Dodge Royal: Tire Maintenance Basics
If you want your Dodge Royal to keep rolling on the road instead of being stuck in a garage, it must have a good set of tires. These tires should provide good grip and ground contact. Otherwise, the drive can turn into a disaster. One of the tires may blow out all of a sudden simply because you failed to check on them. To make sure that the tires of your Dodge will provide good traction, here's a short guide for tire maintenance:
- Maintaining the right tire pressure
The recommended air pressure for the tires should be maintained. In order to do so, the tire pressure should be checked regularly. You can do the tire pressure check at least every month. With proper tire inflation, the vehicle can be driven more safely due to better traction. This will also help extend tire life as under-inflated tires can cause increased tread wear on the outer edges and can cause excessive heat to be generated. Over-inflated tires also lead to accelerated and uneven wear, which is mostly focused on the center tread as this part carries more of the weight. If you fail to check and maintain proper air pressure, fuel mileage can suffer as well due to increased rolling resistance, which makes the vehicle work harder and consume more fuel. Changes in temperature or weather can lead to psi drops, so you must check the tire pressure regularly and adjust it as needed. Do this when the tires are cool and with a reliable tire pressure gauge. Stick to the recommended air pressure by the manufacturer.
- Checking the tires for tread wear
As you check for tread wear, you'll be able to tell if your tires are already up for replacement or can be repaired. Through the tread wear pattern, you'll also know what could be causing the damage or wear. For instance, your tires are most likely under-inflated if there's wear on both edges, while over-inflated tires would normally develop center tread wear. Cups or dips in the tread are caused by worn-out parts. The vehicle needs to be aligned if you spot saw tooth edges due to tires rubbing against the road erratically. To check for tread wear, look for the tread wear indicator, which is less than an inch or about 2/32 of an inch from the tread groove's bottom. Replace your tire if tread depth reaches this level. The tires should be inspected every now and then for cracks, bulges, and knots caused by impacts, cuts, and curbing.
The tire tread should be inspected for any sign of uneven wear as this can affect grip on the road. Aside from maintaining proper air pressure, the vehicle should also be checked for proper alignment to prevent accelerated and uneven tire wear. Tire rotation can help prolong tire life and improve performance. The tires should be rotated according to the recommended specs for the vehicle. When replacing a tire, use tires that are of the right size and type, as recommended by the manufacturer. The tire diameter should match the rim diameter. Also take note of appropriate clearance, proper load-carrying capacity, and other specifications. Don't overload the tires and avoid excessive tire spinning in case the vehicle is stuck in mud, sand, ice, or snow.