Tire Care Guidelines for Your Saab 99
The tires of your Saab 99 are a major contributor to your driving performance these are the only components that are touching the road. Without proper regular care, your tires can easily get worn out. This can lead to a decline in vehicle handling that may be dangerous in certain situations.
Below are three tire care guidelines for your Saab 99.
- Check and maintain the air pressure level of your tires.
The air pressure of your tires can significantly affect the performance of your Saab 99 and the lifespan of the tires. Driving with underinflated tires can force the shoulders of the tires to come into contact with the road. This creates large amounts of friction that can significantly increase the temperature of your tires, with the heat contributing to the rapid wearing of their sides. It can also result in tread separation that weakens the integrity of your tires. This can increase the risk of a tire blowout during your drive. Overinflating your tires by 6 psi more than the recommended level can also be dangerous. This lessens the contact area of the tires to the ground that can result in the rapid wearing of the middle part of the tire. Tires with too much air pressure are easily damaged by small debris or potholes on the road.
Check the manual of your Saab 99 to know the correct air pressure level of your car's tire. The optimum tire pressure level might also be printed on the sides of the tires itself. Consider checking the tire pressure at least once every three times you fill up for gas at a station.
- Make sure the alignment of your wheels is balanced.
The alignment of your Saab 99 is another factor in your tire's lifespan as well as your car's driving performance. When your tires are outside of the preferred angles, it can lead to uneven wearing on the tires. Misaligned tires can also make your 99 suddenly steer right or left when you let go of the steering wheel.
It is advisable to check your 99's wheel alignment if you notice any tread wear on your tires or if you feel your steering wheels vibrate. Have it also checked if your tires hit any pothole or solid objects on the road as this can also misalign them. A local auto shop can accurately diagnose the angle of your wheels and correct it when needed.
- Measure the wear depth level of your tires.
The depth of your Saab 99's tire tread is responsible for allowing the wheels to grip the road. Over time, the tread depth decreases. Low tread levels can make you lose control of your vehicle while driving through difficult road condition. You can determine the amount of wear on your tires by looking for the tread depth indicators. They can be found at the bottom of the groove of your tires. If they appear to be at the same level as the adjacent ribs, you'll need to consider replacing your tires.
Regular checkup of your tires can help maintain its lifespan. It can also help you determine when you need to replace them.