Make sure to check the tires for wear on a regular basis, and especially before any long trips you might make. This can help determine if you need new tires, or should have the current ones rotated or aligned.
The first thing to check is the air pressure. Under inflated tires wear out faster, create more heat, increase fuel consumption, and make your vehicle more difficult to handle. Tires that are over inflated can also wear out quicker, be more prone to picking up sharp objects on the surface of the road, and make the vehicle unsafe to handle. If you are not sure if the tires are inflated correctly, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.
Also inspect each tire. Look for things that may be embedded in the tires. Look for nails, stones, or other debris that could be embedded in the tread. If you hear a hissing sound when you pull out a nail, push it back in quickly and bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect and fix the tire. If you notice a tire goes flat on a consistent basis, there could be something that has punctured the tire. Take some soapy water and cover the tire. Look for any bubbles made by the escaping air.
Also look at the sidewalls of each tire. Check for deeply scuffed or worn areas, bulges, or bubbles. The tires should fit evenly and snugly around the wheel rims. Also check the tread of each tire. Place a penny upside down into the groove between the treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tires may need to be replaced. You can also use a thin ruler in the tread to measure the distance. The tread should be more than one sixteenth of an inch deep. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can properly inspect the condition of the tires for you. This will help you to have safe and reliable tires when you drive. If the tires need to be aligned, rotated, or inflated, we can do so for you. We can also inspect them for any puncture marks or wear that they might have. By fixing the tires at the sign of an issue, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help your vehicle to be safer and more reliable on the road.