Tire maintenance is simple yet important. A good habit to build is to take five minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare. If properly cared for, tires can last a long time — usually from 40,000 to 80,000 miles.
Check your tire pressures
at least once a month and keep all four tires inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. This information can be found in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s door jamb.
Rotate the tires
Fit 4WD and AWD vehicles with matching tires
Finally, follow the PART acronym to make sure your tires are safe, efficient and in good repair.
Over- and underinflation are the leading causes of tire failure. Check the inside of your car’s driver door for proper pressure.
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a repair shop check the alignment periodically.
Next, regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle’s owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000 miles.
Advanced wear can keep tires from gripping the road. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low spots, unusually smooth areas, or damage.
Whether you need routine service or a full set of new tires, AAA Car Care Plus facilities are conveniently located throughout Columbus to meet your needs. Learn more, shop tires and schedule an appointment at AAA.com/CarCare.