One of the most overlooked features on a vehicle is the tires. Unless you feel noticeable slippage on the road it can be hard to know when to change your tires. But no need to fear, your trusted Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are on the case to help you better understand your tires.
When you start asking yourself, “Is it time to change my tires?” you can start by checking the tire pressure. Chevrolets now give drivers the option to check their tire pressure from the media console; however, should you choose to use a manual pressure gauge here are a few things to remember:
- Check your tires “cold” – Your tires should be at rest for at least three hours for a more accurate reading.
- Compare the measure psi (pounds per square inch) with the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your car or in your owner’s manual.
- If your psi is too high, let air out until the numbers match. If your psi is too low add air until it reaches the proper amount.
Now that you’ve checked your tire pressure, it’s time to check the tread. Check your tire tread roughly once a month or before you head out on long journeys. Look for uneven wear and tire damage, these could be signs that your alignment is off or you need to replace a tire. Catching this early could save a lot in the long run. To check the tread depth on your tires simply take a penny and place it where your tread appears lowest with Lincoln’s down into the groove. If our 16th President’s head is covered at all then you are within the safe and legal amount of tread (approx 2/32 of an inch). Once below this amount your Chevy has much more difficulty gripping the road.
Worn tires is one of the primary reasons to replace your tires, another is tire damage. If your tires have damage, it’s typically easier to notice when it’s time to replace them. For instance you may run over something that punctures or slashes your tires.
If after all your eyeball testing and feeling your tires to see if they look worn you still can’t tell if they need to be replace, stop by and see us. Our team will make sure the next time you hit the road, you’ll be riding on safe tires.