How to Extend the Life Of Your Tires

Car Tires Where would we be without tires? Nowhere, literally! Without decent tires, our cars and trucks would not function properly. How, then, can we extend the life of our tires?

The best way to extend the life of tires is to make sure they’re properly inflated as often as possible. While this might not be a practical thing to look after on a daily basis, how about checking the tire pressure on your four tires at least once a month? If, for example, one tire has a lot less air in it than the other three, then you’re going to need to figure out what’s going wrong. Perhaps it has a leak and needs to be repaired or replaced. Anytime one tire is out of sync with the rest of them, then they’re all going to wear down more quickly.

Some newer vehicles are equipped with a digital tire pressure monitoring system. This comes in handy because a light will go off indicating when one or more tires isn’t properly inflated. Then, you just take your vehicle to a place where you or a professional can add air and you should be good to go. Did you know that having properly inflated tires not only extends the lives of the tires, but also improves your overall gas mileage?

Next up, when you get your oil changed you should also have your tires balanced and rotated. Keep in mind that front tires wear down faster than back tires because they do the turning. Therefore, switching them with the back ones every couple thousand miles ends up increasing the life of all four tires in an efficient and economical way.

If possible, avoid potholes and other hazardous problems on the road to keep your tires in good shape. In addition, if you can, check the tread on your tires to see if a penny fits in the grooves. If you can see Abe Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to have your tires replaced because the tread has worn down. It’s also a good idea to have a wheel alignment done when putting on new tires.

Are you looking for a new car with pristine new tires? If so, contact George Kell Motors at 870-495-2614 to discuss your vehicle’s needs.

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The Benefits of Rotating Your Tires

When’s the last time you had your vehicle’s tires rotated? In general, people are either really gung ho about having this done on a regular basis or they’re a bit ignorant, not even realizing that tire rotations are “a thing.”

Rotating Your Tires Bottom line: tire rotation is beneficial for you and your vehicle. Tires never stay in perfect shape, even though they may “look pretty good” to the untrained eye. Over time, there are many things that affect tires, from the way a person drives their vehicle (taking corners in a fast way, starting/stopping abruptly) to the terrain they drive over (gravel, stones, mud). Factor in temperature changes and front-wheel drive, and tires (especially the front ones) are going to show wear-and-tear over time.

By regularly rotating the physical location of your tires, you’re doing your vehicle a favor. It’ll get better fuel economy, using less gas and allowing the engine to run more efficiently. Essentially, the tire rotation means your engine doesn’t have to work so hard– there’s less tire pulling and road friction thanks to tire rotation.

Furthermore, tire rotation extends the life of tires and means you’re less likely to have to pay for an alignment.

In general, most tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles they’re driven. If you have a warranty, it may say in the fine print that the way to keep the warranty valid is to make sure the tires are rotated on a certain basis– check for that. Meanwhile, when mechanics are rotating tires, they’ll be able to give them a closer inspection and see if they’re cracked, punctured, totally worn out, and/or need replacing.

Finally, there’s the safety factor. Like that old commercial said, “You’ve got a lot riding on your tires.” Indeed. You want them to function at their best so there aren’t problems with steering and vehicular control.

George Kell Motors services vehicles and can rotate your tires; Call 870-495-2615 to schedule your appointment today.

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Give Your Tires the Attention They Deserve

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When taking a car off of our lot, customers can rest assured that it’s in great shape and—whether new or old—ready for years and years of driving. Still, in order to maximize the life of a car and the safety of those it carries, vehicle owners need to be aware of how to take care of it with regular maintenance and inspection.

 

These days, modern automobiles give off an aura of invincibility. It’s true that high-tech components do a great job of making cars safer and more secure than ever before. Still, there are some parts that are so basic and fundamental that they just need some good old-fashioned routine maintenance. Tires—the only part of your car that actually makes contact with the road—are at the top of this list.

 

So while you can leave much of your worry and concern aside, leaving it to intricate systems of sensors and alerts, the physical nature of your tires calls for you to pay some attention to them.

 

Everyone knows that tires wear down over time. This can compromise your safety and cost you money on fuel efficiency. What many people don’t know is that tire wear can occur even when they’re not being used very often. While a little bit of wear can actually be somewhat beneficial in ideal driving conditions, rain and snow are a completely different story.

 

Remember learning about “hydroplaning” back in your Driver’s Ed class? In case you’ve forgotten, hydroplaning is basically when a car begins to actually float on top of water on the ground, causing the driver to totally lose control. It sounds farfetched, but oftentimes the only thing keeping a car from hydroplaning is the treading on its tires. Treads allow water to rush through and escape without sending you on a surprise ghost ride. Similarly, treading allows cars to effectively travel through snow.

 

To deal with changes in weather, many drivers choose to change their tires seasonally, which is never a bad idea. After all, if you split time between two sets of tires, each one should last much longer. Whether you use winter tires or not, most states require that tires be replaced when they reach 2/32” of remaining tread depth. If you’re unsure, most tires will have indicators in the form of tread wear bars that reveal themselves when it’s time for a new set.

 

When it comes to tire wear, much depends on what type of car you drive and what type of driving you typically do. The staff at George Kell Motors are happy to help you come up with a tire maintenance plan that’s right for you.