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Tire FAQs: How to Care for Your Tires

Next to getting your oil changed, tire care is among the most important forms of vehicle maintenance there is. Make sure that you’re rolling around the streets of Chittenango both safely and efficiently by following these tire care tips from Used Car King. Afterward, if you’re still feeling lost, don’t hesitate to visit our professional service center.

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Q: How do I check my tire pressure?

Driving with under-inflated tires can cause major problems for your vehicle. On the performance end, you will have a hard time turning and braking with optimal precision, and your fuel economy will decrease as well. On top of all that, underinflated tires can cause excessive friction, causing your tires to wear down more quickly than they should and making them go out much sooner than they would otherwise.

On the sidewall of your tires, you’ll find their recommended PSI (usually between 30 and 35). Stop at a gas station with an air pump, and fill up the tires to the recommended air pressure. If you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, the Used Car King service team will take care of your tire pressure check and inflate your tires for you the next time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change or other routine service.

Checking the Tire Pressure

 

 

 

Checking Tire Tread

Q: How do I check my tire tread?

Running on bald or low-tread tires is dangerous. In addition to the fact that your vehicle isn’t as responsive as it should be in terms of steering or braking, you’re also at risk of blowing a tire, which puts not only you but those around you at serious risk.

Luckily, checking your tire tread is pretty simple. While a tread-depth gauge is the ideal method of measuring tire tread, the old-fashioned “penny test” still works well. Here’s all you do:

  1. Turn the penny so Lincoln’s head is upside down.
  2. With Lincoln’s head now pointing into the tire, insert the penny between two treads.

If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means your tire tread is too low, and it’s likely time to get new tires.

 

Q: Why is it important to rotate my tires?

Tire rotations are an essential component of tire maintenance. As you drive your vehicle, your driving habits tend to wear down the tread on certain tires more quickly than others. When you get your tires rotated, this helps ensure that the tires wear down more evenly over time, which both improves the performance of your car and helps extend the life of the tires.

Tires can be a bit pricey, so in order to get as many miles out of them as possible, it’s important to take care of them. The easiest way to do that is to get tire rotations every several thousand miles or at the very least every other time you get an oil change. Since this is a procedure that involves special equipment, you’ll probably want to schedule an appointment to have this done when the time comes.

Tires for sale at a tire store - stacks of old used tires

 

 

 

A male changing a tire on a car in a garage

Q: How do I change a flat tire?

If you get a flat tire, it’s helpful to know how to change it yourself. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First make sure you find a safe spot off of the road that doesn’t put you at risk. Put your hazard lights on, and make sure the parking brake is activated.
  2. Get out of the car, and apply the wheel wedges, remove the hubcap, and loosen the lug nuts.
  3. Place the jack under the car, and raise the vehicle.
  4. At this point, you’ll need to unscrew the lug nuts so you can remove the flat tire.
  5. From here, mount the spare tire and tighten the lug nuts.
  6. Lower the vehicle partially and re-tighten the lug nuts before lowering the vehicle all the way.
  7. Replace the hubcap, put all your equipment away, and double check that the spare tire’s pressure is correct.

Afterward, you’ll want to get your vehicle to a maintenance shop to get a new tire put on as soon as possible. Important: Spare tires are only intended to be a temporary fix, and they’re not to be used when driving at high speeds!

 

Get Your Vehicle Serviced in Cicero Today

While many of the procedures mentioned above can be handled by DIY enthusiasts with a bit of automotive know-how and ambition, most drivers will want to rely on experts who have the certifications, equipment, and expertise to ensure that job is done right. Schedule your next tire service for your vehicle here at Used Car King! While you’re at it, make sure you check out our current service specials in order to take advantage of any deals we’re currently running around Chittenango and Cortland. Our dealership is located in Cicero, NY, so stop on in or contact us today.

Service Specials

Military Discount
10% Off Any Service

Code: 01***MLTARYDISC

Must present coupon and valid military ID to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
Full Brake Service
Front and Rear Caliper Service (Includes Cleaning Kit)
SALE: $99.95
WAS: $129.95
SAVE: $30.00
Code: 35***BRKSRV

Must present coupon to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Price includes labor, disassembling brakes, cleaning, brackets, hardware and lube. Does not include pads or rotors. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
College Student & Employee Discount
20% Off Any Service Over $100

Code: 01***STDNTDISC

Must present coupon and valid Student/Employee ID to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all 3 Sun Service Centers. Expires 3/31/18. 

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
Pothole Special
$139.95

Includes:

  • 4 Wheel Alignment
  • Balance Wheels
  • Tire Rotation

Code: 20***POTHOLE

Must present coupon to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
Spring Detail Special
Level 2 Vehicle Detail
Cars Starting at $119.95
Trucks/SUVs Starting at $139.95
Includes:
  • Exterior Hand Wash
  • Cleaning of Wheels/Tires
  • Interior Clean
  • Cleaning of Windows
  • Vacuum
  • Shampoo Carpets
  • Exterior Hand Wax
 Code: 84***DETAIL2

Must present coupon to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
Spring Detail Special
Level 1 Vehicle Detail-$49.95
Includes:
  • Exterior Hand Wash
  • Cleaning of Wheels/Tires
  • Interior Clean
  • Vacuum
  • Cleaning of Windows

Code: 84***DETAIL1

Must present coupon to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
Mature Car Club
10% Off Any Service

On vehicles older than 2008 or with more than 100,000 miles.

Code: 01###MATURECAR

Up to $100 max value. Excludes maintenance. Must present coupon to receive discount. One per customer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all 3 Sun locations. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
$20.18 Oil Change
Code: 01***JANLOF

Must present coupon to receive discount. One per customer. Not valid with other coupons, offers or on prior services. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Synthetic blend oil change only. Does not include full synthetic oil change or oil change done on diesel engines. More then 6 quarts of oil extra. Expires 3/31/18.

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018
Buy a Set of Summer Tires, Get Free Installation This Spring

Buy a set of 4 summer tires this month and have them installed for free this spring

Code: 20***SUMRINSTAL

Must present coupon to receive offer. Not valid with other coupons. Valid at all three Sun Service Centers. Expires 3/31/18. 

EXPIRES: 04/30/2018

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