- Tread depth is the surest indicator. States mandate a minimum of 2/32” tread depth, but really anything under 4/32” (1/8”) is too low. Here’s an easy way to check your tread depth. Insert a penny into a tread groove, Lincoln’s head down. If any of Abe’s hair is covered, your tread is at 2/32” or better. Now, try the same test with a quarter. Does the tread reach Washington’s head? That’s a depth of 4/32”. Then, one more time with the penny&helli ...[more]
- Inflation Levels: There’s hardly anything that’s more important to your tires than proper inflation. Underinflated tires will wear prematurely, drive and handle poorly and cost you more money in terms of fuel economy due to their increased rolling resistance. Worse, underinflated tires generate more heat, which breaks down the tire’s internal structure and raises the chances of tire failure. Check your recommended inflation levels, usually on the driver’s door jamb, and regular ...[more]
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Check your tire pressure monthly. Tires deflate for a number of reasons. Most obviously, if you puncture a tire with a nail or from hitting a pothole or curb you may develop a slow leak, if you don't blow your tire completely. Tires also lose pressure when the temperature drops. Tires can lose 1 psi of pressure for every ten degree drop in temperature.
You can usually find the correct tire pressure for your tires somewhere on the rim of the tire. If you don't see the required pressure on the tire, check inside the driver's side door for the manufacturer's sticker. If the original tires are still on the car the required psi can be found on the sticker.
Poorly inflated tires cause the tires to carry more weight than intended. This causes more friction and the build-up of damaging heat.
Have your tires aligned and balanced at the first sign of wear. Depending on ...[more]
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