Rims and tires: Maintenance tips for car owners

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Keeping your car in great shape year-round requires more than just getting an inspection...

Keeping your car in great shape year-round requires more than just getting an inspection and changing the oil. Atlanta's humidity level and heat index can have an effect on both the interior and exterior of your car, so you also need to pay attention to the rims and tires. Simple things such as checking your tire pressure, having the wheels aligned and choosing the best rims for your vehicle can help you keep your vehicle in great shape season after season.

Here are some important maintenance tips for rims and tires:

Inspect tires regularly

You want to make sure your tires are free of nails, screws, cracks and signs of uneven tread. You usually can get an automotive technician to look at your tires at no cost, and some offer free tire inspections and air checks as a courtesy to all customers. Make note of the recommended load range for your vehicle. This is usually listed on a sticker near the driver's side door or will be listed in your owner's manual. Inspect your tires regularly and make sure you fill them with enough air before a long trip.

Choose rims appropriate for your vehicle

If you're looking to splurge on a new set of tires and rims, consider the effects of larger tires and chrome rims versus something more conservative. While extra-large tires can look great on certain makes and models, they can also interfere with your ability to maneuver the vehicle properly. Talk to a dealership or automotive professional that specializes in the make and model of your vehicle so that you are choosing an appropriate size for your tires and rims. Most will also offer wheel alignment services to ensure everything is working properly after installation.

Watch your speed

Overheated tires can shorten the life of your tires, so make sure you're watching your speed and avoid driving on too much rugged terrain around Atlanta. Excessive hard braking, driving on rugged roads, and driving at high speed will wear down your tires quickly.

Taking good care of your tires and choosing the right set of tires and rims can increase the life and value of your vehicle. Talk to an Atlanta automotive professional for recommendations on tires and rims for your car, truck, van or SUV.

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