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Keep Your Vehicle Running Longer with Routine Tire Maintenance

Even if your car is brand new, or has been in your family for years, tire maintenance is an essential part to keeping your vehicle running for longer. Three important things to know are how to check tire pressure, why you should rotate your tires, and knowing how to tell when your tires need to be replaced.

Why Should You Check Your Tire Pressure?

Proper tire inflation can effect many areas of driving. If you over-inflate your tires, you can cause excess wear and potentially have a blow-out. If you under-inflate your tires, you lose traction and can have a "splashy" feel when driving, creating a dangerous situation for if you need to brake hard, or corner sharply.

Why Should You Rotate Your Tires?

No matter what vehicle you have, whether it's small or large, is front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, rotating your tires is essential for even wear and will extend the usable life of your tires immensely. Weight distribution is not always even across each axle, which is why wear can be different from front to back on your car, and to avoid uncessesary wear you should rotate your tires about every 5,000 miles, but check with our service center or owner's manual to be sure what is right for your vehicle.

How Can You Tell When to Replace Your Tires?

It's easy! Simply take a penny, and with Lincoln facing you, stick him head down into the tread of the tire. If the tread covers the hair on top of Lincolns head, you're tires are still good, but if you can see all of his hair, then it's time for new tires. This test is not meant to be the only measure you go by, so if you're concerned, have one of the service professionals at Helena Motors check them out for you. There are many other factors to tire condition then just tread, but tread is usually the first to wear!

Schedule your service appointment online or come see us at Helena Motors for all of your tire maintenance and service needs in Helena Montana!

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