When you purchase a used vehicle from Joe’s Auto Sales, you can rest assured that the vehicle passed a thorough inspection and any non-functioning parts have been replaced, including the tires. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the tires experience the most contact with the road and will wear down over time. Here is how to make the tires on your used vehicle last as long as possible:
Check the Air Pressure Regularly
Many vehicles that have been produced in the last decade will have a built-in tire pressure monitoring system, but we still recommend pulling out your tire gauge and checking the air pressure regularly. A good rule of thumb is to do it whenever you check your oil, which should be about once a month.
Rotate and Balance Your Tires
Did you know that your tires wear down at different rates? It’s true! Typically, your front right tire will experience the most wear, so in order for all of your tires to wear down evenly, they will need to be rotated, or switched to a different wheel. This should be done every 3000-5000 miles. To further help your tires wear down evenly, they will need to be the same weight. So get your tires weighed and balanced (where weighted clips are added to balance out the tires’ weight) every 5000-7500 miles/every 2 years.
Check the Tread with Mr. Lincoln’s Head!
Depending on how much you drive and what kind of road conditions you regularly encounter, a set of tires will typically last 3-4 years. If you know that your tires are reaching that age, we recommend that you start checking the depth of the treads. Simply take a penny and stick Mr. Lincoln’s head down into the treads. If his head is completely visible, it is time for a new set of tires.
Come to Joe’s Auto Sales for Assistance!
We want to help you keep your tires healthy so they last a long time, so if you need any help with rotations and balancing, give the Joe’s Auto Sales service department a call at 317.243.2269. We are located at 3250 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.