When you are looking for new tires for your car, it is essential that you get a set that offers you the mileage you are looking for and fit properly on your vehicle. While there are a lot of different sizes and types of tires on the market, your owner's manual is a useful resource for information to get you started.
Many times when the tires on your car are worn out, replacing them with the same or an equivalent tire is fine. If you are not looking for a performance tire or a tire with a unique tread, you can get a standard all-season radial tire that will offer good performance on most surfaces at a reasonable price.
The size of the tires you need for your car is listed in the owner's manual that came with your vehicle, and there is a sticker on the inside of the driver's door that will also give you the size and the inflation level that is recommended for the tires. If you cannot find the information, the shop where you are buying new tires can help you.
When you start looking at new tires for your car, you may notice tires of the same size priced differently. One of the things that can affect a tire's price is the mileage rating and life expectancy of the tires.
Tires that offer a higher mileage rating are made from a harder rubber, so the tires wear slower. Slower wear means you will get longer life from the tire, but you still need to maintain the tires properly, or the wear can become unpredictable.
Keeping your tires inflated adequately is critical, and there are tire shops that offer nitrogen inflation to help maintain the proper inflation. Nitrogen is an inert gas, so it is not affected by temperature or humidity, so the tire inflation stays consistent and the wear is even across all four tires.
When you choose to use nitrogen in your tires, the shop will put a green valve stem cap on for you, so other shops know not to put air in the tires. If the tire pressure does drop in nitrogen-filled tires, there is a leak that needs attention, and you need to take your car to a tire shop.
Adding standard compressed air to the tires after they have nitrogen in them will negate the benefit. The oxygen in the mix will allow the tire pressures to change with temperature, causing wear issues and essentially wasting the money you spent on nitrogen inflation.
To learn more about new tires, visit a shop near you.