If you remember back to your elementary school years, the song Wheels on the Bus describes the primary function of tires: “The wheels on the bus go round and round …” The tires and wheels are an essential system on your Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, or Ram vehicle which needs to be serviced on a regular basis.
To help you learn about the different types of tire services and when you should have them performed, our service technicians have prepared the following “tire basics.”
The tire pressure is the amount of air in the tire. Maintaining the proper pressure ensures the tires wear evenly. It is recommended to check the tire pressure at least once a month, as changes in temperature can cause the pressure to change. Your service technician is happy to help you check the tire pressure or let you know the right amount to keep in your tires.
TIP: Always check the tire pressure after driving for a short distance after the air inside has warmed up.
The tire tread helps the tire grip the road to maintain control of the vehicle in all types of driving conditions and weather. The tire loses its effectiveness when the tread is worn away. This increases risks of accidents, as well as potential sliding, skidding, and longer stopping distances.
The tread depth needs to be checked on a regular basis to verify the tire is wearing evenly. All gaps in between each tread section need to be checked about every three to six months.
If you notice the steering wheel and steering column shaking or the entire vehicle is shaking while in motion, your tires are out of balance. Driving with unbalanced tires is dangerous. Tire balancing uses different weights to ensure proper tread wear and keep vibrations to a minimum.
TIP: Tires should be balanced anytime you get new ones or whenever they are rotated.
Rotating the tires from front to back helps promote proper tire wear and increases the useful lifespan of your tires. On front wheel drive vehicles, the tread will wear faster on the front tires, whereas, on rear wheel drive vehicles, the tread wears faster on the rear tires.
TIP: Rotate tires every six months or 6,000 miles.
Spare Tire Maintenance
Do not overlook your spare tire. If you have a full-size spare tire, include it in your tire rotations so it is worn evenly like the other tires. If you have a donut—the small temporary tire—have the air pressure checked anytime you bring your vehicle in for any type of service.
Wheel/Front End Alignment
If your vehicle pulls to the left or right, it means it is out of alignment. Improper alignment will cause uneven tire tread wear. Remember to have your service technician check the alignment at least once every six months.
Maintaining the wheels and tires is not difficult when you stop by our service department at our Dodge dealership in Indianapolis, here at Community Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, & Ram. Call our service department at 765-342-5000 to make an appointment today!