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Maintaining the only part of your vehicle actually touching the road.



Why Tire Maintenance Is Important

As your sole contacts to the road, tires play a vital role in your vehicle’s handling, ride quality, and braking distance. With such crucial aspects of your drive resting on your tires, maintaining proper inflation, tread depth, and routine rotations are essential to getting the performance, comfort, and safety you expect in your everyday drive.




A set of new tires should last you at least six years, but the tire brand, your driving habits, and the terrain you drive on, among other factors, will impact your tire life.

How Can I Make My Tires Last Longer?

Inspect Your Tires Regularly

We recommend inspecting your tires for damage at least once a month, especially if you reside in a cold climate like Minnesota, drive over potholes or debris frequently, or drive an above-average amount of miles in your vehicle. 

Inflate Your Tires Properly

Deflated tires can exacerbate wear as well as reduce performance. In turn, you should always make sure your tires meet the appropriate tire pressure outlined in your owner’s manual and driver’s side door decal. Deflation is especially common during the winter months as pressure decreases by about 1 PSI for every drop in 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rotate Your Tires Routinely

In front-engine vehicles, the front tires, which bear the weight of the engine and friction during turning, endure more wear than the rear wheels. By rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, you can avoid uneven tire wear and save money in the long run.

What Should I Check When Inspecting My Tires?


Overinflation will cause excessive force between the center of the tire and the road, which results in more wear down the middle of the tire. On the other hand, underinflation will cause more wear on the outer edges of the tire.


Keep an eye out for uneven tread wear or cupping – erratic patches of tread wear due to out-of-balance wheels or malfunctioning shock absorber or suspension components.

Tread Depth

When tread depth falls below 2/32 inches, it’s time to replace your tires. You can quickly measure tread depth by using a penny:

  • Place a penny headfirst into one of your tire’s tread grooves
  • If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is too shallow
  • Check multiple grooves on all tires

Other Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Tires

Vibration or thumping while driving

An out-of-balance or separated tire can cause vibration or thumping while driving. 

Pulling to one side

If you notice your vehicle pulls to one side while you maintain a straight course, one of your tires may be underinflated or damaged. This phenomenon may also indicate a brake issue or misaligned wheels.







Do winter tires make a difference?
Unlike all-season or summer tires, a special rubber compound designed to remain flexible and soft in temperatures below 45 degrees comprise winter tires. For tackling the brutal Minnesota cold, winter tires make a substantial difference.
How do I know if my tires are worn out?
All tires wear over time, but if you notice your tread falls below the wear bars or the tread measures less than 2/32 inches, you need new tires.


How long do tires last on average?
Regardless of tread wear, we recommend replacing your tires every six years.
Can tires affect my MPG?
Yes. Properly inflated tires and even tread wear will maximize your fuel economy.

Visit Morrie’s Inver Grove Mazda For Quick and Affordable Tire Service

Whether you need a tire rotation, tire repair, or outright tire replacement, the service experts at our Inver Grove service center have you covered. Schedule your service appointment today.

Feel free to contact Morrie’s Inver Grove Mazda to learn more about tire service. 


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