Caring for your tires is an essential part of car maintenance. It is recommended that you inspect your tires at least once a month, and before and after long road trips. In addition, tires should be rotated on average every 5,000 – 10,000 miles.
Here are the steps to follow when inspecting your tires:
Tire pressure is measured in PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch). With a simple air pressure gauge check that your tires fall within 5 PSI of your tires recommended amount. The recommended PSI number for your tire can be found listed on the side of the tire.
Inspect your tires for deeply scuffed or worn edges, bulges or bubbles, and small slits. Check that the tires fit evenly and snugly around the wheel rims.
Examine the tread pattern on your tires. Some tires come with tread-wear indicators built into them that appear when the treads have been worn down to 1/16th of an inch. Another easy way to determine if your treads are worn out is with the penny test (shown above). Place a penny into multiple tire grooves, if you can see Lincoln’s head, you need new tires
Wheel alignment should be checked when you get a new set of tires, after a collision, or whenever any repairs or service is done to the suspension or steering components. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when driving straight on a level roads, it is an indicator you need to have your alignment checked.