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Any under inflated tire builds up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire destruction. Refer to the tire placard on the vehicle (check vehicle and/or vehicle owners manual for placard location) for the recommended operating pressures. These pressures must be maintained as a minimum. Do not exceed the maximum pressure indicated on the tire sidewall of passenger car tires. If you are replacing the original size tires with tires of a different size, you must consult a knowledgeable dealer to determine the correct inflation pressure for your new tires.

 

 

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Check tire inflation pressures (including the spare) at least once a month when tires are cold and before long trips. Failure to maintain correct inflation may cause rapid and irregular tire wear, sudden tire destruction and may result in loss of vehicle control and serious personal injury. Therefore, inflation pressures should be checked at least once a month and always prior to long distance trips. Any tire is susceptible to losing air pressure if not properly maintained. Pressures should be checked when tires are cold; in other words, before they have been driven on. Driving, even for a short distance, causes tires to heat up and air pressure to increase. Tires run even short distances while severely underinflated may be damaged beyond repair. High speed driving can be dangerous. Correct inflation pressure is especially important. However, at high speeds, even with the correct inflation pressures, a road hazard is more difficult to avoid and if contact is made, has a greater chance of causing tire damage than at a lower speed. Moreover, driving at high speed reduces the reaction time available to avoid accidents and bring your vehicle to a safe stop.

 

 

Driving on a damaged tire or wheel can be dangerous. Always look for bulges, cracks, cuts, splits, penetrations, and abnormal tread wear. Damage can occur within the tire body without being visible on the outside. A vibration or ride disturbance may be a sign of tire damage. Any time you see any damage to your tires or wheels, replace with spare at once and immediately see your tire dealer to have the damaged tire inspected. If while driving, you notice a vibration or ride disturbance, and/or you suspect possible damage to the tires or vehicle: immediately reduce your speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road, stop, and inspect the tires. If a tire is damaged, deflate it, remove it from the vehicle, and replace the tire and wheel with your spare. If you do not see any tire damage and cannot otherwise determine the source of the vibration, have the vehicle towed to the nearest vehicle or tire dealer for a thorough inspection. These conditions may be caused by misalignment, underinflation, overloading, impact damage, and/or a separation within the tire body. Use of a damaged tire could result in sudden tire destruction. When inspecting your tires, including the spare, check your air pressures. If your pressure check indicates that one of your tires has lost pressure of two pounds or more, look for signs of penetrations, valve leakage, or wheel damage that may account for the air loss. All tires will wear out faster when subjected to high speeds as well as hard cornering, rapid starts, sudden stops, frequent driving on roads which are in poor condition, and off road use Roads with holes, rocks or other objects can damage tires and cause misalignment of your vehicle. When you drive on such roads, drive on them carefully and slowly, and before driving at normal or highway speeds, examine your tires for any damage.

 

 Worn out tires are dangerous. Tires contain "Wear-Bars" in the grooves of the tire tread which show up when only 2/32nds of an inch (1.6mm) tread remains. At this stage, your tires must be replaced. Tires worn beyond this stage are dangerous. Do not overload your tires. Driving on any overloaded tire is dangerous.

 

The maximum load rating of your tires is marked on the tire sidewall. Do not exceed these ratings. Tires which are loaded beyond their maximum allowable loads for the particular application will build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire destruction. Do not exceed the gross axle weight ratings for any axle on your vehicle. Consult the vehicle placard and/or vehicle owners manual to determine the gross axle weight rating. Following the loading instructions of the vehicle manufacturer should insure that your tires are not overloaded.

 

If you anticipate towing a trailer, see your tire dealer for advice. If you anticipate towing a trailer, you should see your tire dealer for advice concerning the correct size of tire and inflation pressures. Tire size and air pressure depend upon the type and size of trailer and hitch utilized, but never exceed the maximum cold inflation pressure or the maximum tire load rating. The only sure way to prevent overload is to weigh, axle by axle, the fully-loaded vehicle on a reliable platform scale. Check the tire placard on the vehicle and the owners manual supplied by the manufacturer of your vehicle for further recommendations on trailer towing.

 

Wheel alignment and balancing are important for safety and maximum mileage from your tires. Inspect your tires regularly: at least once a month inspect your tires closely for signs of uneven wear.