How To Make Your Tires Last Longer

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After you purchase a brand new set of tires, you want to make sure you keep them in great condition so they can really go the distance. You can learn how to make your tires last longer with a few tips from our service team at Ken Garff Chevrolet. Learn more today and be sure to contact our service team with any questions.

Tips for Long Life Tires

It’s easy to get long life tires no matter what model you drive and what tires you choose as long as you stick to the recommended maintenance schedule. Maintenance is a small time commitment that pays off in a big way, ensuring that your tires are performing at their peak potential no matter where the roads may lead. These services include:

  • Rotation: Your tire rotation schedule should match your driving habits. If you frequently tow or go off-roading, it’s better to schedule your rotations a little earlier.
  • Balance: Balancing your tires and aligning your wheels ensures that every tire gets even wear, which prolongs the life of your set. Add these tasks to your tire rotation schedule.
  • Pressure: Your tire pressure influences everything from fuel economy to safety, so check your air pressure once a month or make use of your built-in TPMS.
  • Inspection: Look at your tire walls and tire tread periodically to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary. These are two telltale signs of tire breakdown, and they can also indicate steering or suspension issues.

Tire Tread 101: An Overview

How long do tires last? Typically, tires last between four and six years with proper maintenance. Depending on how you drive and on the type of terrain you frequent, you may want to consider changing your tires more often as they can wear faster. Learning to interpret your tire’s wear and tear can help you determine when to schedule a service and when to start saving for a replacement set. Here are a few signs of wear:

  • Do you see extra wear on the inner or outer part of the tire? This means you need an alignment or balance.
  • Do you notice extra wear only in the center of the tire? This means your tires are possibly overinflated.
  • Do you notice wear only on the outer edges of the tire? Then your tires might be underinflated.
  • Do you notice a scalloped effect, known as “cupping wear”? Your suspension is having issues, and it’s important to get your car checked out as soon as possible.

Schedule Your Service with Ken Garff Chevrolet

Now that you know how to make your tires last longer, you’ll know when the time comes to replace them. When that time comes, schedule service with us at Ken Garff Chevrolet. With our available service specials, you can expect to save more on the services your vehicle needs.

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