How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

Row of tires

It’s no secret that your tires will eventually need to be replaced, but there are things that you can do to help them last longer before they need to be replaced. Learn how to get long-life tires with the service team at Morrie's West Salem Kia, so you can feel confident when you hit the Sparta roads. We’ll show you what kinds of measures you can take to make sure that you get the most out of your tires before having them replaced. For all of your general service needs, rely on the expertise of Morrie's West Salem Kia. 

What Causes Tires to Wear Down? 

Continuous driving in general around Onalaska is one of the overall factors that cause your tires to wear down, but there are different types of tire tread wear patterns that can indicate different issues with your tires:

  • Inner & Outer Tread Wear: This usually means that your tires are misaligned. It’s also referred to as “toe wear” or “camber wear”. 
  • Center Wear: This usually means that your tire is overinflated. 
  • Edge Wear: This usually means that your tire is underinflated. 
  • Cupping Wear: Diagonal scalloping of your tire usually means that there is something wrong with your car’s suspension system. 
  • Patchy Wear: Your tire wearing down in patches usually means that your tires are out of balance. 

If you notice any of these patterns on your tires, schedule service with Morrie's West Salem Kia to get your tires diagnosed and properly serviced. 

Best Practices for Long-Life Tires

Now that you know what kinds of tire wear tread patterns to look out for, let’s dive into how to make your tires last longer: 

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): Your vehicle’s tires can actually lose up to a pound per square inch of air pressure every month, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), so you can make sure if your tires have the appropriate level of air. Your tires will usually lose more air pressure in the winter and gain more air pressure than they need in the summer. 
  • Tire Rotation: Tires don’t wear evenly, which is why it’s important to have them rotated and make sure that your tires wear evenly. Usually, you’ll want to have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. 
  • Tire Balance: Uneven weight distribution among your tires can cause them to wear down unevenly, which is why it’s important to have your tires balanced. 
  • Wheel Alignment: You can usually tell that your wheels are misaligned by the steering wheel shaking. You’ll want to check your vehicle’s wheel alignment at least twice a year.

Help Your Tires Last Longer in West Salem

For other questions on how to make your tires last longer and how to keep up with your Kia maintenance schedule in general, reach out to the team at Morrie's West Salem Kia. Contact us to have your tires diagnosed, replaced, or serviced in any other way. We’ll get your vehicle back out on the La Crosse roads in no time at all.

 

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