How often should I get my wheels aligned?
Common conditions like potholes, driving on dirt roads, hitting the curb, or regular driving wear can affect your vehicle’s tire alignment, which can in turn affect the wear on your tires and your safety. Properly aligned wheels give optimal performance, proper fuel-efficiency, even tire wear, and provide cost savings in the long run. If it’s been awhile since your car has had a tire alignment, let us know and our experts can perform an alignment at your next oil change. If the conditions above sound similar to your regular driving circumstances, then it can be wise to get a tire alignment every other oil change to extend the life of your tires. Additionally, you will want to have an alignment performed if you purchase a new set of tires.
How long can I drive on a spare tire?
If you must drive on a spare tire, you should avoid driving more than 50 miles and should also never drive over 50 mph. Every situation is different, but getting your tire replaced or patched is a simple fix at Graff Chevrolet Okemos and should be done as soon as possible for your safety.
How do I know what my tire PSI should be?
Your vehicle’s recommended PSI (pounds per square inch of air pressure) is typically listed on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door, or can be found in the owner’s manual. However, you always want to refer to the specific PSI listed inside the door, and not the PSI listed on your vehicle’s tires. The PSI listed on your tires is the max PSI for that tire and inflating your tires to that level can change the handling characteristics of your vehicle, causing a potential decrease in the life of your tires. Recommended PSI is usually between 30 - 35 PSI for optimal tire performance and life. If you’re unsure about your vehicle's specific PSI measurements, consult our expert tire techs at Graff Chevrolet Okemos.
Why does my tire light go on when it's cold outside?
Cold air naturally compresses meaning the air in your tires will too. The sensors in your tires are designed to signal the tire light to go on when PSI measurement is below normal. So, when the air in your tires compresses in cold weather it causes the PSI measurement to decrease. This is why sometimes you’ll notice the light will go off during the day when air temperatures warm up. If your tire light is illuminated, you can bring your vehicle into our service center to ensure your tires are inflated to the optimal level. Having your tires properly inflated also means optimal fuel efficiency.
How do I know what kind of tires to buy for my vehicle?
If you’re replacing just one or two tires, you should match the new tires as close as possible to your current tires on your vehicle. If you need a full set of new tires, you can ask for the same brand that you had before. If you didn’t like the tires you previously had, or if you’re looking for the best available deal, we can help you explore the tire category types to find the right tires that fit your needs and the right size for your vehicle.
Why are tire alignments important?
Routine tire alignments are important because they ensure your tires remain perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other. This allows them to wear evenly and save you money in the long run. With the proper tire alignment and tire pressure you can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and you can drive confidently knowing you are safe because your vehicle won’t pull to one side or another.
How do I check my tire's tread?
An easy way to check your tires tread is by performing the trusted “Penny Test” as outlined below –
- Place a penny in the lowest tire tread grooves with Lincoln’s head pointing downward into the tire.
- Move the penny along the groove.
- If any part of Lincoln’s head is NOT covered by the tread it means that your tire’s tread is extremely worn and your tire may not be able to grip the road properly. If this is the case, you’ll want to have your tires inspected in our service center to evaluate whether you need to replace your tires.
When should I replace my tires?
There are many signs that indicate you may need to replace your tires. Any noticeable irregular or severe tread wear can be an indication of an overdue tire replacement. This can be caused by infrequent tire rotations or improper inflation. A simple way to test your tire’s tread at home is the popular “penny test” (Check out our FAQ on Tire Tread Testing for directions). Another sign you may need a tire replacement would be any abnormal bulges or cracks in the sidewall of the tire. This can indicate that the outside of your tire is weak and could result in a leak. Always remember, if you have any concern driving your vehicle in inclement weather, you should always have your tires checked by our team of experts.
Why is it important to have the correct tire air pressure?
Making sure that you have the correct air pressure in your tires can help you save on fuel, enhance your handling of the vehicle while driving, and help your tires last longer. If you aren’t sure of the correct air pressure for your tires, you can find the recommended level in your owner’s manual.
How often should I get my tires rotated?
We typically recommend that you rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or every other oil change – whichever comes first. If you neglect your tires, they may wear prematurely.
What is the main cause of damage to tires?
We recommend regularly checking the air pressure in your tires, as improper inflation is typically the main cause of tire damage. You can check the air pressure with a tire pressure gauge, or stop by our service center and we can check it for you.