Supreme Auto Total Car Care - Naples, Florida

Keeping the Ride Smooth

In past columns, Iíve talked about the role tires play in your carís gas efficiency. Today, letís take that a step further with how tires make a smooth ride. There are several things to look for when your tires may be the reason you are experiencing a bumpy or uneven ride.Letís start with the first and most obvious. Your tires need air. The most common problem is not having enough air in the tires. Tires function like springs, so if they are underinflated or overinflated, your carís ride can feel either too soft or too stiff. Another factor is alignment. If the tires are not properly aligned, then you can experience a bumpy ride. Closely related is your tireís rim width and size. If the size is not what is recommended for your vehicle, then you could experience an uneven ride. Of course if you are set on having custom rims, then your service technician will have the tools and machinery necessary to properly balance them.Yet another issue that can cause bumpy rides has to do with the seating of your tires. If that isnít done correctly, the tires wonít spin true, which then compromises the tireís balance after just a few miles of driving. Another issue is your tireís tread. If the alignment or suspension isnít done correctly, over time it can cause high and low areas of wear on the tiresí circumference. While it may not be extreme, it can lead to a shaky ride. These areas of wear may or may not be visible with your eye, so your trusted service technician can more closely and expertly examine your tires.Speaking of your tireís tread, separation can cause vibrations both vertically and horizontally. Again, your service technician is trained to look for these problems with both his eyes and hands. Itís best to let your service technician diagnose this issue, as simply running your own hands over the tireís circumference and tire walls could cause injury should you encounter unseen, exposed steel. So when it comes to your carís tires, there are several things to watch for when you feel that your smooth ride is no longer smooth. When youíre experiencing a bumpy ride, itís a problem that should be addressed sooner than later. After all, keeping your car running smoothly and efficiently means it is running at its best for you.

Johnny Nocera has been on the radio airwaves in Southwest Florida with ďDr. Johnnyís Car ClinicĒ WGUF New Radio 98.9 FM every Saturday morning from 9-10 for over 27 years. He also owns, along with his sons Jr. and Jimmy, Supreme Auto and Collision located in downtown Naples, and has been in business for more than 38 years.