What You Should Know About Replacing The Tires On Your Vehicle

Tires are an essential part of your vehicle for several reasons, and they can significantly affect how the car handles while you are driving. Tires that are underinflated, overinflated, or damaged in some way can make the vehicle dangerous and unmanageable at high speeds. Knowing when new tires are necessary and what you need to do to maintain them is critical—and not as challenging as many people might think.

Tire Inspections

You can look over your tires from time to time or have a service tech do it when you take your car in for maintenance. When you inspect the tires, you need to check and adjust the air pressure, check the tread and sidewalls for damage, and look for worn spots that might indicate a tire is over or underinflated. 

It's often necessary to put new tires on your car when the old ones are damaged. However, they must be installed correctly so they are adequately inflated, balanced perfectly, and the right size tire. Checking the required tire size for your vehicle is simple and an excellent place to start. 

The tire size and inflation requirements that the vehicle manufacturer suggests are printed on a decal inside the driver's door frame. The information is also published in your vehicle owner's manual that came with the car or truck, can be found online, or is available from the local car dealership's service department.

Replacing The Tires

Once you decide to install new tires on your car or truck, it is essential that you use the best tire that your budget allows. Higher quality tires often come with better warranties and more extended tread wear ratings, so while than can cost more upfront, they usually last longer than low-cost alternatives.

You may find deals and sales when you go to the tire shop, but ask the salesperson to explain the differences between the tires at the different price points. In some cases, the construction of the lower-priced tire may use fewer layers of rubber or a non-standard belt configuration that allows more tire flex, adversely affecting the vehicle's handling and wearing out faster than other brands. 

When selecting the best tire option for your situation, be sure to have the tires balanced to ensure they ride and wear as smoothly as possible. The shop installing the new tires on your car can also handle rotating them later to provide the best life for them, so ask the associate if free rotation and inspection are included in the purchase. 

Between service intervals, you can check the tire pressure yourself if something feels off or bring the car in for a check early. The shop can do a quick visual inspection for you, and if there is a problem, this is often the best way to catch a defect on a new tire or a problem with the installation.