Proper Inspection of the Tires for your Vehicle

Owning a vehicle means a proper inspection of the tires should be done on a regular basis. In addition to maintaining proper inflation pressure, regularly inspect the tire tread and sidewalls for irregular tread wear, cracking, scrapes, bulges, cuts, foreign objects or other damage resulting from use. Remove any stones, glass, foreign objects, embedded in the tread to prevent further damage. Even minor damage can lead to further injury and eventual tire failure. Having a proper inspection of the tires done can help them last as long as possible.

Remember that driving on a damaged tire can be dangerous. Any time you see damage to a tire, don’t drive on it. Bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you. Also remember to notice how the vehicle feels when you drive. A rough ride may indicate tire damage or excessive wear. If you notice vibrations or other disturbances while driving, or you suspect possible damage to your tire or vehicle, immediately reduce speed, drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road and stop, and inspect the tires.

You should check the tire tread and sidewall areas during monthly inflation pressure checks, looking for uneven or irregular tread wear or other conditions as noted above. It is recommended that tires, including the spare, be periodically inspected by a tire service professional during routine maintenance intervals such as oil changes and tire rotations.

Uneven tread wear – This can include more wear on one tread edge than the other, a rippled pattern of high and low wear, or exposed steel wire. Uneven wear can be caused by problems such as underinflation, vehicle misalignment and improper balancing. With a proper inspection of the tires, you will be able to notice the tread wear. Well worn or bald tires can result in hydroplaning, loss of traction and are more likely to be damaged by potholes and other road hazards.

Slow leaks – Remember that tires lose inflation pressure when the air temperature gets colder. Tires may also lose a certain amount of inflation pressure due to their permeability. However, if you find that you have to add inflation pressure every few days, have the tire, wheel and valve checked by us.