Autumn has arrived with cooler temperatures and it’s recommended that your spare tire be inspected. This inspection verifies tire pressure, identifies visible surface damage, dry rot, or air leaks. A tire pressure gauge is recommended as well so that you can regularly check vehicle tire pressure for optimal operation of all the tires. Tire pressure gauges usually cost between $5.00 – $10.00 dollars; however, more expensive options are available if desired. Note that for SUV’s, pickups, jeeps, and vans the spare tire may be located on the exterior or undercarriage of these vehicles. That means the spare is exposed to many foreign elements and temperatures. Ensure the mechanism that lowers or raises the spare into position works properly, because it may be rusted. If the mechanism is frozen in place due to rust or grime try some WD-40 or break free lubricant to unfreeze it. This makes it easier to operate in case of an unexpected tire change. Finally, you should check your tire pressure weekly and follow the vehicles owners’ manual on tire maintenance. This week’s automotive tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun fall.

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