Next to the brakes, there’s nothing more vital for the safety of you and your family than your car’s tires. If you stay on top of best care practices, your tires will carry you safely for many years.
Tire Rotation and Balancing
Periodic tire rotations promote even tire wear that will dramatically increase the life of your tires. Tires that stay in one area of the vehicle will typically wear faster than tires that are rotated on a routine basis. For example, If your vehicle is a front wheel drive the majority of the weight is in the front due to the engine and transmission. If your tires are not rotated the front will wear out twice as fast as the rear tires due to the weight.
Aside from rotating, maintaining the balance of your tires is equally important to increase the tires life. As tires wear, the balancing of your tires change due to the difference in weight. When the balancing is off the tire will not rotate smoothly. It will actually hop up and down ever so slightly going down the road. You can’t see the hop with the naked eye but you will feel the vibration in the vehicle at highway speeds. Improper tire balance puts unnecessary stress on the tire that leads to uneven tire wear and cupping of the tires tread. YHS Automotive suggests rotating your tires every 5 to 7000 miles or at every other oil change. Balancing at the time of rotation is the best way to go. At the very least we suggest balancing your tires once a year or every 15,000 miles.
Proper tire inflation is critical to the Safety, Performance, Fuel Efficiency and wear of your vehicles tires. One of the biggest misnomers is to inflate the tires to the pressure indicated on the tires sidewall. To find your vehicles proper tire information look for the Tire Information placard located on the driver’s door opening. The placard is white with yellow lettering in most cases. The placard has all the tire information on your vehicle such as the tire size, speed rating and load index. It also has the recommended tire pressure for the front, rear and spare tire. Keeping on top of your vehicles tire pressure is easy now days thanks to your vehicles TPMS system. What is TPMS? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This system lets you know when you have a tire that is at an unsafe pressure. Both under inflated and over inflated tires will turn on your vehicles TPMS light. Your vehicles TPMS light is yellow and resembles a horseshoe with an explanation point in the middle. It’s found on the instrument cluster of your vehicle and can be seen when you turn on your key. If your TPMS Light is on check your tire pressures and reset the TPMS light if necessary. Information regarding your TPMS system can be found in the vehicles owner’s manual.
Get Your Tires In Katy
YHS Automotive Service Center is a full service tire center. Our staff will help you select the proper tire for you and your vehicle. We not only sell a wide variety of name brand tires, we repair flats, Service TPMS Systems and perform wheel alignments.
From maintenance to tires for sale, YHS Automotive center offers both the service and tires Houston locals need to keep on rolling. Call us at 281-944-9750 to get a free estimate today!