Whether you drive a new or classic VW, taking care of the tires and wheels is important. George Automotive Services would be happy to service and repair your Volkswagen whenever it needs it, including by providing tire and wheel services. There are some things you can do, as well, to make sure that the tires are always in good shape. Driving with bald tires or tires that have uneven tread wear can be dangerous because the tires do not have a solid grip on the road. Let’s talk more about tire and wheel services below.
Air Pressure Check
Check the air pressure in each tire every two weeks to once a month. Make certain that each tire is inflated to the recommended PSI. Underinflated or overinflated tires damage easily and end up with uneven tread wear on the shoulders or centers of the tires, respectively. Don’t forget to check the air pressure in the spare tire in your trunk. You don’t want to end up with a flat spare if you have a flat tire.
Take some time to really look over the tires after you have tested the air pressure. Make sure that there isn’t any apparent damage on the sides of the tires or in the treads. For example, look for nails or screws that you may have picked up in one or more of the tires. Check the sides for bulging, bubbling, or cracking. Any of these things indicate a problem with the tire or tires that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Rotating the Tires
The reason why it is recommended that you have your tires rotated regularly is that it changes the pressure points from the wheels and brakes on each tire. This helps ensure that the tire tread wears down evenly rather than on specific pressure points. When we move the tire to a different wheel, it receives different pressure points. This helps extend the life of your tires to the mileage guarantee they had when you purchase them.
Balancing the Wheels
Your wheels also need to be balanced after the tires have been rotated. The reason why is to make sure that each wheel’s weight is spread evenly across the axle. When the wheels are out of balance, your vehicle will shake when you are driving at higher speeds. This is an indication that the wheels are not weighted across the axle properly.
Let George Automotive Services in Danville help with your tire and wheel services. Call us today to set up an appointment.