Tire Maintenance

 
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Tire Storage
Here at Lakewood Chevrolet our Service department offers storage for your tires. If you have multiple sets of tires, proper storage is a must (just setting them off in the corner of your garage isn't enough). Proper storage ensures that your tires' appearance and performance are maintained. Before you store your tires, be sure to inspect each one for damage or uneven wear.

How to Store Your Tires
  • Store your tires indoors in a clean, cool and dark location away from direct sunlight, heat and ozone such as hot pipes or generators.
  • Be sure the surfaces on which tires are stored are clean and free from grease, gasoline, or other substances that could deteriorate the rubber.
  • If storing outdoors, raise tires off the ground and use water proof covering with holes to prevent moisture build-up.
  • If tires are on vehicle, store on blocks to remove load from the tires. Maintain recommended inflation pressure.
 
Tire Rotations
The advantages of a tire rotation are many, including saving money in the long term, increased fuel efficiency, better vehicle control and better tire performance.

Tire Pressure
Air expands when heated and contracts when cooled. For Albertans, fall and early winter are especially important times to check your tire pressure - as the ambient termperature falls, tire pressure goes down.

What happens if a tire is underinflated?
  • Premature or irregular wear
  • Poor handling 
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Overheating, which could lead to a blowout
What happens if a tire is overinflated?
  • Unusual wear
  • Poor handling 
  • Rough ride
  • Greater risk of damage from road hazards

How to Check Tire Pressure
Check your tires using a quality tire pressure gauge at least once a month when the tire is cold (the vehicle has sat for at least 3 hours). The tire information label located on the inside of your vehicle's doorframe has the recommended cold tire pressure for your vehicle. To make sure you're covered, every check of your tires should include a check of your spare (if equipped) as well.
What is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System?
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is designed to warn the driver when low-tire-pressure conditions exist. A sensor located in each wheel measures tire pressure and temperature,then transmits data to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. If the pressure in one or more of your tires is 25 percent or more below the vehicle manufacturer's recommended cold inflation pressure for tires, a warning indication on the instrument panel will alert the driver. 
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