Things to Know About Tire Maintenance - Toyota Service Information To Know in Salem, OR

Did you know, with proper maintenance, you can make your tires last longer so you can replace them less frequently? It's true. With regular rotations, alignment checks and tire pressure adjustments, you can save money on tires for your car. And tires are vitally important. After all, they're the only parts of your vehicle that actually make contact with the road. Need more advice? Make contact with the experts at Capitol Toyota service center.

Tire Pressure Check

5. Keep Them Properly Inflated

Correctly inflated tires maximize the size of the tire's contact patch -- the part of the tire that actually makes contact with the road. If your tires are over- or underinflated, the contact patch will be smaller and the part of the tire that is touching the road will be subjected to greater road forces. This will lead to accelerated tire wear, meaning you'll need to shell out for a new set of tires sooner.

Worn Tires

4. Make Sure Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System Is Working Correctly

That said, tire pressure monitoring systems can malfunction. Especially on older vehicles when this was a newer feature, TPMS systems are notorious for failing, leading to false warning lights when your tires are correctly filled or no warning when your tires need an adjustment.

So, make sure your tire pressure monitoring system is working well before you trust it. If you have a tire pressure warning light on, head to our service center. We'll verify that the TPMS system is working correctly and adjust the pressure in your tires, too.

3. Avoid Potholes When Possible

Sometimes, you just get unlucky and an errant nail, screw or other piece of debris punctures your tire. There's not much that can be done to avoid this. However, potholes pose a serious threat to your car too, and in some cases they can be avoided. If you know where the biggest potholes are on your commute, you can select your lanes and determine your route to avoid them. And if you can't avoid a pothole, don't hit them at full speed. The far edge of the pothole could cause the tire to fail if you strike it with enough force, and could even distort the wheel itself. If you can traverse the pothole at a slower speed, your risk is significantly reduced.

New Tire Tread

2. Get Regular Rotations

In a certain sense, your tires are rotating all the time, but that's not what we mean here. To rotate your tires means to switch which wheel locations your tires are mounted to. That's because each individual wheel on your car experiences unique driving forces. Rotating your tires subjects each tire to different forces -- spreading out the wear and making your tires last even longer. Get semi-annual tire rotations for best results.

1. Check The Alignment Regularly

Each of your tires should work in perfect harmony to track straight when the steering wheel is at center, with predictable steering. However, if the alignment is off, your tires may be subjected to additional wear as they're not perfectly parallel with your vehicle's direction of travel. If your alignment is getting regularly checked, and your tires are getting regularly rotated, your tires are sure to last as long as possible.