Tires typically get the most wear and tear of anything on your car. After all, the tires have direct contact with the road, potholes, rain, puddles and any other debris that may lie on the road. Maintaining your tires will save you a lot of money in the long run by not having to frequently replace them.
According to AutoWeek
magazine Road Test Editor Natalie Neff, "Every month or so, take a look at your tires' treads – and not just one tire, but all of them. If one tire shows more wear than another, it could indicate a bigger problem with the car, like a bad alignment."
Neff also suggests checking for uneven wear along each tire's tread face: "If one side or other appears more worn, or the shoulders versus the center, it could point to tired suspension parts or poor inflation. It's also a good idea to have your tires inspected by a professional every so often, someone who can rotate them – swapping the fronts and rears or switching them side to side – to help ensure even wear at all four corners."
For information on tires and manufacturers, eBay Motors' recently launched tires section
is a great resource.
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