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How To Make Your Tires Last Longer

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When you purchase a brand new set of tires, you want to make sure that your set can really go the extra mile in Schaumburg. And luckily, you can learn how to make your tires last longer with smart driving habits and routines. Take a look at advice from the experts at Biggers Mazda, and be sure to visit our service department in Elgin for all your automotive needs.


Tips for Long Life Tires

No matter what model you drive and what tires you choose, the best way to get long life tires is to stick to your regular maintenance schedule. Maintenance is a small time commitment that pays off in a big way, ensuring that your tires are performing at their peak potential over all those St Charles commutes and road trips.

  • Rotation: Your tire rotation schedule should match your driving habits. If you frequently tow or go off-roading, it’s better to schedule your rotations a little earlier.
  • Balance: Balancing your tires and aligning your wheels ensures that every tire gets even wear, which prolongs the life of your set. Add these tasks to your tire rotation schedule.
  • Pressure: Your tire pressure influences everything from fuel economy to safety, so check your air pressure once a month or make use of your built-in TPMS.
  • Inspection: Look at your tire walls and tire tread periodically to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary. These are two telltale signs of tire breakdown, and they can also indicate steering or suspension issues.

Tire Tread 101

While your tires typically last between four and six years with proper maintenance, even the most dedicated Geneva driver will find themselves with tires worn beyond repair. Learning to interpret your tire’s wear and tear can help you determine when to schedule a service and when to start saving for a replacement set.

  • Do you see extra wear on the inner or outer part of the tire? This means you need an alignment or balance.
  • Do you notice extra wear only in the center of the tire? This means your tires are possibly overinflated.
  • Do you notice wear only on the outer edges of the tire? Then your tires might be underinflated.
  • Do you notice a scalloped effect, known as “cupping wear”? Your suspension is having issues, and it’s important to get your car checked out as soon as possible.

Schedule Your Service with Biggers Mazda

Now that you know how to make your tires last longer, why not schedule that maintenance appointment? Contact us with any questions about tire care and services, or visit our dealership in Elgin to see what’s in stock at our tire center.

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