Summer is almost over in Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth. While I wouldn’t say it’s been the worst summer we’ve ever had, the nation as a whole has seen record heat levels.
What a lot of people don’t know or don’t think about is the fact that high temperatures take a toll on more than just ourselves and our electric bills… it also takes a toll on our new and used Chevrolets. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the dangers heat can propose to your vehicle, but today I’m going to focus on the tires alone.
ConsumerReports.org says that hot weather exacerbates heat build-up and actually weakens your tires which can potentially lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failure. On a hot 90-degree day at our track, surface temperatures easily exceed 150-degrees. And let’s be honest, a 90-degree-day in the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex is a walk in the park compared to what we are used to, so think about what our tires are experiencing while we are cruising around in the cool a/c.
So what should we do to help prevent tire failure as much as possible? The answers are actually pretty simple. Check out these tips from consumer reports below:
- Check the inflation pressure in each tire (and the spare) when the tires are cold or have sat more than three hours.
- Inflate the tires to the recommended setting outlined on the tire information placard found most often on the driver’s door jamb and/or the vehicle owner’s manual.
- Check the tires monthly. Tires will typically lose up to 1 psi per month, and pressure drops about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in air temperature.
- Buy a good tire gauge. It’s also a good idea to buy a portable compressor that works off of your car’s power outlet; these are available in many auto parts stores.
- Tires also lose air to common punctures, so if you find you’re always adding air to one particular tire, it might have a slow leak. Have it checked out at a service garage.
The summer is almost over, DFW Chevy owners. So let’s make sure we do everything we can to give the tires on our new and used Chevrolets a smooth transition into the fall. Safe travels!
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.