Odds are that as a Porsche owner you’d never go for weeks without washing your car, but how often do you think about your tires? Although the tires on a Porsche are designed to be high-performance and give you a superb ride, many owners take them for granted–until there’s a problem. Why wait until you’re staring at a hefty bill for Porsche repair due to a damaged suspension system or a fender-bender?
Here are a few ways you can keep your tires in their best condition, especially moving into the colder months:
Give Them Attention
Every couple of weeks, and especially when you’ve driven through slippery, wet, or otherwise intense conditions, give your tires a quick visual inspection. If you notice any cracking, excessive or uneven wear, or even something that just looks “odd”, let that be your clue to take your tires in to be inspected by a qualified tire service technician. Trust your instinct: if something seems wrong, it probably is. And remember to keep the date of your tires’ manufacture in mind. No matter how little wear they’ve received, most tires are not recommended for use when they’re more than 10 years old. If yours are older, then they should be replaced.
Keep Them Well-Maintained
Maintenance may not be a word that you’ve generally associated with tires, but in order for the vehicle to keep performing at its peak all tires need to be regularly balanced, rotated, and aligned. Ensuring that your tires and wheels are balanced, rotated, and aligned can lengthen the life of your tires, keep your car’s suspension from wearing out prematurely, and make for a much more comfortable ride.
Under Pressure? Make Sure It’s The Right Amount
Don’t ignore the indications that something might be amiss with your tire pressure. Over-inflating your tires can be very dangerous, leading to impaired handling and even the risk of a blowout during driving, which could cause an accident. Under-inflated tires, on the other hand, drastically lower your car’s fuel efficiency. The best place to keep your tire pressure? Right where Porsche recommends it should be. It’s easier than ever to detect improper tire pressure with the help onboard computers and dashboard notifications. If you do find that your tires are improperly inflated, don’t try to get the pressure right yourself at the corner service station. Instead, have a trained technician check all your tires, including the spare, and adjust the pressure to be in the correct range.
Your tires are the foundation for your car. Don’t make the mistake of caring for everything else, but neglecting the place where the rubber meets the road–literally. Let us help you make sure that your tires will carry you through this season, and keep you and your Porsche on the road.
Porsche Tire Care Tips – www.eurosportautomotive.com
Winter Car Care Tips – www.planet9.com