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Everything You Need to Know about Tires

Tires are one of the most important components on your vehicle, especially because they are the only parts that come in contact with the road. Not only does proper tire knowledge and maintenance prevent blowouts, but it can also increase fuel economy and expand tire life. If you are looking to get the most out of your car, read on to learn everything you need to know about tires.

Tire Types

Below is a list of the various types of tires by general categories:
  • All-Season
  • Low Profile
  • Off Road
  • Snow/Winter
  • Truck
  • All-Terrain
  • Mud
  • Performance
  • SUV
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Here we have a tire.
The most common tire to purchase is an all-season tire, largely because it requires the least amount of maintenance. These tires work in most climates and conditions, though they do not excel in any particular areas. Snow/Winter tires are great for those that experience harsh winters thanks to special rubber compounds and tread, while specialty tires like performance, truck, and SUV tires are made for unique conditions and driving styles. Off road and mud tires have thick, hard tread for dirt trails and gravel, though they wear out easily on asphalt. Low profile tires look great, though they tend to be more expensive and they often require more maintenance.
Everything About Tires
This is also a tire. But it's on a Mitsubishi.

Tire Maintenance

You should regularly inspect your tires for cracks, uneven wear, bulges, and bald spots. These can indicate issues with your suspension, or it may mean you have bad tires. You should also check air pressure every few months, especially when the temperature changes. Every one-degree increase in temperature results in an increase of tire pressure by one psi (pound per square inch), and vice versa in cold weather.
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This is not a tire. We just thought it would be cool to put in some tire-shaped swirls here.
Have your mechanic check tire pressure and wear when you have oil changes (about every three months), and ask him to check tread depth. Less than 2/32-inch of tread can drastically decrease handling, and it is even illegal in some states. By having the proper pressure and tread, you can increase tire life, increase safety, and even improve fuel economy. Unnecessary friction from poorly maintained tires can seriously impact efficiency.
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This is a car. Even though you can't see them all, it actually​ has 4 (!!!) tires.
Finally, have your mechanic rotate tires every so often. Tire rotations redistribute wear and allow your tires to last longer. Generally, the weight of the front axle (in front-engine cars) increases wear. By rotating tires, you produce even wear and improve tire performance.

If you'd like to know more about tires, or even own a car that has them then check out the great lineup we have at Schaumburg Mitsubishi, or stop in today to chat. We'd love to meet you!
Mitsubishi EVO
This is your dream car, of course. And we actually have one in stock!
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