You may not have realized it, but there are a lot of myths surrounding car tires. Having the wrong information about tires could end up putting you in an emergency situation. So, what do you need to know about tires and the myths surrounding them? Check all the common misconceptions we’ve mentioned below. Hopefully, after reading them, you’ll be better prepared in the event a tire-related emergency arises while you’re on the road.
MYTH: You can tell if a tire needs air by kicking it
The first tire myth we’re going to talk about is the one that says you can gauge a tire’s air pressure by kicking it. This simply isn’t true. In fact, the only way to accurately determine tire pressure is by using a tire pressure gauge. If you think your tire might need some air, check with a pressure gauge first. If you don’t, you could end up accidentally adding too much air. Good pressure gauges are easy to find and inexpensive.
MYTH: Plugs and sealants are effective methods of repairing a tire
Plugs and sealants just don’t offer the level of safety you’d get from a patch. The only way to effectively repair a hole in a tire is by getting it patched. This process involves filling the hole with a solid rubber filler and vulcanizing a patch to the inner liner. It’s usually much cheaper to patch a tire than to replace it completely. That said, don’t avoid buying a new tire if necessary.
MYTH: You don’t have to check air pressure if you have a tire pressure monitoring system
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) provide real-time information about tire pressure and offer a warning if the pressure is too low. While these systems are usually pretty accurate, the warning light won’t come on until the air pressure is 25 percent below your vehicle’s recommended levels.
Even before they reach this level, tires with low air pressure can negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Tires with poor air pressure are also more prone to premature tread wear, overheating and other problems. That’s why it’s important to routinely check the air pressure of all your tires with a gauge, even if your vehicle has a TPMS.
MYTH: You can mix different tire brands
While it’s possible to use tires from all different manufacturers, it isn’t recommended. Tires from different manufacturers aren’t made the same and may not work well together. This can negatively affect your vehicle’s performance. For best results, try to buy your tires from the same manufacturer.
MYTH: You should only rotate your tires once a year
Contrary to this tire myth, most people should actually have their tires rotated more than once a year. Most experts recommend rotating your tires at least once every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Doing so will help ensure even tire wear, better traction and much more. Many people schedule their tire rotation at the same time as their oil change.
If you’re wondering what else you need to know about your tires, be sure to visit M & M Tire & Service Center. We will quickly and efficiently inspect all your tires to diagnose and address any problems. Our shop also carries top-of-the-line tires at competitive prices. Come see us today!
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