One of the things that makes a Porsche such a pleasure to drive is its ability to "corner like it's on rails." However, if you do not use the manufacturer's recommendation for tires, your supercar will not handle the way it should. Even the best maintained Porsche will handle poorly if you do not maintain the tires the way you should. Here are a few tips to keeping your car sticking to the road as it goes around a corner at 60 MPH.
Match the Tire Make, Type and N-specification for All Four Tires
A Porsche may have different sized tires in the front and back, so you cannot have them all the same size. However, you need to make sure that they are all the same make, type and N-specification. Do not put all-season tires on the front and high performance tires on the rear, even if they are the same brand.
The N-specification indicates the Porsche engineers approve the tire. When a new model is released, it is given the specification of N-0. The next model will be N-1, followed by N-2, etc. If you have N-2 tires on the front, you need to be sure to have N-2 ties on the back too. Making sure that all four tires match ensures that they will all behave he same way on the road. You wouldn't want your left front tire to hydroplane or slid in a turn differently than the right front tire does, the vehicle just wouldn't handle the same.
Replace Tires in Pairs
While it would be best to replace all four tires at the same time, it is not always possible or necessary. However, you should always change both tires on the axle at the same time for optimum maneuverability. It is important for safety and handling that the tires on each axle have the same amount of tread. When one side has more rubber than the other, you may notice the car pulling to one side as you drive.
You should do a visual check of your tires before driving. If one looks low on air, fill it up. Every 500 to 2,000 miles check the wear and air pressure. If you notice the tread is thinning on one side of the tires more than the other, it is time to have them rotated and aligned. You bought a Porsche for the way it looks and how it handles. Don't let something as simple as the tires mess with the high-performance precision of the vehicle. For more information, talk to a company like Autobahn Service Inc. - Porsche Specialist.