Diesel-powered vehicles account for nearly 4% of all the vehicles on U.S. roads today. But even though diesel fuel can provide a lot of advantages, it doesn't make vehicles invincible to wear and tear. To ensure the longevity of your truck and keep you safe on the road, it's essential to properly maintain your truck tires -- and take action if you need to upgrade your tires. Here are just a few tips that can help you catch small issues before they become big blow-outs.
Inspect Before and During Trips
Prior to setting out for adventure or heading to a job site, it's recommended that you conduct a visual inspection of your truck tires. Pay close attention to any irregular wear patterns on your tires, differing tread depths, and the air pressure of your tires. Since tire aging can contribute to a higher likelihood of an accident, you'll want to have a good idea of how long it'll be before you need to upgrade your tires. If you happen to hit a pothole or suspect debris has become lodged in your tire treads during a trip, you should make it a point to pull over and perform a quick assessment to ensure nothing is amiss.
Pay Attention to Tire Recalls
Even if your tires look to be in good shape, it's possible that you'll need to upgrade your tires sooner than you thought. On occasion, truck tire brands and other vehicle manufacturers will issue recalls for specific tire models. This occurs when the maker or a governing agency discovers that the tire presents a safety issue to the public. While it might not ever impact your vehicle or your tires, it's a good idea to check on current tire recalls (as well as any other recalls pertaining to your vehicle) on a semi-regular basis.
Rotate Tires Regularly
Tire rotation is an essential part of vehicle maintenance. Rotating your tires regularly can reduce the risk of irregular wear, thus extending the lifespan of your tires overall. It can also prevent accidents related to uneven wear. In most cases, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or every six months; however, you may need to rotate them sooner if you notice signs of more extreme wear. Some manufacturers may have other recommendations, so consult your owner's manual for additional guidance.
Have Alignment and Balance Checked
Having your tires and wheels balanced and aligned will also play an important role in their longevity and your general safety. While balancing ensures that truck tires and wheels rotate properly without vibration, alignment will keep your truck driving straight on the road. These tasks can be performed during a professional vehicle inspection. Your technician can also advise you as to whether it's time to upgrade your tires or wheels, or if there are any other parts that need to be replaced.
Follow Recommended Repair Guidelines
When repairs or replacement are needed, make sure to follow all recommended procedures put forth by industry associations. And when you do need replacement parts -- like truck wheels, new tires, or other components of your truck's internal system -- you'll want to obtain them from a trusted resource. If you attempt to DIY a repair without the proper knowledge, you could unknowingly put yourself at risk. It's typically best to contact a trusted technician to conduct any necessary repairs or replacement. That way, you'll know the work will be done correctly the first time. This will allow your vehicle to last longer and your safety to be prioritized at the same time. If you go the do-it-yourself route, make sure to research thoroughly and source all of your equipment properly.
By establishing ongoing tire maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your vehicle and gain valuable peace of mind. For more information on our high-quality products and how they can further improve the quality of your truck, please contact us today.