It is important to check your tires at least once a month to determine if they are safe or in need of service or replacement. If you think your vehicle may need new tires, the simple procedures below will help you decide.
A few basic tips
Worn-out tires are not only unsafe, but they may be against the law . In many areas, the minimum legal tire-tread depth is 2/32 of an inch . In wet driving conditions, tread depth of 4/32 of an inch or less means you are at high risk of losing traction on wet roads—by sliding or hydroplaning—and putting the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers at risk. Here are two easy ways to check for worn tires:
1. The penny test
To test if the tread is worn out, place a penny into the most shallow tread groove with Lincoln's head down. If the top of his head remains visible, then the tire should be replaced.
2. Wear bars
Wear bars are narrow bands that appear in the grooves across the tread of the tire. When the wear bars are even with the tread depth, only 2/32 inch of tread remains. If the wear bars are visible, it may be time to replace the tire.
If you find that your tire is deflating from a puncture, there is a chance it can be repaired. The chances for repair are highest when:
- The damaged tire has not been driven on while flat.
- The damage is on the tread part of the tire (the part that comes in contact with the road) and not the sidewall.
- The puncture is less than 1/4 inch across.
If you have any questions about whether your tire can be repaired, stop by any Walmart Auto Care Center and have one of our tire technicians check to see if it can be repaired.
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