When it comes to keeping up with your truck’s maintenance, it’s easy to let little things like oil changes and tire pressure slide in favor of major projects and useful accessories. Unfortunately, your truck won’t be running long or running well without healthy tires. Mechanics usually give you a helpful sticker that lets you know when you will need your oil changed again, but how do you know when you need new tires? The best way to determine the health and longevity of your tires is to manually inspect them. You can do this at home, and you’ll be able to get a pretty good idea of the status of your tires.
The tread on your tires is a great indicator of how long your tires have left. A general rule is to make sure the tread never falls below 1/16 of an inch. When your tread is worn down to this depth, or below it, it is definitely important to check out some new tires. There are two different ways to check the depth of your tread. You could use a gauge, or ask a professional to, or you could use the penny trick. Take a penny and insert it into one of the grooves of your tire with Abraham Lincoln’s head down. Notice how much of Abe’s head is visible. If you can see his entire head, you should replace your tires very soon.
When it comes to the health of your tires, tread is not everything. Your tread could remain at a decent level, but if your sidewalls are cracked, you still need new tires. Visually inspect the sidewall of your tires and take in what you see. Are there cracks? Do they look serious? Are there cuts in the sidewall? If your sidewall has damage that is visible to the naked eye, it’s possible that your tires are developing leaks. Proceed on the side of caution and have a professional check out and replace your tires.
Bulges or Blisters
When the structural integrity of one of your tires is compromised, you’ll likely see signs of weakness. The walls of your tire may start to bulge or blister right before they get ready to pop. If you see any irregularities in the shape of your tire, have it checked out immediately. The last thing you want is for your tire to blow at an inconvenient and unsafe time. These are signs that your tire is very close to decaying, and ought to be replaced as soon as possible.
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