NATIONAL TIRE SAFETY WEEK! JUNE 2-8 2013

Tires are the critical connection between your car and the road in all sorts of driving conditions. To maximize tire life and safety, check the condition and inflation pressure regularly and have the tires rotated and balanced, says the Car Care Council.

“Your car’s tires affect its ride, handling, traction and safety, so this National Tire Safety Week be sure to do your PART and check the Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Pressure: It’s important to have the proper inflation pressure in your
tires, as under inflation can lead to tire failure. The
“right amount” of inflation for your tires is specified by
the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on either the
vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel
door. It is also listed in the vehicle owner’s manual.

Tips:

– Check inflation pressure at least once a month and before
long trips.
– Check tires when cool. After driving, tires need
at least 3 hours to cool.
– Remember to check the spare.
– Visually inspect the tires to make sure there are no nails
or other objects embedded that could poke a hole in the tire and cause an
air leak. Check the sidewalls to make sure there are no gouges, cuts, bulges
or other irregularities.
– Tire inflation pressure increases (in warm weather) or decreases (in cold
weather) 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
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Alignment: Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid treadwear and should be corrected by a tire dealer. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual or whenever you have an indication of trouble such as “pulling.” Also have your tire balance checked periodically.

Rotation: Tire rotation can prevent irregular tire wear. Always refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated approximately every 5,000–8,000 miles. (NOTE: After rotation, make sure inflation pressure is set to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification.)

Tread: Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch. Traction, particularly in bad weather, and resistance to hydroplaning is reduced as tires wear. An easy test: place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, you should buy a new tire. Built-in tread wear indicators, or “wear bars” will appear on the tire when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch. When the top of the “wear bars” are flush with the tire tread, the tire is worn out and needs to be replaced. Visually check your tires for signs of irregular tread wear, such as high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Consult your tire dealer as soon as possible.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO…
– Always buckle your seat belt.
– Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Vehicles equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) can help
motorists detect loss of inflation pressure. Federal regulations require
TPMS to warn drivers when tires are 25% under inflated. For many vehicles
this warning may be too late to prevent damage caused by under inflation.
TPMS units are NOT a replacement for monthly tire pressure checks
with a gauge.
– Tire care is pro-environment.
Properly inflated tires help promote better fuel economy. Regular care helps
tires get the most potential wear so they don’t need to be replaced as often.

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