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Tire Pressure

The automotive tire has come a long way since their invention in the late 1800's. The earliest tires looked more like a bicycle tire, they were thin and fragile. Today's modern tires can withstand severe temperatures and a variety of driving conditions such as off road driving, and freeway high speed driving.

The most important tire maintenance is appropriate tire inflation.

Under inflated tires could cause:

  • an increase in steering
  • skidding and poor control on turns
  • tires fail sooner
  • abnormal wear on outer edge of tread
  • damage to tire and rims
  • an increase in fuel consumption

Over inflated tires could cause:

  • less tread contact with the road
  • more road shock to the steering and suspension system
  • less comfortable ride
  • abnormal wear in center of the tread 

Tire pressure should be checked regularly, and is easy enough to do with a tire pressure gauge. Don't have a tire gauge? Then bring in your car to Polar Auto, and one of our techs will check the tire pressure for you! At this time our auto tech can check the manufacturers recommendations to determine how much air should be in your tires. A fairly common rule is that tire pressure depends on tire size.

Tire Rotation

An equally important tire maintenance is tire rotation. Many car manufacturers recommend rotating tires as early as 5,000 miles. Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles will help give them more of an even wear pattern thus stretching out your tire dollar investment. Depending on whether your car is front, rear, or all wheel drive can have an impact on how your tires wear and how they should be rotated. Essentially, tire rotation depends on tire wear. If you notice the tread on your tires wearing out on the inside tread, center tread, or the outer tread then tires should be rotated. The most common practice in tire rotation is to rotate tires so that they will not be in the same position throughout their lifetime. This type of rotation will force a more even wear among the tires, and will reduce tire noise

Check with your owners manual, or contact us at Polar Automotive and Radiator for professional advice on proper tire pressure, tire rotation, and tire alignment.


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