While it’s important to maintain and protect your OEM rims, it’s also vital that you keep your tires in good condition all year long. Poorly maintained tires can lead to some potentially dangerous situations, such as a blowout or a loss of control while driving. While tires aren’t meant to last the lifetime of the vehicle, they can go quite a distance with some close care and maintenance. We don’t recommend checking your tires every single day since you most likely won’t notice any major differences, however you should set a schedule for yourself to ensure that your tires don’t go unchecked more than a month. When checking your tires to make sure they’re in good condition, one should do the following:
- Rotate Your Tires Every Oil Change
- Check Tire Pressure, Especially During the Cold
- Inspect Tire Tread
- Investigate For Any Foreign Objects
Rotate Your Tires Every Oil Change
A major step in tire maintenance requires that you rotate your tires every oil change, or 5,000 to 7,000 miles, depending on how heavily you use your vehicle. This ensures that all tires wear down evenly, rather than one set gets worn down more than the other. Several factors play a major role in tire wear, such as where the engine is located, as well as if the vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. If a vehicle’s engine is located in the front and is front-wheel drive, the two front tires tend to be worn down more than the back two. Tire rotation ensures that all four tires bear the same weight.
Check Tire Pressure, Especially During the Cold
Keeping an eye on your tire pressure is an important step in tire maintenance. During usage, tires tend to hit bumps and naturally lose air. While massive and sudden drops in tire pressure are dangerous, small drop-offs aren’t major as long as they’re monitored and dealt with. Tires that are low on air can lose grip and cause your vehicle to lose control. When filling your tires, you should check your user manual to make sure you’re filling them to the right amount and not overfilling them. When it’s cold out, your tires tend to lose pressure even faster, so it’s vital that you monitor your pressure closely during the winter to ensure that you’re staying on top of your tire maintenance.
Inspect Tire Tread
Inspecting your tire’s tread is another key in tire maintenance. The grooves in your tire were designed to not only provide traction between the car and the road but to allow the tire to expel water and keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Tires also have wear limit indicators to inform you when your tires are completely worn out and must be replaced. If you want to check how your tire treads are doing, you perform the “Penny Test”. To perform this test, place a penny with Abraham Lincoln’s head pointed towards the tire. If you’re able to see Lincoln’s head, you most likely need to change your tires soon.
Investigate For Any Foreign Objects
You should constantly be inspecting your tires for any foreign objects that may have punctured the tire. This can include anything from nails, screws, loose metal, and any other sharp objects. While many tires are designed to take the brunt of these objects and allow you to continue to drive for a limited amount of time, they should be dealt with immediately. Every rotation of the tire pushes the object farther inwards, only making the situation worse. You should sweep away anything that may cause damage before driving, however accidents do occur and you can’t always stop a nail from puncturing your tire while driving.
By closely following these tire maintenance tips, you can ensure a long and healthy life for your tires and OEM rims. If you’re looking for the best source of tires, OEM rims and parts, visit OEM Wheels Direct today!