Plymouth Suburban Basic Tire Maintenance Tips
The Plymouth Suburban was the first ever all-steel body station wagon produced by Plymouth in 1949. It had a two-door body and seated six and became popular as a commercial wagon for its 42 inches of flat floor space. The Suburban 1950 however, featured a four-door special deluxe wagon specially made for those who want something more traditional. If you are one of the present owners of these premiere Plymouths, these basic tire maintenance tips will be very useful to you.
- Align your wheels properly.
Always keep your Plymouth Suburban's wheels aligned to avoid uneven or accelerated tire wear. The alignment of the tires or wheels is the adjustment of the suspension of the vehicle. One sign of poor wheel alignment is the increased tread wear on one side of the tire only. Make sure that your tires are properly aligned to avoid any hassle or any unwanted road accidents.
If you are not so sure about your tire alignment, you better seek assistance from a professional and licensed service technician. Having a steering vibration, not so even tread wear, and a steering wheel that is not in the center when you are driving straight are just a few of the bad signs of having misaligned tires.
Having balanced tires can make your Plymouth Suburban maximize their lifespan and overall performance. There are two types of tire imbalance. The first one is the Static (Single Plane), which causes vibration due to vertical movement on one plane only. The second one is the Dynamic (Dual Plane), which addresses vertical movement and lateral movement balance on two planes. Both of them need a special balancing machine to fix things out. It is recommended to align and balance your tires every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. This will really help your Suburban's performance.
- Maintain proper tire pressure.
Tires lose pressure on a daily basis. Make sure to check your tires at least once a week depending on the usage. The front and rear have different tire pressure. Too high tire pressure means that less tire touches the ground, which will make your Suburban bounce. However, too much low tire pressure is a result of too much tire's surface area that touches the ground. This will increase the road and tire friction, which will result in premature tire wear and overheating. It can also lead to a tire blowout.
Do not continue driving if overheating happens. It is recommended to inspect all your tires most especially if you are going for a long trip. Make sure to check your tires when they are cold and before driving because driving just creates friction and it will increase the air pressure. Remember the common cause of tire blowout. This is usually caused by heat, lack of proper air pressure, and some objects like nails. Overloading your Plymouth Suburban knowing that it is best for commercial use might also damage your tires. Ask help from professional tire dealers if you cannot do it yourself.