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Car Handling Problems

Auto Tips & Advice

How do I inspect tire?

1.Check your air pressure

See Air pressure: what should I know?

  • It’s quick and can prevent many problems
  • Do it once a month

2. Check the tread wear with one of the three methods:

  • With a tread depth gauge
  • With the tread wear indicators
  • With the penny test
    One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. All you have to do is grab your spare change and follow 3 easy steps.
    1. Take a penny and hold Abe's body between your thumb and forefinger.
    2. Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln's head into one of the grooves.
    3. If any part of Abe Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you're driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car's ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.
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3. Inspect your tires for wear and damage problems

  • We’ve created an easy-to-use online tool to help you identify issues and learn how to fix them.When should I inspect my tires?

Use the Tire Inspector Tool

When should I inspect my tires?

  • Once every month
  • Before you go on a long road trip.

Next steps :

  • Any visible perforation, cut or deformation must be checked thoroughly by a tire professional.
  • Only a tire professional can tell you if your tire can be repaired or has to be changed.
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