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Why You Should Be Aware of Tire Wear

Why You Should Be Aware of Tire Wear

With use, tires wear out. This is a normal process as the tread becomes shallower and overall performance starts to change. 

 

However, irregular tread wear can occur for a variety of reasons. This can lead to having to replace your tires sooner than expected, costing you a handsome chunk of change. 

 

Regular checking the tread depth and wear condition on each of your tires will let you know when it’s time for a rotation and detect other potential maintenance requirements to get the most out of your vehicle. 

 

If your tires could use some attention, it’s time to pay a visit to tire experts like Frank’s Servicenter.

 

In this article, we’re talking you through why it’s so important to be aware of your tire wear so that you can go forth on the road confidently! 

 

Tire Wear: Why it Matters 

 

Improper tread depth on your tires can lead to unsafe driving conditions. Not only does this put you at risk, but those around you as well. 

 

Most states have a 2/32-inch minimum tread depth requirement. This is to keep you safe on your journey down the roadways, as too low of depth can create dangerous implications. 

 

If precipitation of any sort gets between your tires and the road, your tires can’t properly grip the road. 

 

When your tires don’t have the proper grip, drivers are more prone to lose control and cause an accident. With inclement weather, a common occurrence in Southampton, PA, drivers should always be attentive to the health of their tires. 

 

How to Prevent Early and Irregular Tire Wear 

 

There are three primary causes of early or irregular tire wear: 

  1. Improper Inflation Pressure 
  2. Out-of-spec Tire Alignment 
  3. Lack of tire rotation 

 

When a tire is not inflated properly, chances are it will wear more rapidly or unevenly. Not only do properly inflated tires contribute to a more comfortable ride and better gas mileage, but they also ensure the health of your tires over the long-term. 

 

Out-of-spec tire alignment, also known as wheel alignment, refers to the adjustment of your vehicle’s steering suspension components. These alignments adjust the angles of the tires to make proper contact with the road to reduce tread wear.

 

You also should get your tires rotated about every six months (along with your oil change). This changing of position puts different amounts of pressure on each tire, allowing them to perform longer over time. 

 

Inflation pressure, tire alignment, and tire rotations are all simple services that can be performed in a short amount of time. Don’t replace your tires! Take care of them. 

 

Conclusions 

 

You should be aware of tire wear at all times, but especially in the winter months. 

 

By taking care of your tires, you can be safer on the road and save money in the long run in replacing your tires less frequently. 

 

Due for a tire inspection

 

Frank’s Service Center in Southampton has been keeping your tires healthy for 50 years. 

 

Schedule reliable and affordable service with us today!  

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What to do if your Tire Light Comes On

There is some kind of funny warning light on my dashboard!?!

The tire warning indicator on your vehicle may look like the clam shell pictured or may even be a message that says “check tire pressure”. Realistically not many people actually have their own tire pressure gauge. Those quarter operated air pressure machines seem to be disappearing and never seem to work when you need them!

So now what?

The first thing is to not panic! Tire pressure warning systems are very sensitive and generally the indicator is on for a tire that is low on pressure and not actually flat. Start off by pulling over and just looking closely at each of your tires to see if they might be visibly sagging from low air pressure. If there are no obvious signs of a visibly low tire carefully proceed to the nearest place to have the tire properly inflated and inspected by a mechanic. If you want to work on the issue yourself here’s how: Start off by inflating the tire to the proper pressure as indicated on the door safety placard. DO NOT inflate to the pressure indicated on the side of the tire! This is the Maximum Allowable Tire Pressure. Next carefully inspect the tire tread and sidewalls for signs of puncture and or foreign materials. If no fault are found at this stage you will need to check for air leaks. The easiest way to do this with household tools is to make a solution of dish soap and water. Cover the tire with the soapy water solution and watch for air bubbles. Simple tire leak Solution The escaping air will create the bubbles indicating the leak! As long as the damage is within the tread section and one inch from the side wall of the tire it can be safely repaired. Any damage to the sidewall of the tire is not repairable and will require replacement of the tire. After your mechanic repairs the tire they will reset the warning system and you can move on with your day!

What if the tire is already flat? 

If the tire warning light is on and you find that you do have a flat tire, do not drive on the flat tire. Driving on a underinflated tire can permanently damage the tire. Many cars still come with a spare tire or a tire sealer/inflator system. You can consult your owners manual to see which one you might have in your car. If you have a spare tire/inflator follow the instructions in the owners manual to safely change/inflate the tire and bring the flat tire in for a mechanic to inspect. If your vehicle is not equipped with a solution or you do not want the hassle contact roadside assistance. We have 24 hour service available at 215-355-8877.

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