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Acura Vehicles: Tire and Brake Care

Acura Vehicles: Tire and Brake Care

Acura Vehicles: Tire and Brake Care

Caring for Acura vehicles’ tires and brakes are some of the most important aspects of maintaining these cars and SUVs, for it’s the tires that actually touch the road and the brakes that bring the vehicle to a stop when necessary. If you drive an Acura vehicle, here’s how to properly care for your vehicle’s tires and brakes.

Properly Maintain Tire Pressure

The main aspect of tire maintenance that you should be aware of is their air pressure, for this must be checked regularly. You can’t simply rely on a technician to check the tire pressure during service appointments, because service appointments may not be frequent enough to keep your Acura vehicle’s tires properly inflated.

Your Acura service technicians can tell you what pressure your vehicle’s tires should be at, or you can check the vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out.

As long as the tire pressure monitoring system doesn’t light up on your dash, the tires should be properly inflated. If the TPMS light does come on, though, you should check their pressure. At least one is likely underinflated and will need more air to come up to the proper pressure. Tires may occasionally become overinflated rather than underinflated, but this is less common.

Recognize Tire Damage and Wear

In addition to maintaining tire pressure, you should also be able to recognize damage and abnormal wear. Sagging tires, scuff marks and uneven tread may all be signs of damage. In most cases, however, a technician can identify minor damage before it becomes a major issue.

Technicians also have a tool that measures the tread exactly so they can determine when old tires need to be changed out for new ones. This is more accurate than any penny test, although that can provide a rough estimate.

The most serious tire damage you might have to deal with is a flat tire. Should you have a flat tire, don’t try to drive on it -- doing so could cause more damage to your Acura vehicle. Instead, either change the tire in a safe location or have the Acura vehicle towed to a dealership that can change the tire for you.

Recognize Brake Wear and Damage

When it comes to brakes, the best way to recognize wear is with your ears. If you hear a high-pitched squeak or a low-pitched grinding sound when you apply the brakes, they should be checked by a technician. A squeak is a sign that the pads are wearing thin, and a grind is a sign that a metal pad is pressing directly against the metal rotor. This latter condition requires immediate repair.

Should you notice any burning smell or pulsing when you brake, this is a serious issue that must be addressed by a technician. Don’t drive your Acura vehicle, but have it towed to a dealership for service. If you’re around Des Plaines or Oak Park, the technicians at McGrath Acura of Downtown Chicago can inspect and repair the brakes if necessary.

Have Your Acura’s Tires and Brakes Serviced

Should you need any tire or brake service on an Acura vehicle, reach out to the service team at McGrath. The service department is open Monday through Saturday and nearby at 1301 N. Elston Avenue. From tires and brakes to more serious repairs, the technicians here will take care of everything your Acura vehicle might need.

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