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Your tires are one of the most important parts on your car. So it’s crucial to check your tires at least once a month to make sure they’re in good driving condition, to avoid any potential scares on the road.

Quick Tire Inspection Steps
Here are a few simple ways to scope out potential problems with your tires to avoid any issues that could become costly or dangerous down the road.

Take a walk around your car

Make sure you complete this step in good lighting so that you can see everything as easily as possible. Any dark shadows could shield you from seeing the real problem.

Check for uneven treadwear

If you notice uneven tread wear you may need to have your tires rotated. Visit our Types of Treadwear Patterns page to learn more. Uneven tread could be caused by:
  1. Too much or too little air pressure
  2. Alignment or balancing issues
  3. Steering or suspension problems

Look for cracking or bulging treads or sidewalls

This could mean there is a weakness in your tire. Cracking or bulging is typically casued by hitting a pothole or a curb.

Check for anything poking into the tire

Depending on where you live or regularly park, there is a chance that unwanted prickly items could be digging into your car.

Look out for worn tire treads

Stick a penny in the tread, top edge. If the tire tread does not touch Lincoln’s head, your tires are worn and you need new ones as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about the Penny Test.
These problems could cause a tire blowout, – and to a loss of control that can be very dangerous. If you happen to find any of these problems, just schedule an appointment below or pull into a Pep Boys store near you for a professional tire check. To learn more about tires, visit our TreadSmart page.