Tires are one of the most important vehicle components, especially considering the fact that they are the only part of your car to come in contact with the road. You should regularly inspect your tires for wear and tear, and you should also keep an eye on tire pressure. Proper tire maintenance can not only extend the life of your tires, but it can also extend the life of your car.
Inspect your tires at least once every three months. Look for uneven wear, bald patches, bulges, or cracking. These can all be signs that you need new tires. You should also keep an eye on tire age—after about five years, rubber can begin to degrade. Even if your car sat in storage, old tires can still go bad.
You should also check the tread depth, or wear. Flip a penny upside down and stick it in the middle of the tread. If you see above Abe’s head, you need new tires. The trained technicians at Wantagh Mazda also have special tools to check your tires as well.
Here at Wantagh Mazda we also have a massive selection of tires. The most common type is an all-season tire, something that’ll work year round. However, there are tons of other tires to choose from. Here are just a few:
Winter tires have special compounds to prevent them from getting hard in cold weather. They also grip better, but they wear out easier in warm climates.
Summer tires are made for hot weather. They won’t wear out on hot asphalt, and they can withstand high temperatures.
All-terrain tires are for those who love to go off road. These tires have thick treads and thick walls to grip harsh terrain.
Truck tires are for those who haul heavy loads. You’ll need special tires if you plan on putting thousands of pounds of pressure on your wheels.
Performance tires let you drive at high speeds without any problems.
These are just some of the many tire types to choose from.