When you come across a great deal on quality used car tires, it’s easy to forget about the necessary maintenance and care required to maintain their performance. In fact, taking appropriate care of car tires is essentially a lost art in today’s world of vehicle owners. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, less than 20% of consumers properly inspect and inflate their car tires, leaving 1 in 4 cars on the road experiencing at least one significantly underinflated tire. 

Just like buying any used car part, knowing the proper ways to examine, manage, and attend to used car tires is what will help you make the most out of your investment. From gauging adequate tire pressure to acceptable balancing and rotation procedures, let’s take an in-depth look at how you can take better care of your used car tires.

Sufficient Rotation

Used car tires tend to be more susceptible to wear and tear, especially front tires that endure the bulk of the challenges from the road. You should have your used car tires professionally rotated after purchasing them, and be sure to have them rotated again every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This will prevent uneven or accelerated tire wear from rapidly progressing. 

Monitoring Pressure

Insufficient tire pressure can lead to hazardous consequences ranging from decreased fuel efficiency to experiencing a full on blowout when you least expect it. You should be monitoring your vehicle’s tire pressure at least once a month, using a dependable tire pressure gauge. Your used tires should never be higher or lower than 5 PSI (pounds per square inch) whatever your recommended tire pressure is. 

Beneficial Balance

Getting your used car tires balanced after purchase is an often overlooked precaution, but could wind up being a costly mistake. Ensuring that your tires are providing your vehicle with even weight distribution can prevent everything from suspension damage, to poor fuel efficiency, to distracting car vibrations while driving. Scheduling a routine tire balancing, especially after purchasing them, is essential toward preserving the quality of your used car tires. 

Accurate Alignment

The more you’re on the road, the more wrath your tires will endure. Bumps, potholes, and cracked pavements will throw off your tire’s alignment over time, which will only increase wear and tear as well as severely reduce their longevity. Once you’ve purchased your used car tires, you’ll want to schedule a professional alignment service at least once a year.

Assessing Tread

Simply bending down to take a good look at your tires is not enough to evaluate sufficient tread depth. The easiest trick in the book to make sure your used car tires have enough tread is to performing the following actions:

●        Place a quarter headfirst inside your tire’s tread.

●        If Washington’s head is covered up by the tread, your tires should be good to go.

●        If Washington’s face is completely revealed, your tires don’t have enough tread depth, and need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Quality Used Car Tire Installation

If you’re in the market for an affordable pair of quality used car tires, then come on down to Ace Auto Parts! We have an enormous inventory of top of the line used tires in a wide variety of sizes. We even offer professional tire installation services, as well as mounting, balancing, and a number of other tire maintenance assistance.

To get the most out of your used car tires, contact us online today to find out all the ways we can help, or give us a call at 651-717-4299 to schedule an appointment.