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Don’t skimp on tires

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle, but maintaining and knowing when to buy new tires can be a mystery for some consumers.

Ryan Hausladen, owner of Mr. Tire in Howard Lake, has a few suggestions and tips when shopping for new tires.

After finding out the make and model of a car, Hausladen asks the customer what the vehicle is used for so he can get a better understanding of the type of tire that would best suit the driver’s needs, he said.

For example, if the driver is looking for a smooth, quiet ride, Hausladen would suggest a touring tire or a more high-end tire. If the customer uses the vehicle for hunting, he would suggest an all-terrain tire.

“It depends on what kind of driving they will be doing,” Hausladen said.

There are several types of tires including, touring, all terrain, snow, all season, high performance, mud terrain, and much more, according to Hausladen.

Despite the snowy winter months ahead, snow tires “have become a thing of the past,” according to Hausladen.

Now, a good all season or all terrain will make up for the snow tires, he said. Snow tires are strictly just that, he said. After the snow is gone, the tires wear quickly, he added.

The only time he would recommend a snow tire is for rear wheel drive vehicles like a sports car, Hausladen said.

With tires being one of the most important parts of a vehicle, “you shouldn’t skimp on your tires,” he said.

“Price shouldn’t always be a factor in purchasing tires,” he said.

According to Hausladen, the cheaper the tires, the poorer the ride quality and tread life.

He also recommends purchasing a tire with a good tread wear and a road hazard warranty, which 90 percent of Mr. Tires’ tires comes with.

Maintenance is also important for the life of a tire.

Hausladen recommends a tire rotation every 6,000 miles, and a rotation and tire balance after 12,000 miles.

Also, he advises owners to make sure to keep tires properly inflated, using the label on the inside of the car door as a guide.

“Most people don’t think about tire pressure, but it is important to the life of the tire,” he said.

To check for tread, Hausladen explained a trick. Take a penny with Lincoln’s head pointed down into the tread of the tire. If all of his head can be seen, a new tire is needed.

The average life span of a tire depends on the quality of tire, and can range from 25,000 miles for a low grade up to 100,000 miles for a high grade tire, according to Hausladen.

The tire’s life span also depends on driving styles. For example, short trips or gravel tends to eat up tires, he said.

Whatever time of year, Hausladen recommends keeping a close eye on the vehicle’s tires, and maintain proper care.

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