The Auto Gallery Breaking News - Audi R8 GT Spyder!
August 2011
    mobile menu  
 Bookmark & Share:                   
HOME
2010 Ferrari California Convertible $219,998

ONE OWNER - FULLY LOADED, CARBON CERAMIC BRAKES

 
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe $159,290

BRAND NEW – CUSTOM ORDERED PAINT COLOR

 
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera

BRAND NEW SUPERLEGGERA CARBON PACKAGE NAVIGATION

 
Ferrari Homepage
Maserati Homepage
Lamborghini Homepage
Porsche Homepage
Audi Homepage
McLaren Homepage
Pagani Homepage

 
CONTENTS
2012 Porsche 911: The first official photographs
2011 Greetings from The Auto Gallery
The Auto Gallery is #1 on DealerRater and now on Facebook!
2006 Porsche Boxster 2dr Roadster $34,980
Official: Ferrari 458 Spider Revealed
The Auto Gallery Introduces Pagani to America
2011 Porsche 911 2DR Speedster Convertible $209,980
The exclusive Maserati GranCabrio Fendi debuts at Frankfurt
2008 Maserati Quattroporte Sedan $73,988
Top Gear Names McLaren MP4-12C World’s 2nd Fastest
GranTurismo MC Sport Line Kits NOW 15% OFF
$149/$99 Ferrari/Maserati Oil Change Special
McLaren Working on Four New Models
Audi details new hybrid flagship; U.S. intentions not confirmed
Skin Care, 365 Days a Year
Vehicle Profile: The 2011 Porsche Cayman R
Vehicle Profile: The 2011 Porsche Panamera 4S
Vehicle Profile: The 2011 Audi A3
Vehicle Details: The 2012 Audi A7
Car Care: Tire Maintenance
Getting Off on the Green Foot
2010 Ferrari California Convertible $219,998
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe $159,290
2005 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe $119,988
2007 Audi A4 CVT 4-door 2.0T Fronttrak Sedan $18,992
Ayrton Senna’s McLaren - The Biggest Airfix Kit in the World
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
The Auto Gallery Calabasas Hosts the Italian Stampede
SuperCar Sunday Porsche Coral Returns
2012 Audi A6 4-door Quattro 3.0T Premium Sedan $67,430
The Auto Gallery: Lamborghini Service with $99 Oil Change
2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sedan $133,100
SUBSCRIBE
 
Fill in the fields below to receive an email each time we post a new issue of our newsletter:
 
Email Address:

First Name:

Last Name:

Phone Number:

Tell A Friend
Car Care: Tire Maintenance
Taking care of the most important part of your vehicle.

Tires are hugely important to nearly every aspect of your vehicle’s performance. As the only portion of any car, truck, crossover and SUV that actually touches the road, they impact acceleration, cornering, handling and braking while also playing a huge role in fuel economy and road noise as well. Tires may not be as thrilling as sleek sheet metal or a high-horsepower engine, but there’s nothing more important to your vehicle’s safety than their care and maintenance. That means making sure your tires are properly inflated and regularly rotated and balanced. 
 
According to the experts at Goodyear, making sure your tires are correctly inflated is the most important aspect of vigilant tire care. Every tire comes with inflation recommendations – listed as “PSI,” or pounds per square inch – on the sidewall, but it’s worth noting that those are the maximum allowable pressures. While the tire can handle those inflation levels, they may not be what are actually recommended for your vehicle. Those figures can be found in your owner’s manual, on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door or on a door pillar. Lower than recommended inflation can lead to premature tire wear, uneven braking and early tire failure. It can also cause a serious drain on fuel economy, up to a 0.4 percent reduction for every single PSI below optimum levels, according to some studies.
 
On the other hand, overinflation can be just as dangerous. Extreme tire pressures can warp the tire’s tread, thereby reducing the physical area where the tire touches the road. Not surprisingly, this reduces your vehicle’s traction on dry pavement, which can lead to longer braking distances and unstable handling at speed. Like underinflation, overinflation can also lead to premature tire failure.
 
Tire manufacturers recommend having a rotation performed* to promote even wear and to extend the life of the tire. A qualified factory service technician will know the best rotation pattern for your tires and your vehicle, but the procedure typically entails moving the tires that were on the drive axle to a non-drive axle and vice-versa. The process is different for all-wheel drive vehicles and those equipped with directional tires, but the aim remains the same. This prevents one area of the tire from wearing down before the rest of the tread, and can save you serious money on a premature replacement.
 
While making sure that your tires are properly inflated and regularly rotated can save you hundreds of dollars a year in replacement costs and fuel economy, making sure that your tires are accurately balanced is also important. Your vehicle’s tires and wheels spin at a rate of thousands of revolutions per minute when at highway speed, and, as a result, any small imbalance can cause a significant vibration. While tire and wheel manufacturers strive to produce the most perfectly balanced products possible, some variance will always exist. Service technicians overcome those variances by securing small, incremental lead weights to the vehicle’s wheel to achieve proper balance.
 
Balancing is typically performed anytime that a new tire is mounted to a wheel, but as the tire ages, balancing may need to be rechecked. Those lead weights routinely fall off over time as well, which can lead to a harsh vibration in one wheel. That vibration is translated directly to the vehicle’s suspension components, which can cause premature wear to expensive components like bushings and shocks, and into the vehicle’s cabin. As the vibration increases, so can driver fatigue. If you notice a regular vibration while driving your vehicle, it may be time for a rotation.
 
As the only link between your vehicle and the road, your tires are monumentally important to your safety. Simple maintenance like keeping up with inflation, regular rotations and prompt balancing can extend tire life, save you money and improve nearly every aspect of your vehicle’s performance.
 

 
*For tire rotation recommendation on your specific vehicle contact your dealer.

[PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION]

Schedule Service

Schedule Service at Audi Service Department

Schedule Service

Schedule Service at Ferrari Service Department

Schedule Service

Schedule Service at Maserati Service Department

Schedule Service

Schedule Service at Porsche Service Department


LETTERS

There are no letters for this article. To post your own letter, click Post Letter.

[POST LETTER]
Published by The Auto Gallery
Includes copyrighted material of IMakeNews, Inc. and its suppliers.
TELL A FRIEND
    mobile menu  
 Bookmark & Share:                   
Powered by IMN