It’s easy to forget about tire upkeep when you’re not used to checking them outside of regular service appointments, so drivers should try to get into a regular habit for best results. When driving under what manufacturers call “normal circumstances,” a tire should last three to four years. If you don’t maintain the tires, however, they’ll most likely have to be switched out sooner. In Minnesota, we have the full four seasons and constantly fluctuating temperatures. Due to that, your tire’s pressure will constantly be changing. Luckily, most modern tires are made to operate best in a range between 30 to 35 PSI, but it’s still important to keep an eye on your dash for the tire pressure light.
Overall, the two main services to remember for your tires: tire pressure and rotation. As mentioned above, drivers should try to get into a habit of watching their tire pressure. It’s easy to find an air machine at a gas station if your tires are too low, or a service center can also help if you can’t get them into the correct range. For tire rotation, drivers should aim to get their tires rotated every other oil change. Doing that will help extend the life of each tire’s tread, so you can get the most out of them.
If you’re getting to that three- to four-year limit on your tires, or you think you’re losing traction, try testing your tire tread with the penny test. Find a penny and place it in the tread of a tire heads down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, that means it’s time for a new tire. Wear and tear happens differently for each one, so check the whole set. When it’s time for a tire rotation or replacement, we’ve got you covered. Make an appointment at our Woodbury location for top-notch service you can trust.