How to Maintain the Tires of your Isuzu Oasis
Keeping the tires of your Isuzu Oasis in good condition can help you save on fuel costs, help those tires last longer, and help prevent accidents on the road, especially during rainy or snowy weather. Here are some useful tips on keeping those tires in proper working order.
- Make sure your tires are inflated to the specified pressure.
Maintaining correct tire pressure is the most commonly neglected aspect of car maintenance. Only about 19% of American drivers keep their car tires properly inflated. It would be difficult for most people to tell whether their car tires are properly inflated just by looking at them. Most modern tires can retain their shape even when slightly under- or over-inflated. Unfortunately though, even a small amount of under- or over-inflation can lead to uneven tire wear or increased fuel consumption. To maintain correct tire pressure, you first need to consult your owner's manual or look at the numbers on the small metal plate stuck on the frame of the driver-side door. You would then need to have and use your own good-quality tire-pressure gauge instead of relying on the air pump gauges at filling stations since these gauges might not be properly calibrated. Check the tire pressures at least once a month because most tires can lose about one pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure every month, whether or not your car is kept parked (or driven) most of the time. Make sure to check the tire pressures and fill up the tires with additional air only when they are cold or had been driven for only a short distance (less than a mile or so) since hot tires register higher pressures even though they contain lesser amounts of air.
- Keep your wheels in proper alignment and balance, and rotate the tires according to the recommended schedule.
Wheels that are kept properly aligned and balanced ensure good contact between the tires and the road and allow the tire treads to wear out evenly. Similarly, rotating the tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or less (and every time you install a new tire) helps ensure equal tread wear among all four tires. Equal tread wear is important since tires with varying tread wear have varying traction properties and rolling resistance. Unevenly worn treads on tires can lead to skidding or hydroplaning.
- Regularly check your tires for damage.
Tire damage can include gouges, deep cracks, worn-out patches, and bulges as well as foreign objects such as glass shards, nails, screws, or stones that have gotten stuck into the rubber or have actually punctured the sidewall or the treads. And whatever the tire condition, it is a good idea to replace the tires from between 6 to 10 years after their manufacturing date since the rubber and other components of tires degrade with age and exposure to the elements.
- Don't pile too much weight on your car.
Your car has been designed to carry only a given amount of weight and any significant excess will subject the suspension system, the frame, and the tires to heavier stresses. The tires are the first to suffer because they hold all the weight of the car, passengers and cargo included. If you find yourself in a situation wherein you would have to overload your car, it would then be a good idea to increase the tire pressure accordingly for carrying heavy loads as indicated in the owner's manual.