Tire maintenance is essential to the health of your vehicle. But learning how to care for your tires can be tricky. From air pressure to tire tread depth; you may not know where to start. That’s why we’ve created a series of guides to help you navigate the care of your tires.
Changing a tire
The dreaded flat tire, it’s the last thing you want while you’re on the road. But, you need to be prepared for when it happens.
The first thing you should do is check your owner’s manual. It can give you tips that are specific to your vehicle, help you locate the spare tire and provide safety precautions to help you and your passengers. Plus, it prevents you from damaging your car by telling you where to place the car jack.
Checking the tire pressure
Having properly inflated tires is not only important to the health of your car. But, it can also improve your gas mileage. Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to check your tire pressure.
- Read the owner’s manual or the sticker inside your driver door to determine the recommended tire pressure.
- Then use your tire pressure gauge to determine the current air pressure.
- Add or release air using the gauge until you reach your desire air pressure.
Understanding tire tread depth
The average set of tires starts with a tread depth of 10/32” or 11/32”. But, as you drive, the tires start to wear decreasing the tread depth. When the depth reaches 2/32” the tires are no longer safe for driving.
To avoid having unsafe tires, you’ll want to occasionally check your tire tread depth. There are two ways to check if your tires are above 2/32”, you can either look at the wear bars located on the tires or use a tire tread gauge. Not sure what these are or how to find them? Watch as our pro reveals how to properly check your tires’ tread depth in this short video.
Now that you’ve read, watched and learned all about tire maintenance, you’re ready to get your vehicle in tip-top shape. Don’t forget to stop by your local dealership or auto shop to pick up the tools you’ll need like a tire pressure gauge or a car jack.