If we told you taking fifteen minutes for two simple tasks could help prevent you from being stranded on the road or in an accident, would you do it? Believe it or not, many drivers don't, and so they end up spending a lot more time, not to mention money, because they came out of work, a restaurant, movie (you name it) to find they had a flat tire. All you need are two tools — a tire pressure gauge and a tread depth gauge.
Your car's engine provides power. The steering system provides control; and the HVAC, comfort. But when you think about it, where would you be without the tires? They're where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. Unlike the others mentioned above, they ask little of you — no gasoline, no fluids. All you need to do to keep them functioning is to keep an eye on how much air pressure is inflating them and how much rubber is left on them; in other words, how deep the treads are.
When you check tire pressure, you need to know how many pounds per square inch (PSI) the automaker recommends. Each model has its own recommendations, based on factors such as its weight, handling, performance, and load capacity while turning. There are two places you can check for your vehicle's manufacturer's recommended tire pressure: a label on the doorjamb, or in your owner's manual. It's important that you follow these recommendations since both over and under-inflating can have adverse effects on how the car handles and how long the tires last.
When you look at tire treads you will notice there are both tread blocks (chunks of rubber that protrude from the contact portion of the tire), and track voids, (spaces between the tread blocks). While the tread blocks are what actually comes into contact with the pavement, and grip it, the tread voids contribute to traction by allowing the blocks to move and flex as they grip. The voids also provide space for water to pass through when roads are wet, lessening the possibility of a skid. Wear and tear decrease the ratio of tread block to tread void, having an adverse effect on the grip and thus, traction. Therefore, it's important that you keep an eye on tread depth. For this, you should use a depth gauge. When the tire gets down to 4/32-inch, it's time to think about new tires. At 2/32-inch it's time to buy new tires since the wear bar will be visible, telling you it's getting dangerous to drive. And at 1/32-inch you're driving on bald tires — definitely, a dangerous proposition.
Since tire pressure and tread wear go hand in hand, maintaining pressure will save tread, and in the long run, save you money spent on tires prematurely gone bad. But worry not, when you bring your Honda to Muller Honda, for its scheduled maintenance service, a tire tread and pressure check is included. And while one of our certified service technicians works on your vehicle, you can relax in our comfortable customer lounge and help yourself to coffee from our complimentary beverage and snack bar. We also provide newspapers and periodicals as well as flat-screen TVs.