Everyone who buys a car knows about the maintenance they have to perform. Jiffy Lube has done a great job of educating people to get their oil changed every three months or three thousand miles. As well, most people are aware that a tune-up is needed every so often. However, one of the biggest expenses in routine car maintenance is getting your Yokohama tires replaced. It is not cheap to replace Yokohama tires, so it is in your best interest to learn how to maintain your existing Yokohama tires in order to get the most life out of them. When the time does come to replace your Yokohama tires, there are some steps you can take to make sure you get the most for your money.
First, make sure that your tires are inflated to the manufacturer's specified PSI rating. Not only will this save your tires, but it will also save your gas money. Keeping your tires properly inflated will maximize your vehicle's gas mileage. Be careful not to over inflate your tires as you can damage them.
Second, rotate your tires every 6 months or 6,000 miles. A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every other oil change. Rotating them ensures that they wear evenly. I have even know people that change the oil every 5,000 miles and rotate the tires with every oil change.
No matter how much maintenance you perform, there will come a point where you will have to replace your tires. The good news is that technological advances have made tires more affordable than ever. Innovations in material compounds, tread patterns, and tire construction have revolutionized today's tires, improving quality on even the inexpensive models. Regardless, some of the better tires can still cost over a thousand dollars for a set of four. Additionally, tire retailers love to add on little fees such as new valve stems or wheel balancing. Some will even try to sell wheel alignments and road hazard warranties. You as an individual must decide if your tire investment warrants these add ons.
To get the most for your money, purchase the right type of tire for your type of car. Match your tire's load index and speed rating with the requirements of your car. When you do purchase new tires, don't forget to follow the tire maintenance plan to extend the life of your new tires. Especially with Yokohama tires, you are making a rather large investment so choose correctly. It is not bad to ask why one tire is better or worse than another.
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