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How to Check Your Tires Properly

Regular tire inspections are essential for maintaining the safety and performance of your vehicle. By monitoring your tires, you can identify issues early on and prevent accidents caused by tire failures. Here are some of our top tips on what to look for when inspecting your tires:

Check the Tread Depth

The tread on your tires is what provides traction and stability on the road. As you drive, the tread wears down, reducing its effectiveness. To check the tread depth, use a penny and insert it upside down into the track. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced.

Look for Signs of Damage

Inspect your tires for any symptoms of tire damage, such as cuts, punctures, or bulges. These can weaken the tire's structure and cause a blowout while driving. If you notice any damage, it's best to have the tire inspected by a professional to determine if it needs to be replaced.

Check the Tire Pressure

Proper tire pressure is crucial for maintaining tire performance and fuel efficiency. Use a tire pressure gauge to measure the pressure of each tire, including the spare. Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for the recommended pressure, and make sure your tires are properly inflated.

Examine the Sidewalls

The sidewalls of your tires can give you clues about their condition. Look for any cracks, bulges, or other signs of wear. If you notice any issues, have a professional inspect the tire to determine if it needs to be replaced.

Make Sure There is No Uneven Wear

A number of issues, such as misaligned wheels, improper tire inflation, or worn suspension components, can cause uneven tire wear. Inspect your tires for any signs of uneven wear, such as bald spots or wear on one side of the tire. If you notice any issues, have a professional inspect your vehicle to determine the cause and make any necessary repairs.

If you need help from a professional to inspect your vehicle's tires or require any necessary repairs or replacements, please call or visit West Coast Tire & Service. Remember, your tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, so it's essential to keep them in good condition for optimal safety and performance.