Common Myths About Your Car’s Tires
While tires might seem simple to maintain, there are a number of aspects to consider. Modern tech systems and run-flat tires have made them more complicated, and that’s why Chevrolet of Homewood has put together this guide to myths about tires. Learning more about tires can save you time and money, so read on to find out more!
Learning these four truths about tires will help keep you safe and your vehicle out on the road:
- Spare Tires – While all new vehicles used to come with spare tires, that’s no longer the case. A third of all new cars don’t come with them, instead providing a repair kit or “run-flat” tires. Which type of system does your car have?
- Correct Tire Pressure – Always be sure to follow the owner’s manual or the information on the driver’s side door to find out what the right tire pressure is. The PSI listed on the tire itself is just the maximum PSI for the tire, not the amount recommended for the vehicle.
- Tire Rotation – While many people recommend rotating your tires once a year, it’s more important to rotate them every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Any time you bring your vehicle to a qualified service center for an oil change, have the tires rotated as well.
- Driving on a Flat – It used to be that when you got a flat tire, you’d have to put on a spare or call a tow truck. Nowadays, run-flat tires allow you to drive up to 50 miles at a lower speed. When you get a new vehicle, check to see if it has run-flat tires.
All About Tire-Pressure Monitoring Systems
Many new vehicles come with tire pressure monitoring systems, an advanced feature that lets you know when your tire pressure is 25 percent below the recommended pressure. While this can help prevent an accident, we recommend checking your tires once a month to ensure they have the correct pressure.
Learn More About Tires at Chevrolet of Homewood
If you have any questions about your tires or any other service issue, turn to Chevrolet of Homewood. Our qualified service technicians have the experience and technical knowledge to address any issue you might have. We’re easy to get to at 18033 Halsted St. in Homewood, IL, so contact us online to schedule service today.