How Long Do Tires Last?
There are several different factors that determine how long your tires last, which includes which Jaguar model you have and the type of tires it’s equipped with.
However, tires generally last around six years from the production date, which can be found listed as the last four digits of the production number. The maximum tire lifespan is 10 years, meaning this is the longest possible time that it’s safe to drive on one set of tires.
For more information about tires—what can affect them, how to make them last, and more—drivers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and South Valley should read ahead. Give us a call at Jaguar Albuquerque any time with questions you may have!
What Affects My Tires?
The tires are what actually touch the ground to propel your Jaguar forward. Therefore, just about anything on the ground can affect them, starting with all different kinds of weather. Driving in extreme hot and cold temperatures can wear your tires down quicker than normal—especially if you don’t have tough all-weather tires on your vehicle.
Cold weather specifically takes a toll on your tires. The drop-in temperature naturally decreases the pressure in each of your tires. So, during the winter months, it’s not unheard of for your tire pressure light to come on when you start your vehicle. While the condition of your tires may be fine, you should still add more air to them when it’s cold out.
Road conditions also contribute to the condition of your tires. If you spend a lot of time on dusty or gravelly roads, this can wear down your tires quicker than driving on flat surfaces.
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How to Make Your Tires Last
Making your tires last the full duration of their intended use period is fairly easy if you maintain a regular maintenance schedule. Keeping up with all of your scheduled maintenance services is imperative to tire functionality. Some of those maintenance services include…
- Maintaining the right amount of tire pressure by regularly checking and filling up the tires when necessary.
- Keeping an eye on your tire’s size by doing visual inspections before every drive. You can also check the tread depth with a simple penny test.
- Having regular maintenance done on your tires, such as recommended rotations around every 7,000 miles or every six months.
- Taking care of tire problems early since putting them off can end up causing more damage and potential danger for you and your passengers.
- Storing your vehicle and tires in climate-controlled areas, such as the garage, to prevent extreme weather from warping your tires.
If you follow these simple guidelines to preserve your tires, you should be in good shape for the next six to 10 years.
Type of Tire Service
As we mentioned before, it’s crucial to keep up with regularly scheduled tire maintenance. Below are some examples of service that we can do for your Jaguar.
Since tires wear at different times, you’ll want to get them rotated regularly—like every time you get an oil change.
There are various tire rotation patterns available, and they depend on the following factors:
- Whether your vehicle is front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive
- Whether the tires are directional or non-directional
- If your Jaguar is equipped with a mini or full-size spare tire
Two common tire rotation patterns are Forward Cross and Rearward Cross. With the first one, the front tires will move straight back to the rear, and the rear ones will move to the front on the opposite sides. Then, the second pattern is performed in the exact opposite manner: rear tires go straight up front, while the front tires go to the back on opposite sides.
Like tire rotations, tire balancing is necessary for a smooth ride and even tire wear. As you drive, your tires can start to lose tread, which would cause the weight distribution around your vehicle’s tires to change, leading to an imbalance.
Therefore, if you start to feel any shaking or vibrations as you drive, you’ll probably want to get a tire balance completed as soon as possible.
A service technician will use a calibrated spin balancer to test both a non-moving/static balance and moving/dynamic balance. Each wheel gets mounted onto the balancing machine and spun to check for vibrations. Then, it can detect and locate an imbalance on any part of the tire.
If there’s an imbalance, a lead weight is attached on the opposite side of the tire to offset the weight difference. It gets tested again, then remounted to your Jaguar once the service has been completed.
A wheel or tire alignment is needed when your Jaguar experiences uneven tread wear or when the vehicle unintentionally pulls to the left or right.
Rather than adjusting the tires or wheels themselves, their angles are adjusted. Three things are checked during a wheel alignment:
- Camber: This is the inward or outward angle of the tire when looked at from the front of a Jaguar. If there’s too much inward tilt (negative camber) or outward tilt (positive camber), they’ll need to be straightened out.
- Toe: This is when the tires are angled too far in or out when viewed from above. You can look down at your feet to better understand this concept. Angle your feet in toward the center of your body to illustrate toe in. Angle them out away from your body, and you get toe out. Either one will require an adjustment.
- Caster: This has to do with the angle of the steering axis when looked at from the side of your automobile. If there’s positive caster, the steering axis will be tilted toward the driver. With negative caster, the steering access is tilted toward the front of the car. Either way, you’ll want to get it nice and centered.
Still Have Questions About Tires?
Our team at Jaguar Albuquerque hopes this guide gave you all the information you needed about tires, their lifespan, and how to make them last. Drivers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley who still have questions about tires can give us a call at our service center.
We’re happy to provide advice and work with you to create a plan that keeps your vehicle on the road for as long as possible. Schedule a service appointment today!