As we march into spring, we need to pay special attention to the tires on your vehicle. Did you know - that 9% of all tires on the road are bald? A tire can lose as much as 50% of it's inflation pressure and not appear to be flat? 27% of passenger cars and 32% of suv's and minivans have at least one significant under inflated tire? Inflation pressure in a tire goes up (in warm weather) or down (in cold weather) 1 to 2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change?*
It is important to have the proper inflation pressure in your tires. Under inflation can lead to tire failure and the waste of fuel. Over inflation can cause uneven tire wear in the center of the tread and make the tire more susceptible to road hazard damage and pose vehicle handling issues. Check your tire pressure at least once a month and before long trips. Check the tires when they are cool, perform a visual inspection, and always remember to check your spare.
Alignment, tire rotation, and tire balance are important maintenance items to help ensure the most life out of your vehicle's tires. When a vehicle is out of alignment you may experience an abnormal "pulling" which will cause uneven and rapid tire wear. Also, an unbalanced tire may result in irregular wear or vibration. It is always best practice to perform a four wheel alignment and tire balance at least once a year. Spring time is best time!
And remember Bernardi Audi will be happy to check your vehicle tire pressure or perform a visual tire inspection anytime! Bernardi Audi is your #1 tire dealer offering competitive pricing at your convenience!
*National Safety and Transportation Board