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5 Car Tire Myths You Should Stop Believing

Proper tire maintenance helps to enhance safety, improve fuel economy and performance, and extend the life of your wheels. However, certain misconceptions can undermine your efforts. To help you separate fact from fiction and keep your tires in excellent condition, check out these five tire myths to stop believing today!

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Myth 1: Your Tire Will Burst if You Exceed the Maximum Air Pressure Number on the Sidewall

Contrary to what many people believe, filling new quality tires beyond the maximum pressure number will not lead to a blowout. The number simply tells you the ideal tire pressure for your tires and has nothing to do with tire busting. However, for optimal performance and to avoid excess damage to your tires, it is best to keep your tires at the recommended pressure.

Myth 2: You Don’t Need to Monitor Tire Pressure if You Have Tire Sensors

Although car sensors are very useful, they do not do all the work. Oftentimes, your tire pressure monitoring system will not issue a warning until the pressure is already too low. For safe driving, always monitor your tires to ensure they are properly inflated.

Myth 3: All Vehicles Come with a Spare Tire

Unlike in the past where this used to be standard, not all modern cars include a spare tire. Today, blowouts are a lot less common; modern tires are more reliable and road conditions have improved significantly. As such, many manufacturers do not equip new cars with a spare tire.

Myth 4: You Only Need to Rotate Your Tires Once a Year

Rotating tires regularly helps to prevent uneven wear and tear, increase their lifespan, and improve vehicle performance. Generally, you should have your tires rotated after every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. Since this often coincides with the recommended oil change interval, you can save time and money by scheduling the two services at the same time.

Myth 5: New Tires Should Always Be Placed on the Front

When replacing only two tires, many people believe that the new tires should be placed on the front. However, the truth is that rear tires provide vehicle stability. Putting the two new tires in the back will give you better control of your car, especially when driving in wet conditions.

Contact Our Tire Repair Experts

At Custom Complete Automotive, we can help you keep your tire in optimal condition. To learn more about our tire maintenance, repair, and replacement services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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