Learn Everything About Tires at Keyes Toyota

tire education

What’s the most important part of your car? If you like a great drive, you’d probably say the powertrain. If you prioritize safety, you probably love the TSS safety features standard on 2018 Toyota models. If you’re a tech head, you might pick the Toyota Entune infotainment system. They’re all important in their own right, but there’s one part of your car that really pulls its weight: your tires. Here’s when it’s time to visit Keyes Toyota for new “shoes” for your Toyota car or SUV.

Way to care for your tires:

  • Check pressure
  • Read through owner’s manual
  • Look at the alignment

Let’s start with why Toyota tires are important. People look at all-wheel drive for traction, but the reality is that your tires play a bigger part in your traction than your driveline does. AWD can help, but FWD can handle perfectly well on snow and ice, or prevent hydroplaning just as effectively.

But there’s an important caveat: you have to have good tires. If they’re worn, they won’t grip as well on even a dry road, never mind one slicked by rain or ice. They also won’t displace water as well, leaving you prone to hydroplaning. Your tread depth should never be less than 1/16 of an inch, and even that’s pushing it.

So how do you care for your tires? Proper pressure — listed in your owner’s manual, and on the side wall of your tires — is vital. Check pressure at least once a month. Uniform tire wear is also important; if your tires are misaligned, improperly inflated, or out of balance, they’ll wear unevenly and faster than they should.

It also helps to make sure you’ve got the right tires for the job. Many cars and SUVs ship with all-season radials, which are great under many circumstances but aren’t right for all of them. If you’re taking a Toyota Tacoma or Toyota 4Runner off-road, you’ll want something with deeper and tougher tread. If you’ve souped up your Toyota Camry or you’re driving a Toyota 86 and you’ve got a bit of a lead foot, get tires with a higher speed rating. If you’re using a Toyota Sequoia or Toyota Tundra for heavier loads, you’ll want a set of tires that are rated for that.

ATrick to Test Tread:

To test tread depth, insert a penny in the treads. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln’s head, visit your Van Nuys Toyota dealership and replace your tires.

Sooner or later, even the best tires need replacement. When that time comes, visit the Toyota tire center at Keyes Toyota. Our Toyota parts department serves Glendale and Hollywood from 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.