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How Does the Summer Heat Affect My Tires?

It’s summer and the sun is out. It’s the perfect time of the year to get into your Mercedes-Benz and go on an adventure. But before leaving home, you should take a few minutes to check your tires. The summer heat can negatively affect tires. Keep reading to find out what you should look for.

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Effects of Hot Temperatures on Tires

Excessive heat can cause wear and damage to your tires, and driving on damaged tires can be dangerous. Excessive heat wears tires quicker than normal and exacerbates any pre-existing damage.

The heat really does a number on your tires. When the temperature change, your tire pressure changes, as well. For every 10-degree increase in air temperature, your tire pressure increases by 1 PSI. In hot, sunny weather, the PSI of your tires can increase by as much as 5 PSI within the first 20 minutes of driving.

One of the most common heat-related problems associated with your tires is dry-rot. Dry-rot, also known as sidewall cracking, occurs when the oils of your tire’s rubber begin to evaporate. This leads to a dry tire that is very susceptible to cracking and, ultimately, blowouts.

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How to Care For Your Tires

  1. Check the tire pressure
  2. Have your tires rotated regularly
  3. Have your tires professionally aligned
  4. Keep an eye the tread of each tire
  5. Make sure your spare is in good repair

For more questions regarding tire health, or to have your tires examined by our team of knowledgeable professionals, read about our Tire Center, or stop in today!

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