Keep Rolling with Proper Tire Care & Maintenance

When you think about where you and your car would be without tires, it definitely puts their importance into perspective. Refresh your knowledge about tire care with the following tips from our Service Writer, Jeannie.

  1. Keep Your Tires at Recommended Pressures Regardless of the tire type or road conditions, maintaining the correct tire pressure is the most important thing you can do to ensure extended tire life, equal tire wear, safe operation of your vehicle and increased fuel economy.

Remember that if you’re a truck owner, your ideal tire pressure will change when hauling a trailer or carrying a heavy load. If you’ve had the pleasure of pushing a fully loaded wheelbarrow with a slack tire, you know how your vehicle feels with low tire pressure. Check your owner’s manual for information on temporarily increasing tire pressures.

How often should you check your tires pressure?

According to, tire air pressure should be checked at least once a month when the tires are cold. Hot air expands, so a pressure reading on warm tires won’t be accurate.

  1. Make it a Habit to Inspect Your Tires’ Condition

Put some down time to good use by checking your tires’ condition while pumping gas. Get familiar with how they look, so that you’ll notice changes in your tires when they occur.

A quick way to know when your tire is ready to be replaced is the Penny trick. Simply put a penny face down in between your tire’s tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is worn to the point of needing to be replaced. (Put a picture here of Penny Trick.)

  1. Plan for Tire Service

Keep tire rotation and alignment services in your mental calendar, or better yet, schedule a task in your smartphone to remind yourself when these services are due. Tire rotations should be completed every 5,000 miles to ensure equal tire wear and maximize life span. This service costs a little less than $20, but is free if you purchased your tires at Downeast. Wheel Alignments should be done at least once per year or every 12,000 miles, at a cost of about $80.

As always, Downeast Toyota’s Service Department is here for you if you need help with your tires. You can schedule an appointment online, or call us at (207) 989-0285 anytime!