Quick Tire Inspection Steps
Here are a few simple ways to scope out potential problems with your tires to avoid any issues that could become costly or dangerous down the road.
Take a walk around your car
Make sure you complete this step in good lighting so that you can see everything as easily as possible. Any dark shadows could shield you from seeing the real problem.
Check for uneven treadwear
If you notice uneven tread wear you may need to have your tires rotated. Visit our Types of Treadwear Patterns page to learn more. Uneven tread could be caused by:
Look for cracking or bulging treads or sidewalls
This could mean there is a weakness in your tire. Cracking or bulging is typically casued by hitting a pothole or a curb.
Check for anything poking into the tire
Depending on where you live or regularly park, there is a chance that unwanted prickly items could be digging into your car.
Look out for worn tire treads
Stick a penny in the tread, top edge. If the tire tread does not touch Lincoln’s head, your tires are worn and you need new ones as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about the Penny Test.