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This article brought to you by Karen Johnston of All About Automotive, Gresham Outlook Insider Automotive Expert.

Karen Johnston

According to the US Department of Transportation the #1 reason that vehicles breakdown on our national highways is a flat or blown tire. Your vehicle's tires are one of the most important components of vehicle safety. 80% of tire failures happen in the last 20% of a tire's tread life.

Maintaining tires with good tread at the proper air pressure allows them to grip the road surface, causing traction. When traveling through water, ice, or other hazards, traction allows you to steer and maintain control of your vehicle. Sudden stopping is more efficient with good tread and tire pressure.

Tires are usually replaced due to low tread depth, cracking sidewalls and bulging tread or sidewalls. Do not continue to use tires with such conditions or tread depth less than 4/32 inch. The age of tires also plays a part in their safety and stability. In 2000 the tire industry started date coding tires. Because rubber deteriorates with age, a tire in service for 5 or 6 years should be replaced regardless of its outward appearance and/or tread depth.

We recommend rotating your tires approximately every 5,000 miles and checking the pressure at each 3,000 mile oil change. Check the alignment annually and adjust if needed. Perform regular inspections of steering, suspension, brakes and wheel bearings, then replace worn parts to keep the tires riding at the proper angle on the road.

Good tires on your vehicle are crucial for safety. Have your trusted repair facility regularly inspect, check tire pressure and rotate your tires, keeping you informed so you can budget ahead of time for tire replacement. Happy Motoring!

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Gresham, OR 97030


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