Tires & Brakes | Kelly Auto Group
Does Your Car, Truck, or SUV Need New Tires?
Keeping a sharp eye on your tires is extremely important for the efficiency of your vehicle and your safety. Doing a few simple checks each month will keep your tires in good shape longer and help you to avoid any tire related problems down the road. First, check your tire pressure at least once a month, use a tire pressure gauge to check each tire and determine if your tires need more air in them - or some air let out if they are filled beyond the recommended PSI for your vehicle. Most gas stations have a tire pressure gauge you can borrow in a pinch if you don't have one, and they also usually have an air compressor to add air to your tires if they are a little low. Second, perform a tire tread inspection using the simple penny test. By taking a penny and inserting it into the grooves of the tread hair down, if any part of Lincoln's head is obstructed you are in the legal limit the tread needs to be - if you are getting close to seeing the top of Lincoln's hair it is time to look for new tires. Perform this test in multiple areas on each tire. Third, perform a site inspection of each tire - look for cracks in the sidewall of the tire and for foreign objects in the tire such as nails or debris.
Why Are Brakes So Important to My Car, Truck, or SUV?
Your brakes are one of the most important - if not the most important - safety feature on your vehicle. Your brake system allows you to avoid most incidents or accidents while on the roads, and therefore requires you to pay close attention to how your brakes are working. A regular inspection of your brakes is recommended - perform a visual inspection, measuring pad and shoe thickness, check for even wear of the pads and shoes, and check rotors for run out and hot spots. Having a trusted mechanic do a regular inspection of your wheel cylinders, brake lines and brake master cylinder, calipers, and brake fluid. We recommend having your brake system inspected with each oil change or at minimum every 6 months or about every 6,000 miles. When all of these different parts and components are working together correctly you can have confidence in your braking system while driving to keep you safe and secure.