We’ve all heard the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but the reality is, that with all the rain showers expected during the storm season, it’s a great time to think about the condition of your tires. It’s also worth noting that April is officially “National Car Care Month.” Coincidence? Perhaps. Many residents in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest are certainly glad to have the winter months closing out and we’re ready for the Spring, but is your car ready? The weather that we’ve all come to know, and love, is never kind to our vehicles, and harsh Minnesota storms can only be driven through in a reliable vehicle with tires that have what it takes to challenge the storms.
Post-Winter Snow Tire Removal In St Paul
If you opted to put snow tires on your car in anticipation of brutal winter storms, it’s time to switch them over to all-season radial tires. Why not just leave the snow tires on all year, you ask? Snow tires are made specifically to handle colder temperatures, and their tread was designed to bite into snow and ice to maintain your car’s traction. In warmer months, these tires will wear out much faster, leaving them with a short life span.
Checking Tires For Tread Depth
Less tread means less traction and a greater chance of sliding on slick roads – hydroplaning. Don’t think this only happens during torrential rain: it only takes 1/12 of an inch of rain on the road and a speed above 35 mph for a vehicle to hydroplane. If the tread depth on your vehicle’s tires is less than adequate (generally, under 1/8-inch), now is the time to consider replacing them.
Ensure Tires Are Properly Inflated
Under-inflated tires increase driving risks, waste fuel, and cause faster tire wear. During winter, all-season radials may lose between two and five pounds of pressure, so air them up before you hit the road (or too many potholes).
Check For Tire Alignment And Balance
Speaking of potholes, Minnesota winters can wreak havoc on tires and your vehicle’s suspension system. Winter road conditions, from potholes to huge mounds of snow and ice, can easily knock your car off balance. A four-wheel alignment is recommended once or twice a year, depending on the vehicle.
To prepare your tires and suspension system for spring and the inevitable storm season, the ASE-Certified mechanics at St. Paul’s Automotive are standing by to service your vehicle. Offering a full line of tire repair and replacement services, St. Paul Automotive is a family-owned business that has built a strong reputation over the past 90 years in the St. Paul and greater Minneapolis community. Call us at (651) 298-0956 today or contact us online to schedule your vehicle’s tire and alignment inspection. Don’t wait!