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5 Things that can Help you Avoid a Tire Blowout

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Tire blowouts can happen for a number of reasons. Luckily, they're easily avoidable when you maintain all of the necessary checks on your car


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Underinflated tires are a leading cause of tire blowouts, which can result in serious accidents. Check your tires (including your spare) monthly and before major road trips for proper inflation, bulges, cuts, abrasions and impact damage that may occur during use. Properly inflated tires help prolong tire life and contribute to better fuel economy.
  • You can find your vehicle's specific inflation amount displayed on your doorsill, glove box door or fuel door, and it is also listed in your vehicle owner's manual.
  • Check your tire pressure after they have cooled down. This typically takes about 3 hours.
  • Don't forget to check the inside of your tires! Do this by turning the wheels outward and inspecting the tread and sidewalls for hidden damage.
  • Tire inflation pressure increases in warm weather, and decreases in cold weather. Your tires gain or lose 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
  • Checking your tire air pressure only takes about five minutes. The best way to do this is with a properly working analog or digital tire gauge, available at Pep Boys.


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Hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires.
  • Have your alignment checked as specified by your vehicle owner's manual, or whenever there is an indication of trouble, such as pulling.
  • Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread wear, and should be corrected by a professional service technician.


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Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Always rotate tires at mileage intervals as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer to prevent premature and irregular tire wear.
  • Refer to your vehicle owner's manual for rotation recommendations.
  • If you cannot find your specific recommendation, a good guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.


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Advanced or unusual wear can reduce your tire's ability to grip the road. Check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signsof damage.
  • Visually inspect all tires on a regular basis for irregular tire wear and a minimum 4/32 of an inch tread depth.
  • Many tire manufacturers and governmental agencies say that traction is compromised when as much as 4/32 of an inch of tread depth is remaining.
  • An easy test: place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If most of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, there is a proper amount of tread. If all of Lincoln's head is visible, a new tire purchase is recommended.

The TPMS light

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If your Tire Pressure Monitoring System light activates, check your tire pressure. If this light comes on while you are driving, pull over to your closest open gas station, and verify whether your tire is losing air.If applicable, add air. If your TPMS is indicating a loss of air pressure, but, when you check your tire, all is well, consider TPMS sensor replacement. If you believe your TPMS light is faulty, your local Pep Boys offers a Free Tire Pressure Monitoring System Check-Up.

If your TMPS light goes on, or you're worried about your tires, we are proud to haveASE-certified service experts available in our shops seven days a week to help educate customers about tire safety practices, and take care of your tires.