How often should I get my wheels aligned?
Alignments should be performed when you get new tires or every other oil change. Anything like potholes, dirt roads, and regular driving wear can affect your vehicle’s alignment. By getting your wheels aligned routinely, your car will perform better and longer. You can even increase your fuel-efficiency. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your wheels aligned, we suggest making an appointment soon.
How long can I drive on a spare tire?
Spare tires cannot perform the same as regular tires. You should never drive over 50mph on a spare, or over 50 miles. At Graff Bay City we can patch you tire or get it replaced quickly so you can be back on the road safely in no time.
How do I know what my tire PSI should be?
PSI stands for pounds per square inch of air pressure. You can find your vehicle’s recommended PSI on the inside of your driver door or in the owner’s manual. Never go by the PSI that’s on you tires, because that is the max PSI the tire can hold. If you’re unsure about your tire pressure, give us a call and our tire experts at Graff Bay City can help you out.
Why does my tire pressure light go off when it’s cold outside?
Cold weather compresses the air in your tires and can cause your sensor to go off. A lot of times you might notice that in the morning your light will be on and during the day it will be off. That’s because the air has warmed up through the afternoon. If your tire pressure light turns on, you can always bring your vehicle into our service center and we’ll check your PSI to make sure you’re good to go.
How do I know which tires to buy?
When replacing one or two tires you should always get the same tires that you already have on your vehicle so they all match. If you’re replacing all of your tires you have two options. You can either get the same brand that you had before, or you can ask the tire experts at Graff Bay City what they recommend for your vehicle. It’s important that you find the right tires for your vehicle that meet your driving needs.
Why are tire alignments important?
Tire alignments ensure that your tires remain perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. By having your tires aligned properly your tires will wear evenly, saving you money in the long run. By routinely performing tire alignments and checking your tire pressure, you’ll improve you car’s fuel-efficiency and drive safely on the road.
When should my tires be replaced?
There are a number of signs to look for if you’re thinking about replacing your tires. Look for warning signs like major tread wear, irregular tread wear, abnormal bulges, or cracks in the sidewall. To check your treads, you can use the “penny test” (Check the next FAQ). Another important factor you may want to consider is the traction you get in snowy and icy conditions. If you don’t feel safe driving in these weather conditions it would be beneficial to invest in winter tires.
How can I check my tire’s tread?
There’s a very easy and quick way to test your tires’ tread and it’s called the “Penny Test”. Here are the instructions:
- Place a penny in the lowest tire groove with Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tire.
- Move the penny along the groove.
- If any part of Lincoln’s head in NOT covered that means you tire’s tread is worn too much and you don’t have the proper grip you need on the road. If this happens you should being your car in to get your tires inspected and replaced.
Why is it important to have the right tire pressure?
Having the right air pressure in your tires helps your vehicle perform at its best. With the right air pressure, your car will handle much better, your tires will last longer, and it can help you save on fuel.
How often should I get my tires rotated?
An average rule for getting your tires rotated is every 6,000 miles or every other oil change. If you don’t get your tires rotated they can wear unevenly.
What is the main cause of tire damage?
A number of things can cause tire damage, but the most common one is improper inflation. You can check your inflation with a tire gauge, which we recommend keeping in your glove box at all times.