Caring For Your Vehicle's Tires

Toyota Tire Care

Tire Care Tips

With all the consideration that is given to the body and moving parts of your car, sometimes tire maintenance can be forgotten. Here are a few tips to help you extend the life of your tires, and save you a small fortune in the process:

Monitor Your Tire Pressure

This is the most basic thing you can do when taking care of your tires, and it really doesn't require a lot of effort. Tire pressure tends to drop as the cold weather moves in, and properly inflated tires are better at dealing with inclement weather, so make sure you keep an eye on this.

Routinely Schedule Wheel Balances

Your wheels are lined with weights that are evenly distributed around your wheel's circumference. Over time and with consistent usage, these weights will start to shift and your wheels will be off balance.

Buy Tires in Sets of 4

This is good advice, especially if you have a car with 4-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive. Tread wear is something to keep an eye on, and if your front wheels are not as fresh as your back wheels or vice-versa, you run the risk of one of them blowing out. Different brake thresholds and poor handling are also concerns that stem from uneven tread wear.

Check Alignment

This is very important if you run into any unexpected turbulence while you are on the road. Anything from small bumps and potholes to fender benders and serious accidents can damage your car's suspension, which works in tandem with your tires. Suspension damage affect your tire alignment, which could cause awkward friction between your tires and the road, resulting in uneven or accelerated tread wear.


There are a number of other minor things that you can do to care for your tires and wheels, and they usually start with how you drive. Naturally, the faster you accelerate from a stop, the quicker your tread is going to burn, so be sure to take it easy on the gas.
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