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Chevrolet Spark Owners Manual: When It Is Time for New Tires

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Factors such as maintenance, temperatures, driving speeds, vehicle loading, and road conditions affect the wear rate of the tires.

Chevrolet Spark. When It Is Time for New Tires


Treadwear indicators are one way to tell when it is time for new tires.

Treadwear indicators appear when the tires have only 1.6mm (1/16 in) or less of tread remaining. See Tire Inspection on page 10-48 and Tire Rotation on page 10-48.

The rubber in tires ages over time.

This also applies to the spare tire, if the vehicle has one, even if it is never used. Multiple factors including temperatures, loading conditions, and inflation pressure maintenance affect how fast aging takes place. GM recommends that tires, including the spare if equipped, be replaced after six years, regardless of tread wear. The tire manufacture date is the last four digits of the DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN) which is molded into one side of the tire sidewall. The first two digits represent the week (0152) and the last two digits, the year. For example, the third week of the year 2010 would have a four-digit DOT date of 0310.

Vehicle Storage

Tires age when stored normally mounted on a parked vehicle. Park a vehicle that will be stored for at least a month in a cool, dry, clean area away from direct sunlight to slow aging. This area should be free of grease, gasoline, or other substances that can deteriorate rubber.

Parking for an extended period can cause flat spots on the tires that may result in vibrations while driving. When storing a vehicle for at least a month, remove the tires or raise the vehicle to reduce the weight from the tires.

Tire Rotation
Tires should be rotated every 12 000 km (7,500 mi). The first rotation is the most important. See Maintenance Schedule on page 11-3. Tires are rotated to achieve a more uniform wear for all tires. ...

Buying New Tires
GM has developed and matched specific tires for the vehicle. The original equipment tires installed were designed to meet General Motors Tire Performance Criteria Specification (TPC Spec) system r ...

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Bluetooth (Infotainment Controls)
To use infotainment controls to access the menu system, see Overview on page 7-3. Pairing A Bluetooth-enabled cell phone must be paired to the Bluetooth system and then connected to the vehicle before it can be used. See your cell phone manufacturer's user guide for Bluetooth functions b ...

Starter Switch Check
Warning When you are doing this inspection, the vehicle could move suddenly. If the vehicle moves, you or others could be injured. Before starting this check, be sure there is enough room around the vehicle. Apply both the parking brake and the regular brake.Do not use the accelerator pe ...

Manual Transmission
Caution Shifting the vehicle initially into any gear other than 1 (First) or R (Reverse) can damage the clutch. Shift the manual transmission in the proper sequence, and time the gear shifting with the accelerator to avoid revving the engine and damaging the clutch. 1 (First): Press the ...

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