Tire Repair Sodus, NY
Maintaining tire condition is critical to the integrity and safety of a vehicle. Whether you have a Ram hauling a 10-foot trailer, a Jeep plowing through mud-filled trails, or a 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger R/T trying to get its best lap time, the rubber shoes that glue your car to the road matter a lot.
To ensure that their vehicles are operating in prime condition while avoiding dangers or problems that can create costly repairs, Sodus, Wayne County, and Webster drivers must remember to keep up with these five tire care services.
Checking Tread Wear
Tread wear occurs naturally every time you drive. Under normal conditions, this wear still allows tires to last up to 50,000 miles or 10 years with good maintenance.
But not everybody drives in normal conditions. Certain tread wear patterns can tell you important things about your car:
Heavy driving wear: Tread worn below 1/16 inch before 50,000 miles
Underinflation: Excess tread wear on sides of tread (pattern should be roughly even under normal conditions)
Overinflation: Excess tread wear on center of tread
Alignment or Balance Problems: Tread wearing differently on right side than left side
Damage: Blistering, cracks, or unusual wear patterns
You could also use the classic penny test. Insert a penny into the tread with Abraham Lincoln facing you and upside down. No hair should be showing above his forehead. If you can see the top of his head, your tires are dangerously low.Most tires have an arrow-shaped indicator that can help you assess the wear, which should be at least 1/16 inch above the arrow.
Buying Appropriate Tires for Your Vehicle
Manufacturers recommend specific tires for your vehicle model for good reason. The vehicles were tested using those tires, so manufacturers can predict performance and safety based on that data. Tires not made specifically for your model can cause issues with braking, acceleration, traction control, and other systems, not to mention that they will likely wear out faster.
Always consult with a certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram tire center to ensure that you get the tires you need.
Tire wear patterns inevitably affect front tires differently than rear ones. To maintain maximum performance and tire life, rotating the wheels every 5,000 to 7,000 miles is highly recommended.
Winter and All-Weather Tires
Living right next to Lake Ontario means that Sodus gets an average of 96 inches of snowfall every year. Driving without the right type of seasonal tires-or at least chains-in that weather is extremely unsafe.
Sodus, Wayne County, and Webster drivers should always outfit their Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, or Ram with siped or studded tires in winter to maintain traction and performance. They can also use all-weather tires, although these are generally less effective in heavy snow.
Tire Service Identifies Problems Before They Occur
Keep up with the above-mentioned services while looking for issues with brakes, alignment, or suspension issues with regular tire services at Lessord CDJR.
Book your appointment at our certified tire center today.