Tire problems are not always obvious and are sometimes difficult to diagnose.
The first step is prevention of future tire problems by taking proper maintenance steps when they are new, the most important being tire pressure.
Tire pressure should be checked a minimum of once a month and inflation should be set to the manufacturers recommendation on the tire or the vehicle which can be found on most cars on a sticker inside the drivers door.
By the way, it will not cause any harm to mix standard air with nitrogen popularly used in some tires today. Best to have your tires at proper inflation than worry about keeping pure nitrogen in those tires. Any benefit lost will be negligible.
Inspect your tires
You should also inspect your tires when doing the inflation check for unusual tread wear, or sidewall defects such as cuts, bulges, ripples, cracks or separation.
Uneven tread wear could indicate a misalignment, over or under inflation, or a tire construction defect.
Vibration is nearly always a tire or wheel problem that could have many possible causes. If your car develops a vibration, it is a good idea to have it serviced as soon as possible, as it could result if it hasn’t already in severe tire damage.
Your tire tread is used up and your tires need to be replaced if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head on a penny, or not below 2/32″ when placed inside the tire tread. Also, if you tires are 5 years old or older regardless of tread wear, they may need to be replaced. Have them inspected by a qualified technician.
Get the most out of your tire life by maintaining them monthly and then bring your car or truck to RT Clapp if your tires show damage or your vehicle develops a vibration, or your steering pulls to one side or the other. This could be a tire or alignment problem or both.
Many cars today don’t have a spare tire, so if a tire goes down, you may need to have your car towed for tire service. Give the folks at Quality Towing a call at 865-483-8605. Ask them to tow your vehicle to RT Clapp in Oak Ridge. We’ll fix or replace your defective tire(s) and get you back on the road.
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