Tire Care and Maintenance Tips

Tire Care and Maintenance Tips

If you drive a vehicle, tires are part of your vocabulary. However, as the number one tire shop in MA, our team at Framingham Tires can confidently say that tires are also one of the most overlooked elements. Most drivers know their tires will safely transport them through the season and that their local mechanic handles rotations. So, what else does one have to worry about? A lot.


Tire maintenance is crucial.

Unless you enjoy spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on new tires every few years, maintenance is crucial. Not only does staying on top of your tires save you money, but it also affects performance and longevity. With a few simple steps here and there, you can expect the following:

  • Better fuel economy
  • Improved performance
  • Better handling
  • Even wear and tear
  • Longer lifespan




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Let’s talk about tire pressure.

Checking your tire pressure is a simple, inexpensive task. Whether you invest in an air pressure gauge or use one at your local station, this tool is a must-have.

To begin, you want to look inside your driver’s door to determine the recommended pressure for your vehicle. If for some reason you can’t locate the information on your door, it should also be in the owner’s manual. Once you have the number, you’re ready to move on.

To check the pressure, remove the valve stem cap and place the pressure gauge on the valve. Pushing down to create a seal, the gauge should provide you with a number. If you’re questioning the reading, remove the gauge and repeat the process a few times to compare readings. Depending on the reading, you may need to add air to your tires to bring them to the recommended level. Simple.



Visual inspections are important too.

While you’re checking the pressure, taking the time to perform a visual inspection is also recommended. By doing so, you may find foreign items lodged in the tire, cracks, low tread, and other items that require attention.

If you feel the tread may be low, perform the ‘penny test’. Not sure what this? Check out this article from Firestone for specifics. However, to summarize – all you need is a penny. Place the penny head first into a few different areas of your tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is in good condition. If his head is covered, it may be time to give Framingham Tires a visit.




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If new tires are in your future, consider stopping into the number one tire shop in MA, Framingham Tires. For decades, we’ve helped people find the best, most affordable option for their needs. Whether you’re driving a family vehicle, off-road pickup, or managing a commercial fleet, we have the in-house solution you seek.

For more information, contact Framingham Tires today by calling (508) 872-5600.


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