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When it's time to replace your tires, a lot of thoughts may run through your head. You have to budget for the costs, set aside time for the installation, and decide on which tire is best for your vehicle. At the McCluskey Chevrolet tire shop, we make all three of those aspects of tire replacement simple and easy. We offer a fair price, get you back on the road quicker, and give you our expert opinion on which tires will keep your vehicle safe and on the road longer. For Cincinnati car tires, McCluskey Chevrolet is the best place to go, no matter your vehicle's make and model. In addition to providing you with excellent tires and customer service, we want to help you get the most life out of your tires. The more educated you are about tire maintenance, the types of tires, and when to replace your tires, the easier you can plan and make decisions.
Your car's tires endure a lot of wear and tear throughout the life of the vehicle. Every time you hit the road, your tires are under a lot of pressure, not to mention if there are hazardous driving conditions! The point is, if you don't take care of your car's tires, you will be replacing them far too often, and no one wants to spend extra time and money if they don't have to. There are a few areas you can constantly be aware of that will help extend the life of your tires.
Proper air pressure in your tires is crucial to the life of the tires. Inflating them too much or too little will lead to uneven wear and could even cause a flat tire. Many vehicles have automatic gauges and will alert you when your tire pressure gets low, but it's a good idea to measure them yourself once a month. Need help with finding the correct amount of air pressure? Check your vehicle's owner manual or talk with our staff during your next service visit.
One of the easiest ways to maintain your tires involves no extra work for you. Simply schedule a tire rotation the next time you drop by the McCluskey Chevrolet service department for an oil change or routine maintenance. Tire rotation helps even out the wear patterns on all four tires. Check with your owner's manual for how often you should have your tires rotated, but always know our technicians can guide you on what's best for your vehicle.
There are quite a few tires on the market for everyday passenger vehicles. To the untrained eye, they can look all the same. Here are the types of car tires you should be aware of and consider which one will work best with your vehicle and lifestyle.
All-Season Tires: These tires work best when you live in an area that has a mild winter. All-season tires can handle typical wet and dry weather, including the occasional light snowfall. All-season touring tires give better handling and lower noise, but all-season passenger tires last longer and provide a smoother ride.
Summer Tires: Summer tires are perfect for vehicles that live in warmer climates and don't deal with harsh winters. These tires can excel at handling the typical wet and dry road conditions that you would see in the summertime, but they perform poorly in colder weather.
Winter Tires: For those who spend a lot of time in cold climates and frequently encounter snow and icy road conditions, winter tires are the best option. The treads and tire material are crafted to give you superior grip and traction in ice and snow. However, they have reduced performance in warm weather.
All-Weather Tires: Not to be confused with all-season tires, all-weather tires are intended to provide year-round service in areas with moderate winter weather. While not as capable as a dedicated winter tire, an all-weather tire can safely handle ice and snow without sacrificing dry-weather performance.
Performance Tires: These are a subset of summer tires. Just like the name suggests, performance tires give you a faster and better handling experience while driving. The treads are designed to get more traction and contact with the road in good weather, but they are usually more expensive, and some of the higher-performance versions don't do well in wet weather.
All-Terrain and Mud-Terrain Tires: These tires go perfectly with vehicles that are designed for off-roading. The deep treads provide more traction, which is absolutely necessary for off-road excursions. All-terrain tires are typically offered for trucks and performance SUVs.
With everyone's unique driving habits, different tire types, and varying road conditions, there isn't a set time or mileage for when you should replace your tires. Instead, tires need to be replaced based on their condition. Whenever you bring your car into McCluskey Chevrolet for routine service, we can give you an estimate for your remaining tire life and when to start thinking about replacement. There are some things to watch out for that you must keep an eye on yourself since you see your vehicle every day.
Keep track of your tire's tread depth. Many people use a penny to measure tread depth because if the tread doesn't cover Lincoln's head, you have about 2/32" of remaining tread depth. While this can be a great visual reminder to check your tires, you shouldn't rely on this alone. It's not dry road conditions that demand deep tread - it's in bad weather that you rely on the tread for traction, control, and braking. So while your current tire tread might work fine on dry roads, is it sufficient for less than desirable road conditions? Bottom line, once your tires get to about 4/32" of remaining tread depth, talk to our team at McCluskey Chevrolet to start considering and planning for new tires.