Spring Tire Care: Routine Maintenance Tips

Spring brings warmer weather, and it also means that you may need to perform some much-needed maintenance on your car. In particular, spring tire care is incredibly important as temperatures rise, something we at Gossett Kia South can help with. Even if you’d prefer to do the work yourself, there are still a few things to keep in mind when doing routine maintenance.

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First, according to Goodyear®, you’ll want to do a visual inspection for wear. Signs of wear include bulges in the sidewall, cracking or crumbling rubber, and uneven wear on the tread. While some of these can be signs of other issues (e.g., uneven wear is usually caused by poor alignment), others may simply be signs that you need new tires.

Next, check the tread depth. You can purchase a tread-depth indicator at most auto parts stores, but you can also try the penny test for an approximate guide. Flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires. Tread that measures less than 2/32nds of an inch is usually too dangerous to drive on.

You should also check tire pressure, as changes in temperature affects air pressure. For every 10-degree rise in temperature, your tires add 1 pound per square inch (PSI). To combat this, you can invest in a tire pressure gauge to carry with you in your vehicle, or you can check the PSI by taking your vehicle to your nearest gas station’s air pump. The proper pressure is typically listed on the inside panel of your driver’s side door or on the tire itself. If you can’t find the numbers you need there, your owner’s manual is a sure bet.

Finally, to make sure that your tires are properly maintained, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in for balancing, rotation, and alignment in accordance to your owner’s manuals recommended intervals. If you need these services performed, or if your springtime inspection shows that you’re due for a new set, you can get what you need at Gossett Kia South.