Tire Maintenance, Demystified

Your car’s tires are essential to its safety and performance. They can also be expensive to replace if they suffer extra wear and tear. Some simple steps like maintaining correct air pressure, getting regular tire rotations and wheel alignment, and checking the condition of the treads can help to optimize their performance. It’s a good idea to schedule regular tire and wheel maintenance tasks along with oil changes, at your local auto shop or at the Nissan Juke service center in Santa Ana.


Air pressure

Tire air pressure must be maintained at the level recommended by the manufacturers. The right level can be found listed for each vehicle on the side of the door when it is open. In general, auto techs will do a complimentary check for you when you take your car in for an oil change. It helps to keep in mind that in cold weather, tire air pressure tends to decrease on its own. The reverse happens in hot weather.



Worn treads are a safety risk, since the tires can no longer grip the road surface. This can be dangerous in ordinary driving, since it also reduces the effectiveness of braking. A visual inspection may not be very helpful, but the penny test used to check the condition of the treads is helpful. Inserting a penny upside down into the tread is used to measure its depth. If all of Lincoln’s head can be seen, the treads are too shallow and need to be replaced. If the face is fully covered, the treads are in good shape.


Tire Rotation

Tire rotation makes sure that all four tires get worn evenly. Ideally, this should be done regularly along with every oil change. This is necessary to maintain the condition of the tires, and also for safe driving. If the tires are worn unevenly, the vehicle handling becomes uncertain. The intervals at which tire rotations should be done depend on the mileage covered and vary for each vehicle. The manufacturer’s recommendation can be found in the owner’s’ manual.


Wheel alignment

Bad roads and pothole bumps can cause the car wheels to go out of alignment. This results in extra wear and tear on the tires, and may harm the steering and suspension as well. Wheel alignment is part of the regular maintenance tasks that should be performed about every 6,000 miles. This means that it can be done along with every other oil change. Wheels are aligned when they are perfectly parallel with each other and perpendicular to the ground.


Tire and wheel maintenance are essential to your vehicle’s safety. Scheduling these tasks along with routine oil changes makes sure they don’t get forgotten.

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