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Daily Q&A: What tips do you have for care of my tires?

What tips do you have for proper care for my tires?

I had a recent conversation with Johnny Unser, former Indy car racer and Cooper Tire performance adviser. Unser makes several suggestions to help with safety, extend the life of your tires and increase fuel efficiency.

Here's what Unser suggests:

• Examine your tires for cracks and dings that could cause the tire to come apart.

• Check tire pressure before you drive. Tire pressure checks should be done when the car is cool. After you drive, the tire will heat up and will not give you an accurate reading.

• Make sure there is sufficient tread. Insert a penny between the tread with Abraham Lincoln's head pointed downward. The tread should reach at least from the edge of the penny to the top of Lincoln's head. If less than that, the tire needs to be replaced.

• Rotate the tires every 6,000 miles. By rotating the tires, you will keep them more evenly worn and help them last longer.

• Keep the tires properly inflated. The tire pressure for your vehicle is usually located on a sticker mounted in the opening of the driver's side door. A properly inflated tire can save 3 percent a month on gas.

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Daily Q&A: What tips do you have for care of my tires? 05/17/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 11:49am]
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