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Tire Care Tips

At SM Tire we do tires! All of our 5 Central Coast locations in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Santa Maria and Oxnard can help you and your family, business, friends, co-workers etc, find the right tire for your application no matter how big or small. See SM Tire’s Tire Care Tips below for how you can maximize your investment in your tires.

Tire Care Tips in Nipomo, CA

Use the following tips to help you stay on top of tire maintenance:

  • Check tire pressure to ensure proper inflation. Under inflation can lead to excess heat, uneven tire wear, and decreased braking and handling capabilities, which may cause structural failures like blowouts and tread separation. Properly inflated tires will maximize treadlife, improve handling, and increase fuel efficiency and overall driver safety.
  • Follow proper tire rotation schedules. Each vehicle manufacturer has their own set of recommended guidelines that should be followed. SM Tire suggests rotating your tires at least every 6,000 miles as this can help uphold most tire manufacturers limited mileage warranty. Routine tire rotations equalize and enhance front-to-rear and side-to-side tire wear. Remember: tire rotation will not prevent or circumvent wear issues caused by worn mechanical components.
  • Balance tires as necessary. Out-of-balance tires may result in ride vibrations that become more noticeable at higher speeds. Balancing tires is necessary during initial installation and after any tire has been dismounted and remounted.
  • Install new tires in sets or pairs. The addition of one new tire to the rotation cycle can cause instability and create vehicle handling issues. When less than four tires are needed, the newest tires should be installed on the rear of a vehicle, and the partially worn tires should be moved to the front of the vehicle.
  • Be mindful of abnormal tire wear or damage to your tires. Watch for signs of punctures, embedded objects, cracks, and bulges. If you find any of these come and see us quick!
  • SM Tire recommends check your vehicle alignment once per year or at least every time new tires are purchased. BY regularly check your vehicle’s alignment we can often catch worn out parts to help mitigate improper tire wear before it’s too late.

Take these tips into consideration when servicing your tires. The Rubber Manufacturer's Association (RMA) recommends taking five minutes each month to check your tires. Other mechanical issues may contribute to uneven tire wear, and need correction in order to maximize tire life and vehicle performance.

For tire care videos please visit Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) website.

By taking proper care of your tires, you can remain safe during all types of travel, experience the benefits of better fuel economy, and extend tire life, which will positively impact the environment.

SM Tire thanks you for visiting our Tire Care Tips page and looks forward to seeing you in one of our store soon.

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