Tires take a beating. Their everyday life is harsh, being dragged over abrasive tarmac, competing with friction and supporting an object which - in the case of a Nissan Altima for instance - weighs just shy of one and a half tons. With the added hassles of being slammed into potholes and up against curbs, it's a wonder they last as long as they do.
What can be done to extend the working life of a tire? What are the signs that tires need to be replaced? What are the dangers of under- and over-inflation? All the answers are here. For tire service in Bowie, MD, schedule an appointment at Nissan of Bowie today.
A Tire's Working Life
There is no single answer to how long a tire may last. Some of today's long-lasting tires may see 80,000 miles, but all tires should be replaced at six years of age. Call Nissan of Bowie for tire repair in Bowie, MD today.
Factors which affect longevity include:
- Driving style
- Frequency of rotation
- Inflation pressures
- Loading of vehicle
- Outside temperatures
- Rating of the tire itself
- Road conditions
- Wheel alignment
Dangers of Under- and Over-Inflation
Under-inflation can result in excessive heat build-up, leading to internal structural damage and eventual tire failure.
Over-inflation makes a tire more susceptible to cut and puncture damage.
Signs that Tires Should be Replaced
Several owner inspections are easy to carry out, and can give sufficient warning of approaching problems, enabling disaster to be averted.
- Worn tread. Racing slicks have no place on the road; your treads are designed as much to expel water from under the tires in wet weather as they are to grip road surfaces. When that tread pattern approaches, or falls below, 1/16 of an inch, it's time for a replacement.
- Tread wear indicator bars are built into modern tires. Barely visible on new tires, these flat rubber bars, aligned perpendicular across the tread, gradually become obvious as tread gets low. When their tops are close to being even with the remaining tread, it's time for a replacement.
- Cracks, bulges and blisters on a tire's sidewall indicate structural failure; this is the separation of the component parts which make up the multi-layered internal structure of the tire. Whether there is a lack of visible signs of wear, cracks and blisters or not, it's time for a replacement.
- Vibrations when driving indicate an inspection is needed. When your vehicle's behavior alters, it's "talking" to you; telling you something is wrong. Vibrations coming up through the steering wheel can mean your wheels need to be realigned or balanced, or could be signs of internal issues with one or more tires. In the latter case, it's time for a replacement.
No matter how well you care for your tires, failure can happen. A full-scale blow-out while the vehicle is in motion can be catastrophic; your vehicle could spiral out of control, when avoiding a serious collision becomes largely only a matter of luck. Even when a tire lets you down under a stationary vehicle, you could be left stranded in the middle of nowhere - these things seldom seem to happen in your driveway, after all - with no easy way to get home or get help.
There's no avoiding accidental damage, like rolling over a sharp object in a public place, but having a qualified technician check over your tires periodically is a sure way of finding out when your tires are heading toward bad shape. New Nissan vehicles are fitted with a variety of different tires, according to the vehicle's projected usage pattern, and the professional, friendly technicians at Nissan of Bowie are qualified to inspect all variants.
Scheduling service with our Service Center in Bowie MD is easy and convenient, and tire inspection appointments should be conducted at least once annually. We look forward to serving you!
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