Outside of changing the oil, keeping an eye on the health of your tires is the easiest way for drivers to keep their vehicle running smoothly and remaining reliable. By doing these simple things, you can help your tires last longer and maximize their effectiveness.
Monitor Tire Pressure
Over the course of a month of regular use, tires naturally deflate by as much as 1 or 2 psi, leaving them vulnerable to blow-outs and decreasing your vehicle’s handling and stability. Think about lying on a deflated air mattress. The weight of your body creates a crater and pushes the remaining air to create unnatural bulges throughout the space that make you feel unbalanced and the mattress can pop easily. By keeping your eye on tire pressure and making regular stops at a filling station air pump or dealership service center, you can reduce the risk of tire incidents and damage.
Check The Tread
Know when it’s time for maintenance and replacement by regularly checking the tread of your tires. The DIY method of knowing when your tires are nearly bald is the penny test. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into the treatment of each tire. If you can see all of his head above the tread, get your car to the dealership and let the pros advise you on your next steps.
Rotate The Tires & Align Your Wheels
Most of the vehicles on the road today are front-wheel drive models that put greater stress on the steer wheels and wear out front tires at a faster pace. By scheduling a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,000 miles to swap the front tires with the back, you can prolong the life of all four tires and improve the braking, handling, and fuel efficiency of your car. The same can be said for regular wheel alignments. When all four wheels are working in perfect harmony, drivers make fewer steering adjustments, suspension systems distribute impact evenly, and tires last longer.
If you’re worried about your tires, contact the service department at Mercedes-Benz of Centerville in Centerville, OH for a checkup and we can help get you new tires today.