when you get two new tires, they be installed on the rear because that's where you need the most traction to avoid spinning-out.