Chicago weather can be brutal, and your car’s tires will certainly take a beating. That doesn’t mean you have to shell out big bucks on a new set of tires year after year though.
Yes, eventually you’re going to need a new set of wheels, but at Milito’s Auto Repair, we believe there are a few simple steps you can add to your vehicle maintenance routine to extend the life of your tires, improve your overall ride, and be safer on the road.
Keep Your Vehicle’s Wheels in Alignment with Regular Maintenance Checks
If you live Chicago, IL or other places that experience extreme and changing weather conditions, you know the havoc potholes can wreak on your vehicle, which is why spring is the best time to get your alignment checked out at an auto repair shop. You can very well drive from point A to point B with a slightly misaligned car seemingly without issue, but misalignment can take a serious toll on your car.
Reduced Tire Lifespan, Increase Fuel Expenses, and the List Goes On
Misalignment can wear out your tires unevenly, reduce their life span, and increase fuel expenses. It forces your car, truck, or SUV to work harder than it normally would because of the uneven pressure between the tires. When your car is working harder than it should, the rest of it the vehicle is in danger of developing issues as well.
Allowing your tires to be misaligned can lead to deteriorating your drive shaft. Uneven tires tend to pull to one side, which can negatively affect your steering system and braking system. And down the line it goes. This doesn’t only mean racking up a repair bill, but it also means putting yourself and others in danger when you’re on the road.
Get Your Tires Regularly Rotated at Milito’s
Rotating your tires helps to ensure a longer tread life, better fuel economy, and a smoother ride. Most manufacturers recommend that tires be rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. That’s why every time you stop in for an oil change, our technicians rotate your tires as well, promoting even tread wear, improved gas mileage, increased tire performance, and a more comfortable ride.
Check the Tire Pressure Periodically
Maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires is one of the easiest ways to protect them from unnecessary wear and tear. The wrong air pressure can cause sluggish handling, increase stopping distance, increase wear and tear and heighten the risk of a blowout.
A car, truck, or SUV’s tire pressure will decrease about 1 psi (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit the outside air temperature drops. It also increases 1 psi for 10 degrees it rises. An 80-degree beautiful summer day, compared to a 10-degree frigid winter morning could result in drop of 7 psi in tire pressure – that’s a big deal. (Read more about how protect your car’s tires against Chicago winters here.)
During an oil change at Milito’s Auto Repair we also check your air pressure and fill tires as needed as a courtesy to you, because the last thing you want is to deal with a flat tire on the side of the road.
Following these tips will likely extend the life of your wheels, but when the inevitable does happen, don’t hesitate to bring your car, truck or SUV into Milito’s. From the latest in new tire technology to fixing a flat tire, our team will take care of your car quickly, without costing a small fortune.
We have expert technicians on duty 7-days a week ready to assist you, contact us today!