Things to Know About Tire Maintenance - information from the the pros at Shingle Springs Subaru

The way you treat your tires can have a big impact on how long they last. And if you can hold off on buying a new set of tires, that means you save money. By providing the best service for your Subaru, the team at Shingle Springs Subaru wants to help you save on all your auto care needs. Find out below what you can do to get the most out of every set of tires, so they perform better and last longer over the long haul.

Wheel Alignment Tool

5. Check The Suspension & Alignment

If your car is correctly aligned and the suspension properly tuned, your tires will work as intended, and that means they'll last longer. Over time, subtle shifts in the alignment or wear on suspension components can cause issues that might not change the driving character of the vehicle, but might impact the force on your tires. For example, if your alignment is off, the tires will be working against you slightly when you're trying to cruise straight. That'll make them wear out faster.

Check your owner's manual for more about what's recommended for your car. Just find the recommended maintenance schedule. For example, all 2016 Subaru models should have their suspension and steering systems inspected by a certified dealership technician every 12,000 miles.

Tire Tread Close-up

4. Protect Your Tires From The Sun

The rubber in your tires will rot and go bad over time, even if you're not driving on them. Storing your vehicle in direct sunlight for extended periods can accelerate this process. That's why a garage or carport is the best place for your car for long-term storage. Long periods of disuse and temperature extremes can also make your tires go bad faster. But if you're using your car regularly, and parking it safely, your tires should last as long as the tread does.

3. Check The Tread Depth

As your tires wear down, the depth of the tread becomes shallower and shallower until the tires aren't as effective at providing good grip, especially in the rain or snow. When you stop by for an oil change or other service, our technicians can precisely measure the depth of your tires, and let you know where you stand. Or, to get a quick idea, grab a penny and put the coin in the tread of your tire, with Lincon's head facing into the tire. If his whole head or more is concealed by the tire, then you have enough tread left. If not, it might be time to think about getting a new set of tires.

2. Have Your Tires Rotated

However, different tires on different wheels on your vehicle experience different forces. To help spread the wear evenly across all your tires, we recommend having your tires rotated at every oil change. That means switching the wheel positions of each tire, so your front tires are moved to the rear, and vice-versa. This helps to extend the life of all four tires, since some wheels on your vehicle wear tires out faster than others.

Technician Working On Car On A Lift

1. Check The Tire Pressure Regularly

The most important factor in the longevity and performance of your tires is the tire pressure. If it's set properly, you'll have the proper "contact patch" so that the whole tire makes contact with the road. If your tires are significantly underinflated, the tire will sag in the middle, meaning much more rapid wear on the outside near the tire's sidewalls. If they're overinflated, the opposite happens, with the center of the tread bulging outward so the outside of the tread makes less contact with the road.

When you stop by for routine maintenance at Shingle Springs Subaru, the team in our service center will gladly check your tire pressure and adjust it back to the manufacturer's recommendation for your vehicle.