Car Maintenance 101 | Checking Your Vehicle’s Tires

May 16, 2008

The Parts Bin | Automechanic

Remember when we tackled the importance of parking your vehicle in a level surface? Here is the other reason why it factors in. You need a fairly level surface so that you can get a good look at your tires. Bend down to inspect your tires from the front, the sides and the back. Is your vehicle slightly uneven? If so, then it’s possible that one of your tires is soft. Do your tires appear as if they pouch out? If yes, then you may need to have more air added to your wheels.

Bring out your owner’s manual to check on the specific amount of air pressure required for your type of tire. When you head over to the gas station to use their air compressor, make sure you won’t exceed the amount of air pressure indicated in your owner’s manual. If your tires appear too soft to travel, then you may need to use a bicycle pump or a home air compressor to make sure that you get to the gas station safe and sound.

You wouldn’t want to add too much air to your ride’s tires, otherwise you’ll increase the chances of getting a flat.

Aside from air pressure, you’ll have to inspect each one of your tires to check the tread. How are your tire’s treads? Are they running thin and almost nonexistent? This process will help you determine when it’s time to replace your ride’s tires. If the tread is almost gone, then head over to a professional garage or purchase some tires and replace the tires yourself.

If your tire’s tread are unevenly worn then you may need a tire rotation or a wheel alignment. Both these jobs are best done by a professional mechanic.

Keep your tires in excellent shape and condition, by checking on them regularly.

The Parts Bin | Automechanic