Learn about five tire misconceptions with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
When it comes to caring for your vehicle, there’s a lot to be said about tires. You might have heard it all – new tires should always be put on the front, you can drive as long as you want on a spare tire…the list goes on. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to debunk and explain five common facts and myths about tires.
Myth 1: When replacing two tires, the new ones go on front.
In reality, if you’re only replacing two tires, they need to go on the rear of your vehicle. Rear tires provide stability. Without stability, steering and breaking on wet surfaces can cause your vehicle to spin out. If you put the new tires only on the front, it can actually cause water to be shot back at your worn-out rear tires. Learn more about replacing tires with our tire replacement guide.
Myth 2: The best air pressure for a tire is on the sidewall.
The maximum tire pressure listed on the sidewall is for that specific tire – not necessarily the tire pressure recommended for your vehicle. Always use the tire pressure listed on the driver’s side door jamb or in your owner’s manual for a safe and smooth ride.
Myth 3: The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) makes sure my tires have the right air pressure.
While TPMS is handy to have, it’s meant as a last resort to indicate low tire pressure. According to AAA, TPMS isn’t required to warn drivers until tire pressure is 25 percent below the manufacturer’s recommended pressure – which is well below required pressure for safe driving. It’s important to routinely check your tire pressure with a tire pressure gauge, making sure it matches what’s in your owner’s manual or on your door jamb.
Myth 4: A vehicle vibration is solely caused by tires.
There’s actually more to why your vehicle may shake or vibrate. Your wheels could need balancing, brakes could be damaged or worn out, you could have a worn out wheel bearing – there are plenty of culprits at hand.
Myth 5: As long as there’s tread left, the tire is safe to use.
Tread isn’t the only part of your tire to pay attention to. Rubber deteriorates with age and exposure to the elements. While tires come with a mileage warranty, your climate and driving habits can also factor into a tire’s life expectancy. Regularly check for cracks, bulges or bumps in your tire.
Knowing more about your tires can help you stay safe on the road. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why we not only sell tires – we service them, too. We offer a variety of tire services, from tire mounting to wheel balancing and tire rotation. Visit your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet or call 1-800-365-9936 to schedule an appointment.