Tire Maintenance Tips

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road while you drive. It only takes a couple of minutes of maintenance each month to keep your tires performing at their best.

Check Your Air Pressure Once a Month

Incorrect air pressure is the leading cause of tire damage. To avoid tire damage you need to check your tire's air pressure once a month. The correct tire pressure is listed on the vehicle placard & can be found in the following places:

  • The car's owner manual
  • Inside the gas tank lid
  • On the edge of the driver's side door
  • On the door post

The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. That number is the maximum air pressure for the tire. Remember to check the air in your spare tire.

Failure to keep your tires properly inflated can increase wear, increase money you spend on gas and will have a negative effect on your vehicles handling. When checking and adjusting tire pressure, the following should be kept in mind:

  • Check the air pressure when the tire is cold - tires become hot even after driving just a mile. If you must drive to add air, check your air pressure before you leave. Air pressure changes 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Air pressure goes up in warm weather and down in cold weather.
  • Tire pressure must be the same on the tires of each axle, but may vary between the front and rear axle.
  • Valve caps must be tightly closed to protect the valve from dust and dirt and prevent it from leaking.
  • Replace missing valve caps without delay.

Tread Depth

To prevent hydroplaning and skidding, your tires must have proper tread depth. The minimum acceptable tread depth is 1/16th of an inch. Ask anyone, the easiest way to check your tread depth is the "penny test".  What is the penny test? Take a penny and place it inside the tread of your tire. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, your tires have enough tread. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, you should replace the tire. You should also check your tire tread for uneven wear. Irregular wear shortens the life of your tires, if you think you have uneven wear you should bring your car in for service.


The best way to prevent uneven wear is to have your tires rotated every 6,000 - 8,000 miles or as specified in your vehicle's owner manual.

Potential Tire Troubles

  • Curbs can prove to be big trouble to your tires. Approach curbs with care, if you drive over them too fast or at the wrong angle the impact may cause the tire to crack.
  • Avoid potholes or debris in the road when possible.
  • Avoid fast stops & starts.
  • Be sure to check your owner's manual for your vehicles maximum load. Overloading your vehicle can shorten the life of your tires.

Replacing Your Tires

You should replace your tires with the same type of tires that your vehicle was equipped with originally. This includes tire size, type and speed rating. To keep your vehicle riding smoothly and vibration free, tire and wheel assemblies require balancing when new tires are installed and periodically during the life of your tires. A typical tire imbalance condition occurs at speeds between 45 and 75 miles per hour and can usually be felt in the steering wheel and the seat of the car.

MALIBU CENTER INC have trained technicians and modern equipment required to correct tire imbalance problems. Keeping your tires inflated, rotated and balanced can improve tire wear and fuel efficiency.