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The mercury is soaring this week, heat has become the enemy for tires. Penske Automotive Group has been receiving unprecedented record of tire-related calls.  Most drivers are unaware of this but heat impacts tires far more then cool weather.  Overheating is responsible for many tire blowouts.

To avoid calling your friendly Penske Automotive Roadside Assistance consider the following tips to keep your tires in the best condition.

  • Check air pressure regularly especially before long trips. A survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association in 2010 found that over half of all vehicles have at least one tire that is under inflated. Make sure to. Remember, use the correct inflation pressure that is found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual.
  • Examine all four tires for cracks, bulges and worn tread that indicate it’s time to replace them. When checking tread take a penny, insert upside down into tread groove.  If you see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.
  • Also be aware that manufacturers put dates on tires, these should be checked as well.
  • Misaligned wheels can cause premature tire wear.  Have alignment checked periodically or if you notice your vehicle “pulling” to the left or right. Hitting a pothole or curb could affect your wheel alignment.
  • Inspect valve caps. Metal caps in scorching heat can be hard to remove. Consider a cap made out of heat tolerant material. While you are checking this out make sure it is screwed on tightly.
  • Occasionally, stop by your local Penske dealer to have someone in our service department inspect your tires.
  • Rotate tires every 5,000-8,000 miles or check your owner’s manual for a specific interval.  Rotation helps tires wear evenly.

Even in record heat, tire care should be no sweat.  Good luck and stay safe.

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