*This is a sponsored article by Toyota of Orlando*
Your car’s tires are an essential part of your drive time. They play into performance, safety, fuel efficiency, and comfort, and if they’re not in tip-top shape you and your car are definitely going to feel it. That’s where the Toyota of Orlando service center comes in – we want to teach you to troubleshoot your car tires so you can ensure they’re in the best shape possible all the time. Let’s get started!
How often should you troubleshoot?
The first thing to keep in mind is that you should inspect your car tires often. Our Orlando Toyota service techs recommend visually inspecting them once a week and giving them a thorough check every two - three weeks. This will help you spot any developing issues and head them off before they become dangerous or excessively costly.
What should you look for when troubleshooting your car tires?
Here are some warning signs you should look for when troubleshooting car tires:
- Wrong inflation level. Check your PSI – is it too high or too low? Both are bad news and can affect your fuel efficiency, your traction, and your safety. Also, if pressure is regularly dropping, you may have an air leak. Ensure your car tires are inflated to the proper PSI, which you can find on the panel inside the driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual.
- Bulges, blisters, and bubbles. See any weird blisters or bulges on your tires? These indicate weak spots, which can quickly lead to a blowout. Have our Orlando Toyota service techs check these spots out and evaluate whether or not the tire needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Low tread. Grab a penny to check whether or not your tires’ tread is deep enough – you should stick the penny in so honest Abe’s head is down. If you can see his forehead, your tread is too shallow and will soon create traction problems. Another indicator is if you see the tread-wear bars – when these bars are visible, it means you need new tires.
- General damage. See a puncture mark? How about a nail in the tire? Any damage to your tire weakens it and ups your chances of a flat or blowout, so bring it to Toyota of Orlando to have it fixed.
- Vibration when in motion. Does your car seem like it’s vibrating more than normal when you’re driving? This can indicate tire damage as well as misalignment or tires that need to be balanced. Stay on top of a routine car tire service schedule (rotations, balances, alignments, etc.) to avoid this problem, and don’t ignore it if you do notice it.
Unsure if you need to schedule Orlando car tire service? Give us a call today – we’re open seven days a week at (407) 298-4500 and we’ve got the longest service hours in Central Florida. Ask about our service specials to help you save big bucks on your routine car maintenance!
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