Tires were originally invented to improve comfort for bike and early automobile riders. Today, while still vastly improving comfort, tires are an important safety feature for cars. To keep your tires in their best condition, car owners should get them checked regularly as part of their regular maintenance at the Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego service department. For tire services in San Diego, schedule an appointment online now.
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When you get your tires checked, we’ll look at a few different components of your tires, including the following:
We’ll look for swelling, cracks, blisters, and blemishes. These should be uniform all the way around, but can get damaged if the proper air pressure isn’t maintained, or if the tire is failing. If we don’t see any of these signifiers, the tire is good to keep.
We’ll check the depth of available tread on each of your tires. Having the proper amount of tread ensures you’ll have good traction in all weather conditions. With “bald tires” (low or no tread), you’ll be more likely to slip and slide, especially in poor weather conditions, like rain or snow. We’ll also look for anything puncturing the tire, such as nails or screws.
We’ll use a pressure gauge to check the Psi of your tires. Psi stands for “per square inch.” Your tires have a recommended tire pressure branded on the side wall near the wheel, and we’ll make sure to fill them to those specifications. Maintaining proper air pressure prevents damage to the sidewall. It will also ensure that your wheels stay in alignment, the tires wear evenly, and you’ll be much less likely to have tire failure.
We’ll check to see if the wear on your tires is even. If they’re worn unevenly, it could be a sign that you’re in need of a wheel alignment. When your wheels are misaligned, you’ll experience drifting and pulling when your steering wheel is straight. It’s dangerous to you and other drivers on the road, especially in the event of a collision.
Getting your tires checked regularly is an important step to avoiding tire failure. It will ensure your safety, the safety of other drivers, and maintain the overall health of your car. To avoid tire failure, we recommend checking tire pressure if your tires look like they’re bulging near the bottom. You should get your wheels aligned at the Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego service department every 6,000 miles or so, to prevent uneven wear.
Be sure to check your owner’s manual for a specific requirements for your tires, since they’re all a little different. And remember to never drive on a flat tire. Doing so can cause serious damage to your sidewall. If you get a flat, pull to the side of the road before performing a tire change. If you can’t do it yourself, you can have it towed to our service department, and we’ll be able to help you find a solution.
At Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego, we want to make sure all of our customers are safe and happy, that’s why we make it as easy as we can for you to get your car serviced quickly and efficiently. With online service scheduling, a complimentary “World Class Inspection,” and a comfortable waiting room with a café, free Wi-Fi, and big screen TV, you’ll be taken care of like family at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego service department.