Tire Maintenance FAQ - Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
How Regularly Do I Need To Check Tire Pressure and Tread Depth?
Exactly what are Optimal Tire Pressure and Tread Depth Levels?
- Do the penny test. Insert a penny inside your tire's tread with Lincoln's head inverted. Whenever you can
see all of Lincoln's head, you should buy new tires.
- Or complete the quarter test. Generally if the tread touches Washington's head, you possess a minimum of 4/32 inch of tread remaining and you ought to begin tracking your tires closely.
- And finally, you can examine tread depth by the tire's indicator bar. The indicator bars are located at the base of the tread grooves. Whenever these indicator bars come to be visibly flush with the adjacent ribs, this is a visible warning sign that the tire ought to be replaced.
- First. Get a tire pressure gauge. The gauges attached to air hoses and compressors at service stations commonly are not as
dependable as handheld gauges due to a lack of upkeep and excessive use. The cheaper metal dial tire gauges will suffice to get a decent reading of tire pressure.
- Second. Know it's best to check tires when they're cold; cold means they've been sitting for a while. Driving heats up tires and causes air to expand.
- Third. Remove the tire valve cap and put the tire gauge firmly onto the valve. This will push the air through the gauge, producing a reading.
- Fourth. Match the reading to your pressure recommendations and then refill your tire with air as needed.