If you would like to learn more about proper tire maintenance, then you’ll want to read this article. The tires on a vehicle are probably one of the most important items to pay attention to, but for many, they are the one item on an automobile that we fail to maintain the most. In this article we will discuss Wheel alignment, Wheel balance, Tire rotation and Tire air pressure. After reading this article you should be able to properly maintain your tires which will significantly increase the safety and performance of your vehicle. We will first talk about the importance of wheel alignment.
It is true that more expensive tires are made to last longer, however it is also true that things do happen even with the most expensive and highest quality tires as well. As an example, how many people do you know who have had a nail in their tire? Or perhaps that has happened to you. I know I have had it happen a handful of times throughout my life, and I have been driving for more than 20 years now.
The ideal caster and toe alignment settings will give even tire pressures all across the tread. This can be determined in the same way as the optimum tire pressure. You’ll never get the tire temperatures perfectly even, but the best you can do is the best you can do, which is the point of the exercise. What works best will vary from car to car depending on camber curves, body roll, ride height and other factors.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Tire failure is directly linked to crashes, injuries, and deaths. Anyone who has experienced a blow-out on the highway knows just how dangerous a tire failure can be. Under-inflated tires run hotter and flex more than properly inflated tires, greatly increasing the chances of tread separation and sidewall rupture.
There are many factors that can effect your tire inflation. Some of these factors include the outside temperature, and the driving style you subject your tires to. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers stresses in their press release that just because this new warning light will be standard on all 2008 vehicles it does not replace standard preventive maintenance measures you should take as a driver. You should still check the air pressure in your tires on a regular basis with a tire pressure gauge.
There is only one way for you to decide if nitrogen makes a difference in your tires and that is to give it a try. Visit a service provider in your area that offers nitrogen inflation. Most of these places will charge you a very small fee to fill your tires. Drive on them for a while and see if you notice a difference in drivability and handling. Check your tire pressure periodically to determine whether or not you are able to maintain proper pressure for a longer period of time. You may be surprised to find that nitrogen makes a big difference in fuel efficiency and tire longevity.