Tires, Balancing & Rotation
A great set of tires can make or break your driving experience, especially in a European brand such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat, or Volvo. European brands are high horsepower, performance vehicles that offer an amazing driving experience. As most drivers know, it doesn’t matter how much power you have if you cannot get traction. That’s where your tires come in.
Tires are an important investment for your vehicle if you want the best driving experience. A good set of tires can impact many aspects of your drive, including your gas mileage. In fact, short of filling your gas tank, maintaining and replacing your tires is likely the most frequent maintenance that should be completed on your vehicle.
There are certain aspects of maintaining your tires that can – and should – be checked by drivers on a very regular basis. The most important factor is maintaining proper tire pressure, which refers to the amount of air or hydrogen that should be in your specific tires for optimal performance. Based on your make, model, and tire size this pressure can generally vary from 30 to 40 PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch).
The first step in maintaining proper tire pressure is to know what PSI the manufacturer recommends if you are using your stock wheels and tires. Keep in mind that if you switch out your wheels and tires to a different size or aftermarket version, these metrics can, and likely will, change. Since tire pressure can be impacted by many factors, including how hot or cold it is outside, we recommend you check your pressure on a bi-weekly basis, at a minimum.
You want to bring your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop if you observe any of the following:
- Frequent Loss of Pressure in a Tire
- Wobbling or Shaking When Driving
- Uneven Tread Wear
- Low Tread on Any Tire
Tire Services Specialists
Causes of Tire Wear
All tires will wear out at some point, regardless of their quality — but many tire brands can last for 30,000 miles or more. As most European vehicle owners know, tires are not cheap, and uneven wear can cause you to replace a set prematurely. Uneven tire wear can also be an indication of larger suspension or steering issues that may be a bigger safety concern. As a result, it’s important to get any uneven tire wear inspected as soon as possible.
Your Space Coast Dealership Alternative
Melbourne Motorsports is your local, trusted resource for European vehicle tires, maintenance, and repair. We can ensure that routine maintenance such as rotation and balancing is completed properly, and expertly diagnose any underlying causes of uneven tire wear. We can help you with all of your tire-related needs without the high dealership cost!