Tires 101

You may not realize it, but your tires are probably the most neglected part of your car. They are also the one area that, if maintained properly, can affect your pocketbook the most. Proper tire maintenance can improve your gas mileage, lengthen the lifespan of your tires, and most importantly, keep you safe.

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The most important tool to carry in your car may be the tire pressure gauge. There are a few different styles of gauges, including dial gauges and stem-type gauges (shown). Checking your tire pressure regularly and adding air when needed is an easy way to save money and additional costs down the road.

The valve stem is where ...

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