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We are all happy that gas prices have remained fairly low, but you can save even more money with this one simple car maintenance tip. KEEP YOUR TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED!
Improper tire inflation is one of the most neglected vehicle maintenance items for motorists. In fact – in a recent survey – the Rubber Manufactures Association states that only 19% of vehicle owners properly check the tire pressure. Yet – according to the Department of Energy – properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by around 3.3 percent and save 9 cents per gallon at the gas pump! That could add up to a lot of money over a year’s time.
Tire pressure should be checked at least once per month. The best time to check the tire inflation is when the vehicle has been sitting for a while. Driving heats up the tire and expands the air pressure and could give you a false reading. Today’s vehicles are all equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). The TPMS will alert you if the tires are not set to proper inflation.
In addition, keeping your tires properly inflated will keep the tires from wearing out prematurely. Nobody likes spending money on new tires.
The proper tire inflation for your particular vehicle can usually be found on the placard on the driver’s side door jamb, or in your vehicle owner’s manual.
It’s fairly easy to check the tire pressure yourself, but please feel free to stop by any Sullivan Tire location and we’ll be happy to check them for you free of charge. We have 68 locations spread across New England, and our technicians are always willing to give your tires a quick check.
How often do you check the air pressure in your tires?
Remember to Play Your PART this winter with your tires! Winter in New England can be especially harsh on your vehicle. Your tires can benefit from you playing your PART:
- P: Check your air pressure early and often. Maintaining proper air inflation is crucial to getting the most out of your tires.
- A: Proper wheel alignment. Have your alignment checked 1-2 times a year or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road.
- R: Tire rotations. Regularly rotating your tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Most tire rotations are every 5,000 – 7,000 miles, unless your vehicle’s owners manual specifies differently.
- T: Check your tread. A tread depth gauge is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires. If your tread depth is at 2/32″ or lower in depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers this the end of a tire’s useful life and should be replaced.
If your tires do need replacing, please check out the our specials page for exclusive tire savings offer and use our tire search by clicking here. To speak with our tire experts, you may use our chat option on our homepage or call (855) 592-8473.
Have you taken the time to winterize your vehicle yet? We recommend checking the following:
- Tires and Air Pressure
- Belts and Hoses
- Exhaust System
- Wipers and Ignition System.
Don’t get stuck out in the cold! Stop by your local Sullivan Tire and we can check any of these items for you! With over 100 Master Technicians on staff – we do it all!
December is Tire Safety Month! We strive to help educate motorists and our customers on proper tire care and maintenance year-round, but we wanted to highlight tire safety to support this country-wide initiative.
Maintaining proper inflation pressure is crucial for getting the most out of your tires, both in long mileage and a comfortable ride. Air pressure is measured in psi (pounds per square inch) and should be adjusted when the tires are “cold”, which means check it early in the morning or after the vehicle has been sitting for at least 3 hours. If you need to adjust for a “warm” tire, simply add 2-4 psi to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure, and check the cold inflation pressure at your earliest convenience. Even a perfectly healthy tire loses 1-2 psi per month, so it’s important to check your pressures often. Get your tire repaired at the first sign of a leak or nailhole puncture. Remember, running your tires underinflated also means that you are overloading them, which can do permanent damange. Stop by any Sullivan Tire for a complimentary air pressure check and adjustment. Come as often as you like, no appointment necessary!
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires if not corrected promptly. Have your alignment checked at least 1-2 times per year, or at the first sign of the vehicle not tracking straight when driving on a straight stretch of road (a.k.a. “pulling”). When you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP), you get a complimentary alignment check every 6 months for the life of the tires!
Regularly rotating your tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle’s owners manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000-7,000 miles, or roughly every other oil change. Frequent tire rotations and tire inspections can help to identify an alignment or steering problem before too much damage occurs to the tire. This service is complimentary for the life of the tires when you purchase our Tire Maintenance and Protection Plan (TMPP).
A tread depth guage is an inexpensive and effective tool for measuring the amount of tread left on your tires. Hydroplaining can occur even at low speeds if the tread is not deep enough to channel the water from under your tires. The tread depth measurement is taken in 32nds of an inch, and should be taken from the tread grooves at three different areas of the tread (inner, center, and outside). If any part of the tread is at or below 2/32″ depth, the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers the tire as having reached the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced.
Do you have a tire related question you want to see answered on the blog? Let us know!
A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is designed to monitor the air pressure in a vehicle’s tires and to report potential problems to the driver, usually through a yellow indicator light on the dashboard. Specifically, if your tire’s air pressure falls below 25% below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure or a minimum inflation pressure specified in the FMVSS (whichever is higher). Vehicles sold in the U.S. after September 1, 2007 come standard with TMPS equipment.
If your TPMS indicator goes off, you can bring your vehicle to any Sullivan Tire to have your tire’s air pressure properly adjusted for free!
Does your car have TPMS? Are there any other Tire Tips you’d like to see on the blog for National Tire Safety Week?
The weekend is finally here and we at Sullivan Tire are looking forward to taking some extra time to be with our family, friends and favorite BBQ foods.
If you’re planning on doing any traveling this weekend, make sure you stop by Sullivan Tire to get your tires and vehicle checked out. We recommend checking your tire’s air pressure and overall condition before heading out on a long trip. If your tires are excessively worn or in need of replacing, we’ve got an awesome Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale on all Goodyear Tires!
We also offer a FREE Vehicle Visual Inspection (or VVI). Our ASE Certified technicians will give your car a complete overall check and show you a report card of how your vehicle’s various parts are holding up. You can see what is in good condition, what is wearing down a bit, and what needs to be fixed immediately. Again, this visual inspection is completely free and can be done by any Sullivan Tire location.
All of our 66 retail locations are open tomorrow* to make sure your vehicle is ready for whatever you’ve got planned this Memorial Day weekend. From tires to autoservice, “we’re always here to get you there!”
What are your plans for the weekend? Will you be hitting up the beach or any BBQs? Is there a parade or celebration in your town? Let us know in the comments!
* Our locations will closed on Sunday and Monday so that our employees can enjoy the holiday with their families.
Have you checked your air pressure lately?
You should check your tire pressure once a month and before every long trip to ensure that your tires are doing everything they are supposed to do. Driving on an under inflated tire will cause wear and tear on the outside edges, while driving on over-inflated tires will result in excessive wear on the center tread.
The correct pressure for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is listed on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner’s manual. The maximum inflation pressure listed on the tire is not the recommended pressure.
You can always have your tire air pressure checked and adjusted for FREE at any Sullivan Tire retail location!
When’s the last time you checked your tire’s air pressure?