City Garage knows the significance a vehicle’s tires play in providing safety and performance for an automobile. That’s why it’s our goal to help customers understand whether or not their vehicle’s tires are in good condition.
Before visiting your local City Garage for a free tire inspection, there are several areas you can self-monitor that will indicate whether or not your tires are in good condition. The three-point check includes: tread depth, tire pressure, and visual inspection.
When monitoring the depth of each tire’s tread, make sure the tread never falls below 1/16th of an inch in depth on any of your tires. A simple test for this is the “penny test.” All you have to do is take a Lincoln-head penny, and insert the penny into the tread (groove) so that Abe’s head (head-down) is visible on the penny. The distance between the rim of the penny and the top of Lincoln’s head is 1/16th of an inch. Therefore, if any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are “good to go.” If Lincoln’s entire head remains visible, the tire does not have enough tread and will not provide adequate traction on wet roads. To ensure accuracy, it is recommended that you perform this check at different places on each tire – inner, outer and middle grooves.
Under inflation is the number one cause of tire failure and poor gas mileage, so we recommend that you check your tire pressure once every month, especially with the changing weather conditions we are experiencing. Tire pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) by a tire pressure air gauge. If you do not own one you can purchase it for a few dollars at any auto parts store or just stop by any City Garage and we will check your tires’ pressures for free. If possible, checking the tire pressure when the tires are cold can improve the accuracy of the reading. To find out the recommended PSI for your car’s tires, look inside the driver’s side door jamb for a tire pressure label or check your owner’s manual.
The third tire safety check is to conduct a visual inspection every time you fill your car with gas. Simply look at all four tires for cuts, punctures or anything that looks like irregular tire wear. If you think you have improper tread wear on your tires, bring in your vehicle to have the alignment checked to make sure all four tires are aligned.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your vehicle’s tires, stop by your local City Garage for a free tire inspection by one of our ASE Certified Technicians.
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