Break in Your New Tires!

 

So you have new tires & you want to break them in? No problem-o; that’s why I’m here.

Regardless if they’re Specialty Tires or Regular Tires, since tires are manufactured with layers & layers of rubber, steel, & special type of fabric, there is an exceptional “Break-In Period” that you have to go by to make sure your new tires perform to their full potential & give you a normal ride wherever you may go. Now-a-days, there is special equipment used by mechanics to install & balance new tires; because of this, drivers run into less problems associated with improper installation of their new tires. The only thing that people should know is that when someone installs new tires on your vehicle, they don’t automatically hug & fit your wheels the way they should; it typically takes 50 miles of driving to allow them to fit comfortably on your car. Lucky for you, I’ve included some steps to help you get your new tires to fit amazingly perfect:

1. Always stay away from dirt roads, gravel roads, construction sites, & every other rough surface. When you drive over these, it causes a lot of bouncing & unstableness for your new tires. This eventually leads to debris being kicked up & ultimately getting stuck between the tire & the rim; which can generate possibilities for future tire leaks.

2. Never accelerate too fast & never brake too hard. Both of these actions can place an utmost dangerous pressure on your new tires. Of course, this is fine once your tires are already broken in, but I guess you’re just going to be a little more cautions & a little more cognizant when you drive, right?

3. No matter how fast you think you can go or how fast you can go, never go above 50 MPH. By obeying this simple rule, you’ll have your tires fitted comfortably on your vehicle in no time.

4. Finally, try to keep away from those automatic & regular car washes that tend to operate by grabbing your tires by one side & pulling you along the designated track. The reason why you need to stay away is because these mechanisms are known to pull your new tires away from your rim; which can eventually lead to the tire taking a longer time to “Break-In” or to not break in & hug your rim at all. I suggest to suck it up & wash your car yourself once in a while so you can prevent this from happening, & prevent yourself from buying another set of new tires.

If you have a Tripometer on your car, the good thing is that you can reset it when you get your new tires installed & as soon as you see that you’ve hit 50 miles, you can continue with the way you normally drive. If you don’t happen to have a Tripometer on your vehicle, don’t worry; just get something like a sticky note & record the mileage every time you drive so you can do the math & calculate if you’ve driven 50 miles. Another thing to remember is that when you purchase new tires & install them on your car, be sure to check the tire pressure once a month, before any long road trips, & even when you’re transporting a heavy load on your car.