How To Make Your Tires Last Longer

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No matter which tires you buy, every set will break down over time – but did you know that you can prolong the lifespan of your tires with the right habits? Learning how to make your tires last longer isn’t difficult, but it takes a little bit of research. Basic maintenance and inspections at a certified service center will keep your car in excellent condition for the Dayton travels ahead. Let’s take a look at just how to get the long-life tires that you want.
 

Why are my Tires Breaking Down?

Driving through Troy gradually wears down the surface of your tires, but not all tread wear is even. In fact, the tread wear pattern on your tires can tell you a lot about your car’s condition. Where do you see the greatest wear on your tires?

  • Inner and Outer Wear: Known as “toe wear” or “camber wear”, this can be a sign of misalignment.
  • Center Wear: The tire may be overinflated, so check your air pressure and compare it to your recommended PSI.
  • Cupping Wear: If you notice diagonal scalloping of the tire, this could mean an issue with the suspension system that needs immediate attention.
  • Patchy Wear: Patchy, uneven wear may mean that your tires are out of balance.

Tips for Long Life Tires

Now that you know some of the common causes for excessive wear, let’s talk about how to make your tires last longer.

  • Tire Pressure Checks: Did you know that your tire can lose up to a pound per square inch of air pressure every month, even while sitting in your Sidney garage? Use a tire gauge or your built-in Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to keep tabs on your tires.
  • Tire Rotations: Every 5,000 miles or so, it’s important to schedule a tire rotation. This helps your set wear more evenly, so you get better performance and safety.
  • Tire Balance: Your tires can also go out of balance, which can cause alignment and wear issues. When your tires are rotated, get them balanced as well.
  • Vehicle Alignment: We recommend getting your car aligned twice per year to prevent issues. Not only can misalignment degrade your tires prematurely, but it can also cause strange vibrations and sounds that affect your ride.

Driving on a Spare

While there are plenty of things to keep in mind when driving on your normal set of tires, spare tires have their own set of rules. If you need to change a flat with your spare tire, it’s important to make note of what type of spare you are using.

  • Full-Size: A full-size tire is just as big as your normal tires, but it is generally not a long-term replacement.
  • Space-Saver: A “donut” spare tire cannot be driven more than 70 miles at speeds of 50 MPH.
  • Run-Flat: A run-flat tire is not the same as a traditional spare tire, and it will only last around 50 miles.

Get Quality Car Care with Voss Honda

Now that you know how to make your tires last long, is it time to schedule your service? The team at Voss Honda is here to help you get the long-life tires that you want, so don’t hesitate to contact us in Tipp City for more information about car care!


 

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