Your car's tires can suffer damage from rough roads or from going off-road. The tires are the only part of your vehicle physically touching the ground, and if you neglect to
maintain them, you may find your ride experience and fuel economy compromised. You may even be at risk of a blowout on the freeway or getting stuck on the roadside.
Because the tires and wheel rims can wear down at different rates, routine maintenance ensures everything is optimized.
If you think you need to book tire service in the Jersey City area, call the New Jersey State Auto Used Cars Service Department Text Us at (201) 200-1100.
For now, read below as our team shares what tasks we can handle and some maintenance advice that can lengthen the life of your vehicle's tires.
The most frequent part of tire care is checking and maintaining the correct tire pressure. You can find the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) levels for the tires in your owner’s manual and usually on a sticker on one of the door jambs. Under mild weather and the average daily commute, it's generally wise to check each tire's pressure once a month or more, but this can vary significantly because of the weather and how often you drive. Tires lose air pressure over time, even if you don't drive for weeks.
At New Jersey State Auto Used Cars, we ensure you'll drive away with the perfect PSI on all the tires, including the spare. Beyond checking the PSI, we can also help confirm whether the treads or sidewalls have any issues or if other factors affect the tires.
Your vehicle's tires are the crucial link between your car and the ground, and the tread helps anchor the rubber on the pavement as you drive. If it's not deep enough, your automobile will lose traction and, on a hard brake, may take more distance to stop. Shallow tire grooves can also make it harder to control the car over puddles, raising the risk of aquaplaning.
To protect your safety, check each tire's tread depth as part of periodic vehicle maintenance. New tires typically have a tread depth of 8 to 9 millimeters or 5/16 to 11/32 inches. If a tire's tread depth is less than 1.6 millimeters or 1/16 of an inch, get some new tires and book affordable installation service and checkups with New Jersey State Auto.
It's wise to rotate the tires onto different wheels after a set number of miles to prevent uneven tire wear, giving you a smoother, safer ride. Routine tire rotation can also help you save money because it extends the life of the tires.
For many vehicles, particularly those with front-wheel drive, the front tires wear down sooner and can benefit if you switch them with the back tires, often in a diagonal pattern. Keep in mind that you can also rotate the spare tire onto one of the regular wheel positions. If you aren't sure about the right way to rotate your vehicle's tires, our team would be happy to help.
You can extend the lifespan of your car's tires with the help of proper wheel alignment. When the wheels aren't perfectly straight and level with the ground, the tires won't be either. The rubber may begin to wear unevenly, causing some tires to perform worse and require changing sooner.
If you notice unusual tire wear or your car pulls to one side or the other when you're driving straight, it's probably time to schedule a wheel alignment. Otherwise, you'll continue to face a worsened ride quality and get a shorter lifespan out of the tires and suspension parts.
It's typically best to schedule wheel alignments at the same time as a tire replacement service to ensure that each new tire is in the best position for longevity and performance quality. Book an appointment with our service center if you notice any unusual vibrations or if the steering doesn't feel right.
Our team is happy to give you all the advice you need to protect your car's tires. For example, if you regularly tow, carry payloads, or traverse off-road paths, you might need to complete certain maintenance tasks sooner. We'll guide you toward whatever maintenance schedule fits the manufacturer's recommendations for your vehicle and saves you money. Always refer to the owner’s manual before replacing or servicing your tires, and heed the manufacturer's advice on what replacement tires to install. Other tips include the following:
⦁ If you want a new tire size or style, make sure it fits your vehicle. Our experts can clarify if the tires you want would work and offer alternatives.
⦁ Check the PSI of all the tires, including the spare, at least once a month.
⦁ Don't forget to use the spare if needed and check and replace it when worn.
⦁ Drive defensively and avoid hard turns or braking to maximize the tire tread lifespan.
Finally, we advise against mounting tires yourself if you don't have the right tools and experience. Poor mounting can cause the tires to slip from the wheel rims, lose pressure, or blow out against obstacles such as potholes. Feel free to get in touch with us if you're new to tire maintenance and aren't sure where to begin.
It's important to properly maintain your vehicle's tires to get the most out of them, preventing damage and early replacement. These tasks might seem complex, but a few convenient visits to our service center per year should have you covered. Call Us: NJ State Auto Used Cars Service Department at (201) 200-1100.
If you're looking to purchase a used vehicle in Jersey City at superior pricing and with fast, friendly service, you should always remember New Jersey State Auto Used Cars. What's more, whether your vehicle needs regular maintenance or urgent tire service, we're just as dependable and competitively priced. No matter your needs, we're your one-stop automotive shop.