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How To Make Your Truck’s Tires Last Longer

Tires are made out of rubber and black carbon is added to strengthen the qualities of the tires and make them last longer. If you drive a truck, then you know that replacing tires can be expensive. The first step is to know the tire size that you need to buy to fit your truck. Consider the type of driving you do during the winter. If you live in a climate where there is frequent snow, then you will need to purchase an all season tire.

Tire Pressure

Maintain your new tires by reading the tire pressure when they are cold. For example, read the tire pressure when your truck has not been driven over the past few hours. Make sure you inflate your truck tires to the proper PSI recommended by the tire manufacturer. In a new vehicle, this information is often located on the driver’s side door panel. The information may also be inside your owner’s manual. If you have purchased replacement tires, then follow the new manufacturer’s recommendations.

Most vehicle tires lose up to two pounds of air pressure in one month. It is a myth that deflating tires in the wintertime will increase traction. The opposite actually occurs, and you lose more traction on the road. Tires without enough pressure also waste gas and increases wear and tear. Purchase a portable tire gauge and keep it in your glove compart. Many pump stations do not have accurate pressure gauges so it is best to use your own.

Tire Tread

Check the tire tread on your truck at least once a month. A popular way to gauge the tread is to use a penny inside the gap in the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing towards the tire. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, then you will need to purchase new tires. A partial obstruction or fully covered Lincoln’s head means that your tire tread is at an acceptable level for driving safely.

Tire Rotations

You should keep your tires rotated every 8,000 miles to keep the wear evenly on all four tires. Look for signs of misalignment that include extreme differences in wearing on one tire versus the other ones. This can also be a sign of wheel balance issues and needs immediate attention at your local tire shop. When you purchase new tires for your truck, look for promotions that offer free wheel balancing for the life of your tires. Worn tires are a road hazard and may interfere with your ability to drive safely.

New Tires

It is recommended that you take it easy on your tires for the first 500 miles after purchase. Avoid potholes and debris in the road to prevent damaging your tires. These road obstructions can cause internal damage to your tires that you simply cannot see until the damage is great. Do not overload your tires by trying to pull heavy loads during the first 500 miles of your new tires. Heavy weight on your tires cause them to overheat and degrade the rubber much faster. Winter tires should be removed at the end of the season. Even if non-studded tires are all-season, you should switch to a smoother tire during the spring and summer months.

Tire Care

Wash your tires with mild soap without solvents to avoid damaging the rubber. Make sure you remove the soap completely during the rinse. Keep your tires balanced to ensure even wear. If you notice that your tires are riding uneven, first check to see if there are any obstructions inside the tread such as mud or other debris. If there is nothing on your tire, then you will need to visit the tire shop immediately for a proper balance.

Start a habit of checking your tires every time you pump gas. This is the best way to stay on top of potential problems that can result in having to replace your tires early. Purchasing new tires is expensive and often unavoidable by following simple maintenance tasks that cost nothing. Maintain good driving habits to keep your tires at their best. Do not make frequent starts and stops that overheat your tires.

Skidding to a halt and peeling out are two ways to quickly damage your new tires. Most tires come with a warranty, but if they are not maintained properly, then the warranty will not cover them. Store winter tires away from the sun and in a cool, dry place such as the garage. Make sure your tires are fully inflated before they are stored.

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