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How to Maximize your Tire Life

By Mike Romeo

Tires are one of the largest expenses the consumer faces when maintaining your vehicle. Here are 5 tips on how to get the maximum life out of your tires.

1. Maintain proper tire inflation pressure: Tires that are underinflated by 20% will reduce tire life by as much as 16%. Using real numbers, a car’s tires that are underinflated by 6 psi will cause a 60,000-mile tire to last only 50,000 miles. Since tires are porous, they constantly lose air pressure, which must be replenished regularly. Temperature changes also have an effect; a 10-degree Fahrenheit change in temperature will result in a 2-psi difference in tire pressure.

2. Rotate your tires regularly: Tires wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle. To keep all tires wearing evenly and to maximize tread life, they must be rotated at regular intervals. Industry recommendation is to rotate your tires every 2nd oil change (about 10,000km).

3. Check alignment regularly: Alignment of the steering tires affects tire life, as does total alignment (front to rear). Road hazards can knock a vehicle out of alignment quickly and unknowingly, and therefore total wheel alignments should be performed every 30,000km.

4. Replace worn components immediately: Almost every part of a vehicle exhibits some level of wear over time, and much of that wear can affect tire life. Shock absorbers, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, springs, and ball joints are a few common wear items influencing alignment and tire life.

5. Reduce top speeds when driving: According to Tire Industry Association (TIA), the relationship between wear and speed is linear. The faster a tire goes, the more heat it retains and the faster it wears.

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