• Ashley Bradish

Be a "Tread" Setter

Updated: 7 hours ago

When was the last time you thought about your tires? Do you check your tire pressure, get your tires aligned and rotated, and know when you need to replace them? If you answered no to any of these, this is the blog for you.


Filling Your Tires with Air


Ashley Filling a Tire with Air

At some point, every driver has to fill their tires with air. Many gas stations offer an air pump station. Some are even free!


You can find how much air to put in your tires in your owner's manual or on the sticker on your door.


Tire Rotation and Alignment


Computerized wheel alignment at Quality Automotive

A tire rotation is when a technician switches your tires in a specific pattern to even out the wear. Your vehicle needs a tire rotation every 3 to 5 months.


A lot of car owners will have their tire rotation done at the same visit as their oil change.


A wheel alignment checks and adjusts the wheel's camber, caster, and toe.


Camber


Camber refers to the inward and outward tilt of the tire. It affects tire wear and is very important in cornering and straight-line stability.


Wheel Camber Display
Image: Hunter Engineering Company

Caster


Each tire's caster affects the vehicle's steering and handling. The higher or more positive the caster, the more stable the vehicle is. Lower or negative caster means less responsive handling.


Wheel Caster Display
Image: Hunter Engineering Company

Toe


Toe is the easiest to fall out of alignment. When the toe is at its prime angle, there is less friction on the tires as you drive. When the toe is out of alignment, either toe-in or toe-out, they'll scrape the road.


Wheel Toe Display
Image: Hunter Engineering Company

How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?