Tire Maintenance

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

One of the most important features of your vehicle is the tires. They provide traction, stability, and impact your vehicles safety. The rubber ages over time and here in Montana we have many factors that affect the life of tires. At Ressler Chevrolet, we have been helping drivers from all over Montana with their tire care for years now, and we'd love the chance to help you as well. 

Learn about the various Tire Protection Plans you have to choose from.


Ressler Chevrolet

8474 Huffine Lane
Directions Bozeman, MT 59718

  • Contact: (406) 587-5501

When to Rotate Tires?

It's a known fact that regular tire rotation extends the life of your tires and improves performance. Tires are rotated to achieve a uniform wear for all tires. Each tire performs different tasks (such as steering in front- versus rear-wheel drive), therefore tires wear at different rates. Your tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles or every 6 months (whichever comes first) to prevent irregular tire wear. 

When Should I Get New Tires?

Understanding proper tire maintenance, selection, and safety for your Chevrolet vehicle starts with knowing the basics. Tread wear indicators appear when the tires only have 2/32 inch or less of tread remaining. Other warning signs include bulges and splits, cracked sidewalls, visible tire cord and punctures.

A quick and easy way to check your tire wear is with a tread depth gauge. It measures tire tread depth from 0 to 19/32 inch. These tools come in either digital or mechanical versions. Or If you don't want to buy a tire tread gauge, you can always use the Penny Test. The easiest way to check wear on your tire is with a penny. Place a penny upside down in between the tire tread as shown. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the treads are worn and tire replacement is needed.

Types of Tires

We provide a vast selection of tire options, exceptional tire care and customer service with a smile! We're here to help you by going over every option clearly, and will work hard to find the right tire for you. Different types of tires can perform better or worse -depending on conditions-so it's important to understand how they work.

All-Season Tires
All-season tires are for year-round use and feature a blend of technologies that make use of different compounds and detailed tread configurations, designed for most driving conditions such as snow, rain, heat, cold, etc. These tires offer good overall performance on most road surfaces and in most weather conditions.

All-Terrain Tires
All-terrain tires provide good performance on most road surfaces, in most weather conditions, and for off-road driving. The tread pattern on these tires may wear more quickly than others. Consider rotating these tires more frequently than the recommended 7,500 miles if you notice irregular wear. Check your tire wear here.

Performance Tires
Performance tires are designed for enhanced handling under demanding circumstances and generally have high-speed ratings with a low aspect ratio for improved control. These tires are not built for winter conditions.

Snow/ Winter Tires
Winter tires are designed for increased traction on snow- and ice-covered roads. With winter tires, there may be decreased dry-road traction, increased road noise, and shorter tread life. After changing to winter tires, watch for changes in the vehicle's handling and braking.

If you decide to use snow/winter tires:
  • Use tires of the same brand and tread type on all four wheel positions.
  • Use only radial ply tires of the same size, load range, and speed rating as the original equipment tires.
  • Winter tires with the same speed rating as the Original Equipment tires may not be available for H, V, W, Y, X, Z, and R speed-rated tires. If winter tires with a lower speed rating are chosen, never exceed the tires' maximum speed capability.
Summer-Only Tires
Summer tires have a special tread and compound that are optimized for maximum dry- and wet-road performance. This special tread and compound will decrease performance in cold climates and on ice and snow.
NOTE: Do not use summer tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance, and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle's performance. Learn more about important tire and wheel information from your service advisor.

Run-Flat Tires
Run-flat tires can be driven on with no air pressure. There is no need to stop to change the tire. Continue driving, but not too far or too fast. Driving on the tire may not be possible if there is permanent damage. To prevent permanent damage, keep speeds below 50 mph.

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