Monday, April 30, 2012

The Importance of Tire Monitoring

Since each tire performs different tasks, tires wear at different rates. In order for your tires to have the longest life possible we encourage you to monitor your tires at to extend their useful life and to achieve a uniform tire wear.

Tire Rotation
It's important to rotate your tires according to the correct tire rotation pattern. Front tires encounter different tasks than the rear tires. And a front-wheel-drive vehicle's tires perform different tasks than those on a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. Your Nissan Owner Manual specifies which rotation pattern is right for your vehicle.

Wheel Rust or Dirt
Rust or dirt may not allow proper tightening of the lug nuts and a wheel may loosen over time. When you have your tires rotated, be sure to remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can use a cloth or paper towel, but be sure to use a scraper or wire brush later to remove all rust or dirt and torque to specifications.

Wheel Alignment & Tire Balance
Your vehicle's wheels were aligned and balanced at the factory. But if you notice unusual tire wear or that your vehicle pulls one way or the other, the wheel alignment may need to be reset. If you notice your vehicle vibrating on a smooth road, your wheels may be out of balance.
A tire that is out of balance often affects ride quality and can shorten the life of tires, bearings, shocks, and other suspension components. A speed-dependent vibration — becoming noticeable around 45 mph and increasing as speed increases — is probably balance-related.

Tire Alignment
Alignment is critical for ensuring that you get maximum wear and performance from your tires. Poor alignment results from your vehicle's suspension and steering system becoming out of adjustment with each other. The biggest indicators of your vehicle being out of alignment are pulling one way or the other as you drive or unusual tire wear.

We Can Help
Because it's important to us at Nissan of Greenville that your vehicle is performing to the best of it's ability, bome by and visit us or contact our Service Department to schedule your appointment today!

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