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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If your TMPS light goes on, or you're worried about your tires, we are proud to have ASE-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.