You’ve heard the old, much-used expression “out of sight, out of mind.” While it might be applied to many situations or items, none is more accurate than this description of your vehicle’s spare tire. This underappreciated piece of safety equipment often goes unobserved for extended periods of time, hidden away in the trunk until you discover you have a flat. That’s when you realize that your spare really isn’t. That is, it’s the fifth tire, but it’s not “extra” when you’re stranded. It’s a necessity. Therefore, it’s important to keep your tires–all five of them–in a roadworthy condition with tire repair at Cardinal Plaza Shell in Springfield, Virginia.
Now that you’re thinking about the importance of the spare tire, perhaps you’re wondering what condition yours is in. Is it time to replace it? Maybe so. The ASE-certified technicians at Cardinal Plaza Shell can help you assess and maintain your automobile’s extra tire. There are several considerations regarding the tire’s roadworthiness. For instance, it needs to have sufficient inflation (to the correct psi) at all times. Our staff can check that for you during service visits. Also, just like your other four tires, your spare needs a minimum of 2/32″ of tread depth for safe operation. If it doesn’t, it’s time to replace the tire. Also, we’ll examine your spare to see if it passes the visual test. Even though it’s not normally heavily used, the years of sitting unused can take their toll. We’ll check to ensure that your tire isn’t cracking or otherwise showing signs of age. Finally, we’ll check the date of manufacture printed on your extra tire. If it’s more than ten years old, we’ll make you aware so that you can make an informed decision. Even seldom-used rubber can disintegrate, so an old tire should be properly discarded and replaced.
The purpose of a spare tire is to give you mental comfort as you travel regarding your ability to keep going if you experience a flat. Your tire repair shop should offer peace of mind as well. Cardinal Plaza Shell has been in business since 1969. We’re a family-owned local business, yet we can offer you nationwide security through our TechNet affiliation. Let us help you ensure your safe travels by checking the condition of your spare tire as well as assisting you with all your tire repair needs.