When Should I Change My Tires?

One of the most overlooked features on a vehicle is the tires.  Unless you feel noticeable slippage on the road it can be hard to know when to change your tires. But no need to fear, your trusted Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are on the case to help you better understand your tires.

When you start asking yourself, “Is it time to change my tires?” you can start by checking the tire pressure. Chevrolets now give drivers the option to check their tire pressure from the media console; however, should you choose to use a manual pressure gauge here are a few things to remember:

  • Check your tires “cold” – Your tires should be at rest for at least three hours for a more accurate reading.
  • Compare the measure psi (pounds per square inch) with the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your car or in your owner’s manual.
  • If your psi is too high, let air out until the numbers match. If your psi is too low add air until it reaches the proper amount.

Check Tire TreadNow that you’ve checked your tire pressure, it’s time to check the tread. Check your tire tread roughly once a month or before you head out on long journeys. Look for uneven wear and tire damage, these could be signs that your alignment is off or you need to replace a tire. Catching this early could save a lot in the long run.  To check the tread depth on your tires simply take a penny and place it where your tread appears lowest with Lincoln’s down into the groove. If our 16th President’s head is covered at all then you are within the safe and legal amount of tread (approx 2/32 of an inch). Once below this amount your Chevy has much more difficulty gripping the road.

Worn tires is one of the primary reasons to replace your tires, another is tire damage. If your tires have damage, it’s typically easier to notice when it’s time to replace them.  For instance you may run over something that punctures or slashes your tires.

If after all your eyeball testing and feeling your tires to see if they look worn you still can’t tell if they need to be replace, stop by and see us. Our team will make sure the next time you hit the road, you’ll be riding on safe tires.

Proper Tire Care

So When Should I Change My Oil?

Keeping your engine properly lubricated will help you get the maximum performance and life from your car, truck, or SUV.  And for the past several decades the general rule has been to change your oil every 3,000 miles. But does that still hold true? That depends on a few factors, but for most people that answer is no.

Because of the many advances in engine technology and the advances in engine lubricants, newer vehicles can typically go over 5,000 miles before an oil change is required.  That is not to say you should always go more than 3,000 miles before an oil change, there are extenuating circumstances.

Truck drivers who are consistently hauling or towing heavy loads; especially in high traffic areas, may need to change their oil more frequently. Another set of drivers that may need to change their oil more frequently than their owner’s manual recommends, are driver that put greater strain on their engines, stopping abruptly or accelerating quickly will wear down you engine faster.

To help you keep track of when you should change your oil, Chevrolet’s are Engine Oil Life Systemequipped with an Engine Oil Life System (OLS) that monitors the use of your oil based on your driving habits and engine conditions. Because this system adjusts to your personal driving habits you can be sure to know that when the OLS light comes on you need to stop by Stalker Chevy for an oil change.

The Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are trained to understand your vehicles needs and when you’ll need your oil changed. We’re here offer you quality car care and provide a detailed inspections to let you know the best options for your Chevy.

For the best practice on oil changes for your vehicle consult the maintenance schedule in your Chevrolet Vehicle Owner’s Manual.