Fresh Air Needed to Extend Tire Life
Car owners, get ready to pony up for just a little more car maintenance, or, for you do-it-yourselfers, to spend an extra hour every few months to change the air in your tires.
Yes, you read it right - change the air in your tires.
Dr. Artex Faleky, a scientist formerly of the American Rubber Tire Institute explains:
"Just as the effects of the sun can take a toll on tire rubber, making it crack and crumble over time from the outside in, so can stale air do the same thing from the inside out. But what's most hazardous is that the average consumer, and even many experienced tire technicians, have no idea what's happening on the inside of their tires. That is, until it's too late. Stale air-induced tire failure is a real hazard, one that can be fatal. Consumers must be warned."
Faleky recommends that at a minimum of every ninety days, air be replaced in every over-the-road tire. He says that this simple task can be accomplished by completely bleeding the air from all of a car or truck's tires, then replacing that air with fresh air from the air pump at a garage, gas station or convenience store.
With this new information in hand, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar and Ford are including an automatic tire refill option on their 2016 premier models. Rolls Royce and Bentley spokesmen say that this has been a standard feature on all of their models since 1987.
Industry analysts warn that while the practice of regular air changing will extend tire life and undoubtedly save countless lives on the highways, consumers will probably pay the price at the pumps.