Most people know the basics of car maintenance: keep your gas tank full, change your oil every few months and get new tires when yours start to wear down. However, there is much more to maintaining tires and wheels than you might think. Proper maintenance of tires, wheels and their assemblies will save you money in the long run and extend the life of your vehicle.
Tires need to be maintained at the proper PSI (pounds per square inch), which is usually stamped on the sidewall of the tire. Even a mildly flat tire can cause your car to get poor gas mileage. Though it might not seem like this little detail can have a huge effect on your wheels, tires with low PSI can cause uneven rim wear, which may permanently affect the efficiency of your drive.
A routine balance check will ensure that your wheels are not wobbling. Again, a wobbly wheel can negatively influence gas mileage and cause your wheel and tire to have uneven wear. If your tire wears unevenly, you will have to replace it sooner. Also, a severely out of balance tire could put stress on other parts of the drive assembly or throw your car out of alignment. Balance checks can be done fairly inexpensively when you take your vehicle in to rotate the tires.