Your tires are an essential safety feature on your car, which is why it is so critical to have maintenance on them. Unfortunately, they are often neglected. From tire pressure, tread wear to rotations, it seems like no one cares as much as they should. We're here to set the record straight and deflate the top three tire myths to make sure you stay knowledgeable about your wheels.
Myth #1: The Recommended Tire Pressure Is Listed On The Side of Your Tires.
Studies show that about half of all drivers think this is where you look to find the factory-recommended tire inflation pressure number. However, the numbers on your tire indicate what size and kind of tire you have. They might also indicate the maximum cold inflation PSI the tire is rated for—not the recommended pressure for your car. Instead, look for a label inside the vehicle's driver-side door or inside the owner's manual for the ideal pressure number.
Myth #2: If Your Vehicle Has a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), There's No Need to Monitor It.
A tire-pressure monitoring tracks and displays tire pressure using sensors. Once they run low on pressure, a pictogram display or a warning light will light up on your vehicle's dashboard. The truth is that a signal is only triggered when tires lose at least 25 percent of their inflation pressure. A loss in a quarter of your tire pressure is dangerously weak, and you should refrain from letting it get to that point. We highly recommend that you always have a pressure gauge to measure your pressure accurately. Though it may be old-fashioned, it is the most reliable way to check, and you should be checking as often as once a month to catch irregularities right away.
Myth #3: You Should Rotate Your Tires Once a Year.
This is a huge misconception because you need to rotate your tires every 5,000 - 8,000 miles - not once a year. Most people tend to schedule their oil change and rotate their tires at the same time for convenience.
One Stop Auto Care can supply you with all your tire maintenance needs. If you require service or have any questions, please give us a call or visit us today!