Your tires are one of the most important components on your car because they connect you to the road and keep you moving! When the spring season finally arrives, your vehicle is faced with wet weather, increasing temperatures, and rough road conditions with plenty of potholes. By performing basic tire maintenance this spring, you'll be able to enjoy a smoother and safer ride. Check out the tips on taking care of your tires with rotations, inspections, inflation, and installations or replacements below and let the team at Graff Mt. Pleasant know if you have any questions!
By staying up-to-date with routine tire maintenance, you can help extend their life and maximize their effectiveness when it comes to gripping the road. This can not only help you save on tire costs in the long run, but also keep you safe. Because spring weather can create wet and slippery conditions, it's critical to inspect your tires and know that they're ready to handle the road. Use this tire maintenance checklist to make sure you've covered all the bases:
Routine Tire Rotations – You should be rotating your tires every other oil change. This is because tires wear unevenly, so regularly rotating them will ensure more even wear, and therefore better handling, across all four tires. When you do need to replace your tires, it's highly recommended to replace all four at the same time. This is where rotations and even tread wear really comes in handy!
Checking Tire Tread – The tread of your tires allows you to grip the road properly, which is important on all types and conditions of pavement. Having low tire tread can put you more at risk to hydroplane or lose grip of the road when there's water present. It can also increase your stopping distance, which can affect your ability to stop quickly in an emergency situation. You can use the penny test to check your tread level or have our experts inspect them with our professional equipment.
Checking Tire Pressure – When the temperature outside changes it can directly effect on the air pressure in your tires. Maintaining the recommended air pressure can help your vehicle's fuel economy, decreases risk for any tire issues, and provides a smoother ride. All you have to do is check your owner's manual or sticker on the inside of your driver's door for the recommended PSI and make sure your tires match. If not, it's time for a fill-up! You should check your tires about every month or so.
Changing Your Tires – It's important to have winter tires on your vehicle during the winter season, but what about when the winter weather is over? We highly recommend switching back to all season tires. Winter tires are built to handle 45 degrees Fahrenheit and under, and keeping them on could cause them to wear out way too quickly. Keeping two sets of tires can help you save on tire costs in the long run and keep you safe all year long.
At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we can help you with all your tire maintenance needs! Whether you need a tire rotation at your next oil change, a tire repair, or a fill-up, we've got you covered. Additionally, we offer many major brand tires at affordable prices suited for all makes and model vehicles. We offer two convenient service locations to serve you best! Visit the Graff Mt. Pleasant Chevrolet Service Center at 4580 E. Pickard Rd. OR the Graff Mt. Pleasant Buick GMC Cadillac Service Center at 116 N. Mission St. If you are in need of an inspection, routine tire rotation, or an installation of new tires, our ASE Certified and factory-trained technicians are ready to help. You can conveniently schedule an appointment online or by giving us a call at (989) 773-3937 or (989) 773-3917. We're proud to serve the Mid-Michigan area at Graff Mt. Pleasant!