How to Maintain and Extend the Life of Your Car's Tire

Today, we're going to talk about how to maintain your tires to protect your investment in the rubber which is on your vehicle. Do you know that tires are petroleum product? It is obvious most of you assumed that it come from rubber, don’t you? Therefore, the prices for them do vary with the oil market. The higher the oil prices are the more you're really going to pay for your tires. So, I'm going to tell you some tips about how to really keep an eye on what's going on with your tires and maintain them in a proper ways.
Firstly, the easiest thing you can do is checking your tire pressure once a month. Just go to your local hardware store, or go to your local automotive store, pick yourself up a tire pressure gauge. All you have to do is take the valve stem cap off, stick the tire pressure gauge on, and the number that pops up in the back is going to give you the tire pressure. Most tires are rated in PSI (pounds per square inch). A little tips here, if you are not sure about the right pressure number, inside the door jamb, there is a sticker that will tell you exactly what your tire pressure should be.
Second thing, while you're down here checking your tire pressures, you can also take a deep look at the tread. Are you running too low on one block than you are on the other block? Is the tire worn more on the outside, or is it worn more on the inside, or is it worn more on the center? If you see any sort of irregular wear in any side that generally indicate an alignment or a balance issue, in this case, you need to see your local mechanic, get your vehicle aligned to make sure that your tires are contacting the road as they should be, in order to prevent them from wearing out prematurely.
Last but not least, you have to rotate your tires every five to seven thousand miles, depending on your oil change timetable. When rotating your tires, most manufacturers advise you actually take the front tires and cross them to the back. You may wonder what’s that means? It means that you need to take your left front tire; put it on the right rear. Take your right front tire; put it on the left rear. Then, take the rear tires and move them directly to the front. The reason why you should moving them in this way is that the front tires practically bare all of the turning force or turning action as you're moving down the road and that naturally causes wear on the edges, and there's not much you can do about it. That is why it's important to do proper rotation on schedule all the time. All these tips will help get the most mileage for the most money on your tires.

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